Knox Woman Turns Passion into Mission to Spread Cheer Over the Holiday Season

| December 29, 2018

KNOX, Pa. (EYT) – A Knox woman took her passion for drawing and crafting and turned it into a mission to spread cheer over the holiday season.

Tasia Weber, a Knox resident and graduate of Keystone High School, has a love of drawing, painting, calligraphy, and creating crafts.

When she was younger, she even took special requests for hand-painted canvas shoes; however, Tasia said that she eventually had to stop doing it because it was so time-consuming.

During this holiday season, Tasia came across one of the many posts and stories about 14-year-old Maddox Hyde, of Reynoldsville, who has terminal neuroblastoma and wanted to fill his house with Christmas cards for Christmas.

Tasia told exploreClarion.com, “I wanted to make him a hand-drawn card instead of a store-purchased one.”

Tasia Weber card

She created a special card for Maddox and sent it out, but she enjoyed making it so much that she wanted to make more. She then came across another request for Christmas cards, this time for an autistic man, and made another card, but that still wasn’t enough. She moved on to making cards for her friends and family members and created 40 original hand-drawn cards.

Once those were in the mail, she realized she still wasn’t ready to stop.

“I wanted to make more people smile,” Tasia explained.

Tasia kept on drawing, and by the time she was finished, she had made a total of 120 hand-drawn Christmas cards, 80 of which she delivered to patients at Clarview Nursing Home in Sligo.

Tasia-Weber-cards

“I know there are people out there that don’t have anyone to celebrate with, and I wanted them to know they’re still thought of. I wanted to keep that spirit of Christmas growing.”

Her special Christmas project to spread smiles and good cheer also influenced her to begin the process of creating her own online small business for the items she creates. She is currently working on setting up her new Etsy.com shop under the name Railroad Honey. She plans to offer personal, hand-drawn signs as well as a variety of greeting cards and invitations.

“I want to do a variety of hand-drawn and written things,” Tasia said.

Tasia-Weber-envelopes

By offering personalized options and special requests, she hopes to continue to develop and hone her skills.

“No matter what, I feel like there’s always room to grow.”

Not only has Tasia’s skills provided others with holiday cheer, but it has also driven her to follow her passion for drawing and crafting.


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