She's got 'decorating disease'

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Debbie Glass can’t help herself.


She just likes to decorate – doesn’t matter if it’s for Halloween or Christmas, she just likes to decorate.

But you don’t have to go inside her Mount Zion-Elliston Road home to see her creativity because she puts it on the outside so everyone can enjoy it.

“Why decorate inside?” she said, with her usual grin. “Nobody can see that.”

Glass got her decorating flair from her mother, whom she said always decorated for the holidays. She carried it over to her home and to work for the 18 years she was an employee at Grant County IGA in Dry Ridge where she was in charge of the produce department and eventually promotions manager for the store.

“I think I have a sickness,” she said laughing.

Glass’s fall decorations, which primarily consist of scarecrows, fill two refrigerator boxes.

“I just love scarecrows. They’re all different. They’re cute and zany. They have their own personality, a lot like me,” she said.

The scarecrows, she said, remind her of her two grandsons, Levi and Tate.

“I think I decorate now for them and the fact they are my little scarecrows,” she said.

Just last week, Glass was at her daughter, Sarah’s house in Dry Ridge, placing new Halloween decorations amongst the scarecrows and hay bales.

“I can’t help myself. I decorated her house,” she said.

Glass said her approach is to try and do something different in the layout each year. She often takes elements from nature, like a piece of wood or vine, and incorporate them into the design.

“I do buy things for the display but I also like to use things we have,” she said.

She credits her husband, Paul, with being her helper.

“He’s the one who drags the big boxes out for me and helps me drive things into the ground. He’s my strong support in more ways than one,” she said.

The fall displays will stay up through November and after Halloween she’ll add some turkeys to gear them to Thanksgiving, but then she’s looking ahead to Christmas.

“I just love to do it,” she said. “I hope others drive by, see it and it makes them happy.”