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Fancy grade sap buckets

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Sugaring season is in full swing. But instead of collecting the sweet stuff with sap buckets, Priscilla Hughes uses them for something a little bit more -- well -- fancy.

"I've tried canvas, that's kind of boring for me because it's all flat -- there's no place for a surprise," she said.

The Fair Haven artist turns the average sap bucket into a piece of art.  She started her company, Simply Said by Priscilla, five years ago, hand painting different scenes or designs on each one. "I needed a gift for somebody, somebody who has everything, so I decided I would make them, so picked up a sap bucket, painted a barn on there and she loved it. And I loved it. It was so much fun," she said.

And it has gotten sweeter from there. Her newest creation -- the story bucket. Give Priscilla some information about your life and she turns in into a functional scrap book. "It captures different parts of people's life, so they got married in Las Vegas, they met at the Wheel Inn," she said.

Reporter Gina Bullard: "Did you ever go to art school or get training?"

Priscilla Hughes: "I never did, but ever since kindergarten my favorite day was art class day."  

Her sense of detail will surprise you, the entire way around the bucket.  One client ordered a piece for his wife who loved the New England Patriots.  Since Priscilla isn't a football fan she did her research -- even down to the players weights.

Each bucket takes upwards of 20 hours to paint and she's made more than 200. "Really, it's kind of cool because it's putting a piece of Vermont in people's home. I've shipped from Canada to Hawaii," she said.

Putting a sweet spin -- on a Vermont tradition.

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