On my outings, if a yarn shop is detected, we must stop. Such is the case when the sign below was in my sights at Arrow Rock, Missouri last Saturday afternoon.
Not the best angle for a door pic. Please forgive this photographer-in- training.
We were across the street when I spied this sign. After taking some pics of some doors around this historic site (future doors stash for later), I dragged the hubby with me to give in to the call of the wool. Once inside, I asked the salesperson permission to take some shots of this charming little niche.
Behold the masses of yarn. Not the Walmart or other-mart type. But true, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn from artisans. Real. Good. Stuff.
So with the required door pic taken, a few steps more took me to a little bin that had sets of yarn, which I bought one of. You could read about that here, but only if you’re so inclined. My focus this post is on the eye candy.
And a cabinet-to-die-for was sitting along this wall. I need one about half this size and have been carefully watching local auctions for just the right one to fit in my chosen spot at home. Doors attached would be a must. I would need a few items hidden away. Can’t have the hubby seeing All my yarn purchases 😉
Saturday we made a trip to Columbia, Missouri, for a child care training. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we had some terrible news. The trainer who had been planning to head the class, along with her office help, had passed away totally unexpectedly. We have known Annette for several years, had her in my home, exchanged stories of personal experiences and, I feel, were friends. You can imagine the shock and tears that were part of the reactions among our group of caregivers. That’s our job. To care. Being the training was canceled at that point, the decision was made that it was time for my husband and I to regroup and spend some time enjoying life. I think she would have wanted us to do that in her memory.
So we traveled along some side roads on the return trip home, took some great photos, and just took in some views of Mid-Missouri on a September Saturday. I will definitely be sharing some of my pics in the future. But for today, I’m sharing a little purchase I made in Arrow Rock, Missouri, at A Grand Yarn. I highly recommend a look-see.
It’s in this bag. Great things often come in small packages. And this one will be used for me to create a ‘remembrance’ item.
This choice is a definite splurg. I’ve never spent this much on yarn before but it Had to be meant for me on this particular day. 2 things about this package:
I LovedAlice in Wonderland as a girl so much! I am Sure my mother was sick of reading it to me night after night. And notice the ‘Cheshire Cat’ “Wonderland Yarns” and ‘pigments of imagination’. Mother would agree this is the one for me.
Notice the “Beautiful Soup: Pot No. 1”? Annette was always demonstrating recipes, helpful hints and reminding us of the importance of keeping up with our menus.
Yep, Annette, this is meant to be! Rest in Peace and See you on the other side!
I’ve kind of held off on sharing this gem for Thursday Doors for a few weeks. It’s a work of art and my fellow Doors enthusiasts will be at least slightly amused at my take on it this week.
I only wish I’d been looking at the detailed information just a little bit more as there’s no way to return to find it now. The Missouri State Fair 2017 is long gone.
There’s a whole page of details in the top right of this pic. I was so focused on the flash reflecting in many of my shots that I neglected to capture the entrant’s story behind this lovely cathedral in miniature.
Some of it did ‘make it’ though and so if you care to read what was captured, you can get a fairly good idea of the main story for the piece.
Anyway, this is my entry for Thursday Doors and I hope you enjoyed and appreciate the time it took for the creator to complete this scrollwork cathedral — 3 months.
A rural Missouri town has the distinction of having a ‘World’s First’. I present the site of the first railroad all steel bridge that crosses the Missouri River into this town of 1,103 residents according to the 2010 census.
In 1880, the population was 1,841 and a port for riveroat departure/arrival. I’m sure the first sight of that new structure gave plenty of excitement to those residents during the 1878 completion. This current one is the replacement. Maybe someday I’ll happen upon a picture of the original?
Til then here’s the view of the modern version built in 1960 as it stretches across the Mighty Mo.
The season to begin Christmas shopping officially opened yesterday here in Central Missouri at the Windsor Septemberfest 2017. We were stationed at the Windsor Elementary School gymnasium in Windsor, Missouri, respectfully, along with many other crafters from around the region. Mother, my husband, and I were set up by the 8:45 am deadline.
Special thanks to our family and friends that showed up to help out, purchase or even just say hello! We loved seeing you!
Mother’s jams, jellies and salsas are a main attraction each time we attend an event.
Kerchiefs are a great seller on Etsy and they get lots of Ooh’s and Aah’s during the day.
Going to be in the Etsy shop by end of today.
And then I have a little collage of the ‘Sold’ items.
A common denominator to purchases at these venues seems to be the desire to find that One of a Kind item. Even the LuLaRoe seller behind our booth tended to know this little tid bit. Nothing seemed to have a duplicate.
So, Sellers of the Land, let it be known that mass produced items are not in huge demand to small-town USA (exceptions: candles and other great scented items). I hope this trend continues because buying handmade truly supports small businesses.
Gardening has slowed down at last and none too soon. The first craft show of the season is next Saturday. Piles of scraps from over the years are crammed into my XXL Space Bag (aka giant ziplock bag). There are also several small storage tubs with more organized scraps. But for the purpose of trying to use up this ginormous stash, I’m sticking with the bag until my supply diminishes significantly.
Speaking of bags, pictured above is my portion of an order I split with my dear mother. She’s also in a sewing, frenzy mode. Her church sewing group is making cloth diapers for children in need in another country. Forgive me for not remembering which country. Note to self:Future post on this topic needed.
Snaps and Press (top left) Snaps inserted (top right) Yesterday’s haul and a back view (bottom left to right)
Scrap project #1 is these bibs that I use on a day to day basis in my own daycare. I can testify for their durability. I have, in the past, used sew-on metal snaps. They can leave irritation on some infants and toddlers. I also have used velcro. Same issue as well. Velcro tends to wear out with many washings. It attracts lint, strings from fabric, as well as hair. Le yuck! I definitely find the plastic snaps are my preference! The scrappy appearance of these String-quilt-style bibs give a child visual contrast. Early childhood professionals know that this visual stimulation is a positive way to engage brain development.
For the back, no stone is left unturned. I have a stockpile of worn out jeans and work pants from over the years that simply come from this family of 4. Some black will be used this season as that is what’s on top of the pile. Plus, I like a little change from the blue denim.
Note: Bibs should never be left on an infant or child during napping.
Personally speaking, I’d like to send prayers for my dear family and friends in the path of Hurricane Harvey. May you be kept safe!
I’ve talked about our Missouri State Fair a few lots of times. I hope my readers will endure one more post. You see, I found the ‘mother-lode’ this year. I don’t recall ever seeing so many quilts in one building with doors on them as I did this year. And I’ve seen a lot of fairs come and go. After all, it’s only across the highway from our home. It’s The place of the year to see or be seen in Sedalia, Missouri. One of these days, I may enter my own quilt. But for now, I’m sharing this door extravaganza in quilts. Hope you enjoy!
This next one, however, deserves extra inspection. I haven’t counted the doors, but someone has an enormous amount of patience to piece this work of art. I salute you as, apparently, do the judges this year. You were rewarded that purple ribbon. Much congratulations sent your way!
Because of the lighting (or lack thereof) and shadows this isn’t the best shot. It is, however, a huge inspiration to us quilters who try to use up all our fabric stash in one fell swoop. The Corner to Corner division in this quilt is what makes it different and loveable. The hand quilting is what got it a ribbon. Personally I think the creator deserved a blue one.
Another busy week + Trying to Do it All at My Age = easy share for Thursday Doors.
We were headed this way, towards the Grand Stand at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.
I look forward to taking some ‘after’ pics for comparison soon.
But this item caught my eye. We’ve got some lumber and stuff and want to build ourselves a hothouse. This one gives us some ideas….
The door is pretty much not what I’d pick personally. I’ve been exposed to so many options since joining the Door patriots here. Thanks everyone, by the way.
The lighting prevented me from getting a good focus but you can see the sizes that are possible as well as the name of the company should you really be interested in what they offer. I’m a do-it-yourselfer when possible.