How’d It Go?/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

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!

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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.

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Going to be in the Etsy shop by end of today.

And then I have a little collage of the ‘Sold’ items.

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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.

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Sweet Memories/Thursday Doors

Last Sunday, another Lawrence trip to spend with both daughters was the agenda. Oh Happy Joy!

Being it was a birthday celebration, we slipped through these doors for some pre-dinner treats. Yes, dessert came first 🙂

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dappled lighting was my struggle for a decent pic. 

Once inside you can see what a lovely little place this is! Delicacies and yummy items for whatever tickles your fancy.

We had the place all to ourselves for a little bit and so I was able to take advantage of the moment with this indoor view without offending any diners.

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“Life is Short, Eat Dessert First!” Especially if celebrating your birthday!

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Pint-sized Scraps/Sunday Sampler

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

 

Sharing Effects/Thursday Doors

Quick and painless is my motto this week for Thursday Doors. Canning and freezing (and canning) and working are leaving me a bit weary. The garden is having a bumper crop year. So thanks to suggestions from Google Effects, I think I have a beauty to get me through.

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This is the back porch door to Grandma’s house. Mother, mother-in-law-, grandmother, Nancy’s house, neighbor……… but never, ever Granny. It’s just the rule. But whatever you call yours, everyone knows the kids are always welcome there.

Thursday Doors finds its beginnings over at Norm 2.0. Please visit and find more door posts there by clicking the blue frog at the bottom of his post. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Helping Out/WPC

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Meet Evette, again. She’s my niece and there’s no doubt she’s “Sew in Love”. I’m getting pure satisfaction from seeing her use her beginning sewing skills towards gift-giving while her new husband is off at basic training. We are very proud of them both. Proud for his service to our country and to her holdin’ down the homefront while he’s away.

Last week she came to me with a preplanned embroidery project. Unfortunately, while making the project, her friend’s sewing machine bit the dust. So I was getting to do a little more than planned. Not a problem. Glad to help.

Fast forward to the embroidery…….

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She showed me what she needed and chose a beautiful font. I had it digitized and ready to go. The A was well on it’s way in this picture. With this design, there would be some re-hooping of the item in order to fit the project. (My hoop is pretty much ancient compared to newer ones. Mine’s circa 18 to 20 years old.) Unfortunately, the A was all that got completed before my memory card fried. Unable to fix it, we improvised, overcame and adapted. Marines out there will appreciate that last sentence. Semper Fi!

Moving on, I must let my niece know that her “Large” pins were a hit with me. I’ve always used the normal size, but after using hers, I may have to get some of these. They were so generous in size and I didn’t prick my fingers nearly as much. Who says you don’t learn from the younger generation??!! And that Minky fabric is soft! And slick to sew with. I tried the walking foot but reverted to the normal foot after about 10 inches. Any hints out there would be appreciated for future minky projects.

 

Above are the completed carrier cover and the baby quilt.

And just for the baby’s sake, I’ve a little message I’m sure Evette would want to pass along…..

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A Gem on Route 66 /ThursdayDoors

Thursday Doors

When at the Missouri History Museum we were tempted with the display of an ice cream shop on Route 66 that is still open after 80 years. Introducing Ted Drewes.

But first, probably the only door I could find worth a hoot for this post…….

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A reminder of something that has disappeared within the last 80 years. Related are: Where will Superman do his quick change, How to make collect calls, Answering a random phone booth ringing and Using actual money to make a phone call, all a part of history.

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Back to Ted Drewe’s –a first view. Here’s a little hint. If you see nuns eating at an establishment, it’s gonna be O.K.

Who is Ted Drewe’s? Ted Drewes Sr., was a St. Louis attraction, winning the Muny Tennis Championships each year from 1925 to 1936. Feel free to read more here.

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A ‘door’ for posterity’s sake.

Boasting 12 serving windows, Ted Drewes motto is “Our Business is Service”.

The website tells that it is hardly recognizable during the Christmas season as they sell trees and the lot is loaded with them. They’ve been doing that for over 50 years. One thing you can say about this place is that they are certainly good at longevity and have obviously found their niche in St. Louis.

A line in the summer sun makes the treat even more delish.

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The daughters approve! Our ‘adoptee’ daughter was a great tour guide to go along with the GPS and we thank you Miss Meaghan for your outstanding hospitality! Til next time….

Other Doors posts seen here at Norm 2.0. Enjoy!

The Newlyweds/WPC

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This week, share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end. As you pick up your lens, explore the ways in which a single photograph can express time, while only showing us a small portion of any given moment.

I’m choosing a recent moment from this past weekend at my neice’s wedding. All eyes are upon you at that transitional moment in time where you become The Mr. and Mrs.

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All our love and blessings to you both!!

For other photo challenge entries, click here.

Home Away/Thursday Doors

Instead of the usual hotel stay, we chose another avenue during a recent get-away. Using an app called Home Away, we booked this spot in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. My photos of the outside are not very good so you’ll get to imagine the outside view for now. But the inside entrance door is my emphasis today for Thursday Doors.

HomeAwayDoor A 2-bedroom loft apartment with all the amenities was a tall order normally, but this alternative gave us exactly what four grown adults needed. Space and a lot of comfort were made affordable. I promise this is not a commercial. I do, however, recommend at least looking into this possibility next time you travel. Wanna see some more of this awesome place???

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The table is pretty small compared to what we’re used to at home, but for our little venture, it was just fine.

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The living room and kitchenette were pretty large and all open concept. And another door to one of the bedrooms in the 3rd pic of the collage. This one was the sliding variety to keep space at its best potential. Upon writing this, I’m realizing there’s quite a bit I did not document. The washer/dryer, the huge bathtub, the walk-in shower and the large amount of closet space that I missed getting shots of. And the only thing that I’d call negative was the steep incline to get into the parking garage. I do mean steep. We’re talking at least 5% grade on a 20 foot ramp, provided the ramp was even that long and the roof was 10 foot. My husband is likely to tell me after this post that the roof was lucky to be 8 feet tall in the parking garage. (After all, the truck barely missed a few spots.) I’ll let you know later. The plus….. it was secure and not on the street. So those are just some more things you might not find on the app. And again I wish I’d taken more photos.

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I’ve got many more photo memories to share later, but suppressing my urge to tell all at this time. Hope you have a lovely rest of your Thursday!

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

My Results Are In!

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I was trying to figure out a way to connect this daily challenge with my recent news of the weekend. And ‘by jove I’ve got it”!!! I found a picture that sums up how much I like history……

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Maybe you will realize my connection? I  am definitely a history buff. Always interested in my ancestry and so with a ‘SALE’ on ancestry.com, it was a no-brainer for me to try a DNA test. First off, I sent in the spit in the vial. This was April 2. A 6 to 8 week waiting period was to be expected. I waited a tad bit longer due to an apparently larger-than-expected batch of tests sent in after Christmas. I guess they did pretty good with their sale. My results came in over the weekend. And without further ado, I present my findings.

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My reaction? I had no idea whatsoever about the Iberian Peninsula connection. None. That translates to Portugal/Spain by the way. I mean it was even more than the Irish and Great Britain that I was fully aware of. Someone’s got some splainin’ to do 🙂

Those bottom 3 literally blow my mind too. And whatever happened to the Legend of our Native American ancestry? I think Great Grandma had an ornery streak and was quite the story teller. If you’ve ever had a DNA test done, were you convinced of the results?

Now time to dive in and do the family tree stuff. Stay tuned…….

BRGR/Thursday Doors

When a 3-year-old writes notes to “His One True Love”, you deliver. No hesitating. No batting the eyes. You make it happen.

This Thursday Door is where we entered to our meeting place.

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Not the best lighting when someone’s headlights are blazing behind you.

BRGR in Prairie Village, Kansas is a pretty cool place that happened to have an unusual door for a strip mall location. Points scored straight off.

BRGR (2) The outdoor seating is vacant in this pic, but when we arrived the tables were loaded up with the warmer temps we’ve been having. They even have the fire lit. Very cozy.

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The name of the dive was accurate in what they specialize in. Burgers. Catering to those who need the g-free version(my daughter & hubster) was another high scoring point of the night.

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Notes delivered and another successful Doors venture complete.