Finally! The Road Taken/WPC/SundaySampler

The Road Taken

We’ve had our driveway blocked for about 2 months. January 8th to be precise; the water main broke sending a river down the road. With no warning, the cavalry arrived to patch it up on Wednesday.

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The Road Taken – Literally

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Another road taken down the Katy Trail with one of my¬†daughters and husband. At least I didn’t receive bunny ears (eyes rolling).

Some more of our walk on the scenic Katy Trail.

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Another Road Taken with my neice to my favorite section of any store – The Fabric Section! Let me just say this is a gigantic step for the next generation. Fabric purchasing and selection is an unknown territory for many of them. I’m beaming here if you can’t tell!

And guess what?! She sews! Zach you have a good catch…. but I’m sure you know that ūüôā

Back to the subject at hand.

Our 3-generation project has begun. Above are the fabric choices she made, the blocks that she and my mother cut out, and the sample¬†arrangement suggestions I sent to her via cell phone. We’re making a special something to use in her July 1 wedding. Can’t tell you what we’re using this for yet, but I can tell you she chose view #2. I am in total agreement.

Have a Wonderful Rest of Your Sunday!!

From Aaron/Sunday Sampler

In the spotlight this Sunday is my one and only…..

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Nephew!!

He drew my name in our family gift exchange and a little bird apparently told him I needed to go shopping. And shopping I did!

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Just lookie at what I came up with Aaron!

Taking time this Sunday Sampler to say Thank You for your help in resuscitating my fabric and yarn stash. #NeverEnoughSuppliesInTheSewingRoom

2 Hours and 30 Minutes South/WPC

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We took a road trip one weekend to pay our respects to my husband’s family. This was during a busy fall weekend, around this same time of year. The nearest town was celebrating with Civil War reenactments and a festival. Beyond that a few more miles was our destination. A 100-year-old-or-more country church where his family had attended and the adjoining family plot. The road to the church and cemetary had one way in and one way out. The old church was still in use¬†and there were sawhorse tables outdoors probably waiting for pot luck dinners and that were¬†left out year round. No indoor plumbing and very limited electricity.

We had our 2 daughters with us and they were both under age 10 at the time. The surrounding area was very remote and very pretty with the trees all turning. But my husband kept telling me he felt like we were being watched as we went around reading the names of the departed and finding those familiar to us. He also told me he noticed a distinct aroma and that he had a feeling we had better not stick around there much longer. ( I now have to come clean and admit I thought he was over-reacting) It was nearing dusk and time to start heading back home anyway so we all loaded back up in the car.

That one road out was met with a pick-up truck of 3 men. My husband, being a law enforcement officer, told me to tell the girls in the back seat to duck their heads down and hold on. We then took a¬†little detour down a ditch and around the pick-up. Clearly it¬†was blocking the road intentionally. I was not sure why on earth he’d leave a perfectly fine road like that and¬†possibly ask them to let us by? The word indignant would sum up my attitude about the whole situation.

My WordPress Photo Challenge entry this week will explain why we needed to leave there in such a manner.

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In short, if you ever travel into the backwoods of Southern Missouri and smell a little corn mash cookin, best be quick about your business and don’t stop to ask questions.

Just to set the record straight, that is a picture of Legally purchased ‘Shine’ and will only be ingested in very small quantities.

Check out this link for other WordPress Photo Challenge entries.

Pass It On/Sunday Sampler

Yesterday was Green Ridge Park Day. Annually held, this event brings out local crafters to assemble their booths and wares along the edges of the city park. To put this in perspective, Green Ridge has a population of 476 according to the 2015 Census. But the folks here turn out to support the volunteer fire department, public school that serves grades K thru 12, and other local groups with silent auctions, ticket raffles, grilled burgers and hot dogs and plenty of fun and games for all ages. A real family event.

This morning, I’m sharing with you a few items that sold from my Etsy store listings.

But before I do that, I want to tell you about the fair number of little girls who were interested in crochet, sewing, and beading for jewelry. I must take this moment to stress to readers in all walks of life the importance of passing on these traditions of creating handmade items.

Pass. It. On.

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Sunday Sampler

Space/ Thursday Doors

 

Simple 1

In looking at rental options, the one thing that drew my daughter to her current choice was the cabinet space. She comes from a long line of cooks. A good supply of pots and pans is imperative. Not to mention, there must be a spot for her Bavarian China from her dad and I.

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Then there’s the cleaning stash door. That is broom, vacume, mop.

Can’t have too many Doors when it comes to cabinets.

Paper Bag

Joke

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After a grocery trip to the local Walmart, we watched this family leave the store and I saw¬†them jokingly put the bag on the young girl’s head. Before this somehow goes viral, she was not being kidnapped.

The following conversation ensued in a group text. I was driving ūüėČ

Bad Bag Day

I love when I don’t have to write this stuff. And that eye roll ……..

A Door First

Thursday Doors

I have been admiring from afar the Thursday Door posts for quite some time. There are so many great ones out there. I’m about to hop aboard with one of my own. I’ll hope to make it a regular feature and try to be half as good as the challenge host. Thanks by the way for such great inspiration!

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Entrance to Rachel’s house.

Last Monday and Tuesday were spent moving furniture and belongings to my daughter’s first apartment. She’s off to grad school and we are so-o-o-o proud around here.

Momma Brag moment #1 million.

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The home is divided into apartments and was built around 1902. Lots of character inside! Lawrence Kansas, you’d better be good to my little girl.

Or else!

Inez

Muse

As a noun, it means a person ‚ÄĒ especially a woman ‚ÄĒ who is a source of artistic inspiration

Naming a few I would consider inspirational is fairly easy in this computer age. So many people contribute ingenious ideas on all those sharing sites that you get wrapped up in; almost addicted to at times. But there is always at least one who was the most influential in the beginning.

Inez Davis Reed Hunter

Grandmother, mother, wife, one-room-schoolhouse teacher, Depression Era Survivor, Veteran wife and mother, Farmer’s wife, Cook and host of many large, Sunday family dinners, Musician, church member, organizer, teacher and volunteer,¬†4-H club leader/charter founder for local club still in existence, Seamstress/crafter, Caretaker, Taxi for the grands, Cheerleader for all, Woman of Faith.

Miss her and all her wisdom.

For other posts on ‘Muse’, click here.

Supply and Demand /Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Daughter #1 is moving off to grad school and she mentioned she didn’t have many pot holders. You have to understand, she’s as burn-your-fingers prone as I am. So this is an issue for consideration. And, being as I have a supply, I will fill this demand.

Momma Econ 101

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First is the scrappy, upcycled version with denim backing. Very durable and good for protecting those 10 digits.

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Next is a more decorative style and honestly makes a better trivet than pot holder.  Protecting your counter or table top is essential. Also, wool products are self-extinguishing so a good choice for those extra hot pans.

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This is a Hexi made of cotton yarn and would double as either a dishcloth or trivet.

For your educational enjoyment, let me say that cotton will not melt. It will burn, yes. But not melt. A good protective item to have between your dishes and the table.

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But of course the best fire prevention is this item.

I told you this was Momma Econ 101!!

 

Quick Pick Request/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Mother brought me a project. She is very accomplished in hand embroidery and she thought this needed an extra addition in the form of a crocheted edge.

Enter me.(She doesn’t crochet.)

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So I have a decision to make. I’ve narrowed down some edgings that I think might prove to be a pretty embellishment.border voting

I’ll be using the same color, ivory, as I’ve started with. No color changes. The intention is¬†a charming heirloom appearance.¬†Number 75 is my current pick. But like Missouri weather, change could come at any minute.