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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Nostalgia/Thursday Doors

This week I’m feeling a little nostalgic after a loss in my family. Attending a Catholic funeral brought back some memories of my childhood and figured I’d just go with the stuff on my mind.

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My Doors entry for the week is our local Sacred Heart Church. According to a local historian, it was dedicated in 1893. The style is Gothic like the European cathedrals of the 13th century.

The inside is exceptionally beautiful. Maybe photos sometime after I ask permission?

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A view looking up. Sedalia, Missouri has some real treasures.file_005-2

Cornerstone laid 1892.

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Can’t we just take down those powerlines for a minute?

Some side notes:

  • I  first entered these doors with my childhood babysitter. She is the one biggest influence leading to my adult life. Loved her like my second mother. I can pretty much blame her for my chosen career path. Miss her so.file_003
  • My grandfather, father and his brothers were all local painters and at some point or other were hired to paint in, on and around Sacred Heart Church and it’s other buildings. But that cross on the top was only tackled by one of my uncles. He was the only one brave enough to climb it. Don’t worry OSHA. This was before you were formed. His story I’ll save for another day…..after I find that photo of him.

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

Let the Sun Shine In/Sunday Sampler

Sunflowers are historically know for being happy flowers. So a little sun on your shoulders is just the thing to send cheer someone’s way. Which is the inspiration for my latest item on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy.

And then of course it helps that my daughter is enjoying these beauties in person in the  Sunflower State.

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See you next time on The Sunday Sampler

On A Mission/SundaySampler/WPC

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I spent a couple hours Saturday on a mission. I was informed by my resident daughter of Lawrence, Kansas that there was ‘this yarn shop’. No more words needed. We hopped in the truck and headed downtown to The Yarn Barn.

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Can you see the focus needed when perusing such a delectable assortment of eye candy?

Unfortunately, my focus had to be on the Price. And then there were the color choices running a close 2nd.

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My eyes located the clearance bins at the back of the store eventually. (Special thanks at this time for the patience of the family for enduring my inspection of each and every single area of this store.) I found this “Jones” shade and we all instantly thought of my pen pal across the pond with the same surname. Not to mention a “Jones” or 2 we are either related to or dear friends with.

hrhendorsedAnd then there’s this Endorsement from the Campaign For Wool with Patron:

HRH The Prince of Wales. We are fans of those Royals and not just the Kansas City variety. Figured this was my sign from above to go ahead and choose this beautiful shade of teal.

100%Wool, to be washed separately, dried flat and no ironing. Directions to be followed to a Tee. Unless you want shrinkage.

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Also in that clearance bin were these additional wools that are simply gorgeous. They are so soft and I absolutely cannot wait to make something special with them!!

Yarn Barn in Lawrence, I’ll be back! The Quest continues.

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Less Is Not Always More/Thursday Doors

While contemplating my upcoming Thursday Door contribution, I was sent a text last Tuesday.

It went something like this………..

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And I thought, wait! That’s a Door post just waiting for publication! How could I not share this?

So I am.

And I have a close-up.

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And that sheet metal closure he was mentioning….

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I’m pretty sure my children would have rather died than rode in something like this.

And they thought my 1997 Lincoln Town Car was mortifying. 😉

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

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

Edge of the Fenceline/WPC

Edge

This week, let’s keep our angles sharp and heart rate fast.

These were the instructions.

I’m afraid I get enough racing heart moments when my day begins and ends with keeping up with a group of children under age 5. I choose to select this picture of where land and sky meet at the edge of a fenceline. Enjoy!

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See more awesome photo challenge entries here.

 

Feeling Like Dorothy/ Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors

Entering into a well-traveled road phase in life between home and Lawrence, Kansas.  Last week there was a day we were pretty thankful that the daughter had one of these doors at her place. And I decided I’d take a picture of it and let you know that in our part of the world, tornado season is Not over.

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Now to share a little view of ‘the drive’.

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This was our clue that things may get interesting. And I don’t mean the Integrity sign. However, maybe that was a message from above?

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It’s gonna get even better.

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 That, dear readers, is what a black sky looks like.  

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This is what rotation looks like when frozen in a photo. Or when you’re driving to get the heck outathere. No zoom used in this shot FYI.

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Even with the spots on the windshield, that sunset is a welcome sight!

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Leave It To Me/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

The recent October Crochet World was full of ideas I’d like to try out. If I only had enough hours in the day.

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I did have an hour yesterday between laundry and more laundry. Oh, and more laundry.

Grouped together, I can see using them as a

                                                                     *      party favor

*   garland for a mantle

*     gift bag decoration

*    or applique for an Autumn blanket.

I’ll probably settle for the napkin ring idea. I happen to have a small supply of twine from an auction that was brand new in the wrapper. Score for me! It was only a $1 for the entire box of goodies.

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Now time to dig out those Fall colors in the yarn stash.

Gathering Those Doors

Thursday Doors

The last week I’ve been contemplating this Doors post.  Thought about trying a theme with this subject.

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Toy Doors abound at my home. But maybe I’ll save up for that one later.

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Around here, I know of a few places that still have these sort of doors. But maybe that is too much for tender eyes? Or maybe some of you don’t get this? It’s your age I assure you. So you get the salt and pepper variety. Ask your parents/grandparents. Or Google.

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And speaking of age, these doors have old hitchin’ posts leading up to the front to tie up your old mare. Love that the owners kept these intact all these years.

Home

But in the end, there’s my boring ol’ door that leads home. It has seen more traffic in and out of it in the last 20 years of daycare than any of you can ever imagine. Over 150 children, their parents, grands, and greats, uncles, aunts,(some of them mine), both rich or poor and everything in between. Even a few pets to ‘show and tell’. Wouldn’t it be wondrous if all the doors we see could tell their story?