Pulling the Plug/Sunday Sampler

Introducing my newest model for the Etsy shop. We were just about ready for breakfast bright and early one morning last week when I took advantage of a wide awake young lady in a very happy mood. Perfect recipe for some Fun photos!

Special thanks to her parents for giving me the chance to feature this little princess!            Love That Face!!

Thanks for stopping in for this week’s Sunday Sampler!!

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Cheshire Cat

Sunday Sampler

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.

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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.

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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:

  1. I Loved Alice 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.
  2. 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!

 

 

How’d It Go?/ Sunday Sampler

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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.

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!

 

Brandywine Pink/ WPC/ Sunday Sampler

Elemental

Our instructions are: For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. and to Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually, as you pick up your camera this week.

 

For me this week, there was some canning.mirroredelemental2017By some, I’m talking over 25 pints and some 15 or so quarts of canned goodness from my garden. And it’s not over yet.

Did you know boil water canning requires a perfect balance of the 4 elements for a successful run?

  • Earth: Bounty from your garden.
  • Water: Boil water canning is best for high acid foods such as tomatoes. It also takes way less time to process. Recommended as best method by the Ball Blue Book.
  • Air: You’ll probably prefer a cooler kitchen with a hood vent over your stove if possible. If nothing else, find yourself a nice fan.
  • Fire: A constant flame on my stove is an essential requirement. Do Not wear clothes that will catch on the cookery or create a hazard. In other words, no swimsuits for your canning experience, please.

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Might I add that if you ever get the opportunity to grow Brandiwine Pink heirloom tomatoes, do it without hesitation. They are the absolute best tomato I have ever sank my teeth into. Sweet and definitely a gift from above!

Enjoy your summer goodness!

For other wonderful entries in the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge, click here.  This will be an addition to my Sunday Sampler page as well.

 

Floral Collage/Sunday Sampler/WPC

Collage

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Shopping on eBay gave me an opportunity to share in the Weekly Photo Challenge on this Sunday afternoon. Some lovely fabrics that you can’t find in the stores around here are my display in collage style. I’ve been lucky to find this very reputable seller who has somehow acquired many beautiful fabrics. Now to sort fabrics into color schemes———-a collage for another day.

 

2 Senoritas & Herb/ Sunday Sampler

It’s time to show off my mother’s stash that I finally put on Etsy today. Sorry I took so long, Mom.

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She does such a wonderful job at hand embroidery. I could definitely see these in a South Texan ranch. hint hint (we have some family there btw)

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This  lil’ berry pattern has a special touch with some blue leaves. They would be lovely sittin’ next to a July 4th dish.

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We used to know a guy named Herb. He was my husband’s boss for a short time. But the ‘herb’ here is obviously not a person, just a lovely Marjoram pattern for someone’s kitchen. Sous Chef’s, take note!

Hope you enjoy your week and this episode of the Sunday Sampler.

Scrubbing Away/ Sunday Sampler

Cringe

 There it was in my email. A new project that was supposed to take 1 hour. There were some others but this one had no reviews yet and the picture looked like I could figure it out if the instructions went awry.

Well after this evening, I’m gonna cringe admitting this, but I won’t be putting the first review down. I was taught that if you can’t say anything good, keep your trap shut. Many times I’ve botched that up. But not this time. I am going to one-up this and make it better. I’m fixing the pattern to make it better, faster, easier.  In the mean time, you get to see my finished product. It’s not quite like the one on the pattern page. Similar but not. I eliminated several steps and inserted some of my own.

Bottle scrubber

That little red adornment on the wooden spoon is a bottle scrubber…. of sorts. The yarn is a special nylon ‘scrubbie’ yarn and it will most definitely do the job with all the bottles we wash at this daycare. Didn’t you know that the dishwasher melts water bottles??? And did you know I can throw this little fabrication in the washing machine after each use?? I may have to throw a few of these on the Etsy shop. Wooden spoons not included.

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Some Royal Blues/Sunday Sampler 

Future pattern for sale in the works. 

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 🙂

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!!