Plenty Smart

Don’t you think there are plenty of crafted items to go around? I mean I am of the opinion that there are never enough people learning the old traditions of sewing, crocheting, knitting, woodworking, etc. Well last year at a certain craft show mother and I attended, there was a very memorable vender across from us. We were ‘blessed’ (I wouldn’t have used that word at the time) to be placed across from this crafter who was selling similar items to mine. As the day went along the crafter bent quite a few rules which we observed with a fair amount of awe. We watched her step out into the traffic lane of people to begin conversations which was pretty bold on its own. Next, we listened to her raise her voice to auctioneer level. Bear in mind there was a good level of Christmas music playing to add to the atmosphere so yeah, she was pretty loud. And as the crowds increased after a parade, she physically pulled people into her booth space. It got to the point where folks were veering towards our booth and avoiding eye contact with this vendor. We had never experienced this before and I have to say it became very entertaining. Especially when the result was some great sales.

Rules even children understand
Rules even children understand

There are rules at this and many venues that you Never tear down/pack up before the designated time. We watched the lady in charge walking around, visibly making mental notes on who was not obeying this rule. The little town we were in has very deep German roots and traditions and I could just tell how much the lady was fuming at the total disregard to this rule specifically. When I say German, it conjures images of very neat, orderly gardens, perfect painted picket fences and a very no-nonsense lifestyle. Except for beer drinking occasions. Lol But I wouldn’t know -eye roll inserted.

Hope to make short work of this pile by end of Tuesday PM
Hope to make short work of this pile by end of Tuesday PM

So we are wondering if the vendor across the way from us will be invited back this year and if we’ll get the pleasure of sitting across from her?  I will have to keep you posted. In the meantime, I;ve shared above a photo of one of my behemoth piles of unfinished items to, hopefully, have for sale by Saturday. Yes, buring the midnight oil this week. Also, please enjoy this Inez’s Clippings and may you make it to the weekend effortlessly.

Stretching a Dollar/Inez’s Clippings

Gardening, like farming, is a gamble most times. There are years where you have the right temperature, rainfall and fewer pests, and then there are the years of failure. The goal is to spend the least amount of dollars for the highest yield (meaning fullest amount of produce). So when you have a good year, you scramble to make the most of what you have obtained and put it back for the coming months.

Frugal and Not-so Frugal spending
Frugal and Not-so Frugal spending

So to keep with the thrifty ways of my upbringing, I kept my dollar from traveling too far this weekend. I had a bumper crop of bell peppers this year to reserve for future use. The cold temps we had last week required I pick some before they were mature.That’s the beauty of a bell pepper–they taste good whether they’ve finished ripening or not.

Various varieties of sweet peppers.
Various varieties of sweet peppers.

I mean look at these bohemoth peppers! They’re supposed to be 9 to 12 inches and red or yellow. But trust me, they are good as is.

These will be kept in the freezer until I need to add them to our favorite dishes. Between frozen tomatoes and frozen peppers, I’m pretty happy about the prospect of garden fresh meals in winter.

I wonder what deliciousness my grandma would have created with an air fryer? Maybe a topic for future Inez’s Clippings??

A Week in Autumn/Inez’s Clippings

Big changes came this week in our weather. And boy were we ready! The children couldn’t get enough of the outdoors. I am right there with ’em!

Jacket weather at last!

I even found an appropriate clipping from grandma and I’d bet she loved this time of year just as much.

It wasn’t unexpected this year but much anticipated.

In the past, I have had several Persimmon Reports. The first in 2011, followed by 2012, 2013, and after skipping a few years, I resumed after enough requests from family and friends in 2017 and last year. There’s only so much you can say about winter predictions with a persimmon so I’ll keep it simple. Remember this is not scientific.

  • Fork = Mild winter
  • Knife = Cold Cutting Temps
  • Spoon = Lots of moisture whether it’s rain or snow, you’ll be getting your fair share.

Drum roll………. For the Winter of 2019-2020 ……….

With the exception of the dud seed in that last pic, you can expect much moisture this coming winter. I do hear your groans and I apologize profusely. Grab your shovels and snowblowers or have that extra cash handy to pay the neighbors kids to shovel for you.

For me, it means I will have to be pretty creative in helping children expell all their wiggles. Prayers as well as suggestions are welcome and appreciated!

Speaking of creativity, I was gifted a cute lil’ pumpkin this last week as well as a bounty from a neighbors community garden.

There were enough beans to share with my mother! And I did snap them ahead for her ’cause that’s what you do for you mom.

Leaving you this Sunday with a photo of the Katy Trail. May your week ahead bring you much sunshine and wonderful autumn days!

The Katy Trail- Sedalia, Missouri

Herdin’ ’em Up/Inez’s Clippings

Word association will be my attempt to meld a post with this week’s clipping. I struggled with this one but I loved the clipping enough to work with it. Maybe you’ll appreciate the humor and maybe not. Living rural will give you an edge for sure so, city slickers, just know that running over a cow is not an option. Enough said I think.

My ‘herd‘ of projects is becoming a bit excessive so maybe if I share some, or plans for some, I’ll get more finished just for accountability’s sake. I can hope at least.

I’ll begin with the quilt that should be finished by now—if we had a little cooler weather it would have helped. Hand quilting is so much more appealing when it’s going to keep your lap warm. At least all that’s left is this small section and the binding.

This one is actually finished thank goodness! Called Mini Sunbonnet Sue Months of the Year. I did not piece this quilt. My dear hubby found it on eBay for a steal. All I had to do was finish the hand quilting portion. And here is where I’m going to insert an explanation for those who don’t quite understand. There is a difference in construction definitions when I say (or a quilter says) they ‘Hand Quilt’. This refers to the stitching you see all over a quilt. When someone says they “Hand Piece”, it means they have sewn all the portions of the quilt by hand, not on machine. I Don’t “Hand Piece”. lol I’m way too busy for that. Hand quilting is my thing and I like the way it looks with hand stitching rather than machine stitching over the top of a quilt.

And on Friday my dear youngest daughter informed me we needed a baby quilt done by Saturday at 1 pm. There was only one way that would happen and she agreed to participate and assist. Thank you Kirsten and glad you got a lesson in this form of quilt assemblage.

And something I’m preparing to do is use up some spare quilt blocks in a fun way. Mini quilts are my latest endeavor and much more do-able in a short amount of time. They will mostly be machine quilted for those who are wondering. I simply have too much to do to hold onto all these forever.

Vintage blocks from auctions, gimme's from mother & aunts, as well as my own creations.
Vintage blocks from auctions, gimme’s from mother & aunts, as well as my own creations.

The one I’m keeping for display for myself is this one. Funny how I got a memory of it come up today on FaceBook.

So I’m a little behind on stuff as you can see. Had a set of custom bowl cozies picked up this morning and yes I do take some orders. Within reason.

Arizona Diamondback Fans
Arizona Diamondback Fans

And last for this round up but definitely not the only project going on is this quilt that hubby (again) found on eBay. Lots of quilters make tops but never get them completed. This is where I’ve found a niche and I’m gladly taking time to Hand Quilt this one. It is also hand pieced and my admiration goes out to the lady who created it. You only get a peek though 😉

Calling it 'Precious Moments' for the fabric used throughout.
Calling it ‘Precious Moments’ for the fabric used throughout.

I’m a bit long-winded this Monday as you can see. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!