What Are Ya Huntin’?

So Goes Our Lives

I read the above clipping from grandma and it pretty much sums up what I’m aiming for in preparing my booth each year. I’m trying to present what folks are hunting for in either a gift, something they need, or just an item they haven’t seen before and maybe they just don’t want to go home empty-handed. Girls gotta shop right?! It would be sacrilegious to leave without Something. In case you’ve been sleeping, Christmas is on the way.

So do you wanna see what I was presenting this year? OH! I must mention after last week’s post on Inez’s Clippings– That vendor did not appear this year. And we were allowed to spread out our tables just a tad bit when the vendor beside us didn’t show up. Good times.

Before I give you the pictorial, a thank you needs to go out to Cole Camp for always delivering a superb Christbaumfest. A wonderful tradition that brings together the spirit of the season.

Huntin’ Trip

And last but not least, I have to thank my dear mother-in-law for buying my mini quilt and stand. And then leaving a lovely post on Facebook for all her acquaintances to read.

New home for the mini quilt. Now I know what to give her for Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day 🙂

I have such a supportive (enabling lol) family and they even turn out to help us load our stuff at the end of the day (Barbi & Scott, Leslie & Tracy God Bless You!) Mother, Kirsten and I really appreciate each and every one that made our day a little brighter. Grandma Must be smiling down!!

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.

Big Washout/ Inez’s Clippings

Seems my choice for this post was fairly timely seeing as we had a little snowfall. I love yesterday’s latest tweet I read from Lawrence, Ks PD. Here’s a screenshot/pic……

We had more than a little light snow here in Mid-Missouri. The schools closed due to icy roads …or most of them closed. Some may be in denial on the road conditions. I need to install a live video feed of my neighborhood of the drive-by’s for the schools out there. hehe

For now though I’m going to share some of the Wonder of Winter through the eyes of a child. Hope your Tuesday isn’t a washout.

Scatter Sunshine/Inez’s Clippings

I love the clipping above. The author, Major Edward Bowes, was a radio personality from the 30’s and 40’s. Most famous for his amateur talent show that ran on the radio for 18 years. In fact, one famous singer was featured on his show that everyone will know unless you’re from Mars–that being Frank Sinatra. I found a clip of him singing but I think it might take a bit away from grandma’s clipping. This isn’t about Ol’ Blue Eyes. No disrespect intended. Another time I’ll revisit Frank circa 1935.

I like the clipping above for many of its facets. But Scatter Sunshine really strikes a chord with me. I feel like by acting on this two-word phrase, everything else will follow….a heart free from hate, worry-free mind, love-filled life, thinking of others…..you get the idea I’m sure. Nowadays, we hear of those paying it forward. Very similar thought process. And why not?! What do you have to lose with being kind.

Scattered Sunshine
Scattered Sunshine

Being creative this week in the sewing room and I hope these creations will scatter some sunshine somewhere when they are complete.

Not really taking any votes on these 2 versions of the Pine Tree quilt block. But my preference is the one on the left. They’ll be ready shortly.

What the heck, I’m sharing Frank Sinatra here anyway. Enjoy!! Scattering Sunshine on Inez’s Clippings!

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??

‘Miss’ Understood/Inez’sClippings

‘Miss’understood

With a ‘little miss’ in the hubby’s engine we are taking it nice and easy this weekend. Sharing a few photos. If you need me, I’m sewing. No stress allowed.

An apron using a Pinterest pattern find is hopefully a hit for the Fall craft show season.

Model of the day

And an actual model never hurts sales any. In this installment of Inez’s Clippings, May the Pies Ever Be in Your Flavor!!

Sleep Deprivation/Inez’s Clippings

Sleep deprivation is a thing for many people. In our home, it happens to a couple of us—present company not included. I happen to think that my job is one of those that helps you get a good night’s sleep after the day is done. I am thankful for that. This is not to say that those who have sleep trouble aren’t working hard enough. A good night’s sleep is a mystery to many as apparently it’s a challenge to successfully treat.

You have to admit that Grandma’s clipping below is pretty cute.

I just love Grandma's sense of humor!
I just love Grandma’s sense of humor!

This weekend while everyone in Sedalia and the surrounding area is at the Missouri State Fairgrounds (working/riding rides/seeing a concert,eating corn dogs and cotton candy), I’m here at home working on a project for some good friends. They have recently moved but we have a common friend (our daughter) who will transport the project for us once it is completed. In short, I spent Saturday cutting soccer jerseys.

Of all the marking tools I’ve researched, I found these are the best for quilting. Just don’t use the orange. For some reason, it doesn’t wash out the best. As a daycare provider, ask me how I know this. 😉

Hard to see in the second pic, but I’ve pinned the opening closed prior to cutting.

Some factors to consider when making someone a jersey/t-shirt quilt is that the shirts are not replaceable. For this reason, it’s taken me some time and contemplation on how to best begin. If you have a project someone has requested, definitely do the homework first so there are no regrets later. As in carpentry, measure twice, cut once. Don’t let it deprive you of sleep.

Block Cutting Complete
Block Cutting Complete

Stay tuned for the completed quilt in an upcoming post. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!