Archive for August, 2010

Bonus Reward

August 25, 2010

As I’ve posted before, I won my first Champion ribbon at the Fair this year.

In addition to the beautiful purple ribbon for Champion, I also won a gift certificate to a local yarn shop. (Right, just what I needed!) Well, today Hubby went with me and we visited the yarn shop. Ohhhhhh, I was like a kid in a candy store! All that yarn! And I got to pick out some to take home and not have to pay for it! This is what I got. . . .

The white yarn is just regular worsted weight yarn. I’ll be able to use it with some more of my sis’ yarn stash that I inherited. I can’t wait to start another afghan. Afghans, scarves and shawls are my favorite things to crochet and knit because most of the time it’s mindless handiwork. Very relaxing!

The beige yarn is a mostly cotton yarn that I’m thinking would make a beautiful shawl and/or poncho. The picture doesn’t do it any justice because it’s a beautiful yarn! There’s so much of it, I’m sure I can get two, maybe three items made from it.

The green yarn is the icing on the cake! It’s a rayon, acrylic yarn with some silk added. It’s very soft and light. It was on sale too, so my gift certificate went even farther! I’m hoping I can find just the right sweater pattern to make for myself.

So I think I did pretty good. Not that I needed any more yarn. But I can always use white and I love the specialty yarns. She had very good prices so if I ever find myself running low on yarn (ahem), I’ll have to visit her shop again.


Question of the Decades

August 24, 2010

Wal-Mart has been my “home away from home” for almost 23 years. Yes, I’ve been working there that long! (I know, I still can’t believe it myself!) I started working to make a little extra money to buy some new furniture. I was hired to help set up the first W-M in Gladstone, Mo. Then my first job was a cashier after we opened the doors. The new wore off pretty fast! I had made the money to buy some furniture and was about ready to quit when the management moved me to the fabric and crafts departments. Then the fun began. I really enjoyed my job.

I’ve worked in three other stores after that Gladstone store and had countless other jobs within W-M. Most of these 23 years, however, I’ve worked on the floor as a salesperson. I really enjoy helping people find what they’re looking for. Consequently, I’ve been asked just about everything! Some of the questions have been a little comical, some embarrassing, but the question I got last night was the cream of the crop.

As you know, school time is here again. Our town is a college town with at least five colleges. That means A LOT of kids going to college. This last week has been enormously busy with parents and kids buying their supplies and household items to set up their rooms at the dorms. (You wouldn’t believe how many hangers we’ve sold!!!!) Most everyone has a question about what size sheets, curtains, etc. that they need. And, oh yes, “where’s the hangers?”

Last night I was straightening up towels when this young man came through with his arms loaded with dishes, a pillow, etc. He grabbed a towel and then asked me, “Is this a towel?” I guess I looked a little stunned, so he said, “I’ve never had to buy a towel before.” I slowly shook my head yes and answered, “yeeeees, that’s a towel.” He thanked me and went on his way. Now, my question is: Has he never dried off with a towel before? And if he has, did he not know that it was a towel? That’s got to be the strangest question I’ve ever been asked since I started to work 23 years ago! Well, what do you think of that?

Magazine Mountain, Part 2

August 23, 2010

Back in June I posted about a project that I knew would take me a while. The project is going through most of my magazines and condensing, or disposing, of them. This project is taking a lot longer than I thought it would.

Of course, there were a lot of interruptions like the Fair, getting the quilt done to give to Daughter C. and new hubby, then the MIL’s funeral. I had to do a rush job cleaning up my sewing room because it’s also our guest room and some of the kids were coming for the funeral. My sewing room is such a mess when I’m working on crafts especially during a hectic time like the Fair.

But after the kids left to go back home, I had a clean and organized sewing room again! Yea! Now it’s so clean and organized I don’t want to mess it up by dragging out stuff to work on again! 🙂 It’s nice to go into my sewing room and just enjoy the neatness for a while!

But I’ve decided that I’ll finish the magazine project before I start anything else. The first thing I did was organize all of the patterns that I cut out of the magazines that I got rid of. I put all the knitting, crocheting, plastic canvas, holiday, cross-stitch, and misc. patterns together into their own folders so I can find them easier when I remember something I wanted to make.

Of course I’ve come across several patterns that I put yarn or other supplies with to make a “kit” for a future “wannabe” project. (I need more of them, you know!)

I’m beginning to see the end of the tunnel. I’m down to going through the books now. It’s really hard for me to get rid of my magazines, but especially hard to get rid of the books. I’ve usually paid a lot more for the books.

I’m trying to be realistic and keep a book only if it has several things in it that I’m pretty sure I’ll make someday. I love going through my books, though. I didn’t realize how many quilt books I’ve acquired since I started getting interested in making quilts in just the last couple of years. If this trend keeps up, I’ll have to buy another bookcase! But, no, now that I realize how many I have, I will put a stop to buying quilting books! (Yeah, right!)

There’s a baby shower coming up in about a week that I’ve been invited to. It’s on a Sat. night and I won’t be able to go, but I’ll run my gift by for the mother-to-be. I usually crochet or knit an afghan as part of my gift. But I was rummaging through my material, seeing if I could make room for some books, ( :)), and I found some fabric that would make a cute baby blanket. Hey, maybe I could get a blanket made in a week? I’m going to try!

Dinner Guest

August 21, 2010

Hubby puts out hummingbird feeders every year. We love to sit in the sunroom every morning having our coffee and tea and watch the birds, squirrels, and an occasional rabbit running around in the yard having their breakfast. (He puts out bird seed for the other birds as well. And we have an apple tree which they all enjoy.)

Once in a while we catch a woodpecker “helping” himself to a drink from the hummingbird feeders. I finally got a pic of one a few weeks ago. It’s not a very good pic because I had to take it through the screen. But you can still see that it’s a woodpecker. Isn’t he pretty?

Fair Results

August 20, 2010

Ok, here’s the results of the Fair for me this year.

I did pretty good. Got 21 ribbons from the 23 crafts that I entered and four ribbons from the six food items. PLUS, I got my Champion ribbon that came with a $20 gift certificate to a yarn shop! Wow! Just what I need — more yarn! (I love shopping for new yarn.)

I just about missed out on the “It’s in the Bag” contest. I was planning on entering the knitting bag that I sewed up last Sept. during National Sewing Month along with a lunch bag that I’ve had stashed away forever that I’d planned on decorating. The two sections to this contest was ….. 1. a handmade bag, and 2. a purchased bag that you decorate. I got the decorated bag done. It turned out really cute. I got the tags put on the bag. I waited for the contest to begin at 5:00. I had time to kill, so I busied myself around the house. Then I remembered that I think I was supposed to write what the bag was to be used for on the entry tag.

I looked up the contest rules again, and sure enough, it stated that I was to do that. Then I noticed the time of the contest. 4:00! I jumped around, looked at the clock, and it was 15 minutes till 4:00!!! My first reaction was “there’s no way I’m going to get to the Fairgrounds on time, get parked, and get my bags turned in in time. Then my next reaction was, “oh, let’s give it a go!” So I changed clothes really fast, run the comb through my hair, grabbed the bags, run out to the car, and took off. I decided to take the freeway hoping I wouldn’t run into any construction or accident slow-downs.

It was meant to be because I didn’t have any slow-downs, even the one traffic light I had to deal with was in my favor. I parked the car in the first available place even though it was one of the farthest spots from the door. I literally run (I bet that was a sight!) to the door, run up to the table to check in my bags (I could see the other bags already on the table to be judged) and ask if it was too late to still enter my bags. (It was just at 4:00 on my watch!)

One of the ladies looked up at the judge, who was behind me, and ask her. She said, “No, I haven’t started yet.” So I checked them in and took a seat to watch the judging. I had to wait through the children’s classes first, then they moved on to the adult classes. Guess what? Both my bags took 1st place!! I couldn’t believe it!

My bags are the blue knitting bag with the brown handles, and the off-white lunch sack with the little apples with worms on it.

I was wondering if anyone would say anything about mine coming in so late and then getting the two first place ribbons, but no one said anything. Whew! I didn’t have a hair to spare. If anything had happened, I wouldn’t have made it. That’ll never happen again in my lifetime. This story will go into my scrapbook with all the ribbons!