Remnants Made Magical by Local Indie Crafters

We took the opportunity to go to a local Indie Craft Fair today, as advertised in a blog post by one of the vendors, Wrensong Woods.

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Some of the other vendors at the event were Artisan Original Pens & Such: pens, bottle openers, and other artful utilitarian items made from recycled materials, Cat Feet Designs: showing unique jewelry, My Purple Goldfish: with lots of gorgeous colorful fabric and rope bowls, Joffe Creations: mosaics, Gator jewelry & Designs,  Hatfield’s Treasures,  Platypusfile.

The vendor DH liked best was Kiker Brothers Boards, AKA the Young Woodworkers in Training booth. DH is always happy to promote woodworking to members of upcoming generations. He really admired the young mens’ beautifully finished boards, and bought one of camphor wood to use as a platter for serving items on the dining room table.

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Young Woodworkers in Training display, including sleek, polished rock remnants

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Other booths featured artwork, fabulous crocheted jewelry with vintage found objects attached, sewn rag quilts, linens, shirts, unique items of clothing, and many other fabulous finds.

I loved the magical musical instruments by Judy Robinson, whose blog alerted me to the event. My purchase was a 5-holed Native American style branch flute, with a felt carrying case and a sheet of instructions. The vendors encouraged me to come to the local Flute Circle, which gathers once a month at the public library.

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Wrensong Woods flute and case

Remnants of wood, rock, metal, cloth…once just leftovers, now beautiful objects of art and utility. L ❤ V E

In case you didn’t realize, today is National Thread the Needle Day. So far, I haven’t actually sewn anything but I hope that I do have at least one sewing thing done by night time…although the site says that threading the needle can be taken at its figurative sense…

So figuratively, I may have threaded a needle by: getting groceries or kitchen implements to prepare a dish, preparing for a more musical lifestyle, becoming more familiar with artisans in the community.

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SHHHH! a remnant Quiet Book!

Fabric remnants: what do you do with all of them?

I made some Quiet Books for three of the youngest grandkids.

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Quiet Books

I did happen to find a pattern in the pattern stash.

Rather generic-lookin', isn't it?

Rather generic-lookin’, isn’t it?

I decided to change mine up from the one in the pattern. I made the pages out of a big length of muslin I had on hand. I used some of the ideas, changed some of them, and added some completely off-beat ones. [Hi Bob! 🐱 ]

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Tying and buttoning

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Pages from a book

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Zip up the corn

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One finished

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Walk the dog

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(Velcro bird sitting on candy eggs)

Hmmm, Cadbury eggs and it can be sort of an Easter treat…

Using up remnants, not just of fabric but remnants of notions, too: ribbon, zippers, buttons, fibers. They look a little bit goofy, but I had fun. I hope the little ones have some fun with them!

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Hat making

Loving the 2nd gator hat to come from the depths of my sewing room! [I should mention, for the sake of “cheapness” since this blog is founded on it, that I use coupons to buy most fabric and notions to sew with, so that I obtain these items at 40 to 50% off the retail price. That makes most of the projects I do more affordable than if I tried, perish the thought, to do them without coupons.]  I’ve found that –and maybe it’s just me–the pattern piece for the crown is a bit big, and after seam ripping a few times, had to be cut down so it would fit onto the side piece. Never mind. It had to be altered from the original use in the pattern (Kwik Sew 2236) to go with the cool alternative view in the June/July Sew News article “Thoroughly Modern Millinery.”

Go Gators!

From listening to the after-game radio show, I believe a large part of the 90,000 people who attended the 9/11/10 game called in to complain about the TV people scheduling the game for NOON.

“Why couldn’t they schedule a NORTHERN football game at noon, it’s not as hot up there!”  seemed to be the shared idea. As we left the game early, an ambulance was pulling in.  Skip’s sister-in-law said that one of the paramedics was saying the heat index was 107 degrees and several women had passed out.

One guy called in to say that he wanted to thank the military for fighting on our behalf, so that he could do anything he wanted to do on that day, namely, watch football. The apocalypse might be raging in Gainesville, but people are not going to relinquish their football tickets.

The Hare Krishnas outside the game were exuberant, as we walked up toward the slope to Ben Hill Griffin stadium.  As a bystander, I (kind of) wanted to join them, leaping and hollering in the joy of being alive, taking part in mortality that we’re all a part of: Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims.  Even Bulls fans. I felt no animosity toward anyone that day. I felt insulated from hatred and fear. The crushing heat of the sun beating down made me feel I was a part of humanity dealing with the natural world, like all of us in it have to do. Normally I wouldn’t walk to the store at noon, or anything else, but if it’s in the name of paid entertainment, bring on the 100-degree weather and I’ll sweat it!

At least I’ve got my gator hat…and can forget about war for a minute or two…

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