‘Still’ fabric group from Loralie Designs

Loralie Designs – ‘Still’ Still laughing, still loving, still stopping to smell the roses! Still celebrates the little things in life. A portion of all proceeds is donated to breast cancer research. These have just arrived from Quilting Treasures. Free pattern with purchase of the fabric.  Go to http://www.quiltingtreasures.com/quilting/projects.php for your own pattern and more patterns from Quilting Treasures.  We have several of these groups on hand and will have more news soon.

Open Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day

Stop by and see us from 9 am to 5 pm.  We still have bargains on lawn furniture (up to 50% off), garden ornaments (up to 50% off), and all of our other wonderful departments.  Fall floral is on display and on sale as well as many Christmas Floral items.  Okay, before you razz us for putting up the holidays early remember the elves must work year round!

Minced Garlic

Minced garlic is back.  This easy to use and economical way to enjoy and keep garlic is a delight to cooks, chefs, and backyard cooks everywhere.  We discovered this buy at a show some years ago and it became one of our most popular food items.  Fresh garlic is minced and stored in water.  Open the jar and simply measure out what you need, when you need it, without messy tools.  Enjoy full garlic flavor that simply isn’t available from the garlic powders.  Compare the price to the tiny little jar carried at your grocer and you will be very pleased.

You will find this in our spice section of the food and candy department at the Variety store at 502 Main.  Because of freight consolidation, we receive these shipments only two times a year, so don’t delay.

Strip Therapy

Okay, as you can see from the picture, it is not what you think.  Oh, and the ‘therapy’ comes from spending a day or two preparing this top in a cool basement on these hot days.  This design from Brenda Henning comes to us from the Bear Paw Productions ‘Bali Pop Strip Therapy’.  Using strips and an innovative cutting technique, the design incorporates lights and darks for a textural contrast that comes off beautifully.  We have books and kits with these fabrics.  Or buy the book and let us help you with your own color creation.  Thanks Michelle for another beautiful quilt.

The Fishing was Good – and the eating….

These beautiful trout tasted even better than they looked.  Buy a package of two alder wood planks for $9.99 and enjoy smoked flavor right from your gas grill.   You can use these with chicken, beef, or pork – but trout and salmon are especially delicious.  This method was first used as the fresh catch was pegged to wood slabs and stood up near the evening or morning campfire.  Soak the planks in water for an hour, spread a thin layer of olive oil on the top, and place on the grill for a few minutes.  Then place as many as will fit.   Put the grill lid down and regulate temperature of your grill to 350º to 400º in the dome.  In about 30 minutes the meat should be flaky.  Remove and enjoy.  Place your planks in a bucket of water safely to extinguish and cool immediately.  Use as long as they can stay together on the grill.

You will need to catch your own fish.

9-Patch Pizazz

Michelle has created another beautiful quilt top with Pretty Poppies from Michael Miller.  Using the new 9-Patch Pizazz book, she has placed the Miller fabrics in concert with each other with co-ordinating solids set inside an ultra black border.  We can ‘kit’ this top for you, or help with a different selection of fabric.  This pattern also lends itself to appliques on top of the patches.

Come see it in person!

Wicker Patio Set

This wicker set has long been our best selling Summer item.  The makers of this furniture use a better resin on a welded steel frame.  Others use a cast frame which can be brittle and break, or a rattan bamboo frame which suffers in our dry climate.  These sets have proven their durability over the decade we have been importing them.  They are easily cleaned with water and a mild detergent and are at home in a sun room or outdoor patio.  To extend their life, store them indoors in winter and protect them from our high altitude sun.  We are now in stock on white, chocolate, black, honey, Tri-color, and the sage color pictured.  This is a Summer only item for us, so don’t delay.  The low $287.78 price includes all four pieces and a 3 pc cushion set can be added for $59.99.

Genuine Madras Cottons

Madras fabric – named for the then English city of Madras, India.  It is a lightweight, high thread count fabric with patterns indistinguishable front or back.  Durable and forgiving, it looks great in a shirt, top, jacket, pants, or skirt – ironed or not.  We just received a 6 bolts of these patterns at $5.99 per yard.  This is not a closeout but just a great price for a one time buy.  This will only last as long as our beautiful summer.