Hummingbird Feeders

The hummingbirds are back in force.  And with our warm weather sans wind, they are busy about their usual activities of mating, nesting, and looking for food.  Place several feeders in the shade about your house where you can enjoy their company.  Essential to drawing and keeping a large ‘crowd’ of birds is feeder maintenance.  The sugar nectar should be kept fresh and full at all times.  If the birds don’t drink it down in a day or two, empty, clean, and refill the feeder with a fresh batch.  According to the Audubon Society, the feeder should be cleaned with a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water at least once a week.  In hot weather, the sugar can ferment or mold, creating a sour nectar that is not attractive.  We recommend refilling with our Perky Pet brand Instant Nectar or using the tried and true boiled nectar.  After boiling tap water for several minutes, use the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and mix until all the sugar is dissolved.  Unused nectar will keep up to 10 days refrigerated.

Once the birds are visiting your feeders regularly, keep them well maintained for healthy and happy friends all Summer.  If you need parts, cleaning equipment, nectar mix, or more feeders, visit our wild bird department at Clubb’s Variety, 502 Main St.

“Convoy” by Buggy Barn Quilt

Convoy Quilt Top by Michelle Clubb

“Those Crazy Kids”  by Buggy Barn Quilts is our newest book and model.  The book contains a number of patterns including this design:  “Convoy”.  A stacking technique is used to cut the pieces for the blocks.  A clever technique for outstanding results in a subject for boys.  Stop in and see the quilt.  We have fabric kits ready to go for this quilt using our best cotton prints.  The books will arrive Friday, June 7th and will sell out fast.

New Fabric – knit mesh

From time to time our buyers will call with an unusual fabric they have found in a ‘cutting room’ at one of the major apparel manufacturers.  This cotton poly knit comes in a bright tie dye pattern and is a full 60 inches wide.  The mesh is created by the knitting process – not burned out like some lower quality goods.  The set up and fiber required for knitting this cost far more our $8.99 per yard price would lead us to believe.  No reorders – when it is gone it’s gone.  Stop in soon.  What will you make with it?  Tell us at Clubb’s Fabrics at 417 Main.  We will have some patterns for you.

Southwest Sparerib Rub with Spice Classics

Spareribs are a favorite traditionally done with a heavy sugar basting sauce and served with more of the same.  For a lighter taste, easier on the sugar, but with more of a ‘kick’, try this method.  We prepared two slabs, about 5 pounds each, with this formula.

3 tbs black peppercorns by Spice Classics
3 tbs mustard seed by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs garlic powder by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs chili powder by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs salt
3 tbs brown sugar
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs cider vinegar

Place peppercorns and mustard seed in a small food processor (we used a blade type coffee grinder) and grind for 5-10 seconds while shaking for even grind. Add garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and grind for another 5 seconds to mix. (add more or less chili powder for taste but be careful because it could get a little ‘hot’). Combine this mixture in small bowl with brown sugar, olive oil, and cider vinegar. Brush onto both sides of the slabs. Place the ribs in some kind of container that seals and will keep in the ‘fridge for at least 4 hours, better done overnight. We placed ours in a ceramic smoker for the next 6 hours at about 250º in the dome. Use a gas grill with a drip pan under the ribs on the cool side of the grill (burner off) while the other burner keeps the grill about 250º. Consult your grill instructions for the ‘indirect’ cooking method and remember ‘low and slow’ for best results. Pork should reach an internal temperature of 160º.

These flavors and over 70 more types Spice Classics can be found in the food and candy department at our 502 Main Street store.  All at the low everyday price of 99¢ each.

Periwinkle Fairies

We returned from market early this month and the fabric is arriving almost daily.  This group was the first to win the hearts and eyes of our most recent customers.  The designs by Michael Miller Fabrics include a panel and ten more beautiful coordinates.  You may find this pattern on line at www.michaelmillerfabrics.com or at our store at 417 Main Street.  We ordered plenty but hurry in for a full selection or a kit because, as always, they won’t last long.

Kid’s Craft Clubb

Our Kid’s Craft Clubb debuted last Saturday with Picture Magnets.  The clear glass gemstones make a stunning magnet with the shape of the glass magnifying the picture behind.  Choose the photos of friends, family, favorite images put them up anywhere a magnet will work.  Our extra strong neodymium magnets keep the glass secured to the surface of even a briskly closed refrigerator door.  Stop by for free instructions and all your supplies.  Check in at the 502 Main Street Variety Store to see what’s up for the next Kid’s Craft Clubb this coming Saturday.

Picture Frame Filet and Enhancer Sale

With photos, gifts, and certificates from Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, it’s time for a SALE.  When you order a frame from our collection of Larson Juhl wood mouldings, save 50% on a added filet or enhancer.

Filets are ‘frames within the frame’ used to give extra style and emphasis to the design.  A frame enhancer can be used with nearly any design, giving the art it’s own special place in your home.

Hurry in because this sale ends June 25.  The frame must be valued at $100 or more before the filet or enhancer is added.