Get those creative juices flowing and stop on to Clubb's to pick up your supplies. Whether it be painting, scrapbooking, assembling models, sewing or whatever else you can craft!
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
National Creativity Day-May 30th
Saturday, May 27, 2023
Closed Sunday and Monday, May 28th and 29th - Memorial Day 2023
Land of the Free because of the Brave.
We remember those who gave for us and served us so we might enjoy the freedoms and blessings we have. Closed Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th only. Reopening Tuesday at 9 am and continuing our usual hours until July 4th. Thank you for your continuing support.
We are open Saturday, May 27th until 6 PM with a great selection of florals and decorations.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Sewing with Embrace Double Gauze
Getting ready to use some of our delightful Embrace fabric for your summer wear? Here are some tips from Shannon Fabrics.
Sewing with EmbraceTM Double Gauze
EmbraceTM double gauze is a woven, breathable, soft, and lightweight fabric. It’s made from two layers of gauze, a light fabric with an open weave, that are basted together every inch. This basting forms a subtle grid over the entire fabric and allows the two layers to act as one. Our double gauze gets softer and softer with every wash.
• For most uses, we recommend machine wash in cold and hang dry or tumble dry on low. • Prewash to achieve maximum crinkle prior to cutting.
• Take advantage of the fray when it works for you (e.g. scarf edges, hemlines, etc.).
• Double gauze loves steam and presses well.
• Use the gridlines of the weave to get straight cuts.
• Use tailor’s chalk or water soluble markers rather than clipping notches.
• Use a lightweight interfacing as needed, sew-in recommended.
• Use a new 70/10 or 80/12 sharp needle to avoid snags.
• It’s preferable to choose loose-fitting clothing patterns, shaped with gathers rather than darts. • Use French seams, serge your seams or zig zag.
• A narrow rolled hem on the serger is a great finish for edges and seams.
• Glue-basting works well for both apparel and blankets.
• Seam tape is a good option on shoulder seams and other stress points.
• Stay-stitching is extra important because double gauze likes to grow.
• Use nice sharp pins; glass head and silk pins are great choices.
• Lightweight silk or wool batting or flannel for batting in quilts.
• Shorten your stitch to 2.0 or 2.5 and reduce tension to avoid fabric pulling.
• You may want to use starch or sizing to give it stability.
• Cotton lawn or voile works well for facings and linings.
Notions we recommend with EmbraceTM double gauze
• Universal needles size 70/10 or 80/12 (SCHMETZ) • Mark B Gone fabric marking pen (Dritz)
• Scissors with serrated top blade (Kai 7250SE)
• Best Press or spray starch
• Seam Remover (Kai)
• Sew-in interfacing
• Knit Stay Tape
• Long pins designed for fine fabrics
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
National Taffy Day-May 23rd
HOW TO OBSERVE National Taffy Day
National Taffy Day offers the perfect excuse to indulge in so sweet or tangy taffy! After all, summer is just around the corner and this is summer's candy. What is your favorite flavor of taffy? Be sure to enjoy a piece or two. Pick up a bag, or several, at Clubb's. Sweet's Salt Water Taffy 12 oz. bag is $4.99.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Celebrate World Bee Day by making a beaded bee!
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
National BBQ Day-May 16th
Stop in and pick up all you need for a perfect grilling day!Halliday's BBQ rub for chicken and ribs is $4.49 and here is a great recipe to try!
BBQ Chicken Grill Packets
1 lb boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed.
1 red onion roughly chopped.
1 Package Halladay’s Harvest Barn Barbeque Rub for Chicken & Ribs
Shredded cheese, optional
Evenly coat chicken with BBQ Seasoning, cover and let sit in your cooler to marinate. Prepare four tin foil packets. Combine the chicken with peppers and onions and add ¼ of the mixture to each piece of tinfoil. Add 2 to 3 pieces of corn, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Seal up foil packets and cook over medium heat coals for 15 to 25 minutes. Open carefully, sprinkle with shredded cheese if desired, and enjoy!
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Hummingbird Migration Information
Many of you may have seen the early numbers of hummers and might wonder why there are more than normal. Weather has a lot to do with it. Here is an interesting read. Don't forget to stop in to our variety store and pick up some extra feeders for these little guys!
HUMMINGBIRD MIGRATION FACTS
Each year, hummingbirds embark on two migrations – one north and one south. These migratory journeys, which can span hundreds or thousands of miles, require immense preparation and a shocking amount of energy from these small birds - the smallest in the world. Their spring migration north, from South America and Mexico up to Canada, is a solitary journey with the goal of getting to their breeding grounds early enough to claim the best feeding territories. With that sort of pressure, this hummingbird migration can begin as early as February in Mexico and finish in mid-May in Canada and Alaska. The fall southern hummingbird migration follows a similar timeframe. Hummingbirds can set out as early as late July and the last stragglers will cross the southern U.S. border by late October. It’s this amazing cycle of hummingbird migration that can also bring a sudden swarm of activity to hummingbird feeders. Well-maintained and well-stocked hummingbird feeders should expect plenty of new visitors as they try to boost their energy before the next stage of their journey.
WHY DO HUMMINGBIRDS MIGRATE?
It is believed that the first hummingbirds developed in South America after arriving from Asia 22-million years ago. Once they spread through South America, a few species began to move to Central America, the Caribbean and eventually mainland North America. By migrating to areas with more abundant food, these little explorers had less competition for food and territory. Of course, the seasonal cooling also drove these species south every fall. This cycle of advancing and retreating with the seasons is the basic foundation of their migratory pattern. There are currently 338 recognized hummingbird species, but only 12-15 will regularly migrate into the United States, and even fewer continue all the way north to Canada.
HUMMINGBIRDS THAT MIGRATE INTO THE US AND CANADA
The beautiful Anna’s Hummingbird, a hummingbird common to the West Coast, is a special case since it doesn’t really migrate. While some individual Anna's may adopt a temporary territory with a more favorable climate, others will stay in the same area year round. As such, Anna’s Hummingbirds are considered resident birds of the U.S. and Canada.
HUMMINGBIRD SPOTLIGHT: RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD MIGRATION
The majority of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds spend their winters between southern Mexico and northern Panama. Because Ruby-throats are solitary birds, individuals will migrate to any location within this range. Their winters aren’t all sun and fun though. In fact, they spend most of their time preparing for the trip back north.
- November - Upon completing their fall migration, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will begin to molt.
- December - Molting takes its toll, so hummingbirds spend time gorging themselves on the nectar and insects they can find. Of course, some birds will stay in the U.S. through the winter, weathering chilly temperatures along the Gulf Coast. Other Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will winter even farther north -- remaining on North Carolina’s Outer Banks all year long
- January - Possibly the slowest time for Ruby-throats is January, but only relatively speaking. As their last feathers come in, these birds focus on feeding and do so by visiting dozens of plants each day. Remember, a hummingbird needs a lot of nectar to keep those wings flapping!
- February - By this time, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s instincts are kicking in. Those instincts tell the bird to fatten up and fly north. They know that breeding season is coming soon. The earliest departures north from Mexico and Central America begin in late February, while the majority occurs in March.
HOW DO RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS MIGRATE?
Ruby-throats do not travel in flocks during hummingbird migration. Instead, each bird follows its own instincts on appropriate departure times and routes. Scientists believe that each hummingbird begins its migration in response to environmental triggers. One trigger is the changing level and angle of sunlight. Another trigger is believed to be a drop in available natural food. As these signals continue to activate, the hummingbird makes its preparations and eventually departs.
On their northward trip, most have reached Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by February. In this lush jungle, they begin to feast on insects as they prepare for one of the toughest migrations for any bird. Each year, thousands of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fly over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico rather than follow the longer shoreline route. These brave little birds will fly non-stop up to 500 miles to reach U.S. shores. It takes approximately 18-22 hours to complete this amazing solitary flight.
Some hummingbirds aren’t strong enough, though, as many oil riggers and fishing boat crews can attest. Every year, exhausted Ruby-throated Hummingbirds take temporary refuge on offshore oil rigs and boats floating in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. These birds rest a while before bravely launching back into their flight across the open water.
When they return south, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will follow the same daring migration route in reverse. They’ll charge up their energy reserves in the southern U.S. and then zip across the gulf toward their winter home. That’s two big, non-stop trips each year for Ruby-throats – you have to admire their tenacity!
DIETARY NEEDS OF THE MIGRATING RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
In preparation for their migration, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds double their weight from 3 grams to over 6 grams prior to departing. They don’t stay pudgy for long, though. In northward migrations, it’ not uncommon for a hummingbird to weigh around 2.5 grams when it reaches U.S. shores!
Their need to fuel up and add the extra weight to their tiny frames is vital. With a heart rate of approximately 1,200 beats per minute while flying and wings that flutter at least 53 times a second, they need some serious energy just to get through the day, much less a non-stop trip of hundreds of miles.
In general, hummingbirds consume up to 50% of their body weight in nectar each day. During their twice-a-year migration, they increase their nectar intake considerably since they have no idea where their next meal will come from.
BACKYARD BIRDERS & HUMMINGBIRD MIGRATION FEEDER FAQ’S
For fans of hummingbirds, it can be hard to determine the best times to remove feeders in the fall and when to put them back into service in the spring.
- Should they be taken down feeders in the fall? Yes, feeders can definitely be taken down but only after they stop being used. Keeping them up isn’t going to trick hummingbirds into staying longer. Their biological drive is pushing them south, and a full feeder isn’t going to change that impulse. Except in the extreme southern U.S., feeders should be taken down around Halloween. Those folks in the extreme south may actually see visitors through the entire winter, so keep these feeders filled!
- When should you put them back up in spring? This is a bit hard to say matter-of-factly. Hummingbirds migrate north according to their own schedule, weather and food availability. Instead of relying on a hard-and-fast date, the best bet is to watch our Migration Map. When the hummers start making appearances south of a birder’s location, the first feeders should be put out and more added as more bird visitors arrive.
- Don’t forget Anna's! West Coasters who hosts Anna’s Hummingbirds should not take their feeders down at all. These birds stay in North America all year long.
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