Time for my weekly market update, where I show you lots of pictures of the same things, week after week, and it only goes to prove how I have no life, and that I cannot sit still for very long. Again, instead of grouping things logically, I thought I'd be illogical and just show them in the order they were taken. It will be scatterbrained, much like my attention span.
Let us begin.
Maters. I love this shot down this table, and I take it every week:
One of the customers asked what "Maters" were. They thought they were something special, not just Farmer Mike saving a few letters on his signage. ;)
Farmer Mike actually pulled out that pretty purple one to show us today. By "us" I mean me (the crazy lady with a camera who doesn't know when to quit) and our resident photographer, who probably took a really nice shot of this same bin.
I love that this stuff is still dirty. Fresh from the fields, people. Well, in the case of taters, I'm not sure if they are a Fall crop or not. These could be new. I dunno. I'll ask next week.
I get to sit next to this all day, and as people touch it and go, "Ooooooh, basil ..." I get to smell it. ;)
Blackberries and blueberries:
I got some of each, and had the blackberries to balance out the butter-laden spinach empanada I had for lunch. Ahem.
For the record, I see absolutely nothing wrong with Farmer Mike's signage.
Farmer Mike tried to sell me these "sweet jalapenos":
If you'll recall, last summer these same jalapenos almost killed me when I used them to make my poppers. My hands burned for days, and I was unable to consume the poppers, so I donated them to Farmer Mike and his digestive system. He laughed at me. I laughed right back at him this year. "Sweet jalapenos", my a... oh, let's keep this G-rated.
... and early peaches:
... and these beans:
I think Farmer Margie called them Cranberry Beans, but I'm not sure. She said they're known by many names depending on where you're from. I'll write it down next week. ;)
And she also had some corn:
Then we had a minor crisis. This guy came through to shop, then he came back because he'd lost his cane. He was certain no one would have taken it. He found it - check it out:
He said he got the "girlie" cane on purpose, and when people make fun of it, he wiggles his butt "like a girl". What a hoot!
Farmer Ryan (actually his wife ... I need to remember her name...) had the winning display for berries this week:
LOVE that checker-board thing she had going!
And more sour cherries:
She also had apricots:
... picked from their own trees. SO good!
Flower assortments at the floral tent:
And because I asked, these orange flowers are Asclepia:
I had to look it up for a more common name, and I think (I THINK) it is orange silkweed. Whatever it is, it's darned pretty! I asked what that white flower was, and he blew it off. Hitchhiker from anther plant. ;)
PUPPY ALERT! This guy was SOOOOOOO cute:
He's a Pit Bull & Lab mix. A rescue. They've only had him for two days. What a sweetie!
Here is my next inspiration source:
Her scarf was so pretty I asked to take a photo. These are NOT my colors! Hot pink and bright orange! Ack!
This young lady just got back from riding:
She stopped by my table to buy a card, and she told me Yes, they were quite hot! I was intrigued by the fact that they were not full boots.
Then these two young ladies stopped at the table across from me and I couldn't help but notice their clothing choices:
I see green and blue here, don't you? Perhaps another color inspiration? Though these are such classics ... think back to Izod and the Kelly Green + Navy Blue years. Mmm-hmmm. Okay, that green is more subtle, so Celery + Navy? Maybe Celery + Not Quite Navy? I'll work on it.
That's it for the market pics. Now I have a minor reveal for you. Over the past few days I've been working on the UFO pile on the right side of the Captain's Table. I took a Before pic the other night for posterity:
Yeah, I didn't measure it or anything, but it was pretty deep. I first pulled out all the printed sketches I'd planned to do over the past few weeks:
I still have these ... they're in a neat little pile. Then I pulled out this mostly-finished card:
Well, okay, here it is finished, but it was missing a sentiment before. I made four of them, but only printed three Get Well sentiments, so it landed in the UFO pile. I pulled out an old and as-yet-unmounted set (Really Retro) and mounted only the one stamp I wanted to use. I'm lazy like that.
Then, this morning, I tackled the whole thing, and I ended up with this:
Yes, this IS a major improvement. Sigh. (leave me alone) Let's do the numbers.
On the right side we have:
(front to back) patterned paper pieces, true UFOs, and in the back, a pile of ribbon pieces I cannot yet bear to toss.
A full (FULL) stampin' space! Be still my heart!!! Yes, I cleaned and put away a ton of stamps. Behind that big open space is a stack of pre-cut pieces of card stock that I didn't want to put into the Scrap Heap, even by color. They are left over from, ahem, Christmas (ahem) when I made a bazillion Tea Bag Holders. They could be post-it note holders. Or more Tea Bag holders. Maybe. We'll see.
Then there's that left side:
The most notable thing here is the fact you can actually see the lamp base. And the Stampin' Scrub is not littered with stamps. Baby steps, people.
Then, OMG, I stamped! I wanted to CASE this card for my July Stamp Camps, but mine ended up like this:
... and I'm not really happy with it. First, I had a miserable time getting that image to stamp clean(ly). I ended up stamping it on Whisper White and then adding texture by running the piece through the Big Shot with one of the SU texture plates. I LOVE how that came out! I think I'll lose that tab thing and just leave it a plain rectangle. And I'll punch that bottom scallop better, too. Or maybe I'll leave it as an example to The Ladies of how NOT to do theirs. ;)
Also, that ribbon is no longer available, and neither is the button. Sigh. My work here is not yet finished.
In other news, you know I say I never go out once I'm home? Well that also holds true for if I'm still in my jammies at 3 pm, like I am now, and I don't go OUT, period. HOWEVER, my cousin is in town for a conference, and she is free this evening, so I'm going to shower and get dressed and leave the house. I am! I'm going to metro into DC to meet her at a restaurant near Dupont Circle and do some catching-up. YAY! As I type this, there's laundry being dried so I have something to wear. ;)
So carry on, and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!