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Page 8—05!” fiatabnntas dimes—February 18, 2021 Retirement, from page 1 patent leather shows. I just thought I looked so cute in that outfit! “My mom’s mother, Lucy Jackson, taught me how to use a sewing machine, when I was ten or twelve. “Back in those days, we couldn’t afford to buy sewing patterns, so I learned how to make patterns from newspaper,” she explained. “I made a lot of doll clothes. “I made Christmas orna- ments and, one year, when she was eight years old, I re- member making my sister Connie (Bums) a Wonder Woman Halloween costume. “When I was in high school, I made my junior prom dress, and I made sev- eral long velveteen skirts for the winter formals,” Cain re- called. “Over the years I’ve taken classes in basket weaving, tatting and ceramics. I’ve even dabbled in painting. “And I enjoy knitting and crocheting, as well. I’m actu- ally crocheting scarves now.” As she talks, her hands are busy on the underside of a beautiful piece of pale pink silk, which she is smocking for a pillow top. Cain’s creativity extends far beyond the needle and thread, and now that she’s re- tired, she has more time to devote to her many interests. She gardens, cans and en- joys perfecting new —'and old — recipes. “I’ve finally gotten my grandmother’s mince meat cookies about right,” she said. “These are the ones with real meat in them. It’s nice to make them at Christ- mastime. “Being retired means I have more time to just be creative. “I enjoy doing a lot of dif- ferent things, but I think I like sewing the best,” Cain declared. Right now, Cain has a col- lection of her fabric baskets, coasters and hot pads on dis- play at the gallery. It’s a vibrant and cheerful collection. ‘ “I took an interest in these kinds of baskets when I first saw some at the Christmas craft show at the Opera House one December,” Cain said. “I took a class at Deb Ann’s [Fabrics in Hillsboro] to learn how to make them. “I love doing these bas— kets. I made some as gifts and sold some at the Christ- mas show in the Opera House. “I like the bright colors — the reds, and pinks and oranges,” she added. And the baskets durable and useful. “They’re made with clothesline rope,” she ex- plained. “You wrap cotton fabric around it and glue it on, then use a zigzag stitch to attach the lines together. “While you’re sewing the zigzag stitch, your hands are forming the size and shape of the basket,” she said. Her laundry line baskets come in any color, any shape and any size. “And if a customer doesn’t see exactly what they would like, I can make them what- ever color or shape they need,” she adds. “Naturally, during the years when our children were young, I didn’t have as are Breakers Galore Inc. Circuit breakers and Electrical Equipment 978 Huntersville Road Marlinton, WV 304-520-7776 breakerman1@rnsn,com Mark Owens Owner INDUSTRIAL COMMERCIAL -BIESIPENTIAL Can deliver to job Site 24 hr Mobile/Emergency Service l Natures MAME 0.4K? [VI/V73 20. MW 20 gage/a Comm 75am /0 am: 4pm. FORT WARWICK FARM In Green Bank, just off of Rt. 92, 1/2 mile south of the Dollar General Store. Turn at the Deer Creek Bridge beside the Church of God and follow the dirt road 1/2 mile. much time for sewing and '7‘ crafts. I always kept my hand in, but we were so busy doing things with the kids, some things had to take a . — back seat. “It’s nice to be able to take my time and enjoy doing it now.” Cain and her husband, Danny — a contractor — both retired last year. They have been married nearly 40 years. Interestingly, the crafty gene is something of a fam- ily affair. Danny just became a member of the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op this month. “Danny’s always loved fishing,” Cain said. “This year, for Christmas, I gave him some supplies, and he started making beau- tiful spinner flies.” A collection of Danny’s colorful spinner flies for trout fishing are on display at the 4th Avenue Gallery now. They’re enjoyable for hu— mans to look at — just imag- ine how alluring they must be to a trout. Cain said that, for many years, she did all of her sewing on an old Brother sewing machine, but she’s now using a wonderful Singer one that Danny gave her a few years ago. “I didn’t take it out of the box until I really had the time to work with it — but when I started using it, I just loved it. “My mom and I were talk- ing about this just the other day. Ever since I was little, I’ve always been curious, and I always needed some- thing to do — to stay busy. I just always wanted to be doing something.” Cain is also a quilter. “I’ve made several quilts over the years,” she said. “I piece the tops and send them away to have them finished. “Choosing the types of fabrics and the colors and putting together the designs is such a creative process. Sewing is a wonderful cre- ative outlet. I enjoy the sense of fulfillment I get from fin- ishing a project. When asked if we’ll one day see other forms of Cain’s creativity on display at the gallery — perhaps a quilt or two hanging on the wall — Cain shrugged and smiled. “You never know,” she said. “Sewing and handwork and doing crafts are great ways to keep one’s hands and mind occupied. “I guess you could say it’s good for the soul.” SNIIIII ENGINE REPAIR [ET US HELP Yllll KEEP YlllIR CHAIN- SAWS, lllli SPIITTERS, SNIJW BIIIINERS AND [ITHER CULT] WEATHER PflWER EIIIIIPMENT RUNNING All WINTER. “Miriam-ireth : m-mamesau-umm304-653é4988 FROSTMORE FARM located on Rt. 92, (14141 Frost Road) 3.3 miles south of Dunmore intersection of Rts. 28 and 92. YEW MOUNTAIN CENTER 9494 Lobelia Rd, off US Rt. 219 south of Hillsboro. Stay right on Lobelia Road at the intersection with Jacox Road, about 2 miles. Continue for about 1.3 miles and the center is on the left. HILLSBORO MAPLE WORKS Call for directions and to schedule free advance tour reservations 304—288-6604. h. CHERYL AND DANNY Cain both retired last year and not long after, they each joined the Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op she with her fabric baskets and he with his spinner flies for trout fishing. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Cain I.&R EXCAVATING ll: Dozer work 0 Site Prep Septic Systems 0 Excavation Road Construction/Maintenance Free Estimates ’ l H 304-799-6918 Roger McLaughlin . WV#O38217 zekewva@yahoo.com MONTEREY MOUNTAIN MEATS 6095 Potomac River Road, Monterey,VA A division of Shenandoah Valley Livestock Second Friday of every month, starting March l2. Receiving pound cows, feeder cattle, goats, lambs and sheep, 9 a.m. - Noon. Pound cows and feeder cattle will be transported to Shenandoah Valley Livestock and sold on Saturday. Lambs will be bought for Hite Livestock. 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All you can eat pancakes or buckwheat cakes. Noon 7:30 pm. House made, pulled maple barbecued pork sandwich, maple baked beans, coleslaw and drink. The Soda Fountain will feature maple milkshakes and maple nut sundaes. For more information on West Virginia Maple Days Weekend lodging packages, dining options or tours, visit Wm. rill. MM “ Follow social distancing protocols and wash your hands. POCAHONTAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FFA BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER March 20 only. 7 - 9 am. Dunmore Community Center, Dunmore. , j Scratch-made buttermilk pancakes, buckwheat I pancakes, and fresh maple sausage, processed by Pocahontas County FFA members. Maple syrup provided by Frostmore Farm.