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By Mary Carter/Special to The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – The South Plains Hobby Club met at The South Plains Baptist Church in South Plains, Texas at 2 p.m., October 14, 2020.
Helen Teeple started our meeting with prayer. It is so needed whether we get together or not. Many people say that prayers are felt and help them. So please keep praying. Pray for requested prayer and this virus the whole world is going through.
Ethelyn Vernon (our reader) had a good one having to do with pumpkins. The title was “You’re A Pumpkin.” In short, it goes something like this: When you are cleaned out by “God,” the seeds and goo (bad habits and other stuff), you are able to put a glow from within and shine out for “Him.”
Then Helen read funny “Ponderisms.” Here are a few: 1. How is it that we can put a man on the moon before we figured out it would be good idea to put wheels on luggage? 2. Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? 3. If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat? There were many more and we all needed a laugh. Thanks to Ethelyn and Helen for their readings.
It is that time of the year we can give with joy. Actually, we can do it all year. The Salvation Army is asking for can goods such as soup, broth, vegetables, and canned meats. Non-perishable items such as cereals (hot or cold), flour, sugar, bags of rice or beans, pastas, and crackers. And boxed items like mac & cheese, juices, and hamburger helper. Also, blankets are needed.
The program was given by Jennifer Harbin with her miniature presentation. She has been making miniatures for three years now, but she has been interested in everything small all her life. She watched a YouTube video on building miniatures, and she was inspired.
The first thing she built was a piano out of toothpicks, popsicle sticks and tongue depressors. Then she built a violin.
In October 2017 she attended the Miniaturists of Lubbock Annual Event and Sale at the Garden and Arts Center with a group of like-minded people. They meet monthly and do easy mini projects. I like this about Jennifer’s group. Once a year they have a two-day show in which they show their miniatures. They have vendors from across the United States who sell miniatures and building supplies in various sizes. Each year there is a theme. This year it was “By the Sea.” She showed us her beach house she made. It was featured in the show. What is nice about the show, besides the fun people have and learning new things they can do, is the proceeds of the show go to Toys for Tots and The South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
In learning all you do to build these miniatures, Jennifer now can use power tools, do electrical wiring, soldering, put her math to good use in converting life-size down to miniature. Most of the time to 1/12th scale. Besides making miniatures for doll houses there are others that enjoy making train sets, model cars and airplanes. Something for everyone. There is a group that does art and books in miniature which is a more expensive hobby. There are miniature portraits made from ivory and watercolors that are in museums.
Jennifer loves to create, and it is relaxing to her and challenging. We want to thank Jennifer so much for the wonderful program. Learning about this and the history was very interesting. I did not know they had groups like this close by, and I have two doll houses. So, thank you again!
The hostesses were Ethelyn Vernon, Sue Daniels and Mary M. Carter. They had snacks: candy, candy pumpkins, pumpkin cookies, popcorn candy mix, pumpkin suckers and other good things. Punch was also served. I want to say right now the only thing I contributed was the vanilla flavored pumpkin suckers.
One came without a nose and got a prize for having the nose-less pumpkin. Thank you to Ethelyn and Sue for doing all the work for the meeting. I did not attend.
Margie Young won the door prize given by Jennifer Harbin. It was a miniature basket of pumpkins she had made. Also, Neta Marble won the no-nose pumpkin sucker “just for fun game.” A cute little pumpkin. You can see we all enjoyed pumpkins that day!!
I want to thank Ethelyn Vernon and Helen Teeple for the notes and hand-outs to help me with this article. I want to go to one of Jennifer’s programs sometime.
I know that most of you did not miss my bad use of the English Language and the misuse of punctuation but, I have missed you all very much. I’ll be glad, as all of you will, when this virus gets the shots to help us and we can be together again with no constraints. Love to All! Mary.
Those attending were Helen Teeple, Janis Julian, Carolyn Marble, Neta Marble, Brenda Walls, Sue Daniels, Margie Young, and Ethelyn Vernon. Linda Harbin was a guest and Jennifer Harbin was our guest speaker. We welcome you both and hope you will come again.