Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Salads, button jewelry featured on show

Sheryl Borden

Information on paper foundation piecing, making fabric covered button jewelry and preparing a variety of salads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Author and quilter Norah McMeeking will discuss and demonstrate paper foundation piecing for patchwork quilts. This method is extremely accurate and keeps oddly shaped patches from being distorted during sewing. Her book is titled “Bella Bella Quilts,” and she lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Author and designer Laura West Kong will show how to use fusible machine applique and hot-fix crystals to make fabric covered button jewelry. She’ll also show some jewelry made with different finished buttons. Her book is titled “Fast, Fun and Easy Fabric Cover-Button Jewelry,” and she’s from Loma Linda, Calif.

Connie Moyers represents Western Research Kitchens, and she will demonstrate making numerous salads just by changing the ingredients. She’ll also share a way to encourage children to eat their veggies by adding crunchy croutons to a salad or using them as a snack food. Moyers is from Clovis.

Information on candles, beading and turning gourds into works of art will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Olga Puzas will take us on a quick trip through time, illuminating how candles have been used through the ages and explaining how people use them today. She’s with PartyLite Gifts Inc. in Plymouth, Mass.

Author and designer Jane Davis will show how to turn wild gourds into works of art. She will use beads to decorate the edge of a bowl that is made from a very large wild gourd. She lives in Ventura, Calif.

Lela Goar, a consumer-education instructor, will explain the Consumer Labeling Initiative, which advises consumers to “Read the Label First” before you buy, store and use household cleaners and pesticide products. Goar is formerly from Portales.

Candle Safety

• Tealights: Sold by the dozen — in aluminum and transparent cups. Aluminum cups are recommended for “closed-type” holders. (Examples: tealight houses and potpourri burners.)

• Floaters: Floater candles are scented and come in six-packs.

• Votive candles: Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inche. The metal clip is designed to extinguish the flame. Always remove the metal clip from a previous votive before placing a newvotive in the holder. While burning votives, be sure the wick is centered. Wicks too close to the side of a votive holder may cause breakage.

• Dinner candles: Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch. Do not place near drafts, fans or air conditioners. If dripping occurs, wait for wax to harden; remove excess. Burning time: approximately 45 minutes per inch.

• Pillar candles: Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inche. First lighting, burn for 5-10 minutes. For the next 4-5 lightings, gradually increase burning times until the bell top is gone. Once the candle has a flat surface, burn a minimum of one hour per inch for each inch of the candle’s diameter. Pillars should always have a flat surface, not a “deep well. Gently “hug” the soft wax around the well to maintain a flat surface.

• Three-wick candles: Never trim the wicks. Burn a minimum of six hours at each lighting. Keep wicks pointed towards center. Gently “hug” the soft wax around the well to maintain a flat surface.

Important reminders/hints:

• Never leave a burning candle unattended!

• “Snuffing” out candles prevents wax from spraying and keeps the wick in the center.

• Always burn candles in the proper receptacles.

• Refrigerating candles makes them burn more slowly. (Wrap candles carefully in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to prevent cracking.) Do not freeze.

• Keep your candles beautiful by rubbing gently with fine mesh stockings to heighten gloss and remove scratches. To avoid fading, do not place in direct sunlight.

• Store all candles in a cool, dark and dry place.