Wednesday, September 28, 2011

County Fair Projects!

I decided this year to go ahead and enter a few of my sewing projects and photos. There is something exciting about seeing your "art" on display. I didn't care if I won anything, was just fun seeing my creations in the barns!!

Some beautiful displays of vegetables grown by local farmers....

Beautiful flowers cut straight from the garden and displayed in original ways.

The sewing barn was filled with quilts, hand embroidered pillow cases, needlework, and sewing projects. It was amazing to see all the beautiful hand sewn pieces.

So excited to have won 1st place with my "Oo La La" apron! (Out of 4 entries!)

The yellow dress in the middle won 4th place.

I also entered a pink formal dress which won 1st place. (I couldn't get a good photo, because it was in the corner.)

With my photos I won 2nd with my black and white flower shot and 3rd place for a photo of Liam in Texas! I was told when I picked it up, that it was the photo club's favorite photo in the barn! (I have a cute kid!) I also had a chance to speak with the judge, and he said that he was impressed by my artistic eye and invited me to their photo club that meets at the library twice a month. I was flattered,..and I may just go one of these days.

I also entered a gift wrapping for the Mother's Day theme! (Can you tell which one is mine?) I personally thought it was cute,..but apparently it wasn't bright enough for the judge. I lost to a very flamboyant mismatched package with garden gloves and a tacky blue ribbon. Ha ha (Oh dear, I hope that didn't sound mean.) My package looked a bit lost in the bunch. Which was fine with me! I don't mind standing out in a very reserved kinda way! I am not about to create something just to please a judge. It's not about winning,'s about sharing an idea. It's about being creative and loving the process.

Same goes for the headband (that I sell in my etsy shop) that I entered. Didn't place in the category, because it wasn't flamboyant enough. Oh well!

Next year, I will be participating again! It was so fun and worth the work! I earned prize winnings just under the amount I paid for my weekly pass! So I basically got in for free the whole week! How cool is that? I think that next year I will be entering more children's sewn items. They had very little in this category. I also want to try and enter a handmade purse and maybe a pillow case? Already starting to dream of all the possibilities to create some new things. This winter will for sure be filled with new projects!! Can't wait until next year,.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Summer Reflections

This summer was filled with many fun activities! Liam is at the age now where he loves to go out and explore the world. We took a few trips to the zoo, the park, community pool, play dates with friends and walks around the neighborhood in his stroller. He loves being outdoors! Toddlers are busy,...but so much fun! The highlight of my summer every year is our county fair! Being a 4-H advocate (I was in the program 12 years) I have spent every summer at the fair since I was a baby. Of course, this means I purchase a week long pass! Liam loved every minute of it! It has become a family tradition to meet up there. My Uncle Ron and my Aunt Laurie were out from Georgia, my brother Caleb and his soon to be wife Amanda came out from Kansas. Of course my grandma, my two sisters and my other brother Luke were there as well. I thought I would share some of my favorite moments at the Fair this year! Tomorrow I hope to share some of my sewing/photo entries in the hobby barn.

Liam awoke every morning asking to go and see the "animals!"

Of course the "moo cows" were his absolute favorite!

The horses have always been mine!

My grandma loved taking him by the hand to show him all the fun!

He loved the carousel so much!

Of course spending time with family is always the highlight! My sister "Auntie Hannah" spent loads of time loving on each one of the kids.

My mom "Na Na"and sister Roslyn with her two little girlies.

Sitting with Pa Pa watching the country music band play.

Discovering new things together!

Dancing in the sunshine!

But most of all,...the best thing about this summer was all the memories we made!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Autumn Love

Today I am enjoying a cool day indoors with my mom and Liam. Can't believe I am wearing a sweater, when just last week I had my AC running. I am welcoming Autumn with open arms!
Some of my favorite things about Autumn,.......

Apple picking time!

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!

Getting out my Wellington boots!

Jeans and sweaters for me!

Sweaters for HIM as well! Mmmmm

The changing color of leaves

Picking out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch!


What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

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Monday, September 12, 2011

I am still here,....

Hello out there! Did you miss me? I am still alive and well over here. Been beyond busy this past month and unfortunatly, that has ment that my blogging suffered. I am hoping that this is the end of all the summer craziness and that once again I will be posting on a weekly basis. I have missed you all!

So excited to share some things I have been busy with this past month and some ideas I will be working on for the fall. Until then, is Coldplay's new song they JUST released today! I have kept it on replay all afternoon. I am loving it!!! They will be releasing their new album on October 24. For those of you who know me and my little obsession with the band, you know that I am beyond excited. May the countdown begin,......