20 August 2008

Good news

I might most likely be getting a new computer. It's from someone else, and I don't know how good it is, but it's at least an interim computer til I get my very own. AND I am putting my fair winnings towards getting a camera. We found a decent one at BJs for $129. By my calculations, I should have about $50 coming from the county fair (those candy wins put me over the top, LOL), and I can put that towards it. Hopefully, I'll get something at the state fair. They were oohing and ahhing over my sheep when I entered it, and I think that is a good sign. Not that I think I will win that contest, but I can try. Anyway, $50 helps get me to the camera a lot. I'll just put that in a special account, so it's there to get it. Then I can start selling stash to pay for the computer. We saw a nice Dell with the monitor at Sam's Club (yes, I have memberships to both BJs and Sam's, LOL) for $600. That's not bad, but it's still a little pricey at this point, especially when I need new tires before winter.

Wow, winter. I'm already thinking about winter. Fair comes and goes and I am totally dissing fall.

I am still diligently working on the Halloween Fairy. I am about half done with her. She's so pretty, especially on that green fabric. And I am not having a hard time with her.

I am going to try to buy less stash this fall. That is my goal. I have this huge stack of freebies on my desk that I print off and then don't do. What is that about? And Mom has asked me to do some things for her. I'll do them instead of shopping; all I ask is that she buy the fabric. I did kit up two freebies lately--SMO's Pumpkin Pie on PTP Carnival linen and a Blackbird Designs freebie on sandy linen with navy blue Crescent Colors.

I got mostly decent comments back from the county fair. They said I travelled on Lost Dragon Sampler. I agree, I did, but just from letter to letter in the writing. I thought this was OK. It's not like I traveled over long distances with it. I don't know how to take that, but I am definitely not using 28 count linen again unless it's Cashel. They wouldn't have noticed if it wasn't on that linen, because it was basically see-through. They also suggested I back the wallhangings with fusible interfacing. This is not a bad idea. I can take that forward. They liked my framing. I was tickled with that. I am really good at picking frames--the lady at the LNS said she never saw someone pick out so many frames in so brief a time and then they turned out so good.

Two days til we go to the fair. I can't wait. It's so inspiring. And I can not wait for my dish of peaches and ice cream!


Annie said...

My 2 cents... I have done wall-hangings with and without fusible interfacing. I find I like them much better without. The ones with the interfacing tend to buckle after a while and not hang nicely. Maybe it's a humidity thing. But I felt some of my hard work was not quite ruined, but certainly degraded.

Maybe it's a technique thing too.

Erynne said...

Well, I didn't know that about Cashel.
Entering the fairs sounds like a great learning experience plus the wins are a nice bonus eh?! Congrats to you on your wins!!


Pumpkin said...

Good for you!!!! I can't wait to hear the final tally of how well you did :o) I'm quite bummed that there is no fair for me this year and as it's looking now, none for next year either. Ugh!

I love getting feedback from the judges but we can't talk to them here. Some have left notes in the past but not all.

I think I've got to cut back on stash too. I mean with the regular patterns I buy and all the freebies, I'll never do them all.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls