17 August 2009

Fair Results

It was a tense weekend at our house. Not in a bad way, but in a "waiting for Christmas" way. Saturday was SO's mom's birthday, so we went over and had crabs. I was a little wary of picking them because my nails were overly long and the potential to stick myself with a crab shell was high. Nothing hurts like stabbing yourself accidentally with an Old Bay-laced crab part--crab seasoning BURNS. For a long time. And it's so much work for not much reward--cheeseburgers are a lot more reward for little effort. But SO's sister, who is the bomb, showed me a new way of cutting them open that made it a little easier. We're still in awe of those women who pick crabs. They don't have to fear us.

Yesterday, I got up and headed off to the nail salon, then over to Mom's. The nail salon was closed, so I had to go to a different one. Not the best fill I've ever gotten, but it was quick and cheap and my nails don't look bad. It'll hold for two weeks.

We got over to the fair about 45 minutes after it opened. And the lot was full. And, my goodness was it HOT! I was wearing jeans because SO still hadn't had a chance to fix my closet rod, and I was not in the mood to start lifting clothes around, looking for a pair of capri pants. So I went in jeans, and suffered. We took the tram up through the fairgrounds, because I was not making myself or my mother walk up through the midway. Mom asked if I wanted to go get ice cream first or check to see if I had won anything. I gave her "the look" and we went into Home Arts.

I did well. I did not win Best in Show, but I did well. I had to start writing things down to keep from confusing myself. These are the results:

Kitten (I didn't post a photo)--third
Kitten throw--first
Treaty fairy--second
Like Feathered Wings--second
Warm Water Wash--first
I Love My Kitty--first
LHN Stars and Stripes--first
Sampler Girl's My Everything Sachet--fifth
Sweet Little Berries--first
Blackbird Sampler--second

I am pleased that the lions did so well. But my "whoo hooo" moment was for "I Love My Kitty", because I just think that is the sweetest picture that I've ever stitched.
I was a little bummed about the ornament not placing higher, but SO was happy, and he said at least it placed, and it was something we did together. I wish Treaty fairy had won her class. I couldn't find what beat her, but I'm happy. And, although I was a bit disappointed in not winning BOS, I understand and it's OK. As SO put it, I did win 7 firsts and that is a substantial win. Maybe next year will be my year of the masterpieces.


Meari said...

Congrats on doing so well at the fair! Do you put more than one entry in a category?

LoneStar said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations on your fair results! You'll have to post a picture of all your entries with their ribbons once you get them back from the fair. I'm glad to know the lions and "I Love My Kitty" did so well!

Lisa (Texan)

Annie said...

Way to go! That's a lot of awards. Congrats a such a wonderful showing.

Kim said...

Congratulations on your stitching awards at the fair. I bet you are already thinking about what you are going to do for next years fair :)

Daffycat said...

Awesome fair results! Great job, Rachel...congratulations!

Kathy A. said...

Congratulatons there girl! 7 Ribbons - that is wonderful!
I didn't even place last year and boy was I disappointed.
I agree - a photo of your pieces with their ribbons would be great!

Julie M said...

Congratulations on all your ribbons! You did fantastic! I just don't have the confidence to put something in the fair so I really admire those that do! Make sure you take a pic of all the pieces, I don't think I have seen them all.

Lisa said...

Congratulations on placing - and as LoneStar mentioned in her comments, we all definitely want to see a photo posted of the enteries & ribbons!!!! You have a lot to be proud of!
Congrats again.
Lisa in CA

riona said...

Congratulations on all the first place ribbons ... a fantastic showing. Though I obviously didn't see the other entries, I am also surprised about the ornament's fifth place ... you did a fabulous job on that ... but Imaginating ornaments tend to be oversized and that may have worked against you.

Chiloe said...

Congrats for the fair: you did very well ;-)

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