Yesterday, I left the house at 6:45 AM to go meet up with my mom and one of my co-workers, Joan, to go to the state fair. I wasn't sure what time the fair opened, but Mom had to go to Pennsylvania for a family reunion, so wanted to get there early and leave early; I have to work today, so I couldn't go.
We got to Timonium around 9. It was overcast, and they had been calling for rain and cooler weather this weekend. They called wrong. It was so hot and humid on the fairgrounds; my hair was a big frizzy nightmare and I had a bad case of red face by the end of the day. But it was a fun day.
The Home Arts building didn't open til 10, so we headed over to the Cow Palace to check out the Birthing Center. 3 little incubators of baby chicks were hatching while we were there--pretty cool! There was one little bull calf that had been born overnight and another intensely laboring cow. We watched them for an hour, then went to check on my stitching and have lunch. When we came back, her baby was born, and another cow was in the birthing pen, and we got to watch her baby be born. So cute!
My stitching did reasonably well. I Love My Kitty, Peace and Warm Water Wash won nothing. Warm Water Wash was in the "other" class with a lot of entries, so I understand that. I am a little disappointed that I Love My Kitty got nothing, but I love that piece, and am biased. My kitten picture took second, as did Sweet Little Berries and Like Feathered Wings. The kitten afghan took second as well, but it was up against a more elaborately stitched afghan, so I get that placing. The sachet and my ornament were also non-winners; I expected the sachet to get nothing, and I guess the ornament class always has a lot of entries.
Treaty Fairy took first. She was displayed up towards the front of the building. The lady working there told me there were a lot of fairies entered, but mine was special, so she wanted it away from the others. Also that the fabric was something she would have never thought to use, but, with my piece, it was perfect. So that feels fantastic. Treaty is redeemed!
The best news, though, is the lions. They took third in the special contest! I am so pleased with that. I couldn't have asked for more from that and am super-stoked.
We also took advantage of the commercial booths to pick up some great sounding recipes. Lots of wonderful crab recipes and an awesome black bean salsa that was fresh and healthy!
I had to stay at Mom's to dogsit. Chancey was so happy that she got to go for a ride with me to McDonald's just as it started raining, but was not too happy that, when we got back to the house, she had to wade across the wide stream that replaced the gutter. I guess the heat must have gotten to me more than I thought, because I fell asleep at 9 and didn't wake back up til this morning. I usually don't sleep that long, but I was tuckered.