Monday, September 15, 2014

Anna's Fair 2014

I also wanted to gather up all of the things that Anna did this year in the fair into one place, because I imagine I might want to know this stuff someday.  Like her record book, only online.

Swine-blue for showmanship, blue for pig.  Purchased "Tenzin"- barrow, Spot pig at 4H auction from Eugene Gross, $165.  Feed from Plymell Feeds,

Goat-red for showmanship, red for goat.  Purchased "Kora" -doe, Cross breed at 4H auction from   $  .  Feed from Plymell Feeds, hay from Eldon Alexander.

Visual Arts-State Fair Purple.  Mixed Media drawing of dove with letters, pastel and marker, cheap poster frame.

Crops- Gallon Jar of Wheat-red.  Need to fill up jar a bit more.  MJL thought label too big.

Fiber Arts- Crocheted cotton washcloth-Red.

Foods- Poppy Seed Cookies with Orange Glaze from Grandma Joan's Pillsbury Cookbook.  Blue.
            Apricot Spice Bars from Grammy Rita's recipe.  State Fair Purple

Clothing Construction-

T-shirt dress from Simple Simon -Easy Paperbag Shirt Dress Tutorial .  Actually much harder than the sundress.  Fabric from Mom's stash.  Blue for dress, Blue for showmanship.
Yellow Sundress from Simple Simon - Free Sundress Pattern.  Fabric from Mom's Stash.  Added Yo-Yo's from pinwheels of Mom's.  Grand Champion!  for dress, Blue for Fashion Revue.  

Photography-State Fair Purple for Bubbles.  8x10's printed at Walmart.  

Blue for Swan.

OK!  This should come in handy someday.  :)


Friday, September 12, 2014

"Saved for later"

I have a jillion things in my "saved for later" file on feedly.  It seemed like time to admit that later may equal never and just mark all as read.  Here are a few of them that I can't bear to part with.

This post from Simple Simon has a holiday listed for each day of September.  I wish that we were celebrating all or some of them, but so far no.  Here's hoping!

Susan-this one is for you.

This is nice.  Meet the woman who sews a dress for children in Africa every day. 

Back to School Tutorials (oops, missed that one)  I especially like this last pattern.  

Best Art-Inspired Pinterest Boards

I want to share this with Anna sometime.  Sketching tutorial for fashion illustration.  

10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know.

A guide to buying craft supplies-probably too late for the back to school clearance, but I thought it was helpful and I wanted to remember it.

Probably my favorite genre in my library-I adore Picture Book Biographies.  This is a good roundup.  I've read half of these, and I'll be looking up some of them to add to our collection.  If nothing else-go check out "Wilma Unlimited".  It is an amazing story.

I just clicked "Clear All".

Livin' on the edge.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh, the crankiness

My over-reactor-inator is out of control.  So many things make me cranky.  And then I'm cranky because I don't want to be so cranky!

I can't look at Pinterest because I'm annoyed that people post things about Fall.  Because it's not Fall yet.  It was 102 degrees today.  I should still be swimming.  Fall's not so great.  It's my fourth favorite season, I think, down from third.  What's so great about it?  No swimming, the farmer is working ALL. THE. TIME, and there's no swimming!  Blah blah blah cooler weather and apples and outfits with scarves and boots and pumpkins....barf.  And since when are we decorating front porches?  I'm not even cleaning up toys or pulling weeds anymore.

I can't handle the news, or the paper, or people talking about their opinions on facebook.  Really any kind of opinion at all!  Someone could say that, I don't know, some kind of cookie is the best ever, and I would be annoyed.  Just post nice events from your life.  That's all you're allowed.  Because I'm the cranky boss of the universe.
The girls have two sets of sheets.  One of them is noisy.  I actually took a video of how noisy the sheets are to demonstrate how terribly annoying they are but for some reason it doesn't seem as compelling as it should.  They are REALLY NOISY.

On Netflix, Daniel Tiger only has 2 or 3 stars or something, when it should clearly have five stars because it is wonderful and sweet and helpful and the children love it too.  Everyone else is wrong.

But here's something that made me laugh out loud.

I really do know it's all nonsense and life is beautiful.  So just laugh at me along with me.  And please don't hold it against me if I say something crazy.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Ingleside 8/20/2014

We accidentally drove to the Cabin with Daddy's wallet in the van.  Having absolutely no cash in our lives, he had to raid Jimmy's piggy bank.  

We've been doing a lot of washing sheets and mattress covers.  Looks like Katie's nightly ice water is no longer working for her.  

Grazie at 28 weeks.

Strange mix of old and new technology.  I often tear pages out of my magazines, so that I can remember to look them up later and pin to Pinterest.  

Looky looky look look!  I'm a librarian!

I made raspberry jam, peach raspberry jam, and peach jam, and then I ran out of jars.  It occurred to me as I was making the jam that I was having a ludicrous amount of fun.  Why is jam so fun?

Katie's at that age now where there's no afternoon nap, but she really needs some quiet alone time (with me).  I remember these days with Anna-time for me to do projects in the kitchen so she can play in the sink or with play-doh or paint...  I like this age.    

Friday, September 05, 2014

Cabin Video

That last morning at the cabin, while I was crocheting like mad, Auntie Susu took video of the kiddos.  I cut out *some* of the nonsense-here's a glimpse.

Thanks so much Susan!!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Blankie 4

Grazie's blankie!  Gray and purple.  

I had the goal of finishing this blankie at the cabin, and though it took leaving a little later, and spending the ENTIRE last morning sitting in a chair crocheting furiously, I did it!

All four bundles of love.  

These blankets take a while, but I don't think I've ever made anything better or more worth it.  

Monday, September 01, 2014

2 year old portraits

 At the cabin I took the good camera and tried to get some 2 year old portraits of Mr. Jimmy.  The sun was a little too harsh, I think.  

But he's awfully sweet.

And I like how well his eyes show up in this one.  

Katie's hair looks suitably wacky-here I asked Jimmy to give her a kiss.  

I like how this one catches how much he adores her.  

Katie's best pictures were action shots of her dancing.  

By the time Anna was ready the shadows were even more harsh.

And then she had funny poses or didn't want to look at the camera, but at least this is a real smile.

And then for all three, I put them in the shade and it didn't work.  I need to learn how to use this camera!  Maybe now that I'm done with other classes I can find a photography class...