I always love Fair time...
At entry drop off time - the fair grounds are a hive of activity. Stands and stalls being made ready ..... the excitement and anticipation is palpable !!!.
During the fair - the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells ....... it's "fair" to say that I'm a Fair junkie !!!!
At winners pick up time - the post Fair tear down is going on, and it feels like it's all being put to bed until next year.
Today, we collected my entries and ribbons, so I thought I'd share my entries with y'all ....
My elephant amigurumi won a first place ribbon in the Crocheted Toy Category. Here he is on display during the Fair.
My crocheted Wildflower Bag. This bag was a 3 part CAL that happened, back in the Spring. It was a great pattern to crochet :-) I made it using I Love This Cotton yarn, from Hobby Lobby ....... it is such a silky, soft yarn for a cotton - definately my new favorite cotton yarn. I lined it with duck cloth, to give it body, and I lined the strap too, to avoid any stretching. To save wear and tear on the base of the bag, I used 4 bag feet ...... they work a charm.
I won an Honorable Mention Ribbon for this, in the Other Crocheted Items Category.
I love everything about this tote ..... all of the details, as well as the fabric, but, it was not a fun project to make !!!! Truth be told, I'm not even sure why I felt that way. Maybe, it just felt SO bulky at times when I was trying to sew it.
I won another Honorable Mention Ribbon, in the Machine Sewing - Tote Bag Category.
Lastly, this cute little outfit. I always enter a child's apparel item, and I make it to fit my niece. She has a January birthday, so it usually becomes her birthday present :-) I'm going to send it to her ... she LOVES dresses though, and seldom wears pants, but hopefully she'll get some use out of it. I had to dye the anglaise that I used around the hemline of the pants, because I couldn't find anything else that I liked, and that matched - it turned out really well - Ritz Fabric Dyes are the best (and no, I wasn't paid to say that :-)
I won an Honorable Mention Ribbon, in the Machine Sewing - Child's Apparel Category.
All in all, it was another great year for the Fair !!!
I'm toying with the idea of entering completely new categories next year ..... we'll see though, I have some time now, before State Fair Of Texas 2016 !!!!
So until next time, I'll leave y'all with a picture of the man himself ...... Big Tex !!!!