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More Fun at the Fair

Going back to the the Expo Building at the State Fair while the judges tasted the offerings in the cooking competition, I wanted to search out the two quilts I hadn’t found on my previous visit, and get some better pictures.   Be My Carolina Neighbor was hanging with its second place ribbon.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Scrap Dance Two Step in black was entered into the wall hanging category and won a third place.

NC Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I was really thrilled to find that the pumpkin and leaf quilted table topper from last year’s Autumn Jubilee won a first place as well as a Judge’s Choice ribbon in the crafts division table linens category!! In the interest of full disclosure, almost half of my entries did not win anything. Competition is pretty fierce, and that makes the ribbons won even more special.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to show you this extraordinary quilt.  It won Best of Show, a gorgeous fan quilt pieced and hand quilted by Willoree Risley.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a close up of her outstanding work, ghosted fans that complete over four block in a Baptist Fan design with extra embellishment. This must have taken months to complete, something I just cannot do.  Unbelievably intricate and outstanding work!  Congratulations, Willoree, on a stunning quilt.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I also want to let the quilter readers know, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts.  Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts.  While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

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In the photography category, one of my photos got a third place ribbon in the category of State Fair photos. Amazingly, this one was a last minute substitution for one I decided wasn’t that interesting. Good decision, wasn’t it!!

NC Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

In the clothing category, my Jelly Roll Market Bag won a third place.  This is a free pattern I did for Moda, and is available for download at the Bake Shop.   Click on the sidebar link to get the pattern.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There were more things to see and do every time we went. A street entertainer was playing a one-man band, with an assistant pulling his speakers behind. The Chicken and Waffle vendor is right behind him, and yes I did have one the first trip to the fair.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Davis building where the cooking competitions are held has all kinds of exhibits and vendors. The one on the dinosaurs was really impressive with animated figures.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

One last ribbon, this Moda project pillow won a second place in the Holiday Decorations category. I’ll show you how I embellished last year’s project when it gets a bit closer to the holidays.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Next time I’ll show you the first cooking competition, and share the recipe.  What are you working on now?

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Wildlife on the Mountain

Wildlife abounds in the country, and in the mountains we have been seeing more visitors lately. It is a true quote I heard somewhere that if you put food out, someone will come along to eat it. I had some scraps left over from cutting vegetables, and thought the squirrels would like to have the asparagus ends and squash seeds. So I put those out, and sure enough, it wasn’t too long before a guest came for a meal. This was after I had set out the apple cores and peels for the crows.

Squirrel buffet at From My Carolina Home

It took him quite a while to get up the courage to look over the edge of the pan and then hop in to take a bite, but he made short work of the squash when he finally did jump in.

Squirrel buffet at From My Carolina Home

This little young woodchuck (or groundhog as some call them) was digging in the meadow one morning last week.   I’m not sure what he found, but he seemed happy enough to frolic in the meadow for a bit.  It was so hard to get a clear picture as the lens was zoomed at far as it could go.  I must have taken a dozen pictures, and this was the only one that came close to being clear.

Woodchuck visit at From My Carolina Home

This raccoon came to visit a couple of times right at dusk.  He took advantage of the asparagus stalks left by the squirrels that I had neglected to pick up.  After I saw him the second time, I made sure to take the pan away.  The last thing I need is a raccoon tearing up the shingles, which I know they sometimes will do.  He can stay in the forest and we’ll get along fine.

Raccoon visit at From My Carolina Home

This little guy came by for a bite of seed. He looks a bit moth-eaten, but in fact those dark spots are his juvenile brown feathers that he hasn’t shed yet.

Juvenille Cardinal at From My Carolina Home

He is still learning how to grab onto the feeder. He fell off and flew away a couple of times before getting the balance to stay on while he ate.

Juvenille Cardinal at From My Carolina Home

It is always a surprise to look out the window and see a fox.  Usually by the time I grab the camera and get it turned on, then get it focused, the fox is gone.  But this evening, the sun was low in the sky, and only a patch of sunlight was available at the edge of the meadow, where the fox was sitting and scratching himself.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

He must have a lot of fleas, as he was scratching and scratching.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

I was amused at how long he stayed in that one spot.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

He started sniffing around for a minute, and I wondered what he was up to.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

Then, he wallowed on the stones in the drainage area that collects rainwater off the mountain and directs it to the drive and across to the stream at the bottom of the cove. Those stones are larger and probably made a good scratching pad.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

He sat down for just a moment, then headed off down the road. Fun to see him stay for a bit, as he usually is just a flash as he lopes across the meadow.  He is so skinny!  But at least we don’t have any mice in the house.

June 2017 Fox visit at From My Carolina Home

On Thursday, a single solitary wild turkey was grazing in the meadow. It looks like a young one, cannot tell if it is a male or a female as it hasn’t developed any of the normal characteristics of a mature turkey yet.

Turkey June 2017 at From My Carolina Home

But, just for fun, I called to it. It looked at me, but didn’t come toward me. It also didn’t run away. It just went back to looking for acorns and worms, and ambled off at a leisurely pace.

Turkey June 2017 at From My Carolina Home

On the feeder, I managed to catch the wood thrush, the spotted breasted bird on the left.  He has been regaling us with birdsong for quite some years, and this is the first time I have managed to photograph one.  The female cardinal on the right has come by every evening now for a week or so.  I have seen the male courting her again, feeding her seeds from the feeder, a sweet sight.

Thrush and Cardinal at From My Carolina Home

It is quite unusual to see a thrush at a feeder, I am told that they like to stay in the woods and feed on the ground in the forest floor underbrush.  This is the first time I’ve ever seen one at all, much less at our feeder.

Thrush at From My Carolina Home

The story of identifying his song was interesting.  I had heard this bird for some years and never knew who was singing this particular song.  I looked on websites, and listened to snippets of bird songs for all the birds I knew were living here, but could not find this melodic birdsong.  I was able to record a video on my camera of just some trees with the bird song, and the video file came out at whopping 576MB!  DH showed me how to extract just the audio using a program on our computer, and export it to the desktop as an MP3 file, at a much more manageable 487kb.  I then sent the file to the wonderful people at the Ornithology Lab at Cornell University.  I got an email back the same day from a very nice guy named Matt, who identified the song for me as a Wood Thrush.   I’d love for you to hear it, but none of my normal outlets will upload an MP3 file – not Flickr, not Youtube, not the blog.  Oh well.  If I figure something out I’ll let you know.

What is the wildlife doing at your place?

 

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French Broad River Canoe Trip

The late spring weather has been mild, with cool mornings and evenings. Abundant rain this spring has pulled us out of drought, and brought the level up in the French Broad River. DH had a day off during the week, so we decided to finally take the canoe trip we’ve planned to do for years. It is only a half day of total time, including the drive time up to the facility in Asheville. So, we got tickets online, and made reservations for an early start. Arriving at the waterside, we were given a short instruction on the river hazards, what to avoid, how to go under the three bridges, and interesting things to look for on the way.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Slathering on sunscreen and spritzing a bit of bug spray, we donned our life jackets and boarded the van towing the canoes for the ride out to the launch point. It only took twenty minutes to get there, but would take two and a half hours to come back on the river. We were the only canoe renters that morning, but three other folks went along with their own kayaks. Several canoes were removed from the trailer to make room for their kayaks. They were here on vacation, and we had a nice chat about local restaurants on the way.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Our canoe was unloaded first, and we climbed in and sat down with our paddles at the ready.  A push off by our guide, and we set out on the river.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

About 20 minutes later, we got to the first bridge. Going ‘left of the blue dot’ we easily floated through the archway.  Those little churning areas were no problem, and actually quite pretty in the sun.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Verdant green trees lined the river on both sides as it wound lazily around the countryside. It was so quiet too, just the gentle sound of the water as it flowed, sometimes babbling as it went around boulders or bridges, or trees sticking up on the edge of the shore.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Off the main river, in a side inlet, we found the arched stone bridge.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

In places, the trees overhung the water, so you could stay in the shade a bit.  We came to appreciate these areas as the sun climbed higher in the sky, and the temperature rose with it.  Although it was about 68º F when we started (19º Celsius), it was about 86ºF at the end (30º Celsius).

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Wildlife was abundant in the morning hours. We came around a bend and almost missed this giant turtle sunning himself as he blended with his surroundings quite well. I wasn’t sure the picture was going to be clear, so we turned the canoe around and paddled back to see him again. But when we made the turn, he was gone.  DH was amazed at the length of his tail!  He was huge.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Looking up the hill on the side of the river, a horse pasture with an old barn came into view. We could hear the horses neighing to one another long before we were able to see them. Can you see them? There are at least four at the top of the hill.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

The river took us farther downstream, as we floated without paddling for a bit. Did you know that the French Broad River flows northward?  Originating near the town of Rosman which is near the southern border of North Carolina in Transylvania county, it flows northeast generally, winding around towards Asheville getting larger as it goes north, collecting in smaller rivers.  It flows north east then north west, ending in Tennessee near Knoxville where it joins the Holston River to form the Tennessee River.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Looking up on the right, we could see the corner of the Biltmore House coming into view. We had been told that it would be visible from the river, and thought this would be it.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

But a little farther on the river, a better view presented itself.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

A couple of families of Canadian Geese were tending to their little ones. So cute, the little golden fluffballs swimming next to the parents on the right couldn’t be more than a couple of weeks old.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

A little farther along, pretty dark birds with a flash of blue were flying low over the water. We think they were after the mayflies and similar insects floating on the surface of the water.  The river stayed about the same width the entire length of our trip, but it gets much bigger after gathering in the Swannanoa River north of where we would end our trip.  The river is 218 miles long, and we only saw a tiny fraction.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

These geese were loudly complaining about the intrusion on their waterway.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

More green on the water, so peaceful and quiet. We didn’t see the kayakers until the end of our journey when they finally caught up to us. We decided to let them go by, and took a bit of a break in the shade.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

One more picture, the river with more mountains in the distance. Such clear colors are seen on this morning, but by now it was after noon and getting a bit hot in the sun in spite of the puffy clouds.  By the way, do you know why it is called the French Broad River?  I had to look it up because I was curious.  There are actually two rivers in North Carolina which were called Broad Rivers, and at the time they were named, this area was held by the French.  So this one became the French Broad River and the other was referred to as the English Broad River.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

At this point, we still had about half an hour to go before getting to the end point where the car was parked. There was one more beautiful bridge with some lovely architectural details, but the camera battery died before I could get it. I guess that means we have to go again. I think this would be stunning in the autumn, but I am also sure that the river is likely pretty crowded then.  Still, if we go at the right time, it could be wonderful.

Have you ever done a canoe trip, or something like it?

 

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November Visitors on the Mountain

The last few days have seen some really amazing sights.  Having a camera with a really good zoom lens has helped to capture some spectacular pictures of our regular visitors.  Often I am unable to grab the camera fast enough to get good photos of the visitors, but this week was a banner week. First, early one morning the turkeys came by, this time the two males had joined the female flock, and they were showing off. I love it when they fluff up and strut, and this particular morning was one of those very rare instances where they gave a magnificent display.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

The two males seemed to be in competition parading around the females.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

They both puffed up their feathers, spread their tail fans and strutted their stuff for quite a while.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

The funny thing is that the females seemed unimpressed, they kept pecking at the acorns, and didn’t pay a lot of attention to the poor guys.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Marvelous, aren’t they?  They would fluff up and stand for a moment, then slowly turn in a circle in order to show off from all sides.  Then they would take a few steps in one direction and turn again.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

It was like they were in a pageant!

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Poor boys, doing all they could to get the attention of the girls and not being very successful.  Look at me!  Look at me!

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

After a while, the whole flock moved off to the woods, with the boys still strutting their stuff as they went.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Then, one of the four foxes living nearby made an appearance. I first spotted it walking on the driveway circle, and it strolled over to the meadow. I was in such a hurry to take photos, this one was between the railing on the porch from inside the house. I was afraid to go outside as I thought the noise would make the fox run away.

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

Magnificent, isn’t it?

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

It sat on the edge of the meadow for a minute….

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

scratched under its neck…

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

looked around a bit, then wandered off to the forest.

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

It is wonderful to live with all this wildlife. Mountain living at its best!  I saw on the news that the black bears are going to be later in hibernating this year because it is still so warm, and there have been more sightings in residential communities north of us.  I haven’t seen any here lately, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t around.

What’s happening in your neighborhood?

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Waterfalls in the Autumn Mountains

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin
and crisp sunburnt leaves.
~Ann Drake, 2013

I found this quote recently, and had to share it with you.  It was the perfect opening to a picture heavy post from our hiking over the weekend with friends here from out of state.  They wanted to see some waterfalls, so we took them to a few lesser known areas of Transylvania county, knowing that the Blue Ridge Parkway would be overcrowded this weekend.  It wasn’t their first visit to local waterfalls, so we could go a bit farther off the main roads. We were all hoping to see more brilliant color, but this year it just isn’t to be.  It has been too warm and too dry.  The drought has made it hard for the leaves to stay on the trees long enough to have pretty color before falling off.  The warmth has delayed the change in color, which needs a good cold snap to make that change. You can see that in dramatic detail with these 100-ft trees next to our home, some that are bare too early and more that have yet to change color.

Leaves 2016 3

On the road, the color is sporadic like this spot, but it won’t be the brilliant color of past years.  A brisk wind over the past few days brought down a lot of leaves just turning brown.

Leaves 2016 5

Still, nothing beats a walk in the woods no matter what the season. This is the path to the first waterfall view of the day. It was chilly, we had to wear jeans and sweaters, but it was worth it. It was one mile to the waterfall.

Log Hollow Falls 2

The first waterfall we hiked to was Log Hollow Falls.  It is way off the beaten path of the Blue Ridge Parkway or DuPont Forest. Small (only 25 feet high) and tucked away, we had the place to ourselves to listen to the gentle running stream, hear a rustle of leaves, and marvel at the quiet beauty.

Log Hollow Falls 7

Back to the car, we drove over to Whitewater Falls near the SC border. This park is more of a draw, with a nice parking lot, a paved walk to the observation point, then 154 wooden steps down to the bottom. Going down is easy, coming back up is a bit hard on the knees. This picture is from the observation point, some color in the trees but still a lot of green. Whitewater Falls is the tallest in the eastern US, falling a total of 811 feet. This is the upper section, 411 feet.

Whitewater Falls 3

Whitewater Falls bottom section falls another 400 feet.

Whitewater Falls 5

From the bottom, you can get a view of both sections.

Whitewater Falls 11

Another view of the upper falls.

Whitewater Falls 10

While we were in that area, I was able to take a picture of Lake Toxaway.  This area is still mostly green, and probably won’t reach peak color until mid-November.

Lake Toxaway

I did find this tree with beautiful color, lovely red leaves against an azure blue sky.

Leaves 2016 7

Another short drive south of Rosman, there is a privately held property with a waterfall. They allow visitors to respectfully visit on their property. The falls drop 60 feet down a rock face, lovely and a bit unusual in the rock formations.

Eastatoe Falls 1

The rock at the top has a curve to the right, which makes an interesting pattern to the falling water.

Eastatoe Falls 13

Lovely, isn’t it? The leaves are scattered around the moss covered rocks.

Eastatoe Falls 16

Downstream a bit, there is a little bridge that leads to a small raised platform with a couple of chairs to sit and enjoy nature in all her glory.

Eastatoe Falls 28

Moss covered rocks channel the water between creating a calming environment, a perfect way to relax.

Eastatoe Falls 29

Here and there, brilliant color can be found. This scarlet red and orange with some gold was all on the same tree.

Fall 2016 trees

If you love that first quote as much as I did, there is a free printable on Ann Drake’s website with a lovely image – HERE.

I’ll leave you with this lovely thought.

When autumn dulls the summer skies,
And paler sunshine softly lies
Upon the brown and fallow lands:—
As fairy artists come in bands
To paint with brushes dipped with frost:—
They pay with gold, for verdure lost…
~V.O. Wallingford (b.1876), “The Cottonwood Trees”

How are the views at your place?

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A Hint of Autumn in the Mountains

The calendar says October, but there hasn’t been the needed cold snap to turn our leaves to the autumn beauty we anticipate. Friday and Saturday did bring some much needed rain, and I was happy to spend the days inside. With some projects finished and others not yet begun, it was a perfect day to clean up and clear out some things. I do want to thank all the readers who emailed me concerned about our well-being with hurricane Matthew churning up the coast. We are very far inland in the western NC mountain area, and only had a couple of days of light rain. The winds picked up just a little, but not bad. There is one tree on the mountainside in the back that is showing some red color, everything else is still green.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

The flock of nine wild turkeys seem to have decided our place is good for breakfast and supper, as they are showing up a couple of times a day now. In the afternoon, while they were distracted by the acorns and bugs in the meadow, I crept outside to the veranda with my camera to try to get a good photo of all of them.  The trees behind them should be turning beautiful gold and red by now, but are really slow in changing.  It has been too warm and dry.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Wild turkeys are a little like meerkats, when they hear something, all of them stop, raise their heads high, and freeze.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I remained motionless, holding the camera and my breath until they relaxed again.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Must be some good pickin’s in that meadow.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I watched them for about 10 minutes, as they moved slowly down the meadow and melted into the forest.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

This flock appears to be all females and juveniles.  There are two males that come by too, but they are not with this group, at least not yet.  I do think that later when it is getting cold, that the two males will join this group.  I am pretty sure they did in previous years.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

So, we are waiting for Autumn to don her burgundy and gold, for the chill of October and a fire in the fireplace.  I am looking forward to wearing a warm sweater, enjoying a bowl of homemade soup with fresh crusty bread on a blustery day, baking with pumpkins and apples, cuddling up with a quilt and reading a good book.  For my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you enjoyed the turkey photos I saved for today.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Until Mother Nature cooperates with a show in the trees, keep making your autumn leaf blocks.  If you missed Block One with the Aurifil giveaway post, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along. For my northern hemisphere readers, are the trees turning color where you are? For my friends in the southern hemisphere, what is blooming now?

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Planning for the Mountain State Fair

Mid-August means the State Fair is right around the corner, and it is time to decide what to enter this year.  I have to get my paperwork in before the end of the month, then get the entries ready.  Quilts need hanging sleeves, and everything needs a label too. I got my catalog last month, and you can see all the little post it notes I have sticking out of the top and sides to mark the categories. I know I want to show my Christmas Trip Around the World that I made last December, so it needs a sleeve.  With football season just around the corner, this will be my slow stitching for August.  I need to decide if it will go in Bed Quilts Pieced, or maybe Wall Quilts.  I need to see if it is larger or if one of the others is larger.  I have linked the posts on each of the projects here in case you want to see more.

State Fair 2016 book

After looking at the quilts I made over the past year, there are too many to enter in the categories given. You can only enter one per category and I have made too many bed quilts.  I know that Quickstep would get criticized for the cut off points that are unavoidable in the design, so it will not get shown.  It is fine for a winter day, and a nice design for a charity quilt, but not for show.  So I think I’ll show Scrap Dance in the Wall Quilts category, now that I fixed the mistake.

Scrap Dance on bench

Tango will go in the Pieced Bed Quilts category.  I know that the Fair will have the same quilt judge as last year, and she is tough!   Entering in the fair is like entering a big show with this judge.  Both the original Scrap Dance, and Scrap Dance Tango patterns are available in my Craftsy store, just click on the link on the sidebar.

Tango Cover Shots 6

I am going to enter Mardi Gras in Wall Quilts Embellished. I just hope the judge understands the embellishment is a necklace like the beaded ones thrown in the parades.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I’ll be entering the Quilted Art Project into the crafts category.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

The crewel ornaments from last year will be entered in the crewel handwork category in the crafts section.

Slow Stitch Finish 13

My original design Christmas Wool Penny Rug will go into the hand applique category. That pattern is available free on the linked page.  Don’t forget, for readers of my blog during this event, Primitive Gatherings is offering you a discount on your wool orders right now for a month! The 20% discount online code is: Carolina This code will be good July 14th thru August 25th and will be good for any wool order excluding the following items: wool bundles, wool charms, specialty dyed wools (meaning customer picks color and texture) unless a full yard is ordered.  My order came last week, and I am already planning my next project with it!  Click on Wool Order to see what they have.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

I need to decide on some other categories too, and find recent finishes to enter in the senior citizen categories. I really don’t consider myself a senior, but the category is there for anyone over age 55, so it gives me more chances to enter things. My Scrappy Travel Bag might get in this section.

Quilted Travel Bag ~ From My Carolina Home

This little ornament will get entered into the cross stitch category.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

I’ll be entering four photographs this year too. I really like this one of these birds, looks like they are discussing the hot weather. In reality, the goldfinch was trying to decide if he could run the woodpecker off, which he did try to do just a moment later. There isn’t a bird category, so I hope the Animals and Insects category will do.

Neighborhood Meeting July 2016 | From My Carolina Home

I have a couple of photographs from last year’s fair that I will enter this year. Last year I won a first place ribbon in that category with this photo. I tried to capture the essence of all the contests, with the veggies in the foreground, the display cases in the back and the quilts overhead.

State Fair 2015 -Photo First

I’m thinking of entering a wreath in the natural materials project category.  I have some sweet gum balls and pine cones I can use.  I need to redo my fall/winter wreath anyway, so this would be a good time to do that.  It hung outside all fall and most of winter last year and needs some care.  If I fill in the bare spots and change the bow, it would refresh it nicely for fall this year.

Winter Wreath 6

Ah, decisions, decisions!  What to enter and what not.  Being a constantly moving creator of all kinds of crafts, this decision is difficult.  But, when the Fair is underway, I’ll bring that to you.  I hope there will be a ribbon in my future!

Do you go to your state fair?  Have you ever entered any contests?

 

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