Bread Day

July 28, 2019

Hubby and I went to the Fair yesterday to take my pie, and . . . . .

2nd place! There were six pies entered and boy, did they look yummy! I didn’t think my pie had a chance of winning. Mine was the only “traditional” pie — all the others had something in them or the crust was different or something. Maybe sometimes it’s best to stick with tradition.

I’m baking muffins as we speak. They sure are smelling good. I made a coffee cake last night, and later I’ll make some biscuits.

Sis will be going with me today. When Hubby goes with me, I can’t stop and look at all the pretties like I’d like. I took a few pics of my items, but I think I’ll wait to look around some more today before I post any of the craft pics. I can tell you, however, that I’ve seen some absolutely amazing crafts! How talented people are!

Gotta go take the muffins out of the oven. More later!

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Pie Day

July 27, 2019

The Ozark Empire Fair started Thurs. We haven’t been yet; but today is Pie Day, so Hubby and I will be going today to take my apple pie for the judging.

Our apple tree had some pretty decent apples this year, so I was able to get enough for a pie. In 20 years of living here, this is only the second time that this has happened. Usually the apples are too small and/or the squirrels, birds, wild rabbits and other varmints get to them before they ripen.

The apple pie group will be judged first and since that’s the only kind of pie I’m taking, the judging will be over for us. There are eight different classes of pies and I like to watch all of the judging; but the judges usually take so long to make up their minds, that Hubby gets a little antsy. So we’ll probably get up and mosey around and look at all the handcrafted goodies that everyone brought to be judged. Hopefully I’ll see some of  my projects with ribbons on them.

Later today. . . . . . . . .

My pie came out of the oven a while ago, and it looks pretty.

So far, so good. Now the real test will be in the tasting. There was enough pie filling and dough left over from making my pie, that I was able to make a little pie as well. Hubby and I had a taste of it already.

Hubby said it tasted pretty good to him and I have to agree. But who knows what the other pies will be like. It’ll be up to the judges to decide. We’ll find out later this afternoon, so stay tuned.

I’m so excited!

They Flew The Coop

July 22, 2019

Hubby hung a bird house right outside my “cockpit”, (the addition we had built in my sewing room that has windows all around it so I can see everywhere in the backyard. Hubby calls it my “cockpit” because it juts out from the rest of the house.) He thought it would be nice if I could watch the little birds while I was sewing in front of the window.

The little bird house has been there for several years, and yes, it’s been occupied at least once a year. And yes, I’ve watched little ones sticking their little heads out when Momma comes in to feed them. And yes, I’ve actually seen the little babies grow up and fly off to start their own lives.

This year was no exception. We’ve watched as this “Momma” and “Daddy” cleaned out the nest and rebuilt it. It seemed like it was taking them forever to settle down to have babies. In fact we were beginning to think they didn’t know what they were doing.

Finally we noticed that she was flying back and forth to the bird house almost constantly so she must be feeding some little ones.

Then a couple of days ago, I spied a couple of little heads stretching toward the door with their little mouths open.

Then I saw a third head. If you look closely, you can also see “Momma” right after she landed on the perch with some food in her mouth. That’s why one of the babies has its mouth open so big.

Soon there were four and one of them managed to get out to the perch.

It wasn’t long before a second one came out. Yes, it looks big enough to be the momma, but it’s one of the babies. They were all almost as big as Momma.

I don’t know how in the world they were all cramped in that little bird house. The parents had so much nesting material in there that the babies were almost right up to the door. I bet it was hot in there as well because it’s been in the 90’s for at least a week now.

We had to leave to run some errands, and I told Hubby that it won’t be long before they will be out of there. Sure enough, when we returned home and checked, the little bird house was vacant. They flew the coop!

It’s THAT Time Of Year Again!

July 21, 2019

Yep, Fair Time is here again.

No stressing out this year as in the past. I’m getting too old to call that fun anymore. I just gathered up projects that were finished or almost finished to enter into the Fair this year.

Believe it or not, 27 items are going to the Fair this year. Eight items are food items that I’ll bake during the Fair for the Special contests that are judged while the Fair is going on.

However there are five items in the hobby crafts division and 14 in the Household Arts. I’ve surprised myself. Of course a few items were made just for the Fair’s Special Division like the Toys for Toddlers. I made this sweet doll.

The other item for this division is the knitted bear in overalls that I made earlier this year.

The other project I just had to make and enter was another one of the turkey wreaths that I made and sold at the craft sale in Ozark.

There was a sweater that’s been in my UFO pile for a couple of years that I’ve been wanting to finish, so it came out and I worked getting it sewed together. The day before I was to take the items to the Fair, I discovered that I’d sewn the sweater together WRONG side out!! Well, this sweater wouldn’t be going to the Fair this year.

After getting everything to the Fair, I came home and tackled the frogging-out-the-seams chore. Then I had to sew it back together again. I had to use a different dye lot of yarn because I had to cut the other yarn in pieces to get it ripped out. When I sew seams together, they are. sewed. together! This yarn is in the seams, however, so it doesn’t show on the outside of the sweater.

TA DA!

It’s really a pretty sweater and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would to fix and I probably could have had time to take it on to the Fair but I wasted too much time drowning in my own sorrow before I got busy and did the repair. So maybe it will go next year.

I bought this wooden basket at an estate sale a while back. It had a very poorly-painted goose on the sides, but I saw potential. For the painted wooden item for the Fair, I was able to get this little project finished as well.

The design is on both sides. The stars are individual wooden stars that I painted and just glued onto the blue area. I think it turned out pretty neat and it’ll look nice in my Americana living room.

All of my items are at the fairgrounds being judged as I write this. The Fair starts this Friday and the judging of the pies will be on Sat. I’m making another apple pie and Hubby and I will be taking my pie and watching the judging. Then we can walk around and look at all the pretties. Can’t wait! (Have I mentioned before that I LOVE the Fair!)

Almost Home

July 20, 2019

Years ago, 1985 to be exact, I sent off for a “free” cross-stitch kit from the company that made the Almost Home cookies. (Are they still making cookies?) I’ve had this kit in my stash for all these years.

The other day I was looking through my kits, (just because I like to do that once in a while), and I came across this little kit. It’s an advertising logo, but in kit form.

I made it up — took a few hours — (yes, after having it around since 1985!)

When Sis came over for craft day, I showed it to her. She thought it was so cute that she wanted to make one. I gave her the pattern and the next time she came over, she had one made up as well.

really need to quit keeping things so long!