Well, I’m back from the fair! My mom entered most of my projects (open class)
on Wednesday while I was at work and I took the last few, that I wasn’t sure what to do with, after I got off. Anyway, the family and I went down to the fairgrounds after work yesterday and spent the whole evening scouring the open class sections, taking pics, walking around the midway and eating. I ate almost an entire funnel cake by myself! But it was sooooooo good. No regrets.

As for the projects I entered………I didn’t do too bad: 😉

Best of Show in the sewing department! My mom accidentally gave it away when I talked to her on the phone earlier in the day, but I still didn’t know which of my projects that they had chosen. I had my suspicions about this one, though. Today I found out that they were deciding between this one and the circus skirt that you saw in a previous post. I’m glad they were such a success!

Blue on everything! 😀

This necklace was made by sewing over tiny pieces of material that were arranged in a shape. I used metallic gold thread. Can you tell what it’s supposed to be? I had one nice lady tell me, “You can totally see it’s a unicorn!” I can’t see it, but…………….

My sister beat me out in the earrings department.

A blue and division winner for my lovely purse made with Constructivism’s pattern.

Wow! I was NOT expecting this! Best of show in the Hobby Craft department, too!!!

I entered this painted silk scarf last-minute…………an afterthought. Boy, am I glad I did!

I have more fair pics to share with you all, but those will have to wait for another day. It’s nearing 6 o’clock and I’ll be closing shop soon. So, until tomorrow………..

Here are a few random photos of Etsy packages before they were shipped off. Most of my packaging is experimental at the moment. I just go with whatever seems to fit the mood of the item. 😉 But I’m in the midst of figuring out a dedicated system of things for UmbrellaAve, so hopefully there will be more consistency in the future. 😉 For now, this is just cute. 🙂

I started a new job today. It’s just part-time at a local variety store, but since I want to continue all of my crafting pursuits, that’s all I really have time for. I think this place is a better fit than when I worked at the convenience store near my home. That was just too stressful and time-consuming. Besides, I hate carding people, smelling like french fries every day when I come home, and wearing basically the same shirt four to five days a week. To top it off, craft supplies inspire me and this place is full of them. So, yeah………….I like it there so far. And I get to use the price sticker gun (with which I’m obsessed). 😉

Besides gabbing about my new job, I want to share a video that my sister made. It’s a bunch of clips of my crunchy-crunch cousin Ellie + me and my sisters. They usually take tons of photos and videos when she visits, and this music video puts them all together to a song from Napoleon Dynamite. It’s kind of our theme song. So here goes………………..Amanda did a great job on this!

Umbrella Love. I’m obessing over umbrellas………and want to share some of my favorite pics of them………..all found on Etsy. Umbrellas make me happy.