This si going to be a photo-heavy blog - just a warning!
This week was the local agricultural show for our region, which is a chance for the young amongst us to make themselves sick on junk food and show rides, and all that. It's also a chance for people to show off their skills and talents - whether it's show dogs, cattle, horse riding, cooking, flower arranging, or hand crafts.
This year was the first year my parents entered anything in the show - Dad in the woodworking section, and Mum in the patchwork. They both took home prizes in their novice sections, which was very exciting.Mum's quilts received a few awards, including the Debbie Bell Memorial Award. Dad's "Retired" clock received a first in its section, and the Tardis cupboard he made me received second in the furniture section.
I entered some of my cross stitch in a few different sections, and some of my photographs, and was very excited/happy/thrilled to win several prizes of my own.
|My Once Upon A Time design took out first place!!|
Most exciting of all was that my own design won first prize in the cross stitch section! In fact, I took out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended! There may not have been anyone else in the section, but that doesn't matter - I still kicked butt!
Scarlett by John Clayton took second, and another of my designs, Geeky ABC took third. Woodland Fairie by Mirabilla received a Highly Commended. Go me!
I managed to get my pieces entered into a few different sections too to spread the love (and chances of winning!). I entered this cushion in the "A piece for the Lounge Room". I can't remember who the designer was - I stitched it back in 2005, however it was only this year that I asked Mum to turn it into a cushion for me.
Oh, and my biscornu took first in the pincushion section.
Oh, and the wall hanging that mum and I made took out third in the special challenge Anzac-themed category.
|I don't have a better photo as Mum took the wall hanging|
home to her place
This is the first year I entered my photos in the photography section of the show. Of the 10 photos I entered, I received a first, two seconds, and three highly commendeds! These were much more competitive sections (quite a large number of photos in each of the categories) so I was really really chuffed!
A closer view of my pics: