I finished all my entries for the Ventura County Fair and took them down to the Fairgrounds on Thursday after work. Due to the short time-frame between the X-Games and the Fair opening date, there were still a lot of workers trying to get rides set up, long after 5 pm. Many food trailers and other concessions were waiting, too. The Fair opens on August 2nd.
Here's the DMC Floral Bouquet stitch finished in the hoop with wrapped ribbon. I found the iridescent blue ribbon at Michael's--it matched the blue flosses perfectly. I added my initials, but then needed to add another floral spray on the lower left for balance. It didn't take too long to stitch and I think it blends well. After trimming away the excess Aida to about 1-1/2"and using long stitches in the remainder to gather it up, the back was covered with a piece of white wool felt I hand stitched on. The pink ribbon also bought at Michael's matched well as a hanging loop. The Strawberries stitch in the prestretched Aida square got felt on the back too, but no additional hanger.
There was very little activity at the Home Arts building, sadly. The volunteer who was helping me said that entries were very thin this year--likely due to the online-entry only requirement this year. I had spent a lot of time choosing categories for my items and the gal helping me was most thankful and didn't make any changes to my selections. I had to laugh that after spending extra time to add a label to each of the six quilts I put in, she covered over my name on each one with a piece of blue painter's tape! 😆
Although Picasa is no longer available to add photos too, I do still have access to pics I've downloaded to the computer. Here's a pic of me with our newest grandson, shortly after he came home from the hospital in June. His quilt is behind him. Bryce has grown very well since then. He got his father and grandfather's blue eyes, which makes him different from his brother and older cousins' hazel/brown ones! I took care of him at a local pool outing with big brother and Mama last week. He was very squirmy and didn't want to sleep :)
I will have to figure out how to reduce the photo file size or will run out of room very quickly and have to pay for storage!