Archive for August, 2012

What I Have Been Doing Instead of Embroidering for TAST

I am several weeks behind on the Take a Stitch Tuesday embroidery challenge. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been inundated on a daily basis with creative outlets.

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(And, hopefully, I’ll have some time to catch up in the coming weeks.)

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Art Night with Modigliani

Yes, Art Night has once again returned! This week, we did portraits in the style of Amedeo Modigliani based on an exercise in Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun. The instructions were to draw a portrait of one of your parents. Some of us follow instructions. Some of us do not.

Charlotte drew me.

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I drew Mom.

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Tim drew me. So far, so good.

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But Eleanor drew Stephen. Hmm.

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Then Amelia drew me and Stephen drew his dad.

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Jacob drew Margaret.

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Clara drew Joey and Levi drew Lydia.

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Lydia drew me.

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And Margaret drew Jacob.

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So, that makes seven instruction-followers and four taking-artistic-licensers? Not bad odds, I guess.

Oh, and one Bumpa who was chasing small grandchildren around. Yes, those are good odds.

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The Casts of Annie

One of these girls has been a very good sport about something.

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She has been a good sport about kidding around with Dr. Jenson every week.

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And with Bridgett.

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She has been a good sport about getting her casts removed.

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And she has been a very good sport about picking out fun colors for her casts.

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Two weeks down in Annie’s serial casting. Four to go!

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Another Little Road Trip

After all of the Fair and 4-H focus earlier this month, we were ready for a diversion. So, when Tim suggested that we spontaneously jump in the van and go back out to the river and that he would pay for gas and snacks, what could we say but, “Okay”?! (Especially since it was a Monday and the bakery was closed.)

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These turkeys were hanging out by the outhouse the whole time we were there.

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Maybe that’s because the cat from our previous river road trip was not napping beneath the outhouse this time, but was wandering around in the trees.

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Fun times!

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Wrapping Up 4-H (For Now, Anyway)

Some of what we saw in the 4-H Exhibit Halls this year (Warning: this post is extremely photo-laden, potentially rather boring and primarily for my own records, so view at your own discretion):

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Whew!

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Even More Chickens And 4-H

This post is not about eating chicken, but showing chickens.

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No, not plastic chickens. Feathered chickens. First, Tim and Eleanor participated in Sr. and Jr. Showmanship.

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While their fan club watched.

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The judge had a few things to say.

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After showmanship, conformation classes were judged.

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And Margaret’s chicken brought home a few ribbons.

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Showing chickens was as satisfying as eating them this week!

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Chickens and the Fair BBQ

In addition to the Fair Parade, the Fair BBQ is a much-anticipated event. It sometimes involves waiting in line.

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And it always involves yummy sandwiches. Free yummy sandwiches.

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And yummy ice cream.

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And chips.

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And pickles.

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(Harriet got all dressed up for the BBQ. It was tiring, so she took a little rest before she ate.)

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And just like the Fair Parade, another Fair BBQ is now in the history books.

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