Monday, July 31, 2017

"They like me. They really like me..."

~ Greetings dear Friends ~
A cheery, sunny, summer HELLO THERE! to all of you :)

I had my Susan Lucci moment yesterday afternoon when I walked into the Open Class Building and spied with my little eye THIS:

Vonna Pfeiffer
GRAND CHAMPION 
NEEDLE ARTS
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Carriage House Samplings
Primitive Stocking
Stitched 1 over 2 on 40 ct. Golden Harvest linen using DMC
entered in Counted Cross Stitch Other Items Class ~ Stocking EntryCarriage House Samplings  - A Primitive Stocking

How do I feel?!



My other 8 Cross Stitch entries did very well also...

~ CHAMPION ~

Country Cottage Needleworks
Paris
stitched on 32 ct. Star Sapphire 2 over 2 using called for Classic Colorworks and DMC
entered into Framed Pictures Class ~ Medium Entry

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~ RESERVE CHAMPION ~

Little House Needleworks
ABC Sampler Series
stitched on 32 Vintage Light Examplar 2 over 2 called for Classic Colorworks and DMC
Entered into: Framed Cross Stitch ~ Samplers Entry

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*Champion and Reserve Champion in Framed Cross Stitch Class! That means I was #1 and #2 top entries!!! 
:)

~ CHAMPION ~ 

Mary Gary's Christmas Pinkeep Ornament
stitched on 32 ct. random linen using Classic Colorworks 2 over 2
Entered in: Christmas Needlework ~ Ornament Entry
*Champion means I was #1 top of Christmas Needlework Class Entries! 

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~ CHAMPION ~
Blackbird Designs
Hats Off to Uncle Sam
Entered into: Creative Items Class ~ Holiday Other than Christmas
*Champion means I won the class

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~ HONOR ~

With Thy Needle and Thread
Flag Day in the Potting Shed
Entered into: Cross Stitch Other Items Class - Non Traditional Finishing
*Honor means I was #3 overall in class
(my Prim Stocking was #1 over all in this class! and then went on and competed with the other #1's of all the Needle Arts Classes and won Grand Champion of Needle Arts)

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Our County Fair also has: Holidays At the Fair Division and in this division I entered and received:

~ CHAMPION ~

Little House Needleworks
Happy Hearts
Entered into: Ornaments Class ~ Single Ornament
*Champion means I won the class

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~ HONOR ~

Plum Street Samplers
Betsy's Tart
Entered into: Decorator Items Class ~ Single Piece entry
*Honor means I was #3 over all in this Class

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~ FIRST PLACE ~

Notforgotten Farm
The Flagmaker
Entered into Decorator Items Class: Fourth of July Figures

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THAT, my friends....
was a VERY successful Fair Showing. VERY successful. I am really quite amazed, shocked, speechless, really. Its all sort of surreal, to be honest. This is my 11th consecutive year of showing at the fair and as my long-time followers/readers know...I've taken my lumps and hard-knocks over the years. But you know what?! those lumps and hard-knocks did everything to instill in me that I needed to practice, practice, practice to become the BEST stitcher I could be. Now that I have won Grand Champion...my ultimate dream, finally came true...I know with great affirmation of my heart...I STILL am not the accomplished stitcher I want to be. I have room for more growth, more perfection. And this year's success just instills in my heart a greater thirst, a greater yearning to practice MORE and try, try again next year!

One thing I'd like to say....
overall, this year's entries into my county fair were a bit more scanty than they've been in previous years. All over the fair, not just Needle Arts. IF you are a crafter (of any kind) I highly, highly, highly recommend that you look into your area and the shows/fairs/places you may enter your work - whatever that may be. Share your love of arts! Share it for the next generations to view and want to learn more about it! The arts are dying. No matter what that handwork is: painting, drawing, photography, baking, crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, vegetable growing, flowers, whatever...it's not being done like it was when I was a child! And when I talk to people my own age, what do I hear? I don't have time for that. You're silly to devote that much time to those sorts of things. What will people do with that once you are gone? THAT in my opinion is silly to think of creating in that way. What do I get out of my cross stitching? I get satisfaction of knowing what my two hands create beautifies my home, makes it homey, warm, lived in. I know that my children, will cherish my cross stitch and if after they are gone it is what it is. Entering into my local fair has been one of the best things in my life. Sure, it hurt my feelings at times to read comments left for my pieces. Think about it....it's your baby. You took care of it, fed it, dressed it all up and took it to the fair and when you hear your baby isn't the prettiest baby there and in fact some of your baby is not right...well...that hurts! But in the end...it will put in your heart the desire to grow another baby and this may be THE baby that wins the contest.

I was so stinkin' proud of my baby yesterday!
And one day I hope to have the experience again! Because let's face...feeling this proud about something makes you want to feel it again!


My 10th entry was just entered this morning, bright and early at 9 a.m. and is being judge right now as I type. I went out on a ledge and entered:


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We will go see how they do tonight :)

Until next time folks...
keep reaching for the stars...
SMILE because God loves you and so do I!
Spread kindness - the more you spread, the bigger the ripple effect!
Take a deep breath before you speak and choose words wisely (that's a hard one for all of us! let's practice together!)

Love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

It's a Grand Old Flag...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
to all my sweet friends and blog readers!

I want to wish my fellow countrymen a very hearty Happy Independence Day!
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy from the top of my head to the tips of my toes...
I wasn't born on the 4th of July but doggone close to it at 5 a.m. on July 5th!
Growing up my family chose to celebrate my birthday on the 4th, since all was together for the holiday, and really as an adult it still sort of gets celebrated on the 4th. . . really we sort of celebrate my birthday all week long ;) HA HA! I'll take it!

I had a very productive Patriotic Stitching Month during June. I'd like to recap what I stitched...as well as share with you a couple of new finishes:

"Betsy's Tart"
by Plum Street Samplers
I stitched this 3 strands over 2 on 25 ct. Vintage Country Mocha
the frame is a clock from Hobby Lobby that was gutted and painted.
Plum Street Samplers - Betsy's tart

I heavily converted the design to my own colors using Classic Colorworks and DMC.
I even placed them differently than the pattern called for. I sort of wanted Betsy and the flag to pop off the fabric and all the rest to sort of be the background of it. I think I achieved it. 
The colors I used were:
Classic Colorworks
Bandana
Wavy Navy
Toasted Marshmallow
Black Coffee

DMC
642
822
318
414

So how I placed these were:
Bandana: Flag Stripes, one balloon, outer loops of the side swag and scattered inside the quaker stars
Black Coffee: Shirtwaist, main skirt color, shoes, hair, flag pole and 1776
Wavy Navy: Overskirt, field of blue on flag, scattered inside quaker stars, smallest loop in side swag and one balloon.
Toasted Marshmallow:   accent on Betsy's Skirt, throat lace on Betsy, Betsy's hat, stripes on flag, middle stripe on side swag and one balloon
642: horizontal stripes on skirt, outside of quaker stars
822: vertical stripes on skirt and balloon dots 
414: one balloon and Let Freedom Ring wording
318: one balloon

This totally doesn't follow as charted...but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 

Here's a recap on my June Patriotic Stitching and my June Patriotic Finishing for ME!

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I'm so freaking proud of myself! Someday, in the next year...ha ha ha! I'm going to show for "reals" my Patriotic Room. It's gonna knock your socks off! There are still a few projects though that I want to do before I show it!


I hope I have as successful of "Christmas in July" stitching as my "Patriotic June" stitching turned out to be :)

Until next time...
SMILE real big because God loves you and so do I
Pat someone on the back...you never know what they are dealing with, your pat may be just the thing they need to make it through the day!
Be kind...because kindness matters.
Love your neighbor as yourself...its hard, but worth the effort.
Hugs and love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx