Tuesday, August 30, 2011

East Lake 2011

The (now) annual lakeside group jump photo #2

Annual camping fun.

Good rest.

Sleeping Beauty on the beach

Good boating.

All the boys this time

Good food.

Our sausage foil wraps

Good sunshine.

My pretty big girl warming up on the beach

Good siblings.

Big Bro & Lil Sis

Good fishing.

The fishing line-up

Good walking.

Papa & Peelu

Good friends.

Best Girl Buds

Good crafting.

A completed camp stick craft

Good love.

This is the Life!

Good times.

The (now) annual lakeside group jump photo #1

Church Prayer Flags

Church Prayer flags #8

I was in charge of a craft activity for the youth after our Churchs annual outdoor service.

Church Prayer flags #9

So we made some prayer flags of things we are thankful for and things we want to particularly pray for...

Church Prayer flags #5

You can see that S is still praying for our dogs - Jack and Scully:

Church Prayer flags #7

Prayer flags have become an easy go-to craft for me to bring to youth events.

Church Prayer flags #4

Whenever I get a chance, I sew up a few scraps of fabric for the flag base and I cut out some canvas squares with pinking shears.

Church Prayer flags #3


Bring some buttons, fabric markers or permanent markers and other fun things to sew on or glue on and you have awesomely meaningful prayer flags...

Church Prayer flags #2

Monday, August 29, 2011

State Fair Pottery - again!

He's an old pro now

It's now become an annual activity when we go to the State Fair in Salem (usually to watch my dog 4-H kids show).

S's skull

But we manage to check the artisan's area out every year and make some Raku pottery.

painting away

Peelu got to glaze for her first time this year too.

Peelu's first time

It is SO awesome to get to do this and then pick up such a unique work of art just an hour later.

Mine and Peelu's

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our 2011 County Fair Art & Photography Entries

R's Henna HandsR's Photography entries
S's Our Backyard BeehivesS's Pirate Ship
Peelu's Rainbow ChickenPeelu's crayon Kandinsky's Circles

We slimmed down the projects we entered this year. Did you notice? Yeah well, the only reason is that we were going to be out of town during the two hour pick-up your stuff window on the last day of Fair. And if you don't pick up your stuff it gets tossed. EEK! So we had to beg our very good friend to pick up our items and premium checks for us. She also had her two little ones to pick up for too, so we thought we'd keep things "light" and reasonably "flat" this year.

Here are the details:

Peelu's 2011 Deschutes County Fair entries
Peelu entered items in the following categories 4-6 year olds (yep, she jumped up to the bigger kids category this year!!): watercolor (chicken), collage (foil), colored pencils (hearts & flowers), crayon (Kandinsky circles), felt marker (ice cream cone), photography - for the first time (animal-her chicken) and acrylic (her lovely, lovely peacock).

So proud of her Best in Show

She was very proud of her "Best in Show" ribbon for her peacock. Wouldn't you say?

R's 2011 Deschutes County Fair entries
R entered items in the following categories (7-9 years old): acrylic (Frida Kahlo), crayon Theme-carnival rides at night), watercolor (fish), collage (Japanese kokeshi doll), oil pastel mixed media Egyptian pharoah), colored pencil (Jack, our dog), pen & ink (henna tattooed hands), photography (for the first time) - floral, photography nature - bee swarm. She was especially proud of her photographs and now tries to grab my camera all the time.

S's 2011 Deschutes County Fair entries
S entered items in the following categories (7-9 years old):Mixed Media (crayon and watercolor Transformer), acrylic (Warhol pop art version of Jack & Scully), collage (pirate ship), pen & ink (his own invention) , colored pencil (castle), felt marker (our backyard bee hives), photography -for the first time - domestic animal (Scully). You probably noticed that our dogs, particularly Jack, were on the kids' minds this Summer. Sam, especially, sought solace in artwork centered around the dogs. Thank goodness.

My 2011 photography entries...
This year I only entered photographs: Portrait/Character Study, Still Life, Domestic Animal, Last year's Fair, Floral, Animal in nature, Texture, Creative. My photographs of Peelu sure seem to be favorites of the judges. She is pretty cute, I admit.

All in all, more Fair entry nerd-i-ness!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Another birthday hat & craft kit

Hat for Brooklyn's Birthday

Peelu is modeling her friend's gift.

Modeling birthday gift hat

My go-to little girl hat pattern. Easy to whip out when a birthday party is suddenly here.

I loved this flower

This flower is one of my favorite that I've made. For the hat I used Lion Brand's Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in Strawberry. The flower is a combination of Red Heart & Sole Sock yarn in Green Envy and Vanna's Glamour yarn in Topaz.

Birthday Gift Tote Bag

And the craft kit bag was another sweet butterfly that I stenciled, with Peelu directing the colors. I love this season of girl parties!

Our Slow-Start Garden

Mid-Summer garden

OH boy, did Winter not want to let go this year.

More Kale

Spring weather was not in our vocabulary here in Central Oregon.

Brussel Sprouts

A few things did well....onions, berries...

Garden onions

...we found a new love for kale.

Kale in the garden

And of course the garden was still a fun place to play...

Playing in the garden dirt

..and to sample...

Pickin' backyard berries

We just we wish we had a little more warmth...spread out a little longer...ehhh, gardeners always have something to complain about....

Eating some of the last raspberries in the  garden

But thankfully we always have something to marvel over too!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Peelu's Fishing Hat

Cute hat girl ready to go fishing

A cute little pattern for a cute little fisher girl.

Peelu's new hat

Easy to make bucket hat pattern with brim.

Made with cotton yarn

Pattern is from Lion Brand. And I used their recycled cotton yarn, which has a neat, tweedy, marled look to it.