Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Yesterday my family and I went to the Minnesota State Fair.  Living less than 3 miles from the fair grounds is convenient when you want to go and can be home in 15 minutes, but the when the wind is just right you can smell deep fried goodness outside.  It's hard to think of anything but french fries, corn dogs and anything else deep fried (especially when you're on your way to the gym).

We always have fun at the fair mostly due to these two cuties:

My kids love the play farm.  It's a fun activity that tries to teach farming to kids.  They're given cute little work aprons and a bucket.  First they "collect" the grain for the animals.

Then they get to drive a tractor.

Then they plant a seed and harvest some veggies.  Wow those veggies sure grew quickly!

Had to stop and take a break from all the hard work.

Next they collect wool from a sheep and milk from a cow.

Next they pick some apples,

and finally sell their goods at the local market in exchange for some money

which they use to buy a mini box of cereal or a real apple.

My favorite part of the fair is the creative annex.  Here's where everyone showcases their work.

Connor admiring the hand made teddy bears.
You can get so many ideas.  Just look at some of the great stuff I saw.

I couldn't figure out what the apple was made of.  Looks amazing!
I love the colors on this quilt!
Knitting is a very large, competitive category.  There's a high Scandinavian population in MN and you get beautiful entries like this.
This looks like a great Christmas quilt!

This mini quilt was just the right size for a dolly.  I love how they used flower buttons in the baskets!

 Hey, these look familiar!


I love looking at the canned goods!  They look so beautiful!  It makes me want to do more canning!

 And the baked goods!  So pretty!

Another new favorite spot is the Eco Building (where everything eco-friendly is showcased from solar panels and wind power to farm shares to electric cars.

Part of a wind turbine.

This is is always a favorite stop for my husband especially this year since he got a chance to finally see a Tesla Roadster in person.

Finally we ended up in the animal barns.  Every time my daughter saw a different animal she got really excited. "Hi cow! Cows make milk. . . . . I love milk!  Cows say moo!"

Last but not least, we must mention the food.

Almost everything at the fair comes on a stick.  Hot dish (or casserole for non-Minnesotans) on a stick, pork chops on a stick, deep fried twinkie on a stick, gator on a stick and even this cool potato twister on a stick.

Mmmm.. . . . makes me hungry just thinking about it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

S2 Giveaway Winner

I'm pleased to announce the winner of the S2 Bag Giveaway. . . . . . . . 

Beadweaver!  Who said "Oh my goodness, I love the material you used."
 (Winner was selected at random using random.org.) 

Thanks to everyone who entered and all of your great comments!  I love to hear from all of you!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What I've been up to

Busy bees in the yard

We've been soaking up the last of the summer weather here - going to the park, playing in the yard, riding bikes and having lots of fun! 

I've also been cleaning like crazy!  There's just something satisfying about reducing the clutter in your house.  Finding that box of things in the basement you thought you needed and realizing you don't and letting it's contents move on to someone who can use them.

I'll get back to sewing tomorrow, but today is more cleaning, errands, and hanging out with the kiddos!

Don't forget to enter my current giveaway for a purple S2 bag by leaving a comment here!  It ends tomorrow night!  Can anyone figure out why I named it S2??  (I'll give you a hint:  It's pretty geeky! and it has to do with shape.)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pirate PJ's

Arrggg!  It's pirate pj's!

I've been sewing a lot of dresses lately.  When my son asked me if I could make him a dress, I knew it was time to sew him something - just not a dress.  We decided on some pj's with this great pirate treasure map fabric. 

The pajama shirt is just the Recycled T-Shirt Hoodie pattern from Lil Blue Boo (without the hood or pocket).

I looked at a lot of pajama pants patterns in books I have and blogs, but I ended up just taking a pair of pajama pants he already has and just traced them right onto the new fabric.  Twenty minutes later I had these!

I think the pj's were a hit.  My son didn't take them off after we took photos and wore them the next day as well even out shopping!  He finally took them off when he was playing in the water and got them soaked! 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Michael Miller / LBB Dress

I stopped off at Sewtropolis on my way home from my parents house yesterday and came out with some of Michael Miller's new knits. 

I ran home and threw it in the washing machine. 

I was so excited to use this fabric.  It's beautiful, soft, and a great quality! 

I set to work cutting almost as soon as it came out of the dryer. 

This is a Sienna dress (pattern from LBB) with long sleeves (which will be great for the fall).

I need to go back and get some more so I can make some pj pants for me, the little one and maybe a pair of the green polka dots for my son!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Road Trip

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going on a little road trip to Michigan with my family.  We had lots of fun and on our way we stopped at Leinenkugels for the factory tour.  I must say it was very interesting even as a non-beer drinker (insert gasp of shock here).  My son walked out of the bottling room (which is fully automated) and said "I have so many new ideas for my lemonade machine!". 

So much of the trip was just getting there.  We made a lot of stops and turned a six hour drive into an all day one, but it was so fun.  There was so much beautiful scenery!

 Lot's and lots of corn fields

Fields of sunflowers

When we got to Michigan, we went to our family reunion.

We also went to the beach a couple of times.  The kids loved it!!

We also tried to fly a kite, but the wind wasn't cooperating. 

The kids seemed to be distracted by the water and the sand, so they didn't seem to mind.

On our way back we stopped at two wineries.  The first was surrounded by corn fields and apple orchards.  All the grapes they use are brought in, but they also make amazing wine from apples and berries.  The second grew it's own grapes there.  What beautiful views!

My little artist busy in the car!


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