Summer 2017 {Memories + Photos}

Heh heh, I know this is rather late for a summer post, but hey, we haven’t fallen too far into autumn yet, right? (See what I did there?) Anyway, I loved Clara’s summer recap post, so I decided to do one of my own!

Here’s a recap of this summer’s happenings in pictures.

Raising and selling a litter of darling baby bunnies. ♥


Taking a lovely trip to Assateague and Chincoteague Island.


Writing and illustrating letters.

Playing piano at the nursing home and filling in for the pianist at church. O.o


Finding barn kittens.


All the flowers.


Watching a cardboard boat race. XD

Working on a project I will hopefully reveal soon… (Here’s a sneak peek:)

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Hayley’s ATC Trade.


Playing Gaga Ball on the trampoline with my siblings.

Swimming at our neighbor’s pool.


Re-designing a board game I created. (Sneak peek:)

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Playing games with family and friends.

Saying goodbye to Clementine. 😦

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Making lots and lots of art.

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Taking lots and lots of pictures.

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Pizza and movie nights.

Watching sunsets.

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Helping out at a wedding.

Celebrating fourth of July with family. (Photo credit to my aunt.)

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Going camping in tents with cousins and grandparents.

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Meeting new people and making new friends.

Hatching swallowtail butterflies.


Cutting and creaming 150 quarts of corn from our sweet corn patch. O.o



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Watching the eclipse (even though I got rather poor photos XD).


Having simply splendid time at Amelia Island with friends.


Finally watching Star Wars. 😛

The County Fair.


Starting WordCrafters 3.

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Gardening and canning produce.

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Consuming many 50 cent Frosties at Wendy’s.

Sewing class.

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Video-chatting with a blogger friend.

Making decorations for our monthly church meals.

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Emailing, writing to, and debating with blogger friends. 😀 ♥

CWWC (see my entries here) and BIBPC, (this my latest entry).

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Nature Study with friends.

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Bonfires, big and small.

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Gathering eggs. :/

Megan’s birthday (which included a water balloon fight).


Family reunions.

Labor Day adventures.

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Making memories. ♥

It was a lovely summer. 🙂 I had a lot of fun but I also learned a lot, I think more in practical knowledge than book knowledge. It’s been good.

How was your summer?



My County Fair Entries for 2017

Hello, my friends! 😀

I know some of your were looking forward to seeing my fair entries and what prizes I won, so here you go! This is for you. 🙂

Here’s a picture of all my entries except the photos. It’s… kind of hard to tell what’s what, so let me show you a little more clearly…

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A strange little octopus. 🙂

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I like this one! Two little gnomes in a flower house. 🙂

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Look how tiny he is!

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A doughnut turtle! She’s so cute. 😀 (Also note you can find this and the previous three clay things at my Etsy shop.)

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This is a lil’ hippo I made for my little sister’s birthday to hold trinkets and such. She said, “No, Allison, do you have to enter it? I need it to hold my things!” XD 😀

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I also won a sweepstakes ribbon for ceramics, so that was really exciting!

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I made this tissue paper flower from a DIY book.

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These didn’t win a prize because I accidentally grabbed a falling-apart one from my collection. XD Oops.

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I made this cute little elephant in a sewing class. It was rather hard to make, but I love how it turned out!

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Just a bonus picture of a butterfly that was passing through. 😀

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Here’s the picture of my friend Aria from the last post. Sadly, it didn’t win a prize. :/ Oh well! I like it anyway. 🙂

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Strangely enough, this won third prize, even though I think the portrait was a lot better. Perhaps they were judging by creativity?

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Okay, now for the photos I entered. I entered this in “Abstract,” but it didn’t win a prize.

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This was for “Action.” It also didn’t win a prize.

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I entered this in “Close-Up,” and it won first prize!

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“Architecture,” and no prize.

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“Artistic,” and it won third prize! 😀

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“People,” and no prize.

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“Pets” – isn’t Clemmy so cute? Sadly, no prize.

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“Landscape” – no prize.

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“Rural _____,” with third prize!

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“Wildlife,” and no prize.

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“Humor,” and first prize! Heh heh, isn’t it funny? XD

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And that’s all for this year! Altogether I believe I got 12 prize ribbons out of 21 things entered, plus one sweepstakes ribbon. Not too bad!

Well, I hope you enjoyed looking over a summary of the stuff I made and photos I took in a year’s time. 🙂 Do you like to enter things in your fair? Did you win any prizes?

Thanks for reading, my dears, and have a lovely day. ♥


P. S. Guys, please pray for the people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the ones possibly in the path of Hurricane Irma. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be. We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers, friends! ♥

Fairly Fun! {{Fair Entries 2016}}

For those of you (like Christian Homeschooler*wink*) who wanted to know how our county fair turned out and if we won any ribbons, behold, a fair post. 😀

First of all, these are the things I entered in the fair:

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  1. Cross stitch cousins (from this post)
  2. Blue jay painting
  3. Clay dragon (see the Etsy listing here)
  4. Miniature clay doughnuts (from this post)
  5. Dorothy the doll (from this post)
  6. Clay fawn (I made this for my sister’s birthday a couple of years ago.)
  7. Clay rose earrings
  8. Clay rose necklace
  9. Painted rocks (from our room makeover)
  10. Quillow (Megan, my cousins, and I all took a sewing class for this!)
  11. Casey drawing

Sorry some of the things are kind of hard to see. :/

And of course I entered all the photos from this post. (Good gracious I use a lot of links in my posts.)


Here’s another picture of the quillow. Have you ever heard of a quillow? It’s basically a 2-in-1 blanket and quilt. You can unfold it to make a blanket, stuff the quilt into the pillowcase to make a pillow, or display it like this. It’s super neat! Thanks so much, Gram, for bringing us to the classes and helping me fix my quilt. ♥♥♥


This year was really fun and successful for me! I always love entering things in the fair, even though I don’t win ribbons for all my entries. It’s so exciting to search for your entries and look at other kids’ (and adults’) creations in the Exhibit Hall!

So, now for the ribbons I did win:

Sheesh, Allison, what a mess. XD

I won a ribbon (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) for every entry except for my drawings and the baseball photo! Woohoo! I also won a sweepstakes ribbon for the clay category (mostly since I entered so many things and sometimes they were the only entries in their category XD ). That was really fun.

All together I won:

12 first place ribbons, 3 second place ribbons, 6 third place ribbons, 1 sweepstake ribbon, aaaannd a total of $72.00! That’s one great thing about our fair – they don’t just give you ribbons, they pay you too! What could be better than that? XD

What is your fair like (if you have one)? Did you enter anything this year? (I’d love to see a picture, if you did!) Did you win any prizes?



Roly-Poly Stuffed Bear

I made this little guy for a gift for one of our friends. He was so cute I almost didn’t want to give him away! 🙂 I found this great tutorial with templates for making the round felt sphere part of him, and once you make the sphere you can customize it to be anything you want! Here’s the link to the tutorial on how to sew the pieces together (the actual tutorial part is towards the bottom of the post) And here’s the link to the template – it’s down near the bottom of the page under “Sewing Patterns” #14:

And now for a photoshoot!

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This last picture shows him with a necklace I made that I also included in the gift. Doesn’t he look like he’s wearing earbuds or something?

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Don’t you just want to squeeze him?!