Fair Entries, 2019

The girls are officially participants in the 2019 Ventura Fair. 

(Scroll down to see the sewing entries.)

We were at the Youth building just before noon and, instead of the long lines I’d been dreading, there was a big empty.

In the 30 minutes we spent checking our items in, maybe three other kids dropped off entries. Sure hope things pick up this afternoon and tomorrow.

Both girls entered acrylic paintings

they created in our impromptu art studio. 

Leanne would happily have done more than 5 if we hadn’t her told to leave a few canvases for Leia. She was really excited about painting and had so. many. more. ideas! 

Leia also entered her “Sunset In Paris” painting

and a pottery phone holder she created. 

The things I’m most excited about - and that took us the longest to make - are the sewing and quilting items.

In addition to her heart pillow, Leanne made a tic-tac-toe bag that will hold buttons for game pieces (along with her phone) AND

her very first dress.

She made this almost entirely herself, from choosing the pattern and fabric; tracing the pattern; pinning and cutting the dress pieces; to sewing - and a little ripping out - the seams.

She measured and pinned and turned the tie

and even attached the bias binding on the armholes (after I looked up how to do it on  YouTube . . .) Pretty amazing - and she’s only 8!

Leia finished her quilt on Friday, in time to get pictures with Donovan before Fair time. 

Leia also did almost all the work on this. (I did the rotary cutting because I’m a nervous nelly after the avocado incident.) 

She had a theme for each quadrant - animals, flowers, movies and night/galaxy. On a couple of these, picking the fabric took longer almost as long as making the blocks!

Our original plan was to make 4 blocks, sew them together and call it good. But Leia was enjoying herself so much (!) she decided to add borders

before pinning the sandwich together 

and doing the free motion quilting herself (!!),

including adding her name in cursive to the flowers block.

Not bad for her first quilt! (Said the ridiculously proud grandma.) When we started, Leia said this was going to be a dog blanket for Sammie. But after all the time and work she’s put in, she’s decided maybe it would be better as a wallhanging in her bedroom. 

And now we wait. The Fair opens July 31.


Marine Biology Camp

This was the first of Leia’s three weeks of summer camp - spread over two months - and it was a definite winner. 

She couldn’t wait to tell us what she’d done each day - and also could barely keep her eyes open, so tired was she from all the activities.

 Leia and her new friend 

Monday she dissected a squid - “I got the trachea, where the ink is, and it was SO COOL.”

Tuesday was octopus day, 

with an air-dry clay sculpture

and examination of what Leia said was an “old” specimen. 

Wednesday was dissect a fish with a plastic knife day and Leia brought the backbone (vertebrae?) and tail home in a baggie. (interesting but also, ewwww.)

Thursday was shark day

and diving for fish (gummy fish in whipped cream). 

I’m not sure what they studied today. All Leia talked about was the fake ice they made with water and what looks like the stuffing from disposable diapers. 

It definitely looked like ice but the texture was pretty icky, especially when you’re visually expecting cold and wet. Great base for her clay sculpture, which I forgot to photograph. Such a bad grandma.


Yard Art

I love yard art, so when Leia and I spotted this on sale at a deep discount, I had to have it. 

What makes it even better funnier is that hubby recently told me how much he dislikes flamingos. Biiiiiiiig mistake. How many do I need to acquire before we have a flamboyance of flamingos???


Kid’s Day

It was a divide and conquer have fun kind of day. 

Leanne went with her mom and Pop to the LA Natural History Museum to see the Antarctica exhibit. They thought it was great, with lots of hands-on experiences for kids.

Leia and I had lunch after her marine biology camp (they dissected a squid yesterday!),

then did a bit of sewing on her Fair quilt 

before we picked up Jac 

and headed into Ventura to meet up with Donovan 

 Peregrine Falcon 

for a kid-friendly presentation by the Ojai Raptor Center

 Full-grown burrowing owl

The talk was great for the adults and bigger kids in the audience 

but Jackie and Donovan were quickly bored. Thank goodness for phones with cameras! 

The presentation was really interesting - I learned it’s probably a screech owl I keep hearing at night in the trees behind our house; burrowing owls mimic the sound of a rattlesnake to scare away predators; kestrels are the fastest animal in the world, faster even than a cheetah, when they dive to catch their prey. So cool. 


Quilts, Cars and Snapchat

Leia wants to enter a small quilt in the Fair this year. 


We settled on a string design, with an original goal of 9 10” blocks in a 3x3 grid.

 The big reveal after I trimmed the block to size.

Now we’re crossing our fingers and hoping to finish four. She’s at her mom’s the rest of this week, which means no sewing, so we have a lot to do next week once she’s back from morning camp. Entry deadline is the following Sunday, so the pressure is on.


Leia has a theme for each block - the first one was “night” and today’s was “movies”. “Flowers” and “light’ are next up. 

Whenever Donovan comes to visit, he’s always been a Grandma’s boy.

Until this week. 

All he wanted to do was play cars with PopPop. So sweet.

He was ok with me being there, but really Grandma, this is man stuff. 

Gary is trying to teach me to use Snapchat.

It has possibilities . . .