We went to the fair last week! Our daughter and I entered 12 items in the Western Michigan Fair, and we won 12 blue ribbons. There are very few items entered in each category and we decided to enter a few things because we really enjoy looking at all the entries each year. Here is a picture of Christa's items, all crocheted. She can crochet anything, and often makes special order items for friends.
I entered five quilts, two bed sized, and three small ones. Besides the blue ribbons, I won "Best of Sewn Goods" with my patriotic house quilt, and the appliqued quilt with hand embroidery (in the picture) won "Best of Fine Arts", which is the category that covered all the items in the building! It was a complete surprise, and my picture was in the local paper. Here's the picture, with me holding the two ribbons and trophies, Woot! Woot!
On the Monarch butterfly progress at the cabin, we have six pupas. There are five on the porch, and one on a plant out by the shed. One emerged from it's pupa and is gone. It left right after we took everyone to the airport. We will try next year to coax one to emerge while the grandkids are here.
The pupa are a beautiful green color, with a line of tiny gold beads near the top. It blends into the plants well, and here is one in the center of this picture. This is the only one that is not on the porch.
How the little caterpillars are smart enough to crawl up on the porch, out of the rain, to attach to something is a mystery to me. Five of the six are up on the porch, out of the elements, while they morph into butterflies. One pupa is attached to a rocking chair, and we put a sign on the chair...."Please do not use this rocking chair because there is a butterfly in progress". The pupa stage lasts 7 to 10 days. One is attached to a plastic bag that was filled with corn husks, so maybe they aren't so smart after all. We removed the husks, but propped the bag up as best we could, and left him there.
I am eagerly awaiting our next cabin visitor - my friend Dee, from St. Louis, MO! She arrives tomorrow, and we will be quilting up a storm for the next four days. We are so ready to work on some projects together.
Hope your week is filled with family, friends, and nature.