We attended the Clackamas County Fair on Saturday, August 16th, and I found my purse.
Then, I found my stocking.
Needless to say, I was happily surprised. I shared the news on the CQI Yahoo! group, but had to wait to say anything here.
Several months ago, I decided to give the purse to a dear family friend. She spent years volunteering at the aquarium in Newport, Oregon, so the under-the-sea theme was perfect. She also introduced me to embroidery through cross-stitch when I was in high school. And, she gifted my sister and I with our first sewing machine, with the condition that we actually use it. (The motor finally died about 2 years ago. I still have it and plan to have it repaired one of these days.) After picking my items up at the fairgrounds last Monday, I mailed the purse to my dear family friend - with the blue ribbon still attached - and thanked her once again. Apparently, it was the perfect gift. She loves it - which warms my heart.
I would love to encourage everyone to make an item to submit at their local fair. It was such a fun experience. The Hobby Hall is always my favorite place to visit. And, I frequently find quilts and other items that I like better than the ones adorned with ribbons - so even if you did not earn a ribbon, others would have the opportunity to enjoy your work.
You might be surprised by the results.
If you do enter a piece in your local fair, I would love to hear about it!