Monday, August 07, 2017

All About Ellie....

~ Welcome Back Friends ~
I hope you all realize, I wasn't being narcissistic not showing Ellie's was an honest mistake, I share her work on Facebook and Instagram and sometimes I don't know if I shared here or not (and I'm too lazy to look - no lazy isn't the word...too harried, too busy, not enough me time) and another thing I always worry about is: over sharing since I've been called on that many times.

Here is Ellie's 2017 4H Fair Entries:
any parent that has had children involved in 4H knows how busy, how much work goes into creating these projects. LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of time....
2017 Fair Entries

Here are her entries up close:
Colored Pencil
(this is a character of a book series she read - and how she saw her in her mind while reading)
colored pencil water

Title: The Traveler
The Traveler water

Title: Contemplation
Ellie_Pencil Fair entry_2017

Copic Alcohol Marker
Title: Excalibur
Ellie_Marker Fair entry_2017

India Ink
Title: Love is the Answer
Ellie_Fair Entry_Ink 2017

Yes, she created the Electric III project herself - build an extension cord using all new parts...


Tuning in her Foods III entry Chocolate Zucchini Cake 

Here she is riding the Fair Chicken

Electric III - First Place

Creative Writing: 
The Veteran - First Place

Here is "The Veteran" a poem written by Ellie Eileen Pfeiffer

Once born…
We walk the road of life, holding onto our parent’s hands.
Eventually we let go…
To find new faces, new loves, stability on our own limbs.
Then it comes…
Out of the bursting color of life, our new world turns gray.
A letter…
That dreaded entity that calls us to the next destiny.
The precipice of doubt and doom is knocking at the door.
That fork in the road, that endless battle.
An ideal…
Ancestors believed and defended unto death.
In the heart of those that defend the colors.
Those colors bring light anew, an ideal, a way of life.
The flag…
The field of blue with scattered stars, the stripes of white and steaks of crimson.
By the blood, shed of martyrs.
Stands firm…
Because of those who fought to defend land, heritage, rights.
Safely secure in the land of the free and of the brave.
Bended knee…
Pray for those who defend our country.
Men and women, filled with courage and strength.
Honor and valor…
Forever in our hearts, shall we be thankful to you.
One Nation, under God…
Liberty and justice poured out for all.

I'm certain that the judge thought she didn't write it (The judge, who seemed very cranky turn in night...and NOT wanting to be there at all...and appeared was judging Scrapbooking and Creative Writing (?) I was watching her as we had to stand in line for Fine Arts entry and it almost made me want to cry as she hurriedly flipped through scrapbooks and then writing down the ribbon without really looking (like I said just hurriedly flipping through pages) all the work that goes into some of these'd think 5 minutes versus 2 seconds would be adequate)  However, she did write it and won the Veteran's Day writing contest at her school last fall (4H those folders coming home, writing assignments from school VERY easy to have an entry into the fair!) Ellie has a HUGE vocabulary. She speaks like she is 30 years old. She reads constantly, thus her vocabulary. A First place Blue Ribbon is great...but after reading the titles and seeing what won Champion/Grand Champion...I question. That's all...but one thing I've learned over the years of being judged...It's ALL SUBJECTIVE and a large portion dependent on what the judge LIKES and what appeals to THEM.

Watercolor - Reserve Champion

Alcohol Marker: Reserve Champion

India Ink: Honor

Pencil - Honor

Color Pencil- First Place

Achievement Record Book - GRAND CHAMPION
(she stays in 4H until graduating from HS...this book is turned into National 4H for Scholarships!!! That's why we are doing it - that book contains everything about her 4H career from projects she's done each year and their results, to leadership opportunities, club information, etc)

Foods III - Chocolate Zucchini Cake - Honor Untitled
RECIPE contains NO Fats (that was the challenge this year):
1 cup applesauce
1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups grated zucchini
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Blend applesauce and sugar.
Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and beat well.
Add sifted dry ingredients.
Stir in zucchini.
Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

Here we are on Opening Day of the Fair

All of Ellie's Ribbons
2017 Fair Ribbons Ellie

Ellie turned 12 years old this past Saturday, August 5:
(you can see that she asked for Male and Female Artist Models- and with her talent we got Art S. Buck ones...which I understand are used/required in Art Schools) Her brothers have been "posing" them all over the house. Each day we wake up to a new pose by the mannequins. It is sort of funny really :)

Here is Miss Ellie being funny on Snap Chat...she's my little sweetie. Just as sweet in demeanor as she looks in this photo. 

Thank you for sharing my joy of Ellie's wins with me.
All of my children are good, honest, hard working persons...
Each Unique...
Blessings from God...

Ellie has definitely been gifted a God-given talent and she does not squander it. She draws every day for HOURS. So much so that her Doctor makes her wear braces on both of her wrists each night when she sleeps and she's been doing that for the past year. She doesn't have real issues yet, but he says the way she draws and uses her hands constantly that she needs to protect them to prolong any surgery intervention (she was complaining about her wrists hurting so we took her in last year). 

Until Next time...
Love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Ellie and Vonna's Ribbons...Home from the Fair

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~
to all my friends!

I want to thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for all your kind comments on my previous post celebrating my Grand Champion of Needle Arts win!

Yes, I am still walking on air!

You all expressed interest on the results of my decorated cookies and here is the results for me:
Champion of Cookie Class!
There were three and two were eaten in the judging. The comments on my comment card were:
"You have created a wonderful cookie - texture perfect, flavoring perfect, superior taste, moist and delicate. Best tasting decorated cookie I have ever consumed. Icing/decorating superior. DARLING! Expert technique!"


I'm glad I participated in the Foods Division this year. The only drawback is: The sticker ribbon on my name plaque there...IS the don't get a real ribbon :(
That's sort of disappointing.

Many of you have asked about Ellie's 4H results and she did spectacular this year as well. Here is her haul:
2017 Fair Ribbons Ellie

GRAND CHAMPION: Achievement Record Book
Reserve Champion: Fine Arts Alcohol Marker
Reserve Champion: Fine Arts Watercolor
Honor: Fine Arts Pencil
Honor: Fine Arts India Ink
Honor: Foods III Chocolate Zucchini Cake
First Place: Fine Arts Colored Pencil
First Place: Creative Writing
First Place: Electricity III

We frame our most special ribbons...and here is Ellie's 2017 Best Ribbon: GRAND CHAMPION

GC 2017 Ellie

and here of course is mine...They gave me my name plaque too :) Had to save that for memories...I've fretted so many years over wanting it so badly!

GC 2017 watermark

Here is my ribbon haul....
I had a doggone GREAT year:
Grand Champion Needle Arts (!!!)
5 Champion Ribbons
1 Reserve Champion
2 Honor Ribbons
1 First Place Ribbon
2017 Fair Ribbons watermark

Ellie and I both have special boxes that we keep our ribbons in and each year we add to them. I always love to see how my collection grows each year...

Now to get stitching for next year. I've been in a stitching slump so...
I need to get OUT of that!

Until next time...
I will be smiling and laughing and loving and doing only the best, good deeds I can....
life is short...join me!
Love in Stitches,
Vonna xxxx