Witches, Cross Country and FFA

Happy Halloween!

Hello! Sorry I have been missing in action the last few weeks, but there has been lots of personal doings. Amidst these doings, I have kept up with designing and crafting. That’s my job, so to keep up with the bills I had to do what paid. Unfortunately, that didn’t leave too much brain power for my little place in the blogging universe.

What’s been keeping me so busy? So glad you asked…

My baby is in his senior year of high school and his extracurricular activities have paid off big time.

A couple of weeks ago we attended the regional meet for cross country that he was participating in. That’s him with the pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness. Yes, he was the only one that showed support that way, but I’m proud that he wanted to.

Have you ever been to a cross country race?

Honestly, it’s not a spectator-friendly sporting event. You definitely don’t sit on bleachers or a chair to watch the race, and there is a lot of the race that you can’t see. Much of each race zigzags and loops back on itself, so once started, the spectators scurry like mice across the fields to the next available viewing spot before the racers get there.

This was right after the race. He was dripping drool and snot, so I thought it best to take a pic of his sock.

The results! My baby (Colby) was 6th. Two other teammates came in 1st (Josh) and 3rd (Riley).

The individual awards.

The team placed second and were headed to State.

Yippee, Skippy!

The girl’s team also qualified for State!

I couldn’t pass up getting a shot of this great witch decoration. It was wrapped around a huge power pole next to the road.

This was another great display we passed on the way to the meet. The homeowners were in the yard, but didn’t seem to mind a stranger pulled over at the side of the road taking a pic of their home.

Once Regionals were over, my son was off to Indiana for FFA Nationals. His poultry judging team won 7th in the nation. Woo Hoo! This wasn’t a trip we attended. Unfortunately, I have no pics. One of his FFA judging teammates is also a cross country teammate. The two of them had to fly back early (without the other FFA teammates) to make it to the State Cross Country meet in Wamego, Kansas.

My husband and I made it a teen-tiny-mini vacation…sorta…We went early and visited the Wizard of Oz museum in Wamego.

Then, the next day was the competition.

Get ready! Get set! Go!

It was so cold. It has taken me a while to edit down my pics. I had my camera set on sports mode, and with frozen fingers, sometimes I got a gazillion shots of one thing instead of the one or two I was hoping for. Oh well, it’s better to have too many, rather than missing the shot altogether.

You’re doing great!

Check out the mob of spectators on the edges of the course.

Gitter Done!

Check it out! Colby placed 12th! Josh took 1st and Riley took 9th! Great job guys!

The awards ceremony.

We are so proud of you!

The top runners in the State.

Colby and Josh-The Running Chicken Judges

We are so proud of all the kids, and especially happy that my son will have great memories of his last year of high school.

Fabric Tube Pumpkins

I’ve posted many pics of these pumpkins, and have received very nice comments. I have also sold these at my last two craft shows and they turned out to be real bestsellers.

~But oops…I just realized I hadn’t posted the link to my tutorial yet.

Fabric Tube Pumpkins

This is also the tute I used for the chenille ones.

You can find the tutorial here.



Crackle Painted Gourd

Another finished tutorial.

Crackle Painted Gourd

You can find my tutorial here.

Fall Ladder Tutorial

Decorate your front porch with a ladder for fall.

Fall Ladder Tutorial

I had an old wooden ladder in my garage that had been used so many times for painting that you could no longer see the original wood surface. It was still quite sturdy, but we didn’t use it anymore because it was so ugly. I couldn’t bring myself to throw out a perfectly good ladder so I decided to give it a make-over for fall decorating.

You can find my tutorial here.

More New Projects

Whew! Yawn! Wow!

The last month has been exhausting with preparing for and having a yard sale, as well as preparing for and participating in two craft shows. The last craft show was this past weekend, but I am just now getting my act together. Well, sort of…I’ve been shaking off fatigue for days. (sigh) With that in mind, I’m a little late in posting some of the new projects I’ve finished. Many of these are already gone, thanks to the “Fall Into The Holidaze” craft show this past weekend.

Fall Display Ladder

Leaf Rake Door Wreath

And another Leaf Rake Door Wreath

Scrap Wood Crows and Cats

Block Candle Holders

Witch Boot Bowl Fillers


Snowman Dolls

Window Cabinet (my hubby’s creation)

It started out with a simple old window.


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