Saturday, 1 September 2007

We have a winner....!!!

Whenever I've been on holiday, usually places like Devon, I always manage to end up at some village show or other and I love the twee-ness of the homecrafts area, you know, where people show off their pots of jam, or their handmade rag-rugs, etc., and secretly I've always wanted to take part in one of these - I love seeing the tables with their "First", "Second" and "Third" prize certificates, and of course the "Highly Commended" one's. The latter always make me laugh because I always equate them to the "Must try harder" comments that so frequently popped up on my school reports!! LOL!

Well, last week I noticed that the Village Show was to be held on 1st Sept so I picked up an entry form from the post office and was delighted to see that there was a category for a Christmas Card! Best of all, the first prize was 75p!!! OMG, I couldn't pass up this opportunity, so I sat up grafting all night (well, while the Big Brother celebrations were going on, anyway!) and I came up with these two. My Magnolia card was awarded 1st place with an overall score of 18.5/20, along with the comments "Great fun and good use of materials - a little more care needed with cutting!" WHAAAAA????? ROFL!!!! :o)

Unfortunately, there wasn't a "Highly Commended" certificate to be given, but this little beauty probably wouldn't have stood a chance anyway! It escaped with a score of 14/20, and I received the comments "A very good attempt - a paper insert would add to finish and presentation"! So I forgot!!!! OK???? LOL!

I also entered one of my watercolours in the Painting category and came away with Second prize (50p!) and the comment "Excellent detail - well mounted. A little more care needed to avoid prencil showing" and it received a score of 17/20!

I must admit, I was extremely pleased with this because I've never shown any of my watercolours off anywhere, though having said that, it's a few years since I actually did any! tut!

All in all it turned out to be a great day! And on top of all that, ecstatic with my winnings (£1.25 for those who've not been keeping a running total!! LOL!) I found myself signing up to join the committee, and my first gesture was to donate my winnings to the Village Hall Fund (though God knows I need it more than they do!!! LOL!)

Thanks for dropping in - as always your lovely comments are very much appreciated! :o)


  1. Congratulations to you, well done!!!
    Fabulous cards & amazing watercolour!

  2. Are you sure you have time for the rest of now you've reached such dizzy heights of fame and fortune?? lol

    Anne I'm stunned by your seriously need to do more of those (and maybe give me one!!)

    And your cards are adorable...I do love the retroish one....pah @ the silly judges!!

  3. ANNE! Your watercolur painting is beautiful.. It so reminds me of visits to the little villages.. You should sell them!! Tourists (espeically ones like me) would be more than willing to buy them.. a piece of "England" to take home and enjoy.. The judges are full of poo!! Your cards were magnificent...I can't imagine anyone telling me to "cut a little neater." LOL!!

  4. Anne, I know I've mentioned this before but you really have to do some more of these watercolour paintings. They are beautiful and a joy to look at.

    Love the little cards too.

    Multi-talented, that's what you are! :)


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