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Blue Ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair!


We just spent a couple of days at the fair and besides it being incredibly HOT it was incredibly FUN!

There was food and rides and dogs and projects and grandstands and bands and bazaars and marts and henna tattoos and food and more food on a stick!  Ooh – and strawberry smoothies!  And there was the 4H building which housed so many beautiful and brilliant projects, it made your head spin!

One of those projects belonged to my very own daughter…Miss Gabi.  As you can see by the picture, it was a wonderful drawing – which she did while participating in the local Art Club run by one of our local artists, Shaun Chosa.  An extremely talented man with not only a heart for art, but a heart for kids.  He brings both together for our community through this wonderful program that he’s developed for local students.  Our local school district, unfortunately, had cut the arts classes a few years ago, so he took it upon himself to encourage their creativity.

But I digress…

Gabi, as most of you have already heard (or read), had brought home 12 blue ribbons and 4 red from the County Fair.  She then had the opportunity to choose one from a few different categories to take to the State Fair.  She loved this drawing the most, so off we went.

Thank heavens for our dear friend Jan, who along with her daughter Cari (and the story she wrote), drove us down for a couple of days of fun and judging.  Cari, by the way, is Gabi’s best bud.  To add to the fun, Jan’s other daughter Kelsey came with and let’s see….how do I put it?  Added a definite flair for fun!  Jan will never allow the two of us to ride in a car together again!  (Somehow through all this I now have a new nickname…Gladys.  But I told them if I’m Gladys that makes them “The Pips”!)

Again, I digress…

The result of the crazy and fun days…

Both Gabi and Cari won blue ribbons!  Whooohooooo!  We’re very proud of these girls!

Needless to say, they’re already working on projects for next year’s fairs…stay tuned!

Patty O

ps….I also took a few hours to get a Louis the Grandpuppy fix!  Errr…I mean an oldest daughter Alex and her boyfriend Tom fix!  🙂

Patty’s Attic

Today I bring you a touch of beauty via recycling.  Flowers and herbs planted in some fantastic, vintage pieces that I purchased.  They’ve been scraped, washed, and poly’d or painted!

They’ve all lived a good life, and I’ve re-purposed them so they may enjoy a NEW life!  Join me – 2 doors down from Ely’s Annual Blueberry Festival in Whiteside Park!  Will you give one of these lovelies a new home?

For pricing, you can look at my Facebook page:  A Thankfully Imperfect Woman!

Thanks for reading!  I promise to be back with fun stories soon!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Patty O

Welcome with a Little Vintage

If you were to come to my house, and come through the garage (which is the most used entrance), you’d find this fun little vignette.  It’s a  bit of an ode to summer here in the Northland…

A few fun drink coolers for your water, or lemonade, or kool-aid for picnics.

A fun little lantern which is perfect for those summer nights…it reminds me of going night crawler hunting with Dad.  (For those of you not from northern Minnesota, the night crawler (worm) is great bait for fishing!) Read more

There is Beauty All Around Us…

I LOVE summertime – and all the gorgeous flowers that grow!

These are some of the latest beauties from my garden… Read more

Antiquing, Vintaging, and Consignment Shopping!


It’s been a day of fun for me and two of my girls…and Tim and Tom!

I wasn’t sure if Gabi was really going to be up to the task of consignment shopping, she is her father’s daughter after all.  But then, she ever so valiantly tagged along for this part of the trip.  We even found her a few new tops for school in the fall!

What was on the agenda, you ask? Read more

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