12 October, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all! #2: State Fair of Texas

Here I go with my 2nd "It's Fall, Y'all!" Challenge post. If you don't know, my friends Jeannette, Layci and I are challenging each other to get in the spirit of the season and blog about 30 different Fall activities we've participated in. 

One sure sign that Fall is here... the State Fair of Texas! Nothing beats insane amounts of fried food (always including, but definitely not limited to, a Fletcher's Corny Dog), games and rides!

This year was a little different than most because we decided to go on Senior Citizen day. We thought it might be the quietest day of the week and we might have the park to ourselves. We were right... at first. Suddenly around noon, it was a zoo! Basically anyone age 60 and older got in free so it was really crowded with extra large nursing home groups. It started to get really warm out and the lines got crazy long so we decided to skip a lot of our normal stops (petting zoo, dog show/pig races, Food & Fiber Pavilion, rides at Midway).

But the trip was not in vain. Some things we DID get to experience at the fair:

The Iconic (New) Big Tex

The "BIG" letters

Justin's Turn!

2014 Big Tex Award Finalists: Fried Loaded Baked Potato, Fried Gulf Shrimp BoilDeep Fried Texas Bluebonnet. The Shrimp Boil was my favorite!
Original State Fair Brew – Funnel Cake Ale... complete with a powder sugar rimmed cup

We bought the beer in the cutest little restaurant inside the Auto Show.

I was obsessed with these walls. Excuse the bad cell phone pictures/lighting.

What can I say? It's Texas.

This guy blows my mind EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

Another tradition: playing scratchers until we lose.

Another highlight was seeing the "Apparently" Kid, Noah Ritter and inadvertently following him everywhere. Record Ellen this week. I'm sure we'll be lurking in the background somewhere.
That pretty much summed up Justin and I's fair day. Next on our agenda was celebrating our good friend's dirty thirty at a local brewery. More weekend wrap up coming soon!

01 October, 2014

The "It's Fall Y'all!" Challenge #1

I've been just about the worst blogger ever. I don't think I should even get to hold the title of "blogger" since the very definition of the word is something I can't seem to do on a regular basis! So to give myself a kick in the rear, I've joined forces with Layci of Becoming Mrs. Shannon and Jeannette of J and JD in the "It's Fall, Y'all!" Challenge.
Just in case you're not familiar with these ladies, here are their cute faces:
The "It's Fall Y'all" Challenge (yes, we're Southern ladies!) is a challenge to post 30 Fall related blog entries between October 1st and December 1st. They can include meals, crafts, home décor, activities, outfits, etc. Basically, get ready for an OVERLOAD of Autumn obsessing.
The first thing I did to ring in the month of October was grab some plastic pumpkins from Walmart. At $5 each, I thought it was a steal, considering they won't go bad like real pumpkins. I also grabbed one at Michael's when I noticed it was 60% off. The painted on orange colors looked a little too fake to me so I decided to give them a facelift.
I taped off the stems with painter's tape.
Then went to town with spray paint (my trusty sidekick).
For one pumpkin, I painted the top half white, let it dry, taped a line around the middle, and sprayed the bottom half gold. Did I mention that I LOVE gold?
I actually forgot to snap a photo of the gold painting process, so here's a photo of Goldmember expressing my feelings towards the color gold.
After I let them dry for a while, the fun really began!
For another pumpkin, I used a paint dabber and some gold (of course) acrylic paint to make polka dots.
And for my favorite, I dry brushed black acrylic paint in a sort of ikat pattern. Not perfect, but it works for me!
 Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out! Here's how they're currently sitting on our porch.
If you happen to be reading along and feel the urge to blog about your Fall themed activities, please join our "It's Fall Y'all" Challenge and post your link below. I'd love some inspiration for my next project or for a yummy pumpkin based recipe.
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