Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Something I want to do...

A little background info: I was in 4-H for 10 years. And for most of those years I was a fairly active 4-Her. I didn't show horses or dogs or raise pigs or cows... I was involved in the domestic arts side (bet you didn't know that 4-H had a non-animal side). I sewed, did arts & crafts, photography, cooking... that sort of thing. And every year I entered lots of projects in the county fair, and a few in the state fair.

Today, while trying to get packed up (again) I came across a box labeled "Rosie Memorbelia" (yes, apparently I'm famous enough or novel or enough or just plain cool enough to have my own brand of memorbelia! Check a gift store near you...). Inside the box? 10 years worth of 4-H ribbons. Two bundles of blue awards, a bundle of red awards, a smattering of whites and several stacks of those cool special award championship type rosettes (yep... they let us non-hosre kids have those too).

I feel like, at age 27, 9 years after the fact, I really ought to be able to let go of these... I mean what are they going to do besides sit in a box? But they represent so much hard work, and the just look cool!

So I hit google. And I found this...

and this...

Photos from www.Showthrow.com

and a whole bunch more. Quilts & quilt wall-hangings made of of award ribbons. WOW! I want to make one of my very own. But I'm pretty sure the last thing I need is one more project on my "Wanna Do" list (which, for the record, has more than likely surpassed Brian's "Honey Do" list in length. I know... its long).

So tell me... yay or nay? Take the ribbons with me and put one on my to-do list (it would live in my craft/sewing room...), or leave them behind... in the garbage. What would you do?

7 comments:

AnnalisaG said...

These are genius! I vote you keep them and sew the quilt. Erik has an entire box of ribbons from HS cross-country and track that we have been taking from house to house for 7.5 years. Now I know what to do with them!

Alison said...

What a cute idea. If you feel up to it I say go for the blanket. Otherwise I would pick a few of your favorites and display them in a window bow or something. I wouldn't throw them all away. I have been trying to get rid of some of my sentimental stuff and it is HARD! Good Luck!

cbleeflang said...

Hey almost birthday girl! I don't remember if your birthday is the 9th or 10th so I figured I would just send you an early birthday message. So, happy happy birthday.

Emily said...

Are you kidding, after the ribbons were earned by domestic feats, it's only fitting that they should live on as a quilt. I think it would be a great heirloom for future 4-Hers in your family!

cathi6 said...

Take a picture of them, and use your real domestic skills to teach what you learned to your kids, throw them away or keep them in the box till you have more time and less to do......you'll never use the quilt!!!

Rachel Doyle said...

I say make the quilt -- looks cool!

Becky said...

Make the quilt. It will give a "real people who actually do interesting things live in this house" message when hanging on a large blank wall. Go for it! The ribbons will wait until you are ready for them. :-)