One of the best things about living close to the county fairgrounds is that it's so easy to enter projects for judging. It's especially fun because it gives me a place to exhibit some of my more offbeat creations since no one is worrying about sales. In the past I've brought rag quilts, art made from recycled Starbucks cups and huge abstract, multimedia "paintings". This year I entered more traditional items including a necklace made with antique Mali wedding beads, that I've been collecting over several years, and an elaborate wire weave pendant. Well, there are also two bracelets upcycled from milk jugs, which I guess are not so traditional. The fair opens in about a week and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's projects and how the judging went.