Sunday, June 11, 2017

Freedom Flight // WWII and Korean War Vets

Last night, June 10, 2017 - 
St. Kevin's RC church hosted the Freedom Flight.  These men and women who fought in WWII and the Korean wars who never had the pomp and circumstance they deserved upon returning to the USA were welcomed "home" after a long bus trip to Washington DC to visit the memorials and such.  I think this is the 5th or more time that this has gone on in our little town of Springfield, PA.   My husband and I came with our flags to help celebrate their return.  The bikers meet the buses somewhere along the way and lead the procession up Rt 476 all the way to St. Kevins.   It is the most chilling, hair standing on end, emotional, heart warming, wonderful experience.  These men and women are so touched to be greeted in such a grand manner.  We did not know any one but it didn't matter - the tears just dripped as we thanked these men and women for their service.  If you ever have a chance to experience something like this, go, you will not be disappointed!  

                                               Even the Philadelphia Eagles Mascot was here

So touching!


                                  This picture is priceless!  I love it!!

Rumor has it that next years Freedom Flight will be for these and Vietnam Vets!  Long over due.

God Bless America


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

God Bless America, cause we need it!!

Happy Red White and Blue Season!  
I am very sad about the way people have been behaving lately.  Frankly, I just don't understand.   My grandfather used to say to me, "Our fore fathers fought for our independence, and by God don't let anyone take it away from you!"   I would chuckle and assume he was talking about the future men in my life!  Now that I am 52 I am realizing what exactly he was talking about.  This world has gone crazy.  It seems that someone(s) is cracking up and taking their weapons to the nearest populated location and just shooting everyone up.  Then there are all the terrorist attacks. 

Commissioned pillow for my friend Missy 
 Are we fast approaching the end of time?   We have been binge watching "The Walking Dead" for the past few weeks.  Is this what it is all going to come to?  It is frightening - the only way any of us can live a normal life is to have hope and faith that God will take care of it.  We are all only here temporarily anyhow, He is the Creator and the Maker.  I know He is not responsible for our world today.  We are.  He gave us all free will, it's just a shame people are going to the dark side.     

Hand painted Uncle Same using Maxine Thomas's pattern from a very old book.  I added the USA

Hand painted free hand 

So during this time of celebrating our freedom, let us never forget to thank God for the strong men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us as safe as possible.  

Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

God Bless America!!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring has sprung

Today is March 9th already!   Where does the time go?  It seems the older I get the faster the time flies.  It's frightening!!!  Our flowers started sprouting up by the end of February and our tree buds started bursting then as well!  Crazy!

 Today I have been finishing up an Easter pillow I will be selling in my etsy shop.

I am also thinking about a pastel monogram that could be not just for Easter, but for the whole Spring season.  We'll see.  The reason I painted this bird like an ordinary every day bird is because Jesus is the star of the show.  We are all ordinary to each other but only in Jesus' eyes to we become extraordinary.  With Him we become who He created us to be.  Without him, we are just ordinary like this bird.  Perhaps I will paint some that are more fancy, again, we will see.  

In my last post here, I mentioned my sisters from another mother.  I had coffee with them last Friday and one of them made a remark about when I was going to paint the shutters I have promised her????  I want to thank Lisa because I started on that project asap!  The front is Santa Claus and the reverse will be a witch.  This will give her more bang for her buck!!  Two holidays for the price of one!  So between this and wanting to begin another painting project (memory boxes for babies) I am pulling back a wee bit on the pillow making.  I finally found the right brushes to make painting these pillows easier!  Praise God!   I don't know how I ever managed to paint so many covers with such soft bristles!  

I don't know if anyone ever reads this, probably not because when I tried to find it to write a post, it said it had been deleted!  LOL!  With a bit of searching, I found it!   

Thank you to whoever is reading this and God Bless you!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Learning a skill

Hello!  Lately I have been learning a new skill......the Cricut Explore Air.  If you have been following me (which I would love it if you would!) you know I have painted just about anything that stays still!  Lately, it has been pillow covers/cases/shams.  Painting a picture of the upcoming holiday is where it all started.  In my Etsy shop I have painted quite a few holiday themed cases. 

I have sisters from another mother who have purchased just about every pillow case I have ever made!!  They are the ones responsible for the St. Patrick's day designs!  A few weeks ago one of the sisters asked me to paint a "one liner" that my mother-in-law, Annette, always says when a person comes to your party with a chip on their shoulder cause they really would rather be somewhere else.  This line comes in handy also when you are awaiting responses from   an invite to a party you are hosting.  I come from a large family as do my sisters from another mother and this saying makes you feel better.   I no longer get upset when people don't come to my parties.
 As a matter of fact, this lovely saying puts everything in perspective.  Because really, who wants a party guest who is going to be smug and pouty?!  Not me and apparently not my "sisters"!
 So with all this said, I needed to be able to write on the pillow and have it look "professional".  This is no easy feat, especially when painting on a drop cloth!  My brain went into overdrive and I asked my daughter, Shannon (who is my techie) to teach me how to use her Cricut Explore Air machine that she uses for card making.  I thought I'd just make my own stencil and there you go!  Well, it was not that simple.  The hard part was finding a font that would cut easily and leave me with a perfectly made stencil.  It took me over a week to get to this point!  The original font I originally chose had a cross stitched look - every time I would get all the cut marks marked, the system would drop me and I would need to begin again.  
 I felt very discouraged but knew if I kept trying I would find a font that didn't drop all the circles in the o's, d's, f's, etc.  Are you following my thought pattern?  Anyway......Here is the finished product!  The font is bird feet in the letter.  I thought of putting birds on a telephone wire inferring this is their conversation......perhaps I will - as each design is original and varied.
This is the front and on the back is the golden tan fabric which has a pocket to slip your current 18x18 pillow into!  Because these pillow cases are interchangeable, it makes for much less storage space!   I'd love to hear your thoughts!  
God Bless you,

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