Sunday, July 9, 2017

It's (been) Wedding Season!!!


Here we are already past the July 4th weekend!  My Nana always said "the summers almost over once the 4th of July comes!"   For most that is a sad thought, but for me, a happy one!   My favorite time of the year is when the weather is cool and a hoodie is required.  I am not a fan of hot humid sticky weather.   This topic brings us to the perfect time of year to celebrate a wedding!  My niece is getting married next weekend - Hot July :(   

When beginning this new business venture of Painted On A Whim, I began painting pillows that were seasonal - so the above pillow was created for Valentines Day.   However, this dear little couple kissing for the first time would also make a fantastic engagement gift!   



Then this rear end version of the Just Married car has been very popular in the social media world - so I tried my hand at painting it, thinking the wedding date would go on the license plate!  


My lifetime friend asked me to paint her two pillows for her son and his soon to be wife.  She wanted something a wee bit different than the car so....the above is what we came up with.  It seems to be a popular "newbie to the market" and one I hope to do more of.   The names of the bride and groom
 really give this pillow the pop it needs to make it one of a kind.


All these pillows and many more are available in my Etsy shop here.  

I hope you all enjoy  these hot steamy days of summer doing the things that help you to relax and unwind.

God Bless You!

Trisha

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

Trisha

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!!

Trisha