Sunday, May 31, 2009

New wedding stuff in my etsy store

I have been busy working on stuff for my etsy store and answering requests for special items. I really like doing the special requests. I have a wedding in a couple of weeks and she had seen the shop signs I do and asked me if I could do something similar for their pew bows and car window. Check out what I came up with in my etsy store. Link is to the right. Let me know what you think.

Dustin is at JROTC Camp

I can't believe my youngest is old enough to go to JROTC camp. He is now 16!!!!! Can you hear me crying? Here is a picture I took of him in his uniform the day he left. He has called twice to let me know they are yelling alot, eating very little (soon as they sit down to eat they yell at them to get up). I told him it sounded like basic training lol. Please say a little prayer for his and his friend's safety as they are doing rapelling, climbing, canoeing, etc.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Father's Day Giveaway

Father's Day is approaching soon. I have always been daddy's "little girl". 14 years ago we nearly lost him to a massive heartattack. It took three shocks with the paddles to bring him back. He lay in CCU for 5 days in a coma with little chance for a normal recovery. It had been 7-9 minutes between the 911 phonecall and the restoration of a heartbeat. Brain damage seemed to almost be a guarantee. Those were 5 of the hardest days of my life. It was also the first time I was away from my youngest son because I stayed at the hospital night and day. We had just moved back to KY after I got out of the military and I was going to college. I had a wonderful teacher and several classmates that brought my work, notes to the hospital. The night of the fourth day in CCU there was a wonderful nurse named Scott on (same name as my son). At about midnight he came and woke me up and asked me to come see my dad he wanted to try something. He had just come on an hour before and when taking dad's vitals he thought dad expressed pain and moved. He had me walk into the room and start talking while moving around the room. Dad would arch his body and try and turn to follow my voice as I walked around the room. He never opened his eyes but his body followed me. That is when we realized he was becoming alert. Within 24 hours he was fully awake. He had some short term memory problems for awhile but overcame those. Two weeks later he left the hospital trying to decide if he should have the triple bypass. They hadn't done it because there seemed to be no hope at the time and he was too weak. The boys and I talked him into it and he had it. 15 years and a round with colon cancer, infection and diabetes and he is still here and my rock. No matter where in the world I was stationed dad would always come running to see us. Last week he finally got to meet his granddaughter (see other blog entry below) and that was a gift I was so happy to give him. He never thought he would have all three grandkids together. So he will tell you he has been given the best gifts of all....the love and memories of family and friends.

In his honor I am going to do TWO giveaways - You choose your prize.
Prize #1 - If your dad or spouse is military or veteran, you might want one of my military/veteran tribute plaques below.
Prize #2 - A ceramic plaque with my copyrighted poem "The Best Dad". I had written this in honor of my own dad a few years ago.

To enter you need to leave me a comment below telling me why your dad is special to you. Also you need to tell me which you want, just type "military" or "dad" below your post. I will give one of each away so TWO winners. This will stay open until June 7th at 8pm CST. At that time I will draw and email the winner. That should give me time to get your prize in the mail and you get for Father's Day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Plaques

I have had several people ask if I would create a ceramic plaque using my poem. I will be happy to. There are $10 each which includes the shipping in the US. IF you will provide a jpg of your favorite veteran I will be happy to include it on the plaque along with their name, rank and unit if desired. Plaques are 8x10. You can choose from Veteran, God Bless the Soldier, Freedom's Scarlet Seal (WWII)

The veteran poem is in another thread below. Scroll down please

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I have a niece!!!!!

21 years ago my sister put a baby girl up for adoption. It was a hard decision for all involved but in the best interests of the baby. Flash forward 21 years to Dec. 15th 2008, which happened to be my parents 57th wedding anniversary. I got a call at work that she was looking for us. We made contact and have writted and talked since then. When my oldest son, Scott, was laid off from work back in March I gave him a plane ticket to go meet his cousin, Haley. Today her and her boyfriend made the journey here to meet us for the first time. It has been an emotional day for all but so wonderful to finally be able to hug her. Here are Haley, my boys and me after dinner tonight. I see some similarities between her and the boys. We stood outside comparing features (hands, ankles, wrists, eyes, ears) lol. She has a wonderful family back in Alabama that have raised a sweet, smart and AWESOME daughter. I am just so happy to finally know her.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Memorial Day is coming and I have a challenge for you

We are less than two weeks away from Memorial Day. On the upcoming Memorial Day I challenge you to print out the poem I have written below. Click on the picture to enlarge, then you can right click and save as a jpg. Insert into your photo editing software and resize to fit 4 to a page (postcard size). Print them out and attach to small US flags. You can take them to an American Legion or VFW group that places them on veterans graves or you could do so yourself. This is a great project for scout or church groups. If you want them to last a bit longer you can laminate. The poem and artwork are copyrighted so nothing can be created and sold with it.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you choose to do. Thank you.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Flower Pens

I have been making flower pens to sell at the Farmer's Market. I wanted some cute packaging for them so I put in cello bags with header. Each header has a message on front. On the back of the header is a "To/From" along with my website/# in small print. Anyone else love to make these pens?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cutie Pie - Sweet Girl

I did this headband for a wedding last weekend. The flowergirl is so precious when I see her. She talks so much older than she is, smart as can be. Sweet too. It was an honor to make this and have her wear it.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Need a cute little gift to pass out to teachers?

These matchbook notepads are inexspensive at $12 for a dozen which includes the shipping. Each holds 20 sheets of 3"x3" paper.