Monday, May 31, 2010

Must Have Monday - A Symbol of Remembrance

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who are serving our country and those who have served our country. We remember the heroes, the fallen, the sons and daughters, the husbands and wives. It is a time that we take to both mourn and celebrate.

On Memorial Day it is often difficult to think about those who we have loved and lost, while celebrating their dedication and heroism.

Today as I remember I think in images. I see the faces of my husband, my father, my brother, my uncles, my grandfather, my in-laws, my friends. I see the many faces who have served this country. And with a sorrow heart I see the faces of the friends that we have lost in the last year.

I went on a hunt today, searching Etsy's variety of shops - looking for the perfect symbol of remembrance. And the pinwheels of Rule 42 really stood out to me. Their American colors speak to that pride we have when we remember. In the wind a pinwheel spins wildly, enjoying the rush of life. When the wind has calmed the stillness of the pinwheels reflects that which comes with the loss of life. It is the perfect symbol of remembrance. 

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Let's Play, It's Saturday!

Yankee Doodle Tutu by Kennedy's Korner

I know that there are many people who would much prefer for you to remember their service in the Armed Forces with taking time to celebrate life, to play. So make sure to take time to do a little of that this Memorial Holiday too: dance, sing and laugh!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

On the Homefront: Remembering Those that Inspire Us

My hubby relaxing in a hammock in Afghanistan --- I made that hat for him!

My husband has an incredible knack for making the worst of situations as comfortable as possible. He will make you laugh, he will make you smile, he will bring tears of joy to your eyes! My husband is truly a major source of inspiration to me. He inspired me to make these soldier magnets:

and continues to inspire me to create many wonderful items for the home and office. His praise and encouragement is the best even when it is from thousands of miles away!

How have the men and women of the Armed Forces inspired you? Please use the comment space below to write about the service men and women who have inspired you. If you have a product line or item that they helped you come up with or encouraged you to create, please feel free to share a link to that item as well! I am excited to read and see what the wonderful men and women of our Armed Forces inspire in you!

Thursday and Undiscovered: Memorial Day

This week as we approach Memorial Day I wanted to take time to remember those who are serving and have served in the past and in the more recent years, as well as those who have fallen. As an Army wife and a Navy daughter and sister, I am always reminded of the strength that these men and women must have to serve and the strength that their loved ones also must have to travel the journey with them.

Thank you for taking time to remember.

"Remember the Fallen" by Andrea LaRayne Etzel

One Nation Under God Onesie by Our Republic Apparel

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fun and Wacky Wednesday with Aula 46

Aula 46 is a shop on a mission: to create amazing jewelry out of pieces of discarded electronics. I think they have achieved their goal many times over. Go check out the shop for a large variety of handmade necklaces, pendants, and earrings!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Art Whims Is On Facebook

Ever wonder what new designs Art Whims is working on? Want regular up to date information? You should consider following Art Whims on Facebook! On my Facebook Fan Page you will find sneak peeks, be able to readily talk to the artist, and receive some special deals that are just for my Facebook Fans!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Must Have Monday - The Art of muddipuppy


The colors are fantastic, the art is whimsical, the work beautiful! The art of muddipuppy is definitely a must have! It would be great in a nursery or to liven up an office! Swing by this wonderful shop to experience the beautiful work of an amazing artist; you will not be disappointed!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Day of Rest and So Relaxed - A Quilt

The quilts by Quilting Frenzy are cozy, and perfect for that relaxing retreat with a book on a Sunday. The quilts come in a variety of colors and designs. There are sizes available from the little one though the adult too!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Let's Play, It's Saturday!

This yo-yo by Deep In The Woods is awesome! The heart is stitched. Yes, you read correctly: stitched! It is such a wonderful idea and takes the cross-stitch meets wood theme on Etsy to the next step. I love it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

On the Homefront: Doing Weddings

Last week the On the Homefront: Doing Weddings special column focused on the Bridal Shower. This week we turn to some ideas for the Bride's Beautiful Look.

Something Blue Wedding Charm by Sissy's Pretties

 Wedding Penny Necklace by Sissy's Pretties

Champagne Briolette Sparkle Necklace by Kimberly Ann

Swarovski Baroque Dangles by Kimberly Ann

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday and Undiscovered: paper N plastic

Wow! The paper flowers by paperNplastic are amazing! If you are looking for a unique way to send flowers to someone this is the way to go. They can adorn the office desk or dinner table for many days past their fresh flower counterparts!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Let's Play, It's Saturday!

There is still a bit of a bite outside these days, but the sun is out and we all want to get out and enjoy the sun, especially our best canine friends. So help them fight that last chill this spring in a stylish way and take them out to play with these adorable vests from shop KCQ!

Friday, May 7, 2010

On the Homefront: Doing Weddings

Last week the On the Homefront: Doing Weddings special column focused on wedding invitations and save the dates. This week we turn to some ideas for the Bridal Shower. From the invitations to gifts for the bride.

 Bridal Shower Invitations by Proffitt Productions
Digital File - $8.00

 Cupcake Soaps by Angie's Suds 'N' Such
$4.00 each

 Magnetic Clips by Pins + Paper
Set of 3 - $20.00

Fresh Linen Room Spray by SSymmonds Creations
$5.00 each

 Table-Runner by Teri's Treasures

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday and Undiscovered: MISSPETEL

The Paper Mache Sculptures and gifts by MISSPETEL are colorful and bright. Swing by this shop and see what it is all about - you will be inspired to have some fun this Thursday afternoon for sure!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday Talk - Armed Forces Day

Over the next nine days I will be preparing for Armed Forces Day an event that takes place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma Washington on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. This celebration has many fun activities: Living Military History, kids' rides and arts and craft booths! It is both fun and educational! Click here for more details.

I will have an arts and craft space at the event! In stock there will be: new photography, painted signs, magnets and more! It has been great fun getting ready for this show and I hope that those of you in the area will come and check out this event!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Day of Rest and So Relaxed - Spa Robe

Just slip on this Spa Robe by Clothing Jewels after relaxing in the Spa and you can cozy up to read a book in the low evening light. It would make a perfect gift for mom too!

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