Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog Hop!

Welcome to my little corner of Operation Write Home's blog hop! A little about me... I am a pathological crafter.

My interests lie toward everything. ...If it will cut, glue, paste, click, make a mark, spread with a brush, merge layers, crimp, string, saponify, melt, pour, thread, dye, knead, bead, fire, glaze... then its my animal.

But even as I write these words, I sit snug in my home because we in America have a well trained and very brave military.

Operation Write Home is an organization of all kinds of crafters who have one thing in common... we want to show our support to that far away service person who is actively deployed on foreign soil.

One thing I can do is write a note to somebody I don't know and just say hi. This organization will take our handwritten notes and pack them up with the handmade cards and send them to the Middle East to be distributed there to all branches of the military. There are some amazing statistics about where these cards go, and how many are shipped off per month. There are so many servicemen who don't have much family and a note from 'home', even if they don't know me personally can really brighten up a day.

And ESPECIALLY at this time of year. Even if you are not a holiday person, you have no idea how much you are personally affected by the heartwarming stories and the Christmas lights and all the sentiments of the season that you are bombarded with as the holidays draw near.

I am hoping to spread some joy to somebody who doesn't get to roll their eyes toward heaven and say "Frosty the snowman...again?" or ..."fruitcake, you shouldn't have" this year.

I am not ashamed to say I bought some cards and am writing as many as I can before the deadline to send a good wish to a brave person. They call that an "Any Hero card". If you are not part of the blog hop, and have just wandered by this post, click the links and check out Operation Write Home. It's a super easy way to give.

Here's a quick link at how and where the cards are distributed.

YYYYNext hop: Kathy has a super super cute valentine and a very thorough list neatly lined out of some of the basics on making a card, and guess what else!!! a drawing. yay. So get to hoppin!

PS if you twittered on in here and didn't start at the beginning, here's the link to start from blog one and get some heart-warm and some inspiration.

Victorian picture buttons

Some days are just good days...
I just get a feeling as I skip out to my mailbox to get my mail...

Can ya tell today was a good day? tra la- tra la... skip skip skip

I pulled open the door and my mailbox was full because there was a little brown box crammed in there with all my other junk mail...

My heart skipped a beat...and then...

Like I say...some days are just good days!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! –Maya Angelou

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. –Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

Click the link...find a way that you can say thanks.
"News from the homefront—even from strangers—is a treasure to those far from home."

"Hero Mail is great," says one Chaplain. "I go out and pray with the soldiers before missions and I hand out Hero Mail." Letters are distributed to those who rarely get mail, or to those most in need of encouragement the day the box arrives. "It helps to know that we are remembered!"

Blog hop this weekend! I'm so excited...join in!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

...The Button Zone

You're traveling through another dimension --

a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop:

the Button Zone!

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Button Zone.

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call "The Button Zone".

...hahaha. Yes indeed a direct rip off of the ...duhnduhnduhnduuuuhhhhhnnn...Twilight Zone ...but how appropriate for my little landscape of beautiful vintage pretties.

Soon to be for sale in my shops. I'll keep you posted.


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