Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veteran's Day Blog HOP!!!!

I love blog Hops that are Close to my Heart!
I went a LITTLE crazy making all kinds of Military apparel! 
I carry most of these pieces in my shop on Etsy!
I was thinking about all of the Wonderful Military Folks that I know... and I realized most of the servicemen I know are WOMEN! What an amazing time we live in! 
A few of my Sorority Sisters are US Army Sisters! Rock it out Kappas!
My First Project was Inspired by my Army Sisters:

These are Five Decade Memory Wire Rosary Wraps, with Saint Christopher United States Army Medals. Made from Unakite and Red Sesame Jasper!

My Second Project is Marine Inspired, I have more than a few Marines in the Family and well, it is their Birthday!
This is a Hand Stitched Red Leather Journal with Red, white and blue Page marker with a hanging Vintage Gold Cross!
For my Air Force Buddies:
Saint Christopher Land Sea Air Pocket Rosary in Red Sesame Jasper. Perfect for travel.

And for all of those Veterans and Active Military Personnel and family, I am praying for you!
5 Decade  Red, White & Blue, Crown of Throwns Sacred Heart Rosary.

1.     KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity
2.     Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly
3.     Deb at Tidbit’s Place
4.       Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs
5.       Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping
6.       Diane at Crafting This Moment
7.       Judy at Be Present Be Real
8.       Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table
9.       Deb at If It’s Groovy
10.   Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista
11.   Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings
12.   Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner
13.   Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries
14.   Rachel at Suburban Crafter  ***YOU ARE HERE***
15.   Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping
16.   Becky at  Susan’s Blog
17.   Rebecca at Creations With Becca  http://creationswith
18.   Bobbi Jo at Sassy Sweet Diva
19.   Angie at Gypsy  Paperie
20.   Linda at The Tulip Collector

*Our amazing Blog Candy (2—count ‘em! TWO Chances to win!!) are brought to you through the generosity of Marlo, who created the marvelous Scrap’NTote  and Anne, from Paper Patch Crafts.
The rules for entering are the same for both prizes:  Hop along our path and leave a comment AND a way to contact you on each and every stop. Please leave contact information in a safe manner ( ie, written out, rather than a direct link).   On Friday, November 12, KarelJ will use to first select a blog number (1-20) and then a comment number from that blog for each prize.  She will post the winner’s name on her blog and notify the bloggers, so they can also post the winner.  KarelJ will contact the winner, using the information left in the comment.  If there is no information available, she will choose another winner from the same blog.  It is up to the winner to contact KarelJ at ksjennings(at)gmail(dot)com. If she has not been contacted by Monday, November 15, another winner will be chosen.
Now, on to the good stuff! Our first prize is a wonderful Pink Scrap’Ntote to store your Cricut Cartridges in!  It comes to us from Marlo, at ContainYaCrafts.  You can see the wonderful way this binder system keeps all your carts together, and ready to go in a flash on this link:  Need more than one?  Put it on the Christmas Wish List and have the hubs order NOW, as they are simply flying out of stock!  We got one of the final donations for the year, and are so grateful to Marlo!
Our second terrific prize is a set of Spellbinders Nesties in the Crown Circle Shape.  It comes to us via the generosity of Anne, whose family has an incredibly strong military heritage.  You can read more about Anne and her husband on Linda and Gina’s Blogs.  You can also check out paper Patch Crafts here, to see what other incredible things Anne has to sell!  *
Interview With Julie
1. How are you connected to the Military?   My father is retired from the USAF and my husband is currently serving in the USAF.
2. How has this connection impacted your life?  It has given me a wonderful opportunity to live abroad in other countries. To live in another country is a different experience than to just visit for a short stay. When it comes to assignment time I get anxious to find out where we are going next. To me, its like a new adventure and I always look forward to it.
3. What’s the hardest part of being a military relative (wife? Child? Friend?)  One would be being away from family and close friends. But with the military, you find new friends that you build strong friendship bonds that are as dear to you as family. hardest part...the thought of that dreadful knock on the door or the phone call.
4. What do you do to make it easier?  With technology now days it’s a lot easier to keep up with family and friends. I even still chat with close friends from overseas, which is nice. Get out and meet people. Get involved in local activities. Just try to mingle and get to know others in the area.
5. Do you think Veterans and Service personnel get the respect they deserve?  
For the most part, I think they do, but I do feel as though the older Veterans sometimes don't get as much respect as they should. In the towns and cities where there are bases i feel as though the respect is higher.
6. What kinds of things do you think could be done to better support Veterans and the Military?
I would like to see more done for those serving our country who are injured while serving. Also, the families of those who have lost a loved one or are caring for a loved one who was injured need support.
7. What do you think artists and crafters could do to support the Military?
Artisits and crafters have always been good supporters and I hope they will always continue sharing their talented gifts.
8. What else would you like to share with the people reading this?
I would just would like to say that I am proud of my husband for his commitment to his country during these difficult times. Even though he works long hours and is sent to do tours, in the end it’s all worth it . We have traveled places and experienced things that most people would never dream of. We have 3 wonderful boys, each born in different countries, to share in this experience. I wouldn't change a thing. OK… maybe just the leaving family part...


Karelj said...

What beautiful things you have created! I'm in love with the journal-and Happy Birthday, Mariens! Urah! Just an aside--Julie's husband is now in harm's way, leading 500 men and women so others might enjoy the freedoms we have. Jeep jim in your prayers, please. Yhanks for being a part of the hop!

Michelle said...

I hard time finding out where to put my comments at. Wow your items are great. I miss creating with my beads. Seeing what you did made me think about that. Thanks for joining in on the hop.

I'm a new follower!!


Becky said...

Rachel the journal is so beautiful and the Rosary is amazing. I really am loving all your work

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful pieces of art...

Josie0602 said...

Love your creations and the story you have shared today. Thanks for participating in the blog hop to honor our military.

Summer said...

So beautiful! your projects are amazing! TFS

Jennifer said...

Love your book and jewlery!! Thanks for joining in the hop and sharing your projects!!!

Scrappin' Sista said...

You have amazing talent. TFS!

Blog Hop Sista

Terri said...

Your creations are awesome Great job!!! I want to thank everyone that fight for our freedom in this country!!


Melanie Holzwarth said...

Your work is amazing, thank you for sharing.

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Liza Henderson said...

Heart felt projects. I love to see crafts taken in a whole new way. Thank you for your creativity!!!


johnnysgirl said...

What a beautiful idea, thank you

Marlene said...

Your projects are amazing. Thank you for sharing your interview and for participating in this very important blog hop.

Tammy said...

I love all of your projects!! They are fabulous, especially the Marine Corp book. As a Military Family we understand and appreciate the sacrifice our service Members make and we thank them!
otrbanks at earthlink dot net

TR said...

All the pictures and stories on this blog hop
are just wonderful......
Thank you for acknowledging and honoring
our veterans. They are a brave troupe.


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scrapperbecka said...

WOW great jewelry. TFS

~*Jen*~ said...

Loved all your items!! I carry a Saint Christophers medal around with me where ever I go! Love that you used them here! Thanks!!


Queen Bee said...

Absolutely stunning projects!

Laura Lee said...

gorgeous projects...
great stories...
love this blog hop...

Cindylu2u said...

Love your creations, thank you for sharing!!

Granny Anne said...

I love your wrap rosary. I would love to get the recipe for this. I have made rosary's in the past and this one is awesome.

Thanks for sharing

Marionment said...

Your creations and story are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Your items are beautiful, love the Rosary. This has been such a great blog hop reading every ones memories.
Cherylann (prinkles)

Tammy said...

Rachel, your creations are just beautiful! I love the journal and the way you incorporated the metals in with the red jasper. Such a nice contrast of materials!

tammy (at) iplanitmeetings (dot) com

Brenda said...

Awesome project. Love the beading

Burffrau @ aol dot com

Ann Marie said...

thanks so much for sharing your family and wonderful projects. Its so nice to meet new people and look at life through a different set of eyes. amporath@ gmail. com

Anonymous said...

Gets Better and better. Thank you for your inspiring story and crafty artwork to accompany it.

Stephanie said...

I love your projects. I know they mean a lot to the recipients I had a hard time finding where to post acomment.
stuff at gt dot rr dot com

Lesley from WI said...

Wow...your projects are amazing! Loved your stories.

Kathy Balman said...

Thanks for sharing great stories.

Juicy Creations said...

i love your jewelry.. very nice..

Angie said...

All your projects are beautiful!

pattyk said...

Wonderful job--great site thanks

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Rachel, I love how you represented most of the military Great job!

Esmommy said...

Love your project TFS
NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

Tonya said...

Rachel you did a wonderful job in representing everyone that is near and dear to your heart. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.


tleigenheer at yahoo dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Beautiful work!! Thanks for sharing it as well as the interview.

scrappymama said...

interesting and different projects, tfs.

esigmon at cox dot net

Anonymous said...

wow beautiful!! so beautiful wow is all i can say

stratus2134 at

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Your projects for the hop were beautiful! I hope your Marine friend likes the gift you made.
Thank you for reminding me that yesterday was the anniversary of the Marine Corps. Two of my great friends who are retired still go to the Marine Corps Ball every year. I hadn't talked to her lately to see if they were going to be able to make it this year.

Groovy Deborah said...

Each project you created is amazing! Love all!

Also think it is neat about eash child being born in another country!

HVD, Groovy Deb♥

ScrappingDeb said...

What wonderful creations. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and sharing your stories. Fun hop!

Penny said...

Great projects. Thank you for doing this and for the opportunity to win.

pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

SweetSassyDiva said...

wonderful projects wow!! I'm so honored to be part of this blog hop! i noticed my blog address is wrong on the list it should be

Dana said...

Love the post and all the goodies you shared!


stefeni said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing your family.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Stacey said...

I LOVE the pocket Rosary! TFS.


cdm317 said...

Just beautiful! I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing!

CyndiU said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome art work with us and being part of the hop.

cureta2 at yahoo dot com

Clara said...

I am so enjoying this blog hop. Great stories! Your journal & rosaries are just beautiful. Love the idea of the pocket rosary.

Vicki said...

Great projects. I'll be checking your etsy store.

vwilson577 at

Becky said...

Holy Guacamole! I have been hopping through tonight to see what everyone else posted! Your jewelry work is gorgeous! Love the journal too!!!


So beautiful! your projects are amazing!Thanks for doing this hop my husband is a VET.
Rebecca Minor

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Beautiful project I loved it!!!! and the journal too:)

doverdi said...

Beautiful creations. Thanks for being part of the blog hop. God Bless all of the veteran's & military personnel for their sacrifices for our countries.

Sandi said...

Rachel I love the rosary...where is your etsy shop, have I missed something??? thanks, Sandi