I am a Victorian Soul, who lives in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion!! I just recently lost my Hubby Joe, who was a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am so glad that we retired at 62 years of age and got to spend that time together before he passed....I still do love Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Friday, May 22, 2015

Patriotic Crafts, 2015

 Even though I posted these for Memorial Day, these Decorations are still up in my home and I am linking up to the Patriotic Party Over at Common Ground that runs from July 2-5, 2015 , hosted by
 I am linking up this post from 2015 to these great 2016 parties!!

 Celebrate the USA Linky Party
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Back to my original post.......

I have been busy doing my Patriotic Decorating for the Summer Holidays.........

But I had an IBS attack the other day with abdominal pain and cramping and those other symptoms which I will not mention to gross you out( keeping it real here!) so I was taking it easy and thought of what I could do instead of sitting around doing nothing........

You see "taking it easy" is really not in my vocabulary......

When I unpacked my Patriotic decorations, I found a pack of stickers that I bought last year on Clearance for $1.00!!
I was thinking about what I could do with them and realized that I use a few red, white and silver plain ball ornaments on my Patriotic Tree........
So I decided to "Dabble" a bit with these ornaments and create my own Patriotic Ornaments for my Patriotic Tree!
I don't think they are plain anymore!!!

After Christmas, keep on the look out for any type of ornaments that you can use or change into ornaments for other Holidays.

I do An Autumn Tree and use a lot of gold and copper and orange plain ball ornaments but I think I will be on the lookout for some pretty Autumn Leaf Stickers to dress them up a bit!! I think I may actually already have some!!

I think my new Patriotic Ornaments look great on my Patriotic Tree......
 I know many of you may remember this Tree from other years but I still want to share how it looks this year......
 I used a new topper this year......
 It actually is a table decorations from Dollar Tree!
 It reminds me of Fireworks Exploding!!
 Underneath it is a bow that I made out of 2 ribbons.....
 One says"God Bless America" and the other is Flag like.....
 The garland is from Dollar Tree and is Red, Blue and Silver.....
 Which gave me the idea to add some silver ornaments to the Tree.....
 Near the top is an "Ameica" wooden plaque....
 Most of the ornaments are Christmas ornaments........
 And I do have some Patriotic Ornaments.....
 Streamers of Patriotic Ribbon flow down from the top of the Tree......
 And the Tree itself is wrapped with wired Star Garland.......

The Red Star ornaments were bought by Joe on Clearance for 90% off at Big Lots after Christmas......
 The 3 ornaments cost 10 cents!!

Now here are some of my "new' Patriotic Ornaments that I crafted!!
 I have several packs of Paper Mache Stars that I am going to play around with soon and will add to this Tree........
 This Tree stays up all Summer, until Labor Day , to celebrate the Summer Patriotic Holidays!!
   I did this little Floral arrangement in a Dollar Tree pot a few years ago but decided to add the Flags to it.....
 The Flowers were also bought at Dollar Tree.....
 And I added a few of those Stickers to the pot......
 I think it dressed it up a bit more.....
I had fun doing some Patriotic Crafting!!
 I still have more decorations that I wish to share with you but I will save that for my next post!!

We may have FROST in the morning so I will be covering all my annuals!!  UGH!!!

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day but let us not forget the TRUE Meaning of this Holiday.......

Remembering those who served and died Fighting for our Freedom.......

My Dad was a World War II Army Veteran...
 And Joe's Dad was a Marine in the Korean War who was wounded 3 times and is a Purple Heart Recipient.....
 Last year, Joe and his Dad along with Jimmy, Danielle and Joey were able to visit the War Memorial in Washington, DC.....

This is the Korean War Memorial , which I find quite striking, almost haunting....
 Jimmy, Joey, Joe and Joe's Dad, Joe at the Korean War Memorial.....
Jim, Joe's Dad and Joey
This is the World War II Memorial.....
Remember to say THANK YOU to a Veteran this Weekend!!


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