Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

 Hello Everyone,

Its the most wonderful time of the year!! We had an amazing ice storm here in the north country and some power outages, but, it is beautiful here.

Merry Christmas to all of our Soldiers and their families!! We are so grateful for your sacrifice, especially during this holiday season. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and come home soon.

We wish all of our family and friends a very wonderful Christmas!! To all the beautiful and crafty bloggers....I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, joy and health.

Merry Christmas E!! I love and treasure you so very much. Thank you for always giving me such a wonderful Christmas! Merry Christmas to our sweet yellow lab and fur baby Holly!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day.

What do people do?
On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings. The flag should be flown at half-mast to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Many associations, especially those linked with Pearl Harbor survivors or those who died from the attack, participate in special services to commemorate the event. Memorial services are held at venues such as the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Other activities include: wreath-laying ceremonies; keynote speeches by those associated with the event; luncheons; media stories on survivors’ recollections of the Pearl Harbor attack; and school activities to educate students about the attack on Pearl Harbor in relation to World War II history.
Public life
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday. Government offices, schools, businesses and other organizations do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured in Pearl Harbor.
On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2000 American citizens were killed and more than 1000 were injured. The Americans also lost a large proportion of their battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region. More than 60 Japanese servicemen were killed, injured or captured. The Japanese Navy also lost five midget submarines and 29 aircraft.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Shortly afterwards, Germany also declared war on the United States. In the months that followed the attack, the slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” swept the United States and radio stations repeatedly played a song of the same name.

In 1991, which marked the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Congress established the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. This is also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Medal and can be awarded to any veteran of the United States military who were present in or around Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese military. The medal can be awarded to civilians, who were killed or injured in the attack.
Memorials have been built to remember or to symbolize the day. For example, the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial built over the sunken USS Arizona, which was dedicated in 1962. The memorial remembers all military personnel who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. The memorial was designed by architect Alfred Preis, an Austrian-born resident who lived in Honolulu and was placed at a detainment camp after the Pearl Harbor attack as part of the internment policy of Japanese and German Americans at the time.
Another memorial that commemorates Pearl Harbor Day is the USS Utah, a battleship that was attacked and sunk in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A memorial to honor the crew of the USS Utah was dedicated on the northwest shore of Ford Island, near the ship's wreck, in 1972. The ship was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It is also Utah’s official state ship. Memorabilia, books, and movies about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have also been made available to the public over the years.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah!!

Hello Everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am so thankful for my husband who makes me proud of the man and Army Officer that he is. He is romantic, supportive, giving, and thoughtful. He makes me a better person, always makes me laugh and loves me and our fur baby Holly unconditionally. He has been so supportive of me getting my Seamstress Certification to now getting my BS in Fashion and Retail Management. He always encourages me to excel at all my craft's and this year I have been very busy with testing patterns and sewing things for him, Holly, our family and friends. He is still enjoying his assignment up in Canada. We are especially thankful for our beautiful forever home that we purchased in the spring. It has been a long dream come true for us and we are forever grateful.

I am thankful for my Mom who has taught me so much about being the woman I am today about life, love and happiness. You always told me to wait for the right man to come along and I love how you and my family love him so. You taught me how to be a good wife, daughter, sibling and friend. Thank you for being in my life! E, I am also very thankful to have such a wonderful sister. You are an amazing sister, sister-in-law, best friend, wife, mother and fur baby mama and aunt. To our wonderful brother-in-law E, we are thankful for you being part of our family and being a wonderful husband, father and brother-in-law. I am thankful for our nephews G and M...both a gift, which make us laugh and keep us on our toes. Thank you for being the sweet, loving boys that you are and always putting smiles on our faces. We love you both very much and miss you dearly.

I am thankful that my in-laws and my stepson will be celebrating Thanksgiving with us this year. We are so glad that you will be celebrating the holiday in our home this year.

I want to thank Sue for being such an amazing sewing instructor. You have taught me so much and I am thankful. You are such a wonderful friend. I hope this wonderful gift you have given me will be passed on to the students that I will eventually teach and getting my sister inspired to learn this beautiful craft as well.

I also wish all of our troops serving our Country and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for keeping Americans and our country safe. Thank you to the Military families who stand by their side and support what they do. Please keep them in your thoughts every day.

Also, thank you to all my blogging friends out there, old and new, who have been supportive since I started blogging 4 years ago this past October. You have all been so kind with your encouraging words and funny comments and I have really enjoyed reading your blogs, learning from and getting to know you.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with family, friends, food, and fun!

Happy Hanukkah!!

Hanukkah is known as The Festival of Lights and is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C. Olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that there was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.

It just happens to fall on Thanksgiving this year.

There is a custom of eating foods fried in olive oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple lit for eight days. Traditional foods include potato pancakes, known as latkes and jam-filled doughnuts, called sufganiyot. Other Hanukkah traditions are Hanukkah gelt (chocolate money) and the dreidel game.  Dreidels are four-sided spinning tops that children play with and each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter.

My Grandmother passed away 35 years ago today. I think about her every single day and miss her so very much.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I was featured again at Sew What's New

Hello Everyone,

I was featured again at Sew What's New for the Nautical Lapin Noir Bag. I did this as a test pattern for Sara @ Sew Sweetness.

Sew What's New is a wonderful website for information, tutorials, asking questions, looking for other Seamstress and Quilters to talk too.

Also, Susan and everyone at Sew What's New are wonderful. Recently they gave an interesting interview at Pattern Pile.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 15, 2013

I was featured at Sew What's New

Hello Everyone,

My wool coat was featured at Sew What's New. If you would like to stop by the web page here is the link.
Thank you Susan for featuring my coat that I made for my final project of my Seamstress Certification.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vote for my Evil Queen Costume at Burda Style!!

Hello Everyone,

I've entered my Evil Queen Costume in a contest and would love your vote!! Please click on the link below to vote:

I've also put a widget on the side of my blog.

Thank you!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Park West Bag - Pattern Review for Sew Sweetness

Hello Everyone,
I completed another beautiful pattern from Sara at Sew Sweetness. This bag is called the Park West Bag and I love how it came out. This bag is for a beginner, intermediate or experienced sewer. I fell in love with this geometric and colors of the fabric that I got at Joann's.  I loved all the detail that Sara put into this bag (actually all of her bags) and her instructions are always easy to follow. If you ever have a question, she is always available to assist you.

I used four 1 1/2" metal rectangle rings for the handles.

I love the side pockets on both sides of the bag.

This was the first time I inserted a recessed zipper and I love how it came out.

I love adding these metal feet to the bottom of the bags and how it matches the metal rectangle rings for the handles.

I also found at Joann's this coordinating fabric and inserted a false bottom to give the bag more stability.

I love having zippered pockets inside of my bags. Maybe on the next one I'll put a zipper on the other side or some pockets. I guess we will see.

If you would like to purchase this pdf pattern, please stop by Sara's pattern shop.

I am linking up with these parties, Remodelaholic, More the Merrier and TCB.

Have a wonderful evening!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Aragon Bag was Featured!!

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to Alice from Mum make lists... who featured my Aragon Test Bag Pattern on Empty your Archive.

Make sure you stop by her blog to see what she has going on and join her linky parties on Wednesday's.

Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Aragon Test Pattern and Happy Fall!

Hello Everyone,

I had the pleasure of testing another bag pattern for Sew Sweetness.  You can see her post on this bag here. If you want to purchase the pattern, here is her Shop.  I love how this bag is useful in so many ways.  When I saw the bag I knew it would be perfect for when I have to go to the library to study for school and it will also be perfect when I go shopping too.
I love the fall colors and the gingham. The pockets on the side are perfect for my phone and/or water bottle.

Have I mentioned I love gingham?? Well, I do. LOL The inside pockets are great and I love the finished look of the binding on the seams on the inside. It makes it look neat and put together.

There is also a zipper compartment on the other side.

Also, another zip is on the back of the bag.

So, I am loving my new fall bag and have already been getting compliments on it.

I am linking up with these partiesRemodelaholic, More the Merrier and TCB.

Hope you all have a great day.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lunch Bag Test Pattern

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather.  I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Sara at Sew Sweetness.  I loved the idea of this to make for E and the nephews.
It was called Peas and Corn Lunch Bag and I made the top zip bag for E in NY Giants fabric - one of his favorite teams. I used laminated cotton or PUL on the inside for easy clean up.

The handle on top is perfect for carrying. 

It has a lot of room and I can't wait for E to use this for work. You can stop by Sara's shop.

I am linking up with these partiesRemodelaholic, More the Merrier and TCB.

Hope you had a great day.

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