Project #1: QOV Square
You know how some people stress clean? I wish I could be one of those people. Instead, I stress craft. That's what prompted me to sign up for Miss Cari's QOV project. What do you think of my "simple" little design? I had originally planned to only outline the medal but once I started, I kind of got carried away. (I promise you, that medal is actually purple, not maroon. I have no idea what's going on with the colors in these pictures.) I had the idea of honoring my grandfather in some way. I haven't had a chance to talk to my Granny yet (I plan to soon) but I did pull out some old emails that Pawpaw sent before he passed in which he detailed some of his war experience. Yes, emails! My Pawpaw was the most high tech septuagenarian I have ever met. That man could have taught Steve Jobs a thing or two! My favorite email, besides the ones where he talks about WWII is the one he sent telling me that he really hopes I will try to breastfeed The Professor for at least a little bit because he believed that breastfed babies are healthier. He was quite an exceptional man, that guy!
He was in the Navy during WWII as a utility/mechanic pilot, not a fighter pilot. He was active mostly in the Pacific Theater and received an injury over the Philippine Sea that earned a Purple Heart. Family lore says that all of his medals were stolen many years ago. So, never having seen his medal myself, I wanted to incorporate a Purple Heart into this design, letting the recipient know that they are not alone. So many have been touched by war. The Quilts of Valor project helps to comfort them.
Project #2: Find a job
MY HUSBAND ACCEPTED A JOB OFFER LAST NIGHT!!! We are so excited and thrilled. He had a couple of other offers that he knew might be coming in later this week but this one (from his first choice company) surprised him late last night. Thank you all for the prayers! I know that have gotten us through this time of trust and patience.
Project #3: Embroidery Kits in the Etsy Shop
Remember these little dolls my girls and I made some year back? Well, at the suggestion of a sweet friend, I'm putting together some little embroidery kits to sell in the Etsy shop. She thought they might make fun little Easter basket goodies and I think she's right. I need to go get a few more colors of floss and then they will be up soon. Here is a sneak peek...
St. Therese the Little Flower
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
We are still celebrating the new job with you all! Thank you God!!!ReplyDelete
And I LOVE the embroidery kits! Yay!!!! Can't wait to see them up in the Etsy shop. Absolutely adorable!
1. Lovely embroidery, and that is so cool about your grandfather!! Mary Rose says your quilting is amazing, and the story too! God bless your grandpa for his service.ReplyDelete
2. Congratulations and Deo Gratias! So happy for you!
3. Sweet, sweet, sweet!
Charlotte, I'm a long time reader...never really comment. Love your blog! Anyway, I read about your Grandfather's medals being stolen. I use to work for a Congressman before I married; that's why I know this. Through your Congressman, you can request your Grandfather's medals and his military records. (I did this for my Grandmother after my Grandfather died.) You just need a few details and it takes a little while, but if your records are available (a bunch burned in a horrible fire a long while back) you can get those items. Your children would probably get a kick out of this project too. Good luck.ReplyDelete
Andrea, yes thank you for that! I had heard that, although I thought it would have to be my dad or my grandmother who would be able to request them. My oldest son is very interested in this and I've already contacted my dad about pursuing this further. Thank you for the suggestion!Delete
I love all of your embroidery, Charlotte, and I'm over-the-moon happy for you and your husband and family! Deo Gratias!!ReplyDelete
YOwzer! Those are great crafts, Charlotte!!ReplyDelete
I'm so happy about the job! Thanks be to God!ReplyDelete
Love the embroidery kits! I'm the nervous craftsy type, too.
Those dolls are adorable. I may have to learn how to do embroidery so I can buy the St. Therese one for my youngest daughter.ReplyDelete
Great news about your husband's job, too.
Karen, it is super easy! My daughter did the St. Josephine in the middle when she was about 10. A simple stitch is all you need to know to do an outline pattern like these.Delete
Congratulations on #2 - that is wonderful! Regarding #3 - are you just selling the kits, or will you be selling completed ones as well? I would love to buy one of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary, my daughter's patron saint, but I don't foresee being able to embroider one before Easter, but I guess I can't rule it out. But just wanted to ask the question. Lovely, they are pure lovely!ReplyDelete
I don't have plans to sell any completed ones right now, just the kits. But if you send me a private email, we could discuss it.Delete
Thanks for the reply. I will be in touch. God Bless! St. Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us!Delete
The embroidery kits are adorable!! I'm so happy to hear of your husband's new job, deo gratias!!ReplyDelete
I love the embroidery kits they are going to be a HUGE hit!ReplyDelete
Wonderful news on the new job!
Hooray on the job!!!! :)ReplyDelete