Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Yes, I know I am a week early.  But, in my own defense, I wanted to make a new wall hanging.  Let me explain, a couple of years ago, my son brought home artwork from school.  I went to put it away (I do save them), and he was hurt that I wasn't going to show it off.  Being ingenious, I took a piece of driftwood that had been kicking around, added some ribbon and put up his two pictures.  Voila!  We change it out whenever we feel like it, or see something funky.... Right now, we have some glass globes we made at Corning Museum of Glass.  They will come down for a week or two as we celebrate Memorial Day.

This project highlights my mother.  As you can see, she was a MARINE during World War II.  Yep, my mother was a too many people can say their mom was a Marine, let alone one during WWII.  She passed away in 2008 (on, appropriately, July 4th) and this will be our tribute this year to her service to our fine country.

My son always enjoyed his time with my mother and her stories.  Just an FYI, she was stationed at Camp Lejeune as a swim instructor, as well as working at the base post office.  I used Picasa to put the collage of pictures and Owen, from Sew Many Cards, together.  Then I colored him with my Copics to look a bit like a younger version of my son. I printed out the title of Grandma etal and put that in front of a CTMH sentiment stamped in cocoa.  I tore the edges around the 'journaling box' and clipped it on, over a triple set of ribbons (red, blue and topper of glitzy beige).

This project will be hung in the middle of my 'limb' and some stars will go to the left and right to highlight the collage.  It makes for a big piece of artwork for a small amount of money on a wall where for the last few years we had our entertainment center.

I have entered this project at Sew Many Challenges #15.  Owen is the last of the military digis celebrating Memorial Day over there!  Please stop over and see them, pick up Owen and leave them some love!!


~Jeri~ said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!! Totally awesome April!! How great that you have those pictures! You done an amazing job with this and Owen looks so cute!! Stunning work my friend!

Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges this week!

Rose said...

What a fabulous project and tribute! Beautifully done! Have a wonderful weekend!


Adrina said...

This is just stunning!!!
Beautiful project.
Thanks for joining SEW MANY this week.
Adrina XX said...

WOWSA!!!! Amazing job!!! Something to treasure forever!! Thanks for sharing with us at SMC!

carol said...

what a gorgeous tribute to your must be so proud of her, love ehat you hae done, thanks for playing along with SMC x carol

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

April, this is a gorgeous project! And the story behind it is awesome! Your mom was an amazing woman! Thanks for sharing!!!

And thank you for participating in Sew Many Challenges this week!

Cheri said...

Great job. Thanks for joining us this week at Sew Many Challenges!

Anita said...

Oooh, what a lovely tribute. Thanks for playing along with us at Sew Many Challenges. Hugs, Anita

paulssandy said...

WOW, your mother was a strong women. What a nice memorial page you made. The SMC imge looks so nice on it.

Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Sew Many Cards Challenge.