Friday, September 27, 2013

Memorable Few Days

As many of you know about 9 weeks ago we sent our 18 year old son off to BMT (Basic Military Training) in San Antonio, Tx.
Last Wednesday we made the journey down to Texas with my parents and 2 of Drew's siblings.

The above picture shows us waiting patiently anxiously for the airman's run which took place at 8 a.m.  

I can't even describe the emotions as these young men and women jogged their 1.5 miles all wearing black P.O.W shirts (shirts were in honor of those who served as P.O.W.'s)

The small flag represents the squadron and flight

Yes, that is Drew.  Spotted his dad but TOTALLY missed the 2.5' x 4' banner the rest of us were holding!!  Guess sometimes it does pay to be tall! 

This was the Coin Ceremony that the Air Force holds.   490 young men and women stood on this pavement to receive their coin.

All Airmen received their coin and then recited the Air Force Creed. 
 Oh, my! Talk about emotional.  Hearing that creed said by 490 men and women and ending in the final words I WILL NOT FAIL!  I do believe we all needed a kleenex.

After 8.5 weeks we "tapped" Drew out of his stance and gave great big hugs!!

Day 2 was Graduation day.  Due to the weather (rain) the parade was cancelled.  We were all disappointed as it is quite the site to see and hear.  Instead, each squadron had their own ceremony underneath the dorms.
Drew is the 3rd guy in.

All but one of the family members and if she could have been there she would have. 
 Thank goodness for text messages and phones with cameras!!

Congratulations Airman Bellairs!  You made it through!
We are very proud of you and all you have accomplished!
We love you!

Lackland AFB holds these graduations EVERY weekend.  Just think about that.  Hundreds of young men and women willing to make a commitment and serve our country.

It has certainly put a new perspective on things for me.  I can not tell you how many people came up to Drew and shook his hand as we were walking around San Antonio.

The next time you see someone in a military uniform please be sure and tell them,  "thank you" for serving our country. 
 If it were not for them and those before them we wouldn't have the freedoms we do today.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Latest from Lori Brechlin

Autumn at Notforgotten Farm is the latest book from Lori Brechlin.

The books is filled with numerous projects including cross stitch, wool appliqué, rug hooking and punch needle.

A great book to add to your collection.

Book retails for $25.95 

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Crates

When we first started in business we looked for anything that was relatively inexpensive to help us out.
We purchased these beautiful, old crates that were longer than 36 inches and a tad on the heavy side.  The crates had the patina that we were looking for and "fit" the look of our shop.

We decided to change our vending style and we were getting tired of carrying the crates around. 
 I roped my husband into making us some new ones for the shop.

The new crates are very light and made specifically to our liking.

9 are made for the hand-dyed wools and when things settle down for us he is going to make some that are just a little bigger for the as-is wools.

Mom and I REALLY appreciate the hard work and time that it took to make these.
Thank you much Dave, you are truly the best!

Mom would say that you are the favorite son-in-law!  
Few people know that you are the "ONLY" son-in-law :)


New Items to the Shop

3 New patterns by Heart to Hand.  

The Jetsetter, 12x30 4 pocket zippered toiletry bag that folds to 12x13.  I'm thinking that this would be perfect for carrying your embroidery, hooking or quilting supplies?
Pattern retails for $8.50

A Rainbow Garden, 64x74 cotton quilt with wool appliqué.  This is a beautiful quilt.  I am going to take 1 block and make a pillow.

Pattern retails for $17.00

Burlap and Blossoms, wool applique on burlap. 
 Pillow sizes are 12x24 and 18x18
Burlap would be fun but I think I might try wool?

Pattern retails for $8.50

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dye Day

3-5 gallon buckets and 2 sinks full of wool waiting to become something new. 

Hitting the pots hard today.

 While I'm waiting its household chores and hooking.

 Home alone ALL day so I hope to be very productive! 

Oh, I may or may not have my music playing really loud. ;)

Here's to a VERY productive day!