Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Land of The Free Because of The Brave Veteran’s Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and the 
Land of The Free Because of The Brave 
Veteran’s Day Blog Hop
  1.  KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity 
  2.   Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly 
  3.    Deb at Tidbit’s Place
  4. Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs
  5. Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping
  6. Diane at Crafting This Moment
  7.   Judy at Be Present Be Real
  8. Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table
  9. Deb at If It’s Groovy
  10. Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista
  11. Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings
  12. Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner
  13. Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries
  14. Rachel at Suburban Crafter
  15. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping
  16. YOU Are Here!     Becky at  Sew in Stitches 
  17. Rebecca at Creations With Becca
  18. Bobbi Jo at Sweet Sassy  Diva
  19. Angie at Gypsy  Paperie
  20. Linda at The Tulip Collector
Edit to let you know that 17. Rebecca and 18. Bobbi Jo had some sort of misfires so you can skip their blogs and still WIN!!

But their blogs are still cool to read!!!

Hope y'all are having fun!
We all hope you will have a chance to read the stories we share of friends, family and others who served our country in times of war and times of peace.
Check each blog in the list and read of the courage, love, bravery and people.

There are some awesome bloggie gifts around too!  
More on that in a bit.

My BillHubby is sort of obsessed with all things World War II. 
His Dad served proudly, as did mine.

Imagine our delight upon finding a treasure trove of WWII history in an old box that belonged to my Great Uncle!

My Maternal Grand Daddy, his younger brother and their brother-in-law all served in the Navy during WWII.  Grand Daddy was the Naval Post Master in Morocco!  I wish he has lived long enough to answer all the questions I have had.  Seems like such an exotic assignment doesn't it?

But not nearly as exotic were the assignments served by my Great Uncle Sam (really, Uncle Sam!) and Great Uncle Henry.
Both were stationed aboard ships in the South Pacific.
Uncle Sam was a Torpedo man and Uncle Henry was a Machinist.

When Uncle Henry returned to his North Carolina home the Navy sent his belongings along in a wooden box.  I have that wooden box!

In it we found pictures, stationery, and some communications that we believe maybe should have been destroyed!  
Here's a newspaper - December 11, 1943
 Here's  the cutest cocktail napkin!
 Souveniers from Hawaii
A Naval Training sheet on Japanese words the sailor might need.
I am proud to be related to so many brave folk who fought for all of our freedoms!
Thank you one and all.

Now for bloggie fun and giveaways.

There are two big Blog Hop Big Prizes!

The rules for entering are the same for both prizes: 
Hop along our path and leave a comment AND a way to contact you on each and every stop. 

Please leave contact information in a safe manner 
(i.e. written out like beckysews [at]hotmail [dot] com)

On Friday, November 12, KarelJ will use to first select a blog number (1-20) and then a comment number from that blog for each prize. 

She will post the winner’s name on her blog and notify the bloggers, so they can also post the winner. KarelJ will contact the winner, using the information left in the comment. 

If there is no information available, she will choose another winner from the same blog
It is up to the winner to contact KarelJ at ksjennings(at)gmail(dot)com. 
If she has not been contacted by Monday, November 15, another winner will be chosen. 

Our first prize is a wonderful Pink Scrap’Ntote to store your Cricut Cartridges in! It comes to us from Marlo, at ContainYaCrafts. You can see the wonderful way this binder system keeps all your carts together, and ready to go in a flash on this link: They are simply flying out of stock! We got one of the final donations for the year, and are so grateful to Marlo! 

Our second terrific prize is a set of Spellbinders Nesties in the Crown Circle Shape. It comes to us via the generosity of Anne, whose family has an incredibly strong military heritage. You can read more about Anne and her husband on Linda and Gina’s Blogs. You can also check out paper Patch Crafts here, to see what other incredible things Anne has to sell!

And I am offering your choice of a full or half apron made from these darling red, white and blue fabrics!   Sort of reminds me of the Poppies the Veterans sell today! There will be more goodies tossed in too!

Simply leave a comment here.

I'll use to pick a winner on Friday too.

And please take time today to Thank a Veteran.

Now go, shoo, Blog Hop already!


  1. What a treasure you found in that wooden box! You are so lucky to have it. I'd love to win your blog candy--I wear aprons all the time, mostly 'cause I'm too big for bibs! Thanks for being part of the hop!

  2. I'm going sound like I'm mimicing what Karel haid. You are so lucky to have found those family treasures in that wooden box. I love the fabrics for the aprons. Neat idea.

  3. such a wonderful story... Wonderful treasures... I would love an apron... Pick Me...
    Have a wonderful day today honoring your family...

  4. I love your story and the memorabilia that you found. Such treasures!

  5. I'm so impressed! My Veteran, my DH, is currently retired from the Air Force, but he is and always will be my hero. He spent many months away from home serving our country. Thank you so much for recognizing these self-less individuals! TFS the memorabilia!

  6. Wonderful post and great giveaway! Thanks for joining us on the hop!

  7. A great giveaway and post!! Thanks for sharing your story!!

  8. Ditto...No for real. You are blessed to have found and still have such treasures. I don't have a lot from my Dad. Mom has a few things but not much. I do hope I win your prize. I would wear the apron with pride. TFS.

    Blog Hop Sista

  9. Such a GREAT story!!! I want to thank everyone that fight for our freedom in this country!!


  10. Thank you for great is it to find these things!


  11. wonderful memories, thanks for sharing

  12. Thank you for sharing your story. Those artifacts are amazing. My father in law has some similar ones from the time he served. Thank you for participating in this very important blog hop today. I thank veterans each day for the personal freedoms they've insured for me.

  13. I love all of your treasures and stories!! What a priceless piece of your family history you possess!I also love the fabrics for the apron!! Thanks
    Tammy (A Proud Military Wife)
    otrbanks at earthlink dot net

  14. All the pictures and stories on this blog hop
    are just wonderful......
    Thank you for acknowledging and honoring
    our veterans. They are a brave troupe.


  15. WOW! Those are great, you are really lucky you found them and can keep the history going. TFS

  16. Oh my goodness! I love WWII history as well and what an amazing thing to have. I love seeing all the late 30's ealy 40's memorabilia. Lucky girl to have your own little treasure trove!! Thanks for sharing the pics and stories!!


  17. an apron? how fabulous! What a tresure trove you have in all your familiy's memorabilia

  18. What a treasure that box was.... you are lucky...

  19. What a treasure!! Great post!!

  20. Great artifacts and memorabilia!

  21. How bless you were to have found such a wonderful treasuer. Thanks for sharing.

  22. How wonderful that you shared your memorabilia from your family. Thank you for a chance to win your apron.
    Cherylann (prinkles)

  23. What I would not give to be able to go through my grandmother's attic now that I have an appreciation for family history. She had so much stuff stored up there including hundreds of old photos, some in photo albums but most not, military service medals, mementos and more. I don't know what happened to the stuff when she passed away which is so sad, but so happy that you had the foresight to save these wonderful treasures!!

  24. Oh how lucky you are. I wished I had an opportunity like that

    Burffrau @ aol dot com

  25. some great tresures! My sister would be so happy to find something like that, she has done so much research on the family going back many many years. Thanks for sharing.

  26. What a treasure, Thank you for sharing.

  27. So glad you were able to get these treasures.
    I'm a new follower.
    stuff at gt dot rr dot com

  28. Wonderful story and the treasures are a real treat!
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  29. wow great stuff you are so lucky to have such special keepsakes

  30. love blog hops.. thanks for sharing..

  31. It's so cool that you have all these pieces of history!

  32. My Dad was in the Navy also. Thanks for sharing your treasures.

  33. Thank you so much for sharing your treasures. I loved looking at them! Amazing, such memories!

  34. Wow what great stuff to have. TFS
    NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

  35. All of the pictures and the stories are nice to see. Thank you for sharing.


    tleigenheer at yahoo dot com

  36. Thanks for sharing your story with us. It's really interesting to see things that were kept by your Uncle.
    lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

  37. thank you so much for participating in this blog hop it has been very inspiring.

    esigmon at cox dot net

  38. im so loving all the wonderful posts!! great hop


  39. I will tell for sure! You are a lucky girl to have such amazing treasures, and we are the lucky ones too for you sharing this with us! TFS! I appreciate each and every one of our military from each time frame and know that because of their time spent we are living more peacefully in our beautiful USA!

    HPV, Groovy Deb♥

  40. What great memoribellia to find! My husband and I would love that sort of thing too! Your apron fabric is such a good choice. I like that it memics the Poppies veterans sell. I was not out today, so I didn't get one this year.

  41. I just love the historical documents -- what a connection. Thank for you for sharing with us.

  42. Great memories. Thank you for doing this and for the opportunity to win.

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

  43. such treasures!
    wonderful! I'm so honored to be part of this blog hop! i see that you say to skip my blog and that my address is wrong. it should be:

  44. I love all the little Souveneirs that you have found from the military!
    When my Mom was in the Marine's she was in Communications, and had to do "Burn Runs" of Top Secret Information. She said it was very stressful. Although I am sure not as stressful as anyone on the front lines!
    Thanks for sharing your stories, and for the opportunity to win an apron! I do believe, if I win I will let my mom choose an apron. She is after all the Veteran! :)

    Thanks for hopping along with us!
    GRKIDDO at

  45. Love the post! The fabric is beautiful! I really want to win after seeing that!


  46. How exciting to read history first hand!

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  47. such a wonderful story you have to tell. Thank you!


  48. Having found some family treasures myself, I understand how amazing it is to have them. I loved seeing the ones you shared with us and reading about your family. Thanks for sharing! You have a wonderful blog!

  49. Thanks for sharing.

    cureta2 at yahoo dot com

  50. How lucky to have such wonderful momentos! Love the apron, too!

  51. What wonderful treasures to find. Thanks for sharing.

    vwilson577 at

  52. I would love full apron made from these darling red, white and blue fabrics. And I kiss a VET today LOL my husband is a VET haha. Thanks for doing this Blog Hop. Rebecca Minor buzzybeedesignsATyahooDOTcom

  53. Thank you for sharing your story. Great hop too.

  54. Thank you so much for sharing your story & being a part of the blog hop. Your wooden box definately is a treasure chest. How lucky you are to have it. God Bless all of our veteran's & military personnel for their sacrifices for our countries.


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