Honoring the Fallen

My most vivid memory of the cost of Freedom is trying to count the crosses near the entrance to Clark AFB, Philippines.  Even with Mom driving very, very slowly (you don't speed on a military base), it wasn't possible.  There were too many.  Even if I practiced my multiplication tables instead of counting one-by-one.  Many had succumbed during WWII & in the Bataan Death March which was ancient history in my short life.  But, the Vietnam War was taking place.  The wounded were at the snack bars - planes were flying overhead continuously (or, so it seemed).  I remember going to a mock Viet Cong Village with machine gun demos - trying to pick up the huge spent cartridges.  These are childhood lessons on the price of Freedom that I'll never forget - thanks to those we honor today.  Thank you from the bottom of my Heart.  love, faith.


Patriotic Love Notes - Memorial Day

We have many patriotic holidays in the USA & rightly so - we have a LOT to be grateful for :)  With Memorial Day in mind, I've created some Patriotic sayings for the center of your "Love Notes" Heart Mug Rug.  Here's what a few look like:
 So far, I have one page of Patriotic Message Boxes (12 per page):

God Bless America                       God Bless the USA
Land of the Free                            Home of the Brave
Sweet Land of Liberty                   Let Freedom Ring
Stars & Stripes Forever                 Home, Sweet Home
Thank You for Your Service          Thank You for Your Service
Red, White & Blue                          Red, White & Brew

This is just a start!  If you have some Patriotic favorites you wouldn't mind sharing, please let me know in the comments section - the more, the merrier!  If you'd like to make up a few Love Notes Mug Rugs, download the free Patriotic Message Boxes here:  DTD-Love Notes Extra-Patriotic  Please be sure to let me know what you think & send photo(s)!   With gratitude to those who serve(d) & those who love them, faith.

P.S.  Note that the Patriotic Message Boxes are a "Love Notes" pattern "Extra" designed to be sewn (paper-pieced) into the center of your Heart Mug Rug.  See Love Notes Pattern for complete details on how to use Message Boxes.  Pattern contains 58 Messages & is available for purchase at your favorite local quilt shop (First StitchesStitchers Garden) & also online at:
Craftsy:  Loves Notes Pattern on Craftsy
Etsy:      Loves Notes Pattern on Etsy 


Flowers for Mom

Do you remember picking flowers out of the yard & saying:  "Here Mom - these are for YOU!"  Me, too ....  Happy Mother's Day!  Love, faith.