Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Somedays a Girl Just Wants to Have Fun

Old images of your hometown make fun postcards. In this instance the antiqued paper looks more natural, but the white stock makes the image pop. Thanks, Carla. Your postcard was my inspiration.

Following advice is fun too. Do you recycle?

For one heck of a fun way to do your recycling part, hack a sack. Cut off the handles--they can be re-recycled later. As a waterproof belt. A waterproof headband? Never mind. We'll figure it out later. Play around with image positions before using scissors. You know. Manipulate five or six times because you can't un-cut. Yes, I sacrificed a Pier1 Imports bag. It was perfect for a waterproof wrap, what with all the rain we're getting. Not so much in Katy, but one never knows.

It makes for better sides. *wink-wink*

A cute double vision side that made it hard to decide where to place the address labels. A true head scratcher.  You'll never guess which side I chose. One bag down . . . with enough leftovers for a book cover, and a smaller package. The entire bottom will get a make-over. Yes! 

Um . . . Fun is where you find it. One woman's bag is another woman's wrap. No? Groan? Oh, well. Moving on . . .

Try this one on for size. Patty sent me this back in May. I have been trying to make such a fun folded book too. How are some people so clever, and then you have someone like me? 

Bottle Babes! They could'a been Bobbie's Bottle Babes!!! That could have been my bicycle.

It would help if I got such cool adverts. Probably not.

Check out the swim suit. I spend so much time poring over these and my mind still seems incapable of shifting to whatever mode one needs to be in to come up with such visions. This requires a talent I sorely lack. 

The End.

And, like every good writer, she autographed my personal copy. *grin* Thanks for the advance copy, Patty. Please note:  I went to B & N for magazines, thinking the right ones would ignite the spark I surely need in order to make one of my own. It hasn't happened yet, so I thought it wise to share your accomplishments before another day passed. Now watch someone else beat me to it because they have the gene for such things. Another reason for the timely share is this:  Last night my sister sent me the article about our father:  He received the Bronze Star Medal near Cu Chi, Vietnam, and was presented the award for meritorious service in connection with military operations against hostile forces in Vietnam . . . he also "holds the Army Commendation Medal."

The army sent a photo to our his hometown newspaper, The Jasper Newsboy, of my father shaking hands with some higher up as he was presented the awards, to be published so the town could see what an outstanding soldier he was. Hey daddy had the most beautiful smile. I know because I saw his personal copy of the photograph that appeared in The Stars and Stripes. 

Daddy told Mama the major would contact her regarding a ceremony and photo session. We planned to buy as many copies of the paper as we could afford, we were so proud. He'd led his men into battle, carried out his mission without losing a single man under his command, routed the enemy and captured an important position. The paper never contacted Mama. The mayor never called or wrote to her. The story was never published. 

"The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army after December 6, 1941, distinguished themselves by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service." wikipedia

"The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
Whenever the medal is awarded by the Army and Air Force for acts of valor in combat, the "V" Device is authorized for wear on the medal and whenever the medal is awarded by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for acts of valor or meritorious service in combat, the Combat "V" is authorized for wear on the medal.
Officers from the other Uniformed Services of the United States are eligible to receive this award, as are foreign soldiers who have served with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.[1][2]" wikipedia


  1. Wow what a post ....sorry the mayor never contacted you all and the story was never published . I bet your dad was kind of upset when your mama told him they never did any of that ,shame on them . I love the bottle babes cute name . take care and stay safe .

  2. Thanks Catherine. It still hurts especially because he died from cancer caused by Agent Orange.

    Patty is always sharing with or teaching me such new things. :) My scissors skills need a lot of work though.

    Be well.

  3. Your Dad is a hero. If he were still with us, I'd shake his hand and thank him for his service. I know you are very proud of him. Shame on those who let his story drop out of sight.

    I like your recycled bag. I had to chuckle when I saw it as I have a bag I'm recycling. You'll see... :)

    Love the bottle babes! Patti is teaching us all new tricks. I need to try making some of those too.

    1. Thank you, Anna. I've read your words over and over--they are like salve. I still ache for my father.

      I mailed that bag package today and the clerk laughed and called it cute. :) I like your "You'll see."

      Patty has a finger on the pulse of mail artists, doesn't she? I have files full of new things to try while doing what I know best. There's never a boring day. May we both be successful with the stamp people AND the bottle babes, eh? :)