Friday, November 11, 2011

A Friday Finish


But first, thank you to all of the veterans who have fought for our freedoms.  This summer, I started searching out our family history through and found out that I have had relatives who fought in all of the major wars.  As far back as the revolutionary war.  History is so fascinating to me.  If it weren't for all of the veterans who fought for our country, who knows how we would be living today..

In honor of Veterans Day, I would like to post this picture of my Great Uncle Troy.  This picture, of him with a buddy, was taken in Germany during WWII.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  (he is on the right)

He never talked about the war after he returned home.  When I was in High School, I asked my Dad to talk to him and see if he would tell me about the war.  He agreed, for the first time, to talk about his experiences.  He died of an aneurysm in his sleep, before I  had the chance to meet with him and hear his stories.  I will always be honored that he agreed to share  his experience with me, but sad that I never got the chance to hear. It was so touching at his funeral to see other WWII vets standing all of those years later, in salute at his casket.

Hug a veteran today.  Hug them every day.  xo

In other Friday news, as if this has any importance when compared to honoring veterans, my little  pouch is done.  A Friday finish.  The one I botched up, and had to add trim to hide my obvious mistake.  It didn't turn out too bad, though.  Not sure how I feel about the ruffle and ric-rac.  I mean, I LOVE ric-rac normally, ruffles, eh.. I just don't know if I'm loving the pouch trim.   Sometimes I love it, sometimes I'm indifferent.  I had to put some kind of trim on it though, so I'm okay with how it turned out, and I think I will give it to my mom for Christmas with her gift inside, a watch with her initial.  It'll make a cute gift bag turned useful little bag for makeup or whatever.  I think she will like it. I hope she likes it anyway!


With the watch: (it's okay, she doesn't read my blog)

Not bad for my very first one, I guess. :/  Next time, I'll know what to do differently!


Becky said...

I think it turned out really cute and your Mom is going to love it--and the watch too, of course!

Anonymous said...

I think the purse is really pretty..the ruffle and ric-rac make it very unique. :)

Glad you decided to keep going with the purse, Kelli. It's fabulous!!! The ruffle and ric rac work well. Your Mum will love it... and the watch of course.

sunny said...

It's adorable! Thanks for sharing your story about your uncle. I had an uncle who was a POW in Japan, and he never could talk about it to anyone.

Gayle said...

Thankyou for sharing the story of you uncle, I wished that I had spoken to my father too, but it is too late now. All that history gone forever. I love that little pouch, the green is such a beautiful colour. I am sure your mother will love it and the watch too.

Brenda said...

I think you did great the first time around. The color really pops against the black. I am never usually completely happy with anything I do, sometimes we just need to step back and let it be. If I was your mom and one of my three daughters were giving me this gift with the watch inside I would be smiling from ear to ear. It will tickle her pink. The watch...B is my initial...Love it.

Ellen said...

I think it turned out great - I am glad that you finished it. I am pretty sure your Mom is going to love it!

Anonymous said...

Kelli your mum will love it ,it is beautiful,well done

hafza said...

Your pouch looks lovely...I love the ruffles with the ric-rac, i'm sure your mum will love it!!

Love the ruffles and ric rac and it's a lovely idea to give a present inside a present!

Bev C said...

Hello Kelli,

There were so many brave people in the wars.Lucky you to have a photo and find some family history. Your Mum will love the pouch.

Happy days.

That is such a great picture! You are giving yourself a hard time for no reason, I think your pouch looks really cute and it will make a great present :)

Personally I LOVE the ruffle. ruffles on most things! xo B

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