Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

How we should observe Memorial Day

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:

*by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

*by visiting memorials.

*by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

*by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).

*by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true     meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.

*by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. After the Civil war many people in the North and South decorated graves of fallen soldiers with flowers.

In the Spring of 1866, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, suggested that the patriots who had died in the Civil War should be honored by decorating their graves. General John B. Murray, Seneca County Clerk, embraced the idea and a committee was formed to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople made wreaths, crosses and bouquets for each veteran's grave. The village was decorated with flags at half mast. On May 5 of that year, a processional was held to the town's cemeteries, led by veterans. The town observed this day of remembrance on May 5 of the following year as well.

Decoration Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed officially on May 30, 1868. The South did not observe Decoration Day, preferring to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day, and soldiers who had died in other wars were also honored.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.
Today, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season in the United States. Memorial Day Weekend is a three-day holiday that is typified by the first family picnics and barbecues of the year. The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is still a time to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise. It also is a time for families to get together for ball games, swimming, and other early summer activities.

I found all of this information browsing around the internet and thought I would share it for everyone to read...
A time to be thankful and remember why we celebrate.  I wish everyone a happy memorial day and I hope you stop and remember and say alittle prayer.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I asked fans of Tolduso on my facebook fan  page to leave a comment with there shop links if they offer free shipping this weekend and I will add them in my weekend blog and share there shop links for the weekend on my fan page..
What a great response....Everyone loves alittle Free Advertising.. :) 
and I must say I am including myself in the FREE SHIPPING and also I am Advertising myself as well..
(Do you blame me) 

I hope you take the time to visit the shops and look around...Maybe pick up a few items along your journey and help support Handmade Artists around the World.
Also I am including there facebook fan page and if you just click and fan them that would be sweet..

I am offering FREE SHIPPING this weekend...if you see a material you like on one of my hats and want a visor/scarf made..send me a message and I will see if I have enough to make one..
Tolduso fan page

 They have wall stickers and graphics plus alot more..stop on over and check them out...
Bright Star fan page

FREE SHIPPING....Its a holiday weekend so stop on over and look around while them burgers are cooking on the grill....
Nice Rakc fan page

FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $ 20.00
and they also do free delivery and pick up in the New Orleans area.

FREE SHIPPING this weekend...Stop on over

Beautiful jewelry

untill the end of May...They have alittle bit of crochet and bows and hair clips

 this weekend....Gotta love the warm cozy feeling of yarn..
Twysted Yarn fan page

FREE SHIPPING this weekend

FREE SHIPPING all weekend long,  sale is good 5/28-5/31. I will reimburse via PayPal after the sale is completed.  Please type in Free Shipping in the notes to seller section when you order


I hope you all share this on your wall for all of your fans to see...
Let's help each other pass the word and maybe make some sales along the way...

Happy Sales everyone

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shout Outs...

I have been doing alot of Link Love since last Friday and I have come across some amazing shops and crafters...I don't link love as much as I should and I had gotten way behind...So I took the weekend and everytime I sat down I just went to town and came across so many items and talent.....oh and got caught up..

I do shout outs every now and then and I just wanna give a quick shout out today...and I will share more later down the road......Please don't pay attention to all my spelling mistakes.....I know there is a spell check but I don't wanna mess with it.... :) ok...

First up is Blue Calla

Oh my goodness her bags are so unique and colorful...I hope you stop over and visit...I have my eye on her and will be making a purchase real soon.  The bright bold fabrics she uses are to fantastic.  She has added new clutches to her shop as well...

Another shout out goes to Beanz Beads

Can you say Beautiful with a capital B...Stop on over and visit her shop..very unique beads and looks on her jewelry.  fantastic work...

My Mothers Garden is my next shout out and a great place to visit this time of year...I stopped over and fell in love with all the great unique items they have....Talk about making your garden pop on
your block...everyone will be slowing down to take a peek... 

My last shout out for this blog goes to Chrissys Creations

She is just opened her shop in March...I hope you stop on over and check out her items..
Very cute unique things in her shop as well..

I hope you all enjoyed the shout outs and find something that jumps out at you...
Let's support Handmade and the artist behind the crafts..

Have a great rest of the week and be safe.

Happy Sales

Monday, May 24, 2010

Easy Chili

This is the way I make my chili...It is fast and easy, just like chili should be...I know it is hot outside but chili in our house is anytime all the time...

I fry my hamburger or Turkey meat depends on my budget that week.  (ha)  cut up and onion and red bell pepper and jalopenos.  (we love hot food so the hotter in our house the better) 

I buy 2 big cans of Red Gold Tomato Juice and dump them in my crockpot.  We do not use tomatoes because my husband does not like them so tomato juice works for us....I then add a can of hot chili beans to the crockpost as well....

Hamburger gets drained and I do rinse it off with water..(it takes more of the grease off)  then I add cinnamon and 3 packs of hot chili powder to the hamburger..usually the kroger brand...I mix it all up then add it to the crockpot and it cooks on low all day till we are ready to eat it all up...

...throw your pans in the dishwasher and go sew, crochet, paint, clean, or nap.. :)  its all good...

Just thought I would share my way of makin chili....

Note...All pictures came from photobucket...these are not mine...tho I do have this crockpot and I do use those chili beans...:)   ha....

Friday, May 21, 2010


I am having FREE SHIPPING this weekend to all
U.S. and CANADA residents...

Spread the word and stop over and shop at!!! 


Trying to clean up the shop for new hats...

Also remember every hat sold now untill June 1st I will donate
$2.00 to the Micheal J. Kidd Memorial Fund...

Lets help his family out in there time of need...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

You just never know

We had a death in are family last night. I got the call when I came in from work.

Mona  was my grandma's cousin and a very funny woman who brought smiles to us at the holidays and cookouts. 
This picture is of her and her husband Jesse. Over 1 year ago at my grandmas 80th birthday party.
They have been married for over 50 years and have one son together.
She has been sick on and off for many years. 
A very talented woman who loved to crochet and make things with her hands untill the arthritis got ahold of her and she could no longer use her hands any longer....It slowely took over her whole body...Then she had other complications...
Another chair will be empty on cookouts and holiday events. Another laugh will not be heard...
I have noticed at the holidays the table gets bigger

We never know how long we have.... 
We never know how much pain someone is in.... 
We never know how many lives we touch.... 
 We never know what are last thought will be...
We never know when its the last time to see someone.... 
We never know what are last words will be...
So many things we just will never know.... 

Tears will be shed and life's will change.  A family has lost a Mother, a Wife, a Grandma and a Friend.
Life stops for no one and the world keeps moving on. 
Continue to smile and count your daily blessings. 
and help others find theirs.. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Word of Thanks

I won this beautiful artwork from The Hillbilly Housewife
go visit her Etsy shop and you will need to pick your mouth up off the ground.

What a great talent this artist has.  She is blessed with super creative hands and an imagination we all need.
Her blog is also beautiful and very insperational....

 I gave her a Kreativ Blogger award awhile back and she had to tell us  7
things we did not know about her.  Everyone of the 7 stories were just amazing...
but number 7 she wrote this......

"I have done so many things in my life that I've learned from. I've been places that I'll never forget. Things have happened that have molded me, some good, but a whole lot of bad that I keep tucked in the back of my head for only a small handful of people to catch a glimpse of. Frankly, what it all boils down to is my faith. Nothing happens that God doesn't allow to happen. The most important thing I've ever done is to put my faith in Jesus, and really nothing else matters much. It's all neat, or interesting (or maybe not so much); but 100 yrs from now, no one will know who I even am. But, I know where I'll be!"

Beautiful words, written by a beautiful and creative artist. 
I hope you all stop over and visit her etsy shop and follow her blog.
She has been growing herbs and her work station is pretty is her life..

I hope your catnip grows my

I want to thank you so much for giving me a piece of your artwork to hang in my home. 
May your years be blessed...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Beauty makes the world Calm

We have lived in our home for 6 years now and have lots of places to grow things.
I bought this rose bush for $3.00 at a Big Lots located in are area when we moved in.
It has given me beautiful roses every year.  And the smell is amazing.  I think if you stare at it you will go off into a far away quiet zen world...(untill the loud truck goes bye and shifts gears to the next stop sign)

A few of my flowers I have dug up a start from my great-grandmas house and love when they bloom.  It reminds me of what a great person she was and how everyone would gather around to see her and listen to all of her wonderful stories.  (she passed away at 95) about 7 years ago now.

This beautee is almost ready to show us its love.  I will update a picture on my next blog to show you all what it looks like in full bloom...Amazing creatures should I call these beautiful living plants.  God has givin us beauty in so many ways and today I am seeing and sharing the beautee in my flower gardens.

  This little garden I started in an old wheel barrel...I need to pick the now gone tulips below..but this time next year those plants shall be flowing over the side..(I hope)

I do know that these are called Hens and Chicks....and they multiply pretty fast as well...Pretty cool when you get the tall one that is the male and thats how they fertilize (i guess)  lol

I dug some of these up and placed them in a few pots and sat them in the front of my house...I am thinkn they might be called poppies...(but not 100% sure on that) 
They are gonna bloom here in the next few days as well..I cant wait..

I hope to see my flower gardens grow and grow thru the years...they are calming to me.
  I love to enjoy the new blooms and the fragrance in the air when my roses open. 

I hope to have inspired you to plant flowers and make a small flower garden for yourself.

Maybe a thought would be to
Plant a beatiful tree, flower or memory of someone special and when it blooms every know why..
and maybe just maybe you will smile (even if it is small)