Skip to main content

The Day before Veteran's Day in Arizona

I waited to post this so it would be close to Veteran's Day.

If you indulge me a little I have a story for you, going back in history!



Jack had a HOT T-bird we loved to ride in.   Jack's best friend was a guy named Eddie and they were in high school classes together.    Jack took me for rides in his car and we were friends.   Time passed, the guys graduated and as some of you may remember there was a thing called the DRAFT.   All guys were to go and sign up for the military.   Jack and Eddie did so, together passed the physicals and chose which branch they preferred.   Jack went to the Marines and Eddie decided he wanted the Navy because Vietnam was raging and he did not want to wind up in Vietnam on the ground.   Long story short, Eddie was able to stay home and go to college after all.

It's a good thing because I later met Eddie at a local dance hangout (yes so corny) and that's all she wrote!   That time in America was good in many ways but also filled with turmoil, the younger generation had many new ideas and one was NO WAR.   The nightly news was filled with horrible things about Vietnam, so many lost lives and so many protests were held at home.   We felt sad and disliked what the war was doing to our country.   Vietnam was a world away, it wasn't real for so many people.   It was a 'downer'.



For some people it was VERY real.  Also a sad chapter for us all.  We later found that Jack who celebrated his 20th birthday on December 11 was killed in action on December 31.   Ringing in the New Year was not going to be celebrated by him.      We still think of Jack and have visited the Wall which may be one of the most moving events we have experienced.   Eddie stays in touch with Jack's family to this day.   I made this cigar box collage for Eddie.   Semper Fi Jack.


I used AlteredPages Military collage images and added images of the era.  The crepe paper is on our website.



Twitter at @leslierahye | Facebook at leslierahye.| YouTube at leslierahye | Pinterest at leslierahye



Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)



Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.


Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.



With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 



Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.





Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…