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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Craft to celebrate our Brave Men & Women


I have been wanting something to hang 
out by the gate or driveway
 for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.


 So with paints in my pocket . . 


An idea on paper . . .


And a stack of pickets . . .
I headed out to Steve's Work Shop. 


I started to make it,
and then thought about a friend of ours,
that has a son graduating from
Marine Boot Camp this month . . .
back to Home Depot for more pickets :) 


 It's just as easy to make two.
I hope she likes it.

Here I'm waiting for the paint to dry 
 so I can go in and tweak it a little bit 
and then drill holes
and put in wire for hanging.

 Finished . . .

Remembering those 
Brave Men & Women
that defend our Freedom!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)


56 comments:

  1. Those pickets make a great flag Connie ... great idea! I've also seen a wooden pallet painted up like a flag. Enjoy your week!
    Wendy

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    1. Hi Wendy, I was actually thinking about using a wooden pallet until I saw this idea at a nursery in Oregon. Theirs was just painted like a flag, no words, but I wanted mine to honor our service men and women. It was a fun afternoon project:)

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  2. What a great idea! I'm sure your friend will love hers too. xx

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    1. Hi Liz, I gave it to her last night and yes her did love it. Her son is graduating Marine Boot Camp on Memorial Day weekend.

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  3. Oh my gosh Connie! this is super cute. I love the idea of using the pickets. It has so much character! I am pinning this and if I ever get my dream porch, I will make one to hang on it for the Memorial Day and the 4th of July! I love the 4th...it's one of my favorite holidays. Hope your week is going well. Keep crafting sweet friend!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, I am delighted that you like it and that you are inspired to make one. I have another project that I want to get done with a patriotic theme using old baseballs. Hopefully I will have time in the next week or two to get it done and posted, too :)

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  4. What a great idea and project, Connie! It turned out great! I'm sure your friend (and her son) will love it.

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank you! I gave it to her last night and yes, she did love it:)

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  5. Awesome project. I've been wanting to do something similar with 5 gallon paint sticks.

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  6. Wow, you did a great job and I'm inspired! Next time I see some extra pickets, I might grab them. SCORE.. I just called my husband who was out running errands and he says we have some leftover from our picket fence! So, I might just be using your idea, if that's okay? And I want to mount it on the side of our barn. I'm going to put your blog on my blog list. I think we have a lot in common. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Hi Teresa, I would be honored on both counts . . . making this project for your barn and adding me to your blog list. You are so sweet . . . I'm happy that you had some picket already on hand, very cool:)

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  7. That is great thing to do and you did a great job...

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  8. Connie! Your place looks so great... what a nice picture and proof of all that hard work!

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    1. Patricia, we have put a lot of work into our place, but everything has just made us love it more and more. Our little bit of country living has been so good for us, we count our blessing each and every day:)

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    1. Good Morning Cindy, thank you so much :)

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  10. A brilliant idea and a fitting salute to the brave men and women who serve.

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    1. Hi Pam, we owe so much to them. I just wanted to do something to honor them and remind people of the great cost of freedom.

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  11. Really great sign, Connie! I love red white and blue! Pickets are so useful and thoughtful of you to make one for your friends!

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  12. I love that it's made of pickets! Very creative.

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    1. Thank you, I wish that I could take the credit for making them of pickets, but I saw one made this way, on my trip to Oregon a few weeks ago. I just had to come home and use the picket idea to create mine :)

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  13. Connie, I LUV your fence post flag... Awesome!

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  14. That is a nice idea! Love it! Hope you keep it up all year long!

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    1. I am delighted that you like it that much . . . hope it helps people remember the cost of freedom :)

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  15. Such a nice gift for your friends son, and a great addition to your fence, as well!!

    Smiles :)
    ~K.

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  16. Hi Connie! Wonderful!! I love your sign and what it stands for. I am sure your neighbor will love it too. I told Bob I wanted him to make us one. LOL He said it wouldn't go with our fence. I think it would go just fine. It looks really nice on your fence and your cozy little place. We have a son making a career in the navy. Enjoy seeing your crafts. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, look it up on Pinterest until Bob sees one that would go with your fence, LOL. Maybe you could put up a flag pole ( or most flags come with a bracket) and fly a flag, he might like that better :)

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  17. What a wonderful afternoon project with such meaning to it! It looks so awesome hanging on your fence, and wonderful that you were able to give one away too! I really like the saying too :)

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    1. Thank you. I have two brothers that made the military there life career and I truly appreciate the price of freedom.

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  18. Connie, I love this so much! I have a fence that this would look good on too. Thank you so much for the inspiration dear lady! I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Sherry, I am delighted that I could inspire you and if you copy this idea, I hope you blog about it. I would love to see yours. :)

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  19. Connie, NOW that is an awesome idea! I love it! I want to make one too.... Hmm.... I'm making a list to give to my hubby! Love it!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Amy

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    1. HI Amy, I am so happy that you like it and want to make your own :)

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  20. Connie
    I bet you'll have a lot of copycats on this project.
    It turned out so nice.

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    1. Thank you so much . . . . I hope that I have inspired many to make them :)

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  21. Such a great idea to use the pickets, Connie! It must look wonderful to those passing by!

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you, I hope so :)

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  22. This is a wonderful idea, and you did a great job!

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  23. Hi Connie,
    It's perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day and 4th of July. There is nothing more I can say than, "I Love It" :)

    PS: Scoot over to my blog and look at that ladder idea I promised you last fall. Better late than never.

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    1. Hi Gloriade, I am so happy that you like it . . . I'm on my way to your blog :)

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  24. What a cool idea, Connie! You have such a great imagination and come up with such simple but effective ideas. This makes a real impact and I am sure everyone passing by would be impressed.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment - I am feeling pretty good now, and am taking advantage of all the opportunities to do nice things before the chemo begins and I start to feel rough again. In the meantime I have started being creative again and made my hubby a birthday card (post before the seaside outing one). Hospital appointment tomorrow morning, and they'll tell me when the chemo is to begin.

    Shoshi

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    1. Hi Shoshi, I can not take credit for this idea, because I saw a flag made from pickets on my trip to Oregon a few weeks ago, but I am very happy that you like it. You are in my prayers, here's hoping for nothing but good news from your doctors :)

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  25. Hi Connie,
    Love your Crafty blog and love this project. Bravo!
    Cheryl at 22 Applegate Lane

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    1. Cheryl, you are an absolute joy . . . thank you so much!

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