Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July 4th & a little Family History

Happy July 4th!

Here's a little bit of family history from me...
My grandfather (6 generations ago)
came to America from Hesse, Germany
to help fight the revolutionary war
with the promise that land would be given him.
That agreed with him, and he left his country
to come help fight a war in America.
And as promised, 
land was given to him.
Over the last 6 generations,
some of that land has been pieced up and sold,
but I'm proud to say that my family
still lives on some of that land.
Land that has never been owned by anyone else.
Isn't that kind of cool?

Enough about that.
I've made some projects for you today!

First, a cook-out apron card.
I hope all my American friends visiting my blog today
have great plans for the weekend with your
family and friends.
Maybe a cookout?
Maybe some fireworks?

For my apron shaped card,
I used the Silhouette file ID# 59765


Solid papers from Bazzill
Pattern papers from Doodlebug Designs "Star & Stripes"
Craftin Desert Divas "Celebrate Freedom" for sentiment

For my 2nd project,
an adorable little Patriotic darling.
She appears to be waiting on the parade
to pass by.

  • Silhouette ID# 61905 (print n cut little girl)
  • My Creative Time stitched grass
  • Silhouette ID# 53494 (Lori Whitlock nested labels)
  • Timeless Twine "Firecracker"
  • Foam squares to adhere little girl (Royal Castle Shoppe)
  • Buttons from stash
  • Papers from Stampin' Up, Doodlebug "Stars & Stripes," and Doodlebug "Take Note"
  • Craftin Desert Divas "Say it Big" for sentiment
Allsorts - Summer Girls
Fusion - color ch (see below)
Cupcake Inspiration - Celebrate
Creative Cutting Ch - 4th of July
Craftin Desert Divas - red, white, and blue
Shopping our Stash - red, white, and blue
Creative Moments - anything goes with optional twist celebration
Little Red Wagon - summer
Moving Along with the Times - girls on projects


For my 3rd and last project....

  • Silhouette ID# 62408 (Lori Whitlock file)
  • Timeless Twine "Firecracker"
  • Craftin Desert Divas "Celebrate Freedom" stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

We have a very busy weekend planned.
Tuesday was my birthday, so we are celebrating
all weekend long!
Here are some of the activities have planned:
Tom's running a 4 mile race
Drive-in double feature
Peach Festival
Lego Store
Out to eat
and.... and.... and....
I'm getting worn out just thinking of it all, but
it's going to be so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to.

See you tomorrow.
:) Janis

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  1. All of these are so cute! I especially love the little girl card :-) Happy 4th!

  2. Cute projects!! Happy 4th of July to you and your family

  3. Such cute projects Janis! Love the story about your family land. About how much land do you think he was given? Just curious. Oh, and where do you live that still has a drive-in movie!?! Love that!

  4. All 3 projects are tooooo cute my friend. Hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Holiday.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  5. Fabulous projects.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  6. Janis, Love your Patriotic Projects and enjoyed hearing some of your family history. My Dad's family came from Germany. Who knows maybe were Cousins. :0)
    Happy Fourth of July!!!

  7. Oh wow, all of these projects are amazing. Love all the details on the patriotic darling card. Thanks for sharing at Little Red Wagon.

  8. How cool that you know that family history Janis and that you still live on some of the land that was given to your grandfather!!! I love that! Your cards are just the cutest too! Hugs, Brenda

  9. It's so cool your family has kept some of the land for so long. And that your grandfather sometime back volunteered to fight our war! I recently found out I'm a descendent of Pocahontas. Isn't Ancestry great? Anyway, great projects, all of them! Love the apron card and the parade goer card. Thanks for sharing at Cupcake Inspirations! Come play again soon. Nance, DT

  10. All of your projects are amazing, Janis!! I love the designs of each one!! And your family history is so awesome!! How cool that the land has been in your family for generations - and that no one has ever owned it before!! Love that!! Thanks so much for playing along at Craftin Desert Divas my friend!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. Beautiful projects. Thanks for joining us at Creative Moments! :)

    Petya DT

  12. Great projects! All of them so cute and patriotic. Great job!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Cutting Challenge and hope to see you back in the fall!
    DT Leader

  13. Great crafty projects all 3, hope you had an enjoyable 4th July, Jx

  14. What fun cards! Thanks for playing along with us at Fusion :)

  15. How very cool that you live on "original" land! And your projects are all great - love the shapes. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  16. Wow you are one busy lady! You've got a wonderful patriotic theme going here. I adore the apron, and your little girl is adorable. I can think of lots of good things for that mason jar too. Whoever gets these is going to be super happy!

  17. Love the layered grass and fun pinwheel ... so very glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  18. Thanks for sharing the story of your family. It's always so fun to hear family stories. My maternal family was also from Germany. Paternal was Norwegian. It's just interesting to imagine how our ancestors lived.