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And, the Winner Is…

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I’m a little late in announcing the winner of Maria Wulf’s awesome notecards, but my web site has been experiencing some difficulties. Now that it’s in working order, I’m happy to announce that Becky Wells is the winner! Next month we will be featuring a guest artist. Until then please check in and visit our web sites:

Pugs & Pics

Picking My Battles

Little House Home Arts

Full Moon Fiber Art

and Bedlam Farm

September Common Thread Give-a-Way

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I’m back from Hawaii and just in time to kick-off a new month of blog writing with the latest edition of The Common Thread Give-a-way. This month’s artist is Maria Wulf who will be giving away four 5 x7 notecards of her sketches. I love looking at these sketches as I see something new each time. Sometimes they seem whimsical, sometimes political, sometimes serious, sometimes playful. To qualify for a chance to win visit Maria’s page, Full Moon Fiber Art,  between now and Wednesday evening and leave a comment. The winner, who will be chosen at random, will be announced on the participating blogs on Thursday morning. And, please don’t forget to visit the rest of us as well:

Bedlam Farm

Picking My Battles

Little House  Home Arts and of course,

Pugs & Pics

Alohas

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In a few hours I head off to one of the most beautiful places in the world, Hana, Maui, Hawaii, for my sixth missions trip with Jonathan Shuttlesworth. A few hours ago, my 18-year-old nephew Christian headed off for Army National Guard bootcamp. The world keeps turning as they say. Last night, I received a text from Christian’s mom saying they would be celebrating at the 99 Restaurant with a send off meal for Christian. Mom and I were on a way into a movie, so when it ended we stopped by the 99 on the slim chance they might still be there. They were—standing outside in a huddle around Christian and his father, my brother Paul, who had stopped by while on the job as a Lebanon Police Officer to give Christian last minute pointers on bootcamp. Paul, in his mid-thirties, had only enlisted last year.

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The scene nearly broke my heart. You see, it shows how much we love that boy! Born to teen parents, he’s our success story. Work and tears and anguish and love poured into him from all of us. When he flew off today he took all of us with him. I didn’t have the chance to go and see him off, another thing that nearly broke my heart. When he registered for kindergarten, a crowd of us showed up complete with video camera. But, when I picked up my cell just now his Momma had sent me a photo of a teary-eyed Christian hugging her. She included me in the circle. He just called my Dad to say he had made it to the waiting point, found the clock tower his Dad had told him about, and my Dad reiterated how well loved he was. “You’re the most loved boy I know,” he said, wishing that he had known that he was that loved growing up. We come from a family of love, but Dad is right—Christian may just be the most well loved of us all. The Jarvis and Gifford clans are big, our hearts bigger and he has grown into a man who carries us all.

They say “Aloha” is used in both greeting and parties. I can’t wait to see my Hawaiian ohana, the family I leave behind each time I return to the mainland, all the friends we have made. It is a wonderful greeting, but right now before I leave I say “Aloha” to our boy-turned-man. It will be a long four months, kiddo, but don’t think for a minute you left us behind. Aloha is better than goodbye because we’ll say it when we see you again real soon!

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Winner Common Thread Give-a-way

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And, the winner of Karen Heenan’s lovely lion is Barbara! It seems this little guy was very popular so Karen has offered a 10% discount for those wishing to purchase it through her Etsy shop. The code to receive the discount is THANKYOU.

And, thanks to Karen for being our guest artist. Tune in next month for another give-a-way. Be sure to check out everyone’s blog:

Picking My Battles

Little House Home Arts

Full Moon Fiber Arts

Bedlam Farm

Pugs & Pics

July Common Thread Give-a-way

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We’re late, we’re late for a very important date! It’s that time again, time for the monthly Common Thread Give-a-way, but we’re a wee bit late because one of our participating artists, Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm, recently had heart surgery. But in spite of having to postpone, we have a wonderful guest artist, Karen Heenan of Sewing by the Seat of Her Pants, who is giving away this adorable felted lion. Karen makes wonderful creations from stuffed animals and kids clothes to bags and scarves out of recycled materials. She says that the felted lion shown above is one one of her more recent creations that has done well at craft fairs. Karen’s other work may be seen at her blog, Sewing by the Seat of Her Pants and at her Etsy shop. To qualify for a chance to win Karen’s felted lion just leave a comment on her blog between now and Wednesday and a winner will be announced on Thursday.

And, please don’t forget to check out the sites of the other participating artists:

Maria Wulf

Jon Katz

Rachel Barlow

Jane McMillen

and me!