Well, I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend. I come from a military family and Memorial Day is a special time of reflection and gratitude for me. My father spend nearly 24 years as a highly respected Cryptologist in the Navy (heck, he even got to help the British government), my sister almost 11 years in the Army (she earned medals for her role in the invasion of Panama), my nephew is currently in the Air Force, both of my uncles were in the Army (82nd and 101st), and my grandfather was in the Army as well. I take this time to be grateful for all of men and women in uniform that have passed and to those currently in service. In addition, I give a big thank you to the spouses and families, for they too sacrifice so that their loved ones can serve their country.
I want to bring special attention to a charity known as the American Widow Project. The American Widow Project has dedicated itself to sharing the stories of the estimated 3,000 military widows of the nearly 6,000 service members who have died since 2001 as well as those that occurred prior. “While the service member’s sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding. The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter………Military Widow to Military Widow.” –http://www.americanwidowproject.org/about/. Please go to their website to learn more and donate if you are able.
Now, on to Monday’s Finding…on Tuesday. This week’s Monday’s Finding is an Etsy vendor that I featured on the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show (slideshow posted at the end of this post), Enchanted Bouquets. Enchanted Bouquets specializes in amazingly beautiful paper bridal and attendant bouquets. When revisiting Amber’s shop over the weekend, I found that she has started making wicked cute ring pillows out of tea cups! I knew I had to share them with you and I greatly appreciate Amber’s willingness for sharing her work on my blog.
FYI: I have sought permission from this vendor to use her photos of her work as Etsy does not allow photos to be clipped. Please do not use this photo for personal gain or copy the design presented. This product is the livelihood, passion, and intellectual property of the artist and to copy these items or to use them for person gain is both highly unethical and in some cases is a violation of copyright law (this means you Urban Outfitters!).
Aren’t they fabulous? I love them and I’m really considering getting one for my own wedding. Oh, and in case you missed it, here is Enchanted Bouquet’s slide show from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show:
Stay tuned later in the day for Tips and Trends Tuesday!