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Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Calendar Girls

Welcome to our September Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. It’s absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "September, light the candles of your sweet 16!!"

Our hop begins today with the lovely and super talented Jearise of Lorby's World (http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com). The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness as you won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

In case, you get lost along the way with all the craziness of the holidaze, here's the complete line-up to follow along with the streamers, cards, lay-outs and super creativity of the marvelous Calendar Girls:

September, 2013 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
Classical Music Month ~ Jearise
Fall Hat Month ~
Baby Safety Month ~
Self Improvement Month ~

1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator ~ Lynne
2 Labor Day ~ Janet
2 National Beheading Day ~
3 Happy Birthday Janet Smith ~ Lynne
4 Newspaper Carrier Day
6 Read a Book Day ~ Laura
8 Grandparent's Day ~ Sandy
9 Teddy Bear Day ~ Lynne, Sandy
10 Sewing Machine Day ~ Lynne
11 911 Remembrance ~
11 Make Your Bed Day ~
12 Chocolate Milk Shake Day ~ Edwina
12 National Video Games Day ~ Sandy
13 Blame Someone Else Day ~
13 Defy Superstition Day ~
13 Fortune Cookie Day ~
13 National Peanut Day ~
13 Uncle Sam Day - his image was first used in 1813 ~
14 National Cream-Filled Donut Day ~ Christine
15 Make a Hat Day ~
15 National Women's Friendship Day ~
16 Mayflower Day ~
16 National Play Doh Day ~ Lynne
17 Citizenship Day ~
19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day ~ Sandy
21 International Peace Day ~
21 Oktoberfest ~ Lynne
22 Elephant Appreciation Day ~ Janet
23 Checkers Day ~ Christine
25 National Comic Book Day ~
26 Johnny Appleseed Day ~ Jearise
27 Native American Day ~ Edwina
28 Ask a Stupid Question Day (one of my favorite days) ~
28 National Good Neighbor Day ~
29 Confucius Day - Try your luck. Get a Fortune Cookie ~ Vicky

We are offering some fabulous blog candy to a lucky winners - 
Just comment and give some bloggie love to each of the Calendar Girls. 

For our blog candy, Lynne is offering a personalized mug mat monogrammed with your first initial. Please, don't forget to comment on all blogs along with leaving your email address that we may contact the winner. You get to chose one of the following: fall colors, butterflies, or apples. Shown is the butterfly fabric. 

I know, I haven’t been on for a month and working on my blog. Between my back, doctor visits, physical therapy, and general health – I just haven’t been up to crafting. I did finish quilting my new grandson’s quilt and crocheted an afghan and will be sharing that with you within the next few days. This month, I have been busy though and created a lay-out and 3 cards!!! It felt good to be crafting again and I hope you enjoy my projects along with my little stories . . . .

My first card is for September 1 Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator. Why I chose this occasion is my very first job was for a telephone operator for a Cemetery . . . . it was an old-fashioned trunk line phone which reminds you of Lily Tomlin on Laugh-in (ok, did I show my age??).

  • card was cut 6 x 8.5 inches and folded in half using ivory Recollection cardstock and chalked around edges
  • phones were cut using Cricut Heritage Cartridge
  • background picture from Free Vintage Digital Stamps
  • eyelet border cut using Martha Stewart Eyelet punch
  • pearls and charm from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
  • sentiment, "How have you been? inquiring minds want to know" from Create with TLC 

Now, September 3rd was Janet Smith's birthday - shhhh don't tell her about her card as I don't know if she has received it in the mail yet . . . .
One thing I've always wanted to do was the projects that are shown in the front of the Cricut booklets . . . well, here is my first project doing just that in front of Cricut Art Nouveau Cartridge..

  • card cut 6 x 12 using DCWV Blossom Song cardstock and folded in half
  • Recollections Black and White Paper was cut 4.5 x 5.5 and another piece cut 4.125 x 5.675
  • white Recollections cut at 4 x 4.375 with another piece cut 4.657 x 5.657
  • pink Recollection cut 4.5 x 4.75
  • butterfly cut at 3.5 using Cricut Art Nouveau Cartridge using grey, pink, black and 2 shades of pink Recollections
  • pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
  • ribbons from my stash 
  • sentiment, "Happy Birthday", from Create with TLC 
I decided to combine Teddy Bear Day, September 9th, and National Play Doh Day, September 16th with not only Teddy Bears, Play Doh, and Lily, who loves playing with her Play Doh and her "tools" as she says, making "poop" and then putting in a cage as Grandma taught her when Grandma makes kitties, they go in the cage . . . bad Grandma!!!!

  • background 12 x 12 lay-out DCWV Nana's Kids
  • bears cut using Treasure Box Designs Playing with Dough 
  • scraps for shapes
  • all edges with chalked around the edges
  • and of course pictures of Lily!!!

    September 10th is Sewing Machine Day!!!! One of my first loves, other than my daughter and my grandchildren is sewing!!! I had supported my daughter and I when I had left her dad in 1983 where I did alterations, weddings, upholstery, and draperies not to mention all of Jenny's clothes!!! When Jenny decided she was too old for homemade clothing and after my other daughter passed, I started to quilt. I have taught sewing, machine embroidery, and quilting. When I broke my arm and wrist, I took to paper-piecing as it has a lot of the same qualities of quilting - cutting big pieces into little pieces combining into one project!!!! (at least, that's what my 2nd husband used to tell me!!! LOL!!!)

    • card was cut 6 x 12 inches using DCWV Craft and folded in half
    • background was scraps
    • lace edging was made using Martha Stewart's Eyelet Border Punch
    • bingo card from Tsunami Rose printables
    • sewing machine cut using Cricut Heritage Cartridge
    • buttons and ribbon from button stash
    • all edges with chalked around the edges
    • sewing machine charm from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
    • sentiment, "Sewing mends the soul", from Create with TLC

    My final occasion I chose is September 21st, Oktoberfest. I'm German with my grandfather having had worked for Duquesne Brewery until he retired. Holidays and Occasions always included beer!!! I love German restaurants along with the German food I grew up on - sew, why wouldn't I chose something with my heritage????!!!!!

    • card was made using Make the Cut with a beer mug which I made into a layered card measuring 4.5 x 6-inches when folded in half
    • layers were cut using Recollections card stock
    • frothy foam was cut twice to dimension and then using Cuttlebug for dimension
    • all edges with chalked around the edges
    • sentiment, "Celebrate!!! it's your birthday", from Create with TLC.

    Well, hope you've enjoyed my projects for this month's occasions. Your next stop along the way of the calendar is Sandy. Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on October 12, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

    Thanks for stopping by today. God Bless as I appreciate and love your support and following my blog. Don’t forget to comment!!!!

    Much love, hugs, and friendship



    1. Great projects. The beer mug is so cute.

    2. Thank you for the lovely Birthday Card It is gorgeous!! I love all you projects You truly outdid yourself they are all terrific I love the Lilly layout so cute, great paper choice. Love the foam on the beer mug !!! Hope you are feeling better!
      Extra Big Blog Hugs, Janet

    3. Hi Lynne, I love your cards. They are really great. Love the layout. It is just too cute. Thanks for sharing. That butterfly card for Janet is terrific. Edwina Brown


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