Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day 2015 - When Duty Calls

In time of war, family and sweethearts bid goodbye to so many young men. 

Being a Dominion of Britain, Canada was automatically brought into the war between Britain and Germany, although there was a choice of how deep the involvement would be.

Canadians of British descent widely supported fighting for "the Motherland", and propaganda encouraged young men to sign up.

French Canadians were considerably less enthusiastic, since they did not have the same genealogical and patriotic connections to Britain. When conscription was passed into law by PM Borden, it met with a great deal of resistance from Quebec and other French speaking communities. Resentment which has bubbled up through the political arena to this day.

Saying goodbye to "your boy", your husband, brother or father is gut-wrenching and so many women did so, enduring the uncertainty and fear for their loved ones while battling on the home front. What is Jenny thinking as she bids farewell to Joe?

How am I going to live without you?
Don't get hurt, don't get hurt, I love you, I love you.. 
How can I keep the family going?
How can I earn a living? 
What will become of us?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cleaning up

Our group worked on a little cleaning caddy.
There is a tutorial from Joanne Swanson, with printies and a pattern for a dust pan. She suggests using a restaurant jelly container for the caddy.

Trim the edging, then cut a strip of cardboard a little smaller than the length of the container.
Now, score a vertical line about 2 inches up the strip. Fold the strip over and trim the edges.
Measure how tall you wish the handle to be. (approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inches). Score this measurement on either side of the first fold
Fold along score lines.
 The strip should now look like this.
Glue the middle together.
Trim the tabs so they fit inside the jelly container.
Cut holes for the handle.
File the handle smooth and maybe file the corners.
Glue the cardboard to the jelly container. Gesso and paint. I used Patio paint.

Here is my finished caddy. 
The gloves are cut from paper, painted and podged.