I debated whether to post this, but here I am. Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of my Dad's passing. He passed away last year very suddenly. I had a really wise friend tell me "there is no time line on grieving" She was right, it has been a long year and difficult to get over. I wanted to take a moment to remember my Dad.
He gave me a great work ethic, he worked hard his whole life.
He gave me thousands of freckles, a sign of perfection he would say.
He made me an ice cream addict!
He instilled such family heritage in me~
He loved to take pictures of the strangest things.
He took me to the Kentucky State Fair
He let me go to work with him on breaks. I answered the phone, took supplies from the supply closet and ate at my favorite restaurant.
Today was the last day for me to put the finishing touches on the hat on made for Lori Oles at www.vintageflair.typepad.com She is such a talent I wanted to make sure mine was up to par. I really got inspiration from a top hat that Sandra Everston did. So off I went. I purchased a top hat from our local party store. It was a felt hat and I was not sure I was going to get anything to stick. I cut old sheet music and adhered it to the hat with mod podge and glue and finished the edges with ribbon and a hot glue gun. On Friday May 2nd we will be having a Derby party here. I will have a link to all the blogs who participated in the Derby Hat Swap. Kari and Kijsa from www.kariandkijsa.blogspot.com (two fab gals who live in Kentucky) will judge the hats. They will pick a win place and show for the best hats, and those winners will get prizes from my new online shop www.honeybendvintage.com I will also be having a giveaway for anyone who leaves a comment on Friday May 2nd. I will announce the winner of the hats Saturday May 3rd and the comment winner will be announced Monday May 5th. It should be a lot of fun so come by Friday May 2nd.
I sent out two purchases from my online shop. I loved wrapping the items up, it reminds me of a day gone by.
If I tend to give myself too much time, I slack. And that is what I am doing with my little online venture www.honeybendvintage.com I still have many things to add but I decided to open the doors and will continue to add product. If I don't it will never happen~ Please stop by and take a look we are up and running. Right now paypal or checks is the form of payment. Hope to see you soon. ~Bristol~
My son Griffin and I had a great week together. I was off on Monday and Tuesday, so we headed off to Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. My husband is a Senior Master Sgt in the AF reserves. He was doing his two week annual tour, so we decided to visit. He gets a really nice suite on the base so we can stay with him. Griffin loved it so much, it is a really pretty base. I decided on Tuesday to head up the road to visit the lovely shop of McMaster & Storm. Let me tell you it was quite an excursion. We had to take this expressway to this and then take a two lane highway to Greenville, Ohio where they are located. You see a lot of farm land before you get there. It was well worth it. There shop has been featured in Country Living and is just lovely. They have so much lovely stocked in their shop, it was difficult to concentrate with a 4 year old. I came home with a San Francisco street map, pearl head pins, foil dresden and a cute "S" banner. I will show pictures some time soon. Kara was working when I arrived and she is just delightful!! They are working on opening an online shop and I can hardly wait, www.mcmasterandstorm.com They are not open yet but you can visit their blog for some shop pictures www.mcmasterandstorm.blogspot.com Check out their sites, you will be happy you did. Here is a photo of their store front. You really cannot tell, but their visuals are subperb!