Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:

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On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.

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PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)

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PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)

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PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

108th Army Band AZ

Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! http://www.108tharmyband.com/Home.aspx There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.

 

 

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If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.

 

A Gift for Your Table or Another’s

Need a fast hostess gift? Does your child want to make a present for their teacher? Just want something new on your dinner table tonight?

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“Vintage Snowman” Crafted by Carol for Terri O

This craft project upcycles two items, a wine bottle (washed) and jewelry (some you have and never seem to wear or perhaps some great thrift store finds). You can use it as a candle holder for a dripless candle or a a vase for a single flower.

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“Smiles” Crafted by Carol for Terri O

Materials:

Pretty paper – I used scrapbook paper

Embellishments – ribbons, jewelry, paper flowers

Recycled wine bottle

Tools:

Strong craft glue or Glue Gun with glue sticks

Scissors or paper cutter

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“Merry & Bright” Crafted by Carol for Terri O

Instructions:

1. Set wine bottle on a flat surface and place paper around it. Not all bottles are blown equally, your paper will probably overlap on small bottles and it might have a small gab with larger ones. Decide where you want to cut or tear the paper and do so.

2. If you are adding a  brooch, go ahead and carefully pin it to the paper and tape across the pinback on the back side of the paper for extra security.

3. Glue on paper.

4. Tear or cut paper for the throat of the bottle and glue on.

5. Embellish with ribbon.

Project time is about 10 minutes per bottle once you have chosen your paper and embellishments.

Water Bottle Jewelry

Level: Super Simple

Designed by: Heidi B www.cool2craft.com

This is another very clever idea by one of my all time favorite designers Heidi B. I have watched her for years and have learned how to look at trash a completely different way. You will be amazed at all the things you can do with plastic water bottles. This is just the beginning! Thanks Heidi!

Supplies:

Plastic water bottle
Scissors
Different colors of felt
Glue

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a bracelet from the bottom of an empty water bottle.
  2. Cut small squares of felt to cover the plastic and glue to the bracelet.
  3. Make flowers by cutting a small strip of felt and rolling it into a circle. Put a dab of glue as you start and when you get to the end. Let dry.
  4. Glue your flowers to the bracelet.
  5. No one will ever know it’s a water bottle bracelet


 

 

Push Pins

Repurpose old jewelry to make these fun and quirky push pins for any message board.  Watch this video (part of it is the Bulletin Board Cork Tiles) and see how creative you can get with your old jewelry.

DIY Turquoise Pendent

No creativity required to create this gorgeous necklace just the right
tools.  Click HERE to see how I made this!

Paper Belt Buckle

 

Once you have the findings all you need is some pretty paper and old jewelry parts to make this amazing belt buckle. Your friends won’t believe you made it yourself!