Welcome to the Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop!
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Facebook group so that we can get to know each other better.
Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Facebook. We would love to get to know you better too.
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Here’s are the links to every ones blog, remember in order to have a chance to win the prize package from Cottonwood Arts you must:
1. Be a blog hostess
2. Leave a comment on everyone’s blog
Tiare Smith Woods
Martice Smith II
Tiffany Goff Smith
Anna Turner Ely
Sharon D. Estes
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards
Donna Simmons Lueders
As part of the Mixing It Up blog hop I am going to share the challenge for this month that Sandee Setliff gave us, which is, “Where were you on 911 and then do a journal page on it.”
I remember it so well, I was sick and home that day, turned on the TV and just could not believe what I was seeing. My son’s girlfriend at the time, Dawn, called me from their apartment in the same complex. We were both so shaken up. Both of us NYers with family that lived and worked in the city, made the situation real scary. Everyone gathered at my apartment, Dawn, my son Robert, and later my son Thomas and we all piled into the car and went to donate blood. They had such a huge outpouring that we weren’t needed that day.
After many phones calls we all managed to get in touch with our loved ones. My Dad was, by some stroke of luck or fate, delayed getting into the city so everything happened as he was driving on the NY Thruway. Thank goodness, because he always went to NJ, parked and took the PATH in and got off at the towers.
Like so many others, life changed, and things were put into perspective, our lives were changed and we changed. We moved out of our apartment and bought a home in the country with some acreage. We started gardening, I became and avid knitter realizing life was way to short to not stop and smell the roses so to speak. I needed to take time for me, for my family, to be.
I didn’t do art journaling then, but I did keep written journals. I just started art journaling this January and still feel amateurish about it. But anyway, I didn’t journal where I was that day, but did something as a way to release my pent up emotions regarding 9/11 and the things still happening to US, the Middle East and ISIS.
I found two photos, one of the towers before and after the collapse with the dust cloud. I then wanted to add one of the new building to show we weren’t defeated and like the Phoenix, out of the ashes reborn to live a new life. I placed the buildings over the flag as patriotism and the American way were very strong after that. It seemed that under such tragedy we all came together to act as one United States. The Statue of Liberty to represent what we stand for, and of course one of NY’s most famous landmarks. Then little words attached here and there; America, United States, 911, United, etc. I stenciled the words Faith, Hope and Grace because all are symbols of things strengthened and things to be because of that day.
Since this blog hop runs until Sunday each day I’ll share some more journal pages. One I’ve been working on a for a while and it just doesn’t feel finished to me, maybe this weekend.
So where were you that fateful day? Did you change your life forever?