The Patriot Girl, Rosalyn-Sue Smith had asked me to help her put together an art gathering to raise donations for Operation Stars and Stripes, a nonprofit organization supporting our troops overseas and their families here at home.
I have many family members and friends who have served or are currently serving in the military. For Operation Stars and Stripes and the generous people of our great country to support the the men and women who put their lives in harm's way for our freedom is deeply appreciated. In addition, Rosalyn-Sue is a very dear friend of mine. I love her to the moon and back.
This year, the theme of Love Letters from The Homefront blossomed.
It is very important for people to feel connected with their families and home when they are in unfamiliar places doing extraordinary things.
A simple letter is an incredibly meaningful token - for the hero overseas and for the loved ones here at home.
Rosalyn-Sue talked about the dying art of letter writing.
The handwritten notes, cards and letters are some of the simple things I treasure - I really am a nostalgic girl.
For the event, we had a champagne bar with various fruit juices and delicious fruit to add to your bubbly.
A few savory treats for our crafty guests. Thank you to Jon and Walter at the Atlanta Marriott for your outstanding support with this event!
Our guests were surprised with some "souvenirs from the homefront".
Little nut cups filled with fortune charms, art supply goody packs, and more sweet treats, just to name a few.
Our project for the evening was an heirloom quality love letter keeper made from dupioni silk.
We taught the ladies how to make various kinds of roses to adorn their keepers with.
In addition, there were gorgeous silk ribbons, beads, baubles and pre-made flowers to let fuel their imaginations.
It was such a fun night with new and old friends - lots of laughing and sharing memories.
To pause time, ever so briefly, and have these moments with girlfriends is a cherished thing.
More importantly, we collected generous donations to fill stockings for the men and women serving overseas so that they may have a piece of home this holiday season.
We will be hosting another art gathering next year to coincide with the Country Living fair.
If you are interested in attending, let us know!
Of course we will post details as the event draws near.
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day ~ xo's Heidi