It’s Friday again. Do these Fridays seem to be coming faster and faster or is it just me, trying to stretch out the summer season? This is the start of the Labor Day Weekend here in the USA.
The first suggestion of a Labor Day came in 1882 by a laborer, not a government official. However, by 1885/1886 the Government has taken the idea further and a national day of recognition of the contributions of the American laborer, the “workingman”, was initiated. As it remains today, it is a holiday for the working man and woman, most of the anyway. We all should recognize the men and women who work regardless of holiday, weather, or desire. Hospitals need to remain staffed, fire houses need to be at the ready, and our streets are safer thanks to those who go to work in the midst of the celebration by others of that day. Here’s a special thank you from me to all those who labor to add their strengths toward the making of America the wonderful country it is, the American working man and woman.
I know many of my readers come from other lands. Do you have a day when your “average Joe” is recognized for the contribution toward making your country great? On one of the blogs I hopped to, they blogger asked everyone to leave a comment telling what they knew about her country. I don’t think we really take as much notice of other countries as other countries do of the USA. I think Labor Day is strictly a American holiday and I don’t know if any other country does something similar. It would be interesting to know, so if you know anything about that, leave me a comment and let me know.
Now to Friday Finds. Oh, first let me say the Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaway is going on still, until Labor Day, Monday. Keep on hopping around Blogland and checking out what’s there. I’ve seen some great ideas as I’ve been hopping and a few quilt blocks I just have to make. I’m still making more Red, White and Blue blocks to finish up my Veteran’s quilt. This link will take you to the Master List. Don’t hop away yet, though. Stay long enough to see what I found this week!
2. Zippered Boxbag Tutorial – upcycling a sweater to make a delightful bag by Libby at Truly Myrtle Blog
Knitters are going to love the trulymyrtle blog site. Great patterns and a lovely read too! I’m so glad I found it!
3. Stuffed Frog – I might make one to use as a pincushion! The frogs are a design featured by Purl Bee blog.
4. How about a Quilt-Along? Elizabeth Hartman over at Oh! Fransson blog started this open-ended quilt-along back in January but it has no end date so all the info is still available here. She calls this quilt “Sparkle Punch”.
5. Denim? Are you ready for another idea for those old denim jeans? I always love a good upcycled denim idea and this one is by Just Crafty. This is an arm rest project bag!
I hope you enjoyed today’s finds. These bloggers are crafty people and I’m off to find some more wonderful projects for next week! Be sure to check out my giveaways for the Back to School Blog Hop and tell me in a comment which one YOU want to win. I’m doing two winners and splitting up the whole pile of them between the two winners, and throwing in a couple of surprise patterns too. That will be announced on Tuesday, September 4th – and you don’t have to be present to win! I’ll make every effort to email you so be sure I can find your email address.