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Monday, June 14, 2010


Today I’d like to introduce you to designer Eileen Hull, a freelance designer, author, and licensed artist with Sizzix. Eileen’s company, Paperwork, Etc. started 20 years ago to fill a need at a military post for unit welcomes, farewells, and baby gifts. She has since branched out into the civilian sector. You can read more about Eileen at both her website and blog. Welcome, Eileen! -- AP

Good morning all! Special greetings to Anastasia’s fans.

Today is Flag Day. 

The flag holds a very special place in my heart as we are a military family. My husband served 20 years in the army so our family has seen a few moves! My son and daughter-in-law are active duty army officers and one of my daughters and her new fiancé both serve in the Coast Guard. I admit that I tear up (cry like a baby actually) at parades, ceremonies, baseball games and pretty much anywhere I hear “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Today at noon EST, I’ll be appearing as a guest on Cool2Craft, a live web TV show, where I will present an inspiration piece that I did in honor of Flag Day. The segment, called Too Cool, features the work of various designers who find an item that inspires them to create and then comes on the show and talks about their creative process and displays the finished piece. It could be something as simple as looking at a flower out in the yard and coming inside and making a paper flower. How are you inspired? I hope you can join me for the show!

Here’s my inspiration photo. It’s the cover of a trade show magazine that I get. What would you do with this? Tune in to Cool2Craft to see the unveiling! Or, visit my blog where the project will be posted after the show.

My heart is with our veterans, to all who serve, have served and are in harm’s way… We are able to celebrate this holiday because of them. Happy Flag Day!
Thanks for stopping by, Eileen! I hope many of my readers will be able to catch your show today. So what inspires all of you to be creative? Let's hear from you. Post a comment this week, and you'll be entered into the drawing for a free book by our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Kathye Quick said...

I have to admit, I'm a moosh when it comes to our military men and women. My son served in the Navy - on a "boomer" - a Nuclear sub and helped do support during Desert Storm - the first Gulf War. Dad's a WWII vet and still here with us.

I am simply inspired by the courage and patriotism of the young men and women who step up and give us the opportunity to live in this amazing and free Country,

We fly the flag every day outsude the house to say thank you and show that we are proud Americans.

eileenhull said...

Thanks to your family members who have served and for being there to support them, Kathye, from a fellow "moosh" :-) and flag flyer- Eileen

Kathy said...

I don't know what inspires me to create. I just get an idea in my head and run with it. If I'm making something specifically for someone, that person is usually the inspiration. Sometimes I'll just see a great color and then I'll have to make something, anything using that color. I guess just about anything inspires me to be creative.