Monday, September 3, 2007

Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday which occurs on the first Monday in September each year in the United States. That means that federal employees have the day off, which also means that the post offices are closed, and we can't mail or receive postcards until tomorrow.

Since 1966, Jerry Lewis held the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual telethon during Labor Day weekend. The telethon makes me feel like quilting, rubber stamping, or painting because that's how I've spent my Labor Day weekends in the past.

Labor Day in America is simply marked as a day off of work. My husband is at home from work, and we plan to go to the movies to see Rush Hour 3. Now that our children are grown, life for my husband and I are simpler. Simple does not mean less; it just means "different."

Today's image is a postcard I received from Judy of Utah. Its red, white and blue colors are appropriate for commemorating today's holiday. The variety of styles and techniques used in making fabric postcards are numerous. The artist also has many choices in fabrics, fabric colors, stitches, and embellishments. Although choices for creating postcards are endless, sometimes simple is best. The design and colors in a beautiful piece of fabric is all you need. Embellishments may hide its simple beauty. With anything homemade, it is the giving that is the gift and the part that has the most meaning. Thanks, Judy, for your beautiful postcard!

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