Friday, April 22, 2016

The End of The Journey of Seventy Boots with Lisa

Hi and welcome, everyone! Lisa from In The Crafting Cave with you today!  Last year I was asked to create a few centerpieces for A Warriors On The Water Committee Dinner to be held at my parents home. So I created five of these fantastic JGW MY Hero 3D Combat Boots stuffed them with white shredded crinkle paper and inserted two American Flags. These five boots turned into 75 boots when I was asked to create 70 more for this year's Icebreaker held here at Sports, USA - Ft. Bragg, NC

 Warriors On The Water is a Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament. It's a day when 150+ Soldiers are paired with Bass Fishermen to spend a day fishing and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Even more than that, it is a day that someone says to them..."Thank You for your sacrifices!".

The Icebreaker is held on the Wednesday night before the Friday Tournament. It's a night of fun for the Military Men and Women who attend as well as for our volunteers and fishermen. They expect over 400 people to be in attendance and will have guest speakers from the Military representing all branches whose troops are fishing the event.  The fishermen will be paired up with their Military counterparts and have a chance to talk strategy for the big tournament on Friday.  
70 more boots! 71 in this photo. We made two extras, just in case.
So this is where the 75 boots come into play. They are centerpieces for all the tables at the Warriors on the Water Icebreaker. WOW, literally! It was such an honor to make these boots knowing, personally, what our service members endure every day whether their home with loved ones or stationed/deployed around the world. 

4 - 8 hour days of cutting.

56 hours to assemble. 7 - 8 hour days.

One helper, my very own hero, my hubby! 

Four boxes ready to go!

One of the first boots from the original post.

One of the original boots nearly a year later.

Wherever you see flags, there's a boot.
The boots were a huge hit! I think a few walked off, but that's okay, too. 
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I know it's a bit long, but I feel worth every word.
And if you're ever in need of a boot, you know where to go, SVG Attic!

You can see more photos at In The Crafting Cave with Lisa.

As always, thanks for joining us.
And have an amazing weekend!


  1. Lisa this is just amazing! Every man in my family has served, my father-in-law is one of the few surviving WWII vets. Thank you for this wonderful tribute!

  2. WOW!! Thank you for making the boots and supporting our troops! This is truly amazing!!

    1. Thank you. It was truly my pleasure doing this.

  3. Cyndy, thank you. My hubby served 20+ years Infantry, both of my grandfather's served and two of my uncles. On my hubby side, same thing. We love our military! My proudest moments(and hardest) in life were watching my hubby leave and watching him come home.

  4. Lisa, I can't even fathom creating all of these boots! You really are such a wonderful lady with a huge heart. I am SO happy that our paths crossed in the paper crafting world and I get to count you as one of my friends :)

  5. Don't think anything I ever will see using one of my designs will EVER equal this. Simply too incredible for words. I will be showing this post to all my "teasers" who continue to think that my turn away from my quilting roots to "that paper stuff" is so hard to understand and accept. I never did have one of my quilting designs reproduced 75 times to honor military heroes! I am thrilled, and very teary, and can't say thank you enough to you, Lisa, for doing this, and then sharing for all of us to enjoy. Marvelous!

  6. What an incredible show of talent and patriotism. It was hard to read all of this without tearing up--- but they were happy tears! Thank you for creating these amazing displays. Time well spent and treasured by all who were recipients of your kindness. My prayers and appreciation for our military and their families.

  7. I am in awe and gratitude for our troops that you did this, Coming from a military family this is just AMAZING! Thank you! Wonderful work!