Social Stamping for ANZAC Day remembering their sacrifice

a solemn day of pride and remembrance
of gratitude for service and faith
of hope for a brighter, united, peace driven future
a day to pause and be together.

This year, of course, is different. Ordinarily we are up in the wee hours and walk the 15 minute walk to the Botanical Gardens near our home. We assemble in silence with hundreds of others to pay our respects at the Cenotaph. Our local Dawn Service begins at 0427 (the time the boats landed at Gallipoli).
 My husband and I have attended for most of the 16 years that we have lived in this house. We listen to the speaker remember the Anzac story. We pray, we reflect, and we listen to the anthem and the bagpipes. We feel the reverence and the solemnity. But not in 2020.

This year our ceremony is different, but no less special.
This year we are gathering with our neighbours in our driveways around the nation. This year we stand differently but we hold dear the same values and respect. This year we are a nation apart but together as never before . And I thank the people of our neighbourhood for standing together.
We celebrated in our driveways, with a lighted candle, and a wreath.
We listened to the broadcast, and our neighbour,
a Vietnam Vet, and a bushie, read a beautiful poem,
"The Anzac on the Wall". More than one tear was shed.

This wreath now hangs on the lightpole at our little corner of our Australia.
The Rosemary and Jasmine is from my garden,
but the Poppies are created from cardstock, glue and wire.
I used the Magnolia dies but doubled the layers, and shaped them after spritzing with water. They dried quickly.

Thankyou to our servicemen and women past and present for your sacrifice, your dedication and your love. We are ever in your debt.
We are ever grateful.

This weekend Kelly has assembled a group of stamping friends and we are sharing our creations based on the theme War and Peace.
You can find a full list of all the participants at Kelly's blog.

Next this weekend is Mandy

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz


  1. Such a beautifully written blog post Liz! Your poppy wreath would have been admired by your community! Kelly x

    1. Thanks Kelly, Every neighbourhood needs a Celestine to organise things- I'm wondering if that's you in your street? Great theme, great hop

  2. A beautiful wreath. I wouldn’t have thought to use the magnolia Dies to create the poppies. They look great!

  3. Aw Liz I love it! Yes it was quite different this year one never to forget! I love the vergeside it looks amazing xx

  4. What a stunning wreath. I love the combination of the wonderful plants from your garden and the beautiful handmade poppies. The double layers really does give it an amazing body. Gorgeous.

  5. Liz your wreath is amazing. I love the way that you have used the symbols of peace (rosemary and Jasmin) along with your SU supplies to create something that will be a lasting memory x

  6. Beautiful wreath and lovely words. Certainly has been a different kind of ANZAC day.

  7. I absolutely love the sense of community that this Anzac Day has brought to us. Certainly a different way to remember but not any less important by any means. Your wreath is stunning!

  8. Your words and project are just beautiful Liz! It was definitely a wonderful, albeit different way to remember. xx

  9. That is just such a beautiful way to commemorate. I love the mix of foliage and paper poppies on your stunning wreath Liz. x

  10. Love your wreath and your post Liz x


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