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Unity, Patriotism and the American Flag

Unity, Patriotism and the American Flag


Putting Unity Back into Community

We’re in the most patriotic time of the year. From Memorial Day in May to the remembrance of 9/11 in September, we celebrate holiday after holiday focused on bringing together the country that has allowed us to thrive and build community in the neighborhoods we call home. If you love grilling out on your porch, watching the fireworks, hearing the excited screams and laughs of children on your block, and watching the sunset in a place founded on democratic ideals, you know the summertime well. It might just be the best time in the United States of America.

Yet, while this may still be the reality of your neighborhood, America no longer seems to know how to carry the sentiments of those neighborhoods beyond the fence lines. Neighbors no longer go out of their way to help one another. They don’t rush to buy flags for these holidays or host BBQs for the whole neighborhood. They worry more about associating with those of a different political affiliation than connecting on a human level – about families, friends, jobs, and the everyday worries that consume us all.

The unity in “community”

Unity is the idea that various groups join together in one single organization. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you can be a part of something larger because of the unity that is built into the community. America was built on this ideology and the Founding Fathers sought a defense against factions that destroyed national unity. Unfortunately, in the past two decades, those factions have crept into our neighborhoods.

Elections, mass shootings, immigration issues, and political candidates are all among the largest drivers of division in America right now. So, what will it take to bring unity back into the communities we hold so dear? And what can you do to help?

How you can play your role

1. Get to know your neighbors

This means really get to know them. Don’t just introduce yourself and bring cookies over once. Connect with them and respect them regardless of their belief system, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political party or other portion of their background. Our communities grow stronger when we cast out hate.

2. Be a leader in your community

Demonstrate firsthand that bringing the community together is something that you do. If you’re looking to facilitate community, you have to get out there and do it! Participate actively in community events. Sign up to help at a local BBQ, church function, school event, festival, charity run or any other event that the community holds. Do this even if your children aren’t personally participating, you’ve never done it before, or you don’t know anyone else doing it. Neighborhoods always need leaders and bringing the community together means having those stand out individuals who step up to the plate even when it’s difficult.

3. Show don’t tell

Sometimes all it takes is just having a constant reminder that you stand for unity and peace even when there are difficult events taking place. Invest in a beautiful symbol like an American flag that can be displayed inside or outside of your home for your family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to see. The American flag has a long history of standing for harmony. What better way to show that you, too, want to promote this in your neighborhood regardless of who you live next to or what’s happening on the news that day? An American Barrel Flag is a great investment for this purpose. Here are some of our favorites…

  • The Classic // American Oak Barrel Flag: A hand-painted and handcrafted flag that you can hang indoors or outdoors (outdoors is always a great way to showcase unity to others!). The red, white, and blue will hang strong and proud for all to see.
  • The Vintage // Betsy Ross American Flag: You’re throwing it back to 1776 with this flag. It’s bold and rustic, which makes it the perfect flag for anyone seeking a more vintage look. It still holds the same “for liberty and justice for all” mentality in your community.
  • Girl Power // Breast Cancer Awareness: What’s better than adding a little bit of pink to anything? Nothing at all! This flag adds a pop to support any sisters going through a tough time. It’s the best kind of illustration of community. You don’t have to say anything, but people know that you’re thinking about them and sending positive thoughts their way.
  • Community Heroes // Firefighter American Flag & Thin Blue Line: Sometimes it’s easy to forget what others do for us every single day if we don’t see it. These flags are incredible because it’s a visual illustration of community heroes who go out of their way to preserve the neighborhoods that we hold dear. Silently support them every single day with this beautiful piece of artwork.
These are just some of the incredible flags that you can feature inside or outside your home that demonstrate your push for patriotism and unity in your community.

4. Address community violence

Community violence is in every neighborhood, and it can create an incredible amount of disunity among members. Instead of ignoring community violence if it doesn’t impact you. Learn more! Investigate the causes of violence and see what you can do to help. Addressing the causes of violent situations and making a plan to deal with the violence (especially for vulnerable members of the community) can take steps towards resolving it. Often times, education can work wonders, so don’t be afraid to get an anti-violence non-profit involved to help push your community towards peace.

Final thoughts

The unity that America once felt has been replaced with ideological tensions like politics and racism. Addressing it in your neighborhood and bringing unity back into community comes down to playing your part. Truly getting to know your neighbors for who they are, being a leader in your community, symbolizing your support through American Barrel Flags, and addressing violence where possible are all among the best actions you can take.

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Family, Faith and Love at the Silva Ranch

Family, Faith and Love at the Silva Ranch

Blood, sweat, tears, passion, family, faith, love- these words resonate with our family as we strive to work hard and design for our small business... but we recently were put in touch with a local farming family and they BLEED this. We are so honored and ecstatic to create a custom family wood sign for Rosie and Michael Silva from the Silva Ranch in Tracy, California.


Silva Ranch is a fairly new operation, but the passion and love for agriculture runs deep in this family. Their herd is raised simply with the intent that local families can buy the beef directly from the Rancher. Their grass-fed beef grazes on native grasses in Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, then a local butcher comes and slaughters the steers, the meat is then delivered to a local butcher shop, and families pick up their ranch fresh beef from the local butcher shop. You can purchase a whole, half, or a quarter steer and Rosie will help you decide which cuts you’d like to have the butcher cut and wrap up for you. Eating healthy and having her kids help in the kitchen is common for the Silva family, but Rosie says, “If it’s [beef] there, you’ll eat it.” No more needing to fix up a quick Mac and cheese for the kids when your freezer is full of beef! She believes that it’s a safe, reliable, and fresh source of food that all families can enjoy, not to mention the cost is significantly lower than if you purchased grass-fed beef from the local market.


Silva Ranch Family Business

Being raised in a ranching family, it’s no surprise that the farming way of life is what Rosie envisioned for her future family. As a young woman she knew her goals, so she attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned herself a graduate degree in Dairy Science and a minor in Water Science. After living the dream on the central coast, she moved back home to the Central Valley after college. Her parents had gifted her a Holstein heifer as a graduation present and Rosie dreamt of starting up her own dairy replacement facility so she raised the small heifer, sold her as a springer (pregnant heifer ready to calve), and bought three more heifers. It was about this time in her life, that she met another local farmer named Michael Silva. She sold him a Border Collie pup- and the next thing you knew, they were an item! Together they started a family and raise their three children with strong values and family traditions on the farm while also working to grow Rosie’s Dairy Replacement Operation. 


As her husband farmed corn, wheat, oats, beans, alfalfa... Rosie was working with an investor and had her herd on rented irrigated pasture- and it was right next door to her home! She felt like she was finally seeing her dream come to life, but sadly in 2013 dairies began to shut down in the Central Valley because of high regulations. With the change in the economy, Rosie and her husband had to make the hard decision to sell the springers and buy a beef herd. Another blow came when they lost the lease on the pasture, but they were able to convince Rosie’s dad to let them graze with her parent’s cattle. It was a new direction, but passion and commitment led them to create Silva Ranch. The ‘bar over star’ brand is proudly marked on their beef- grass-fed beef raised here on local land, sold to local families like yourself!

Small family business in Bay Area


Silva Ranch is a local ranching company that stands out above the rest. They pour love into all that they do and it inspires us. They uphold strong family traditions and raise their grass- fed beef on the same land Rosie’s Grandfather, Great Uncle, Uncle, and Father have grazed their herds over many years.

If you are interested you can purchase high quality beef from their website. You can also check out Silva Ranch on Instagram. They are currently taking preorders for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 harvests. It’s been such an eye opening experience for us to connect with this amazing family and we are so honored to create this piece for them. We can’t wait to see it hung at the ranch.

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The Sports Association for Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs

The Sports Association for Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs

Pinch, pinch, pinch! No- it’s not St. Patrick’s Day yet... but we are headed to a crab feed this weekend!! Those ‘crabbies’ -as our kids call them- are so delicious, but it’s the good company and fellowship that we are looking forward to.

We’re so excited to take part in the annual fundraiser for The Sports Association for Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs- we look forward to it each year! Since 1984, the Alameda Sheriffs have been supporting The Sports Association to give charitable donations back to the communities they serve. Local law enforcement, family and friends come together to dine, enjoy good company, dance, and bid on auction items that raise money and awareness for youth sports. Last year, the Alameda Sheriffs raised thousands of dollars for four local high schools, were a major supporter of Special Olympics, and gave money to youth programs in San Joaquin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. We're proud to say that we are a part of this team and donated two flags for the auction this year. We love seeing people get excited over the new flags we make, but the best part is watching the winner proudly take home their new piece. Even better, we love that all the proceeds are going back to help kids be involved in sports. 
What are your plans this weekend? We’ll be at the Alameda County Sheriffs Crab Feed- will you be there? 

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Helping Our Local Special Education Programs

Helping Our Local Special Education Programs

School. We've all been there. We've all done it. Growing up school was August until June, 8 to 3, Monday through Friday. I remember complaining about school stuff as a kid and my mom would tell me it was my job- school was a kid's job.

Fast forward ten years and that became a reality for me. School did become my job! Right after college, I was hired as a first grade teacher at a new, k-8 school. So August to June, 8-3, Monday through Friday - that was my job. It was a job that lit a fire in me; a passion I knew I had yet was finally getting to exercise. Watching little minds grow and serving families in my community meant more to me than I knew. Here's the thing people don't know about most teachers though... it's not just an August to June, 8-3, Monday through Friday job for us. I loved the families I worked with and it wasn't uncommon to find me sitting at one of my student's tee ball games on a Saturday or a dance recital on Friday night. I attended birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese, stopped by family holiday parties, visited kids in hospitals, brought sick moms dinners, and the list could go on and on. School was my job, but I loved working with the families and children and that wasn't just an Monday through Friday, 8-3 job.

A number of years into my career, I met a handsome guy and go figure he was studying to be a teacher! Fast forward a few more years, he was done with his graduate work and got a job at our local high school, his alma mater. He was actually hired to teach special ed- we were so thrilled and felt like it was where he was supposed to be. This new special ed teacher soon became my husband... and Monte and I started our lives together. So school was my life and school was his life! We understood the commitment we both had to our students and their learning and we had this new commitment to each other as husband and wife. He wasn't attending tee ball games, but he coached his high schoolers in sports. He had worried parents calling him at all hours about their kids' grades and finals. He even had a student call and ask If he'd help him get into a rehab center... he was always going above and beyond the Monday through Friday, 8-3 hours.

Life has brought our family in a new direction- Monte still teaches special education at his alma mater, but I stay home with our two children, and we own a small business now. School. It still is a major part of our lives- Monte still has the August through June, 8-3, Monday through Friday schedule although I watch him
add in countless hours before and afterschool. I teach, although it's in a different manner now: teaching kids how to put on their shoes, teaching kids how to eat with a fork, how to wipe up messes, how to pet the dog. Definitely a change for me, but I absolutely enjoy it.

One thing I loved when I worked at a school site was serving the community... so we've brought that attitude of giving into our business. We strive to give our best to each customer. We strive to honor our first responders, military, and loved ones we have lost far too soon. We strive to help out our customers and the local community. We'd love to support the local schools and for the month of December through January 31st, we will donate 10% of sales to the local special education departments. We know teachers go above and beyond to serve their students and families so we'd like to thank them and support them.

School. We've all been there. We've all done it. For us, it is our way of life so Monte and I know the hard work that teachers put into their careers. Let's help support the special education teachers and show them the community appreciates them and all they do!! Get your orders in now at www.martellas.com to donate!

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Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art Introduces New Product Line Available for Wholesale

Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art Introduces New Product Line Available for Wholesale

Livermore, California – May 1, 2017 – Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art is set to release their brand new line of 3D custom artwork.

 

What began in 2014 as a way for husband and new father, Monte Martella, to pass the time while his wife and newborn daughter rested has exploded into a booming family business. “I used the week off while supporting my wife to take apart her wine barrels. As my two blessings slept, I spent my time in the garage making my first wine barrel chair. It came out a little lopsided, which was probably due to the lack of sleep, but it worked,” Monte fondly recalls.

 

A few Facebook photo posts had Monte receiving numerous requests to purchase his art. Monte was encouraged by the enthusiastic feedback. “We realized that we had a unique art piece and a new business on our hands,” he says.

 

After receiving their U.S. patents, Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art was born. Now, with over 500 handcrafted and painted signed art pieces done to date and sales to individual customers in every state across America (and a few international sales) the Martellas are introducing their newest line of 3D American Flags.

 

The American flag comes in two color options: merlot, white, and blue, and in a basic black and white. The flags are available to retailers and are currently on the Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art website.  The cost retails at $199, with wholesale scaled pricing available. The Martellas currently have over one hundred premium, signed artwork listings to choose from on their website, with the American flag being their most popular.

 

 

 

Monte says, “The past two years of reaching out to retailers has come with a lot of ups and downs.”  However, their recent contract with Wayfair.com has provided a welcome boost to business and morale.

 

The Martellas are proud of their expanding line of products, which include personalized art, military art, and more. Consumers and retailers are encouraged to visit the Martellas Custom Wine Barrel Art website for more information.

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We Are Coming to WayFair.com!!

We are happy to announce that we will be selling our loved artwork on wayfair.com!!

Over the past year we have been working with our manufacture creating and recreating samples for this type of opportunity.  You can see the products we are starting with under the collection of "Home Decor Wall Hangs."  Click "shop here" -----> "Home Decor Wall Hangs."

We are still hard at work creating more samples to add to the product line.  Retail here we come.  Keep an eye out for us.  

Happy New Year!!

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