As I put together the decorations for the 4th of July, I am always grounded by what our freedom means to me. To live in a country where anything is possible and you can remake yourself time and again to continue to strive to achieve your dream whatever that dream may be is truly a blessing. I know I have posted a few of these pics before, some have been given the 4th of July touches that are meant to show the patriotism we here at 612 feel.
My assemblage in an old sewing cabinet drawer, complete with a photo of immigrants at the threshold of Ellis Island. Creating assemblages, sewing, altering everything that doesn't move that is my dream, and I am glad to be chasing it!
I moved the bunting to a more prominent place on the house, and hung curtains on the side porch to block some strong afternoon sun and a little privacy from the street. Duane loves to work from this porch now that he can close the curtains. (which are really just white cotton sheets) I am pretty sure that before the summer is finished I will find those chairs on the lawn and a makeshift bed on the porch, he keeps saying how nice it would be to sleep out there... the neighbors will still know he's there though when they hear him snoring! lol!
The bunting actually looks a little smaller hanging up there, you should have seen me hanging out our bedroom window to get it hung with my sister sitting under the tree at the end of the yard telling me whether it was straight or not! I'm pretty sure she was having more fun laughing at me than I was hanging out the window!
I don't have a lot of vintage decorations so I made do by adding flags to vintage items such as this sweet picture.
I added this soldiers photo to a muslin star with a fabric (covered in stars) rosette and a vintage coin.
It hangs on the porches blackboard .
This vintage wicker planter is filled to the rim with flags, I stuck them in rocks to try and keep them in place, because if Max isn't taking them out of there then I have some incredibly patriotic squirrels having parades when I'm not looking!
Love this old postcard of waterskiers showing their patriotism in the water! The flag candle is just that, a big glass candle holder wrapped with 2 little flags and given a little trim and glitter.
I found this stitched sampler at a show a while ago... How fitting, it is one of the things that when I brought it home Duane was truly impressed... not that we know who Mary Hein or Col. Hein was but the fact that it has our family name on it is pretty cool.
I want to say THANKS to Joan for hosting another fun party! Go on over and check out everyone's decorations and grab yourself some inspiration!
I have a few more things going on outside but not enough time in the day to take pics and do everything I'd like to do! Cam's party was this past weekend and as together as I thought I was, I did not have it together enough to get pics... can you believe it? Lucky for me I have wonderful family around that love us enough to take care of things, while we mingled with the guests but I really wish I would have taken a few minutes before hand to take pics of all of the decorations so that I could share them with you. Danielle made some awesome cupcake toppers of pics of Cam and some of his favorite or rather regular quotes on them.
My favorite decoration was the signs she made for the streets pointing people in the right direction... She took pics of Cam in this cap and gown pointing and then blew them up and put them on the signs... too funny and really perfect for Cam. He is all about funny!
Thanks for stopping by, I'm still going to get something put together for WW tomorrow yet, after not posting for a week, that will be quite an accomplishment!