Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! 
      Aren't we all thankful for our country?  Celebrate the freedoms that we have...pray for those who are not so fortunate.
      Here are photos of the festivities at our house this year.

This sweet bottle is embellished with lace, rhinestones, crochet trims, jewelry and a patriotic image found at The Graphics Fairy.  I filled the bottle with fluffy white feathers and an American flag. 

 I put the bottle in this patriotic vignette next to two apothecary jars filled with...sweet vintage baby shoes!  These baby shoes represent sentimental family moments.  Patriotism and Family...that's what it's all about!  I put some fun patriotic jewelry in with the baby shoes along with ribbon at the top of the jars.

Votives wrapped with ribbon and jewelry complete the setting.

This sweet image is also from The Graphics Fairy.

 More flags added around the house.

       The banner above on the mantle is my own little creation!  I used the constitution, the declaration of independence, and sheet music for The Stars and Stripes Forever.  On top of these I layered other patriotic images, (mostly from The Graphics Fairy).  Then more patriotic colored jewelry, glittered paper, crepe paper ruffles, and wooden letters spelling July 4th.  The silver goblets on the mantle hold American flags. 

I copied this idea from pinterest...I used my daughter's outgrown jeans -- cut the waist band off, the used my son's outgrown jeans -- cut the waist band off -- and voila!  Just put them around a two tiered tray!  My son's jeans fit perfectly around the bottom tier.  My daughter's jeans had the type of waist band that has elastic that buttons on the inside - so I could adjust it to make it fit.  Then I added a small amount of hot glue so that it would stay on.  Then I taped napkins to the post in the middle.

 The banner on the front porch is made from strips of red white & blue fabric.  The blue is actually daughter's jeans (that were too small) cut into strips.  I tied these strips onto a simple jute rope while sitting at my son's baseball game (double header...several hours! I usually bring an activity.  Tying fabric onto a rope is a good activity for such a setting.)

     Next I embellished this plain gray T shirt - I printed the constitution onto fabric using the freezer paper method.  Then I added a blue ruffle, a white ruffle, and rhinestones!  Oh my!

Printed on fabric, traced my desired shape...

Cut out and peeled off the freezer paper...

Sewed onto t-shirt using zig zag stitch

Fray check any loose threads.  Put a blue ruffle around the edge...

Now a white ruffle around the edge...
And then - rhinestones!

We watched our small town parade...

      We can watch the fireworks display from our front yard - our little Texas town puts on a fireworks display at a park very close to us.  So we can see them perfectly from our front yard.  It's fantastic!
      Hope your Independence Day was fantastic!  : )
Linking up with these parties:
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Made by you Monday at Skip To My Lou
 Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House 
Show and Tell Friday
It's a Hodgepodge Friday
Frugalicious Friday
Simple and Sweet Fridays
All Things Thursday at All Things With Purpose
Pearls and Lace Thursday at Faith Grace and Crafts
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time Interiors
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs One of a Kind
You're Gonna Love It (Tuesday) at Kathe with an E
We did it Wednesday at Sew Much Ado
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Strut your stuff Saturday at Six Sisters
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Share Your Cup Thursday at Jann Olson Blogspot
Share your Creativity (Saturday) at Welcome To It's Overflowing
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
 Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound


  1. Hi Catherine, Your Blog is so interesting. You are awesome at re-purposing so many things. I enjoyed all that you shared, especially the banner you made. This was the first time I have ever made a banner. I can learn from you. Smile.

    Thank you for your sweet comment and following me.
    xo, Jeanne

  2. Wow! You have some beautiful treasures here! Love those baby shoes. I really liked the patriotic theme you used. Terrific. I am new here and hope you will visit me too. Have a beautiful weekend.

  3. Everything looks so festive and fun!

  4. Wow! Your blog is a visual treat and a treasure trove of ideas! thanks for visiting Riverside Studios and commenting on my repurposed TOMS. I look forward to visiting with you again.

  5. Love your 'blinged up' bottles, and that banner is amazing! :)

  6. Lovely, lovely ... the banner across you mantel is just awesome ... I love the fanned crepe paper on the bottom, definitely going to try that. Thanks

  7. What a great day you had! I love your banner, I wish I had all of your patriotic decor, when I got ready for my BBQ on the 4th, I was scrambling for red white and blue!!!


  8. I love all your patriotic touches! I think the Declaration of Independence piece would like great with a background of red, white, & blue for maybe a pillow!

  9. I am so impressed by your very Patriotic decorations! Love the banner so much! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF this week.


  10. So inspiring...all the patriotic things to look at. I especially love the idea the baby shoes! Just joined you as a follower, so I'll be back soon. Have a great night.

  11. I love all of your decorations especially the decorated bottle and the fabric strip banner. Thank you so much for entering Transformed Tuesday. Have a wonderful week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  12. So much fun eye candy. Love the banner and the jars! I would not have thought to put the baby shoes in one, but it works so well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  14. Hi Catherine,

    So nice to meet you! What a fun and fabulous blog you have! This patriotic post is so pretty! Love all the red, white and blue brilliance!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Following you back!:))



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