June 30, 2017

Quick Patriotic Decorating Ideas

Long May They Wave!



With the 4th of July upon us I have a few ideas for you that you can put together in a snap. 



For this arrangement I began with a white planter/bowl, to which I added glass filler marbles. The marbles hold silk stems nicely. 

In this case the geraniums are actually geranium bushes that I just poke into the marbles. I have quite a few geranium bushes that I use for my patriotic and summer arrangements....see below. :-)


I added this blue and white Johnson Brothers plate for a touch of blue with my red and white, as well as to protect my tabletop from the rough bottom of the white planter.


Here is a peek at the marbles.


And here is a closer peek at my planter.





I have a planter in my kitchen...filled with geraniums. It only seems natural to add a few flags to be festive.



Talk about a last minute idea...this is one. I put a faux boxwood ball in my silver bowl. Then it occurred to me that I could poke a couple of flags into the ball. (It is hollow in the middle.) Ta da! 



This is my current coffee table vignette. 


My flags do not go well with my persimmon color pillows and throw, but that will be ok. It is the thought that counts. 

Hubby and I are shamelessly patriotic. He is an Army veteran, and we have a long list of ancestors on all sides who have fought in the various conflicts through out the history of our country...as well as those who fought to make us independent of British rule. What can I say? History. :-)




On to the next quick arrangement...



I began with an urn...put some marbles into it, then added two bushes of geraniums. Super simple!


I took this unpatriotic setting and transformed it into a quick festive patriotic place to "sit a spell" on the back porch.


I put a couple of buntings over the backs of the rocking chairs. Boom! Looks snazzy and patriotic. Just that simple. :-)



I added flags to the vase of geraniums, as well as a blue placemat for additional color.



And this idea grew out of my just experimenting. I have a large jar in which I keep a candle. I wanted to try putting a few flags in the jar. I poked the wood poles into the sand to hold them in place. 


You can see that I used flags of different sizes. Then I thought, can I place a few sprigs of floral grass in my jar too? One step led to another. I was worried that the jar was looking messy...so I decided to wrap it in wide burlap ribbon.



Ta Da! Another quick look for a porch table, picnic table, etc.


As long as you have flags...you can create a pretty display. 


I used a flower pot/urn for this display.


I used a small ironstone pitcher for this arrangement + one geranium bush + one small flag.





Here is a table setting that I posted a few days ago using items from Oriental Trading. I am a brand ambassador for them.  (Napkins, burlap charger, patriotic bunting, and Ball mason jars are available at Oriental Trading.) 


I made this sugar bowl arrangement last year...using epsom salts in the bowl to hold the flags in place. 



Until the next time...Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. 






June 28, 2017

What Makes Me Happy!

Ron at The Uptown Acorn has included me in his series, What Makes Me Happy. 
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I hope you enjoy visiting Ron's blog and learning a little bit more about me. Just click the link. 

June 22, 2017

Let's Celebrate the 4th of July!



The "birth of our nation" celebration on July 4th is right around the corner. 

I love to see people flying flags and bunting around their house. And the fun of seeing kids decorate wagons and bikes for community parades is what also makes the 4th of July fun.

Often we don't think about the patriots/revolutionary war veterans who fought to make us independent from British rule. 

I have discovered a few more RW veterans in a couple of my ancestry lines, so that makes celebrating Independence Day important to me. I read of one ancestor who died at Valley Forge from the harsh winter conditions. Those patriots were standing up for their country and family. It could not have been easy. There is an interesting history of the Battle of Blue Licks (in Kentucky) if any of you are history buffs like me. 


Ok...on to my tablescape!

I have been working on a few patriotic ideas on my back porch for a "porch party." 

So...take a look and see if there are any ideas you would like to try. 

As required, I must disclose to you that some of the products used in my decor were provided by Oriental Trading. I am a brand ambasador, which means that they offer me products of my choice and I turn them into creative ideas. 


It has been raining this week...and it looks like it will be going on for a while longer. I decided to go ahead and photograph my tablescape anyway. I tried to lighten up the pics by editing them...but I apologize for the shaded look. My plan was to take my table out into the yard and create a picnik-scape. Oh well, we are friends here! I hope you still enjoy. 


For this tablescape I used a long folding table...which means that there is less tabletop space to play with. But I love these tables for casual dining. You can carry them to your porch, deck, patio, yard, or driveway. Mine came from Lowes several years ago. 



Let the layering begin!

I covered the table with a large red tablecloth first of all. I wanted to create a skirted look, plus I wanted the red color.

Next, I put a large "restaurant" quality polyester tablecloth on top. These are inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon. From what I understand the restaurant quality polyester resists stains. Always helpful!


For the next layer, I added two patriotic banners. Yes, these are actually banners (with grommets on each end) for hanging on your porch, on each side of your entry door, etc. When I saw them at Oriental Trading I immediately thought that they would make nice table runners. 


For the final layer, I added round blue straw-like placemats.





Oriental Trading has the cutest burlap covered chargers...and I had to have them. I wanted to try them for a casual table. Perfect for summer!


I topped off the place settings with simple white plates, Ball jars for beverages,  and napkins that co-ordinate with the table runner/banners. The napkins and Ball jars are from Oriental Trading also. 


For the centerpiece I had to choose something 
small. And I also needed two of something. :-)

   

I thought that maybe my two white pitchers would be just the trick to add a bit of an Americana vibe to this Independence celebration party. 


If you are interested in finding any of my Oriental Trading items (patriotic banners, Ball jars, burlap chargers, flags, paper napkins)  you can go to this link

The black lanterns are also from OT, back in the fall. But they still have them. 

I also ordered a few extra flags from Oriental Trading to place around the porch for that festive feel. In my opionion you just can't have too many american flags for a patriotic celebration. 



Even though my tablescape got rained out today...there will hopefully be sunshine by party time. It was pouring the rain while I was taking these pictures. ha ha! But...rain or shine, the blog must go on!



Until the next time...