Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Easy and Instant Patriotic Decor

Today I realized if I didn't make a little effort to put together some decor for the 4th, it would really be too late. I've been enjoying decorating with a Patriotic theme for my whole life, and I didn't want this to be the year to not continue. The 4th of July holiday epitomizes the feel for summer fun... trips to the lake, cookouts, family get-togethers. When I was a kid that meant that there were always family gatherings with fireworks, a grill, and several buckets of homemade ice cream. 

This year I'm doing good to find my stash of little cemetery flags and add them to an existing flower arrangement. My unexpected and emergency vascular surgery a couple of weeks ago has put a major kink in my decorating mojo. I'm feeling stronger each day and can do a little more, but I still try to take it easy and not push myself. I don't want any kind of repeat or complication of that ordeal. So, I'm trying to be good.

Looking around the house I wanted to add some red/white/blue but it was going to have to be a no-brainer. I thought my white wicker demi-john on the coffee table in the Living Room could handle a few antique flags and some wind-y, vine-y, weed-y accents for a quick makeover. 

Everything at the house has basically been the same since early May; kind of a time warp of decor. I allowed myself one trip to the storage room downstairs and a short rummage through the flower bins in the garage. So I added a few white silk Hydrangea blooms to the Paperwhites in the entry... and more little flags.

I found this old spindle that had been turned into a candleholder that I've had for years and cannot remember where I found it. Two small flags and more white weeds with a moss base added another little piece of patriotic interest to the Entry console table.

Here are a few pics from earlier July 4th decor where little flags came to the rescue. They are easy to find at flea markets during the summer months, and I'm sure places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels have them too. If they look too new and you don't have years to have them in a box then a little tea staining will do the trick.

(I hunted for these white geraniums but couldn't find them anywhere...)

(I think this may be my most "Pinned" image)

I added one to an old Mason Jar a couple of years ago to use with tea lights.

Here's another, where I added it to an old ticking feather pillow.

Instant Patriotic Decor 

My good friend Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home is hosting a Patriotic Party this week, so run by and link up your Patriotic and July 4th posts, then check out some fun ideas and inspiration.

Thankyou again, for all of you who left comments and FB comments on my last post. The way Blogger has messed up our emails from the comments has been a real downer on being able to make a return reply. Please just know I really appreciate all the prayers and concerns for my health. It may take awhile but I'm making progress. Love you all!!!

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  1. Keep on getting better and taking things really careful Debra - wishing you a Happy 4th of July.

  2. Don't let things like looking for geraniums drive you crazy, Debra. I know you well enough that it could. Love your little patriotic touches. Hope to hear more good news with each post. You can certainly put meaning to celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the 4th! XO

  3. Everything looks beautiful...and one would never know that it was quickly pulled together. Your vigettesa are always inspirational. Hope you are feeling better soon since you so derserve it. Happy 4th!

  4. Oh I love it all. Hope you are doing well.

  5. How pretty it all is...…….okay, that's enough, now rest!!!! xoxoxo

  6. Our prayers for you Debra is that you rest, get strong, you have bless us so much with the grace of who you are sharing your life journey in real life. You have that beauty that is inside and out, it is a gift that we all appreciate! Love you! You make us stronger. Love that your hubby takes such great care of you and supports you through all these years with your health battles for the truth. You are so special! Thank you for sharing when you have the strength to do so. We love you! Debbie

  7. Awwwww...Rita said all! You have so much creativity and sometimes we have to just settle for good enough. In your case, good enough is excellent for many of us!!!

    I love what you've done. I like to old tin watering can dressed up so patriotically, and your ticking/flag pillow. One of kind.

    Happy 4th to you and yours! I'd love to hear how you are doing, and fingers crossed its been an easier time.

    Jane xxx

  8. A few little flags is as far as I got, too, Debra...but they do make things look summery and festive, don't they? I am glad you are recuperating well...I hope you are feeling really good soon!

  9. Love all your patriotic touches Debra. So happy to hear you are doing better each day. Have a wonderful and relaxing 4th tomorrow.

  10. So cute. You are one of my favorite patriotic bloggers. I saw that pin floating around Pinterest today. i love that image. I wonder if they are ever going to fix the blogger comment situation? Continuing to pray for you.

  11. Yes, just a few flags will do the trick! I'm so glad that you felt good enough to do this Debra! But yes, take it easy and heal. I am having to take it easy right now as well. I have seen your most pinned image pop up quite often. Always love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Debra I am overwhelmed at the beauty in this post! I will be pinning so many images! Thank you for sharing at TFT and the Patriotic Party. I am featuring your little blue bottles tomorrow at TFT. I am so glad to have you back, and so thankful to God that he has sustained you my friend!

  13. Oh my gosh I found your blog! I have just recently come back to blogging and I lost my readers list of blogs I followed,, I'm so glad to have found you again!
    This post was so beautiful, you are such an inspiration!


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