Sunday, June 24, 2007
Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue!
I love to decorate for the Fourth of July. LOVE it, I tell you. I love it so much that my family room is done in Americana all year round: the walls are navy blue, we have this print hanging on the wall and above it I have a vinyl lettering phrase that reads "God Bless America." I have a wreath with rusty stars and flag pillows and I just love it! In June I get out the rest of my patriotic decor in time for Flag Day and I leave it up until the end of July so I can enjoy it for a while. Because I've had so much fun decorating, I thought I'd post a few of my favorite red, white, and blue things this year:
**I'm running out of time, but still hoping that maybe I can get some of the projects in the July Country Living done before we leave to go out town on Thursday. It's a tall order, we'll see. I really love those rosettes and I've already bought all the crepe paper so I need to get crackin'!
**We all know that I love cupcakes, but festive and patriotic cupcakes are even better! Look at these cuties here and here from the Wilton website. The first one with the fireworks looks tricky with that fancy tip but the second one using a star tip probably isn't as difficult.
**These red, white and blue candies from Hammond's are making my heart go pitter-pat! I think I may need to make a quick drive up tomorrow morning to check them out in person. Isn't the flag ribbon candy neat? And those great big round lollipops--wouldn't they look great displayed with a big red ribbon on the sticks? I want it all. Bad.
This cute pillow by Bethany Lowe Designs. Heck, I love her whole July 4th line. There's also a matching table runner.
**This last one isn't exactly red, white and blue but I think it goes along with the theme. For an upcoming church activity I'm in charge of coordinating donations for care packages to be sent to deployed military service members. I went to AnySoldier.com to compile my list of requested items and was very touched by the simple requests that so many of the soldiers & Marines have made, and their responses telling just how grateful they are for the packages that they have received. I think I'm going to make a personal goal to send one package per month to someone on the list. We have friends who are deployed and I know we need to be better about sending some mail love to them too. I encourage all of you to think about putting together a care package for a soldier in honor of July 4th--it doesn't take much to stuff a Flat Rate Priority box good and full, and I know that it would be appreciated!
And now off to bed! I've got to get up bright and early for my field trip to Hammond's. :)