Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Enjoy!

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The 4th in Seward, Nebraska

27-4th shirt emblemWow! Where did the week go? I think I’m still recovering and catching up after our family’s weekend trip to Seward, Nebraska for the 4th of July festivities.

01-DSCF1608My husband’s brother and his wife invited us to enjoy the town’s Independence Day celebration. We had no idea how fabulous it would be!

02-DSCF1609It is only a five hour drive for us, so we left the morning of the 4th and got there in time to enjoy the huge craft show in the town square before the parade. My BIL dropped us off near the square as there was no way we were going to find parking. We had an hour before the parade.

04-DSCF1611We were invited to watch the parade from a friend’s house that was right on the parade route. This is one view from the porch.05-DSCF1613The crowds of people lined the streets and lawns in all directions.

06-DSCF1614Fast fact from the town’s web page: “The City of Seward, with a population of over 6,000, is located in the very heart of the county of Seward.”

07-DSCF1616Another fun and amazing fact: “Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City”, hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth.  The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.”

15-DSCF1630The parade had a little bit of everything and lasted for over an hour.

11-DSCF1622Look closely at the center of this photo. A streaker (well, he was wearing a red, white and blue speedo) came running out of the crowd and down the middle of the parade as he used a flag as a cape. It happened so quick that this was as focused a shot as I could get. Hmm, I bet his momma is proud. LOL!

10-DSCF1620I loved this! The name of the business is called “Cake to Die For…”. I wonder…what do you think came first, the name or the company car?

09-DSCF1619A bit of irony…for guests from Kansas. The theme of Seward, Nebraska’s 2014 4th of July parade was “there’s no place like home”.

22-DSCF1644My beautiful SIL enjoying the parade with us from the porch.

Unfortunately I completely forgot to grab my camera for the fireworks! (face/palm)

You will just have to take my word for it that they were amazing, huge, numerous and could be seen in every direction we turned.

24-DSCF1648The next day we went to a local winery for a bit of tasting. :) Yum! 😉 The winery is Junto Wines. Click the link to find out more about this beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting Junto wines if you ever find yourself in the area.

25-DSCF1650We took our final glass outside and walked around. They have a lot of lovely areas for outdoor weddings and receptions.

26-DSCF1651Back at the house a relaxing game of washers ensued.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Kevin and Becky, thank you for a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

Tin Patriotic Flags

4-DSCF1446Tin Patriotic Flags

1-Minettemaze Tin SignsI have lots of scrap galvanized roofing tin in storage. I usually cut it to size and attach it to things without painting it, but I have become so inspired by Shelly at MinettesMaze.

I had no illusions that my painting would look anything like hers. Shelly has mad painting skills that I don’t, but with the Fourth of July coming up quickly I decided I could surely manage painting flags.

1-DSCF1395I didn’t re-cut the pieces I had, I just grabbed a stack and went for it.

I usually use the rust on junk to my advantage, but in this case I turned the rust to the back so that I would have a smoother surface for painting. Each tin got a base of white. The humidity is kinda icky right now so I waited a day before continuing.

2-DSCF1433I taped off the stripes and blue fields, which I am sure Shelly probably doesn’t do, but I was severely challenged by the hills and valleys of the tin. Taping was the only way I could paint a straight line.

I cheated a bit with the stars by using stencils.

3-DSCF1434I liked the way they were coming along, but they didn’t seem quite right. They needed something more…light bulb moment…I spattered red, white and blue paint over the surface. Yep, much better.

4-DSCF1446The flags can be propped up, displayed on walls or fences with screws, or hung by the baling wire hangers I attached to the top of each one.

Check out another of Shelly’s posts HEREIt has a similar flag to mine and lots and lots of painted patriotic inspiration.

Happy Fourth!

Enjoy!

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Rustic Window Lath Flags

6-DSCF1452Rustic Window Lath Flags

1-DSCF1398I love old windows, even the ones that are missing glass. I had two like the one above. Actually, one window still had one pane still intact. It was easily removed. 😉 Yep, I’m fearless that way.

2-DSCF1415I decided to turn them into American flags just in time for the Fourth of July. The inside dimensions were perfect for using 13 laths for the flag stripes.

3-DSCF1418After placing the laths together to trace the edges of the blue field, I separated them and dry brushed each lath with the appropriate color.

4-DSCF1431I hemmed and hawed over what to do with the window frames, so I asked a few friends what their thoughts were. The choices were to leave them as is, stain or clear coat them, or dry brush them red, white or blue. The clear winner by all was to dry brush them red. I have the smartest friends.

5-DSCF1435I attached the laths to the back of the frame, leaving small gaps between each one to fill in the space.

6-DSCF1452Lastly, a large star was stenciled over the blue field.

Okay, maybe the star wasn’t last…I decided to add two laths running vertically on the back to give the stripes more stability.

I love, love the way they turned out.

Enjoy!

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Signs-Patriotic & Then Some

5-DSCF1268Signs-Patriotic & Then Some

1-DSCF1257Never one to throw out anything, it was no surprise that I saved the little scraps of siding from the repair on our old garage.

2-DSCF1258I had a few other boards that I had also been hoarding, so I used both board types for signs.

3-DSCF1260A red, white and blue patriotic theme was what I was leaning toward, but I had recently made several new stencils with my Cricut and I wanted to use them all.

4-DSCF1262I kept the color theme, but not all of the signs turned out patriotic.6-DSCF1273

This board was a little bigger than the others, so I modified my “Ranch Rules” stencil.

Enjoy!

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Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
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Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
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The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
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That DIY Party
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Sew Darn Crafty
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