Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans!     To celebrate, I dressed up a small sideboard in my dining room.  You might have seen glimpses of it in the background of the photos where I shared how to set a star-studded 4th of July table. It's funny how I didn't think I had much that was red, white, and blue with which to decorate.  Surprisingly I had plenty. The festive red, white, and blue banner was given to me by my blogging pal, Mary Beth from The How to Home.  It sets the perfect backdrop to the vignette.     If you wonder how to easily … [Read more...]

  I love the American flag and all things red, white, and blue. Right down to my dining table.     Yet, this patriotic tablescape almost didn't happen. This summer my focus changed from the blog to my personal health and wellness.  I'm making some strides, although it seems that it's two steps forward and one step back.  But, I decided to not stress over it.  Instead, I'm giving myself grace to let go of a few things.  I'm good at pushing through... not at receiving grace... especially from myself.     So, even though I love decorating for the 4th of … [Read more...]

  Happy Fourth of July!     I LOVE everything about celebrating the 4th, but especially I love all things red, white, and blue. It's been a while since I've been able to set a patriotic table, but this year is finally my year... thanks to an unexpected clearance at Walmart way back in January.  Right smack in the middle of the main aisle was a display of deeply discounted housewares items.  Since I always prefer shopping anything house related over clothing, I was immediately drawn to the display.  Down on the bottom shelf, I noticed a stack of red plates.  Cute red plates with a … [Read more...]

  Don't you love it when you drive down the road on a beautiful breezy day when the sun is shining bright and you see one of those bigger-than-life American flags waving out over the road with all its might?  Or how about passing a house with the front porch festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, and giant urns filled with red geraniums and lots of small American flags?  These are the kinds of sightings that make my all-American heart beat faster. I wanted to create that same kind of feeling for the Fourth of July with mason jars and flowers. And I'm pretty happy with the … [Read more...]

  Be inspired today with these fun and creative patriotic holiday decorating ideas... Holidays give me a great reason to have people over. We love spending time with friends in an informal way. There's something about a holiday that puts everyone in a more celebratory mood. Plus... it gives me a theme for table decor and more.     With that in mind... Memorial Day is almost here and it's the perfect reason to open the cupboards and drawers and pull out all things red, white, and blue. Since Memorial Day is about remembrance and appreciation, it's a great teaching … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you like quick, easy, and inexpensive party ideas. Me too!  That's why I just had to share with you this super simple and inexpensive... yet extraordinary 4th of July dessert idea.  Plus a few extra tips to make your Fourth spectacular! Whether you just entertain a few friends or the whole neighborhood... you are going to LOVE this!   Here's how it all came down. I just made a quick trip into Walmart to pick up glitter, jars, and Mod Podge for this amazing 4th of July mason jar post I am cooking up for the blog.  As I was running from one end of the store to the … [Read more...]

  What could be a more perfect finish to your 4th of July dinner or cookout than a red, white, and blue dessert? How about an American flag dessert? Even better....  an American flag PIE!   This stars and stripes American flag pie is quick and easy to create and it's delicious too! Shall we make one now?   Stars & Stripes American Flag Pie   Assemble the following... Contains affiliate links* Pie Plate Large Mixing Bowl Pastry Blender Rolling Pin I love Pizza Cutter Small Star Cookie Cutter or Knife & Star Pattern Measuring Cups … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was filled with patriotic creativity! So many mouth-watering treats were shared... just perfect for the 4th of July. Whatever you're doing to celebrate... there's something here that's sure to please your crowd! Now get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  Sweet and Tasty 4th of July Treats Watermelon and Blueberry Straws from Simply Suzanne's Sweet Cream Berry Shortcakes ~ I Should be Mopping the Floor Red, Blue and White Chocolate Mousse from Sweet and Savory by Shinee 4th of July Marshmallow Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories Patriotic … [Read more...]

I love wildflowers! One of my favorite things to do is to walk the roadside and pick bouquets for decorating the table(s) for the Fourth of July. Earlier this week it rained quite heavily for a few days, so the wildflowers were pretty beat up. But, Wednesday, I went for a very long walk and discovered just what I wanted.  Happy Day!     The next morning I went for another walk scissors in hand. To my dismay, the massive scissors of the local road crew had come through and leveled my wildflower garden. You should have seen my face. I think it fell to my knees. Why, at … [Read more...]

  We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken Happy Fourth of July!!   Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day. Wishing you An Extraordinary Independence Day! Diane To receive FREE bits of inspiration like this in your inbox or reader, subscribe now. I'd be delighted if you'd share the goodness here with your friends. Click any of the sharing buttons at the bottom.   … [Read more...]

Need a few last minute Fourth of July ideas for your holiday celebration? We've got you covered! Left to Right... Fourth of July Porch by Twelve Oaks Manor Patriotic Grunge by Paper Seedlings Red, White, & Blue Cupcake Wrappers Free Printable by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom Sparkler Straw Pinwheel Centerpiece by Hoopla Palooza Patriotic Fruit Skewers by Three Kids and a Fish 4th of July Flag Tree with Cornstarch Ornaments by Adventures of a DIY Mom Homemade Star Marshmallows by Confessions of a Secret Crafter 4th of July Breakfast Flag Holes by Jacolyn Murphy DIY Fourth of July … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated through your purchase at these links.  Raise your hand if you're a huge fan of red, white, and blue, and all things patriotic. Image From Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, I love accenting my home with stars and stripes. This sweet kitchen sets the stage beautifully for Christmas decorating, fall decor, or yes....a spectacular Fourth of July. It's so easy to do with the addition of a mason jar filled with American flags, a collection of bowls or containers in any combination of reds, whites, and blues.  And of course table runners, … [Read more...]

  Are you waving the flag for Memorial Day? I thought it would be fun to share a super easy little project to add a little patriotism to a wall or front door.   Easy Flag Ribbon Wreath & Tutorial Here's the "how to".....   One.   Gather some red, white, and blue ribbon.  You can see that I got mine on deep clearance a while ago.  Keep your eye out for out-of-season trims for the best prices.  And...really when I bought it I had no idea how I would use it.  But, the colors were just right.  It would be great to use three solid colors, too. Two.   Use an existing wreath that is … [Read more...]