Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Decorating for summer

Holy Cow! I am so behind in my life and I'm blaming swim team (any other swim mom's out there?).  I still had all my spring decor up and was rationalizing that summer doesn't technically start until June 21st.  But since it's now even a week past that, I thought I'd better figure something out.  Luckily, I scrounged around a found some stuff, so I didn't have to make or buy anything.
 Does this look familiar?  All I did was flip over my "S-P-R-I-N-G" blocks and I left up the pinwheels, b/c I heart pinwheels.
 Here's my mantel.

This is one of my very favorite things.  It's a picture of my grandpa w/ his plane during WWII.  He even signed it "Love, Eddie" in the bottom corner.  How cool is that?  He passed a few years ago and we all miss him, so it's fun to have at least a picture of him smiling at us.

I also have a wood flag that I picked up at JoAnn's in the unfinished wood section year's ago and a wood block that I stenciled "Land of the free, because of the brave". 
Here's a trio of birdhouses that I also bought @ JoAnn's and painted to look patriotic.

Happy Fourth!  They have outlawed fireworks and outdoor grilling around here due to our drought, so please eat a hot dog for me and give and extra "Ooh and Ahh" when watching those "bombs bursting in air."

Linking up here:


  1. Looks good. I really like your land of the free because of the brave thing. Nice.

  2. At least you've decorated for the 4th...I still haven't done that! LOL


  3. Your summer decor looks great! I especially love the WW2 pic of your grandfather-how neat! Just found your blog & am looking forward to following! Happy 4th!

  4. I just got mine out today! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Very cute decorating. That is a very neat picture to have of your grandfather! Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

  6. I love those birdhouses! What a great idea. Did they come with star cutouts in them>

    I found you through the party at momnivore's dillema and I'm your newwest follower. Would love a follow back if you're interested. :-) --> Carissa's Creativity Space

  7. Thanks-the birdhouses came that way, so all I had to do was paint them.

  8. Looks wonderful! Those birdhouses are so cute. Love your mantle! Come by when you get a minute. Happy 4th of July!

    Back Porch Blessings,

  9. Looks great, and I love the pic of your grandpa!



  10. We couldn't have fireworks, either! It wasn't the same somehow, but we still managed to remember why we are free...I love the pic of your Grandpa! And who doesn't love pinwheels?? Very summery, if you ask me. ;)

  11. The mantle looks fantastic. You've got a good variety of items and color, balanced very nicely. Love it.

  12. Hi, Tara! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)