To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
June 30, 2016
Let's celebrate our RED, WHITE AND BLUE!
I had the menu planned...
but what did I want to do with the tablescape
for our July 4th celebration?
Then....I found my inspiration piece...
this darling little vintage canvas print, which
I had bought for our Maine coastal guest bedroom!
I was going Nautical mixed with Americana!
All the decorations are bought on a budget...
you can collect so many decorating items
you like without spending a great deal of money!
I bought this pillow about five years ago
when the Divine Miss M and I went to Home Goods
and never had room to bring it back to Texas!
Lo and behold, on our last visit, I had enough luggage room
to pack it up...perfecto!
The nautical throw is new and is reversible,
so you can get two looks!
Many of the items I put together were from our Maine days!
I have had the dinnerware from a July 4th three years ago
just added new servingware from
The Pioneer Woman's collection
I purchased this darling little vintage bathing beauty
to match my canvas print and fell in love
with this vintage six pack of Coca-Cola!
It's fun to find little sweet treats for the kiddos.
The lighted star garland is also a dollar isle Target find!
The floral centerpiece was only $5.00....
and I found the nautical stars in the dollar isle at Target!
I rewrapped the vintage thread spools which are about thirty years old now.
Who doesn't love little Baby Ruth's?
Vintage boxes of Cracker Jacks
Red Licorice bundles
Americana M and M's
An Americana dinner plate
was used as the base for the floral centerpice,
surrounded by individual packages of Cracker Jacks!
I am just wondering if the grandchildren even know
about the surprise inside...
like to buy the world a home
furnish it with love.
apple trees and honey bees,
snow white turtle doves.”
the world wants today…
the real thing!”
Stars and Stripes....
It's a Star Spangled Celebration!
Yes...they light up!
As we celebrate AMERICA..... Wishing you and those you love