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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great Ideas for Better Outdoor Living ~ No matter your budget, there are plenty of ways to make an outdoor space pretty, practical and even more enjoyable.

Add interest overhead and extend your outdoor space’s usable hours by hanging sconces over the dining table. Here, silver sconces in different shapes and hung at varying levels provide a fun focal point in this mostly white outdoor room.

There's nothing quite like taking a Sunday afternoon nap in your own backyard hammock. Don't worry if you don't have two perfectly spaced trees to hang one from. Attach the hammock to a pergola like these homeowners did, and still benefit from the shade the pergola provides. A hammock stand is another option.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

8 DIY Fourth of July Decorations

Fourth of July fabric and lollie garland ~ If there's one holiday that embraces homespun charm, it's Independence Day. Over at Pink Polka Dot Creations, Rita combines two popular DIYs -- fabric garland and paper lollies -- for a timeless design she hangs over her treat table for the Fourth.

Patriotic tin can luminaria ~ Kick the can? Not when they're punched, painted and filled with votive candles. This new take on the standard outdoor luminaria is equally at home on a picnic table or lining your walkways. They're inexpensive and simple to make, using a hammer and nail.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Crafts and Party Decorations ~ These red, white, and blue crafts and decorations will add a festive touch to any Memorial Day or Fourth of July celebration.

Clothespin Pinwheel ~ So pretty they'll make you dizzy, these patriotic whirligigs spin in the wind.

Flag Favors ~ A spirited holiday celebration calls for a fun take-home treat, like this goody bag of candies arranged to resemble the American flag. Start by partially filling a 2-by-10-inch cellophane bag with blue candies to stand in for stars. Then add red and white candy sticks to mimic stripes. Tie the bag with red waxed twine, and don't be surprised if you catch yourself humming "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My 2015 July 4th All American RED WHITE & BLUE Picks from Pottery Barn for decorating, dining, eating, crafting and of course Fireworking!

Stripe Dhurrie Table Throw ~ Our handwoven throw adds a rich, warm texture to the table, and its vivid stripes create a fun, welcoming foundation for a centerpiece or serveware.

4th of July Plates ~ For a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration kids will love, set the table with our flag-inspired, shaped plates.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Star-Spangled DIY Ideas to Use Mason Jars for Your 4th of July Decor ~ Great crafts for adults and maybe some kiddos also.

While you can definitely use these littered jars to light the night, why not opt to showcase them at the entrance to our backyard party. Simply adhere a star sticker to the jar, spray paint the jars in random fashion, remove the sticker and add a tea light.

If you're inspired by these lanterns, then you'll be even more surprised by how easy they are to make. Paint, tape, stickers start the job, but it's sandpaper (rubbed lightly around the jars) that gives them a distressed look.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

My 2015 July 4th All American RED WHITE & BLUE Picks from Williams -Sonoma for decorating, dining, eating, crafting and of course Fireworking!

Fourth of July Mini Spatulas, Set of 2 - From summer baking to Fourth of July barbecues, cooking is a blast with our star-spangled spatulas. The slim size is great for scraping and scooping from blenders and small jars.

Flag Pie Crust Cutter - Our cutter makes it easy as pie to create a flag-inspired pastry crust decorated with stars and stripes. Great for patriotic pies, it quickly cuts a perfect decorative crust from a single piece of dough.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Americana Red, White, and Blue Crafts and Party Decorations ~ Add some Patriotic flair to your home this summer season with these cheap, easy and fun {and of course some DIY} ideas.

Star Garland ~ Fly the nation's colors on the Fourth with this jaunty string of stars. Just cut out stars from colored paper and attach to twine.

Tissue Fan Firework Medallions ~ An array of circular tissue fans, cut to different sizes, creates a marvelous fireworks effect. Snip the center flat to make room for a festive clip-art medallion.

Fireworks Table Setting ~ Liven up your table by making pom-poms and table runners inspired by fireworks.

Monday, June 1, 2015

My 2015 July 4th All American RED WHITE & BLUE Picks from Crate & Barrel for decorating, dining, eating, crafting and of course Fireworking!

Give three cheers for the red, white and blue with patriotic decor and useful everyday items from Crate and Barrel. They offer a full range of dinnerware products perfect for a stylish Fourth of July or Memorial Day.Labor Day party, including seasonal plates, serving platters, serving dishes, plastic glasses, flatware and more. In addition to dining , we also offer festive red, white and blue decor. To create a beautiful Americana-inspired tablescape, try their red and blue striped tablecloths with matching placemats and napkins......add in fun patriotic decor, such as an bunted American flag banner, striped pillow and cocktail picks, to complete the look.

Red Star Plates - With a touch of delightful diner styling, this broad-rimmed porcelain plate with a double-banded red rim and star icon sets an all-American table for everyday dining and patriotic occasions.

Seersucker Red Flatware-Goodie Pouch - A fresh new presentation idea in classic red-and-white seersucker nestles flatware, goodies, gift cards and more. Ribbon drawstring keeps contents inside.