Wordless Wednesday 150 ~ Red, White, and Blue

No. 150 ~ Red, White, and Blue



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Simple Sunday – Fourth of July on the Balcony

Welcome to Simple Sunday from my daughter’s place in Florida.

 Today I’m adding a little Fourth of July decor to her balcony.

A visit to Bullseye’s Playground at Target provided all I needed to add a patriotic feel to her balcony.  It all started with this banner (I bought myself one too).  The driftwood heart is new too but it isn’t part of the patriotic decor.

Taking a cue from the banner I picked out a small red and white gingham pillow for one of the chairs.  I would have gotten two pillows but they only had one.  We are still on the lookout for another one.

This cute little ceramic ice cream cone makes a perfect holder

 for nine mini American flags.

It all came together nicely and for only ten dollars my daughter has some adorable Fourth of July balcony decor.

Thank you for joining me today and I don’t want to forget all the Dads so a huge Happy Father’s Day.

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Hope You Have A Happy Fourth of July 2016

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July.  Here are a few images that represent Fourth of July to me.






Vintage Fascination No. 89

Welcome to a holiday edition of Vintage Fascination.

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Don’t you love long holiday weekends?   I think I may do some antiquing tomorrow before my Fourth of July cookout with family.   Here is this weeks vintage finds.

Coleman Water Cooler Jug

The Coleman jug is  a great 70’s blue water jug with spigot.  It is metal on top with plastic opening with a lid.  Originally a plastic cup was inside the top but was lost somewhere along the way.  A red Coleman label is on the blue metal directly above the spigot.  The bottom and part of the way up the side is white thermal plastic.   Made in the USA by The Coleman Co. Inc.,9-Wichita Kansas is on the bottom of the water jug.  

Basket with liner

You know I can never pass up a nice basket and this one has a blue print liner.  My thought is to pick one of the colors in the liner and dry brush that color on basket.  Once the makeover is complete then its off to the booth.

Hose Nozzles

I’ve been looking for some brass or metal hose nozzles for a while and I almost missed these.  They were inside a metal basket that I picked up.  Left the basket but bought both hose nozzles.

Coleman Enamel Ware Picnic Set

My favorite find of the week is a set of camping/picnicking dishes.  It is  twelve piece service for four.  It was sitting in a beat up box almost under the counter in a favorite thrift store.  The dishes were still wrapped in paper.

Coleman Flatware (

 As I dug through the box to see if everything was there I realized there was a whole set of matching silverware with red handles.  The silverware is nicely wrapped in a brown cloth cover with tie and the Coleman trademark on the front (still in their plastic sleeves).

Coleman Flatware 2

I’m not sure these are vintage but I can’t find any like them on-line so they are not now available.   Score.

Blue Embroidery

This pretty embroidered piece was in a drawer I cleaned out the other day.  I’ve had it for a while but don’t remember where or exactly when I found it. 

Blue Embroidery Open

The needle work on it is exquisite.    

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Wordless Wednesday 99 – Flags

Vintage Red Check tablecloth

American Flag Heart


Kitchen Flag Wreath

Memorial Day 2013

Four of July Flags

Flag Stand on plate

Star Bangled Banner


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Happy Fourth of July

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Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.



Quick Red White and Blue Bouquets

Fourth of July snuck up on me this year and I didn’t do much decorating.  So I bought a couple of bunches of red carnations and went to work making four bouquets.

4th of July Bouquets

There is something special about each bouquet.  The blue and white French water pitcher, a recent Etsy purchase, is perfect to hold a patriotic bouquet of red carnations and baby’s breath, read about it here.   The vintage blue milk of magnesia bottle is one my husband found years ago while out surveying around an old home place.  The small bouquet holds an American flag that was given to me by a sweet guy who I worked with for many years.  This little flag is so special to me because he was a veteran and gave me the flag on Veteran’s Day about fifteen years ago.  Last but not least, the floating carnation is in a teacup that is part of a collection I inherited from my Mother.

Red White and Blue

This little lovely was strictly a result of happenstance.  When I finished arranging the flowers this lone blossom was laying on the counter and I just couldn’t throw it away.

First Hydrangea bloom

There is one more thing special about this bouquet.  The blue blossom is the only one my little hydrangea bush has produced this year.  I wouldn’t have cut it but it was about to wilt in the hot Georgia sun.  It perked right up when I placed it in some water.

Old Glory

It’s time to fire up the grill.  I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July 2014.

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Star Spangled Banner

Do you get a lump in your throat when you hear the Star Spangled Banner at a baseball game?   I always do no matter what.  It reminds me of those who have given their all so we can live in freedom and the inspiration for framing this flag.

 Framed American Flag

You can read the account of what Francis Scott Key witnessed on that night off the Maryland shore during the War of 1812 and the reason he wrote the poem that later became our National Anthem.



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Here’s hoping that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy Fourth of July 2013.



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The Great American Flag Stand and a Patriotic Mantel

Do you remember Playskool Tinkertoys?  I loved them when I was a kid.  They had all those cool wooden wheels and the connector dowels in primary colors.  My sister and I put together all sorts of bizarre looking items way back then.  Anyway, I found an old set at one of my favorite thrift stores this week.  This set was made and distributed in 1986 and it seems compete.  At first I thought my grandson would like them, but then I remembered his baby sister and all the small pieces that come in a box of Tinkertoys and decided that I could find a use for some of the parts myself.

Tinkertoys Original

As soon as I saw the wooden wheels an idea popped into my head.  These wheels would make an excellent flag stand.   I knew there were several small flags in my Fourth of July stash so I was ready to get to work.

Four of July Flags

I chose three wheels and glued them together but quickly realized they would need a base for balance.  With the column of wheels glued to a blue plate I inserted the flags into the wheel holes.

Flag Stand on plate

To work on my mantel the flag stand was going to need more height.  So I tried several options to add some height.  First try was a spool of ribbon.

Flag Stand Ribbon Base

The spool of red white and blue ribbon didn’t work because the color was off and it looked too busy.  Then I tried a clear candle holder.

Flag Stand Clear Base

The candle holder was ok, but I remembered some wooden spools I had and tried one of them.

Flag Stand on Wood Spool

Finally a combination that’s a winner.  Don’t you just love the vintage vibe?

Flags on stand

I love the look of the wooden spool with the wooden Tinkertoy wheels.

Patriotic Mantel 2013

Patriotic Mantel

Yeah, I took the easy way out on this one.  The window was already on my mantel and the wreath just got a little costume change from some pretty pastel flowers to three American Flags.   The blue milk of magnesia bottle (smallest bottle) is one my husband found years ago while out surveying near an old home site.  The middle bottle is a wine bottle I borrowed from the bottle tree in my sunroom and the square apothecary bottle was a recent thrift store find.  The three candle holders in the middle were purchased on clearance after a patriotic holiday some years ago.

Tinkertoys are still in production but they are made of plastic now.

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