Welcome to my summer front porch…all decked out for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! Seems the older I get, and wiser, the more I appreciate where I live and I am grateful to those men and women who made this country what it is. That said, being patriotic isn’t just for the 4th of July but celebrating it is pretty much the American thing to do. I fly my flag proudly and this year I added some other fun touches.
I told you about the new porch rockers in the spring and I am so happy with them. I dug out some red pillow covers I got at IKEA several years ago and added them to the rockers. Then a few days later I spied the navy and white pillow covers at Hobby Lobby. I stood there and debated whether to buy them or make my own. After looking at the price, with a 40% discount on one, I got them both for $16.00. They have piping and zipper closures. There is no way I could have made them for that price so home with me they came.
For the table I kept the white enamelware from my Spring Farmhouse Porch and added a mason jar with hydrangeas. Red, white and blue ribbon adds that patriotic touch. You saw the little enamelware pot as part of my Vintage Container Herb Garden. Moving pots around is one of the perks of container gardening.
The door wreath is the one I made in the spring. I removed the bird’s nest and satin ribbon. I added large, loopy burlap ribbon and then stuck two flags under the bow. I had the flags from last year’s summer porch and amazingly enough I even knew where they were!
I opted for English Ivy in the twin planters this year. I went to Lowe’s looking for ferns but waited too long and they were dreadfully dried out and picked over. I need to remember that for next year and shop sooner.
I saw these ivy plants and decided to kill two birds with one stone. I needed something for the planters now and I will need ivy to build my topiaries in the fall. I think it’s a nice change and in very late summer I will have all the ivy I need to make the topiaries full and pretty. And then some.
Good quality American flags can be found pretty much any place. I got mine a few years ago at Lowe’s and there was a huge selection and different price ranges. I wanted one that was finished on both sides and I wanted the stars to be stitched. I looked online and depending on the size you want, they run between $25.00 and $35.00. A good investment, in my opinion.
I hope this inspires you to add a bit of Yankee Doodle Dandy to your porch. Next week, after the fireworks, I can remove the red pillows and take the flags out of the wreath. Easy and super quick transition back to basics. Thank you for stopping by…and a special, heart-felt thank you to all of you who left kind comments about my little dog and my Mom on my last post. Both are getting a little better every day but it’s going to be a while before everyone is back to normal. See you soon!
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