Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 4th Decor for the First Time in a Long Time

Happy July 4th Almost!  I have not managed to muster the energy to decorate for July 4th in several years.  I suspect it has to do with the fact that I used to do it up big because my parents and their long time friends would come up to our house every year for a cookout... after my mom and the lady of the family friend couple had passed away 13 years ago, I continued to have my dad and his buddy over, but then 7 years ago, my sweet daddy passed away and I guess I stopped decorating for the holiday at some point after that.  Didn't seem important I suppose.  But I always regret it when I don't because I love the whole patriotic theme.  SOOOOOO...this year, I finally pulled out the goods and had a little fun spreading some Independence Day love around my house.  I hope you enjoy taking a peek.    
The bunting is antique, purchased many years ago from eBay.  The eagle is also old, picked up at a flea market a few years back.

A little vignette of odds and ends that have been collected here and there.  I have a thing for postcards and when I went to the box of "stuff", I found quite the stash of patriotic postcards-I used about half of them for this vignette.

 This little basket as well as the cone were purchased some years ago from an Etsy seller called Moth to a Flame I think although I can't find a shop by that name, so if you recognize the artist, let me know so I can put a link in.  Her work is beautiful and she uses vintage materials at least in part to make her treasures.

This was an old cylinder from Columbia Phonograph Company.  I found it at a Goodwill shop in West Palm Beach last fall and thought it would be cute for the Fourth decorating.  Did you know that Columbia was an old name for the United States?  According to Wikipedia, "Columbia is a historical and poetic name used for the United States of America and is also the name of its female personification."  District of COLUMBIA...Columbia, the gem of the ocean...well, you get it.  I think it is charming although I can't tell you why.  Probably cause I'm just a sap...
 The postcard on the left no doubt has another iteration of Columbia. The one on the right is so stinkin' cute with her little turban and "safety first" on her diaper!
Classic patriotic beauty...

Well, that's it for now. I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my red, white, and blue theme. Happy Independence Day! I'll see you after the long weekend.

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  1. Always such beautiful eye candy here! Thanks for sharing :)


  2. Judy, I'm glad you felt inspired to decorate for the 4th this year and are sharing the beauty here with us. I never tire of patriotic decor, and have to say your mantel with the vintage bunting and eagle brings a tear to my eye. It's stunning! Would you allow me to pin this onto my patriotic Pinterest board? Stop by my post today if you have time. I have a Columbia piece like yours that a blogging friend used in a piece of her handwork. You must see it!
    Thanks again and Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  3. Looks wonderful, that eagle is something special.

  4. With all the great things you put together, I hope you have a bang-up, firecracker, happy 4th! It all looks great.♥♫

  5. It looks beautiful! I love the little sandbox shovels.
    So I am not alone...I have not wanted to decorate for any holiday after losing both my mom and dad but I expect after a few years it will all come back!
    Happy 4th!

  6. Love all your vintage pieces and how fantastically you've styled everything.

  7. Time to shop at Goodwill in West Palm Beach again - don't you think?

  8. The mantle is just gorgeous! I love the antique bunting and eagle, they
    look perfect together. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

  9. Your 4th decorations are just perfect, love the post cards especially, love those vintage items. Great job! Saw your link at Dedicated House, thanks for sharing.


  10. Judy, your 4th decor is beautiful. Your mantel is spectacular. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. such wonderful decorating for the fourth- the vintage items add such a unique touch and your mantle is perfection!

  12. Judy, Your patriotic vignette is stunning. There's something about vintage and antique patriotic things that appeal to me, too. The antique bunting and eagle are fabulous!! Visiting from The Dedicated House.

  13. love the bunting and your collection of patriotic post cards. Linda @


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