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Sunday, June 19, 2016


Independence Day on the mantle

Our 12 year-old granddaughter, Carly, adheres to the philosophy of "Go big or go home". You can probably tell she helped me decorate the mantle for Independence Day.
4th of July decor
We created a 4th of July parade on the mantle. One of my flags was waiving in the breeze from a fan.
4th of July parade on mantel

Along with many Uncle Sam costumes, some parade entries are wearing period military costumes.
Statute of Liberty figure for 4th of July decor
 A float, featuring the Statute of Liberty, is carrying the drum majorette.
Independence Day Decor
These residents went all out with patriotic d├ęcor on their house.
Uncle Sam Figures for 4th of July Decor
Patriotic children (window clings) decorate vases.
Mantel Banner for Patriotic Decor
I found this patriotic banner on sale in August a few years ago.
Fireplace decorated for 4th of July
We added a few flags to the basket of dried Hydrangea.
Mantle decorations for July 4th
Some of you may already know I'm having a health detour in my life, and it is causing sporadic posting on the blog. I am so appreciative of your visits to my blog and I apologize for posting irregularly. Please come back to visit and please continue to remember me in your prayers. 


The French Hutch said...

Hi Laurie, I love your patriotic parade on the mantle. What a great idea and way to celebrate our Independence Day! I'm sure it must have been fun making this with your granddaughter. I do miss you and continue keeping you in thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs…………..

Sandy Park said...

Laurie, really enjoyed visiting your 4th Parade. Hope you are feeling better soon. We'll be here waiting for you when you're feeling better.

Eilis@My-heart-lives-here said...

You and your granddaughter did a great job. I've never done a 4th of July mantel, but now I want to. said...

So cute Laurie!!! Love all the figurines, and you have recreated the spirit of the American home town on your mantel!

Unknown said...

Hi Laurie. I am keeping you in my prayers. Many of my friends are experiencing health problems this year. Though we have never met in person, you have a special place in my heart. Hometown folks rate high on my list of folks to keep in my prayers.
A little fun tidbit. Last year I found a box of papers in the back corner of a little used closet. My hubby's mom died when he was 14, after they had lost a daughter to pneumonia. He was one of those menopause babies and his mom adored him beyond measure. There were precious pictures of him that I had not seen in years and years. He was raised in Amherst, Mass. That sleepy little college town had a small town Independence Day parade. The kids decorated their bikes and trikes with all kinds of streamers and flags. There were also lots of Halloween parties, birthday parties, and Christmas decorations. Because July 4th is right around the corner, I am especially thrilled about looking for those pictures again to post some of him on his flag and streamer draped tricycle.

Darlene Gardner said...

Really enjoy all your mantles Laurie. I hope you are on the mend and I will continue to remember you in my prayers. You are so very creative!

Sarah said...

I'm glad to see you felt like having a parade. You know I love seeing your patriotic things. I need to pull my things out. Sweet Susie kept me in the loop. I'm so relieved to know that things went well. I will write an email soon. Wanted to give you some time. Hugs, my friend!