"Patriotic" -- My Way!

Hey everyone!  Well, I think summer has pretty much arrived across the country now -- for sure it has settled in here in the Arizona desert.  I cannot believe July is almost here;  actually, is anyone else scratching their head over just where this year has gone?  My goodness, it's already time to show some patriotism and pull out the red, white and blue.  Just let me say, I am as patriotic as they come and tears can easily fill my eyes at the sight of our beautiful flag and what it stands for.  But......those traditional colors get a bit of a twist inside my home, so I thought I'd share "Patriotic" -- My Way!

This is one of my favorite places to decorate seasonally.  You can see I used some of those adorable blue ball jars to each hold a single faux Gerbera daisy.  My silver roo looks rather regal keeping watch over his domaine.

This was a free printable from someone last year (sorry, I don't remember who had it), 
but I really like it.

I added dried lavender to the jars so the stems would stand up which equals good smells, too!

I love my "Pears" print, but it was looking a bit too Fall to me, so the "summer banner" was my way of 
tying the pears to the rest of the decor.

Now, into the family room.

As you see, I am not yet tired of my coffee filter wreath.  Heck, I may never grow tired of it!  Anyway, I thought I'd keep the mantel very simple.  The giraffe is a favorite of The Man's, so I brought it into the family room so he could see it whenever he is watching TV.  I need something to perch on the sweet little footstool that belonged to my mil, but haven't figured out what I want to use.

Used two more of the ball jars.

I twisted some baker's twine in cherry red and turquoise around my battery candles.

I made the scrapbook paper flowers last year.  If you want to see my "Happy Birthday, America" post from 2012, you can go HERE.  The jars are filled with small gravel.

I used this sweet printable from the Graphics Fairy last year.  
You can see how I used it on my very non-traditional 4th of July mantel HERE.

Happy Summer, Y'all!

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  1. It looks very festive. Thanks for sharing. The spring/summer has really been moving along!

  2. Ok now I just got an idea for the blue jars whenever I find some. We are having a large get together for the 4th, I can fill an old washtub with ice, and fill the blue jars with lemonade, sweet tea, etc, and put lids on them and have them on ice in the old wash tub for people to grab and drink. Oh, thanks sweet lady for the fun idea! Now, I just gotta find some! Love your non traditional red white and blue decor for the holiday.

  3. I love your cute summer banner! And all of your pretty decorations. I have a giraffe very much like yours...I love it, too!

  4. Hi Carol! I got your comment this morning, but you were showing up as a no-reply blogger for some reason, so I thought I'd just leave you a quick message here. I got Holly's elevated bowls at Petsmart probably 7 or 8 years ago when we had our last cats. They still carry similar ones though. Anyway, I love your paper flowers! I also love how you're using your blue jars. Great idea to use the dried lavender too. :)

  5. I can understand why you can't let go of that coffee filter wreath Carl. Love your twist on 'patriotic decor', reminds me, I have to start on mine. :-)BTw, Do you have a tutorial on that wreath, would love to make one for my front door - it's empty right now and I think white wreath would be perfect. :-)

  6. I'm with you. I don't know where the time is going. I was in Hob Lob last week & almost ran out of there when I saw they had CHRISTMAS STUFF OUT ALREADY! I love how bright the blue jars are with the yellow flowers.

  7. Carol, it all looks fresh and summery! That printable is adorable, and I'm still gonna make one of those wreath ;-)

  8. Oh I just love it! Looks so pretty and I spied a roo:)

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  10. So pretty, CAS! I love your blue jars ... fun subway art ... and, how you layered the "summer" banner over your beautiful pear print! Your mantel is fabulous ... love the pops of color!

  11. Perfectly SUMMER!

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Carol, I love your patriotic decor, especially the subway art! Too cute!

    Thanks for commenting on yesterday's post. I do worry that kids don't know how to use their imaginations today, and they don't have enough downtime. Your comments were very thought-provoking!

    Enjoy your weekend, my dear!


  13. Love your way of being patriotic!!! Your paper flowers are sooo cute and in ball jars, great idea!!!
    Thanks so very much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!


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