A SUMMER MANTEL…HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE….!!!!

To commemorate this wonderful day of the year for our Country….

……….I thought I would add a touch of Americana to kick off a summer mantel.

I began by placing a beautiful watercolor painted by my friend Martha Odins….

…..You can see her magnificent watercolors at Marthaodinswatercolors.com

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I added the patriotic tins I used for my dinner party tablescape….

…..and my folk art “Uncle Sam Bunny”…along with the saluting “Uncle Sam” made from clay…

These cuties were purchased from my many craft show days in the past….

…..waking up at the crack of dawn….

……….to be the first ones there….with my BFF’s Linda and Ruthie…

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Isn’t he a cutie???..He’s saluting Martha too…for her magnificent watercolor of sunflowers….

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I downsized many of my collections prior to our move….

…..however, I could not part with these guys!

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I wish you all a very safe and Happy Independence Day….!

I cannot tell you how very much I love this beautiful country of ours…

…..I am forever grateful to our Founding Fathers for making this day possible….

……….to CELEBRATE THE JOYS OF FREEDOM…

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My son and daughter-in-law know how much I love all things patriotic…..

…..they presented me with this wonderful book as a birthday gift.

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And I leave you to celebrate this Day of Independence with a couple of pictures from my BFF Linda….

…..I am hoping that she will be participating in Jane and Leo’s Link Party….

………..at: Cottage At the Crossroads….

…………….They are starting a new Link Party featuring “non-blogger” readers.

What a wonderful idea Jane and Leo!!

Here are a couple of pics from her 4th of July Tablescapes…Great job Linda!

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HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!

I am joining:

Savvy Southern Style
Wow Us Wednesdays

To Honor The Best….

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My Dad…he was the best….

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He taught us kids…to respect…to love…to honor…

……OUR COUNTRY!

For, this country IS the best……

……and this week we honor….the best of the best.

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We honor those who fought for our freedoms….

……and sacrificed their lives….lives that could have been…the lives that should have been…..

……SO WE CAN LIVE OUR LIVES AND RAISE OUR FAMILIES, IN TRUTH…WITH NOTHING TO FEAR….

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BUT FEAR ITSELF….

To walk in the comfort of knowing that we can be the best we can be….

……to make our dreams a reality…..to hitch a wagon to a star.

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We thank you….our service men and women….we thank you for your service to our country…..

…..We thank your families for their sacrifice…..their loss…our loss,

…………of wonderful unselfish men and women

…………………….who gave their lives, so that we can live….in peace.

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To live in this great land of beauty and magnificence…..

…..of bountiful farms….of bustling cities….of majestic mountains soaring toward the skies….

…..of rivers flowing…..and lakes that sparkle in the morning sun…..

…..of babies taking their first breath..

…………….. as the beginning of their journey of a wonderful life.

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For this….we thank you….thank you for your sacrifice.

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I hope that my dad is looking down at me…from the beautiful heavens…and saying that he is proud…..

……of how I treasure my freedom….my country…that I live my life, to love, and respect, and honor….

……they way that he taught me…with the utmost integrity.

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So on this Memorial Day….I thank our men and women who sacrificed their lives…..

…….so we can “hitch a wagon to a star”….(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I am joining:

A Bowl Full of Lemons — One Project At A Time

Janes Adventure in Dinner — Front Planter Fun

Mrs Hines Class — Show and Tell

The Tablescaper — Seasonal Sundays