Ever So Clever, Ever So Pretty Friday #16, Patriotic Flower Pot and Vignette

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, my inspiration comes from that oh so creative Rosemary, who blogs at Villabarnes.

I marvel at her talents.

I started to create a Patriotic Vignette and needed a flower pot for the occasion…

…..I then thought of what Rosemary did in a past project.

Here is the result of her inspiration.



And here is Rosemary’s beautiful creation:


Rosemary used this wonderful script tissue to cover this box..


I gathered my Mod Podge and some “patriotic” napkins that I had…

…..and mod podged away…


I felt like the “patriotic” flower pot was a perfect compliment to my folk art Uncle Sam Bunny.




I used to go to Country Living Craft Fairs long ago…loved collecting original folk art.

Most of them are signed by the artist.


Such as this great “Lady Liberty” birdhouse



Washington, D.C. is one of my very favorite places to visit…


A very good friend of ours went to the White House to receive a prestigious award…

…..from William Bennett…It was a Rose Garden ceremony….

……….I was so envious that our dear friends got to actually go to the White House Rose Garden.

So, to console my envy…they brought me back something that was given to them…

…..a box of M&M’s that were served on Air Force One…yay!!..



I added my “Lady Liberty” postcard to the vignette.


I placed a candle in the hurricane and embellished it with ribbon.


Added a row of, believe it or not, napkin rings to the bottom of the hurricane….

…..and topped with ribbon.


You may have already realized that this wonderful chalkboard print came from Dear Lillie.





I added this banner to the baskets on the bottom shelf.



Hope you enjoyed today’s Friday series…

We will be having a Anniversary Celebration weekend…

…..celebrating our 43rd…(we got married when we were 2) 🙂


Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  1. Congratulations on your 43rd Anniversary, Shirley!

    I love your patriotic vignette. The chalkboard print is wonderful and your Air Force One memento is priceless!
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  2. Congratulations on your 42nd Wedding Anniversary! You both look marvelous!
    I do like your patriotic table vignette! I especially like the bird house- too cute!
    Have a wonderful 4th!

  3. Shirley, your patriotic vignette is wonderful. You always think of the best details.

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. True love is a wonderful thing to celebrate.
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  4. Shirley, I love the entire vignette, as well as your patriotic flower pot. Very creative. Thanks for the shout out. I’m always honored to be considered an inspirational, but, you gave the idea your own creative twist. Love that!
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  5. Donnamae says

    Congratulations…43 wonderful years…something to celebrate!! Love your folk art too! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  6. Happy 43rd anniversary Shirley, we will celebrate our 43rd on December 26, so we were all just babes when we got married! Great little mod podge pot, I bought some mod podge last year for a project so I wouldn’t have anything to buy for a project like this one. Love, love the chalkboard print. I’ll check those out. Enjoy the Fourth.

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  7. Linda Miller says

    Love it…so festive and patriotic. I don’t know where my box of M and Ms is. Maybe lost in one of our many moves since that wonderful visit to the White House. I bought the same banner at World Market…smart minds think alike! Wishing you and Tom a very happy anniversary. BTW great picture of the two of you.

  8. HUGE congratulations on your anniversary, Shirley! Forty-three years is nothing to sneeze at! That’s fabulous!!! Best wishes for many, many more wonderful years!

    Your patriotic vignette is really cool. The chalkboard art is the fabulous focal point surrounded by lots of neat things that bring it all to life. Your Modge Podge creation is great, and I like how you brought some organic-looking things into the whole look. Very nice! The Air Force One M&Ms are pretty slick! What a neat keepsake!

    Enjoy your anniversary weekend!
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  9. Congratulations on our anniversary! Your vignette looks wonderful, love all the patriotic touches. Have a great celebration. 🙂
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  10. Congratulations Shirley and Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend!~~Angela
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  11. Beautiful July 4th things. Perfect frame for the statute of liberty. Congratulations on your 43rd! Wow, and you both look just the same, very beautiful and handsome. See you soon.

  12. Shirley, really great project and I love all your patriotic touches.

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  13. Shirley, I love your patriotic decorations! They are so festive! Congratulations on your 43rd anniversary; what a milestone! You both look wonderful!
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  14. Your blog is looking like July 4th to me! I love everything you showcased here. Congratulations on 43 years, Shirley. You certainly don’t look old enough to have been married that long-neither one of you. I hope you have many more happy years- xo Diana
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  15. Hi Shirley~ Happy Anniversary wishes to you! I hope you enjoy 43 more years of wedded bliss! :))
    Love your patriotic vignette and chalkboard art framed and hanging on your mirror! So fun that you have Presidential Seal M&M’s in your collection…our tax dollars at work 🙂 Enjoy your weekend getaway!
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  16. HAPPY Anniversary, Shirley!!! You are catching up to Joe and I, we are coming up on 46!!! Love your beautiful, patriotic display and how great to have the M and M’s!!! We are still on vacation, leaving here (OBX) tomorrow. XO, Pinky

  17. Happy Anniversary… Beautiful couple, as well as, a job great done for the 4th of July…

  18. I love your Patriotic Vignette Shirley and just have to tell you how much I have been enjoying your “Ever So Clever” series. You find the most creative and inspiring projects!

    Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary, have a wonderful weekend celebrating!
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  19. This is a wonderful post, Shirley! You and your husband look like you should be the First couple at the White House!
    I love what you did and I agree, that sweet Rosemary is very inspiring. You are both very talented ladies. Thanks so much for linking up and the way you have the links staggered at the bottom of your post is so GREAT!
    Love that. Wish I was better with the techy parts of blogging. I get so frustrated!

    Have a very happy Fourth and a wonderful anniversary week.
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  20. So many really nice pieces in your collection. Love the birdhouse with the woman holding the flag. Nicely done. I hope you enjoy Independence Day!
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  21. Shirley, it is fun to see your patriotic folk art pieces. I too have a fondness for these pieces. Most of mine are Uncle Sam, but have added Lady Liberty when I can. The red, white, and blue makes my heart sing. Love that cute whirly gig rabbit! Congratulations on your anniversary and Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  22. Your patriotic vignette is just fantastic Shirley! And Happy Anniversary! You both look so young I have no problem believing that you were 2 when you got married. 😉
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  23. Congrats and yes, you both look great, so I believe you married at TWO, lol… Your post is gorgeous, I adore Americana folk art like yours, I haven’t any, but maybe some day on another trip to the USA. Fabulous patriotic vignette and great collection! Enjoy your Fourth!

  24. This is such a great vignette! I love all the details. Very festive and patriot! Your chalkboard is wonderful…love the fonts! So pretty! I am still not sure how those printables work! I need to try one! I love the story behind you speical M&M’s!! So cool.
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  25. First, happy anniversary! What a lovely milestone! I love your vignette, but I especially love your chalkboard and your flowerpot! Must have one of each! ~Zuni
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  26. Shirley, I love all your Americana. Your vignette is lovely, and I really love Ever So Pretty Fridays. I love to see how you interpret others ideas.

    I hope you and Tom had a wonderful anniversary. You look stunning in that photo you included with your post. That dress really suits you.
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  27. I love all your patriotic treasures! Especially the chalkboard print. Happy Anniversary!!
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  28. Congratulatons and Happy Anniversary!!!! The picture of you two is just gorgeous. I love your 4th vignette, so pretty and you have such unusual decorations. The M & M’s are such a treasure to have. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty
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  29. Your vignettes are fantastic, and I love your mod podged flower pot. Have a Happy Independence Day!

    Linking from The Polo House,
    Ricki Jill

  30. How did I miss this post?? Love your Patriotic entry and super picture of you and Tommy!
    Happy 43rd and have many many more!

  31. Happy 43rd Anniversary! Y’all are lookin’ good! Great photo!
    Your entry looks so cute with the folk art pieces and the chalkboard print. Hope you’re having a great 4th, and Happy Anniversary, again.
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