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.

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And here is Rosemary’s beautiful creation:

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

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

…..and mod podged away…

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

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

Most of them are signed by the artist.

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Such as this great “Lady Liberty” birdhouse

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

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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!!..

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

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

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

…..and topped with ribbon.

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

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

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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) 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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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:

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