I love this time of year! Summer is officially here...the weather is great...and I can decorate the front porch in red, white, and blue! There is something about the Fourth of July that brings back so many good memories. As a young girl, I loved watching the fireworks with my family. Anything americana makes be yearn for yesteryear when things seemed simpler and more innocent. So any excuse to bring back good memories and to show some patriotism, I'm game!
I picked up this chair for free a few years ago. I painted it cream and distressed it. I made the bench years ago from a couple of headboards.
I found this old metal chair on our property...and love it! The shutters came from the original house that used to be here before we rebuilt. I hinged them together years ago to create a folding screen. The old flag was purchased from a thrift store. Buntings are all over the web these days. I love them, but wanted to do something a little different. I tore 3/4" strips of cotton fabric and tied them onto some cotton cording. Then I gathered the red, white, and blue strips at the bottom and tied them with another strip of white fabric to form each triangular "flag."
I found a quilted pillow sham the other day at a thrift store. I loved the design and the "weathered" look of the fabric. I brought it home, cut it in half, and serged the raw edges. Then I tore 1" x 10" strips of denim from an old shirt. I folded the strips in half to find the middle, then I stitched the middle of each strip to the top edge of the sham. This gave me strips that are now 5" long. I did this to both sides. I ended up with 30 full strips sewn to each side (or, 60 5" strips on each side.) So, when I tied them together, I was using two strips from each side tied together in one knot (30 knots total on each pillow.) Of course, I inserted my pillow form before I tied them! :o)
I made chair cushions from a couple of striped pillow cases. The top button detail allows me to remove the coverings for washing. Remember, if you do this detail, you need to make buttonholes in both layers of the pillow case! If you put the layers together and make your buttonholes...oops, you won't be able to get into it!
Some sweet people I know gave me this drop leaf table a few years back. I immediately painted it red. I think every porch needs a red table. It is so versatile with decorating...Christmas...Valentine's Day...Independence Day...you name it! The tablecloth is an old flag with borders of patriotic fabric. And, I love the basket of strawberries...YUM!
Have a happy Fourth of July!
God bless America!
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