Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day is (almost) here and I'm ready!

Ask and you shall receive! Mary B. wanted to see how I decorated my house for the 4th... And I'm happy to show you!

I didn't do a ton...mostly because I don't have tons of decorations for the 4th. Maybe next year I'll find time to whip up some fun banners and bunting to drape all over. But for this year I have two displays, both in my dining room.

The abacus in the photo above was a gift from my German friend Lena. Perfect colors for this American holiday!

My little spun cotton "George Washington's Daughter" is brought to the same height as Magpie Ethel's adorable figure by perching her atop a vintage hat box. The adorable honey comb balls were a gift from Laurie of Magpie Ethel too!

These awesome vintage crepe paper pair were a rare Etsy find. I am just so tickled with them! There's something about old crepe paper that makes me giddy!

Of course I had to bring a whole slew of my patriotic gals into the mix. They gleefully flank my permanent patriotic collection.

It's like the 4th of July parade!

I also have a vintage feather tree all decked out in red, white and blue. I bought this baby at an antique store for fairly cheap...mostly because of it's dire condition. The branches are being held on by masking tape and I think the drum plant holder base isn't original to the tree. One of these days I'll take a couple of hours to fix it up, but I couldn't pass this up because it was filled with tiny vintage ornaments.

Someone pinned buttons to the branches...I wonder if they've been there since just before Nixon's presidency?

Trumpets and tiny glass baubles galore!

That ship charm is really neat and someone even made a tiny garland from those gold stars you used to get for being good in elementary school. :)

There are several of these handmade scrap rosettes. They are moth eaten to perfection!

I added Abe and the flag garland.

The best thing about this tree is that whoever put it together gathered up any little thing that reminded them of America and added it to the branches. This old drink umbrella included.

This drum is the base. It actually says "Merry Christmas", but I'll ignore that for now. The star ornaments are from Silver Bella and I think they are new made to look old. They are too big to add to the tree and I didn't have time to find another place for I just left them leaning at the base...

Until next year!


miss lynn said...

crystal -
just love your
and your creations!
you are really
hey, you
silver bella,
do you think
you'll be
this year????!!!
i hope so!!!
enjoy America's

Anonymous said...

great stuff . . . I especially like the abacus (and your creations of course!)

Maija said...

Such wonderful treasures Crystal!!!! Happy Holiday!!!

Mary B. said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I loved your 4th decorations. I feel like you gave me a gift. I love your blog AND your precious creations. Until I saw your blog I had never seen creations like yours. You have made me a BIG fan because I love antiques and holidays. You brought that together for me. I plan on buying one of your Halloween creations. THANKS AGAIN!! Happy 4th of July!
Mary B. in Houston

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laurie -magpie ethel said...

Happy belated fourth Crystal (I've been at the beach). Love the fourth of july tree - you may have inspired me to do one for next year...really fun!