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4th of July Wreath

I wouldn’t say Independence Day is my absolute favorite holiday – but it’s close to favorite. Hot summer holiday (read not cold), excuse for everyone to wear the same colors, and a day to celebrate our history and country. Oh and fireworks. I love fireworks.

I’m not super crafty but I like being crafty every now and then. And that’s crafty in a good, Michaels-shopping kind of way. So my 30 before 30 list includes making a decor item for every holiday. And my first one is a wreath for the 4th of July.

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Burlap is big right now. So of course I wanted to make a burlap wreath. I had seen many variations on Pinterest but I pretty much ran into Michaels and winged it. I grabbed a foam wreath, some wired burlap ribbon (red, off-white, and blue), and pins.

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I had an idea of how I wanted to make it but no real plan…so I just jumped in. I wrapped the whole foam wreath with the white burlap, pinning each end. A tip – the pearl pins (that I did not buy) will hold better since burlap has holes in it (duh, Katy). Also, get enough burlap to go around the wreath twice, again, since it has holes in it and you can see the green foam through the holes. Like I said, I ran into Michaels and winged it.

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Next, I Googled how to make burlap flowers and found a variety of flower looks and how to make them. I tried and they were not turning out well….burlap does fray and this seemed to be fraying especially a lot when trying to work with it. I did notice, though, that when I cut off the wire it was fairly wide, so I thought I’d try just rolling that up.

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It was really easy and looked kind of cute. So I did a bunch of those in red and blue in various sizes. Then I cut out some cardstock in circles to glue on the back, just to make them a little more sturdy and to help attach them to the wreath.

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I glued some of the smaller ones onto the larger ones, then glued them all onto the wreath! Then I cut and tied (and reinforced the knot with some glue) two burlap strips as a hanger! Not super crafty and it definitely looks homemade, but it’s festive and works for me!

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Now I have to get it on the door so it gets plenty of play time. I hope everyone has a great long holiday weekend next week!


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Stars and Stripes Forever

This year’s 4th of July was relaxed and fun and beautiful.¬† My newly married friends Mary and Brian had us over for a cookout. There was delicious food, rousing games of badminton, sparklers, and fireworks (both at the house and downtown). Adam and I walked towards downtown to see the big show (one of the best in the country). We had an awesome view….my only complaint is that we didn’t have the coordinated music courtesy of the Nashville Symphony.

Delicious spread

Adam and Mary - badminton domination

Think this was the Cricket firework

Adam and his sparkler

Downtown fireworks

Downtown


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Price of Freedom

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

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In Charleston, 2005