Monday, June 30, 2014

Fourth of July In My Garden

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in, sit and relax and have a cold glass of lemonade. Can you believe that the Fourth of July is almost here? Seems like I just finished my Spring planting and now I am in my garden adding festive touches to celebrate our Nation's Birth Day!  I have been running round getting all of my pre-ops done in preparation for my 2nd knee replacement surgery in 3 week and have not had time to write a new post. I decided to share with you this blog post from 2010 as it is one of my most viewed posts - my blue vintage bicycle with the American flags  seems to be very popular on Pinterest and I have added a few new photos. 

Let's join my helpful studio assistant, Bentley, and I will share with you some of my festive touches and a few more new flea market and "thrifty" finds.









The old wicker shopping cart gets moved around a lot with seasonal items - flags for memorial Day and Fourth of July.



 The large red tray cost $2.00 and set on top of the old red wagon makes a great little serving table





Another old tool box in my favorite color - blue - makes a darling little planter.


The adorable little blue bird house with painted flags is  another flea market find. Anything old and weathered has a special place in my heart and in my garden.


I bought the paper umbrellas last year at the end of the season for a few dollars - opps - turns out the were on sale for a reason as they do not open all the way. They were so cute I opened them as much as I could and used them anyway.




I thought the funny one that did not open looked like the perfect fit for the little girl to sit under - the shape reminds me of a fairy house.
I bought the red, white and blue bucket from Wallmart for $9.95 and it is just the right size to fill with ice and cold drinks or beer. The red and white check chair covers ( I showed them to you a few posts back) were 2 for $10.00 and they are made from outdoor fabric The are also from Wallmart.








The white wicker vase is actually a candle holder and is perfect for flowers when not being used for a candle.



The vintage picnic basket was a "free to you" find.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.  I will share some of my new coastal art with you before I take a blog break for surgery.



"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity."   Psalm 133:1

Sending you and your family Blessings and Best Wishes for a lovely Fourth of July.


Thank you to our Service Men and Women and their Families on this special holiday for giving up so much to protect our freedoms both here and abroad. God Bless you.


26 comments:

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Erin! What a lovely display for the 4th of July...you truely have an artists eye. I love that red tray and the umbrella's that don't work properly...they seem to be perfect for what you're using them for and that's all that counts! You have a wonderful 4th of July too...take care...Maura :)

D said...

Howdy, and happy 4th to you, too.
You have decorated your little garden so cutely (as usual) for the 4th. I saw those red and white cushions yesterday, and I think I'm going to go back and get them tomorrow.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Erin,
Just cute as can be! Everything is cozy and lovely.
Robin

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love your garden, no matter the season! You have such a wonderful way of decorating.
Hugs,
Penny

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Erin and Bentley! Your garden decorations for the 4th are just delightful. So happy and cheerful. Have a wonderful holiday you two and I look forward to your posts next week!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Tina Eudora said...

Hi Erin and Bentley and a very happy 4th to you and that sweet puppy! I love all the red, white, and blue in your garden and the bike is a brilliant touch. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Tina xo

sandra lee said...

You are so festive! I love all of your 4th of July decorations...so pretty. And as always your garden is beautiful. Happy 4th to you two too :)

Julie said...

Your yard looks so happyand cozy with all the red, white and blue! Your lemonade looks very yummy!

Createology said...

Thank you and Bentley for sharing your beautiful surroundings. The red, white and blue patriotic theme is so perfect. A safe and happy Fourth of July to you also.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, sooooo beautiful! You are extremely creative...I think that any of these photos might make a wonderful painting as well! Have a fabulous 4th of July!! ~Janine XO

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

DEAR ERING YOU OUT DID YOUR SELF WITH FOURTH OF YULY.SO PERFECT AND INVATING..BLESSINGS TO YOU ...SANDRA..PS...I LOVE THE UMBRELLA'S

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Kathryn said...

Oh Erin, that is absolutely adorable for the 4th of July. Wishing you a great one! Kathryn

lala said...

Wonderful fourth of july garden display. Everything looks so cozy and inviting - love all of the special touches!

Candy said...

So very festive. I love the umbrellas too.
Happy Fourth of July to you and yours too. !!!! 8-)

Sarajan said...

So happy to have found your blog. Your Studio Assistant is so handsome and I'm sure a great asset. Have a great 4th!

vicki said...

Erin- your red, white, and blue are perfectly beautiful! I love your inspirations and the stories behind them. Bentley looks pretty happy!! I hope you have a wonderful 4th!
Xo
Vicki

Art in the garden said...

It is always a pleasure to stop by your blog and to admire your beautiful home. All your decoration seem perfect for a happy 4th of july.

Hélène

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI DEAR ERIN MY YOU CREATED AND DECORATED SO BEAUTIFUL LIKE ALWAYS,VISITING YOUR JENTLE BLOG IS FOOD FOR MY SOUL BENTLY IS SO READY TO HEALP YOU YOU ARE BLESS TO HAVE HIM,HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO YOU I LOVE YOUR PATRIOTIC UNBRELLA SO UNIQUE.I MUST LEAR TO DECORATE MY SMALL GARDEN TOO.I HAVE MISS YOU I DID A SMALL POST I INVITE YOU FOR A VISIT...BLESSINGS..XO...SANDRA

Art in the garden said...

The new look of your blog is fantastic ! Very beautiful indeed.

Cindy Adkins said...

Amazing!!! I hope you had a Happy 4th of July!!!
XO
Cindy

Diane said...

How bright an pretty! Love bright colors and your red/white/blue is just right.

xoxo Your newest follower,
Diane

Anonymous said...

Happy Fourth to you and Bentley

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your flowers and the red, white and blue décor are wonderful. I liked the picture where Bentley seems to be looking longingly at the glass of lemonade.

Have a great Fourth of July!

Hope everything goes well with your upcoming knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement is somewhere a little ways down the road for me, too. I am putting it off as long as I can.

Kathryn Bechen said...

Dear Erin,

This post is so lovely and saying prayers for you for your surgery. Your attitude is most commendable with your health. Kathryn

Anonymous said...

Lovely garden!