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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The RED, WHITE and BLUE

"DEMOCRACY is the art of thinking independently together." 

 THIS patriotic porch just takes my breath away...
"Create a star-spangled welcome", the catalog pages say.

I don't have the buntings they use here...
and I surely don't have the magnificent PORCH they show....
This beautiful photo of a porch is out of the GRANDINROAD catalog.
 I wanted to CREATE a STAR-SPANGLED WELCOME
to my small and humble little porch, too.
NOT just for Memorial Day...
or 4th of July
but  JUST BECAUSE
I love being in THE LAND OF THE FREE and I am very, VERY proud to be an American.
And, being an election year, and the strife we find our country in,
I WANT TO BACK IT ALL I POSSIBLY CAN.
Don't YOU feel the same way.?
FLY that flag....every single day....to support this great nation of ours.

STRIPES on my porch swing cushion....

ok...I'll tell ya my little secret...it is a
plastic tablecloth from Big Lots for $2.00
that I can wipe off and not worry about the weather messing with it....

RED and WHITE STARS on a blue background on a little WALMART pillow....$4.95

A couple of pillows in
the color of the day, RED,
which I have had for years....

and I was off to a good start.

I just bought a yard of dark blue with big, round adorable, white P0LKA DOT fabric
to cover a pillow to add to the mix.
$3.49 yd.



I will tell you that I DID buy a brand new, beautiful flag at
HARBOR FREIGHT for $10.00.
My olden flag was tattered and torn and very faded.
I wanted one that would SPARKLE all summer long.
It's a nice large one and I fly it every single day.....
if, by chance, we should EVER get a rain again, I won't let my pretty flag get wet.
"Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it.
But without deeper reflection, one know from daily life that one exists for other people.
Albert Einstein

The adorable flag on top is a photo in this great little catalog,
grandinroad .
I just fell in love with it but for
$289.00 for 24x18
or
$349.00 for the 35x24,

I decided that I was MORE than thrilled with the metal flag
one of our grandgirls, JESSICA, made for me, years ago.

That's it......on the bottom.
Isn't it so stinkin' cute....!!

I love it MUCH more than I ever would have this one I could purchase out of a catalog...without a bit of
GRANDMOTHER love in it.
EVERYthing goes better with
l♥ve !!

♫♪♪...it's a grand old flag....a high flying flag.....
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, please swing by (pardon the pun)
and sit a spell......
come help me watch the world go by.

On someone's cute blog, I noticed they used a MIRROR on their front porch..
I nearly tore my house apart, hunting for just the right mirror to hang on MY porch. :)
"Always vote for principle, thought you may vote alone...
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
John Quincy Adams
And, of course, no PATRIOTIC  PORCH  PARTY
would be complete without
RED, WHITE and BLUE food.
 HAPPY 4TH OF JULY....
I hope you have a wonderful day.
XOXO bj

                                                            This is a PRE-scheduled post...as we will be at the lake,
 comments closed..

24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i love your opening quote.

and i LOVE that metal flag your granddaughter made!!!

TexWisGirl said...

(and i love your pride in the US, too)

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! I love your sweet porch. I'm so proud to be an American too and pray daily for our country. We certainly need God's help.
Now I knew you were going to feed me! Happy 4th, BJ.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wonderful tribute to America and the 4th of July BJ.
xo
Penny

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Yes, very pretty magazine porch...BUT I LOVE YOURS AND ALL THAT'S IN YOURS!! Love your grandloves metal flag..what a treasure!! Let's pray for the safety of our country and for better things to come..please vote this November, I will. Love your entry quote, it is just the perfect quote to live by!
Great tribute for OLD GLORY. HAPPY 4TH. OF JULY to you and yours,
FABBY

Linda @ A La Carte said...

bj you did a great job on your porch. I love the idea of a plastic tablecloth for a cushion cover! I've got my Red, White & Blue up and lots of Texas stuff in there also. Happy 4th! hugs, Linda

Leslie said...

What a great post! I love how pretty your porch is. We hang a flag all year long ~ after 911 my husband put up a large flag pole that proudly waves the stars and stripes. Itoo, am proud to be an american.. although I will be prouder if this country goes in a better direction after the elections. : )
Happy 4th!!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

The most important thing is that beautiful new flag waving in the breeze! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love this post BJ! Your porch is so inviting, nothing better than red, white and blue! Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July-have fun:@)

Vee said...

Comments are really closed? You can boot this, if you'd like. What a wonderful quote about thinking independently together. Have a wonderful 4th. Love that idea about the tablecloth used to cover the cushion. Great tip!

Gayla said...

I love the spirit and classy pillows. And yum on that pie, too! Happy 4th!

Linda Chapman said...

I love what you have done!! I am with you on the feeling we should show our colors - not just on the 4th of July - but always!

My favorite pic is the window reflecting the flag!

Sonia said...

Love your patriotic porch...that swing looks so inviting! Your inspiration picture was breathtaking! Love how you took that inspiration and made your porch so festive! Hope you are enjoying the Holiday!
Miss Bloomers

Patty Patterson said...

Have fun at the lake! Your porch is beautiful. It LOOKS like it could be in a magazine.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

I too, LOVE your pride in the US! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!

Happy 4th of July to our Beloved Nation!!!

Theresa said...

Beautiful colors for our country's birthday! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Happy 4th of July to you and yours bj, Love your post and have a grand time at the lake.
Love,
Jeanne

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BJ I love your header and opening quote!! Your porch looks fabulous!!! Have a Happy 4th!

Madeline's Album said...

Love all your 4th of July decorations. I too am flying my flags and have all my decorations up since Memorial day. I hope you have a wonderful 4th and a good time at the lake. Madeline

The French Hutch said...

Hi bj, I'm flying my flag proudly! I love all of your red, white and blue. I love a big front porch too, I have a stoop! Your porch looks great with the swing and all the pillows. Grandinroad is one of my favorite catalogs too, love their stuff.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Fourth!

~Emily
The French Hutch

thistlewoodfarm said...

Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Fourth!

Blessings,
karianne

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Just stoppin' in to sit a spell on your lovely red,white, and blue porch. Ah~h~h...just lovely, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

Beverly said...

Your patriotic porch look fantastic, BJ. Oh, how I would love to come by and celebrate our grand country with you.

Kathleen Grace said...

BJ Your porch is every bit as adorable as the one in the catalog! I so love using patriotic themes on the porch. I have my flag flying too:>) I think the metal flag made by Jessica is enchanting!