Simple Gifts...

July 4th has long been one of my favorite holidays. I've never spent it in any extraordinary fashion: no concerts in the park or Macy's fireworks for me, but there's something special about busting out the red, white and blue on Independence Day no matter what your plans.  I didn't decorate with much, but was inspired when I found red, white and blue in the simplest things.

The giant flag we've had forever, hanging from our back fence.
I love that I can see it from the kitchen.

Don't mind the screen: I loved this view through the
blue glass jar in my bathroom.

Last minute wreath:  I found a long banner in the garage, and wrapped it around the empty
grapevine wreath that was on my door, waiting for me to decorate .

I found this old water ski hanging from the rafters in our garage. We've lived in our house for seven years and I noticed it on Saturday. Johnny-on-the-ball, I'm not. Apparently it's been here since we moved in. Loving it in my garden right now.

Regardless of how we celebrate, I think I love July 4th for its' simple, old-fashioned pleasures. 

Beyond the fireworks and ice-cream, showing off my red, white and blue evokes the pride and gratitude I feel to be American.  It reminds me of how fortunate I am to have the freedoms and opportunities I enjoy, which countless men and women throughout our history have fought for.

Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Fourth of July, full of simple pleasures!

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  1. Lovely Images Erin. It is so nice to celebrate our Independence and those who fought for it!

    Art by Karena

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  2. Thanks so much, Karena. I'm glad you found my blog so I could find yours. It's just beautiful. I really enjoyed sifting through it.

    I will definitely be entering the Shabby Apple Giveaway. Such gorgeous clothes.

    Thanks for reading. As a newbie, it's rewarding to know that someone out there is reading!

    Have a very happy Fourth.

  3. Cool what you did with the old water ski!

  4. Thanks! I really can't believe it was up there for 7 years and I never noticed it. I'm wondering if I should seal it with something to preserve its' color and patina???

  5. Beautiful post, Erin. I love all the patriotic decor. glad you and your family had a great holiday weekend.

  6. beautiful patriotic decorations and i love how you used things you already had (i'm cheap :)). thanks for linking to my photo friday series---my favorite picture is the one with the blue glass. hope to see you next week, too!


  7. Thank you so much, Andi, and thanks for following. I really enjoyed stumbling on your blog and hope I can take some photography lessons from it. I will be following for sure.

    Have a great weekend.

  8. Thank you so much for linking this up! I love it! So cute! Perfect for my first blog party celebrating the 4th of July!

    I'm hosting my first ever weekly blog party and it starts today! It is called {re}create into something new! So please link up anything that you have reinvented, repurposed, recycled, revamped, reused, reorganized or redone! http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-blog-party.html

    Thanks again!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

  9. I definitely will link up as I work on my projects! I'll look forward to checking it out each week. As a new blogger, it's great to find these link parties for inspiration and to hopefully grow.

    Have a great weekend!