Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Patriotic Projects


The best part of signing up for Where Bloggers Create is cleaning up my creative space and finding long forgotten bits and pieces.


I found this wreath - I wrote about making the wreath here - and this little wreath led to a day of "patriotic" projects.


The first order of business was to paint a wooden board.


This Tic Tac Toe board, picked up cheap at Big Lots, worked for a fall vignette, but it has been sitting on a shelf since November.


To make the board fit my color scheme, I simply taped off the colored lines and slapped on a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White.


Even painted white, I wasn't thrilled with the board's colors so all the lines were painted red and now the board actually looks good with the X's and O's that came with it.


I love the little wire wreath and don't know why it was stuffed into a cupboard,


but now with a red, white & blue update, the wreath will be out all summer.


The plan was for the wreath to hang on our red Dutch door,


but the poor little wreath was totally out of proportion with the door - maybe I need to make a large wire wreath.


So, the little wire wreath found its home in the dining room window.


I found the red and blue metal stars on a shelf in my work space so I created a patriotic display in the hallway.


I was excited to find some of Steve's left over canvas when I was looking for ribbon - I thought I was all out of canvas.


At 5:00 yesterday, I set down my book and decided I had time for one more project while Steve cooked dinner - believe me, no one wants me to cook any meals!


While the paint dried, I put the zipper on the backing and by 6:30 an American flag pillow was ready to be mailed off to a blogging friend.


With all my patriotic projects finished, one would think I could take a day off today, but last night I saw this cute little stamped bag at Paper Source.


The anchor stamp came home with me and today's order of business is to stamp napkins to match the fun dishes I just found at Tuesday Morning.

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Lavender Garden Cottage - Cottage Style Party

The Checkered Apple - Patriotic Link Party

Ivy and Elephants - What's It Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays

51 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My friend! I see your new title here, but there is not content. I'll be back to check to see what you plan! Anita

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

You've been a busy bee! I need to get my creative space in order... we only have a couple of weeks until the big WBC tour. I am loving your patriotic projects... adorable!

Susie said...

Carol, Now I see the error of my ways...instead of cooking to please and impress...I should have fluffed off, so someone else would cook.LOL. I laughed about your saying "no one wants you cooking." You gave me a good laugh , thank you ! I love your all American projects. Sweet. I know that must be one of your husband's painting of the old doors. Love it. Blessings to all,xoxo,Susie

My Garden Diaries said...

I love how you take a piece from a previous season and tweak it for the present....it just rocks! And I love that stamp! It is beyond adorable as is your wreath and your pillow!!! Great work here friend! You are always inspiring!!! Nicole xoxo

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You certainly know how to get things done. Love the flag pillow and your other colorful and patriotic creations.

must love junk said...

You sure found lots of goodies to work on! Love the little wreath and the flag pillow turned out SO cute! :)
Susan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahh....I thought I'd give you some time and here you are, with such goodies! That wreath and what you did with the canvas - wonderful!!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the red, white & blue. really enjoy the tic tac toe. that is so fun. i love that you & your husband have such equal times in the house - you create & he cooks. so cool!! keep working together keeps a happy house, happy tummies, happy marriage. 2 thumbs up. hey, i only have 2. ha. ha!!! ( :

Blessed Serendipity said...

What cute projects you've made. I love how a clean up can spark creativity.

Danielle

Merlesworld said...

Is this for your 4th of July party, have a good time.
Merle..........

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You are a crafting machine. It is all so cute.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

You are at it again, creativity abound. I've been sitting on my arse for the last 4 days, completely worn out from gardening. I have so many ideas in my head but my old body just isn't moving. Love you ideas, and you wire wreath helped pushed my inspiration about a wreath I just made!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Love it! I am working on a 4th of July craft this evening--to celebrate the last day of school!

September Violets said...

Great patriotic decorating! Love the little wire wreath (even on the red door). You're finding all sorts of fun things with which to create. Wendy x

Kim M said...

You always have such fun ideas to share! I love the anchor stamp! Can't wait to see that table setting! :)

Vicky Hunt said...

I always get excited when I see you have a new post up because your projects always bring a smile to my face! I love your Americana decor and expecially like the tic tac toe board transformation. Perfect for your cheery home! Have a beautiful Thursday....Vicky

Cozy Little House said...

You've been a very busy little bee! And a creative one. Love what you've made!
Brenda

cynthia lee designs said...

Love everything you made!! The flag pillow is so cute! I have the same game board...the board is black and I've been thinking of painting the pieces white.
~Cindy

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You really are hyperactive aren't you? I guess you can be very productive when you're as organized as you are. Nice projects. Love the wire wreath. Is that a new Steve painting in the entryway?

Maria Elena said...

How pretty! Love all your ideas!

chateau chic said...

So much fun stuff...as always, Carol! Love the wire wreath and the tic-tac-toe board.
Mary Alice

Carla from The River said...

I love all your ideas. Thank you :-)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

There you go again my talented creative friend! Loving the canvas flag pillow and wreath. Tic-tac-toe board is very cute ... Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
XO,
Vera

Susan ~ Southern Fascinations said...

Now I want to make a wire wreath and a flag pillow! Great projects. Can't wait to see the napkins and plates dressing up your table!

greenthumb said...

More wonderful thing you have been creating.

Renee said...

Great projects. I have a red, white and blue theme on my porch again this year. I've made a couple pillows.

I love Tuesday Morning. Went in there the other day while hubby was at his veteran's meeting. Found several things I had to bring home with me.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You always have so much going on / these are all so darn cute! :)

Things and Thoughts said...

Υour crafts are always original and beautiful Carol! I love this wreath and all things you show us.I also admire your enthousiasm to create and offer lovely items.
Regards,
Olympia

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Love your wire wreath and the flag pillow is adorable. Such creativity!!!

I have several large projects going w/ a finish date no where in sight. You've inspired me to take some time to do a smaller project and enjoy seeing something f-i-n-i-s-h-e-d!!! :)

Have a lovely one, Carol!
Hugs,
Lin

Cathy Carroll said...

I don't do much cooking either, Carol - my family prefers it that way - so hubs does it. I love your tic-tac-toe board, so cute and the wire wreath is adorable. But, I am thinking the napkins are going to be the icing on the cake. Have a wonderful weekend, Cathy

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi there! My first time here and I have to say I ADORE your header! Here in the Texas hill country, I can almost hear the waves crashing :) Awesome upgrade on your tic tac toe board! Blessings, Cecilia

Candy Pop said...

Aw, the wreath is adorable!

JP said...

What a cute trio of projects you created and I thank you for sharing....I'm off to make a canvas flag of my own!
JP

Kathy said...

I am always astounded at how much you can accomplish. Great projects and I'm looking forward to seeing your room tour.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Always wonderful. Great projects.
Thanks for the inspiration.
XO

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

fun! fun! fun!

and same here. husband is "resident chef"!!!!

tessa~

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Carol, I have said it before and I will say it again, you are AMAZING! I cannot believe it only took you 1 1/2 hours to make the patriotic cushion.... well if I am being honest I can because you are incredible with everything you create.
I loved the little wire heart and I also hang things I love from my windows, especially my kitchen window.
Best Wishes to you.
Daphne

fiona anderson said...

I love your wire wreath and I think a large one would really work on your Dutch door.
I'm also amazed at your very fast creativity, the pillow looks great.

bobbie said...

Adorable, all!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

You amaze me! I don't know where you get the energy. That flag pillow is cute!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So busy and so many really cute items made!! I wish I had time to get my craft back on, but soon I hope! Well by Fall anyway!

Jeanna said...

All wonderful projects Carol. Being a Navy Mom, I love the anchor stamp....lots of possibiliies.

Kelly said...

You are such a busy lady! I love all of your patriotic crafts. Perfect since July 4th is right around the corner.

Jann Olson said...

Lots of cute patriotic goodies Carol. The stamp is just perfect! Love the canvas pillow. Your blog friend will love it. I have got to get down and see what sprucing up my craft room needs. Been outside more than in. lol!
hugs,
Jann

Diane Lynn said...

It's always great when things just come together! All your projects look terrific with your bright and cheerful decor. I always love seeing the red, blue and yellows pop throughout your home.
Thanks for joining my Patriotic Link Party. Have a great summer Carol!

Art @ Home said...

Aw, I love the pretty, simple little wreath! It's so sweet, Carol!

Linda Walker said...

Saw the little wire wreath at Diane's Patriotic Party and had to stop by to take a closer look. I read the original post. I love that little wire wreath--it is the cutest!It looks very sweet in your diningroom window!
Linda
mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Carol, what wonderful items you created. Does your mind slow down at night? You come up with so many lovely ideas. I love the wreath and I think if you made a bigger one for the door it would look really good. The tic tack board is great. I know your friend is going to love the cushion.
Have a great weekend.
Mary

Junkchiccottage said...

Carol,
Love all these patriotic crafts. Ohhhhhh that red dutch door is gorgeous. I think you need to ship that too me!!!!!!!! Seriously I want that door. What an awesome door. Love all your sweet red, white and blue inspiration.
Have a great week end my friend.
Kris

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

My! You've been busy. I love that little anchor stamp! Perfect for summer!

Carla said...

You some of the cutest projects. The way you take a simple wire wreath and dress it up.
You do awesome work.