I think that celebrating our Nations birthday and the state of Utah’s birthday where I was born and raised – which are both in the month of July is the only time that I set my soft sweet color scheme aside. I just can’t take those deep beautiful red white and blue’s and turn them into pastel, it just doesn’t see, right. My heart is likely to skip a beat when I see our nations flag flying against a beautiful big blue sky. I have a deep love and respect for our fore fathers who founded and fought for our country, and the dear pioneers who gave their lives so that they could have their religious freedoms in our state.
Today I want to share with you how I remember my countries birthday through decor. Adding a little bit of red white and blue really doesn’t cost a lot to get into the spirit of the holiday. Most of the things that I will share are vintage items that have belonged to family ancestors or items that I have had on hand.
At the entrance of my home is a flag that has flown at my homes for the last 42 years. I have a soft spot for special keepsakes like this. So if you were to visit me today this lovely flag would greet you at the door.
My hutch is decked out for the holiday with my blue and white transfer ware. My son Adam’s Navy picture seemed quite appropriate to display in these vignettes. It makes you really think twice about the life of a solider when you have given birth to him.
The flag that I have on display here is a flag that flew over my families horse ranch for years. I grew up with a deep respect and love for our country and with a grandfather who was a Police Chef and a father that served his states wildlife, and parks departments for over 50 years both of them running for public office and ending up in the state legislature as well as a very active democrats you learn a few things about the great freedoms that have been so bravely fought for.
About twenty years ago I had the privilege to spend a couple of weeks touring our nations capitol. Walking around the mall and seeing the incredible sites of that great city really bore testimony to me of the great freedoms that we enjoy because of many courageous men and women who fought for our country. I’ve also had the great pleasure of visiting Philadelphia and seeing their great land marks there. It really puts a lump in my throat when I think about those special visits.
It really doesn’t take much to put a vignette together of the red white and blue.
Of course where would we be without Uncle Sam coming along for the ride.
I also was given the flag that flew at my grandparents home. I really cherish that one too.
I would like to share with you one of my favorite patriotic songs. Here are the lyrics: sing along if you like.
This Is My Country
This is my country! Land of my birth!
This is my country! Grandest on earth!
I pledge thee my allegiance, America, the bold,
For this is my country to have and to hold.
What diff’rence if I hail from North or South
Or from the East or West?
My heart is filled with love for all of these.
I only know I swell with pride and deep within my breast
I thrill to see Old Glory paint the breeze.
With hand upon heart I thank the Lord For this my native land,
For all I love is here within her gates.
My soul is rooted deeply in the soil on which I stand,
For these are mine own United States.
This is my country! Land of my choice!
This is my country! Hear my proud voice!
I pledge thee my allegiance, America, the bold,
For this is my country! To have and to hold.
I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home
Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill
Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm
Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner
Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose
Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques
What’s It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson
Share your Style @ The Essence of Home
Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner
Idea Box @ Christmas Creations
Before and After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique
Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home
Anythings Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai
Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane
Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk
Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice
Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies