DIY Wooden American Flag

It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., so I thought I would share this flag post from a couple of years ago. Have a great day!

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I created another little flag from some of the scrap pieces of wood I have laying around. This one was already painted red, so I figured that would work well for the stripes. Now, I made two mistakes on this craft. 1. I forgot to take pictures of all the parts of the process. It’s not too difficult, so I’m sure you will be able to figure it out. 2. I forgot to paint the star part of the flag white before I painted it blue. But I did come up with a solution.

Like I said, my wood was already red, so I taped off the part for the stars. If I had been thinking, I should have painted this square white before putting the stickers on, but, alas, I didn’t.

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I found these stickers at Dollar Tree and stuck on 50 of them. That’s when I  realized I should have painted it white, but I really didn’t want to have to redo the stars again. So I just spray painted navy blue over everything.

red wooden flag with stars

Once it was dry, I peeled the star stickers off the board. I have a white Sharpie paint pen, so I colored in each of the stars. It really didn’t take too long since the stars are small.

wooden flag with white stars

I didn’t get the pictures of the white stripes, but they are book pages with torn edges. I wanted 6 white stripes, 3 short ones and 3 long ones. For the long ones, I had to put 2 pieces together. I used Tacky Glue to attach them.

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Really pretty easy! I know you got this!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Christmas Porches

Hello!  Is everyone gearing up for Christmas?  Is everyone’s tree up and all decor is up?  I have my Christmas tree up but not much decor.  But don’t worry!  I have my matching stockings up for me and my kitties.  I want to make sure they get their gifts!

In my apartment, I share my porch with someone else.  Now, they have some cute Christmas decor up but I don’t because I don’t have a big area to decorate.  But, I love looking at Christmas porches and getting ideas for when I get my own place.  So here are some of my favorites for you to ooooo and ahh over!  Enjoy!

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Festive and Frugal Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

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Rustic Christmas Outdoor Fireplace Decor from Clean Living Clean Eating

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas from Thistlewood Farms

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Natural Christmas Porch from Home Stories A to Z

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Rustic Glam Porch from Ribbons and Glue

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Neutral Christmas Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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Simple Yet Stunning Porch from Dandelion Patina

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Pink Christmas Porch from Nourish and Nestle

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Retro Red and Aqua Christmas Porch from Cottage at the Crossroads

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Red, White and Blue Outdoor Dining

Red, White and Blue Tablescape

Good morning!  We celebrate our country’s independence this week! Do you have big 4th of July celebrations where you are? I’m not even sure what we are doing this year LOL! Last year, all of the neighbors were outside eating and having fun and then lighting off tons of fireworks. We didn’t even have to go to our city’s firework show because we had our own! We will probably do the same this year.

I set up this little tablescape on my back patio this week to celebrate the 4th, but it could be for any summer get together! I don’t have much red, but I was able to pull out a few pieces and it all worked together.

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The red and white plates are actually metal. They are pretty cool! I layered my blue and white plates on top along with a blue and white napkin. I used a piece of red ribbon to tie it up and added a fun little pinwheel!

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Seashells are the perfect summer touch!

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I layered a blue and white striped runner and a red, white and blue striped place-mat in the middle. A few more seashells, candles and bubbles keep it simple.

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We still have a lot of work to do in our backyard. We would like to replace the fence and add some plants around the edge. I would also like to paint the patio. I love using blue on the ceiling.

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I made the farmhouse beaded chandelier and the recycled pallet table and they add the perfect touch to the patio. I used a dropcloth to make the curtains. Using clip curtain rings makes it easy to use any kind of material.

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I can’t wait to spend some time out here when the evenings cools down.

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Thank you for following along! I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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It’s A Valentine’s Tablescape

Hello!  I hope you are all ready because this blog post is going to be a fun one!  So hold onto your hats and hold on until the end!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

*This blog post contains sponsored content from Oriental Trading Company*

So it’s becoming that time again for all of the love.  You know what I’m talking about.  Hearts in red and pink all over the stores shelves.  And not only in the stores, but also online as well.  And Oriental Trading is all about the holidays.

And after much deliberation on what to pick from their website, I finally decided on doing a tablescape.  So after doing a lot of shopping around and putting things in my cart and taking them out, I finally ordered my things and started my tablescape.

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And here it is!  I love how it turned out and love each piece that I picked out.  So lets see what I picked.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Center

The first thing is this cute candy jar.  It has a small chalkboard on the front so you can write what kind of candy is in it.  Or, you can draw a heart on it like I did.  But it fits quite a bit of candy in it, so go bananas!

Valentine's Day Tablescape Across

The next thing is the heart tree, if that’s what you want to call it.  It’s a tree in a small pot that you can bend and shape however you want to.  It’s only about 18 inches tall, so it won’t block your view of your loved one.

There’s also the rose garland in the middle of the table.  I added the pink puffball garland and the white puffball garland as well, just to add some stuff to the middle.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Diamonds

And these jewels?  Yep, bought them from Oriental.  I bought a pink, black, and clear pack so I had a variety to spread around the table.  Each color came in a pack of 25 diamonds, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Plates

The plates were also purchased from Oriental.  And the silver place mats!  Okay, the place mats were from mom from the last time we worked with Oriental, but they looked great with the rest of the tablescape.  I bought the small candy baking cups from the 99 Cent Store, but they looked so good with the plates.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Overtop

So this is what the table looks like from above!  It’s so cute!

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The last thing I got from Oriental was this pretty gold LOVE sign.  It sat so nicely on the cake plate in the background of the photos.  And I must say that I am very excited to put this on my gallery wall in my apartment.

Side note: out cat Kiara is extremely nosy and wants to be in the middle of EVERYTHING.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Kiara

And finally, we found some cute pet clothes for Valentine’s Day at the 99 Cent Store which we had to buy.  Repeat HAD TO.  So we had a little doggy (and kitty) photoshoot for the holiday!

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Obviously, Kiara looks annoyed that I took her photo, but I love her all the better!  And Ezzy is on a different couch because she is our senior citizen and I didn’t want to move her.

So that was my fun with Oriental.  I love how the table turned out, but I love the animals as well.  Have a good Wednesday!

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Meowy Christmas!

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!  WHO’S EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Not me…definitely not me…

Before we actually get to Christmas I wanted to show off some pictures of my Christmas kitties!  These first two I took myself.  And it will be quite obvious haha.

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I love their “backdrop”. I added so many pink Christmas items that I had and they looked so cute with it.  Amelia (the calico) looks absolutely thrilled since I had to change the lighting like 5 times before I got that picture.  I think she was losing patience.  And Target (the tuxedo) was trying to get to the treats that I had in my hand.  She usually does things for treats (main word usually), so obviously she wanted them as I was shaking the bag to get her attention.

And I also took them to work to get pictures done as well.  If you don’t know, I work at a pet hotel in the local area where we can take our pets to work.  How cool is that?  We also get a small discount on all of our picture events which means I most definitely paid for their Christmas pictures.

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They both look scared out of their mind!  I don’t take them to work that often, so that’s number 1.  Number 2, they normally just stay in their room no in the lobby where the pictures were taken.  And number 3, they just don’t like their pictures taken.  But I Love Them!  The pictures…my love for the cats is questionable sometimes.

I’m kidding I love my cats.

So that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my cats and laughing at their dismay in their photos.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we will see you next week!

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