Tuesday, July 15, 2014

God Bless America

Land that I love!
I was needing to change out my mantle from my spring decor, and since it was July already, I went with a patriotic design.  I found this board in Jake's wood scrap pile.  I primed and spray painted it a heirloom white color.
 Then I downloaded the free shape of the week from the Silhouette store for my Cameo and cut it out of vinyl to make a stencil.
 I painted it with the little bottles of scrapbooking paint that I had and peeled off the stencil.
 The stars are spray painted on to give it a more imperfect feel.  Since that's how I roll... notice the crooked stencil.
 I then sanded it down a little and rubbed some stain on it so it was more rustic looking.  You can't really see it in this picture, but it gave it just the finish it needed.  I made the banner from burlap, like I did from my spring banner.
 On the 4th, we had a few families over for an evening of fishing and homemade ice cream.

 The boys had fun fishing, even though there weren't very many biting.
 Jake got a workout giving all the kids boat rides.
 Even the girls got in on the boat fun!
 The boys decided it was too hot not to go swimming.  I'm glad they had fun, but swimming in a mossy pond does not rank in my list of fun things to do.
 Miss Nyla with her buddy Nathan.
 Me and baby Trace.
Then we had our own little fireworks show and more ice cream.


  1. Enjoy keeping up with you and your activities! You and Jake are a blessing in fulfilling God's teaching to be given to hospitality! Thankful despite your discouragements in life you are allowing God to use you. May you be rewarded with His guidance in your journey. Love and prayers.Beth S.

  2. Thank you for your support and prayers Beth! God doesn't always promise us an easy road, but when we can feel the prayers of those we love, it sure helps!