If you’ve hung around here at all you’ll know by now I’m way into banners… garlands… buntings- whatever you want to call them. I decided long ago they’re definitely for everyday use and not just special events since they make every space just a bit more fancy. Here are a few great garland ideas to puzzle over- if you’re not yet convinced- a Valentine garland ready-to-go on Etsy and a super easy tutorial if you’d like to try your hand at making one for yourself.
Here’s one of the Valentine garlands I’ve been making, really just a very girly pink and red bit of flair with an emphasis on L-O-V-E.
A shot of my entry way. I switch this garland out seasonally, but there’s always something draped in this spot. The ceramic birds holding the flowers is from a yard sale, complete with a special message to someone else on the back in Sharpie. It fell off the wall awhile back and shattered into about 23 pieces. I painstakingly glued it back together because I love it so much, just don’t gaze at it too closely!
A few days late for Switzerland’s birthday (August 1st), but never too late to show some Swiss pride- I’ve been scrambling to make more of these garlands over the last few days and make them available on etsy again. I need to get mine hung back up for Swiss Days, the local celebration in Midway, founded by Swiss immigrants- coming right up August 31- September 1st.
Thanks to Sarah for featuring my flags on the lovely blog-The Lausanne Guide – love your picture! I think it’s time for a trip to Switzerland… it’s been way too long.
Make good use of an abundant fabric stash or make a stop at the fabric store for a few fat quarters– here’s a quick and easy, last minute project to jazz up your party or your space this 4th of July.
I picked fabric from my stash, skipping the trip to the store (this time) and here’s what I came up with in red, white and blues or ‘America’ themed fabrics.
Cut the fabric into strips, I used a wavy rotary cutter but a straight edge would work just fine. I alternated two different sizes of rectangles (that will be folded over) 9″ by 3″ and 8″ by 2″.
Fold the flags in half and run an iron across the fold to make a crease. I used twill tape, but you could use rick rack, ribbon, twine or bias tape to string the flags all together. Arrange the flags about an inch apart, alternating colors and large and small flags, fold in half over string and pin into place.
Sew the two sides of each flag together and in place on the string by sewing around all four sides of each flag, then the next flag and the next until all the flags have been sewn into place.
Here is the finished banner, and a simpler one (above) with one size flag spaced 3 inches apart.
I thought I’d shared these two small, patriotic quilts I inherited from my mother-in-law. I think they must have been displayed outside for years before they fell into my hands because the colors, especially the blues are faded– but that’s what I like best about them.
Have a fantastic 4th of July!
This year, as I think back on my recent journey to Cambodia, I feel even a deeper gratitude and appreciation to live a country in which I am free- a land of opportunity and plenty. I hope I can use these advantages to make this world a better place, to help others who don’t have the privileges of freedom, education, enough to eat every day or even clean water to drink.
Let us all make decisions out of love and not fear.