Isn’t it funny how one little thing can spark your imagination? As many of you already know, I have always been a ‘theme’ girl.
Give me a theme and this mind runs amuck! lol!
So it was with this ‘Ticket to Ride’ 4th of July Mantle.
This is the culprit that started it all. A few months ago I was at an antique store when I spied this ticket machine. Didn’t know what I would do with it, but thought it was a fun piece and loved the color.
It had been hanging out in my garage when one day I walked passed it and the ‘Ticket to Ride’ theme popped into my head.
Now this gadget really is a tag machine for pricing Pratts shoes. Wasn’t going to let that foil my theme. I added the punched star to the first ticket just to prove my point. Hee-hee!
From there I started pulling items that had to do with ‘tickets’. So many things that we do or attend require a ticket. A lot of those tickets can be very valuable. Can you imagine if you had a ticket to the first baseball game Babe Ruth played in?
Grab your ticket and let’s see where on earth we are heading.
Perhaps we’ll hop on a train.
Or go watch cars race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Not in my lifetime, but someday I can see people buying a ticket to take them on a trip to the moon.
I thought of lots of things that we ride in the summer time. How about carnival rides, boat trips, and even our bicycles.
Didn’t want to get to carried away so I just added an old pillar and a couple of metal stars borrowed from our Americana guest bedroom.
To finish off the mantle I hung the 4th of July banner I made last year. Notice the ticket reminding us to take time to ‘play’?
Uncle Sam wants YOU to have a fun summer!
Buy a ticket and hop on a plane, a boat, or train and have fun exploring the USA.
If you ask me, It’s a ‘first place’ nation! Full of so many wonderful things to do and see.
Hope you have a fun summer!
p.s. I want to thank Nancy from A Joyful Cottage for featuring both my Americana Guest Bedroom and my Basement Guest Bedroom at her Every Room in the House Party.