4th of July Picnic themed mantle

Hello my friends, are your ready for a fun filled
fourth of July weekend?
We usually host an outdoor breakfast, but because we are all still recuperating from the wedding we've decided that we will wait and do it on Pioneer Day, July 24th.
The day that we celebrate the arrival of the pioneers into
 the Salt Lake valley.
Still, I had to decorate my home for one of my favorite holidays.
Last Monday I went downstairs to take a picture of my thermos's and picnic tins for Instagram.

That's when the idea hit me to use some of them for my upstairs mantle.  Of course I had a theme in mind,
"4th of July Picnic".

I tucked one of my Americana quilts under the handles of a thrift find picnic basket and placed it on the hearth.
Every picnic needs a blanket.

Hand stamped flags, picked up at a yard sale for $2 each were placed inside some of the thermoses.

 I added a vintage coke crate, because everyone knows that; "things go better with coke"!  :)
Three of my small quilts took center stage on the mantle.
Then I added the banner I made a few years ago.

  A few more thermoses were placed on a rustic childs t.v. tray and placed on the other side of the hearth.  The cooler with the ball is my newest estate sale find.  Love it!

 There you have it, my "4th of July Picnic" mantle.


 Wishing my American friends a wonderful holiday weekend!

This post was featured at Vintage Charm  Thanks ladies!!

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Share Your Cup #204

I'm (Jo - Anne's Attic - design) so happy to be co-hosting today at Share Your Cup Thursday #204! Welcome everyone and thank you for all of your kind support and wonderful well wishes and prayers since I have been down. I have felt them and am ready to return to you next week! I can't wait to share with you some of the projects that I was able to finish up while recuperating.

June in the Garden and Garden Party

Hello my friends, summer is officially here.
Happy to be celebrating our 3rd Garden party.   My how time flies when you're having fun!  :)
In case this is your first time here, this is a joint party between the sweet gals from Thoughts of Home and Carol and I, (two of your hosts for Share Your Cup)
The first two weeks of June my gardens were bursting with color and the rock wall was filled in and so lush because of our unusual amount of summer rain.
The poppies put on a show like no other!



and white lit up the rock wall.  The salmon colored ones opened up later and I missed getting a photo.
My French lilac is a later bloomer than all of my others.  It was gorgeous, but then the rain stopped and the heat hit and it didn't last long.

I love it when things begin to bloom by our pondless waterfall.  The Dutch Iris came and went in one big hurry as well.
June is when I welcome my beautiful Clematis. Colors ranging from pink, lavender, to purple.

as well as my bell flowers.

My Juipiters Beard bloomed for what seemed an entire month this year and was breathtaking!
I love this colorful combination of the alliums and foxtail lilies!
For one week gorgeous peonies bloomed alongside them, but I missed getting a photo.  :(
But now, it is what I call a transition period.  It has been so warm and I have been cutting back like no other.  The garden did not have nearly the color for our grandson's wedding on Saturday, but with everything going on, it was o.k.
The Larkspur dots the hillside with a lot of purple.  Each year I seem to get less and less white and pink. 

I have two and three butterflies swarming around every day and I love it.  Last week I saw an unusual black and white
 swallow tail.
You can see how tall everything grew because of all of the early summer rain.


 The garden is ever changing.  I use to have Hollyhocks along the fence in the middle of the garden.  Now they have seeded and popped up behind our fire pit and are hidden underneath trees.  You can hardly even see them.  Really not photo worthy, but I shared them anyway. 




and feverfew.
Three of my summertime favorites that I look forward to ever year are lavender,
our hot wings maple tree, and

hydrangeas.  The gorgeous pink and blue ones don't do well here in Utah, but we can still have some pretty ones.  This one is called, Incrediball.  It's young, but when older the blooms are huge.
That just about does it for my June garden.  I have been so busy with wedding prep that I haven't had the time to visit blog friends.  So looking forward to seeing what you all have to share!
Be sure and hop over and visit the other hosts:
Carol:  Art and Sand
Laura:  Decor to Adore


Share Your Cup #203

Welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC ), the party where you share what makes you happy - it's what your hosts call "filling your cup".

It's Carol's turn to share her favorites for the features this week, but first let's take a peek at what your hosts have been up to.

Jo is still taking a blogging break, but I am sure she is whipping up beautiful creations  - it's what she does.

Jann gathered all her bee related objects for her post,

and Carol compared herself to the bees in Busy Bees.

 After reading the post More Bliss at Podso, I wrote about Puttering around the house and garden.

And now, it's time to see Carol's favorites - way too many fabulous choices this week!

Sherry of Thrift My House shared her beautiful and thrifty Backyard Garden.

In Just My Cup of Tea, Kim of Sarah Lizzies shared the adorable lamp her husband made for her and as she called it her "newly tarted up" chair.

In Farmhouse Linen Cabinet
 Meg of Hello Farmhouse talked about finding the perfect old piece for the guest room of their 120 year old farmhouse - she says the wavy glass makes her smile!

I just love this Repurposed Sled
 shared by Redo It Yourself Inspirations.

Amy of Ms. Toody Goo Shoes shared her beautiful Summer Deck.

Sherri of To Simply Inspire shared a recipe that has me intrigued and I must give it a try - who would have thought to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding.

Also wanted to let you know that our third garden party with the gals from Thoughts of Home will go live Monday morning.  Hope you can hop over and share your garden posts!  Or anything related to the garden.

Thanks so much for sharing and be sure to grab our button if you were featured.