Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Vintage Fourth of July!


I just love vintage and the Fourth of July!  Red, white, and blue just stir my heart and bring a tear to my eye.  I sometimes get choked up when my third graders sing God Bless America, so clearly I am a sentimental bee.  

So pour yourself a cool glass of Blackberry Lemonade and I hope you enjoy a visit to Stars and Stripes aka Sweet Bee Cottage! 
One of my favorite ways to show the holiday or season we are in is with pillows on our banquette (or I like to think of them as window seats) in our kitchen nook.


Shout out to you Carol!  This pillow always makes me think of you.
None of the pillows are truly vintage, but some of them are made out of vintage fabrics.

For our next stop on the patriotic tour of Sweet Bee Cottage, we'll drop in on the library.


I just love these little milkglass urns.  I'm not sure how old these are.  The flags are ones I tea-dyed about 10 years ago.  The GLORY banner I bought from Notes from a Cottage Industry a couple of years ago.
While GLORY can be found in the library.......FREEDOM is waiting in the living room.  
This banner is also from Tracey at Notes from a Cottage Industry.
These glasses sit on our game cabinet.  I usually put sunflowers in them, but they aren't quite blooming yet this year.  Don't they look like they are from the Bicentennial?  I picked them up at an antique mall about 15 years ago.  They just have a 70s vibe to me.  If anyone knows more about these I'd love to hear.

Don't you just love this little hat?  Oops!  The "J" in July is covered up, but trust me it's there.  Laurie from Magpie Ethel is the artist.  Be sure to drop by and see the wonderful creativity going on in her sweet studio.  

Looking for an easy apothecary jar filler?

I took some garland from Dollar Tree and just stuffed them in.  
And one of my favorites I love to get out every year is this Country issue of Ideals.  It's from 1967 and I can't even imagine where I might have picked this up.  Maybe my mom, the Sewing Bee, gave it to me.  She knows I like things like this.

This is just one poem from this sweet book.  The more I look at it now I don't think I'll put it away after this holiday.  I like what it says and I think this might deserve to be released from the patriotic decor bins and shared year round.  Congratulations little book - you've earned a promotion.

Well I hope you enjoyed your little visit to Sweet Bee Cottage!  I know I enjoyed our visit.  

Be sure to see the other celebrants over at Joan's Anything Goes Here
for her Fabulous Vintage Fourth of July Blog Party!

It's never too early to start the party is it?  Nah, I didn't think so either.

And who doesn't love TWO parties?  C'mon over to It's a Very Cherry World and celebrate the RED, white and blue for Rednesday!

What's this?  A THIRD party?  Are you crazy Sweet Bee?  Naw - I just want to spread that patriotic fever all over blogland.  I'm joining up with the most delightful Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday!
P.S.  I forgot to mention the winner of my Fourth of July giveaway was Kim at Starshine Chic!  Thank you to all of you who entered.  Happy Fourth of July!


50 comments:

  1. I love all of your patriotic pretties! Everything is just adorable! Happy 4th of July!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  2. oooh i love your decor!! what a great idea for the jar fillers:) have a great 4th friend ♥

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  3. What an absolutely beautiful post. I love those banners...you have decorated so festive. Happy 4th of July. Tomorrow is our big day...Canada Day!

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  4. This post makes me smile. I love the 4th of July and find my self at a loss as to why I don't have more decorations? I have done a tablescape with the few I have. I will remedy this lack of cuteness this coming year!! Love how you stuffed the jar with a garland, cheap and cute!!

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  5. Your home is so festive! I haven't done anything yet :( My mom has a number of the Ideals books. They are neat.

    We always go to Atwater on the 4th. The parade last about 2 hours and ends at the park. They have crafts, food, entertainment, contests, etc all day long. It's a big celebration for a small town.

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  6. Looks like the funnest place in town. :)

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  7. Happy 4th of July to you! You have the cutest things!

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  8. What a wonderful post!!!!! I just love all of it! I am going to get some of that sparkly stuff to go in my jars! I put red, white and blue marshmallow stars in one, but I need a couple of things....I have to get busy and get things decorated! I am having a BBQ on the 4th! :)

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  9. Love all your red,white and blue...I am so behind...haven't done any decorating yet....you have really inspired me to do so though.....blessings

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  10. I love your decorations! That glory banner is so adorable! Loving everything you have out for the holiday!

    Jeanine

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  11. What a great job you did with your collection! And I luv the paper hat! I tried to make one for the teddy bear buy I forgot how to make one. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great 4th....Julian

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  12. Love your patriotic decor!! So fun!

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  13. Of course I enjoyed my tour of Stars and Stripes Cottage! And I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that children still sing God Bless America in school. I keep hearing rumblings about putting a stop to it, and that would be a shame.
    I love how those pillows make your nook look so cozy, especially "my" pillow! And those banners are so perfect for celebrating America's birthday!
    Happy 4th of July to you and your family!
    Carol

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  14. Love Your Post ~ Patriotically Perfect.... "God Bless America"
    Happy 4th

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  15. I love vintage anything but don't really decorate too much for the 4th inside. Now outside? That's a different story.

    Enjoy and be safe!
    Leann

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  16. Love your backround.....and how you changed the ink color to red and blue....happy fourth of July!!!!

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  17. What a patriotic display. I really love the idea of tea dyeing the flags for that vintage feel.

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  18. I'm humbled; this display of red, white and blue is so impressive! (The white milk glass urns ARE wonderful, aren't they?) :) Following you now. Pam @ Sallygoodin

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  19. I love all your patriotic eye candy. SO festive! The pillows and banners are great! Happy fourth!

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  20. What a fun Fourth of July post -- lovely red, white and blue all around your charming cottage.
    Love it! have a grand holiday!
    Cass

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  21. What great patriotic decor! Love your pillows and the banners. I have some Easter and Christmas issues of Ideal. I'll have to see if I can find a 4th of July issue. Your first paragraph described me too! laurie

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  22. I do believe those glasses were very popular for the bicentennial...very cool. Love that hat too!

    Jan

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  23. What a wonderful collection of red, white and blue. I love the pillow collection and the banners.

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  24. Beautiful!! Love that hat witht he scrabble letters, unique and pretty!!

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  25. Love all your patriotic decor. Your blog is wonderful and I am now a follower.:) We hung a flag holder on my parents arbor and it looks great on it.

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  26. The paper hat is adorable! But I really covet your library bookshelves! I love how you've added decorative items with, on, and in front of all the books.
    Happy 4th, Susanne.

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  27. You have certainly got the spirit going on at your cottage. I love the tall vintage flag glasses. I would pour myself some icecoffee in those.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for sharing your festive cottage. Happy 4TH.
    Michele

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  28. What very nice patriotic decor you have. Putting the garland in the apothecary jar was a great idea. I love all of your treasures.

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  29. Your Independence Day decor is great and I especially love that darling hat!! Have a Happy 4th!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  30. Happy 4th!!

    Janelle, your pillows are too cute as is all of the other 4th decor. I love the hat that Magpie Ethel made. Reminds me of the old hats we made in school when I was a child.

    Have a "cool" weekend!!

    xo
    becky

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  31. Oh, I loved seeing all your little patriotic pillows, the banner, and your other ideas. I remember Ideals! My mother always had copies and even gave me a subscription one year. I doubt I still have any after a move some years ago. Love the poetry and the photos in this publication.
    Thanks for sharing all the red, white, and blue! Happy 4th of July and a big congratulations to Kim! She has shared some amazing patriotic things so she will be excited to have won. ~ Sarah

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  32. I love your pillows! I'm really attracted to vintage pillows - you've got a great collection!

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  33. Great displays, I love Dollar tree for those unexpected little finds that add the right touches, I use the Christmas beads they sell in my glassware too.

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  34. Love you display, Gal!! What a great idea for the garland and I adore those old Ideal Books, too. Thank you for your kind words about my Firecracker Mom and have a very blessed 4th!

    Hugs,
    Kit from Paperkitz

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  35. Hi Sweet Bee,
    It is wonderful to see your creativity on patriotism. As for red white and blue we can shake hands, as we have these colours just the same in our flag. But! I have stars and stripes in my boat, and I flew back from the USA with yards of patriotic prints! I think I should live in the US to eat my heart out on this. As time goes by you will come across this in my blog.
    Have a wonderful day and enjoy the fireworks on the 4th!
    Jacoba

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  36. Just so lovely things in red, white and blue! I like how you decorate throughout the house..

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  37. Everything is so cute!! Hope you have a great 4th.

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  38. Ohhh, I love the GLORY Banner. All your decorations are great enjoy your weekend. It's nice to meet you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  39. Oh my gosh, I am speechless!!! I feel like I've been to an online 4th of July party!!! You are amazing!!!
    And I love that little hat--how precious!
    HUGS,
    Cindy

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  40. I love all your wonderful , festive 4th of July decorations !Thanks for the tour .
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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  41. I am crazy about those banners! I think I may try to make one...maybe even one that says 'Happy Birthday' and use it all through the years with my children...love it! Love your Bee Cottage! I think I would like to live in one, so I photograph them often...check out some cute ones by the sea at http://threepixielane.blogspot.com/2010/06/cottages-by-sea.html. Happy 4th!

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  42. Love it... so Patriotic... I too love vintage and Independence Day... I love it all. Your decor is wonderfully placed and gave a tear to my eyes!! Mica

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  43. I love all your vintage-y pillows! They are darling on your banquette!
    Happy 4th!!!

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  44. Everything looks wonderful. I'd never thought to decorate my bookcase like that, but you've given me ideas! Thank you so much.
    Have a wonderful 4th of July.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  45. Glad you stopped by to read about putting a title on the sidebar gadgets this morning...hoped it helped!!

    Love, love, LOVE all your patriotic decor!!!

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  46. Oh Sweet Bee...everything is adorable over here at your cottage - including your blog. You WIN the Patrioticist blog in my book! Just love all your fun decorations. xoxo Happy 4th...Nancy

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  47. Oh, Janelle....This post is pure OUT OF THIS WORLD! The way you have decorated your home is absolutely precious. I love the pillows, but then, I love to make pillows, too. A Happy Red, White, and Blue 4th to you and all.....HUGS from Genie XOXOXOXO

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  48. Such festiveness!!! Love it all!

    Come join "Summer Sundays"!. It's all about what summer means to YOU!

    - The Tablescaper

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  49. You have some really fun patriotic decorations! Love all your pillows and that bookcase (I LOVE books!)

    HAPPY 4th!

    ~♥~
    Kristal

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  50. I'm running so late again this week - but, better late than never! Well, it does take time to go through 50+ posts, but I love to!

    Speaking of love . . . I love your pillows and banners, and that jar filled with garland - great ideas!

    By the way, I have two milk glass "urns" similar to yours. If you want, I'll email you a photo, then I can just mail them to you. Funny, I just put them in the basement yesterday, thinking they'd be going to the thrift shop soon!

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