Family vacation…swimming and lazy afternoons on the dock…watermelon and water guns…cookouts and ice cream…July 4th and fireworks…corn hole and fishing…it’s summertime at the lake!
Tag: 4th of July
Mini Tackle Box Favors – #2 of the Series “The Gang’s All Here”
It was a wonderful, made in heaven, one-of-a-kind, perfect day, from the dawn’s early light to the twilight’s last gleaming.
Hail, hail, the gang's all here, Never mind the weather, here we are together; Hail, hail, the gang's all here, Sure we're glad that you're here, too!
Hello my sweet friends! So much has happened and so much time has passed since I last wrote you. Even though you didn’t know exactly what was going on, I can never thank you enough for the cards and notes you sent to me. ❤ Each time I read that you missed reading my posts…you hoped everything was all right…or that you were praying for me, meant so much to me and brightened my day. I’ll try to catch you up in this post of “what’s been going on”…then I have a darling “mock” tackle box to show you that is filled with gummy worms…Trolli frogs…Swedish Fish…and Sour Brite Crawlers. It’s a cute and whimsical favor to pass out after a summer day spent together with your family or friends.Continue reading “Mini Tackle Box Favors – #2 of the Series “The Gang’s All Here””
“Hooked on the Lake” … a Red, White & Blue Tablescape
Hang up your bunting, unfurl your flags and pull out all your red, white and blue … it’s almost America’s 242nd birthday! I love getting ready for the 4th of July and this tablescape seemed to come together effortlessly as I went around the house picking up an assortment of lake-y, picnic items and all things red, white and blue.
The focal point of this tablescape is vintage minnow bucket that Richard found for me on one of our antique-ing excursions. Some time ago, I told him I was looking a for a minnow bucket though I had a certain “look” in mind for that bucket. I wanted an antique bucket with good coloring and with graphics that were still readable, but I didn’t want it to look all “beat up” so I could use it for arrangements. I was amazed when months after I mentioned it to him, he came to me smiling with this perfect gift in hand, complete with both the bucket and the minnow strainer and with the added bonus of a little rust to enhance the patina! Now, that my friends is a gift more romantic to me than a bouquet of roses! ❤
Falls City The Angler’s Choice …
These woodland ferns are from our own backyard and are particularly gorgeous this year and so lush, they almost come up to my waist! They add color and “mood” and look charming tucked inside the minnow bucket.
A blue and white buffalo check throw is bold and sassy and looks like the perfect tablecloth for a 4th of July picnic or BBQ. Cobalt blue fish plates add to the lake theme and match perfectly with blue stemware, a special gift our son and daughter bought for me with their “pooled” allowances, many years ago. ❤
These cute clear glass bowls, shaped liked fish were another antique find and are stacked next to a chunky star filled with some red, white, and table glitz! (:
The metal rowboat is a great caddy for all accoutrements needed for a meal … star shaped dessert plates, straws, cutlery, plastic tumblers, and red, white and blue fans to stir up a little breeze in hot Texas weather.
A lake sign in vivid red ties the tablescape all together … HOOKED ON THE LAKE!
Thinking today of all our military men, women and their families. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and given for our freedom and for our Country. ❤
Have a wonderful weekend from the “dawn’s early light” until the “twilight’s last gleaming.”
From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda
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Goodbye Summer! …………….. by Trenda
Goodbye Summer … we’re going to miss you!
It was another …
“Snow-cone dripping, bare foot skipping, iced tea sipping, front porch sitting …”
“flip flop plopping, baseball watching, mattress floating, snorkel snorting …”
“… pink nose glowing, green grass mowing, warm breeze blowing, hot dog munching …”
“… cricket chirping, sparkler waving … “
“firework gazing … “
” sunset blazing ….”
” wonderful summer!”
Poem “Wonderful Summer” written by Trenda
From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda
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The 4th of July!!! ~ by Trenda
The 4th of July … America’s biggest, grandest party of the year!
Around our town … a giant ferris wheel!
Merry-go-round, Fun Slide, Funnel Cakes, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and Fried Oreos! (:
And at Cottage Green … tablescapes, favors, treats, and decorations for our 4th of July celebration “from the dawn’s early light” … until “the twilight’s last gleaming!”
A simple tablescape apropos for July 4th on the Lake! A metal rowboat filled with all “accouterments” needed for lakeside meals and desserts … both “stars” and “stripes” plates in assorted sizes, plastic cutlery, napkins, straws, with miniature flags and sprays of “bling!” (:
Outside, the table is covered in a quilted tablecloth and a “God Bless America” centerpiece of fireworks and stars.
Red, White, and Blue baskets await hamburgers, a cluster of red grapes and brownies. Striped, paper bowls are perfect for individual portions of potato salad and make clean up, easy. A blue wired basket holds cups, plates, cutlery, and patriotic straws.
Scalloped-edged bandana boxes (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby) are filled with “fun things” for the 4th of July weekend … fans, balloons, bubbles, “USA” and star colored beads, sunglasses, pencils, flag pins, and Chinese yo-yo’s!
… and special star headbands for the grand kids!
Fireworks exploding and reflecting over the lake.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and just enjoyed being FREE … free to gather in your own home or backyard with family and friends … free to pray over your hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, and homemade ice cream … freedom to “hoot” and holler” as you exclaim over beautiful fireworks, in the sky.
After looking at a display of flags from all over the world, our 8 year old grand daughter, in her endearing and profound way, said … “Grandma, don’t you think we have the prettiest flag of ALL?” “I certainly do!” I quickly agreed. Then she solemnly said … “Grandma, wouldn’t it be so sad if we ever saw another flag flying over our country, instead of our flag?” Oh my, my heart felt sick as I pondered her question and tried to imagine seeing another flag other than our “STARS and STRIPES forever” … being flown over our country! With a grateful heart, I want to thank all our military and their families, throughout the ages, for the sacrifices they have made and given for our freedom so … “the prettiest flag of ALL” continues to fly over our great nation. “GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND THAT I LOVE.” ❤
From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda
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