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Fourth of July In My Garden

> Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in, sit and relax and have a cold glass of lemonade. Can you believe that the Fourth of July is almost here? Seems like I just finished my Spring planting and now I am in my garden adding festive touches to celebrate our Nation's Birth Day!

Let's join my helpful studio assistant, Bentley, and I will share with you some of my festive touches and a few more new flea market and "thrifty" finds.

The large red tray cost $2.00 and set on top of the old red wagon makes a great little serving table

Another old tool box in my favorite color - blue - makes a darling little planter.

The old wooden flag is the perfect addition for Fourth of July.

The flag looks like it was made to go with the adorable little blue bird house with painted flags and it was another flea market find. Anything old and weathered has a special place in my heart and in my garden.

I bought the paper umbrellas last year at the end of the season for a few dollars - opps - turns out the were on sale for a reason as they do not open all the way. They were so cute I opened them as much as I could and used them anyway.

I thought the funny one that did not open looked like the perfect fit for the little girl to sit under - the shape reminds me of a fairy house.
I bought the red, white and blue bucket from Wallmart for $9.95 and it is just the right size to fill with ice and cold drinks or beer. The red and white check chair covers ( I showed them to you a few posts back) were 2 for $10.00 and they are made from outdoor fabric The are also from Wallmart.

The white wicker vase is actually a candle holder and is perfect for flowers when not being used for a candle.

The vintage picnic basket was a "free to you" find.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

Sending you and your family Blessings and Best Wishes for a lovely Fourth of July.

Thank you to our Service Men and Women and their Families on this special holiday for giving up so much to protect our freedoms both here and abroad. God Bless you.

I am off to the Farmers Market to pick out the perfect painterly bouquet of flowers to paint and share with you next week. Blessings, Erin

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