Friday, July 2, 2010

Stars and Stripes

The Fourth of July is a pretty fun holiday here in the great state of Utah because we kind of celebrate it twice. We do the normal 4th celebrations, and then have a repeat on the 24th when we celebrate Pioneer DaySo with the style of my home and the fact that Utah does two celebrations in July I find it my American duty to fly the stars and stripes a little more than most might in July. The husband thinks I already went overboard, but this is just half of what I wanted to do this year. I didn't even get around to spray painting stars on the lawn like I really wanted to. 

This is a photo of one of my ancestors celebrating the Pioneer Day in Farmington Utah. He was one of the first people to own a truck there, and he sold produce and flowers from it. No wonder I love gardening and growing flowers to cut.

We snuck in the quick project of painting the shutters black last week and I really like how they turned out. I still have one set in the back to paint and have to replace four that have broken slates. I about had a heart-attack watching and helping Ryan hang the bunting and shutters up on the top windows. I was up stairs handing things to him out the window while he was on a ladder. I kept holding on to his tool belt which then made him nervous. 

This year I put the lights on the front railing along with some flag garland I found at the dollar store. 

I also loved these dollar store ribbons I found to hang on my new gates too.

I think the house shows good improvement from last year this time. Maybe next year we will get around to getting rid of the ugly planter area in front of the porch. For now just ignore it. That is what I do. 
I am also thinking of purchasing these lights for the front.
And then these for the basement entrance, balcony, and back entrance.
What do you think?

Have a Happy and Safe 4th!!!


  1. What a cute house! I LOVE your choices for outdoor lights, too! Thanks for sharing!