Fourth of July Decor
I have really enjoyed getting out all of my Fourth of July decor this year. I don’t know if it because I have family staying with me or having my daughter off in Army Basic Training, but I am feeling particularly patriotic this year.
A flag holds center stage above my mantel accompanied by lots of stars and stripes and other tributes to Independence Day.
It has not escaped me that so many people in the world do not have the freedoms we do here in the United States. We are so blessed in this country. My own ancestors came to America and fought for freedom from England, and many more have fought in wars defending those freedoms. My own father served in the United States Army in Korea, my son in law is now retired from the United States Army and my daughter is just beginning her United States Army career.
I made my little driftwood sailboats last year adorned with patriotic flags, ready to set sail in a 4th of July boat parade. They continue the coastal feel to my mantel decor.
My patriotic decor has a coastal vibe with starfish stepping in representing the stars on the flag. Jars of seashells gathered on beaches here in Florida support some tiny American flags.
One of my favorite things about our fireplace re-do last year is my firebox. The chimney we had was not sufficient for a real fire, wood burning or gas and honestly, in Florida, a fire is the least of my desires. I really enjoy decorating this space. It dawned on me looking at this photo that putting the word “freedom” on a lobster trap was a bit of an oxymoron. Any lobster caught in this trap would not be finding any freedom.