Jun 28, 2013

Friday Finds

I can't believe how fast summer is already going by! 

My husband and I have been frantically trying to plant bushes in the yard before it gets too hot. I know I said we were going to wait until the cool of fall, but when push came to shove, we just couldn't stand to look at bare dirt all summer. We hope they will survive our hot desert summer, which officially starts today with a forecast of 104 degrees!

The good news is we finally have sprinklers and lovely green grass, and hopefully next week I'll be able to share some photos with you. 

More good news for my American followers is that our Independence Day celebration is next Thursday! 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and today I'm sharing some festive 4th of July DIY projects from last year's Friday Finds. 

 Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue!

 Maggie of Little Miss Maggie decorated this cute Liberty Garden Bucket and offers a tutorial and the free artwork for download.  

This Firecracker Red, White, and Blue cake is from an easy  Betty Crocker cake mix.

 Laura painted this Stars and Stripes pillow and shares the how-to at Top This Top That.

For these Tin Can Luminary tutorials, visit Karen at Crafts for all Seasons.

 Room to Inspire used red, white, and blue scrapbook paper to bundle Red Vines for all.

 Deb at Lake Girl Paints painted these Summer Beach Chair stars.

 At Heat Oven to 350 Trisha and Nicole share these Cheesecake Cookies that I think would be a big red, white, and blue hit this 4th of July. 

 Linda's tutorial for this Patriotic Fabric Bunting is at Craftaholics Anonymous.

I had to search high and low to find the origin of this cute mason jar bouquet. I finally found it at Steadmans' Corner, where it was created by Sandie.   

 Venessa and Heather share these 4th of July Jello Firecracker Shots in two versions: adults and kids. Find the recipes at At the Picket Fence.

 Find the tutorial for this cute patriotic pillow cover made by Diane at The Checkered Apple

Country Living has instructions for this DIY red, white, and blue Rosette Banner.

The recipe for these Red, White, and Blue Stuffed Strawberries was posted on Babble by The Naptime Chef. 

This word art was created by Jamie of The Crafting Chicks.  Visit them for the free printable download.

 Sky at Capital B has been pleasantly surprised by all the Pinterest visitors she's had for this beautiful felt 4th of July wreath.

 And there you have them, many of my favorite 4th of July DIY Projects.  I hope you've found something today that inspires your creative spirit, too. 

Stay cool wherever you are this weekend!


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  1. Stay safe in our killer weather to come ~ TWC said 108 for next Monday!!!

  2. What fun 4th of July projects! I'd better get busy!

  3. So many fun ideas for the 4th of July. Thanks for sharing so many of them.

  4. These are great ideas and features, Laurel! And easy to change up to match our Canada Day celebrations. Thanks for sharing!
    Debbie :)

  5. Laurel, what a fun and creative post. I love so many of these projects. Love what Maggie did with that bucket.


  6. oh my gosh! that's a lot of eye candy! Love the chairs and the tin cans!



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