Well, although I'd love to blame this mess
on the kids.....or maybe some elves who
love to play pranks while we sleep, I've
got to admit it was my own doing.
Ribbons, flowers, old Scrabble pieces,
hot glue, glitter, old blocks and more.
What could I possibly have been
busying myself with this afternoon?
It's all her fault.
And HER fault!
This is Magpie Ethel. Her work constantly
inspires me. You can visit her here to see
And this is what resulted using
an old doll and an afternoon of
hunting through my craft bins.
I found this doll while thrifting
and because she was already dressed
in a red, white, and blue dress, ideas shot
through my mind of how I could
make a patriotic decoration using
her as the focal point.
Old Scrabble pieces make a
celebratory sign and the bell she
holds is a vintage Christmas ornament
I sprinkled with old glitter.
The ribbon in her hair is actually an
old fabric pin!
I gave her a belt using an old blue and
white ribbon and added a white
She stands on very old red and blue
block, naturally aged with time.
I found the words "Living in
Freedom" in a 100-year-old church
hymnal and thought it was the
It's been so fun decorating and
creating with an American theme.
Years ago, I decorated in this style, but
went through many changes since. I think
I've come full circle!