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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Little Miss Firecracker" - Is this still me?

Ok, so if you're like me you've been thinking of (or shopping for) that perfect patriotic gift to wear at this year's 4th of July celebration. What to wear? I am a big fan of solid colors with only one thing to "stand out" and this year for me, it's this darling straw bag from Bosom Buddies. I love the big red bow and the fact that it is still big enough to hold my beauty secrets (oh, so many!), but the gold shell really makes this bag special. I can wear with pride on the 4th and then carry again throughout the summer with my red flip flops and straw hat. Just in case you don't want to be my twin, we have other styles that might work for you. But for this season of red, white and blue, these bags are destined for BBQs and pool parties all over the land.
Oh say can you see that glorious Mariposa napkin holder? Yes, this item is hot, hot, hot for the 4th of July holiday! The fact that it stands on its starry end isn't lost on me either . . . I think it looks like a folded flag in its case. You can't get more patriotic! Place this practical centerpiece on a red table cloth and add some sparklers for a festive birthday party. Start singing Happy Birthday to America and have a blow out celebration.
My father used to call me "Little Miss Firecracker" when I was growing up so this season holds a special place in my heart. So, as soon as possible, each year I begin to decorate my home with all things patriotic. I simply adore American artisan Lori Mitchell as she has captured the charm and nostalgia of vintage Americana with her whimsical figurines. As in life, these paper mache "children" offer up a cheerful attitude and rosy outlook. Every time I see the "bathing beauties" sitting in my kitchen window, they remind me of one of my favorite quotes - "Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons."
Here's to being a bit silly, curious and wacky this summer!

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