Fourth of July Porch

Friday, July 4, 2014

We had no idea, but it was a nice surprise...

We purchased our home in September 2001 and it was July 4th of the next year, as we were heading out the door to go uptown to watch the fireworks, when we noticed car loads of folks parking along the street and many were spreading their blankets and chairs on our property.

We didn't have a clue what was going on, so we asked.

That's when we learned the country club fireworks could be seen from our property.  Who knew!
Needless to say, we didn't go uptown after all.
We sat on the porch and watched the fireworks from home, and have every year since.

We are looking forward to this Fourth of July weekend and will spend much of it on the porch,
so I've added a few touches to make it festive...

These prints are from the Betsy Nimock Flag Series...

Clean Play...



In the original 1920's project, the flags, which feature 48 stars, were used to promote penmanship.
The students from that era wrote about topics such as goodness, clean play, truthfulness, self-reliance, and honesty.

In 1992, St. Louis artist Betsy Nimock found 10 yellowed, torn examples of children's handwriting while visiting an antique shop.  The flag project back then was sponsored by the National Institution for Moral Instruction of Washington, D.C.

Clean Play ~ I will not cheat.

Honesty ~ The honest penny is better than the stolen dollar.

Truthfulness ~ Speak the truth.  Truth is beautiful and brave.

Hope you have a FUN time with family and friends this holiday weekend,
have a blessed Fourth of July!
Hope back over for AMAZE ME MONDAY...


  1. What a beautifully decorated porch! Happy 4th Cindy!

  2. What great finds and way to display Cindy. I also love how you have the cotton in the frame turned as a diamond. Happy 4th!

  3. What great finds and way to display Cindy. I also love how you have the cotton in the frame turned as a diamond. Happy 4th!

  4. Love your patriotic touches on your porch. How neat to be able to see the fireworks from your deck and share with the neighbors. Have a great 4th!

  5. How beautiful each vignette and patriotic display is! I love the cute pillows. The porch looks awesome and it's no wonder you stay home and watch all the fire Works for the great celeb!
    Happy and blessed 4th. of July!

  6. Hi Cindy,your porch look so beautiful decorated.
    Happy 4th of July!!!!
    God Bless America!!!!!!!

  7. Beautiful, Cindy. Love your porch and absolutely thrilled to learn about the hand writing - those words are as true today as they were nearly 100 years ago!

  8. What a lovely surprise finding out that you could watch the fireworks from you on front porch!

  9. A very pretty patriotic porch!! The red, white, and blue just shine, and the feeling is very cozy, indeed; perfect for those front row seats for the fireworks!

    Happy 4th, Cindy!


  10. The flags are amazing. Have a safe and happy 4th!!!!

  11. Beautiful country America here. It feels a bit or maybe a whole lot Ralph Lauren. I think this could be a great cover photo for an all American add. It's a beautiful celebration here, a your photos are amazing.
    Happy 4th of July

  12. Hi Cindy! This is my first time visit but not my last! Your blog is great. I have the same rooster rug as you. I am your newest follower. Have a great weekend!

  13. Cindy, your porch decor looks amazing! We do the same thing every year. We sit out front to watch the fireworks display from our city's annual Family Fourth celebration. No crowds, no traffic! I am sure you have an awesome view, as well!

  14. Cindy,
    Very pretty!! We enjoy sitting out on our front porch in the afternoons when the shade is there.....

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  15. I love your front porch - to be ale to sit there and watch the fireworks - that's great. The flags are amazing and everything looks good. Glad that you had a terrific 4th. Many thanks for the great party.


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