Hi there ,so happy you could stop by today! Summer is here in Southwest Florida. Time for daily swimming, cold drinks and lots of fun! We got the garden planted and we have some lettuce spouting and also peppers, I 'll be sure to share our garden very soon. The last day of school is on Tuesday, little Natalie can hardly wait. Summer days for the kids include lots of beaching and pooling, library days and plenty of homemade cool drinks such as slushies and smoothies.

With Labor day and the 4th of July quickly approaching I automatically think red white and blue so I had some huge pieces of fabric that was suppose to be pillows but I decided to make a rag garland for the fireplace along with some rag balls to fill up a pretty pottery blue bowl.

Since you have seen my fire place last at a keywest green/blue color I have stained it a barn red ,one of my favorite colors. This craft is simple and all you need is some festive fabric and a pair of scissors.

I simply started a cut and ripped the material into strips about 3 inches wide. Don't worry about the frays you can trim them later.

For the balls I simply took a strip and wound it different ways as you would with yarn, once I achieved the size I just tuck the end in.

For the rag garland I did the same strips but used a piece of ribbon the size of the fire place front and cut the strips to about a foot give or take a few inches and attached them to the ribbon, you can knot them or loop them on.

 OK so don't laugh at my shabby sheik lamp shade, I covered the existing one with burlap, cording and bows. It certainly is one of a kind....
 My crafted wooden box sits a top the fireplace filled with apples and filling.

Seems like a great day for some "Swig Sugar cookies, some sweet tea & mint and a good ole book!

Come join me and party!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I do hope you enjoy everything red ,white and blue!
Come party with me!