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Three Easy Designs...Patriotic Deck

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Have you ever noticed how 
patriotic the designs of automobile license plates are?

License plates are one of the three easiest ways
to add patriotic decor any place.
Easy to find...
Inexpensive at antique stores or free after expiration...
Versatile to use... 
Just stand one anywhere,
or hang using the built-in screw holes.
Easy, easy, easy... no drilling.  

Stars, red, white, blue... 
An older Texas plate that once was on my car is 
very patriotic, 
among its many themes... 
state map, space travel, cowboys, oil wells... 

This is one of my all-time favorite Texas plates.  

I grew up outside Huntsville, Alabama, 
the Rocket City in the United States, and 
married a long tall Texan. 
He wasn't a cowboy with a horse, 
but he did wear boots, attended Stock Shows, 
and we have a gas lease on our two acres. 
Don't get too excited. 
The last royalty check was $36.  

Here are four license plates found in my 
haphazard collection of auto license plates, 
and all of them are patriotic. 

Look at the bottom left Alabama plate. 
The background is a flag, and 
the logo is, 
"God Bless America." 

Welcome to my patriotic deck, 
outfitted for summer holidays 
with pillows, colorful drinks, and license plates. 

Independence Day - July 4 
Bastille Day - July 14 
Labor Day - September 1

Sit for a while. 
Enjoy a cool drink under the shade trees. 
True summertime activities... 

Texans in the left Adirondack chair... 
Filled with blue stars and stripes... 
Who says stripes have to be red? 

The second quick way 
to add patriotic decor is with pillows. 

The large pillow came from Pottery Barn last fall 
when it was the last one in the store and on sale. 

No throw pillows?
For talented DIYers,
Confessions of a Serial DIY
shows how to make your own
patriotic drop cloth pillow.
Now, if only my sewing machine would work. 

Then there is always bargain hunting for beautiful pillows.
Watch for end-of-season sales...
Like the European-size blue stars and stripes Pottery Barn pillow...

Or, best of all, outlet shopping. 

Alabamans in the right Adirondack chair... 
With the new Pottery Barn OUTLET pillow. 

I was so excited to get to go to a Pottery Barn Outlet last week. 
The closest one is about four hours from here, 
and the cost of the gas for driving there cancels out savings. 
So, no Pottery Barn Outlet shopping. 

Then, I looked online and found one in Memphis, Tennessee, 
right on the route to my mom's house in Alabama. 

My sister and I stopped there on 
the way home from visiting Mother. 
It was just ten minutes from our highway.  
The flag pillow was not the only bargain I found. 

After all that shopping and driving, 
sitting on the deck is called for. 

A patriotic California license plate tops a rustic homemade birdhouse 
that doubles as a storage box. 

Native of other states?... sit at the table. 
We can round up more chairs as needed. 

Linen and cotton blue napkins with stars, 
more Pottery Barn Outlet bargains, 
are tied with a re-used ribbon. 

Patriotic designed drinks are the third easy, inexpensive way 
to add patriotic decor. 
Classic Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and bottled water 
sport red, white, and blue colors.  

 The navy citronella candle to ward off pesky bugs 
 was on sale at Lowes

The drinks in a G. Wolff pot found at The Greenery
look even more patriotic inside a kitchen dish towel
and sitting on top of a star-filled napkin.

Bottled water and Coca-Colas... 
Cool summer drinks... 

What better way to spend a summer holiday?
Surrounded by three easy patriotic decor ideas and ...

Sitting on the shady deck with family and friends,
having a Coca-Cola....

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  1. Your deck is looking wonderfully patriotic and inspiring me to dress up my garden chairs.

  2. Judith!
    This post is darling, and so is your deck!
    You have quite a collection of plates!
    Mr D has an Alabama license plate that hangs above his tool bench. We lived near Dothan when we first got married. We saved the plate because it says "Heart of Dixie" on it with a little heart!
    I have been making Jay's old room over into a guest room! I just couldn't remove his Texas plate quite yet. He had a baseball scholarship at Western Texas College when his license expired. He was overjoyed to place a Texas plate on his little red pickup truck. I always say we were meant to live in the South!
    One day Mr D and I will drive our Washington plate to Texas!
    Happy Fourth to you and your family!

  3. Judith, this is so charming! You know I'm a fan of anything patriotic, and your summer deck certainly delights. Love the different license plates. My current one is plain and simple white with black numbers and letters. I'll need to look for some patriotic ones. Love the patriotic pillows. I'm always on the watch for more to add here. Happy 4th of July!

  4. Very charming and patriotic! Love your deck. Now, what did we do with our old Alabama plate when we left there? I'd better check the garage, it might still be collecting dust there when it could be put to use as an accent! Happy 4th of July!

  5. your blog is so wonderful, i invite you if you want to visit mine
    I love blue too

  6. Love all your patriotic décor...gotta say...the Alabama car tags are my fav (I am from AL.). Would love to have you join me at my Show and Share Party.


  7. Holy patriotic eye candy and inspiration! Beyond words gorgeous. I wouldn't change a thing and I am really enchanted by the license plates! Jane

  8. What a beautiful deck. Gorgeous Summer display!

  9. Without a doubt, the most fun decorating for the 4th I've ever seen! Fireworks would seem dimmed by your display. :)
    Have a happy fourth!

  10. Oh I absolutely love this. The license plates are fabulous and all the linens are unreal. Now how in the world do you have gold and blue coke bottles. This is totally wonderul. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  11. I just read your comment on my desk accessories. I love them and they were so fun to do. I can't wait to see your blue stapler.

  12. Love your patriotic décor, Judith! Never thought of license plates, but the ones you have are great examples. I love the one used with the birdhouse. Love your patriotic pillow, too. I need to make a couple of covers for my outdoor pillows so I can change them up quick and easy.

  13. Such a festive, patriotic deck, Judith! The license plate are are great. I just love the starry, blue & white napkins! Patriotic perfection! Happy 4th! ♡Dawn

  14. Fabulous! Adding a link on my Tea Party Friends Post. So glad your troubles are resolved!

  15. Cute idea adding the plates for the 4th. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  16. Your deck is fantastic, and of course since I'm an Alabama girl I love the Alabama license plates!
    Linking from Common Ground's Patriotic Party,
    Ricki Jill


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