Independence Day Mantel and a Trip!

I am so excited I feel this Independence Day is especially for me!

I know it isn't, but I feel like it is. Why you might ask?  It's really hard to get Mr. C to take a trip.  He loves being at home and it's like pulling teeth to get him out. Well, we were sitting outside this morning enjoying the beautiful weather....when I did a search for, can't tell you now it will give it away!

Well anyways, we are leaving tomorrow morning for the weekend away.   Now that might be nothing for you, but trust have no idea how hard it is to get Mr. C out!

I am so excited, did I mention that? The place we are going to is freakin cool, where we'll be eating is beyond freaking cool and what we are doing,well who knows.  So wish me happiness this weekend.

Oh, by the way, this Sunday's Best is on, and hope to see you there.  I'm pushing it back to 4 P.M... we might not be home early!

But before we leave I wanted to share with you our Independence Day Mantel.

Warning, I think somethings wrong with my old Nikon, cause it's been taking some funky pictures!

Independence Day Mantel

You know how I roll by now, thrift store finds, garage sales and flea markets is where my treasures are from.  Can't beat the prices!

Vintage Window

The window was a freebie, a house two blocks up is being renovated and I scored 9 of this beauties.

The blue and white quilt looking piece is actually a casserole cozy cover, when I spotted it for a buck I knew it was being used for my mantel.  The mason jars I found at garage sale for $2 bucks, couldn't pass them up! And no painting!

Vintage Books and Mason Jars

The books were scored last weekend at the BEST garage Ive ever been to in my life.  I can't wait to share with you the treasures I found!  I went back 3 days in a row...each day they brought out new stuff!

Independence Day Mantel

I used bandanas like I did for our Patriotic Kitchen.  Red bandanas were tied around the candlestick to provide more color. On top of the candlestick is a matching cup to the enamel coffee pot with a candle inside.   The ironstone creamer as a fabric ball inside.

Vintage Casoline Can

I added a recent flea market vintage gas can and another fabric ball.

Vintage Gas Can

A simple, Independence Day mantel!

Hope all of you have a great weekend!

Please stop by and share you creativeness at Sunday's Best, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Also, be safe!!!!



  1. Your mantel looks really pretty, Cathy! I love the books and the flags in the mason jar. Simple, yet a wonderful patriotic look. I can't wait to see what else you found at that garage sale, it sounds like it was the garage sale to end all garage sales! : ) Happy 4th!

  2. He sounds like me. A real homebody who doesn't like to travel. I can tell how excited you are, so have a ripping good time! And of course be safe.

  3. Have a great weekend and can't wait to hear about it. Post lots of pics when you get back. Hugs :)

  4. Pretty mantel! Good for you guys for getting away this weekend - especially for getting your husband to agree to that! But why is it a surprise where you're going?!

  5. No!!! I am sorry, "the best garage sale ever" will be at my house when I am dead!!!! My kids already joke about how they will just open the doors and let people freely take what they want. So there is less work for them to haul it appreciation for years of treasures!!!!
    Have a happy 4th!!!!

  6. Love your mantel.

    Congrats on getting your homebody husband on a getaway. My husband prefers to be home too. Have a great time!

  7. Love, Love, Love this mantel. My hubby wants me to throw away my old window pane in the garage. All it needs is a little white paint (I really want to get that done soon) and it will be mantel ready. The blue cups on the candle holders with the candles placed inside are genius for that patriotic look. Love it!

  8. The mantel looks wonderful and I hope that you are enjoying your trip :)

  9. Your mantel looks adorable. I'm new here, so while you're away (have a wonderful time) I'll be reading more of your blog. It all looks so cute, and I'm a garage sale type person as well. :)

  10. Hope you have/had a wonderful getaway! Beautiful mantel.

  11. Love your patriotic mantel! Enjoy your special trip :)

  12. I love how happy your patriotic mantel is (was? - I'm a little late with my blog reading!) Have a nice time away from the Charmer !

  13. This looks amazing! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We love having you! We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. and let us see what you have been working on!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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