Hey guys!  How was your holiday?  Ours was wonderful.  We were busy and then we had time to relax too.  The perfect balance.  I might actually share some great photos that I was able to capture with my phone…later in the week.  Sweet places in the country…where we go to remember our loved ones. Until then, I thought that I would go ahead and show you the couple of tweaks that I made to our mantle for summer.  Fun…fun!

Would you believe that I took pictures of our mantle and forgot to take a shot of the whole thing?  I will…later.  I promise.  Our internet has been down and I’ve been dealing with dramatic kids, so it’s just really wonderful that I’m even getting this posted today.  I mean…really, what is one to do without Google?  Where did we even put that dictionary? No, actually they have done really well.  They are pretty creative.  🙂

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I thought about making a banner that said SUMMER on it.  I have seen some adorable stuff lately.  You bloggin’ gals out there, are amazing.  Then I remembered this sign that I made last year and decided to just use that and then make a burlap banner.

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This sign and banner were both very easy.  The sign is just made from leftovers that we had around the house.  I found the board out in the Mr.’s garage and we had the white and red paint.  I used my handy-dandy stencils.  The banner is just made from garden twine and a roll of French striped burlap.  I didn’t even sew it.  I just ironed it and folded the top edge down over the twine and hot glued it.  Easy peasey!

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I left the lemons.  I love them with the boxwood.  Such a fun pop of color in our family room.

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I hope that your Memorial Day was special, Dirt Roaders.  Maybe later in the week I can show you some of the sweetness of our holiday.  Of course, it was out along the dirt road.  You never get very far from one in the Ozarks…and that is just fine with me.

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