Posts tagged Fourth of July

I am feeling completely obsessed with flags right now.  Is it because we just had the Fourth of July?  Or is it something bigger?  And it seems like everywhere I look there are huge awesome flags hanging everywhere. 

We've hung one huge 48 star flag that was Mr. Hedin's grandfather's at the fire station and we have one more that will probably be hung in the same room.  Would you hang it at home?  Or do they feel like a 'beach house thing?'

Good Morning!

What a whirlwind week and a half we've had!  We spent the Fourth of July at the beach where we caught crab on the beach and picked peas from the garden.  I also made an AWESOME craft project that absolutely did not turn out.  Not at all.  Unless, of course, pink is your color of choice for the Fourth of July.  It's not mine.

And we ate and ate and ate.  How about you?  How was your holiday week?

P.S. I've been trying to get cute pictures of my children every year at the beach.  So far, it hasn't been perfect...

Endless Summer Projects :: Bubble Paint Banner

My children love LOVE LOVE to chase bubbles.  LOVE.  Watching the bubbles pop one day I had the idea that you could include paint in the bubble mix and make awesome paintings with them.  You can't.  Add paint, that is.  I tried.  But you can add food coloring and that's kind of the same thing.  

This is an awesome project for a picnic or a barbecue where you are outside and looking to entertain a variety of age groups.  Older kids can lay the paper on the ground and blow the bubbles directly onto the paper.  It's fun to experiment with standing closer, further away, blowing little bubbles, big bubbles, etc.  They all do something different on the paper.  Little kids can chase the bubbles and try to pop them with the paper.  

You'll need
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons dish soap (preferably Dawn)
2-3 drops food coloring
white linen card stock 

Step 1 :: Pour water and dish soap in a resealable container (mason jars work best)
Step 2 :: Drop in food coloring and stir
Step 3 :: Blow bubbles onto paper

Hot Tip #1 :: Linen textured paper seems to work best as the bubbles really catch the surface before bursting.

Hot Tip #2 :: You can use any kind of food coloring, but the really cheap thin droppy kind works best.  If using gel food color, use just one drop.    

Once you've 'painted' the paper you can do almost anything with it.  I ran it through the printer and created a banner for the Fourth of July.  I love the idea of turning these paintings into origami or using it for mounting summer photos on.  The possibilities are endless!

This project is part of a series of projects that I'm doing all summer with my friends!  Check out their blogs for more fun summer projects each Wednesday! 

Weeknight Party Girl :: Fourth of July Picnic

Can you believe the Fourth of July is this week!?!  Are you ready?  What are you doing?  A picnic is a perfect solution for any weeknight scenario and it's I.D.E.A.L. for watching fireworks.  Here's why ::

:: My Roasted Potato Salad has no mayonnaise {because, you know, gross} so it won't go bad after a few hours of revelry

::  Watermelon!

::  Tea bags can be dropped in water and left alone until you get to the park.  Bring some ice and you have perfect iced tea

A picnic is not just for a special occasion.  A picnic is an awesome way to spend any sunny evening dinner.  Pack up your dinner and go to a park or your backyard or a neighbor's yard and celebrate the day.

Why wait until the weekend to celebrate?

Craft it :: Fourth of July Feather Wreath

This Fourth of July - like the twenty before it - we'll be celebrating at our family beach house on Whidbey Island with approximately 9,000 people.  Ok, so it's probably more like 50 - but it sometimes feels like 9,000.

Fourth of July 2012

We always decorate, because what's a party without decorations?  This year, challenged by my friend Sharon at Cupcakes and Cutlery, I made a feather wreath.  I loved the idea of using feathers for this holiday since it harkens back to the heritage of the United States and feels really natural - despite the fact that these feathers are heavily dyed and processed.

You'll need
1 styrofoam wreath form
assorted feathers
hot glue + hot glue gun

Step 1 :: Choose your pattern and sort feathers so you have roughly all the same size together

Step 2 :: Begin gluing your pattern onto the foam wreath form using the hot glue gun on the "low" setting

Step 3 :: Keep gluing feathers overlapping each feather by half so the end of the feather can't be seen.

Step 4 :: Hang it up!  I hung mine by carving a small hole in the back and using a suction cup hook to attach it.

Easy and Easier Fourth of July Ideas
Did you watch my segment on KOMO 4?  Here are the ideas I showed you for your "oops I forgot to get something" Fourth of July parties.

:: Cheater Cheater Recipes ::

Fried Chicken Salad
4 cups shredded fried chicken
1 cup canned corn (about one can)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped tomatoes
4 cups lettuce mix
ranch dressing

Mix together all ingredients and toss with dressing.  

Cowboy Caviar
1 can corn (drained)
1 can black beans (drained)
1 cup chopped tomatoes (or one can diced tomatoes)
1 can El Pato sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Toss together all ingredients and serve with tortilla chips.
Today on KOMO 4 News!
my babies two years ago...

Tune in today to KOMO 4 News at 4pm to catch my ideas for your "last minute" Fourth of July.  I'm calling this 'oops, I forgot' Fourth of July.  I'll be sharing great ideas for dashing off last minute to a party - or hosting your own - with recipes, inspiration, and crafts! Tune in!  I can't wait to share it with you.