Monday, June 25, 2012

It's Almost July!!!

It's almost July.
Time to think about the 4th of July.
I was wondering what I had in the house that was red, white and blue.

First, a short story.
Do you wonder why you keep junk things?
I was going through a box I'd brought in from the garage.
(Yes, I'm still shredding and throwing and it's probably why my back is complaining.)
I found a bunch of old calendars.
Some of them were cat calendars and since I love kitties, I knew why I'd kept them.
I'll do something with them one day ... I hope.
Then I found a 1994 (really!!!) Annie's Victorian Village Calendar.
Looking through the calendar of lovely photos, 
I found at the very back Place Mat Patterns and Tea Room Restaurant Recipes.
Now it starts making sense!

I stopped when I saw this photo.

4th of July Placemats
From the Annie's Victorian Village 1994 Calendar

I'd found red, white and blue place mats -- perfect for the 4th of July.

Strawberry Pie
Photo from Annie's Victorian Village 1994 Calendar

Here's my crochet place mat made from the newly found pattern
 and the red, white and blue kitchen towels I already had. 
The kitchen is going to look good for the month of July!

Red, White and Blue Place Mat and Kitchen Towels

The  crochet pattern for the place mat was very easy.
The original called for worsted yarn and I used Lily Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn

Red White and Blue Crochet Place Mat

It's beginning to look a lot like July!
And feels like it ... high today projected to be 101 with feels like temp around 110.
Iced tea anyone?
 Time for me to hibernate!
Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Pondside said...

Aren't you clever?! Your table will be suitably festive, patriotic and very, very pretty!

Geneva said...

I save calendars too... they have some of the best artwork. Your shots for July are wonderful... I'm glad you held on to that jewel from 1994.
Have a great week!

Deborah said...

I love your placemats. I need to get back to those simple enjoyments in life of celebrating. Thanks for the inspiration! **kisses** Deborah

Corrine at said...

I save old calendars too.Those images can come in handy for journaling. Nice 4th of July goodies. We don't do much here, doggies hate fireworks so it's always stressful in the next couple weeks in our house. xox

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your placemats are terrific! Perfect for celebrating the Glorious Fourth!

EG CameraGirl said...

Perfect for the upcoming holiday!

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE those placemats!!! Good thing you saved that calendar, as they are perfectly wonderful!!!

Irene said...

You're very good, I haven't gotten to those boxes yet. Love your placemats.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Snap: You are well on your way to having a delightful 4th of July kitchen. I love finding pictures and then being able to recreate them. Great placemats, wish I could crochet like that. Looks wonderful, now if I just had a piece of that strawberry pie!.. Thank you for coming by the Cottage and leaving such kind comments. Stop by for a visit anytime..Happy Monday..Judy

Aledia said...

So beautiful! I love using using old calenders for crafting and pictures.
Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!

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Cezar and Léia said...

So nice feeling of Spring in this post, thanks for sharing!

Zaa said...

Delightful find and so perfect for the July 4th festivities... Good for you for "snap"ping it up ... Fabulous ...ENJOY your day !!!! ..Hugs

kimmie said...

I save calendars too :)

I love your placemats! The navy blue is much nicer than the sky blue Annie used :)

Happy Tuesday!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Snap,

It looks like you are all set for the 4th of July. You are very talented and I love the patriotic placemats! Good thing you saved those old calendars for reference.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Snap! I save old calenders to. The pictures are just too nice to throw away. I like your place mats and tea towel. I love chickens.

Brenda said...

Your place mats are absolutely PERFECT! I never thought of crocheting place mats, but WHY NOT! It looks just great and I know your kitchen will just SHINE!! I love the photos you found. I just love treasure that's been tucked away. For a couple of years now I have been asking my wonderful husband and my awesome son to bring down a box or two from the attic so that I can look through them and "maybe" get rid of some stuff. Well, so far they are not being wonderful or awesome because nothing is down from the attic yet. COL (chuckle out loud). We have TONS of stuff up there. It's hard telling what's in those boxes, but I wish I could take a look.
I checked out your other posts since I haven't been by in a little while. I just ADORE your index cards. Very colorful and entertaining.
And who doesn't LOVE the irony in your shirt!! LOL!
Your the greatest, Snap!

Micupoftea~ said...

Nice post~ I LOVE decorating for different holidays and seasons...I have our patriotic things sitting out and enjoy them every time I see them. Gotta tell you, I adore the cup on the left side of your header....awesome! I need one of those! lol
Happy end of June,

bj said...

Just perfect for the 4th...your house is going to look sooo festive and pretty. Love the place mats.

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Snap,
My access to the internet has been very slow lately, so it's been very hard for me to catch up with everyone.
You found a very beautiful and creative way of celebrating your 4th of July, with that place mat.
Thanks for sharing.


Your table is going to look fabulous with these great patriotic place mats! Love them...wish I knew how to crochet, though. You are talented. Thanks for sharing and coming over.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I am so glad you found that calendar. It made you so happy and your kitchen sounds so ready for the holiday. Love your placemats!

Barb said...

I love that you can see a photo and actually create something wih your own hands, Snap! Happy 4th.

Sharon said...

You are all set. Your temps are high and I am hoping we at least hit 70. At least the sun showed up today. I am tip toeing about as I don't want to scare it away. :-)

Poppy said...

Oh my, this is delightful! The crochet place mat looks beautiful in the patriotic colors, you did a wonderful job on it. I'm so glad you saved those calenders,I love the inspiring pictures found in some of them. Happy 4th! Thanks for your lovely note. I enjoyed your company:)Hugs,Poppy

Olga said...

I love the picture from your calendar. The place mats look very pretty and easy to make. I was thinking about making similar ones, but I'm afraid I won't have time. As you said it's almost July. So I'm just going to decorate my table with red and white doilies and add some other blue accents.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. That's how I found your blog.
Enjoy the last days of June!

Mary said...

Snap~ I LOVE this! So clever and patriotic that you crocheted placemats inspired by your calendar! I glad to know I'm not the only one that hangs on to things thinking one day I'll have a use or be inpired :) Stay cool!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They are wonderfully festive place mats, Snap! I save a lot of "inpiration" things too! :0

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Everything is perfect for the 4th of July. Your crochet placemat sets off the table to perfection! You are so talented to be able to make it! Now you got me thinking of what I have around the house to use for the 4th!

Sherry said...

Your placemats look lovely -- so much nicer than the ones in the pattern! Your kitchen is going to be very JULY!!! And oh -- where has time gone? July already. It makes my head spin!