Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Labor Day weekend...

Just as summer is winding down
I am going to share
a couple of patriotic projects
that I made last summer....

I wanted a flag holder
for my gable on my front porch,
so this is what I came up with.
I only had to purchase the flags,
everything else I found out in the garage.
It was just what I needed to
dress up my porch for summer!
I love the patriotic punch
it gave to my porch.
It has stayed up all of last summer
and again this summer right
through this Labor Day weekend!

Flag holder tutorial~
Find a piece of wood
and a piece of decorative molding.
I had both of these in the garage. :)

I placed the molding on where I wanted it to be...
I never measure anything...
I like to eyeball, it's quicker that way!
You can measure if you want...
I marked where I wanted to drill the holes for my flags.
 I got a quick lesson from my Hubby on how to run the drill.
I started by drilling down about 1/4"
and then I went in at and angle.
The first time I drilled them I forgot to pivot
the drill so the flags would fan out.
So.... I just re-drilled at the correct angles.
Once it was hung on my porch gable
you couldn't see my mistake. :)

Get out your spray paint and
spray away!

I wanted my molding to POP
so I painted it white!

I glued the molding on with Elmer's wood glue.
I then dipped each of the flag ends in the
glue and inserted them in the holes.
I skipped this step on the holder I made for my parent's.
Mom wanted to be able to remove the flags for easier storage.

Make sure you adjust the flags so they
drape nicely, before the glue dries.
If you don't like climbing high on a ladder,
find your hubby and have him hang it for you!
So thankful mine is handy,
he is always willing to help me out!
After Hubby hangs it for you,
pour both of you an iced tea or lemonade,
light the candles on the porch and sit down and
 enjoy Old Glory blowing in the breeze.
We spend so much time on our porch,
I took these pictures as the sun was setting.
I love to light the candles in the evening.
Another patriotic project was my
spinning flag holder.

It's fun to spin!

I bought the spinning picture cube
at Wal-mart last summer.
They still carry them.


We love sitting on our porch!

The garage sale porch swing
is the favorite seat
of everyone during the summer.
Our new grandaughter, Little Miss Klara
will be coming to our house next month and I plan
swinging with her at nap time!

I am hoping to enjoy this last holiday
weekend of summer, from the comfort
of my porch swing and pool deck.
How about all of you?
Any special Labor Day plans?

Leigh Ann

Linking to:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Grandma Club...

  Hello everyone!  On August 17, 2011 at 10:35 am 
I became an official member of the Grandma Club!

May I introduce you to Miss Klara Mae...
I must say, I'm smitten!
Klara and her flowers from church.

She made her debut on her Daddy's 26th Birthday!
If you would have told me 26 years ago we would have
been this blessed, I would of needed someone to pinch me!
Her Mom did a great job and had an all natural birth,
with some help from Daddy as her coach.
She weighed 5 lbs 13 ounces.
She is a champ at nursing
and has totally stolen my heart.
I was blessed to be able to fly out the day of her birth
and was in NC at the hospital by 8:30 that evening.
Uncle Bret lives close by, so was at the hospital shortly after her birth.
Grandpa and her aunties had to wait to fly in on Friday am.
The timing worked out and the girls were able to come down
 for the weekend before heading back to school!
God is so good!

Our family....
Celebratory dinner for Baby Klara!


Aunt Emma :)

First time to church,
so blessed that we were
all able to be in NC for the weekend!
Sign on her Hospital door,
love her little foot prints!

Grandma is so Blessed!

Seth and beautiful Klara...
Such a special time watching my son become a Daddy!
He is loving it too! Such a good provider for her and Melanie!

Beautiful DIL Melanie with Klara...
So proud of you Melanie,
you are a wonderful Mommy!

Waiting to go home...

Uncle Bret and Klara,
the lucky bum only lives 20 minutes from her!

Just an hour old...

BFF already,
Bella watching over Klara.

Beautiful Baby Girl!

Grandpa's Girl...

Bright eyes...

Daddy's little Steeler fan!

Aunt Rebekah...

This is how I left her to come back to Ohio!
Precious sleeping girl....
Grandma loves you so much!

Daddy and Klara, just chillin'


I was able to spend the first 10 days with them and every minute was so special!
I am so thankful to the Lord for a happy healthy birth and looking forward
to watching Klara grow.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3

Leigh Ann