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Jun 26, 2008

4th of July Preparations

Have you checked out the Kitchen Sink Stamps Project of the Month yet? Tammy Hershberger made a really neat centerpiece for the upcoming 4th of July! It looks like a lot of fun to make - I know my children would love to help me make one!

Our family has a 4th of July tradition that we love! The town that my parents live in, a very small square mile town right on the ocean, has the cutest little hometown parade! They've had it forever and we've been going ever since I moved here. My parents invites some friends, my brother and his family, our family and my in-laws to a pre-parade brunch and then we all head down a few blocks to get a good spot for candy catching (my children love that part!). The parade really only takes 20-30 minutes or so and is filled with lots of homemade "floats", a children's bike decorating contest on display, a kazoo band, a beach chair drill team, an alumni town band and many other fun things. (This picture is my dad driving his car in the parade last year with my nieces along for the ride. I think Emma plans on riding with Poppy this year)

After the parade the band returns to the town meeting spot (known as The Temple) and plays a concert while the children enjoy a free popsicle. We then head back to my parent's house for a yummy 4th of July barbeque lunch. We have lots of fun visiting, strolling down to the town square to look at the "Art in the Park" - an art show and sale made up of wonderful local artists - going to the beach, riding bikes . . . it's just perfect!! If you live in Maine or are visiting come on over to Ocean Park and check it out for yourself - you will love it! (Notice the candy running down Ethan's chin in the picture - lol!)

Last year we stayed overnight at my parent's house so that we could take the children down to the beach for the fireworks and we'll be doing that again this year! My children have been asking "When is it going to be the 4th of July?" for about 8 months now! :)

I said all that to say (hope you're still with me!), I try to coordinate our family "look" for the day by having some festive red, white and blue clothes. When I saw this post by Nichole Heady a few weeks ago where she actually stamped a t-shirt I knew right away what I had to do!!

So I pulled out my Kitchen Sink Stamps Playful Stars, Swirly Hearts & Stars, Ready 4 Any Holiday and Mix It Up! Monogram & Alphabet sets, got some Palette ink pads and started stamping!! I bought my t-shirts at Walmart and they were fairly inexpensive but still a nice quality. They were super easy to do and I just love how they came out! I still may go back and stamp the children's name on their shirt but I haven't decided that for sure.

I encourage you to give this a try, what a fun way to highlight your family or group! Maybe next year we'll make ones for our whole group! :)

Stamps: Playful Stars, Swirly Hearts & Stars, Ready 4 Any Holiday, Mix It Up! Monogram & Alphabet (Kitchen Sink Stamps), Inks: L'Amour Red, Beaux Arts Blue, Paris Lights (Palette), T-shirts: Hanes from Walmart

17 comments:

  1. Hey Jules...beautiful t-shirts! Sounds like a fun 4th...we used to do something similar in the town I was born in (Bucksport) with my "adopted" grandparents. It was wonderful! I'm sure your kids love it and all the memories they are building. :-)

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  2. oooh, those t-shirts came out GREAT! sounds like a fun tradition

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  3. Julie those shirts came out great. What a wonderful idea. I stamped a couple of frogs a a tee for Tyler the other day just fooling around and he thought it was so cool. I will have to try it for real sometime. -Molly B

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  4. WOW!! These are fabuous, my gosh Julie, you are creative! I don't know that I could get them stamped on that straight and make them all look the same - lol! These are really cute!!!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  5. Your shirts are absolutely adorable, Julie!! I love them! Looks like so much fun, too!

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  6. Julie, your holiday plans sound fabulous and those shirts are AWESOME! Be sure to take a picture of everyone in their shirts at the parade for us to see!

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  7. Wow what an awesome way to spend the 4th and with family. Those shirts are just awesome. Love the colors. :)

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  8. Those shirts are incredible Julie! What an outstanding design.

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  9. How fun, Julie!! I love all of your pictures, and your shirts turned out AWESOME!!

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  10. Oh, Julie, these are AWESOME! How fun. . .I LOVE them!

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  11. Awesome project, your kids & everyone else, too, will love them!
    LeAnne

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  12. so cute. love the shirts. great job.

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  13. WOW! Those t-shirts are fabulous!! What a fun idea!!!

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  14. Sounds like a lot of fun! I love the 4th of July. We are heading down to the Georgia Coast for the holidays, Cumberland Island.
    The shirts are wonderful. I think they turned out just beautiful. Fantastic job on those. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Julie those turned out awesome!! I love the design:) What a wonderful time you and your family will have!
    Can't wait to see the kids wearing them!

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  16. These are fantastic Julie!
    Your family will look marvelous on the 4th!

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  17. Julie, these are FAB!!!!!

    You got a shout out for the Card of the Week -- you can check out the post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/07/card-of-the-wee.html

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