Monday, July 3, 2017

T Stands For Patriotism


Here in the U.S., today is the day of our independence, also known as the 4th of July.   It is a legal holiday, which means no one will have to open dreaded bills and junk mail.  Independence Day is celebrated because it is the day the U.S. adopted the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776.  It was at that time the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were now a new and single nation, formally known as the United States of America.  It was also on that day they declared they were no longer part of the British Empire.

In the U.S. today, we are showing our patriotism.   Our flags are proudly flying high.

Bleubeard and I are lifting our cup of patriotism to those who fought so hard for this land and those who still love it, in spite of its many, many faults.  We'll light a candle for those who have given their lives for this country, too.

Now it's your turn to share your T entry this week whether it's a U.S. patriotic post, or one that celebrates summer (or winter in the southern hemisphere).  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink.  You may choose to share a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or wow us with your photography.  You might choose a postcard or decorated card.  You might even draw an image on a used tea bag.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie, or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better we like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your T post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months or years ago, if you choose.



Because Bleubeard and I are hosting Art Journal Journey this month, I created this piece for T Tuesday I call Patriotism. 

We'll shoot fireworks after dark.

We'll measure our patriotism by the love we give and receive.

We'll bring out our red, white, and blue, the colors of our flag.

We'll pick someone to lead our annual parade.

And of course, we'll celebrate the day with back yard barbecues, swim parties, and boating on the lake.

Materials used for this spread include white card stock colored with handmade shimmering mists through a stencil, a napkin (the fireworks), circles punched from paint chip samples, a heart button, a tag I created on black card stock from some of the pastels I used last month, lace, a length of genuine tape measure, computer generated text, and a TH paper doll.


Bleubeard, my fearless and welcoming co-host and I are delighted you stopped by and invite you to join us at Art Journal Journey after you share your T post today. 

Please don't forget you have TWO WEEKS to prepare your ATC for the 4th annual T Tuesday anniversary.

26 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Happy Independence Day, love your patriotic page and your beautiful table setting. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What a beautiful post, Elizabeth ... your words, your patriotic journal page, and the lovely table setting. Happy 4th of July and Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

Let's Art Journal said...

Happy 4th of July! I loved reading and looking at your patriotic post, that table setting is fabulous 😀. Your journal page is awesome and I adore the heart button and the little girl holding the flag. Those textures you created just look like fireworks are exploding on your page. Wishing you happiness this T Day! J 😊

jinxxxygirl said...

Happy 4th of July Elizabeth and Bleubeard!! Oh yes people are celebrating on the lake... But i often think the 'reason ' behind the celebrating is often lost and i thank you for talking about it..People just want to party...

We are cooking hotdogs on the grill this afternoon but thats about the extent of our celebrating.. we find the fireworks more annoying than anything.. and in our neck of the woods they could easily start a fire...thankgoodness we have been fortunate this year to have had some rain recently that it takes a little of the worry away... Is it me or do the fireworks get louder every year...? not the official ones but the ones people buy and set off.. man.. around here this year they don't don't sound so much like fireworks as mini explosions..

Beautiful journal page Elizabeth and table setting... Hugs! deb

Lisca Meijer said...

Happy Independence Day. I hope you have a lovely time. Will you be going to see parades etc?
I like your table setting in national colours.
Also love the tag.
Happy T-day too,
Lisca

pearshapedcrafting said...

Happy 4th of July! Hope you celebrate in style! I love you table setting! Your journal page is wonderful - looks as though the celebrations have begun! Hugs and Happy T Day! Chrisx

Linda Kunsman said...

Happy 4th !!! What a marvelous display of patriotism here. Love your art piece with the vintage image and all those wonderful splatters and such in the background. And a happy T day too!

Cindy McMath said...

Happy Independence Day Elizabeth! I knew you would have something red, white and blue on your blog today. Your collage is beautifully done, and the table is beautifully set. Hope you have a lovely day.

CJ Kennedy said...

Your tag captures the spirit of this country. Old-fashioned and new. Straight-laced.Flamboyant. And still growing. Happy Fourth of July!

chrissie said...

A wonderful and patriotic post Elizabeth with the beautiful table setting and terrific tag and page you created.

Happy T Day and Happy Fourth of July

Love Chrissie xx

johanna said...

happy 4th of july! your Journal page turned out wonderful, the napkin fireworks are a nice Addition. great tag and i love These spraying mists!
the candles at the table Setting are so cute, i´ve never seen such in alternating Colors.
wishing you a happy t-day and celebrate the Independence day!
♥♥♥

Dortesjs said...

beautiful post this ;O))

Meggymay said...

Its a wonderful post to celebrate your special day in the USA. I loved your table setting. I think I would treasure a table like yours especially with its history, thank you for telling me where it came from.
Our whole area had many mining villages and towns, hardly any mines can be seen now, so its good that we have the museum.
The painters work looked true to the lives they had, the background looks colourful and festive. I hope you have a lovely day today.
Happy 4th July and T day wishes .
Yvonne xx.
p.s. Your were right, my drink was tea.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is a really beautiful post Elizabeth - your text is wonderful and I am in love with this patriotic journal page that fits your Summertime Love theme so well. Your lovely table setting looks super . Happy 4th of July Elizabeth and Happy T-day and a happy and fun AJJ month as hostess for you as well!!!!
oxo Susi

My name is Erika. said...

Hey, we used the same TH girl on our journal pages. Great minds think a like. Your page came out great. I like how the fireworks are obvious at first and then the lace really gives it some depth. My page is rather flat compared to yours. And you are set up for a very patriotic tea or coffee this week too. Those tea lights are really cute. Have a fabulous holiday. Hugs-Erika

Carol said...

Great post and love your journal page. Not feeling so patriotic today as the fireworks all over the neighborhood kept the dogs all crazy till late last night. Fireworks are legal to sell by and use here in Missouri unless you live in a town that prohibits them. Living in the country we have to deal with them for about 2 weeks before and after the 4th. Not just the pretty ones but the really loud bang ones that shake the house :( Happy Fourth to you though !!!

Sandra Cox said...

What a wonderful piece for the day.
A very happy 4th to you, my friend.

Sandy said...

Love your page and your place setting -- I absolutely adore your china - it is right up my alley!!
sandy xx

Sami said...

Happy 4th of July Elizabeth. Lovely to get some background information about this special day for the American people. I like your table setting too.

Pamela Gerard said...

Red, white & blue! Happy Independence Day to you. I hope it is a good and safe one all around our country.

Divers and Sundry said...

Happy 4th! I love how you put together your patriotic-looking place setting :)

Dianne said...

What a sweet vintage image for your patriotic post! love this little girl and the colorful ink reminiscent of fireworks exploding! hope you have a wonderful holiday! I have family visiting, so it will take me some time to get back to visit everyone, but I promise to do so. Happy patriotic T day! ~*~

*Vicki* said...

I am really loving your whole set up with the drink and your patriotic AJ page!! Fabulous background and the collection of accent pieces bring this together beautifully!! This sounds like such a fun concept and perhaps I will take a photo of my drink related items and join in the fun! :) Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Carol said...

Thanks for all of your visits this week Elizabeth!!! It has been an extra crazy week for me as we had a very senior dog show up all frightened by the fireworks and I've been trying to find her home. No luck and all of the No Kill shelters here are full because of the fireworks too. So it looks like she may be staying as I won't take anywhere but a No Kill place. Another shelter would just put here down because of her age. I have registered her with all of the lost pets groups and vets in the area so maybe here owners will show up some day. Just what I need is another animal to take care of :)

Jeanie said...

the greeting is late (being as I'm in the Land of Limited Internet) but the message sincere. Love your art piece and patriotic tablesetting!

June Macfarlane said...

Hope you had a wonderful time. Just popped by to see how you are doing x