Ah, the Fourth of July. If you follow me on Facebook, you know this is a time of difficult memories yet celebration for us. One of my best friends summed it up best in an email she sent today:
I remember you talking about fireworks when Abby was first born, and how you were watching them not knowing what was going to happen to your little noodle…. and now we can watch those firecrackers each year and celebrate an absolute miracle.
She got it exactly right, which of course she would, because she’s that kind of friend. 😉
I still get teary eyed remembering that night four years ago when my husband and I peered out large windows and watched the fireworks going off over the city of Philadelphia. We were heartsick– we’d just been told our daughter probably would not survive. Those fireworks felt like a curse to us, how on earth could people be celebrating?! But we snuggled in and hugged each other, certain of one thing… our daughter was an amazing person, and no matter what happened every moment of her life would be filled with love.
Fast forward four years.
This is our little firecracker today.
1. First, purchase inexpensive flags (these were 50% off at Michaels) in the size you’d like for your bunting. I used the smallest size so it would fit a specific space but a larger size would look great as well. Carefully pull them off the staffs, they should come off pretty easily.
— so that when you turn around the finished bunting to hang them, the stars will be on the correct side. Pin them in place.
3. Sew down the bias tape using your favorite stitch. I used a zig zag stitch in contrasting thread so it would ‘pop’. Be sure to leave a ‘tail’ at each end of the bias tape to tie it up when done.
And without further ado, we now we have bunting!
I’ve been working so hard on the deck makeover that the front entrance has been neglected. Now to clean off the table, add something pretty, plant a few flowers… you know, in between the kitchen renovation, dance classes, and summer day trips we have planned.
Which means there’s no good pinnable ‘beauty shot’ for this project yet, folks. Except maybe this one, with corn on the cob all over her face:
She’s all the beauty shot we need today.
We’re still healing over here. One firecracker and flag at a time.