Who’s ready for summer?

I know I am! My kids only have seven more school days and I am counting down just as much as them!

So as the lazy days of summer get closer, I thought I would bring a little summer cheer into our home and I update our mantel.

Obviously the main thing here is the flag. I know this will officially make me a dork, but I came up with this idea last fall while I was in the shower.

Seems to be where I do a lot thinking these days.

I had picked up the bats at an auction for a client and they ended up not being used. I thought this was a great idea to marry our summer loves – baseball (okay really my kids and hubby love baseball, I go along for the ride) and the beach. We all love the beach. And our American Pride – something we can all agree on.

I will do a tutorial later this week on the flag – but lets just say it involved some rather dangerous stuff that I was super thankful to have my hubby do for me. Like I said I had the idea for a bit, but figuring out how to do it was the challenge. I slowly began introducing the ideas to him and then a few weeks ago he said “let’s go".

- Update - Tutorial can be found here


I found the star basket at Pier 1 for $10.

I kept the same willow vase with dried pussy willows in it from my spring mantel.

I had the milk bottle and the starfish I placed in the tops. Amazingly the day before I pulled it together, I found the large starfish at a yard sale.

The text on the bats make me so happy and I was thankful that hubby cut them so that they faced out.

I found the shell balls at The Christmas Tree Shop.

How about you – are you ready for summer to start– or maybe you lucky enough to already be in the full swing?

If you visit here you can find other inspiring projects for summer as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Our mantel is featured over at The Lettered Cottage's Summer Link party - come on by and be inspired!

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June 11, 2012 — Laura Putnam