July Calendar, a Confession and Some Ramblings

I try not to ramble in my posts, really I do. But I hope you don’t mind if I share a few thoughts and pictures with you along with my July calendar. I promise not to be too long.

Let’s start with the calendar. For July, I decided to go with fireworks. I know I have some readers outside of the United States, but over here, summer and fireworks seem to go hand in hand. Is it that way in other parts of the world? Or is that just an American thing?

I started by sketching the fireworks on my favorite watercolor paper, based on this clip art I found online.

Next, I used a small brush dipped in glue to paint some lines, and sprinkled glitter over them.

After that, I used watercolors to fill in some color.

Lastly, I cut the shapes out with an X-acto knife and glued them onto my July calendar background. I would have printed the background directly onto the watercolor paper, but my printer has a hard time feeding it through, because it’s so thick. More often than not, I end up wasting the paper.

Of course, there’s an added detail on the 4th, for Independence Day.

There aren’t any cutting files this time, just the background page, which you can download here. Sorry this one isn’t quite as exciting as some of my others have been, but hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your own July calendar.

Speaking of the 4th of July, we’ll be heading down to the lake to celebrate with friends, as we’ve done for several years now. Thinking about the lake reminded me that I have a confession to make. In my last post, I told you that my French Provincial Transformation was only the second piece of furniture I had done. Well, I forgot all about another piece I refinished last summer. It was your basic Annie Sloan Chalk Paint makeover. These pictures were snapped on my cell phone, so they’re not all that great, but here’s the before:

Two coats of ASCP in Old White, some clear wax and new hardware, and here’s the after:

So I guess the blue dresser is actually my 3rd furniture makeover. In my defense, this piece lives at our lake house, so it’s not something I see every day. We’ve spent many a 4th of July at our lake house and had a lot of fun over the years. Sadly, this is the last year we’ll get to spend there, as we and our partners have decided to sell it, and it’s already under contract.

So this year’s get together will be bitter sweet, as we’ll be gathering up our belongings and our memories of summers past, including this one. The picture below was taken when the kids were much younger and would still let me dress them in matching outfits. In case you were wondering, yes, I did make them. :)

We live truly blessed lives to be able to have had such a wonderful place to gather with friends and family over the years. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next years will hold.

I hope those of you celebrating the 4th of July have a safe and happy holiday.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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