A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

I’ve always said that I come from a military family. No, neither of my parents served, but my grandfather did, as well as an aunt, two uncles and three cousins. Hey, I could sing the entire Marine Corps Anthem by the time I was two years old, thanks to my grandfather! (And yes, I can still sing it…no YouTube video for your viewing pleasure, unfortunately!)

Happy Memorial Day!

My grandfather (left) and Jerrod’s grandfathers (center and right)

When Jerrod and I got married, I discovered that he came from a military family, too. Both of his grandfathers, plus three uncles and two cousins.

Happy Memorial Day!

Our military family members: Uncles, Aunts and Cousins!

Memorial Day is the first military holiday of the year, and then will come Independence Day, and after that, Veteran’s Day. All of these are summer-related here in Florida, even thought Veteran’s Day isn’t until November…it’s normally still pretty durn hot here. So this year, when I was thinking about what I was going to do with my holiday shelf, I thought I should take it completely and personally patriotic, just in time for Memorial Day.

Keep in mind that today (Memorial Day) is meant to honor those who gave their lives in battle for our country. Can you even imagine?! The thought alone is sobering, to say the least. Our families were fortunate in that none of our own were killed in the line of duty, however, we hold those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf very dear to our hearts. If YOU have a family member who gave all, please know: our respect and honor is with your family today!

So, without further ado, here is my Personally Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf!

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

I wanted to give special honor to the grandfathers, so they each had their photo placed in a frame!

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!  

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

The “love” sign just seemed appropriate. After all, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) Which is exactly what each of these folks signed up to do!

And I just LOVED these rusty little stars! So festive!

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

Now, the original inspiration for this design was actually THIS.  

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

This gorgeous piece was one of my Christmas presents from my mother-in-law. Is it not amazing?! I LOVE that the flag looks so worn, but yet it’s so carefully draped. This photo really does the piece no justice. It’s art, plain and simple.

So you can see how I tried to correlate the shelf with it:

Patriotic Decor, perfect for entryways or fireplace mantels!

The metal flag that’s on the shelf is actually meant to go into the yard – but I think it worked just perfectly to tie everything together on the shelf.

If you’re interested in how I made the banner (so easy – you can make one, too!) check back in tomorrow when the 4th installment of the Spring Craft Blog Hop Challenge will be LIVE, right here on the blog! As a part of the introduction, I’ll show you the tutorial on how to create this kind of a banner, and you can also link up your other spring, summer Father’s Day or 4th of July – themed crafts!

So what do you think of the Holiday Shelf this time around? Do YOU have any military in your family? I’d love to hear about them!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

15 thoughts on “A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf!

  1. Yes, my first husband, my brother Curtis, lots of uncles, and cousins. And of course, Mitch my present husband. God bless them all. Oh, I almost forgot, a nephew.

  2. I have several relatives who served. I love how you’ve honored your grandfather! I’m so thankful for all the women and men who gave their lives for our freedom. And I love your shelf AND wreath! They’re both awesome!

  3. Kristen that was beautiful, you are so talented! It is great to remember the ones that volunteered to fight for our freedom!

  4. I love how you made a banner of all the photos! Such a great way to display them. I have a lot of photos of my grandpa from when he served, I really love the frames you used to display and honor yours. Thanks for sharing at the Creative Inspiration party!

  5. What a great idea, I’d never thought of displaying all the service member’s photos from my family…love it! :) Pinning from the blogger’s brag party! :)

  6. What an incredible family history — & a wonderful way to celebrate it! I’m inspired!! Thanks again for inviting me to be a part of your Linky Party!! #homemattersparty

  7. Yes I have military in my family. My dad was a 20 year veteran of the Marine Corps. I too can sing the Marine Corps Hymn. Although he did not die in battle, he still paid the ultimate sacrifice. He died from complications from Agent Orange used in Vietnam this past January. This Memorial Day was a hard. I love your patriotic shelf and I love cohosting with you on #HomeMattersParty

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