It was all about the wood crafting back then. I made boxes full of goodies through the years. Sometimes I sold them at craft fairs, other times I gave them as gifts or displayed them in my home.
I've kept some of the Patriotic holiday decor that I've made over the years and I finally decided that it didn't matter anymore if it was dated. I made them. Whenever you make something, you put a little of yourself into whatever you are creating.
The "fire crackers" were made from left over fence posts from our yard and the smaller ones were made from wood dowels used in closets. Some of them were painted by my girls. Stenciling was big in the 90's and so was twine, sanding or distressing and paint splattering. In the last decade or so, some of these techniques went out of style and are coming back again in a new way.
I decided to bring it all out. These things are attached to so many wonderful memories and fill me with contentment and feeling of creativity. I miss those days and yet I'm grateful for the season I'm in. I cannot go back but I can recapture those feelings by displaying these old pieces of painted wood.
Whether I am stuck in the 90's with my holiday decor or not, I don't know...but I am feeling very blessed for the greatness of our country, and I want it to show.