“Welcome” Banner and Another Yard Sale Find

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in backyard, banner, outdoors, sewing, yard sale | 11 comments

This year, we have talked a little more with our girls about what Memorial Day is.  It is truly an overwhelming thought.  Men and women who choose to protect our nation.  Knowing the danger, knowing the risks, but loving our great country enough to put their lives on the line.  We can NEVER forget the cost of our freedom!

We did what a lot of families did.  We invited some friends for dinner and cooked out.

It was very hot here in Murfreesboro, but we had a great time!

I wanted to create a “cute” entrance to our backyard.

Here is what I came up with.

Here is how I made the banner.  I wanted to keep it neutral so I could use it for any occasion.

I made 2 patterns.  One larger and one smaller.

I cut 7 of the larger shapes out of a drop cloth, and 7 smaller shapes out of burlap.  I ironed over about 1/2″ on both of them.

Using a Sharpie marker, I wrote each letter on each piece of the banner.  (Remember that the Sharpie will bleed through the burlap.)

I pinned each letter onto a long piece of yarn.

And, sewed them all down.

I also sewed the 2 pieces of fabric together.

And, here she is hanging at the “entrance” to my backyard.

From my new (old) ladder!  I have been wanting one of those!  I found this one for $3 last weekend!

Pretty soon there is not going to be anything else on my “would really like to find at a yard sale” list!   (Who am I kidding. . . ?!)

I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but it came in handy for this little display.

Anna Belle and I went to an empty lot near our house and picked the Queen Anne’s Lace and Daisies.  I love the look of wildflowers!

The hydrangeas are from my Annabelle bush.  You can read about it here.

The lanterns were another yard sale find this weekend.  The set for $3!

I just might have to keep this ladder to use for little displays.  She worked so well for this!

Thanks to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom!

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  1. Really cute!

  2. You are so talented! I am back again this week to see what you are up to. The vignette turned out great. Love the ladder – would great painted red, white and blue for the next few weeks! Mine gets painted by the season – I don’t know how many coats he is wearing!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    • Thanks for coming back! I am not sure what I want to do with the ladder? She just might get a coat of paint (or two. . . or three!) That is a great idea!

  3. What a pretty entrance! It’s so festive and homey! You did a beautiful job!

    • Thanks! “Homey” is always one of the things I am shooting for!

  4. Love, love, love your banner and the entire look.

    I have a banner hanging already outside, but I have a tin hanging pail like yours that I am going to paint red, white and blue.

    Enjoy your sweet welcome vignette.

    • Thanks! I am sure that your pail is going to look great!

  5. Love it

    • Thanks! I love that old ladder!

  6. Looks lovely, a very pretty welcome. 🙂
    I too would love an old ladder for my yard & plants. I was impatient so had my son-in-law build me one, still needs to weather…and it’s a leaning ladder, but I’m impatiently waiting to find that perfect old one.

    • I could not believe that I found it for so cheap! Good luck finding one. . . or I hope yours “ages” quickly!


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