Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Our 4th Celebration + Finally Sam Finished

Hello Everyone!!

I hope you all had a fabulous and safe holiday weekend!!

We had a nice time.

Every year we have a small get together on the 4th.  We live right next to our towns park, so our back yard is the perfect spot for watching the annual fireworks display.

It was actually one of the reason why we decided to build here. :)

My Sister, BIL, and nieces came down from MO.

Plus we had my Mom and Dad, Grandma, and other family and friends.

We barbequed and watched the kids shoot off our fireworks while we waited for the City’s show to begin.

Here are a few photos of our evening together.

My son, Mitchell, and my niece Erin.


Mitchell and my niece Abbey.


Mitchell and my niece Grace.


Some of the gang making their dinner plates.


Erin laughing about the plates and napkins my my Mom brought.

Yes, they were left over from Christmas!! :)


My Grandma enjoying herself.


My sister, Vicki, and my Dad finishing up the last of the cooking.


Vicki and Erin posing for the camera.


Wait a second Kenny (my BIL’s brother) had to get in the photo too!!


My mom and grandma.


My little Love Bug LUCY!!!

Yes, she needs a bath but she has been playing hard all day!! :)

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Mom, I need a drink BAD!!! :)

By the time we all finished up eating, it was time for the Fun!!

Here is some of the celebration!!






It really turned out to be a pretty great night for us all.


Well, this week I was finally able to get my Uncle Sam finished.

I have been working on him when ever I could find time.

So it has taken me like 2 months to get him completely done.

I am so happy with the way he turned out.

He was completely made by hand.  I formed him 1st with aluminum foil, then coved that in clay and baked to harden.

Then I hand painted him, sanded and aged.

I attached his little legs and arms to his body with wire.

I made his hat from wool felt then hand painted and aged it.  I accented the brim with glass glitter.

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Eeekk!! Don't look I'm naked!!! :)

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Next came deciding how to dress him.

Here he is all finished up.


I hand made all his clothes then stained them for that old prim appearance.

The same with his flag.  Which is attached to wire and the design is painted on both sides.





I love his little ears.

His hair and beard is made of raw wool.


I have him sitting in my bedroom right now.




I am trying to decide if I want to make an Abe or Santa clay doll next!!??

Decisions ~ Decisions!! LOL!! :)


I’ve been working on a few more things for a Christmas In July swap I am doing over at Prim Pals Forum.

We did a secret Santa type swap.  So I cant say who I sent my package to or show off what I sent until I know she has received it.

I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise.

I also have been working on some items for Char's Textiles Swap. 

Having a lot of fun with this one!!

I haven't yet found out who I'm swapping with yet.

But in my excitement I couldn't stop myself from starting on this one!! Heehee! :)


That is about all that is new with me.

I thank you all for stopping by to visit me.

Until Next Time….

Take Care Everyone!!



At Home With Amy said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous 4th of July. We had a family reunion on my hubby's side. It was really nice.
Luv the Uncle Sam. His little face is so precious. Great job Tammy.
Enjoy your week,

Katherine said...

Sam turned out so cute! Looks like you had a great Independence day celebration with the family.


Holly Hills Primitives said...

Looks like you had a great 4th! Nothing like family for a holiday. Your Uncle Sam is just adorable. Have a great week, Dawn

A Primitive Homestead said...

Uncle Sam is amazing! I say go for the Abe next. I must tell you your son looks like his Mom. How fast they grow up.

Dawn Buie said...

Tam your Uncle Sam is so cute! You have more talent than anyone I know!

Make Abe first he will look so neat in your home, then after that do Santa..
They will both look great i just know it!

Glad you had a great 4th with all your Family!

XX Dawn

Traci~Moon Gypsy said...

Hi Tam~Glad to hear you enjoyed your 4th. You should be very proud of your Uncle Sam Doll...he turned out super, oh and I like the naked pics, LOL....Blessings, Traci

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Tam, Looks like everyone had a great time! Love your uncle Sam!! OLM

Robyn ♥ said...

That Uncle Sam is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Great job!!

What a nice Family gathering, I miss those!

Angi at drakestone primitives country cabin said...

Hi Tammy
Oh your family looks like they had a real great time..lovely memories made I bet..I do love your Uncle Sam..the media is fab and so look forward to seeing a santa..Only coz I love Christmas LOL.. :0)

Pam Kessler said...

You are so talented. Uncle Sam came out great! Glad you had a great time at your 4th of July get-together.

Dan said...


It looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

I love the Uncle Sam! You did a wonderful job on him!

I hope you have a great week!


Firecracker Kid said...

Ahh, now that's a perfect example of an all American family. So glad you all could get together and have good food and good fun. Thanks for sharing your awesome photos.
Wow, what a dandy looking Uncle Sam! That is so cool how you made him. I'd like to try that some day. You could start creating both Abe and Santa, yes:)

ByLightOfMoon said...

You have a fabulous blog Tammy and congrats on your winning the drawing at The Feathered Nest with Dawn.

I am following you on Networked blogs and love your home decor. Uncle Sam is awesome , you are a wonderful prim artist!

Smiles, Cyndi

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Hi Tammy

Your Uncle Sam doll is adorable-you really did a great job!!! You should be proud.

Glad you had a nice 4th celebration. This past weekend I worked and it about wore me out.