Once upon a time, I was Betsy Ross.

I pulled a red wagon carrying Molly Pitcher and wore a ruffled cap and carried a flag and told America Happy Birthday and threw gum to the people watching the parade.

Never let it be said I don’t know how to rock a Fourth of July.

I love the red, white and blue with all my heart.  So to celebrate the birth of our nation I put together a little Fourth of July inspiration.  There’s something for everyone.

A little DIY.  A few projects. Table setting ideas.  A yummy desert.

And of course, a story (total aside:  you knew I was going to say story before I even typed it).

Happy Birthday America.

I love you.

This Fourth of July dessert

This easy table runner

This ship to shore call

These outdoor party ideas

This mason jar project

These three easy bandana projects

This amazing pie crust

And this.

The love story that started it all.

Happy Fourth. 🙂

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  1. Image for Sherre Franklin Sherre Franklin

    Dear Karianne, this is the third day after discovering you on-line and I am sitting here with tears after reading your beautiful love story. It's partly because I can relate - I have a soldier I adored, my daddy, who watches down upon me now, a sailor who is the love of my life, and a Marine who is the apple of his momma's eye. More than anything, you know how to reach out and touch someone's heart with your precious, precious stories. So happy I found you. Happy 4th of July...

  2. Image for Ellen Ellen

    This post is marvelous - like a holiday edition of Thistlekeeping!! What could be better, except the repeating of the divine press-on-nails Love Story! I love that story, another classic tale that never grows old. Happy Independence Day and a huge Thank-you!

  3. Image for Linda B Linda B

    I love your story every time! I was also Betsy Ross in a 4th of July parade. I rode in a float in the 1976 Sesquicentennial Parade in our small Illinois town, in revolutionary era garb, hand sewing stars on Old Glory. Thank you for bring me another happy memory!

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Oh no. You aren't going to get me in tears this time! I love your ship to shore story as well as the Lee press-on nails ... but my mascara is staying on my eyelashes. Happy fourth!

  5. Image for Michelle Michelle

    As always, such great inspirations! Thank you, Karianne! So thankful for all who've served and continue to do so to make this nation free. I love the red, white and blue too!

  6. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Your stories bring tears to my eyes...always!!!! Love the ideas and of course your stories are perfect as they include a military man with twinkly eyes :)

  7. Image for Karyn Karyn

    Love this! I was Betsy Ross in our town's Centennial Parade when I was five! My mother made my costume...complete with a bonnet and I carried the American Flag pretending to sew it! I was fortunate enough to ride in a little red wagon and I too was able to pass out candy to the crowd. Such a sweet childhood memory!

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