Happy 4th of July! I can't believe we are already celebrating the red, white and blue. This is one of my favorite holidays because of the family celebrations I remember with our family on the farm in New York. We would get together at the cottage on the lake and swim or fish...a little canoeing happened too. A great picnic with potato salad (my favorite), rhubarb pie, and Grandma Brown's baked beans (thick and sweet). We finished the night with fireworks over the water and a drive to the town firework show. Lots of laughter and tons of fireflies....oh summer!
Those memories of my summers at the lake with family are about as simple as you could imagine. I think if we could film them in the Kodachrome colors they would be called pure Americana. I feel lucky and very blessed to have the heritage I have and to remember my ancestors who came as pilgrims, Palentines's and immigrants to this country because they had a hope of something better for themselves and their posterity. It was their gift to us that we can be free.
I created this hoop-art embroidery Tis a Gift to Be Free as a free downloadable pattern for you to stitch an enjoy. The words come from an old Shaker hymn, which happens to be one of my favorite songs to play and sing. The materials for this project are super simple to pick up.