Sunday, June 30, 2013

“America is a tune

that must be sung together."  ~Gerald Stanley Lee

Independence Day is celebrated on Thursday so I thought I would have a little USA USA USA cheer!

Actually, July 2 was the date John Adams thought would be the day...in a letter to Abigail he wrote that the second day of July would be "the most memorable epoch in the history of America."  On July 2, 1776,  the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five,  with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
Interestingly, although the big "players" - Jefferson, Adams, Franklin - said they signed on July 4, it may not have been formalized until August 2 (be tough to celebrate summer that close to fall!).  And, a little trivia for the barbecue...both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day. (You can thank me if you are ever on Jeopardy).
 
Now, speaking of singing together...I had both my "elves" in the shop today...and even though we only sing metaphorically (you really don't want us serenading you), I could not carry a tune or have such a neat shop without them.  Sharon, on the left, is my jewelry elf, and Ruthie is my "go-to" elf...I go to her for all kinds of help...plus she is the birdhouse creator. So, 5 photos later (I have no Photoshop)...
 
 While Sharon works magic with broken jewelry, Ruthie can take a bed spring and make it special, not to mention birdhouses!
I am trying to buy American as much as I can, and I have a new creative spirit from Oklahoma...Jill, an artist who makes cuff bracelets from old belts.
 
This one made us chuckle...
But there are several to choose from...
Another USA product...actually Cape May made...headbands...


Now, along the company lines...I found Scentennials...scented drawer liners (and with our new moisture laden climate, quite appropriate).  Useful for any place a touch of scent it needed... and we have Linen Splash also.






...And, as they proudly proclaim
 
If you get Victoria, we have the Scentennial "Ship Shape" featured in the new issue.  We are trying to keep the store current and creative.

So, the tune we sing is a happy song...from my handcrafted tags and cards...
to made in America vintage...like a beautiful Fenton pitcher... 

 Above all, as we celebrate America, I celebrate those who have made The Dutch Rose what it is today...an independent brick and mortar store...I celebrate those who come in and enjoy...a 3D Pinterest...not just on the screen...to all who have been part of our independent little store, we say...

I think patriotism is like charity – it begins at home. — Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady Volume 1: 1880

1 comment:

Victorian1885 said...

Great informative post, thank you. Happy 4th of July!