In Honor of the Red, White and Blue and Innocent Fun

I loved celebrating the 4th of July when I was a kid. The parade, the fireworks, the picnic tables groaning with yummy food, the sparklers that were both beautiful and slightly dangerous. It was all delightful, simple, innocent fun.

With all the bad news lately and the stresses of life, I could use some simple, innocent fun. Couldn’t you? In fact I think every so often I should take an internet/TV-free day and just go out and play!

With that in mind, I’m sharing some vintage summer-time photos from my collection. I hope that inspire you too.

Innocent Fun


On a Different Note: A Bit of Blue and White

Blue and white is such an enduring, pleasing color combination that I always gravitate to it. I was on my way out of Goodwill empty handed until I saw this vase on a display table near the door.


It’s hand-painted in the style of Blue Willow and may be ironstone. It’s from Vietnam, has a maker’s mark and is also marked “Dong Thanh Quang Ninh.” After a bit of research I believe “Dong Thanh” refers to a district in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City and “Qaung Ninh” refers to the province. But I could be wrong!

Probably not valuable, but it is in good condition and a very pretty, usable thing. I’m guessing 25-50 years old, but I feel like I need to find out more about it before I list it…so for now it’s going to sit on my mantel! 🙂

I’ll close for now wishing you all happy hunting and a happy 4th to my readers in the U.S. (and all you expats)!

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