All American Wreath

The All American Wreath can be used from Memorial Day all the way through the 4th of July. I love making wreaths for all seasons, holidays and decor. One of my first Home Based Businesses was a custom baby announcement wreath, I called it Bright Beginnings which morphed into custom designed baby hooded bath towels and eventually did full circle into a personal shopping business for busy moms, right back to my roots of fashion and retail…

Some of my supplies for this project I purchased online at Save on Crafts:
Wood flowers
(option: silk, dried or none)

The remaining items I got locally at Hobby Lobby:
4th of July decorations
Wire Ribbon

The basic assembly of the wreath is as follows:
1. Place decoration and flowers on the wreath the way you want to glue them. Remember to leave a space for the bow at the top, side or bottom (depending on where you want to place it)
2. Make your bow
3. Glue all items on with hot glue.

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American Beauty American Beauty
This weeks cocktail is appropriately named American Beauty made with American Gin distilled in Philadelphia fit the bill for a 4th of July cocktail. The American Beauty is refreshing blend of Bluecoat gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberries and mint. I made a few tweaks by substituting the simple syrup and soda water with diet ginger ale (of course, my personal favorite). This would be a more calorie friendly version!


2 oz Bluecoat gin
1 oz fresh-lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup*
3 fresh raspberry and 3 fresh blueberries
4–6 mint leaves

Add lemon juice, mint and berries into mixing glass and lightly muddle. Add the remaining ingredients into mixing glass along with ice and shake vigorously. Fine-strain over the rocks into a double old-fashioned glass and top with a splash of soda (my version has the diet ginger-ale). Garnish with lemon wheel and one raspberry.

*To make simple syrup, combine one part hot water to one part sugar. Stir until all sugar is dissolved and allow to cool.

created by Erick Castro
courtesy of Bluecoat Gin
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