For the past few weeks, I’ve been traveling in Australia. I had a blast, but there is one thing they don’t have that I can’t wait to get home for: fireworks! (Okay, they probably do have fireworks but hang with me here.) Being home for the 4th of July has always been important to me, because the more I travel the more I proud I am to be from where I am and to celebrate in my freedoms — both as a woman and as a regular ‘ol citizen. We should all feel pretty proud knowing we live in a land of freedom and beauty, though thatís often difficult with all the destruction and pain that goes along with it, especially in the last ten years. But for better or worse, thatís why we have holidays like the 4th, so we can take pause to celebrate the birth of our awesome nation.
As I did last year, I wanted to share handmade items for your home that are perfect for July 4th but also great for year-around patriots! All items are handmade by artists across the country and available for purchase through their Etsy shops. Feel good knowing that your hard earned money is going straight to other hardworking individuals! If you’re up to the task of taking inspiration from the items and creating your own, all the better!