I decided I wanted red/white/blue angel wings. I couldn't find them anymore (always shocking when I can't find something on Ebay!) so I made my own. I got out some angel wings I already had and my trusty cans of red and blue spray paint, and went outside.
I used paper to block off the parts I wasn't spraying.
The paint did not saturate the fluffly top feathers as much as the "regular" bottom feathers. But I was still pleased with the unique results:
Lilly's birthday present for this year is a little vintage angel girl. (I just love the little figurines that Japan produced in the 1950s.)
Lilly's Crazy Sock Monkey has his pinwheel and is ready to remember her and celebrate too:
Crazy Sock Monkey sits over Lilly's tree, which is covered in 4th of July decor:
The finishing touch is outside, where I hang bunting on the railing of Solomon's portico. (Our second story porch.) I love this bunting, and had it when Lilly was still alive.
Here is a picture of Little Firecracker, taken just a few days after her 1st birthday. I loved holding her! You can see the bunting in the background:
I wonder what it would be like to be celebrating Lilly's 5th birthday with her in person. What would she be like? It makes me smile to imagine.