Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Fashioned Fourth

The anticipation I feel for the Fourth of July I owe to my father, who raised me with his zeal for early American history. Because of him I have memories of looking down on Lake Champlain from the ramparts of Fort Ticonderoga, of hiking through Saratoga battlefields, of standing on the banks of the York River, and of walking through Independence Hall in the heat of a Philadelphia summer. But as much as Independence Day is history, it's also hometown and fireworks, summertime and night skies. It's red, white and blue bunting over the front porch, crickets in the back field.

For the July/August issue of Victoria magazine I took cues from these influences. My favorite projects to make and photograph were the vintage berry basket favors (with tags to download and print here), and mix and match cocktail napkins sewn from ticking, plain cottons and reproduction feedsack. Timeworn and country simple.

29 comments:

The Extraordinaire. said...

Just wanted to say that your blog is fantastic - so professional and creative, not at all amateur. Well done.

Mandie said...

I would just like to tell you that I enjoy your photographs so much. Your blog is utterly gorgeous and I draw so much inspiration from you. Thanks for sharing all your great things! :)

pumkyn said...

How beautiful and wonderful.

Empress Stationery said...

Livy! I absolutely love your work. I actually work in advertising for Victoria, and was ecstatic when I found out you were the artist-in-residence for the year. I've been following your blog for quite awhile and you never cease to impress. I can't wait to see what you do with your talent now that you're graduated! Congratulations!

Indie.Tea said...

What perfect strawberries. The photograph is just gorgeous.
I personally don't know as much about American history as I should. And I live on the West Coast, so all of those spots that early American history occurred in are much less accessible.

creativejewishmom/Sara said...

Gorgeous! Your photos are amazing, and I really appreciate your unique talent. I'm going to link to this on my weekly linking party so that I can share it with my readers! Hope that's okay and would love it if you stopped by as well! All the best!

Emom said...

Lovely! smiles.

Kathy Martin said...

How beautiful are these baskets! And the berries look hand picked! YUMMY! Happy Fourth of July!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

simply beautiful strawberry baskets.

simone leblanc said...

gorgeous strawberries. all your photos are stunning ;)

adelle said...

Oh.. how I long for summer....

Isn't nature beautiful...?

Why not participate in the CRAFT THE WORLD CHALLENGE! This month's theme is NATURE...

View all the info here:

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scrappedout said...

I have to agree with the other posters, all of your photos are stunning! I have a little collection of these strawberry baskets all over my house.

Craftiness NOW said...

beautiful! i love all of the details, and such nice memories of your dad.

Kristy said...

Your strawberries look freshly picked! Yum, Have a great fourth!

Anonymous said...

this is the prettiest picture! wow.

kelley

custom seamstress said...

These are so cute looking!

cindy said...

loved the article. enjoy your weekend!

kiss my spatula said...

absolutely gorgeous! happy 4th to you! xo.

Barbara said...

Lovely! I really enjoyed reading you so much! and that photo is so lovely

Melissa Blake said...

Just found your blog. It's amazing!!! :)

Marinka said...

those strawberries looks so cute in those boxes

Claire said...

What a beautiful DIY craft to enjoy. The baskets, tags and napkins make such a nice vintage addition to any get together.

holly and the wolves said...

july the 4th always makes me wish i were american :) x

Olivia said...

I'm from England so I know nothing of 4th july really,but I do know these strawberries look lovely!

olivia
x

http://www.goldielocksandcupid.blogspot.com/

Pawi Macarena said...

that picture is so beauitufl, also that strawberries looks so delicious <3

Mercy said...

Those strawberries look so plump and juicy!!! Happy Independence Day:)

lavienouveau said...

I love these photos, so lovely!

styleforlife said...

Your blog is gorgeous, so happy to find you!
xx Emily at ELVintage

Rachel said...

This post is a gorgeous little tribute to classic Americana! Halloween is the holiday for which I make the most effort, but this inspires me to do a bit more for the 4th of July!

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