July 04, 2009

Sweet land of liberty.


How lucky was I to be gifted with these amazing Ladies Liberty pillows from Sue at Rue Mouffetard? Her and the lovely daughter were in Hoboken, NJ,
to take the quilt class I did (or as I like to call it, Quilt Boot Camp) after reading about it on this here blog. We met for dinner after their class and Sue gifted me with these pillows she made, with photos of the Statue that she took herself (clearly she's a more advanced sewing-crafting diva than myself). Who thinks Sue needs to open an Etsy store? I do!

She knew I love the Lady, because, well...



Her daughter (who incidentally has
one of the cutest kids ever) is also super talented, and gifted me with four beautiful vintage dessert plates. They will be making their blog debut soon...I've gathered so many fabulous table pieces over the past few months, I think it's high time to unite them for a party. Frankly, any excuse for a party is fine by me.

Today was a big day at the shore. For one, the sun came out. Secondly, we marched in the local parade. In the kazoo band. That's kind of worthy of its own post.

On the way back from the parade, I stopped at a yard sale (I know you find that shocking) and picked up this photo:


While other people's family photos typically don't "do" it for me (I have my own family, thank you very much) I fell in love with this patriotic picture. Maybe I was caught up in the holiday; maybe I was romanticizing the story of the people in the photo -- how perhaps it was their first July 4th in the States, and this was their first of many patriotic celebrations. Or maybe I was just crazy/dehydrated from blowing a kazoo all morning. Whatever the case, I bought it for $3.

I hope my friends in the States are having a lovely holiday weekend! I'll be back with a kazoo update soon.

18 comments:

thelaundryisneverfinished said...

The sun came out for you? Yipee! Send it our way! And I totally would of been kazoo-ing alongside you if I were there...

Sue said...

You did my pillows proud with your great photography skills amoung your other talents....The Kazoo...a lost art. My best friend in high school always played one in the lunch room and she was also skilled at the slide whistle...I would have loved to have seen you marching and blowing out your little brains in the heat...Oh, your Big Brains!! Hope your having a fun day and hope to see you real soon....

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those are adorable pillows, Laura! Just the neatest! And the kazoo band sounds fun. We just went to an early dinner with friends and came home early. We are wiped out from all sorts of stuff going on and wanted to chill. We "might" go over to another friend's place and watch the fireworks from there, but not sure yet. We're trying to lay low. LOL!

I adore that picture, too. Great price and fun photo. Love your collection of "The Lady," too.

Sending you much love on this very special day.

XO,

Sheila :-)

muralimanohar said...

Obviously, a perfect Fourth of July. Kazoo included. :p

Purple Flowers said...

Those pillows are beautiful; I love them. Also, I know what you mean about the photo. It's very interesting to look at, and wonder about the people in it. I like doing that too. Sounds like you have a great 4th! :)

Lisa said...

Hope you had wonderful 4th!! Those pillows are beautiful! I made one pillow in my life, in 7th grade, filled with cotton and drawn on with magic marker (it was the shape of a sun, half pink and half yellow), and I still have it. It's ugly, but I'll need to send a photo to you. It's pretty funny looking!

Finally, how 'bout our Yanks? :)

Tina said...

Oh that photo is a stunner of a find. Great post.
T

Joyce said...

The pillows are so beautiful and tie nicely with your collection. xoxo

Linda Lou said...

Love those pillows -Sue is a very talented lady-hope your 4th at the shore was a blast!! We went to the County Fair and ate way too much bad food!

Laurie said...

Great photo - I'd have bought it, too!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

What a lovely time to spend with friends and gifts to boot! Yes, she should open an Etsy store, they're wonderful.

I love the photo and would have snapped it up also. I have a hi-res version of that Jersey Coast poster, if you would like me to email you a copy let me know. I think its 2 or 3 mgs in size and measures 8x10. After cleaning it up a bit in Photoshop I stretched it just a tweak so it would fit in an 8x10 mat for framing. You can also download it at the Library of Congress site, but it hasn't been retouched.

abeachcottage said...

we visited the Statue of Liberty in 2000, one of my best trips ever...so of course I am loving those pillows

S

Maya said...

I love the Lady..., even though I'm not an American. And in person she's very impressive! And I did made it all the way up into her crown.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

So glad to hear that you had a good time. Your Lady Liberty collection is wonderful and the pillows are a perfect compliment. It was a lovely weekend, and the fireworks were amazing!
♥, Susan

heidi said...

Lucky you!!!!! I see a Lady Liberty Room in your future...did she get along with Napoleon?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Greetings from sultry Florida.

You are on my blog today.

Be blessed!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Gorgeous pillows! Sue is talented in many ways... writing photography and now sewing! I do think she should open an ETSY shop!

I would have loved seeing you play Kazoo Laura! LOL! Glad you had a fun 4th of July!

Kwana said...

Happy late 4th of July! What a sweet gift and great find.