a beautiful day for a parasol


Parasol amidst the trees

I was just minding my own business when I spotted this vintage silk parasol in the window of a shop last week. It was so pretty and I immediately thought - pictures! Of course the shop was closed, so I had to sweat it out until the next day and hope someone else didn't get it first.


Tightrope here I come

After some drama like missing the stop on the subway and not being able to make a decision about whether I should get it or not, I bought it and took it home. When I showed the parasol to Scott he said that it would be nice if we went to the New York Botanical Garden to photograph it, plus he would take pictures of me with the umbrella, I mean parasol. That sounded great to me, especially since he never uses the camera. It was going to be interesting.


The wind carried it over this wall about 12' down a few times

Since the best time for the Rose Garden is in springtime, we weren't really expecting much other than beautiful garden architecture. When we came up over the top of the hill, we were amazed to find the roses is full bloom and our best photos were taken there! Yay!


Reminds me a tiny bit of Monet's Poppies Blooming

Now, I am really shy and self-conscious normally, let alone while traipsing around with a bright yellow parasol. But, we were going to give it a try - our first photo shoot. We arrived at the Garden early thinking we could get it "over with" before the crowds got there. No such luck, so onward and upward.


Parasol + Rose Garden + Henry Moore

Scott did very well, and somehow, we managed to take over a 100 pictures between the two of us - way too many. Although he did
shut the camera off a lot without realizing it, which is something I do myself all the time, and it was pretty hot, we had fun.


Where's that bus?


Henry Moore's sculpture looked like it could use some shade

That's what we did this weekend, how about you?


Contrast between refined silk and earthiness of the moss-covered tree is neat


I had to add this one after Megan's comment

Photo Credit : Scott + Cindy

22 comments:

Krissy said...

Love the parasol! It's so funny because I went to a wedding at the botanical gardens here and saw lots of them, really wished I had a pretty one like yours :)
You guys took some fantastic photos!

Cicada Studio said...

I had an outdoor wedding and bought some pretty paper parasols in case of rain (thankfully we didn't need them). But I keep them for ultra sunny days and they make you feel a tad glamourous. Silk would just add to the effect! I love the botanical gardens. I'm hoping to get up there before the fall.

Elizabeth said...

Very pretty parasol! I love the picture that looks like Monet's garden, it really does!

I forgot to answer your other question about my daughters room. Yes that is her illustration on the wall.

please sir said...

Lovely photos - the backside with the umbrella in the garden almost reminds me of a painting. Pure joy!

quaint handmade said...

thanks everyone! similar to wearing a beautiful hat, carrying this parasol around definitely gives you a different feeling, especially when you would otherwise be baking in the sun.

Mrs.French said...

I just came from you flickr page...love the shots, looks like the best time. I did the whole Barn House thing again this weekend...great fun!

Megan Coyle said...

These photos are so fun, I feel like they're part of a story called the adventures of/day in the life of a parasol.

quaint handmade said...

thanks traci - i saw your photos and they are so great, as always.

megan - you are right about the story! i should have thought of that approach and included a photo of the parasol closed. drat!

design for mankind. said...

Oh Cindy--- this is ADORABLE! :)

quaint handmade said...

thanks erin!

jess gonacha said...

That's just lovely! I especially love the last image. :) That mossy tree is divine!

::{J}:: said...

What a sweet parasol!

quaint handmade said...

thank you so much jess & {j}!

ThePeachTree said...

That 2nd picture made me laugh so hard! What a wonderful day with this lovely parasol :)

quaint handmade said...

the truth is i was not able to lift my leg any higher because of the lining in my skirt and i didn't want to scare small children by hiking it up ;)! you should see the out takes where i'd tried to do a karate kid pose - oh brother!

Murray said...

I looked out my window this afternoon and saw a girl walking down the street with a purple umbrell-I mean parasol. She looked so cute, but I had to wonder what she was thinking. It wasn't as lovely as yours (seriously it was a purple umbrella). Looks like a fabulous day, not to mention what a fantastic find!

quaint handmade said...

hi murray - purple is the hot color in fashion for fall - you might have seen the next trend!

Livy said...

I know just what you mean about seeing something and immediately thinking what fun it would be to take pictures of it! I've been going to thrift and antique stores quite a bit this summer and I keep being tempted to buy things just to take pictures of them! Anyway, congrats on a gorgeous purchase. I love yellow!

julie king said...

i like how you used the yellow parasol as the center point in so many wonderful photos. fun, fun, fun!

quaint handmade said...

thank you livy and julie! it was fun and i'm glad we're able to record these things, now. the blog also "makes" us do more.

Rose Campion said...

Seriously, the best parasol ever. So beautiful, the most gorgeous one I've ever seen, and I collected them for a while.

And it's amazing how much fun it is to walk around with one. I have this black silk parasol I kept out of all the ones I used to have, and sometimes I just have to walk around with it. Just because.

quaint handmade said...

hi rose - it is a pretty one and i've never really had an interest in them. i saw it in the window and the yellow just got me.

i love the idea of black! so mysterious.

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