Happy summer holiday wishes!

'House in Bogdanovka' by Kateryna Bilokur, 1955

Happy summer holiday wishes from me to you!
 It is is hot..and all of us need time of relax; 
I'll be away for the next 14 days - and I wish you a happy summer, 
wherever your adventures take you and your family!

 Kateryna Bilokur: 'In the Village', 1956

Hay days...

Old farmer with pitch fork full of hay
Boston Public Library

Boris Kustodiev: 'Haymaking', 1917

From 'The Long Winter' by Laura Ingalls Wilder
illustrated by Garth Williams

'Haying at Mezy' by Berthe Morisot, 1891

 The Last Load of Hay, 1959

Haymaking by Alexey Venetsianov (1780-1847)

Dorothea Sharp: 'A Summer's Day'



They lent her the sweetest, primmest little apron you ever saw
illustration by Anne Anderson

 Cornflowers - otherwise known as Bachelor buttons, 1907

Green grasshopper crawls on wheat blue cornflowers,
Russian postcard, 1907

Children with flowers in hair

Wheat harvest...

'Stien' Eelsingh (1903-1964):
'Time for Coffee'

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90):
'Wheat Sheaves in a Field', 1885

'At the Grain Harvest', after H.G Wolbers (1856-1926)

linkHarvest woodcut

Adrian Paul Allinson (1890-1959):_
'Harvesting', between 1939 and 1946

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90):
'Sheaves of Wheat', 1890

Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940):
'The Haystack', 1907-1908

Die Lippen der Sommerfrau...

 illustration from an Austrian newspaper, 'Die Muskete', July 29, 1909

Golden harvest crown

 Rhis natural crown is carefully made by wiring/gluing real wheat 
onto a wired bark vine. Perfect for a rustic wedding, photoshoot or festival. 
Ties in back with ivory ribbons for an adjustable fit

Purchase it here: Violette and Iris, Etsy


Arthur Hughes (1832-1915): 'Gleaning'
Gleaning (formerly 'leasing') is the act of collecting leftover crops 
from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or 
on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest

  Gleaning, Elsfield Village near Oxford, UK

 Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844–1925): 
'Gleaning Women', 1920

by contemporary figurative artist Brian Kershisnik 

'The Little Gleaner', ca. 1850
by William Powell Frith and Thomas Creswick

'We Bring Our Gifts' by Cicely Mary Barker (1895-1973)


The solid enjoyments...

The Solid Enjoyment of Bottle and Friend, 1774

Two men asleep either side of a table with empty bottles of port 
lying on the floor, one a stout man in a bell-bottomed wig, on the left, the 
other thin and wearing an embroidered waistcoat; their pipes 
have burnt out and the clock shows 2 am

Lettered with title and 'Printed for Bowles & Carver, 
 at their Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in 
St. Pauls Church Yard, London'

Portrait of a Girl with a Bottle and a Glass 
by Philippe Mercier, 1760

A Caricature Group
 by John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-79)

'Peter Manigault and his Friends' 
by George Roupell, between 1760 and 1770

'A Punch Party', 1760 
by Thomas Patch (1725-82)

Free-blown glass wine bottle, probably British, 1760

'A Tavern Scene' by unknown British artist, 1785

A group of gentlemen clay pipe smokers, ca. 1800

The Graces in a High Wind, 1810

The Graces in a High Wind - a Scene taken from Nature, in Kensington Gardens

Three young women, dressed alike in clinging dresses and straw bonnets 
 trimmed with ribbons, are distressed by a high wind. Their dresses are above the ankle, 
having long tight sleeves, and longer waists. Two hold open ribbon-trimmed parasols, 
the third holds a handkerchief to her face. They have a small dog shaved in the 
French manner, 26 May 1810. Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

Dill flower on linen purse

 Dill flowesr and leaves are hand-embroidered on one side of this purse.
The base fabric is natural linen/cotton blend.  Fleece is sewn in between the 
outer fabric and lining for extra protection and reinforcement.
Approximately 5.5" wide x 4" /15cm x 10cm

from Oktak, Etsy

Die Wiesenstadt - The meadow city

'Die Wiesenstadt'
by Marga Müller, illustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor
München: Verlag Josef Müller, 1937

'Better Homes and Gardens', 1925

Hollyhock dolls

 Making hollyhock dolls is an old-fashioned craft that's been enjoyed 
by children for generations. In fact, the dolls have been popular for centuries. 
Children's book author and illustrator Sharon Lovejoy, who has spent years 
researching how children play with plants, has found references to hollyhock 
dolls in many cultures, some in books almost 200 years old

 Make a Hollyhock doll:

Select a fully opened hollyhock blossoms and turn it upside 
down to form the skirt

 Pinch out the pistil and stamens as needed

Thread a toothpick through the flower with the blunt edge at the bottom. 
Thread on as many blossoms as you wish

Choose another blossoms or flower bud for the doll's body.
Leave about 0,5 cm/1/4" at the top of the toothpick to secure the doll's head

Once you've chosen a bud or seedpod to use for the doll's head, 
experiment with different coloured flowers to create a fashionable hat


Hollyhock Dolls by Jan Cragin

Hollyhock dolls illustrated by Helene Nyce

'Miss Lilly and the Hollyhock Garden' is a delightful children's book by 
first time author Mary Martin. In the book, Miss Lilly, a beautiful flower blossom, 
lives in the Hollyhock Garden where everyone is special in his or her own way. Every 
hollyhock family is a different colour. But no family is lovlier than the other. Although 
the Garden is peaceful and happy, Miss Lilly can't help but wish she could go other 
places, too. One day an enormous wind hits the garden and blows Miss Lilly out 
into the world. And this is where her adventure begins. The hollyhock lady 
meets many interesting friends on her journey home

 Available here

Betsy McCall makes a hollyhock doll - July 1956