Thursday, July 21, 2011

summer postcards #10 (the vintage dress edition)

 Summer Postcards: a July series capturing snapshots of my favorite month
Special guests: my nieces who traveled six thousands miles to be here this month
Location: in and around HOME and BARN
Format: Instagram (follow username mayamade for sneak peeks)

What child doesn't find enchantment exploring grandma's attic? Dressing up in clothes from another era stirs imaginations and transports the wearer back in time. A few days ago my nieces discovered my mother's collection of vintage dresses and hats. Those tree-climbing tomboys (who only brought one skirt between the two of them for an entire month) were smitten.  The silky floral prints and pretty little details of these clothes and accessories felt completely removed from their everyday world on a farm in Hawaii. For several days the dresses kept coming out to be worn around the barn. One evening a photo shoot unfolded that was pure delight. I know my little sister will be so happy to see her beautiful girls returning to a field of Queen Ann's lace at dusk. She's missing them so. This photo shoot was really for her, but I think you'll find it enchanting too. So with their permission, here's a sneak peek.
Details on this shoot coming up on my blog.
 I'll share the photos I took with my real camera tomorrow. Yes, I still bring it out now and then during this Instagram month. Her two beauties always inspire me to create paintings with my lens.
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16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! In the second picture, the girl in the back looks just like an illustration of Princess Kaiulani from a picture book my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl. Although I've lived my entire life in Ohio, she lived in Hawaii and I was fascinated with the story of this beautiful princess.

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  2. They are beautiful - and what stunning photos you captured! Wow.

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  3. Sweet, sweet, sweet - they look so nostalgic!

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  4. Your nieces are just beautiful! I didn't know they lived in Hawaii. I was born and raised there.

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  5. Perfectly lovely. May they never grow too "old" to play dress-up.

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  6. Wonderful! The silky floral prints and pretty little details of these clothes and accessories felt completely removed from their everyday world on a farm in Hawaii.

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  7. What gorgeous photos--your nieces are lovely and look as if they have stepped out of a fairy tale.

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  8. So beautiful... I love these shots... and god yes if I could go back in time (and my Nana had had cool clothes!) I would so do this too.

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  9. Maya, these pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. It looks like the girls had a wonderful time. :)

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  10. The second picture in this set is my favorite.....Did you play with the lighting on the camera setting to create that slightly blurred/magical effect???

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  11. Ana,
    That's my favorite,too. Check for it in your email. It's a filter on my iphone: Instagram. Mom just got Instagram, so now it's your turn to get an iphone!
    xo
    me

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  12. of course...Instagram! I knew that! I love it!!

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  13. Oh I just love these, really beautiful!

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