Monday, July 5, 2010

Independance Day!

We had a lovely 4th of July! We went to my sister's house and had a picnic in the middle of her raised bed garden. We had steak and chicken and potato salad and grilled bell peppers and corn on the cob and lemonade! It was kind of your typical all-American kind of day.

As all American as.....

Appropriately to the holiday that we were celebrating, this was the "Creative Sunday's" word.

I, actually, thought to myself, "how American - the blue in the ol' red, white and blue." I thought of all of the lovely associations that I have with denim ~ blue jeans in high school, the denim skirts that I love, cowboys, little boys playing right outside my window in the dirt that will someday be my garden, tough, rugged, cowboys.... denim is as American as apple pie and sock hops and open roads traversing fields full of amber waves of grain under beautiful spacious skies. I mean - think of Levi Strauss jeans, for goodness sakes!!!

Then I looked it up. Denim is a type of tough twill cotton weave that was developed in the late 1600s in France. It's very name comes from the place that it originated -  Nîmes and was originally called serge de Nîmes ('de-nimes'.) Denim has only been in use in America since the late 1700s. (Even the first denim pants were made in Italy.) Oh well! "Leave it to the french," I always say fondly.......

All I can say, now, is just,


See what I mean? This is a photo of an all American boy!!!

An all American boy, who, on the 4th of July, ate corn on the cob, potato salad, drank lemonade and ate berry pie with vanilla ice cream....

.....and, after all of that, went to see some all-American fireworks!

What's that you say? Fireworks were really invented by the Chinese?

Oh, my, what can I say, now.....?

It was very celebratory in a truly mixed American way!


Katy Noelle

The Sunday Creative


  1. Dearest Katy,

    That was a lovely setting for the 4th of July and delicious food. Happy family times and that is the BEST what America has to offer! The red-white and blue actually are the colours of the Dutch flag; the first who colonized the USA... The New Netherlands with New Amsterdam (now New York). I am a proud member of New Netherland Institute and also proud of my heritage and new heritage as a proud new American of almost 17 years. For the history, we are a melting pot of many cultures and are one GREAT NATION and very much together as a family on the 4th of July, for our 234th birthday.
    Thanks for such a lovely blog and for sharing some of your warm family bond!

    Greetings from Georgia/USA


  2. Oh Katy Noelle, what wonderful photos!!! I love your take on "denim," and your picnic images are so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images at MM. :)

  3. Oh My!! If that doesn't look like a setting out of Norman Rockwell, I don't know what does!!

  4. A great post to celebrate July 4th, I can tell you handsome fellow and a great day:)

  5. Fun post, Katy! If it hadn't been for the French, we might not be a nation, so I think it is very appropriate that you shared a French fabric for the Fourth. Lafayette would be pleased, too. :-)



  6. Love your images. Definitely all American. The menu sounds perfect and the pie...Yum. I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading your post.

  7. A wonderful post, my Love!

    It´s great, that you love American things- and that you had a great 4th of July!
    All photos are so full of joy and happiness- I love it!

    Enjoy your day, my wonderful Katy-

    Love and kisses- Ines

  8. hi,
    what a wonderful post!!!!
    your table looks great.
    the little boy and the dog looks very charming!!
    I like it.
    greetings from germany,
    hugs regina

  9. Dear Katy Noelle!!!

    Sounds like a PERFECT (international :)!) day - enjoyed the pictures!!!! You are having SO much fun with your new camera - one can tell!!! (Also loved the peach shots from your last post)

    Well I never....I too thought Denim jeans were American! Interesting!!!!!

    Have a great week - isn't summer wonderful?



    p.s. Having problems with publishing comments, can see them but that is it...started last night - VERY frustrating! So - thank you for your 2 comments, i got them but - at the moment they are FMYO....

  10. What a wonderful natural garden setting for your picnic. Mouthwatering food too.

  11. What an upbeat post!
    I believe that what makes our two countries so wonderful is our willingness to learn something from everyone who wants to join us, become one of us - whichever side of the border.

  12. I know, Denim was made in France - ironic. But my post celebrates 3 great american aspects to it!

    Very pretty pictures

  13. Hi Katy,
    Your 4th of July looks like it was All-American! I will always think of denim and fireworks as American anyway! Your barbecue looks delicious and lovely.

  14. Hello Katy. Sounds as though you had a great day. The food sounded prety good too! Thank you for your very lovely comments on my blog by the way xx

  15. love your submission to Madeline Bea's workshop. Great photo. I also love the blueberry pie - would love a slice now for afternoon tea. Mmm.
    thanks for visiting my blog - went on a tangent with the denim theme and ended up somewhere else entirely - oh well, guess that happens.

  16. Maybe it was "mixed" but it looks VERY American to me! :0) Just lovely. Great photos! XOXO

  17. Katie, thank you so so much for popping over to see my post for Denim and then staying to read more and for your ever so kind and lovely comments which I am so genuinely touched by, especially as you take such lovely photographs.

    I had a lot of fun doing the Denim post, although I did feel bad that Denim wasn't actually American, but you guys definitely made it the world wide wardrobe staple it clearly is, and as for Neil Diamond, Will Ferrell & GAP, I cannot get that You Tube clip out of my head!!!

    Tomorrow I am posting my tribute to the USA - it is my tribute, so from someone who was born in Scottish who America has had a huge effect on (and I will not be alone). It is my tribute, and I had a lot more I could have added, but felt it was long enough - for part one anyway!!! Hope you can stop by as I hope that for someone who clearly celebrates all that is lovely about America, you enjoy it (although it is a different perspective, maybe artsy, you decide)!

    Thank you once again for popping by and I am glad you were taken with my blog. I am sure you will get interrupted tomorrow if you come and view my American tribute.....(I'm nervous!)

  18. hello!

    what a thoroughly enjoyable post -- from the pretty table, super yummy menu, cute pics, and fun facts!

    hope you had a great day. we did, too!


  19. The JOY shows in each and every picture, Katy. Wish i was there too on the Fourth. Lots of love always. xxx

  20. I love how you tied in the two best parts of the weekend, celebrating the 4th and a new prompt from Maegan

  21. I agree, to me denim is as American as apple pie. I loved all your shots of the holiday. Especially the third one, with the bowl full of corn. The expression on his face is priceless. Well done!

  22. I want pie! Lovely post - glad you had such a wonderful day!

  23. Sending lots and lots of love across the ocean, sweet Katy. Have a most lovely Summer weekend. xx

  24. Happy Saturday, Katy! I enjoyed seeing this again. So many great images.

    I think you need to tell that laundry to do itself and go out and take lots and lots of pictures and then BLOG! ;-) I'm a bad influence, I know.


    Sheila :-)


Short and witty, long and heartfelt, just a blip to say hello - I love all of your comments! Feel free ...