july 4th is for celebrating

For our family it's kind of a big deal. It’s America’s birthday after all!

When our kids were much younger and we lived in Houston, we would meet up with my in-laws to watch the fireworks from a room way up high in the DoubleTree Hotel in the downtown area.

The hotel lobby was buzzing with excitement as families were coming back and forth from the festival at the nearby park. Gosh, it was hot. But so glorious in the anticipation of what was to come once the sun had set for the day.

Once piled into our room for the evening, we would unload our food, snacks and drinks for the evening.

Red, white and blue cupcakes, fruit pizza made with blueberries and strawberries and the true crowd pleaser --red Fanta. And let's not forget the classic, sliced watermelon.

Then we would decorate the room for the biggest celebration of the season---America's birthday! Balloons, streamers, confetti, party plates and cups. The works!

Of course we would all wear our classic Old Navy American Flag t-shirts and the girls would have their finger nails decked out in so much sparkle in shine.

We. Were. Ready.

Thankfully we had a large suite to pass the time. The kids could romp and play while the grown ups would people watch from floor-to-ceiling windows in the comfort of our (very cool) hotel room.

Did I mention that we lived in Houston---and it's July 4th we are talking about, right? Hot. Hot. Hot.

As the sun set, and the people at the park below would begin to settle into their folding camp chairs and picnic blankets, we would dim the lights and turn on the TV so we could hear the live audio streaming from the show outside our hotel window.

And there it was. Like magic. Truly the greatest show on earth, right before our very eyes. Moments we will never forget. Time together treasured forever.

America's birthday is kind of a big deal, and it should be celebrated big time!

the story goes

I don't know about you, but I love, love, LOVE to buy calendars! I have 2 or 3 up on various walls throughout my home. Each of my kids has a calendar in their rooms as well.

New calendars signal a new year -- a fresh new start! Not to mention, a fantastic excuse to buy something pretty to put on your walls!

The story goes...one evening while reading a bedtime book to my youngest daughter, the idea for this calendar came to me! The book I was reading is called “Twelve Hats for Lena,” by Karen Katz. Karen Katz is one of my favorite children’s book authors and illustrators -- and we have quite a few of her books in our family library.

In this story, Lena crafts a holiday hat for each month of the year in the most fun, bold colors---and there it was! BOOM! Inspiration is struck!

I am going to hand-paint TWELVE lovely ladies, one for each month of the year, with bright, colorful blooms piled upon their heads!

ladies in bloom - the series

I will be releasing ONE “Ladies in Bloom” themed print each month, up until the launch of the calendar in early November. At that point, any unreleased paintings and prints will be available exclusively in the upcoming calendar.

The first lady I am releasing for July is “Lady Liberty”. She is stunning in patriotic red and blue. She’s a doll. You are going to love her! Because I hold onto those precious memories of July 4th in that hotel room so tightly, I wanted to create something special to share with you and YOUR family to help celebrate this magical evening!

meet lady liberty

Isn't she gorgeous?! I just LOVE her!

Lady Liberty is a hand-painted mixed media piece using both watercolor and gouache. And you can purchase a high quality reproduction archival print for yourself!

Can you think of a better way to add a bit of patriotic glam to your home or office walls, than with this sweet lady decked in out in such gorgeous floral blooms?!


Just a friendly reminder for you—-at the end of the each month, I will place each of these lovely ladies into "the vault" while they await their place in my 2020 calendar releasing later this year.

So, if you are smitten with this patriotic beauty girl, then I suggest you grab an art print of her while you can!

All images, patterns and designs are © 2019 Erin White of Ink and Flora.  You may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way.  I’d be thrilled if you share this content on your own blog or social media outlet, but please direct your readers to this post to see my artwork.  You're the best!