Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

so this happened:

There I am, on the Liberty website!

I keep clicking on it, to see if I’m dreaming or not, because yes, I do have dreams involving haberdashery and the Arts and Crafts movement, among others less interesting.

It is just so exciting.

I have always always loved Liberty and Liberty print. Always. My mother would take me there when we came up to London on the train, first to the fabrics, oh so many fabrics, and then to the cafe for cake. Later, I explored a little more of the shop, crooned over the stationery and handbags, stroked the beautifully carved wooden handrails on the old staircase. That was when I considered myself quite grown up and had my first proper job, and there it was I bought my first luxury good to celebrate –  a beautiful rainbow silk square. I have it still, and it still is good.

To be fair, not many luxury goods have followed, I’m just more roundhead than cavalier. There has, however, been a steady stream of Liberty fabric ever since. [One person’s luxury is another’s necessity, you know.]

And then came the day I was given a whole bag of Liberty Tana Lawn samples, by the most glamorous aunt of a most glamorous friend, at the end of her long career in children’s fashion. SWOON. And it was not long after that that Rocketfullofpie got underway. 

And this is how I wile away the hours, gloating over my heap of swatches like a dragon over its hoard:

(Now, I know I have said this this before, but so many moons ago, that you’ll forgive the repetition, I hope.)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Declaration of Independence, July 4th 1776.

Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness …. if that doesn’t sum up Rocketfullofpie, I don’t know what does.

My little pup nestled alongside upcycled liberty print facemarks and £2,000 earrings!… happy sigh.

And now for a final challenge, from the heritage section of the Liberty website:

How many of these have you found? or are you, like me, now planning a visit asap? Of course, asap in 2020 doesn’t exactly mean what it used to, but one day….

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