I have always had a love affair with parasols since I was a little girl. My half sister's grandmother would make her handmade parasols by removing the umbrella fabric and sewing ruffles on it and then putting it back on the umbrella. I actually never even saw the umbrellas she would make her but just heard stories from family and ever since then I just have yearned to collect pagoda style parasols, ruffled parasols, and lace bridal parasols. My husband might kindof flip out though if all of a sudden I was decorating our house in umbrellas. But how cute would a little umbrella stand by the front door be with a few of these?
I found these on the umbrella maven, Joella's website, Bella Umbrella. Photographers, you can RENT these and they will ship them to you nationwide! I am really trying to plan my children's summer portraits and think one of these ruffled ones would be perfect.
My favorite one is the black and white one with all of the ruffles. It reminds me a little of Mary Poppins taking flight and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.