Hydrangeas are pretty irresistible - because of the long bloom time and the way they turn from white to light pink, then to a darker rosy brown. And they are super easy to grow - I like that. They also look great with sunflowers like in this arrangement in a maple syrup bucket.
Once in a while a reader will send me a photo of something they made which I inspired. I love getting those photos. Joanne from Shelburne sent me this photo of a wreath she made using the patterns and idea from my 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt. I think it would be nice to come home to such a decoration. Great job Joanne. This would be a fast gift to make up for the holidays and a little different than the regular knitted gift, right? (Joanne's son happens to be the musician Seth Glier - have you heard of him? Cool.)
Here's a little more sunflower inspiration. These are from my newly re-released book Colorful Stitchery. Embroidery napkins with a simple sunflower motif. I used regular old cotton floss and stitched on purchased napkins from Crate and Barrel. You could easily make the napkins too.
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The sun has come out after a very dreary rainy day yesterday. Here is a kooky Hyperlapse video I took this morning while I was helping move the sheep. The video shows Kate working on her own for the first time - doing a really big job. It went pretty well considering! I know many of you come here for the sheep and lately the blog has been all about sunflowers and stitching. A Hyperlapse video is some kind of Instagram phone app. First try for me. It condenses several minutes into seconds. It kind of makes me sea-sick to watch it but it is also kind of funny too. Go Kate! I was so proud of her.