What to do when you need to clear your colour wiring. Well, not get rid of it, but just give it a switch to push your thinking.
As part of the quilt round robin for my guild, the piece I needed to add to was in colours that are just not me. I find it hard to be creative when the colours do the opposite of inspiration.
So I needed to clear my head. The best way to do that is to go outside.
I noticed that my black thorn acacia is flowering. I love how this big tree produces flowers. It drops annoying little leaves for about 9 months of the year, but it is a favorite of mine with it’s bright yellow/green foliage.
So that got me hunting for white or cream flowers. My mini rose is in full bloom.
Along with watering the base, I make sure to shower the whole plant. Somebody once told me that aphids don’t like it wet, so hopefully this extra shower deters them.
Next was my hanging basket of million bells. Over the years they have become my standard for hanging basket flowers.
And last but not least in the backyard, little strawberry flowers. Ooh and the start of something yummy.
Clear headed, I started to pull fabric from my stash. Pretty quickly I warmed up to this palate of grey scale colours. I even had a few exact fabrics to match the starting block!
In the end I was pleasantly surprised with how it came out. I wish I could share, but we are keeping it a surprise until the end reveal. Part of my desire to be part of a round robin was to push my comfort zone in quilting and colours. So far so good.
Take a big breath, let it out, and look up into a tree.
I can almost guarantee it will make you feel better and maybe more peaceful. Babies can be soothed by laying them under a tree with rustling leaves (I’ve tried it and it works) and the movement of the all the leaves stimulates brain activity. Trees are good for us.
Part of the reason (among many reasons) why we bought this house was the two trees. In the front there is a beautiful Golden Black thorn Acacia. It has this lovely spring green all spring and summer long. We had a tree like this in the yard where I grew up. There are tiny black thorns up to a centimetre long on all the branches and we used to break them off and lick and stick them on our noses to be like… I don’t know what, but it was fun.
In the back there is a huge Sugar Maple.
It drops tons of little maple leaves in the fall, but for now it gives privacy, lovely shade, and is home to a breeding pair of hummingbirds.
Again, look up.
The leaves rustle and you can feel stress float away. How many shades of green can you find.
That’s all I had planned for this post when I saw the light in the trees this morning and grabbed the camera. But I compose my post in my head through the day, and along with my thought of Look Up came talk at the office, on the radio and news about the ridiculous new game for smart phones called Pokémon Go and people being glued to their phones walking around like zombies and being oblivious to the world around them. How crazy are these people to be missing all the wonder and beauty around them simply because they find the world on their phone more appealing. Sad.
So look up at the world, not down at a phone. Be enthralled by all the colours surrounding us everywhere.