colour gone

There is a lot of colour in autumn, but it is also the disappearing of colour as nature gets ready to rest for winter.

Bright sunflowers from my garden have now become pretty  colourless.

This one is drying inside to hopefully harvest and roast the seeds.

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I have never done this, so it will be purely trial and error.

The other sunflower doesn’t seem to have had a chance to ripen as much: there is not a hint of black on the seeds, so I have left it outside for the birds to enjoy.

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I have often grown sunflowers, with varying degrees of success.  I don’t have a photo of mine, but a fun variety was the Teddy Bear Sunflower.

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These lovely little ones are an almost perfect pompom of happy yellow.  I saved the seeds form one, to plant the next year.  That was very successful, but not in the way you would think.  I think these are a hybrid, modified to be short and cute, so when the next generation grew, they reverted back to some previous strains.  Again I don’t have a photo( this was before digital cameras) but I ended up with giant plants with over a dozen flowers on each stem of varying colours.  It was fun.  My sister stood at her 2nd storey window with a measuring tape to see how big they had become.  They were about 17 feet tall with a stem 2 inches in diameter!  You just never know.

On a more colourful note, look what I got today from my Thirty-one party order.  Deliveries to do…

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And a treat for me..

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yay!

And oh wait, there’s more pink.  This is the block lotto I presented in September for my quilt guild.

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Have a happy pink rest of your week!

I had a party

I had a little party last night.  I love to have people over, but it doesn’t happen all that often.  My girlfriend started selling a product called Thirty-One, it’s home party sales of bags, purses, totes, storage, lunchkits etc.  Fun prints and lots of styles and you can customize with embroidered initials, names, and quotes.  I now have a thermal lunch bag with my initials and a great zip top tote for taking my crochet or hand quilting to the soccer field or park or?

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It was not planned for these to be matching, just a bonus; the tote was a hostess gift.

And a bonus of having people over is that after the effort of making the house look extra tidy for company, its easier to keep it this way. For a few days at least.  There is something so pleasing about a neat and tidy house, but I just can’t seem to keep up with it all the time.  More important things like spending quality time with my family.

As I was looking around, I noticed more of the pink and green theme that has been catching me.  Cleary I have always liked this, as these latest noticings are in my own home!  On the mantel.

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and on the couch.

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Ah well, roll with it.