Monday, September 7, 2015

Photo-Ready Sunflowers

Though we've lived in Kansas for ten years, we've never stood in a field of sunflowers ~until today~.
Dear Husband, the Fourth Grader and I decided to drive to Grinter Farms, about a half hour away from where we live, to see the sunflower fields that many of our friends have shared photos of via social media.

Early morning rain made the colors ~pop~, and we were soaked and muddy by the end of our walk.  But let me tell you, the extra load of laundry was worth it:

The Fourth Grader was excited to see how tall the flowers were, and enjoyed roaming through the field.  He was soaked by the time we finished.

Can you say GORGEOUS?

Where's The Fourth Grader?

"It's as big as my head, Mom!"

The Fourth Grader wanted to take a photo too:

I had to take a sunflower selfie before the rain chased me off:

We brought five sunflowers home with us, leaving a donation at the farm's entrance.

Once they've bloomed, sunflowers only stay photo-ready for about two weeks, which is why rain or shine, today was the perfect day to see them.

What a fun way to spend Labor Day!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Treasures

My much-needed three day weekend came just in time.

The beginning of each school year is exhausting.  Every September, once I've caught up on sleep, I'm still in need of some personal b-a-l-a-n-c-e.  Driving to nearish antique malls and wandering up and down their vendors' spaces yanks my thoughts from my classroom, taking my brain and energy on a creative ride.

Today's ingredients:

Drink: iced tea, half sweet, half unsweetened
Shops:  Parkville Antique Mall and La Bottega
Music:  my "wake up" mix, with some Kings of Leon, Walk the Moon, Noah and the Whale, and Robert Palmer

Some treasures came home with me.

Black floral tole trays are a favorite of mine, but this one is more square than rectangular, and a size I've not seen before.  Will it remain in my crafty nook, or find a home elsewhere upstairs?

Black and silver eyelash yarn is a must for Halloween and winter holiday crafting.  That reminds me- I need to check on Sarah and see if she's hosting her annual Halloween Ornament Swap!

Four matched doilies, shaped like pennants.  These could be a base for a lovely bunting.

Four packs of ivory floral lace medallions.  Takes me back to my Gunne Sax days.

Lace remnants.

... and a sweet little book.

Other than the tray and black yarn, everything else is pretty muted... neutral.