So May is my birthday month...and yes, I love sunflowers.
When we got married in June of 1973, we were able to order some sunflowers for the Bridal bouquet. But back then, the flowers everyone used were the silk and plastic ones. They looked real enough and we decorated the hall with big plastic sunflowers. The lady at the flower shop made them look real by adding mascara around the center...I guess you had to be there to see them, because that truly sounds awful. Anyways, we loved them. And that's all that really mattered, and still matters. She filled a long narrow tray with white silk daisies, and a couple of silk sunflowers, and we used it for the flowers on the head table. I still have many of them from that wonderful day in 1973.
I still have two big plastic sunflowers that we had before we got married.
Yeah, maybe a little tacky, but I love them anyways.
My Mom used to save her seeds from year to year and plant sunflowers.
She had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. Mom loved to see those sunflowers grow really tall and big, and she would stake them up with sticks. Her joy was her garden. The flowers stayed there until fall, when she would cut the heads off and hang them for the chickadees, and save one for herself. She would harvest the seeds, dry them and plant them next year. Memories are precious...
I use sunflowers in many of my designs as well as other wildflowers. But I really love sunflowers, I don't know exactly why, but maybe because their head are up and always facing the sun. Every year when I travel to Sunapee there is a small section of Interstate 89 that has been planted with sunflowers. And they are always facing the sun. In August there is always that little field of sunflowers. Waiting for me. Calling to me. So beautiful.
I am hoping this year to have Sunflowers in my booth, real sunflowers.
It will be a pleasant surprise to see real sunflowers. Stop by and maybe you will be surprised as well. While you're there, you can check out all my Quilled sunflowers.
Quilled Sunflower Wedding
This quilled sunflower wedding invitation keepsake combines quilling my way, the sunflower, with the original wedding invitation. And remember that you can customize any way you want, with mats and frame, but sunflowers are yellow! But you might want a lady's slipper instead...talk to me.
Visit my sunflower wedding keepsake gallery here.
coming next time:
its Craftman's Fair time.
Opening the first
week of August.
And Lyndi will be there too!
Here's the link to my website page that shows my new pieces for the Fair!
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Sandra J White
Quilling, the art of paper filigree, is my passion, since 1973.