May 25, 2016

Flower power

Simple simple.  Didn't I say that? No more hanging baskets or flowers.  ......  Going back to the Amish tomorrow for just a few little items but why make that trip?  To save a few dollars?  Or am I a compulsive flower buyer and secretly plan on more?  While getting a few more tomato plants today, I was behind a woman that had three huge hanging baskets of minitunias, one hot pink one yellow one purple.  That did it.  I so hope I calm down and don't buy any more but I think flowers have the power over me.
 
I added a flag to the sack and like it.  I think it will sit on a little table by the swing since it won't take up much room.  Love the Creeping Jenny color.
 
I've had this wicker fern stand for 40 years and it's very sturdy.  I am sorry that I sprayed it cream and didn't leave it natural.  Way too much work to remove it.  It's been in the attic for 30 years and thought it might work well for one of the ferns.
 
For some reason, it looks very odd to me.  The fern is too large?  Too tall?  When the fronds grow out they will cover the pot area and look better?   It reminds me of myself 40 years ago, when I was a skinny 125# at 5'10" with long wild hair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The stand is over three foot tall and perfect in that shady spot but .... this just looks wrong!  My first year with ferns and maybe it looks as it should, just quite different from my usual.  Is it just me?
 
I've removed those freaking leaves on the PS several times because of being off a stitch.  Not a big deal on a sampler but you can tell if the edge of the design isn't straight on this piece.  What began as 32 count is now 35 after all the dyeing.  Whether you call it shrinkage or the linen just contracts and can be stretched out with an iron, I don't know.  Too late to press and stretch but I am getting 17/18 stitches to an inch and having a difficult time on this darkness.  But I think it's going to be great.
 
Have a great hump day. 
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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14 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

I love your geranium in the rusty bucket and the flag is what your canvas bag needed. Gorgeous. How would you feel about spray painting your fern stand brown ? or a prim gray ? The fern in beautiful in the stand.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Flowers are calling...........
Charlotte in Va.

Mary said...

I like the addition of the flag, and who wouldn't love a geranium in a rusty tin. I have one too. I did it BEFORE I saw yours.....I don't want to get in trouble from you. hahaha. The fern look great too. Resist the flowers, repeat ,resist the flowers, repeat.

Vickie said...

I think the fern looks great there. And the flag is a great addition!

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
The flag really works on the bag! I adore the wicker fern stand...they don't make them this nice anymore.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Robin in Virginia said...

Love the addition to the flag to the bag! Did it come aged or did you age it? I think the fern looks good in the stand and as the fronds grow, it will look even better.

Rugs and Pugs said...

I agree with Robin. As the frond grow and cover some of the basket, it won't look so top heavy.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Jacqueline said...

Love the flag on the bag...score big time. As for the fern, hmmmm looks too high for the basket. Like a minion head with a chia head of hair. You asked.

Barb said...

Flowers have the same power over me. I love the flag on the bag, nice and primitive.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

You could paint it and wipe of the surface for a more rustic, primitive look???
That flag is perfect with the red geraniums...all so patriotic.
As for me... I say GO TRUMP * * *

Peace for all and God Bless America,
Barb

Solstitches said...

I'm loving the old bench in the blog header with the geranium filled trunk.
How lovely is that?
Your sack is not looking so sad now that it has a jaunty flag to jazz it up and
I'm sure the wicker planter will not look so strange once the fern grows a bit.
Margaret

Harriet said...

I love the flag on the bag, and the color of the Creeping Jenny is perfect. Be sure to show a picture of that later, will you? Myself I like the fern and wicker stand the way they are. Stunning! It is always so interesting to see or hear about what you do to decorate inside, outside, or stitching, shopping, commenting on animals, people or whatever. Thank you for blogging.

Nancy Thorne said...

Every spring,I have the same issues with our local garden centers, and we have quite a few nearby. However, I justify all my trips there by telling myself there are many many more destructive addictions than my addiction to flowers. That's my rationalization and I'm sticking to it !
So, shop on !
Nancy

Karen said...

The fern looks beautiful and I am envious of your fern holder. It is very Victorian which I probably shouldn't have told you as you like simple. Now you might feel compelled to buy some floral fabric to make pillows for your outside seating. Not going to happen did you say? ;) It looks lovely!

Primitive Stars said...

Oh ya Marly, that's what I keep telling myself, no more flowers....I love the rusty bucket, looks prim perfect.Blessings Francine.

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