Thursday, October 24, 2013

Color in my World



Although I'm not a lover of yellow and orange, autumn brings out a latent admiration for these shades that glow as the earth tilts away from the light. While out walking, I find myself bending down to pick up a perfect leaf, a small cone, or a twig whose form has caught my eye. Tossing them onto the silver tray that holds silk, paper, and real pumpkins creates an arrangement that pleases me.
 

Teaching calls have been a little scanty lately. Instead, I spend afternoons stitching, while sitting on the couch in a puddle of sunshine. I hope to add these needle books to my Etsy shop soon.
 

As my garden winds down, it becomes more difficult to find things to make a bouquet. Here, a couple of dahlias and a few lavender sprigs that bloomed unexpectedly for a third time are filled out with lemon balm and variegated sage. Beyond the window, the yard echos autumn shades.

What's coloring your world today?

20 comments:

ellen b. said...

Lovely bouquet you pulled together! Your needle books are real sweet...

Happy@Home said...

Your world is looking very colorful in so many nice ways. I love how your found treasures work so well together... pretty colors and interesting textures. The pumpkin made from the book is the icing on the cake :).
Your needle books are all so pretty.
Our world is just beginning to color. Beautiful blue skies and the trees just getting starte on their color change.

Happy@Home said...

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must remember to proofread before hitting publish.

Millie said...

Nice collection of pumpkins..I haven't seen one in silk before but they look nice. and It's so good to pay attention to nature's detail in the leaves, etc.

podso said...

Cute book-page pumpkin. Did you make it? And do you use the machine to stitch your sweet books or are they all by hand?

Blackberry Lane said...

Both arrangements are lovely and I love the needle books

Pamela Gordon said...

Your silver tray arrangement looks beautiful. I love the paper page pumpkin! It's fun to find a small bouquet of late blooms. Your needle cases are really beautiful. So colourful! Enjoy your afternoon.

marigold jam said...

Lovely little nature table display you have there. Your needlecases are truly pretty (I notice you are still using up bits of that lace - let me know if you need any more as I still have some of it) and your dahlia arrangement is worth all the clever floral arrangements using masses of shop bought flowers - beautiful.

materfamilias said...

Did you make that wonderful paper pumpkin? I love it! Any chance of a tutorial (I'm thinking it could also work as a Christmas tree, right?

Elizabethd said...

Lorrie, our day is without much colour here. It rains and rains. But I do have a very pretty cyclamen flowering in a tub outside the front door, which gives me a lot of pleasure.
Your needlecases are so pretty.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Ahhhh...beautiful! I forgot I like to do applique. Your needle cases are enchanting. And your autumn vignette with the paper pumpkin...what is a lovely arrangement!

Vee said...

The silver tray looks wonderful. We, the grands and I, painted leaves with wax today. You're doing very well with autumn colors when it's the colors of the sea and sky you prefer.

Charming needlebooks...always good to keep hands busy.

It has become quite chilly and we're told it could snow tonight. I was surprised to find a lily blooming and two roses and a little purple bell like flower. Most of the leaves in my corner are off the trees, but just downtown, a third of a mile away, the leaves are still vivid and hanging in.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

A very cozy post - I love the slow calmness of hand stitching.

aimee said...

We have some roses, lavender and a few other flowers left. The stars of the garden right now, of course, are the beautiful autumn leaves and ripe fruit :) Love your silver tray arrangement!
Blessings, Aimee

Floss said...

0oh, lovely. l actually have bull rushes & Old Man's Beard colouring my porch area at the moment, along with a decreasing number of pottimarron Squashes- these are so Yummy and versatile! Thanks for your beautiful pictures.

Lavender Cottage said...

I like the crafted pumpkins and needle books you made. I was at a garden show yesterday and there was lots of colour and inspiration for next year.
Judith

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Cozy time! My full bore autumn garden is still blooming with anemones, daisy, roses, nasturtium.., much to my delight after undergoing snow twice !
I love using single leaves in bud vases this time of year, and even leaf bouquets.

Barb said...

Yummy. All of it - you colored my foggy, misty day here in Oregon with these photos. Beautiful!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I love the paper pumpkin you have made Lorrie. My garden is green and yellow and one, just one, pink flower. Definitely geared up for winter now. Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Dawna Motz said...

I love your tray of golden goodness! So pretty and I like the paper pumpkin as well. It is yard clean up here tomorrow, surprisingly there are a few petunias that are hanging on ! There is a ton of leaves to rake up though,,,my neighbor and her 2 little girls and another friend of mine are going to come out and help me...there is a pot of chili simmering on the stove for the afternoon....mmmm..