A Natural Pair – Stock/Wild Plum

Photo has not been altered.  Picture was taken at Noon on a bright, sunny day.
Hello Sewists!
I’m starting a weekly blog post aimed at giving you a better idea
of what color the By Annie handbag zippers are in real life.
I know it is difficult to be certain of what color to order when you can’t
see the zipper in person.
Since God placed a plethora of color in nature,
I will be using natural items to pair with a matching zipper.
First up, we have the Stock plant and the Wild Plum zipper.
Stock (botanical name is Matthiola incana)
flowers have a lovely clove-like fragrance.
Stock is available in a variety of colors.
This one is more pink than purple.
For a good comparison of the pinks and purples,
take a look at this photo from Burpee seeds:
Next week’s featured zipper color is Papaya.
If you have a zipper color purchase that you are pondering,
and you would like a better idea of the true color,
post a comment below and I will hunt down something in nature
with which to pair the zipper.
Happy sewing, my friends!

Coneflower Season

Coneflowers are one of my most favorite of summer’s floral beauties

They’re reliable, they return to visit me every summer
and they always produce colorful blooms

no matter the environment – wet – dry- cool – hot
it doesn’t matter
they return.
And now, I can enjoy the beauty of the coneflower year round.
This quick, wool applique candle mat helps me get my coneflower fix
even when the cold winter winds are blowing and the snow is swirling
I added hot fix crystals for a little bling on the “cone”
From bhg.com “Purple coneflower is one of the toughest, most reliable perennials on the market”
As you can see, my coneflower is indeed purple
But, it has some added burnt orange coloring
A very similar coloring to the coneflowers growing in my garden
Disclaimer:
I pressed the wool with my iron and held it in place too long,
thus scorching the purple wool!!!
*sigh*

Instead of hand stitching, I used my sewing machine for the applique
My #BabyLock #Sashiko did an outstanding job on those leaf veins . . .
and on the coneflower stem
The back of the mat is finished off with a simple, cotton fabric

This little mat is a lovely addition to my late summer décor
Enjoy the late season beauty of this great earth God has created, my friends.