Your beautiful backyard post inspired me to stash the camera in my big mama purse on the way to preschool pick-up this week. I had been obsessing over a patch of wildflowers at a particular neighborhood intersection through which we walk nearly daily, and finally captured it!
I wasn't kidding when I mentioned that wildflowers adorn the roundabouts in my neighborhood. Most of the houses have been here for well over a century and, come Spring, there are flowers everywhere!
Many yards are carefully manicured, but a good portion also feature gardens (and chickens!) or wonderful assortments of wildflowers that have probably come and gone for years and happily spread out onto the sidewalk grass patches -- and the roundabouts! I love being bombarded by color when we walk through the neighborhood.
This particular patch I love features wildflowers in blues, purples and oranges, with a little white and a dash of pink thrown in. I don't know what any of these flowers are and how planned their existence was, but I LOVE the combination of color. I would have never thought to put them together. (There's also a bunch of gorgeous pink foxgloves (??) growing by the picket fence just across the sidewalk).
This little patch of flowers and its color combo have been on my mind a lot the past couple of weeks. I finally sketched them from memory this morning while Ben was at his speech therapy appointment (his last one! Yay!). Sketching from memory is interesting, I realized I remembered the layering of colors and luminosity very precisely. However, the details of the petals, stem and actual shape of the flowers, not so much!
Inspired by these colors and putting pencil to paper, I went browsing through my fabric stash to see what I could make to replicate the color combo. That's when I found the gorgeous Ikat fabric from the Boho collection by Annette Tatum. I purchased it from our sponsor Drygoods Design months ago and it has stayed quietly folded away all this time, awaiting the perfect project.
I believe I will be making a large summer tote. I have been wanting to include jute upholstery tape in a bag project for some time, and will try to incorporate it. I'll keep you posted!!
This post is part of our new Inspired by Nature series.
What kind of nature surrounds you? What is inspiring you this weekend? Do you know what any of these street corner flowers are? I'd love to know!