And sometimes we grow sunflowers at Linderhof. Never on purpose because the garden isn't really big enough but rather any sunflowers at Linderhof are gifts from the birds!!!! The seed that we feed them in the winter is mostly black sunflower seed and it seems to grow very well in the garden. If not pulled, it will grow and bloom! We sometimes are able to pick a bouquet of these sunflowers for the house. Which I posted about HERE. I even made some sunflower cookies.
But last week I was a the market and there was a beautiful bouquet of really big sunflowers. Home they came, into a blue and white Spode pitcher and onto the breakfast room table to brighten meals the following week.
Big beautiful sunflowers.
For most Tuesdays in August, I've been teaching cooking classes at the Senior Center in the little town 20 miles east of us. It's been enjoyable and my theme has been "Cooking For One (or Two)" because it is sometimes hard to reduce quantities of things like ham and beans, soup or stews or lasagna into manageable meals for one or two.
And at the Senior Center there is a table of handmade items -- some embroidered, some sewn and even a quilt or two.
And on the table, I found . . .
These pillowcases. "Kansas" pillowcases!!!!
They're painstakingly cross-stitched on regular pillowcase fabric. The cost -- a mere $15. Surely not enough for all of the work involved!
And they look smashing on the guest room bed!!!!
And . . . friend Pat, another Kansan, posted about sunflowers this week that she has at her home, On Crooked Creek and she featured these napkins.
|Picture courtesy of Pat at On Crooked Creek|
Twice, now, I've been at TJ Maxx and have had these napkins in my cart. And each time I've put them back -- their April Cornell and the price is certainly reasonable but I just can't convince myself that I need them!!!!
A decision I will probably regret when they are no longer available!!!!
At least my pillowcases will allow sunflowers at Linderhof during the dreary winter when the only sunflowers at Linderhof are the seeds that fill the feeders!
It's Friday and I'm sharing my sunflowers with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday!
Whenever anyone posts about sunflowers I wish I'd planted some - they are the cheeriest flowers!
Gotta love the sunflowers. My wild ones are so tall this year. Crazy even in the drought. The birds do love them.
Oh I love sunflowers and I use a ton of the faux's. Can't get the real to grow. Love your bouquet in the pretty blue pitcher and your pillowcases are totally amazing. Hugs, Marty
I love sunflowers and I love those pillow cases, great find! I wanted for my fall centerpiece, but decided I'll use them come Thanksgiving for my flower arrangement. Gotta love sunflowers. Hope you can come visit if you have a little time. Lots of hugs. FABBY
We have sunflower fields in Michigan and the sight of them actually makes me shiver...SO beautiful. Just a sea of sunflowers bobbing their heads in the sun!
Love sunflowers! They were the theme for our CSA farm's fundraiser dinner last week! Crown Point Ecology Center's Taste of Earth.
I think sunflowers are the most cheerful of flowers whether in a blue and white vase or stitched onto pillow cases!!
Having grown up in the SE corner of Kansas, sunflowers are just part of me. Love them! I have grown a few and love the way they follow the sun during the day. Is there anything more bright than a field of sunflowers being raised as a crop? Enjoyed your post so much today!
Lovely sunflower theme post and so bright and cheerful! I imagine those Seniors had a blast!
I LOVE this post!!! Not only did you highlight Sunflowers...but also, your love of Kansas! I, too, LOVE being a Kansan!!! I read each comment and see you have touched many lives with your sunny post! You've certainly made my day Sunflower bright!
I did not know that the Sunflower was the Kansas flower. They look great in your Spode pitcher. Of course EVERYTHING looks great in a blue and white Spode pitcher!
The pillow cases are dear - and a nice touch in your guest bedroom.
I live in Kansas also and love sunflowers! I keep saying I'm going to plant some each year...one of these days I'll actually get around to it. I especially love how the sunflowers look with blue & white. Thanks for sharing!
Lucky you that the birds deliver some sunflowers! How cool is that. I fell in love with them in Provence where they grow fields and fields of them. I would love to grow them at home, but they are too tall and big for our little perennial garden. I would have not been able to pass up those napkins either.
I'm fascinated by your classes for cooking for one or two. Last year we got my FIL a cookbook for one by Judith Jones and I liked the ideas, especially for leftovers, so much I bought the book for us too. Keep up the good work.
Sunflowers are so pretty :)
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