Sunflowers ~ Pictures, Beaded, & Poems

Photographs of the sunflowers were taken by me in my front yard, I beaded the two sunflowers in the middle of the post and the poems I found online.

The Sunflower Fairy

Fields of yellow faces following the sun
Impossible to count them each and every one,
Waving gently in the breeze they make a sunny sigh.
Stretching up their heads they smile at passers by.
Lots of little fairy helpers for the sunflower’s needs
They are the hidden secret for scattering the seeds
Hiding amongst the petals opening at dawn
Working all day to scatter, so new flowers will be born
And weary from the day’s work, at dusk with failing light
They close the petal shutters to rest throughout the night.
Should you be a believer, next time you pass, please try
To spend some time alone, amongst the faces to the sky
You may be the lucky one, for a magic sight to share
A sunflower fairy’s smile is a ray of light so rare.

Myrea Pettit
Copyright© 2001 Fairies World®

Poem to a Sunflower
Created by BelievingHeaven101

I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.

The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.

But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.

He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.

Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.

I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.

An Ode to the
Kansas Sunflower.

Oh sunflower! The queen of all flowers,
No other with you can compare,
The roadside and fields are made golden
Because of your bright presence there.
Above all the weeds that surround you
You raise to the sun your bright head,
Embroidering beautiful landscapes
Your absence would leave brown and dead.

Oh queen of the September morning
You watch for the first ray of sun,
And salute the bright orb as it travels
Till the bright day of autumn is done.
Tho’ sickles may slay in the pasture,
And the plowman destroy in the field,
Yet, still will the corners and by-ways
The seed for the future years yield.

Then, Sunflower, peep over the fences
And cover the hillsides with gold,
And out in the cornfields, if tempted,
Again take thy claim as of old;
Salute, too, and nod to the stranger,
Who travels the dusty highway,
He’ll worship the sun crown you’re wearing
And love you for brightening his way.

So, Sunflower, grow tall in the meadow
And spread to the breezes your arms,
No matter if some do molest you
And try to destroy on the farms,
Let thy stalk all the season still gather
The sunbeams that come dancing by;
And then in September unfold them
To dazzle with splendor the eye.

Ed Blair ~ Spring Hill, Kansas.

Sunflower Road

Around the corner from Sunflower Road
Runs a road where all the sunflowers grow
Except in the winter, when all’s laid bare
With nothing but winter snow to share

But in the spring, all the little flowers grow
All along, and up-and-down Sunflower Road
But around the corner, no sunflowers in sight
Except in the fall, when sunflowers grow bright

written by: Tim Gallagher


One lonely sunflower growing in the sun
Wants to play and have some fun
Then whoosh went the wind
And scattered all the seeds
And now there’s lots of sunflowers
Playing in the breeze.


Jamming in the Kitchen!

I got up early Saturday morning and decided I wanted to make jam. I make my Christmas presents every year and decided I’d like to add jam into the baskets this year. The two Farmers Markets in Sparks are on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, so I drove over to the one on California Avenue in Reno. Bought a flat of strawberries and four baskets of blueberries. Figured that would be a good start!

Blueberries went off without a hitch…made 7 – 8oz jars.

Then came the strawberries. All was well until the last minute of boiling! Gonna need a bigger pot! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Luckily I only had 3 feet to carry the pot over to the butcher’s block (I did leave a trail of strawberries on the wood floor) to pour the mixture into the jars…I knew that I would NOT have strawberry jam, probably strawberry syrup, but I was not going to waste anything by throwing it out. I ended up with 10 – 8oz jars of strawberry goop. Sunday morning I opened up a jar and put it on our whole wheat pancakes…OH MY GOODNESS! It was very tasty! And it wasn’t as syrupy as I thought it would be. Good save, if I say so myself! 🙂 Unfortunately, my stovetop did not fair too well. That large crescent on the right side somehow etched itself into the ceramic top. Boo Hoo! 😦

I have lots of peppers growing in the garden so my next canning project will be to make Hot Pepper Jam. I also would like to make either peach, plum, or orange marmalade jam.

After the Farmer’s Market I went to a couple of yard sales in the area and lookie what I found! The cutest wooden sewing machine!

And three hardback books of Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery ~ the lady had bought them at Prince Edward Island.

Sunday morning while picking some squash I was admiring said peppers and just happened to look over at the green beans. I have beans! Went inside to grab the colander and started to pick green beans…then saw the black beans were there too. Picked enough for dinner that night and a bag to give to my mom. So dinner was bbq-d chicken breast with steamed beans (which I then lightly sauteed them with two strips of bacon) and extra-sourdough bread.

I picked lots of carrots…needed to thin them so the rest of them will grow bigger. Ate a bunch right then and there and brought in a gallon bag-full to work. They are VERY GOOD! Also had two funky looking cucumbers.

A Weekend in the Juniper War Zone

I’m very, very, very tired today. And my arms and legs look like I was in the middle of a cat fight…and lost. My hands are swollen and hurt…carpal tunnel will be hurting them for a few weeks. 😦

It’s amazing how much work we’ve done, yet have soooo much more to do. So far two truck loads and 26 trash bags…at least one more truck load and many more bags to go. There are two Arborvitae to take out, one more juniper and lots of trunks.

I’ve sketched out in my mind what we will do in that area once finished…immediately in the corner next to the church will be plants like Flutterby Bush, Russian Sage, and Lavender…then there will be an area left open facing the street for a future drive pad…then a Fruitless Mulberry tree.

Yesterday while taking a break I was just staring into that mess when five of the “teenager” scrub jays went to investigate. They loved the trunks…great place to crack open their goobers. And the black cat across the street had the funniest confused look on his face…staring up and looking around where, I’m sure, he used to lay in wait, under cover, to attack birdies.

It boggles my mind why ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would plant junipers! There are so many prettier shrubs to plant ~ like butterfly bushes, forsythia, barberry, hydrangea, lilacs!

28 July 2008 ~ Just For Today ~ Simple Woman Day Journal

FOR TODAY … 28 July 2008

Outside My Window…A smoke filled morning sky. A train going by.

I am thinking…Not much of anything…my brain is mushed from not enough sleep and too much time in the Juniper War Zone.

I am thankful for… my feather bed and pillows.

From the kitchen… Blueberry and Strawberry jam that is ready to put away until Christmas. And carrots that I pulled from the garden.

I am wearing… Brown and tan stripe dress, berks and my beaded necklace with a wire wrapped sea glass.

I am creating… a bracelet for myself and re-stringing a necklace for my mom.

I am going… to just veg today…

I am reading… Dear America - A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861 Dear America .

I am hoping… that my husband can find a job real quick as he is out of work again.

I am hearing… loud talking next door (at work) and the hum of the chillers.

Around the house… dirty shoes and clothes covered in Junipers at the door…time to clean the side sunroom and do laundry.

One of my favorite things… eating right out of the garden.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… make Pepper Jelly or Jam.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you… One of my wee pumpkins that will be carved this Halloween! 🙂


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Waging War Against the Junipers Continues….

We have once again declared war against the junipers in our yard! This war will be a triology…not sure when we will get to the last part.

This time it’s on the NE corner of our lot…there are at least three junipers with pretty big trunks. Me thinks they’ve been there for over 30 years.

Here is a before picture after I trimmed them down somewhat in the spring.

And here is what we’ve done with one saw, one hedge trimmer, and my pruners. They’ve been there so long they are growing in and out of the fence. It’s slow going. Going to have to take a few trips to the dump again…we’ve piles on two sections of our fence. Ultimately I’d like to have a drive pad in that corner as we have no off-street parking. I will be planting a fruitless Mulberry near there…more towards the irises. I love those trees…fast growing and a great climbing & shade tree, not that I’ll be doing much climbing in it. 🙂

23 July 2008: Garden Update ~ Hemp Necklace ~ Flowers

Was surprised to see so many peppers when I was watering last night. They grew so big in a couple of days! Must be the heat. So…does anyone know when peppers are ripe? Do I have to wait until they turn red? Pick ’em green? I have Sweet Italian, Garden Salsa Mix, Caribbean Habanero, Serranos (those I know I can pick green) and something called a Jimboy.

Here are the Sweet Italians ~

And here are the Garden Salsa Pepper Mix…but to me looks like Serranos ~

Have nice size cucumbers and pumpkins!

Cool sunflower, eh? Looks like a Vincent van Gogh sunflower! This one is towards the back of my yard, so it may survive my stupid neighbors picking it!

Yesterday the power went off in our building so one of the Associate Deans let us loose…went home, collected the husband and hit the thrift stores. Lookie at the necklaces that I found at St. Vincent’s and Salvation Army. They will be taken apart so I can use the beads in other projects. Although my niece may like the purple one with the shell.

Tried my hand at making a necklace with 20-lb hemp cord…my husband knows I really really really want the beads in the necklace I made him a while back. So he asked for me to make him a hemp necklace that I could hang the silver pendant of his from. I started with a regular braid then switched to an Atlernating Half Stitch, then back to a braid. I’m getting the hang of it…took me two hours (was watching Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show while making it). Pictures below show the alternating half stitch part. In this first picture you can see the beaded necklace in the upper left with the silver pendant.

And here is a parting shot of the coneflowers in the front of my house this morning. Toodle-loo!

Beading and Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass

Took yesterday off of work for my birthday…spent a leisure day of beading, wire wrapping, lunch and a movie.

First off…if you haven’t already seen it, you gotta go see the 3-D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth! OMGosh! That was fun.

Sunday night I started a necklace to hang one of my pieces of sea glass that I collected on the beach in Monterey earlier this month. Took apart two necklaces I found for 99 cents at our local Goodwill store and used the beads to make my own design. I think they may be clay beads…I liked them. Had some green moss stone beads and other beads floating around…dumped them into a dish and just used whatever caught my fancy. Well…didn’t like how the first one laid. I used two wooden disk beads too close to the wire-wrapped glass and it just didn’t lay the way I wanted it to.

Here’s what the first necklace looked like ~

Here’s what the remake looks like…the one that I have on today. Had to re-wrap the green glass piece…didn’t get it the same, sorta liked it better the first time. Oh well. The first time I wrapped it so it went straight onto the necklace without a jump ring…the second time I used a jump ring to attach the glass to the necklace.

And here is what I used…beading wire, beads, 20 gauge copper wire, hemp 20 lb test, and a nifty cast iron grippy doo-dad that I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

21 July 2008 ~ For Today, Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY … 21 July 2008

AM A DAY LATE ~ Yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off…so I’ll look back and reflect on the day! 🙂

Outside My Window…there is a Northern Mockingbird singing, Sparrows & Finches on the bird feeder and Scrub Jays eating their goobers..

I am thinking…Good grief it’s gonna be hot again today…sure hope we can have another thunderstorm like on Sunday night..

I am thankful for… still having a job in today’s economy.

From the kitchen…There is squash just picked from the garden…but I’ll be taking those into work as today we’ll be going out to a big lunch with a light salad for dinner.

I am wearing… Brown linen tank top and tan crop pants, bare foot.

I am creating… a beaded necklace to hang a piece of sea glass that I found at Monterey..I wire wrapped it with copper wire.

I am going… to lunch with my husband (2-for-1 coupon at the Cantina on B-Street) and then to Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D.

I am reading… Still reading The Witch Trade…a children’s book by Michael Molloy.

I am hoping… that my husband can find a job real quick as he is out of work again.

I am hearing… the Young Dubliners on my ipod as I bead.

Around the house… there are beads on the floor…wee buggers keep jumping out of my hand! Naughty beads!

One of my favorite things… is a glass of iced tea with a lemon slice, no sugar and a ceiling fan in the front sunroom listening to my ipod and watching the birdies now and again while beading.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… find more beaded necklaces at the Goodwill store so I can take them apart and use them in my own necklaces.

Here is picture thought I am sharing… Wee bees that I found in a sunflower that just opened up! Are they cute, or what!?


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Americana Wall Hanging Quilt

I was in the first Simple Woman Summer Swap and found out my partner would be decorating in Americana for a few rooms when she moves into her new home. So I decided to make her a wall hanging quilt. After looking through a few of my quilting books I settled on adapting a pattern from three that I saw.

I’m a little intimidated of piecing stars…not the Ohio Star nor the Friendship Stars, those I have can make with no problems whatsoever…but the other ones like LeMoyne Star!

But after being introduced to this book ~ STARS BY MAGIC ~ Nancy Johnson-Srebro ~ New Super-Easy Technique! Diamond-Free Stars from Squares and Rectangles! Perfect Points and No Y-Seams! ~ I’m not scared anymore! 🙂

I used Thimbleberries and Moda fabrics for the quilt. I tried my hand at free motion machine quilting on my Janome…I need lots of practice still. I liked doing the stars…but I’m not that great at curly-curves! I did it by hand…not with a contraption that you add onto your machine, which may make it a lot easier. Who knows. I still need help with my binding…one of these days I’ll get that down pat too.

Simple Woman Summer Swap

When I got home yesterday afternoon from work I found a package from my Simple Woman Summer swap partner, Becky, on the front sunroom table. Inside was:

More Celtic Quilting book (I have the first one, so this is great)

A canning jar filled with sand and sea shells (I should add a couple of pieces of sea glass I found at Monterey)

An enamelled tin that was painted with cherries on it.

Thank you so much, Becky! 🙂