“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze….
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
As I sat down to write this post, the Wordsworth poem above floated through my mind. I suppose it might be because Pinned & Penned has been a bit lonely this past month, and I have felt too much the sting that solitary work can bring, or it may be the subject of today’s post, which is a bit of brightness, like a crowd of daffodils, in the midst of a darkening season.
In any case, the poem seems to fit with the whimsy of Curtain Call’s current challenge (notice the daffodils in the painting?). The previous week found me wanting so badly to play with the color inspiration–I absolutely love the combination, particularly that yellow. I’d just received some Lemonlush papers from Studio Calico which were a perfect match. So I set about to pull something together–a very simple piece that I finally completed today.
Super simple. I let the paper really do the work for me. The PTI Happy die is inlaid, that gorgeous deep blue playing off the turquoise below and surrounding purple.
I cut a flag and stamped the sentiment in Island Fresh Ink. Cut a few scraps from the Lemonlush papers adhered and stitched. All was assembled upon a spring green Bazzill base.
I love the watercolor and mottled effect of the front and underlying panels.
The inside is finished with some navy washi to echo that on the front.
This may be the most simple card I’ve constructed in awhile. I should note I was also inspired a bit by a CAS(E) this Sketch design, but missed the deadline.
Aside from today, the weather has been unseasonably summery this fall in the PNW. We’ve had a few blustery intimations of winter, but it may be the warmest and sunniest autumn I can recall. I will leave you with a photo of last night’s sunset. It was far more fuchsia than the photo represents, and the water was downright pink, but it’s pretty spectacular nonetheless. It echoes the card, too– though it is far more magnificent.
I am heading into another extremely busy work-week, and if the past few weeks have been any indication who knows what surprises await. That being said, it may remain a bit quiet here over the next few days. If you follow me at all on Facebook, you may recall I promised a particular post a few week’s back. It’s in queue along with some autumnal delights from the Persimmon collection I’ve been hinting at. So I hope you will stop back soon.
On my way out, I want to thank all the new followers and visitors to my site and Facebook page! I appreciate your interest in my work
It’s likely too late for you to play along at Curtain Call, but head over and check out some of the gorgeous creations, especially Shirley Bee’s funky card– I just love her background!
May your week be as delightful as a crowd of daffodils and just as bright.