Sunday, June 3, 2012
Happy Flags are Fluttering
The weather in Atlanta is unseasonably cool this weekend. I want to roll around in it all day long, as I know it won't last. I'll be battling b.o. and bug bites in full force by next weekend. But while it's still cool, my daughter and I have been doing some flower-planting and puttering around in the back yard.
Today we planted hot pink petunias and bright orange marigolds. So cheerful.
Earlier this morning I launched into a flag-making project. I was inspired by an article on prayer flags written by Jane Lafazio in the March/April issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.The flags in her article are beautiful and quite detailed. I didn't have much time, so I decided to throw caution and planning to the wind and just start stitching to make a strand of scrappy Happy Flags. I stitched strips of fabric to some light-weight muslin. I didn't plan anything or finish any seams, so the whole set took under an hour. I used a textile pen to write a list of things that make me happy onto white cotton. I then cut the fabric into strips and stitched them onto the flags.
I strung the whole thing onto some old bias tape and rick rack, then tied the flags between two trees in my backyard. I'm excited to see them fade out and change with the weather.
I hope the flags will remind me and my family to slow down and give thanks. Perhaps the wind carry our gratitude out into the world.
As I walked back to the house after hanging my Happy Flags, I saw this fellow just sitting right in the middle of my patio.
I took it as a good sign.