Monday, November 5, 2012

hearts-a-bustin moonday

I came across this 5' volunteer shrub in my backyard this morning, funny how things seem to suddenly appear like that. The seed capsules are lovely. I think it's Euonymus americanus, also called hearts-a-bustin or strawberry bush. I had no idea.

I've been wanting to stitch around the edges of the green cotton chenille rug for a while -- it's just blanket stitching with cotton t-shirt yarn. 12 stitches at a time, no thinking required. Now I wish I had some magenta t-shirt yarn. That's my little camera case made with the blue.




Today is a waning moonday in the sign of Leo. Self-confidence rises on Leo days, good for making presentations or otherwise being in the spotlight. Playful, expressive, outgoing, and heartfully generous are other fine Leo qualities.

Leo affects the heart and circulation and the upper back. This means that healing in those areas may be enhanced and at the same time, they are also more susceptible to stress. I'm thinking about what will be good medicine these next days.

It's a nice synchronicity to find the hearts-a-bustin shrub today -- a reminder to keep an open heart and mind. And how we sow seeds by letting go.

I wish you good weather and a happy heart.


9 comments:

liniecat said...

Love that term 'volunteer' shrub! I only seem to find weeds and those toadstools like that LOL

have you made the t shirt yarn yourself? It looks beautifully wound if so and nicely uniform. Thats a neat little bag too!

deanna7trees said...

my first thought when i saw that volunteer bush was...i wonder if she tried dyeing with it. and looks like you have a beautiful collection of t-shirt yarn. love the blanket stitch edge with the variety of color. it really stands out beautifully.

Peggy said...

Lyn, I have plenty of not-so-pretty plant volunteers, too! The yarn is purchased, made by a mostly-women company in S. Africa, I think. It's interesting to knit and stitch with stretchy yarn. :)

Peggy said...

Deanna, and my first thought when I read your comment was why didn't that even cross my mind?!? So thank you, I'm definitely going to do some dyeing with it! The leaves are more beautiful in person, the photo doesn't really do it justice. And thank you about the rug!

Nat Palaskas said...

I wish we have the same kind of plants here. I would learn a lot from you about plants. I have never seen this plant before with that pretty flowers. Good luck dyeing with them. I sure you will get some color from those flowers - hugs Nat

Deb G said...

Such bright cheerful colors... Your little camera bag is very fun.

Chris said...

"How we sow seeds by letting go. . . " This will stay with me, Peggy. I hadn't thought of this association before, and it's so vivid a reminder of another benefit of "letting go." I am thinking, too, of a plant we loved in Louisiana----Mexican petunia----that audibly (and forcefully) ejected its seeds when a droplet of water hit the seed pod. (I stood over one and spit on it, and thus felt the force of the seeds---they sting!)

Peggy said...

Nat, unfortunately the leaves are all dried up because I forgot about them. I may still try some silk with the dried leaves though. ;)

And thank you, Deb!

Peggy said...

Chris, thank you -- another paradox it seems. :) I'd love to grow Mexican petunias, think I read about them somewhere, how they explode. Kids must love them.