I drove my mother down to visit our cousins in the Texas hill country a few days ago. The highways were lined with bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Indian Blanket. People were about everywhere plopping their friends and family down in fields of flowers for portraits. The land was as so green that it reminded me of the first time I saw Ireland.
My cousin is an artist and her home reflects her artistic flair. Her home is not the only thing that reflects her ability to touch something and make it beautiful, her back yard is a haven. There are things to look at tucked here and there throughout her yard but the one thing I really noticed on this visit is that TEAL seems to be her signature color. She splashes TEAL everywhere.
A TEAL chair is tucked in a corner by the fireplace.
TEAL garden signs painted and just about ready to go outside in the garden.
A few boards painted TEAL in the greenhouse.
A TEAL chicken tucked under some monkey grass.
A TEAL St. Francis of Assisi tucked amongst clay pots from Mexico.
But my absolute favorite is a TEAL mission gate surrounded by Austin stone that my cousin had made alongside her hubby. What talent!
They used wooden floor boards and salvaged the iron grate from another fence. The bell once belonged to her husband’s grandmother. The ability to create something like this amazes me.
When I left to go home, as always, I felt inspired and creative. The first thing I did when I got back home was to pull out some yarn and start on a cowl using this lovely Malabrigo Arroyo that is pretty teal–ish.
And, it was no wonder that today, when I went to my local quilt shop, The Needle Niche, to pick fabric for a quilt that a certain someone has been begging me to make that
I just happened to be drawn to TEALs so I splashed neutrals throughout.
My creative juices are definitely flowing again and I’m ready to get going on a Lisa Hartman modern quilt.
What can I say? TEAL.