No, I didn’t coerce or even ask Zinnia to sit by my potholders just as I had stepped back to take a picture of them. She just did it, as if she knew that her presence would make the picture even better.
That maple tree outside my studio is wide enough to hold all of my potholders, and then some. It even has all those natural hooks in its bark to hang them from. It makes the best background to display my potholders, neutral gray with a bit of contrasting texture. And if the light isn’t right in one place I just move around the tree until it is.
As much as I admire and enjoy that maple I worry I have come to take it for granted.
Maybe before I use her in another photo shoot, I’ll do a little ritual to thank her for being there and being so helpful.
This latest batch of Potholders evolved from the Flower and Pollinator Pothodler series. I had a bit more bee fabric and a whole piece of flower and their symbols fabric. (I can’t remember who sent it, but it came in a big wonderful box of fabric).
So some of these have flowers, like Violets which are a symbol of gratitude (ah, I can bring the maple some violets from pasture), and some have flowers and bees. Others are just bees and some are from the scraps that were left.