#Paint-Chip Poem: Her Wedding Day

Photo by Annie Timmons Photography

She applied some lipstick and smacked her lips
The soon-to-be bride was just peachy
She was going after the whole enchilada
After all, it was her wedding day!

Calligraphed sand dollars for the guests
A wonderful apricot nectar cake for dessert
Bridesmaids were happy with their coral dresses
She and her fiance helped decorate the beautiful venue

The Melrose Knitting Mill
A restored mill warehouse in downtown Raleigh
An elegant red brick space where fantasies comes true!

Image Credit: Etsy
Linda Kruschke’s Paint-Chip Poetry #32
The only difference I can see is that the all of these paint chips are gradients of a red pigment except for the sand dollar. It sure is a toughy! 🙂

#SoCS- The Toy that Rocked my World

A Delightful Blue Discovery…

My life before simple
A linear path filled with a fairly predictable routine
Then, one hot summer day…
The library presented an irresistible challenge
Itching with anticipation!
Waited for what seemed like eternity!
The mission was to read 20 books!
The reward?
A yo-yo!
The latest spinning craze
Allowing gravity to unwind the string
Lighting up the world of so many participating children
Embarking the reading journey while
“walking the dog around the world” 😉

Years later
Just when I think the yo-yo has disappeared
into the locked vault of yesteryear’s fads
My serious concentration
questioning employers at a cyber job fair
was broken!

Genuinely smiling
Filled with overwhelming nostalgia
A blue yo-yo!
Gleaming against the black tablecloth
Idaho National Laboratory
“You made my day!”
Your motto?
The energy of innovation!

The first blue thing I see this morning ❤

A-to-Z Challenge: Delphinium

Shade of Blue Caught my Fancy

The delphinium flower once caught my attention during May one year when I was looking for potted flower for Mother’s Day. The blooms was in the shape of a pyramid and a beautiful shade of indigo. I like to arrange my own flowers but I get really inspired by various floral arrangements photos like this one from Home Depot: nearly natural silk flowers. Below are some fun facts and stories I found on the web.

Photo from Home Depot – Nearly Natural Delphinium and Foxtail Silk Floral Arrangement

Etymology & Uses

  • Its name is derived from the Greek word, Delphis, which means dolphin because when the flower is closed, the nectary resembles a dolphin’s nose.
  • West Coast Native Americans have used it to make blue dye.
  • European settlers used delphiniums made ink.
  • One ancient use was a repellent thought to drive away scorpions and parasites

Greek Mythology


According to Greek myth, Achilles mom requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic warrior during the Battle of Troy. Ajax, a brave warrior, was looking forward to receiving it. When the armor was given to Ulysses instead, Ajax felt dejected and killed himself by his sword. Small blue delphiniums sprung from his blood. Its petals were inscribed with letters “Ai” which means “alas” in Greek.

Pop Culture

Installation view of the exhibition, Edward Steichen’s Delphiniums. June 24, 1936 through July 1, 1936. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph by Edward Steichen
  • Edward Steichan was chief fashion photographer for Condé Nast productions which includes some of the top magazines in the world such as Vogue and Vanity Fair
  • Steichan was extremely passionate about delphiniums and was an active breeder who eventually became the President of the Delphinium Society of America

Artistic Inspirations from Flirty Fleurs

Meaning & Symbolism

  • Meanings include openness to new experiences and overall positivity
  • Evoke feelings of joy, warmth and fun
  • Delphiniums are the perfect flower to gift someone who may be feeling down on life, and to encourage them to broaden their horizons in order to try out new experiences.
  • Symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill as well as a protective plant
  • Used to communicate encouragement as well as remembering dead loved ones
  • Delphiniums are also the official birth flower for July
  • Blue delphiniums symbolize dignity and are the most common color
  • White, pink and light blue delphiniums symbolize youth and renewal.

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