Thursday, August 15, 2013

Searching for Roy G Biv II: Violet Update #3

My Search for VIOLET took place over last weekend while visiting my good friend, Laura and her family in Virginia Beach.

VIOLET could be found in the vegetables in Brian's ever-expanding garden.

Here are some pole beans still on the vine...

...and fresh picked. When they are cooked they turn green and are delicious with a bit of melted butter.

Also from the garden...onions. First in their beautiful translucent skins (almost coppery)...

...and then without the skins...a vivid VIOLET.

On the garden tour, I spotted this leaf with VIOLET spots.

Brian's solution to keeping the sweet potato vines trained was to form a sweet potato tunnel! A cool respite from the hot, muggy afternoon.

The sweet potato is a relative of the Morning Glory with flowers spiraling open in the early morning. This one was already dying in the heat of the day.

There are some subtle VIOLETS in these photos of the sunset that came after a storm. This beach is on the Eastern Shore. We drove over the 20-mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel just in time to see this beautiful sight.

We then drove into the town of Cape Charles and visited a cooperative craft gallery called the Stage Door Gallery. Laura fell in love with this little ceramic plate by artist, Vesna Zidovec. I was so happy to give it to her as a gift and memory of a great weekend together.

Here is the VIOLET Challenge Fabric. Since Laura and I had so much fun printing with vegetables, I decided to use some to create this design.

I hope you will join in with your own VIOLET  photos. Please post them and leave a comment here or on Jennifer's blog and we will link to your blog. You have until midnight (Eastern USA time) Saturday, August 17 to post and comment. If you do, you will be eligible to win the Challenge fabric when a name gets drawn from the cap on Sunday morning.

The color VIOLET reminds Charlton Stitcher of her very Victorian grandmother. She provides some beautiful and varied VIOLETS from her travels and a Roy G Biv surprise!

Fiona at Paper Ponderings explores the senses (especially the sense of smell) as it pertains to books. A lovely bowl of dried VIOLET petals brings back memories.

Kim at Letting in the Light made a precious VIOLET book to celebrate the last color of the rainbow.

Check out Jennifer's eclectic mix of the yarn bombings!

Visit Lisa at arzigogolare for a look at her VIOLET finds from the seaside and view an exquisite sunset over Venice.

Cindi at The Organic Manic has joined in with her Alaskan VIOLETS...just gorgeous!

Maya at Million Little Stitches found streets of petal strewn VIOLET and a VIOLET house (VIOLET and purple are Vaastu colors in India).


  1. Lovely, subtle violets - I especially like the fragile and fleeting sweet potato flower. I'd no idea it was a relative of morning glory.

    1. Only wished I'd gotten out earlier in the day to photograph the sweet potato flowers in full bloom.

  2. The sweet potato flowers are especially lovely--I'd never seen them before. I've added my violets to the mix, too!

    1. Enjoyed your beautiful selection of violets, Cindi!

  3. I love your collection of garden-inspired violets! The pole beans are especially amazing - they seem almost to have been painted, with a delicate hand. And your fabric this month came out beautifully! Thanks again for the inspiration to look for a different color each month...

    1. I was also amazed by the soft violet color of the pole beans...delicious to eat too! I'm so glad that Roy G Biv continues to inspire you. I do love how you put the shells together in different patterns. Now that I know you're back fr vacation, I'll get the fabrics off to you.

  4. Beautiful once again Julie! I too love the colour of the pole beans. And the violet fabric is gorgeous. I am still debating what to make with my beautiful yellow fabric, but I feel a stirring as to what part of it will become... hopefully soon. Thanks for the fun of the Roy G Biv challenge.