Daily Color: "I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse, which shouldn't come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers." –Vincent van Gogh

Fourteen years ago, to welcome my new nephew, I made a small rug for his nursery. It was my first--and so far only--latchhook rug. I wanted something bright and happy, in non-traditional baby brights, so I sketched, charted, and hooked a sunflower floating on a bright blue sky background.

Yes, I save everything. Found these this morning in my box of rug yarn.

Recently, that same nephew graduated from 8th grade and is headed to high school in the fall. He is now much taller than I am (that's not too hard!), bright, articulate, affectionate, confidant, musical, athletic...

A little matted after 14 years of use, but otherwise in great shape.

This past week we travelled to Boston for a combination graduation/birthday celebration for Asa, and we slept in his room. I was beyond tickled to see the rug there, still in use! The pile has matted down a bit over the years, but otherwise it's worn like a champ. Just like Asa.

The rug, in situ.

The rug, in situ.

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