spread the sunshine.

Hi guys!  I’m headed up north to my friend’s cabin for the weekend so I’ll be taking a social media break for a couple of days.  Rather than leaving you hanging though, I thought I’d spread some sunshine.

But first, I want to thank those of you who responded to my ‘for sale.’ post on Wednesday.  I’ve got sales pending pickup for almost everything.  The lamp with the green base is still available, and the blue ironing board.  I have some fun ideas for re-working that ironing board, so I won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t sell ‘as is’.  Also, if you didn’t leave a comment to be in the running for one of my ‘hello fall’ book page banners, you can still do that.  Just leave a comment on that post by Sunday at midnight.

OK, moving on.  Back on Labor Day weekend, my sister, my niece and I drove up to Andover, MN to check out some sunflower fields.

My sister-in-law had mentioned these to us the last time we got together, so we just had to check it out.

The team at Fish Sunflowers has been planting random sunflower fields for five years now.  As they say on their website, their ‘goal is to spread joy and provide a free and beautiful place for families, photographers and sunflower fans to gather and soak in the beauty! No politics. No donations or admission fees. Just joy, joy, joy!’

So, all you have to do is show up and enjoy.

This year it looks like they planted 11 different fields around the Twin Cities.  You can find a list of their locations and the dates they are open here.  Although I’ll tell you now, they are all done this year except for the Albert Lea field.  But if you’re local, keep this in mind for next year.  Or maybe you need to take a road trip to Albert Lea this weekend!

We happened to visit on an overcast day, but I always think that’s a good thing for photos.  No glaring sunshine, no harsh shadows, no washed out colors.

I was surprised to find that there were props provided at each of the sites, and in some cases quite significant props.

Both of the fields we visited had a piano.

And one of them had a mirrored vanity.

How cool is that?  Although I have to admit that part of me really wanted to rescue that vanity!

I’m curious, does anyone plant sunflower fields like this where you live?  Or maybe you are a local and have been to one of the Fish Sunflower fields.  If so, be sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Hope I was able to spread a little sunshine with this post.  I’ll be back next week with some more painted projects, so be sure to stay tuned.

24 thoughts on “spread the sunshine.

  1. How awesome is that!! I would love to have been there in person to see that. I live in Washington state and we have tulip and daffodil fields in March/April. I try to visit them every few years. Sunflowers are my favorite ❤️ You certainly spread some sunshine to me. Thank you Linda 🌻 😊

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  2. Thanks for spreading a little sunshine my way. I think it is awesome that the Fish family plants fields of lovely sunflowers just to give other families opportunities to enjoy and take a picture…together…love it.

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  3. We live in a tiny town in southeastern NC, and there is an off ramp where small sunflowers were planted. It’s always a treat to see them. My mom loves sunflowers, and I always think of her when I see them.

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  4. Thanks for the sunshine, Linda! I didn’t know about the sunflower fields and will definitely put that on my calendar for next year. Also, I’m not at all surprised to learn that your items sold! Yay!

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  5. There is one near our cabin in Nelson, WI. I see that they’ve made an alcove on the access road for, I assume, photos, but I haven’t noticed if they put any props there. Sure made me (and a lot of others, I’m sure) smile everytime I drove past it this summer. Now it’s making some birds very happy.

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  6. I don’t know about random sunflower fields but there are several flower farms in my neck of the woods and sunflowers are one of the things they advertise. My sister posted on Nextdoor that she wanted some and a casual farmer met her and sold some to her. They are now drying in a bucket in my shop and this winter I’ll put the heads out for the birds. Love the pianos in the field!

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  7. I don’t think we have any here in NW Indiana that I am aware of. I would love to see one and especially with props – how fun! Thanks for spreading joy and sunshine!

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  8. What a wonderful gift for everyone!! Thanks for sharing. Did bring some sunshine and a smile too! Love the pianos in the fields. Redoing a piano has been on my bucket list for years. Really in a slump right now. Have a great weekend

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  9. Gorgeous Linda! I would love to see that in person. It does put an instant smile on your face. The addition of props is interesting. When I lived an hour north of the city up in mountains I would drive past a field of sunflowers probably 5 acres worth. It was an amazing site for sure.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful!!I live in Missouri. I think this would be wonderful for other states to do something of this nature. Bring tourists or just same state tourists. A NOVEL 💡 Enjoyed the pictures and post. Take care

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