Advice and Lessons from a Sunflower

Advice from a sunflower sign


Oh, how I love sunflowers!  It must be in my blood since I was born and raised in Kansas and it's our state flower.  My husband, Matt, likes to remind me that they are a noxious weed, but I think God wants those yellow prairie flowers to color the fields every September.  They are the bright and sunny finale of summer before the cozy colors of fall arrive.


chippy yellow wood signs


So it would be perfectly fitting for me to make some signs about sunflowers to honor those bright beauties as well as my sunflower state.  I found some reclaimed beadboard that was the perfect shade of yellow and knew instantly what quotes I wanted for them.


hand holding a sunflower


advice from a sunflower sign


"Be bright, sunny, and positive. Spread seeds of happiness.  Rise, shine, and hold your head high." - Advice from a sunflower


yellow reclaimed wood sign


Who knew sunflowers could be so smart, right?  That is such good advice for my daughters and I want them to see those words every day.  I thought the sign would, of course, be perfect in a girl's bedroom, but it would also work in a bathroom as well... perhaps on a shelf next to a mason jar full of sunflowers!


advice from a sunflower sign


Another sign I've wanted to make for the longest time are lyrics from a Frank Sinatra song about loving a girl from Kansas.  Fitting right?!
"She's a sunflower, she's my one flower, she's the flower of my heart.
I was born in Kansas, I was bred in Kansas, and when I get married, I'll be wed in Kansas. There's a true-blue gal who promised she would wait,
She's a sunflower from the Sunflower State.
She's a sunflower, she's my sunflower, and I'll know we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower, she's the flower of my heart.
Troubles end in Kansas, folks unbend in Kansas, everyone you'll meet will be your friend in Kansas. And they'll all be there to help me celebrate with my sunflower from the Sunflower State. She's a sunflower,
she's my sunflower, and I'll know we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower, she's the flower of my heart.
Oh, the moon is brighter and stars are bluer, and the gals are sweeter and their hearts are truer, and I'm here to take, there's one who's really great,
She's that sunflower from the Sunflower State.
She's a sunflower, she's my sunflower, and I'm sure we'll never part.
She's a sunflower, she's my one flower, she's the flower of my heart."
-Frank Sinatra
Drop what you're doing right this instant and look up this song on Youtube... it is dreamy!  And then come back to me here!
Frank was so right in his song... troubles do end in Kansas, everyone will be your friend, and the gals are sweeter and their hearts are truer! And I do promise we are humble too :)




When I was getting ready to photograph this sign, I first wanted to take my daughters to "planted" sunflower field.  But after some thought, I realized the best place to photograph and capture the true beauty of sunflowers in Kansas would be to take pictures with the natural, wild sunflowers in all their rustic glory.


wild sunflowers on a gravel road


flower of my heart sign


So we did just that!  Wild, rustic sunflowers growing right off the gravel road was the most authentic way I could capture the true essence of Kansas.  And my blonde, wild-child Bria was such a good model, being that she is similar to those untamed, bright beauties.


wild sunflowers in a mason jar


And of course, we didn't just take photos!  One of our favorite things to do is pick wildflowers so we brought some home with us and filled a mason jar.  They brighten up my kitchen!


wild sunflowers


chippy yellow sign


yellow reclaimed beadboard sign


I hope you love these sunny signs as much as I do!  Texas has bluebonnets, New York has roses, Mississippi has magnolias... but Kansas has it's bright and happy, wild and rustic sunflower. 


wild sunflowers in a mason jar decor


country sunflowers


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