Live the full life of the mind,
Exhilarated by new ideas,
Intoxicated with the Romance of the unusual.
- Ernest Hemingway
These bright pansies are hand-stitched by Nicole Baumann, an artist and friend. I was lucky enough to see a gallery wall covered in her pansies while visiting Nashville last year. The precision and patience it takes to hand-stitch on this scale is remarkable. It's easy to walk by and assume Nicole's pieces are drawings, but on closer inspection, their real wonder knocks you off your feet.