A bit of this and that

Today’s collage challenge prompt was short but sweet: use three elements to tell a story of self above/below/within.

Since creating a Texas Tarot deck is much on my mind, I had an eye out for a deer, which will eventually symbolize the Empress card. Frequent visitors to our former Hill Country home, the does (as in female deer) represent the nurturing, earth mother part of myself that I value “above” other (far less noble) aspects of my personality … the part that leads me to do everything from staying overnight in hospital rooms with family members to playing on the floor with the grandkids …

What grounds me is stitching on cloth, hence the scrap of southwestern needle-work to symbolize what’s “below.”

Last, what is hidden “within” are the myriad fibers of my being, the thousands upon thousands of moments and experiences that are my roots, the sources of what I have become.

And in case you’ve been wondering, I really have been doing more than just collaging. Yesterday I did some darning on socks I worked on three years ago which are now in need of re-mending …

Don and I have also been working on remedying the roof leak (insurance, ServPro, roofers for the exterior and finding a contractor for the interior damage) along with replacing a non-functioning water softener (ka-ching), but we squeezed in some time to visit the new art center on Main Street in downtown Buda …

Since it was a bit too crowded for pictures, this little vignette of our new hometown will suffice …

along with this picture of the roadwork underway …

Fortunately the local establishments are all open and doing a good business, including the Tavern on Main which has great live music a mere 1.2 miles from our doorstep …

Life is good …

Queso and salsa anyone?

Necessity is the mother of mending

My jeans, the ones I wear when working the land, were torn …

The result of moving the rusted bedsprings gifted by neighbors Connie and Karl Akers …

Fortunately, it was only the jeans that tore. In the future, I think I’ll leave it to Don to move rusty bits around as he does a much better job of it …

Nonetheless, I do like having a good excuse to mend …

And now that my itchy stitching fingers have been soothed, I’m off to do some (more) weeding!

Mending my ways

Stitching and blogging have gotten short shrift lately as the land draws us outside to weed (me) and plant (Don). At the end of the day I don’t have the energy I need to create, so I’ve been mending instead.

I actually documented a recent session because I had one of those head-slap brainstorms that made it worthwhile. The backstory is that my mom gave me a really neat sock darning tool years ago, which I never used. And can no longer find.

It finally occurred to me that I could improvise by using part of an old nesting fruit toy (a take-off on nesting dolls) …

It was just the right size for my sock heel …

And it even worked on the dreaded break-through heel hole …

Fun, right?