Saturday, April 22, 2017

Green peace pieces

Two pins in green heading out on Earth Day to Kristin in Montana and Beth in Illinois ...


Both backed in indigo on vintage linen.

Interesting to note that two thirds of the pins have been blue and/or green by request.

And a love letter to the land ...


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N.B. There are a few folks who haven't sent mailing addresses. Margery, Janet and Annalisa ... please send me an email if you're still interested (lizackert@gmail.com).

Friday, April 21, 2017

If at first you don't succeed ...

Note: I had so much to write that I divided things up into four posts, all of which should show up on your screen as you scroll down.

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I couldn't decide whether to make Saskia's peace pin in blue and green to match her beautiful, watery pictures of the Netherlands, or to go with earthy natural dyes from the Texas Hill Country. So I did both ...


The first from a thrifted green linen shirt, the second a windfall lichen dyed linen napkin. They were backed with indigo shibori cotton and thimble flower dyed muslin respectively ...


And then, because we're still waiting on our granddaughter's appearance, we headed out to Gruene Hall to hear the Mystiqueros. Knowing Saskia heard them play in the Netherlands a few years ago, I decided to wear one of the pins.

As we walked over to the hall, Don said, "Doesn't Bart de Win usually come around this time of year?"

"Now that would be cool," I replied.

And sure enough, as we entered ...


there he was ...


Even though they didn't play It's Only Rain, we did get to hear Rain All Night ...


Then Bill Small turned over his usual bass, and picked up a six-string ...


while Mark Nelson, who often paints during Gruene Hall shows, worked away ...


Bill was absolutely shredding it ...


which was when I realized ...


that he was Mark's subject ...


Now, for this synchronicity to make sense, you have to know that I watched Mark paint Bill once before, but was too timid to ask about buying the painting. This time, however, I took a look when Mark walked away during the set break and decided to work up a little courage ...


Then I went over to Bart de Win and showed him this post written by Saskia two and a half years ago 


"That's my living room!" he exclaimed. After which I told him about the connection between his house concert in the Netherlands and my Texas Hill Country blog


By the end of the evening, we purchased Mark's painting of Bill and headed home with Saskia's peace pin well-embued with Mystiquero magic ...


But still no granddaughter. Next up: we're gonna try house guests from Virginia. Maybe that  will do the trick!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Road trip!

We're trying our best to encourage our soon-to-be-born granddaughter to arrive sooner rather than later. Since having a party for a 20-some people on Easter didn't do the trick, our next gambit was a 170 mile road trip. The draw was an Indivisible rally in Kerville focused on environmental issues as our member of Congress is (ironically) the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, but currently hell-bent on dismantling the EPA. The rally featured several speakers ...



and a roadside sign-along ...


after which we headed home at 75 mph, as I tried to take pictures of wildflowers ..



And for those of you who think Texas is flat and dusty ...


there is a reason we call it the Hill Country ...


I confess, we did stop along the way to pick up a souvenir ...


What's that to the right, you ask? My hastily wrought rally sign ...


which may see a little more action this coming weekend, unless our granddaughter decides to (finally) make her appearance.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

3 + 1 = 4

More pins sailed away to Nancy in California, Judy in Pennsylvania, and Cynthia in Vermont ...


plus one that got away unphotographed to Louise in England because I was so excited about the moon stamp that I put the pin in the envelope and sealed it before realizing the omission.