This week began with the emptying of a box of tea bags that Pam had been saving for me. She sewed and I opened and emptied as we chatted and caught up.
Soon enough, the tea bags were ready for stitching. I came with the goal of creating enough pieces to cover 20+ more 4 inch square canvases to add to my Tea Stories series. For some reason, this has been difficult.
A mama cardinal has been diligently guarding her nest on the rose trellis outside the dining room window. She tolerates our glances out to check and make sure she's well.
Back in the studio, Pam brought out some of the drawings she did in Santa Fe last year
to crop and give new life to. I must admit that as much as it hurt (me) to see these beautiful large drawings be cut into, the end result is exquisite.
In between cropping and stitching, Pam has been painting
the fabric she uses
as well as adding her own marks
to the paper bag journal
I created for her.
Toward the end of the day yesterday, still unsatisfied with my tea bag work, I brought out the circle scroll that had been begun here last year. As I told Pam, it's home and wants to be finished here.
So I did a bit of cropping of my own and have begun to breath new life into a piece that has languished in my studio for the past year...because I couldn't figure out what the next step was.
All I had to do was listen to it. It wanted to come home - to this studio filled with light, life, water, circles, friendship and never ending possibilities just waiting to be tried.