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!

2 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

ha, great post Liz, brought a smile on my face
everything seems to be moving in circles
i look forward to the beautiful pins

Liz A said...

Saskia -

I love sending pins overseas ... then I get to use the beautiful moon stamps!

And I had to laugh, as I talked to the guys in the band they looked at me (as they always do) with a kind of "Do I know you?" puzzlement ... except Bill Small, who does seem to have made the connection.