Picking up the Pieces

IMG_5033Studios are almost done.  What is taking so long is elusive…time just seems to slip by as I try my best to do the things that should be done.  The “should” is the telling word.  Not going there…

The dining room table (the only clear and flat surface in the house) has finally succumbed to the assorted projects that are piling up as “the painter” lags behind.  Quite a few years ago, on a once in a lifetime kind of trip, my daughter and I were wandering through the streets of Paris.  We happened upon a trendy boutique (more her style than mine…big surprise!) where she fell in love with a pocketbook/bag…army drab in color, but sparkling with stuff.  Her practical side decided that “we” could make one.  We spent the rest of our trip seeking out “Paris things” to sew on a bag.  It did get made.  And it has since been much-loved and much-travelled…and is now, falling apart.  Who travels with a bag with a broken zipper?  Pickpockets, any one????  Her response is always the same.  “It is just perfect, Mom”.  (This is the daughter who likes the new thing only if it is just like the old thing.  Try shopping for back-to-school shoes!  Challenging, to say the least.  Glad those days are done!)

Well, life for her has been tough, lately.  She IS getting back to work which involves the inevitable travel.  And, this is a good thing.  So, instead of painting studio trim, I am making her a new bag (as much like the “perfect” old one as is humanly possible!)    Travel is so fraught with potential disaster…I keep telling myself that for her, the worst has already happened, and, practically in her own front yard…but still…

So I have gathered together the penguin buttons she had bought for his birthday, and the embroidered dragon that will guard her gate, and a small patch purchased on a memorable trip taken together when her life was good, and I am hoping to help her pick up her pieces…with a bag for her travels, made with talismans and love.

And, for me, I guess it is a first step in a new life as well…