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Sunday, April 10, 2016

I have always loved rocks...............

we hardly went to the movies for entertainment, when I was young........drive in theaters were more popular than indoor theaters in the 70s for my family at that time.............
my mom and dad loved to go to lakes.........not just for fishing, but just to go and to enjoy the outdoors.
On various trips to the lakes.........or even days when they just wanted to " get away"
my brother and I would find ourselves in the back seat of the family car.......... traveling down some dusty
gravel laden back road while our mom and dad talked their usual chatter with each other,  enjoying the pleasant drive.
At least once on the back roads, the car would come to a halt and our dad would say
"let's go hunt for rocks"
This was one of my favorite times on these trips.. 
We would walk the barbed wire fenced,  hard packed road in search of  pretty and unusual  rocks,
sometimes running across a horned toad or lizard and taking time to pick a handful of blossoming wildflowers.
Once home, we would place the rocks into a flower bed/rock garden.

Those times have stayed in my heart and memory throughout all  of my years
and in different areas on the grounds here..........
there are rock gardens that I have made.........under a mesquite tree in the woods,
along a beautiful large cactus growing on the meadow........
and along the house flower beds.
I pick a few up at a time on my long walks with Sohpie ( my dog)

Sometimes I want to make things with them....
garden paths to my greenhouse and pond...........

sometimes I like to make pictures to place along the rock gardens

and lately........I have made wall hangings.
Mine.........are a little primitive.......but I don't want to copy others....

I want to make what I love......and what comes to mind. 

When I see different rocks, I start picturing in my mind, how they could be used.

You can find so many inspirational ideas on what they call
"rock art" on Pinterest or other websites.......
 and then go find your rocks........which are pretty and odd shaped 
or you can buy them, 
which have beautiful colors and uniform shapes for the perfect design
and then.......create you own things.
I love to find them, although they may not be the perfect shape for creations,
they work for what I want .
No matter on how you get your rocks...........take time to enjoy finding them and then take a really good look at their beauty.


mamasmercantile said...

What a lovely way to transform some lovely memories of trips gone by into such wonderful creations. Inspirational.

lil red hen said...

This is an interesting idea! I've been bringing rocks, from my walks in the woods, to border flower beds. Sometimes they get a bit heavy, carrying them up the hill. I'm always amazed at the shapes of some rocks, and how the hill is covered with rocks, while the flat pasture above has few rocks.

Fashion said...

Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OH Wow!! I love rocks too. My husband and I laugh all the time about how many times we have moved our rocks around the yard. When we were first married, we used to drive in the county and collect the rocks that farmers left at the edge of the road that were loosened when tilling. Then there are those pretty stones that we pick up on walks. And since we love rocks and stones there are the ones the kids have gifted us over the years when they were small. I must admit I use them in the garden, but have never thought to make art with them...but know you have me thinking!!
xx, Carol

Debra said...

Your rock art is beautiful!

Miss Cindy said...

How remarkable! I never would have thought of making pictures. Love the snowman! So much you can do with rocks. What fun you've had over the years collecting them. My sister does the same thing. If I'm traveling, I have to bring her one from each state that I'm in. Happy collecting.

Gina E. said...

Well, it's different! A lot different to embroidery!

Marie C said...

Love your rock art!

letslearnembroidery said...

Your rock art is pretty!