So, with our challenge word mystery, I wasn't sure which way to go with it and none of my ideas shouted to me. My daughter, Jodi, helped listen to my cranky ranting one evening and then inspiration happened!
We had a huge ficus tree in our front yard that covered our roof and dropped berries twice a year which would ferment if you didn't pick them up fast enough!! One year, a large branch broke under the weight of the leaves and berries. We had it taken out and its roots were traveling under our driveway and up under our front door step!
Do I miss that tree? No! (well just a little!)
So I used the grid, a lesson online at Joggles.com (Jane LaFazio's class Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life) to pay homage to the missing tree. The large berries are inked on fabric and painted with Neocolor II watercolor crayons. I embroidered the grid in black perle cotton using a wrapped chain stitch. The french knots in the small berries and the roots of the tree are in embroidery floss. It's called MissTree. The missing tree was photo transferred onto ExtravOrganza (in the top right quadrant). The bird, an Ikea fabric, is looking for all those missing berries!