Sheep farming is messy and dirty and sometimes downright disgusting. The Farmer wears a Carhart insulated coverall and a big heavy Carhart jacket to keep warm along with long underwear. It's all about keeping warm. I wear a tweed wool hunting coat that has lots of pockets for various supplies - iodine, pens, rubber bands for tailing the lambs. Seriously, we are a sight to behold with big old boots on that have traction so we don't fall on the ice.
My coat has seen 15 years of wear and it has been developing some mighty big tears and rips. You would think I would fix it but I just haven't made the time. Until this year. I snagged some of Dad's nice worsted wool pants that Mom still had and used them to patch the coat. I still have some more patching to do but I'm making progress.
As I was cutting and sewing, I couldn't help but remember a children's book I loved when Julia was little. It is called Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and it was magically illustrated by Simms Tabach. I read that book to her so many times. The illustrations - part collage, part painting, including die cut holes - were so fabulous. Simms won the Caldecott for it. Here is a short video - you can see how charming and colorful this book is.
Joseph wears his coat so much that it frays and turns into a vest, then a scarf, eventually a button, and then nothing.
I started looking into Simms and found his biography here. Sadly, he has passed away. It made me sad, even though I didn't know him. He had an amazing body of work and that will live on. Nice thing about the internet - that someone's work can go on and keep inspiring people even after they are no longer around.
Last week there was a post on DesignSponge about things and how people use them and toss them. Julia thinks it is ridiculous and embarrassing that I will wear this coat. Me, I can't bear to get rid of my coat because it is so useful, even if it is worn. Granted, I won't wear it everywhere but it still has a useful life. What do you think? That's my question for the day. Have a good one.