Monday, June 15, 2009

Crafty Voodoo

There were two small windows of crafting opportunity over the weekend and what did I do? Come over all a dither of course. There wasn’t the time beforehand to plan the crafting and I kept picking up the sticks, knitting HALF a row and then wandering off to gaze at stash fabric. After wasting an entire opportunity on pfaffery, I gave up and went to bed in an irritated huff. By the morning it was apparent that therapy, on every level, was the order of the day.

Some relevant things to note:

1. I have lasted a long time without owning a pin cushion

2. I do own five sheets of the fun-est, fab-est thing around: inkjet printable fabric from Nikki at You Sew Girl

3. I have a long-running, simmering and ever-growing frustration with a certain store. It’s a place with an uncanny knack for bringing out a purple-turning, sarcastic, feisty and wholly unattractive rage.

Here’s where the craft therapy led:



Importantly, she doesn’t do real magic. I haven’t sourced any locks of hair or anything else disturbing. In fact there is absolutely nothing used in the crafting that you would ever hope to find at this store. The stuffing is 100% wool, as is the hand-dyed, gorgeous to touch felt, (both purchased from our school fete). The inkjet fabric prints beautifully and the Perle 8 is from Amitié. So keep calm everyone. There isn’t any REAL evil at work. Just a sort of quiet satisfaction whenever I feel the need for some therapeutic pin cushion action.

42 comments:

Umatji said...

I love it! I'm not sure what your thoughts are on spotlight but I avoid at all cost - try so hard to do the little guys. I hope the therapy was good - I had a great laugh!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I love this on so many levels Tania! Just brilliant.

m.e (Cathie) said...

Hilarious!!! I think alot of people have been thinking it, you made it all reality :) nice one.

two little buttons said...

i love this. what satisfaction you must feel now. that store brings me undone well done

Bird Bath said...

hehe...good for you! I like your voodoo charm :)

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

You are too ridiculously funny. That is craftiness at its highest form of brilliance! If only they knew about the hatred they cause :-) My store- at Essendon- is actually really good, but I've been to others and know exactly why that pincushion exists :-)

redmag said...

She rocks!! Happy sticking

Katy said...

That is the coolest thing i have seen in a long time - you need to make a lincraft one too - god the stress me out!.... very cool!!

SewHum said...

Thanks for giving me a laugh! Stick 'em in! I want some of the inkjet fabric!

Hayley Egan said...

Hmm Spotlight Voodoo... What have they done to you?

beck said...

I think you're onto something here. It's possible you have cracked a lucrative market - the possibilities are endless! BTW I'm sad to say I'm still shivering up here. Could you make me a pincushion of that greedy bidder who snaffled MY gorgeous and beautiful cast iron wood oven?

edward and lilly said...

Oh my heavens, I know so many people who would absolutely love this! In fact I'm gonna blog about it this week if that's ok. You so have to sell them!

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Note to self: Never EVER annoy/frustrate/delay/cause trouble for/ or invoke "a purple-turning, sarcastic, feisty and wholly unattractive rage" in Tania.
Now I really think you would be great at dry felting.
Stick em Rex'
Peta

Polka Dot Daze said...

I think it's terrible that they aren't just crap in NZ, but also in Australia too. I went today and I was over charged again. I have NEVER ever been charged correctly! I am actually saving my receipts and one day I'm going to write a letter to them, asking for my refund!

Polka Dot Daze said...

Can I blog about it tomorrow on my blog! I'll take orders for you :)

One Flew Over said...

What's even better with this little creation is that every time you get into a purple turning rage you can just..STICK, STICK, STICK the beejeezuss out of her! Love it!

Thea said...

I too, was thoroughly amused by this. Great doll design btw!

Bek said...

Great job! A sentiment shared by a lot of us it would seem!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Brilliant! I love it!

Melanie said...

That is *fabulous*! I think that just about calls for a 'ROFLMAO', and I *never* use stupid internet acronyms!

Since the closure of our relatively close-by smaller store and the reopening of the (further away) 'super-dooper-mega-stupendo-store', I would have to agree with your sentiments.

CurlyPops said...

That's the funniest thing I think I've ever seen... you may need to start a production line so we can all have a go!

thornberry said...

Still laughing! Other than Shepparton Spotty I've never been to one I like (and the one closest to me is the WORST)! Yet for some strange reason I keep on returning - it must be some sort of voodoo spell they make

Tinniegirl said...

You've made my day.

Fran said...

Hi Tania, thanks for your comment on my blog. Your pin cushion wins hands down in the creativity steaks - brilliant!

--ginger. said...

I think I would actually pay cash money for a VOODOO DOLL TUTORIAL. Seriously love this. Seriously. I know that the local community of therapists in my area must be having large group meetings to discuss their loss of revenue since I bought a sewing machine this year. (PLEASE make a tutorial for this.)

GUGAW said...

inkjet printable fabric??!! that is tooo cool. and love the pincushion...i'm getting to the point where i need one too, my pin supply has drastically dwindled and my dangerous pointy pin sticking up on the sofa finds has increased at a comparable rate. xx

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elly bee said...

are you telling us that you did your evil look in the shop? Oh I do hope this voodoo doll helps to avoid you from doing that evil look again. If so; it is great, and if not: the whole concept and idea is SUPER anyway!
brilliant...
eb

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'd pay good money to see the evil Tania look ! Meanwhile the voodo doll will have to do . We all need one !

kellyi said...

I don't know the shop, but a tutorial would be great, then I could custom the doll to suit my needs. (No individuals I promise :)

Very cool. My kids would actually play with these as dolls too (without the pins, obviously.)

Gina said...

This is a corker Tania!!
And wow, what a great advert for injet fabric. You really got those bright colours happening. I'm amazed.
My local 'certain store' is the most shambolic, unfriendly, unhelpful place to visit EVER. On the upside, my toddler can walk along pulling all the notions and craft supplies off the shelves, and it seems to make no difference whatsoever...

Black Eyed Susie said...

Love it and definitely need one. The olnly good thing about my local is that they have a bench you can sit on while you wait half an hour in the cue (if it's not already full that is.)

Been meaning to thank you for the lovely, supportive comment you made way back round mother's day. It meant a lot thank you.

Madeline said...

That might just be the coolest pin cushion ever. Very clever!

Christie said...

FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC!

Loz and Dinny said...

you rock my world - ace, as in space ace freeley, ace - it is my highest compliment - I can go no further - you are the crafty bomb, Tania!

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

I'm..... finding... it.... hard... to... type.... from.... laughing.... too.... much!!!

Tiger and Lily Boutique Blog said...

What a great idea! :-)

sophie said...

I think everyone who reads this would be saying 'here here'. It's SO true, that store stinks!

pixelhazard said...

wow, what on earth did spot light do to you? I really don't mind the place..no ones around to help...but theres noone around to hassle you and pretend they know what they're talking about either

this does make for a funky pin cushion though. Beats my block of styrofoam

craftschmaft said...

What a brilliant post, hilarious Tania!

Personally I despise having to go to spotlight. Browsing is OK but actually trying to purchase anything there involves at least a 30 minute wait. I've even thought of opening my own little fabric/haberdashery store to be everything that spotlight isn't.

Funny, I don't own a pin cushion either which is kind of ridiculous given how many crafty items I make.

Cindy said...

I so love this even though I actually have one story of the shop being useful - shocking I know. Such a grat idea clever lady!

nikkishell said...

Love it!