Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mouse in the House



I swear this household is filled with Troublemakers. Myself included, of course. Today it was the turn of the eldest to have a day off school. She’s well acquainted with my mouse phobia issues and the cringing involved in the crafting of this one’s tail. So why would I be surprised when a strategically hidden mouse keeps reappearing to punctuate my day? I punctuated the day of every other living being within a 5km radius with my first honest-to-goodness shriek (there were shadows, there was a sticky-out tail, I wasn’t expecting evilness). Admittedly the following shrieks were for entertainment value alone but nonetheless impressive. In the end, I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. It was fun posing mouse around the house. Naturally, the state of the place is still as vile as it was this morning (I only cleaned the bits where we were photographing) and it was eggs on toast for dinner tonight, but the kidlet and I had a grand giggle.

The ‘tail’ shots were somewhat challenging for the Phobic One (me) and so the ones the kid obviously enjoyed most:



There were the sweet shots (even my heart melts at slightly more than glacial speed with these):



The crafty mouse shots – well ok, anyone up for weaving in yarn ends, wins brownie points in my book (hat based on Pea Soup’s Eat Your Vegies Baby Hat pattern and finished – or unfinished – no less than a year ago)



Finally, the mousey interpretation (because his hands can’t reach his eyes) of the Small Kid Invisibility Theory: if I can’t see you, you can’t see me:



Jodie of Ric Rac fame is responsible for the fab Jofus and Lally pattern. My take is a lazy handsewn version (not sure why pulling out a sewing machine lately seems a chore as major as negotiating a large mountain), but you can find the way it’s supposed to be done right here.

41 comments:

CurlyPops said...

That's a cracker for sure!
Isn't it fun running around the house playing with mice softies...heee heee
I think my favourite photo has to be the tail poking out of the rice jar.

Nikki Cardigan said...

My sisters and I never remember having days off school because we were sick. Mum always made us go and would "pick us up at recess" if we were still not well. But.... she did let us have a day off ever now and then to spend with her. We remember these days and loved them. I'm sure your girl will too.

Your mouse is gorgeous and given his cheeky behaviour, should fit in at your house quiet well!

Kylie said...

Oh this is sooo funny! How fabulous are those photos?! My girls are going to love this when I show them. Thanks for sharing this - just fabulous :) K

LADY BEVERLY said...

You guys are creating wonderful memories! I love this little mouse!

Enjoy

Bev

Smitonius said...

Well done for overcoming mouse phobia (well, cloth-mouse phobia at least).

Andrea said...

I am especially proud of you for taking it up with that mouse! Great pics!!
xoxo andrea

Suse said...

Oh, dear little mouse! Although the shot of him in the rice jar gave me the heeby jeebies just a tiny bit.

And that aubergine hat looks finished to me! Weave in that end and plonk it on a baby head right now!

One Flew Over said...

hysterical!!

Jessi said...

gorgeous post... with creative brilliance in your photography.. so cute and what fun!

x

Umatji said...

great post and pics, looks like a great day was had - hopefully not so great that the illness continues!

handmaiden said...

oh, thats so funny you have made me smile this morning

katiecrackernuts said...

So so sweet. This mouse has a personality all its own.

Leonie Guld said...

These photos are brilliant. Hilarious! naughty little mouse!

natalie said...

my heart melted at the sight of the wee mouse, i have a thing for small furry animals and you have done a fab job with him.

craftschmaft said...

Ha Ha... Thanks for brightening up my day Tania! I love the mouse shots, especially the one of him peeking around the side of the books. The tail is particularly disturbing at the bottom of the paper towel...eek!

Sandrine said...

I can imagine all the giggles what a great idea to giggle around this little mouse adventures with your little one!;)However, the tail coming out of the boots still gives me shivers;)!!

edward and lilly said...

Oh my, that is so cute, I love the one where he's falling into the side of the couch, so funny!!!

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Very funny! I like the hot when he is trying to "be the pot' to avoid detection!... I am slightly unnerved by his tail. So very real looking. Peta xo

Jodie said...

In a week when it all almost came undone - you have made me smile smile smile... I love the handsewn look ...and that tail is freakily real.

Stephanie said...

Jodie sent me. What a great way to start my day...although squeamish about mice...this was certainly good for a giggle! I agree with Jodie...oh the tail...

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Fantastic post! Love your clever photography and imaginative styling - looks like you had lots of fun.

Happy Birthday to your two little munchkins - looks like a busy week at your place:)

Linda said...

this is gorgeous, love the photos sooo much and your little mouse is adorable. I too can relate to the machine being a chore at times. I'm guessing you wouldn't like my photos of our pet rats then????!!!!!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Just come over from Jodie's and all I need to say is cute cute CUTE!

Oh, and very funny too!

Lucy xx

Annie said...

Great stuff!

ellybee said...

our cat Saar would love to come and play with you!

eb xx

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

that is too cute for words!
They look delightful and love their antics

Katy said...

So gorgeous! Cheeky mouse in the house!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Looks like scenes from The Tale of Two Bad Mice. You gave me such a laugh - I love your photos.

Colleen MacDonald said...

I am in love with your whimsy!

Wendy said...

The cutest mouse ever and very fun!

Farmyard Crafts said...

That's awesome! You've done such a great job!!

Wendy said...

Lovely mouse - and great photos!

Kirsty said...

Excellent photo shoot. The tail really does make me squirm. xx

icandy... said...

Very silly...and sweet! Loved this story!
Hugs,
Christina :)

Marina said...

Gorgeous post and what cute photos! Hope your mouse-o-phobia is a little bit better for it!

Christy said...

hehehe what a cute mousey!

m.e (Cathie) said...

FANTASTIC mouse caper!! and YOU ask how I do it??!! you are a film director my dear :)
excellent.

Shari said...

I love your hand-sewn mouse! Such a character - so glad you had such a fun day!!

Kylie said...

Cute mice and great photos:)

Katherine said...

What fun! Jodie sent me here, promising me a smile if I did, and boy, was she right.

Love your mousie and the clever photos.

Miss Muggins said...

looks like lots of fun was had, and only a little bit of screaming. Love the photos.