Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Creative Space



Mouse body parts this week – destined for the Soon To Be Two. I’m taking liberties with Jodie The Softie Genius’ fab pattern with the hand stitchery approach (because then I get to be one of two kazillion watching Masterchef). TV distraction aside, I keep coming across all queasy. In stitching the tail detail particularly, I can’t help but visualise how a real-life version looks. It’s a ridiculously pathetic vermin phobia and given once, twenty years ago, I sat on the arm of a couch in the foetal position for no less than five hours waiting for the Knight in Shining Armour to return home and remove the unwell mouselet in front of me, it’s a long-standing and extreme one. Having just arrived in Holland, I knew hardly a soul and resorted to throwing scrunched up bits of magazine and inventing Dutch-sounding swear words in an attempt to establish a convincing communication with the wee critter. My only redeeming quality here is I am extremely heroic (and nice) with spiders of all shapes and sizes, regardless of leg hair.



Fabric on the left, with excellent potential for another gift – I'm thinking corduroy pinafore with a splash of Amy Butler for a bottom edging detail, but am also concerned the Soon To Be Two could look startlingly like a frog. A long sleeve tee and yet to be untangled (sigh) thread because Gina alerted me to the blindingly obvious – the Soon To Be Six’s froggy drawing should be embroidered, post haste, on to something. She also kindly explained to me the intricacies of a transfer pen, so I'll be tackling another steep crafty learning curve in front of the do-or-die TV cook-off tonight.

Pop on over to Kirsty’s for many more crafty Creative Spaces...

29 comments:

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

As always am left feeling both inspired and lazy( and now 'oxymoron-ish'!) after reading your blog.
Love the idea of embroidering the frog on to something and I think the dress sound ace. ( Just don't let the soon to be two wear said dress whilst warming her feet on said frog!) Peta

Umatji said...

oh I agree with Peta! Inspired and lazymaking! Best go eat some more chocolate whilst I think about that mouse - what a great pattern and that frog - what a talented daughter!

One Flew Over said...

Can't say I am a fan of mice either but the one you are working on looks fab. That green cord fabric is going to look beautiful in a pinnie.

Maree said...

I'm not a Mouse fan either...so can Understand you Plight...love the AB for a Pinnie trim...Kiddies drawings make for a Great Quilt Block...
cheers

Kirsty said...

Oh yes a perfect little stitching project. I can't wait to see him finished.

& as for the rodents...yick.

Leonie Guld said...

That mouse tail is super cute!! Please post a pic when you finish.

Nikki Cardigan said...

Your mouse looks toooo cute... love his tail. It's funny how we are so accepting of soft creatures that we have ZERO interest in, in real life. For me, it's monkeys. Go figure!

And that Gina is a clever one. An embroidered frog is a great idea. I look forward to watching the way your learning curves!!

Kylie said...

I think your mouse is amazing! So cute, from what I can see you've done so far - can't wait to see finished product :) K

Bird Bath said...

yes the frog should definately be represented in an embroidery...can't wait to see the result.

And the mouse details are coming along splendidly. that tail looks great :)

I'm rather hooked on that Masterchef too. Only a few days left....

elly bee said...

I'm so proud of you that (although it is a crafted one) you can even think of 'mouse'! well done and the almost 2 year old must be very happy with it. oh... it is already two years ago that we were bumping in with the whole family a few days after this good planned birth giving 'event' ;-)
eb

Gina said...

Oh, I feel so *famous*.
Is that wool felt you're using for the mouse? Mind if I ask from where? (Needs to get me some). It looks like wonderful fabric to work with. Hand-sewing is such a great winter sport...

GUGAW said...

little mousey looks lovely! now...if you have rodent worries imagine this: sweet pussy cat decides i need a treat, a daily treat, for the past two weeks. so far i've received mini rats, mice, birds and on monday a LIVE vole which esau dropped in the front room and chirped loudly to tell me about his gift. terrified voley runs and hides under the bookcase/sofa/table/boyf's drumkit and after quite literally pulling all my furniture into the middle of the room and having a tag team effort with my kitty i still couldn't catch him. so i had to go to work and leave the vole's fate up to esau cat...grim. i came home expecting to find vole organs spread around the house but couldnt find him ANYWHERE. either esau had eaten voley whole, or the little critter had disappeared somewhere else in the house. accepting defeat boyf and i started to tidy the room, half expecting a little black body to dash across the room. it didn't. boyf picked up a pile of bits to take up stairs, including my boots.........and the little DEAD vole slid out of my boot....!!!! WTF! why/how did it die in there? can i ever wear my boots again? am i going to have to check everytime before putting on my boots that there isnt a dead vole inside?

daylesford organics said...

Oh my goodness, the mouse thing is really freaking me out this year. After one too many too close encounters I called an exterminator. Yours though is looking quite innocent and white and pretty. Love his tail. Love the idea of that pinny too. Can't wait to see.

Karin said...

*grin* I can't help but imagine how those made-up Dutch swear words sounded. But I must say, even with that fobia-thing going on, that tail looks perfect!

Christina Lowry said...

Your mouse is looking fantastic! That tail, I can see why it makes you queasy, it is very realistic. I used to live across the road from a cemetary. The mice from the cemetary used to make their way into our kitchen and had chewed holes through all the cupboards so they had a tunnel running around the kitchen. We had to set traps. No knights in shining armour. Not pleasant!!

Oh, a froggie dress would be fantastic anyway! So is the froggie stitching. I can't wait until Cohen starts drawing me pictures as gorgeous as this. I read about a school that had the children draw pictures and the mothers embroided them and they auctioned it to raise money and it sold for nearly $2,000. Love it.
:)

beck said...

Whose leg hair are we talking about here? Love the mousie, can't wait to see him/her when you have finished. Having a few birthdays round your place lately huh? It's nice to see you making presents, so special & sweet xo

woollywotnots said...

Awwwwww you make the cutest things! :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Tarn,
Just a quick comment..Just love both your little mousey and hungry frog! Both Divine!Just one question..Do you take orders?
Love Jen
Ps I also have a mouse phobia to the real thing

Kaili (Billy and Button) said...

Cute Cute Cute!! Rodent and all. I can already tell they will look fab!

Found you at Hayley's, you have a great blog!

I saw in your profile you are a graphic designer! I'd love to ask you some questions (Im currently perusing the colleges in Brisbane & it would be great to talk to a real live one! Graphic designer that is).

LADY BEVERLY said...

You are doing a wonderful job on this!

The tail looks like the one in the new Harry Potter - we went to see it last night and it is just great! One sceen, a girl was leaving class, and the professor said 'you forgot your rat's tail' and that was just what it was - just a rat's tail. Yours could have been in the movie - ha, ha!

Happy sewing

Bev

june at noon said...

Ooooh, that tail is way too realistic. I've got the heebie jeebies now! :)

Jodie said...

Your handstitching is soooo neat. Can't wait to see that mousie all done !

Madeline said...

No mouse phobias here. Although, I don't particularly appreciate them making there way indoors. That one would be welcome anytime!

Lexi @ PottyMouthMama said...

Your mouse looks incredible. How exciting, can't wait to see it complete because already it's looking amazing.

I don't have a mouse phobia, but I do have a spider phobia. I wish I didn't, but I do.

Sandrine said...

Yep I am a chicken too when it comes to mouse...your story made me laugh as I could have done similar!Your is super well stiched, great job!We are waiting for the Masterchef final here too;)))

Leigh said...

Oh my you are right you did have some frog love here! A frog with Amy Butler fabric to boot, I think I am in love! Rudy (my frog) is definitely in love!

I cannot wait to see your finished mouse!

Mel said...

Wow it's funny you mentioned making a pinny with AB detail because just yesterday I started cutting out a pattern for a pink corduroy pinny and thought I'd add some AB fabric pockets (or some such. Pockets sound hard). Unfortunately I was about two com short in my cord stash - bugger.

The little mousie is very cute but I literally got a shiver thinking about making that tail! I'm with you: rodents=bad spiders=ok!

angela said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see your finished mouse, he/she is looking super cute!!

Jo James said...

I'm in love with that pink mousie tail! Rodents are sweet. Spiders are creepy and bitey and all too quiet to be welcome.