Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Creative Space



Breathing in...breathing out...breathing in...

So far this week, my marriage has survived. So far, we still think each other is excellent enough to watch grow old and crotchety, even though this week it’s not just about living together and both working from our home. This week it’s about working together, WHICH WE REALLY SHOULDN’T DO BECAUSE NEITHER OF US IS BESIDE OURSELVES WITH ENTHUSIASM AND WE GET TO SEE IN VIVID DETAIL HOW MUCH CROTCHETY POTENTIAL THERE IS FOR THE NO TEETH, WRINKLY, INCONTINENT (ok, doing pelvic floor exercises as I type – everybody now – though not you three male readers if you don’t want to) PHASE OF OUR LIVES.

Breathing out.

The vestige of remaining creative space, is an oasis of calm. I’m so late with this birthday present, there’s no point stressing. Every now and then, when things get FRAUGHT working with the Mr, I count the cut pattern pieces and take a minute to cut another one. ‘Think music’, Nikki calls it. She’s right, all sorts of things fall into place over a pile of fabric.



I’m stashbusting the Ikea, though I suspect once I’m finished, I’ll be braving an unheard of second visit (there’s a once a year rule for reasons of sanity). And I’m making the gorgeous, generously free pattern, Margaret Sling Bag from Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson!. Slowly.


PS. Kirsty, judging by recent weeks, is hosting a veritable Creative Space PARTY over at hers...

37 comments:

beck said...

It's all going on at your place isn't it? (Breathing as typing) Like the look of the bag, a nice, sensible and attractive project to sooth the nerves. Maybe keep this one away from the trampoline. Oh yeah, I forgot you have been doing 'those' excercises..so jump to your hearts content!! Yay! xo

Nikki Cardigan said...

Good news on the marriage front. Planning to grow old and crotchety together is always a plus for the "till death do us part" thing!

Maybe after every hour of working together, you should politely excuse yourself and sit quietly while adding another granny square to your pile. Then go back, refreshed and ready to work together in harmony!

Gorgeous fabric.

Aussie-waffler said...

Breathing is definitely good,some times a brown paper bag helps (take it from one who knows)and an oasis of calm creativity will surely help.

ELK said...

you have such a wonderful sense of fun and life ...your shots of the fabric so artistic....sent the package a couple of days ago...

Amanda said...

Have you written a novel? You certainly have a way with words lady!!

I love that fabric and here's hoping an extra Ikea visit is a smooth one :)

Kylie said...

I have a once a year rule for Ikea too - sanity but also the amount of cash I seem to burn through there! ;)
Gorgeous fabric btw. Hope all the breathing works :) K

M* (Melanie) said...

He he he. I love the once a year rule. I haven't been for so long. Last time hubby and I went we fantasised about lighting matches...There's that dark side again...

Pippi creates said...

Working from home has its positives and negatives.
Working with partner has its good and bad sides. Oh and there is the noisy side. Go forth and creative space your way to calm! (BTW love the fabric. I don't bother with a once year Ikea rule, I'd never stick to it. PLus I love going there and soaking up all that Swedish goodness...) Varsågod!

CurlyPops said...

Make sue your life insurance is up-to-date before you tackle that hellish furniture shop again!

Mel said...

Mmmm yes once a year is more than enough ... for Ikea AND for pelvic floor exercises ;)

Sally said...

The male readers should really be doing their pelvic floor exercises too!!!
Encourage your Mr. - it might be one thing to grow old and crotchety together but you probably won't want to clean up any more of his shit :)

Kirsty said...

Might I make a suggestion of the mixed drink variety? Always makes me friendlier...

Nikki said...

Breathing and cutting into fabric is always a good coping mechanism. Give me a fraught situation and I'll start heading for the stash....

Hope it all goes swimmingly.... which is another good way to keep calm... going swimming, I mean.

peppermintpatcher said...

It takes special couples to actually work together - especially two creatives. The issue of who is the boss vs who is the bossiest is always a problem. (I may just be both of those when I work with my husband, but I'll never admit it to him!)

One Flew Over said...

Sounds like a rough, rough week...here's hoping next week is a little easier.

Gina said...

My theory is that, if you can survive young-and-crochety together, then the old-and-crochety thing will be a shoe-in.

More fabulous Ikea yardage. May have to come with you for horrid next visit. If we go together without husbands that might save BOTH our marriages.

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

T
There could possibly be a harsher test of sanity than a second visit to Ikea... like a January visit...
W

Cherry said...

Thanks for the link to the bag pattern - love it!

tea with lucy said...

Once a year? I'm down to once a week!

Cathy (tinniegirl) said...

I hear you sister, on all fronts.

ecoMILF said...

you complete me. LOL
but really, i totally get what you're saying. i have had many many days very similar. breathing is best. xo m.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Breathing is useful in general , I find . And never mind about working together . Any couple which has survived the assembly of an Ikea flatpack has the potential to grow old gracefully together .
Two flat packs and you can pick up a voucher for your Golden Wedding Cake next time you visit your nearest store .

jeanamarie said...

loved reading this post - smiling from ear to ear!

Sherrin said...

God. Pelvic floor exercises. Must. Do. (lol!!!)

Gawd. I cannot imagine working with my partner. I think we would kill each other. Good luck!!

Love the fabric by the way.

Michelle said...

I hope you both survive the week unscathed.

yardage girl said...

Great post - glad you are breathing!! Lovely to meet you last Friday night. nic

Lauren said...

Brave woman!! Keep up the breathing... I think It'll be stashbusters for me at Ikea next moth when I'm near it!! That's lovely fabric!

Copper Patch said...

Just breathe.....
and then sew until all you can hear is the whirrrrr of the machine.
Abbe :)

handmaiden said...

Tania, keep breathing and more think music I think......its tough I have my husband home full time at the moment and we do get under each others feet too! so I can empathise

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Clair said...

I can't do anything creative with my Mr. around. He just distracts me and I end up sighing a lot. You have my sympathy x

Angus in Northcote said...

all that plus the time to create a new verb: stashbusting. Definition?

midge said...

multi tasking in a big way-typing,creating,anticipating, counselling and clenching your pelvic floor all at the same time. you go girl

Cath from chunkychooky said...

Chef and I found it impossible to work together on anything creative. actually more to the point, we cannot teach each other anything, very differnt learning styles ( as in I learn by doing or the bull at a gate work out as I go along approach where as he reads instructions, researches, thinks, contemplates....)
I am not usre if my comment even related to the post.... ??

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Twice a year for IKEA sounds sensible, especially when your children fancy themselves as furniture testers (punishers) and every time you get to the fabric section they have reached saturation and loudly self combust and you are dragged from the scene before you've managed your first oooh!
And as for the working together thing... perhaps buy a louder sewing machine ; )

Leonie Guld said...

Oooo that is some mighty fine fabric you have there!!! Delicious!!

Sandrine said...

You made me laugh again!I find working from home a bit of a nightmare at times... so can not imagine working with my Mr on top of that...everytime I attempt to ask for a point of view the answer is blunt and simple..."and you ask me??!!"So you are doing well...love the fabric choice again, the bag will be fabulous I can see!