Monday, November 30, 2009

Best If You Stand On Your Head



11pm last Saturday night and what with one curve ball and another, I still needed a couple of designs for Day Two of the screenprinting course on Sunday. Channelling Sooz and Kate and a certain Tea Towel Swap more than I first realised, this (Australian?) skipping rhyme took my fancy:



Wash the dishes
Dry the dishes
Turn the dishes over

(I’m betting there is but an odd reader, of the oddest kind, standing on their head).

Then there was a speedily cut leaf-ish stencil...



...and an experiment using one of the critters from one of my cards:



So after completing that highly successful Stop Procrastinating Now! course, then waiting nineteen years to get my act together, guess what? I came home. This Myrtle And Eunice is not done with screenprinting.

WHAT. TOOK. ME. SO. LONG?!?!?!?!?



(There’s a moral in there somewhere).



PS. I promise I’m not letting any cats out of any bags – these aren’t for the swap.
PPS. Unless I hit a brick wall, in which case I hope like heck March is far enough away for these to be long forgotten.

64 comments:

Cute as Buttons said...

Noice job! I really like the dishes one..and the leaf one...bit scared of critters so not sure I could love that one. You go, Girlfriend! (as they say in those Anti-procrastination, self empowerment kind of shows) Lisa.

floortje said...

wowie...you've got a talent!! can't wait for more experiments from your hand. fabric printing is so great, but it is difficult to do at home, don't you think?

Maggie said...

they're all great, esp. that skipping song one, pretty darn clever.

Sue said...

You've got a winner or three there. I'd like to place an order please...one of each to start with. I'm not joking.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

These are just lovely... I just might have to start making teatowels myself! Though they wouldn't look this crips and fresh...

Don't feel obliged, but you have been tagged:
http://smitoniusandsonata.blogspot.com/2009/11/7-things-you-didnt-know.html

Anna Bartlett said...

You know when you see something and think "I really wish I'd thought of that!", well I do, but you did first and they're all terrific. Well done. Lovely.

quirkygranolagirl said...

Those are fantastic! I love all 3.

Michelle said...

They look great. I think you are on to a winner there

Lola Nova said...

I am absolutely smitten! I love the buggy one. I would love to do some screen printing, yet another craft on the list. I've done simple stencils and stamping on fabric but, there is a whole world of possibility.
Well done! Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Don't be daft ! These won't be forgotten . No , you'll have to make more .Sonata

Christina Lowry said...

Can I please place and order for the dishes tea towel? It is so cool and I was certainly a fan of that song as a child! :)

They are all lovely. I get that same feeling, why didn't I do this sooner? Like making a cheese cake, thought it would be so difficult and of course it wasn't. We live and learn.

nikkishell said...

Yeah! I'd like to know what took you so long too missus. These are fantastic, you are obviously a natural :)

CurlyPops said...

If only I could stand on my head to read it! Now that is just genius...aren't you glad you finally had a go.
Sttiches and Craft better look out!

Jo said...

ok, I am inspired now! I just signed up for the swap thanks to you mam; love your creations, especially the "wash the dishes..." one, we recite that one to our babies and 'flip' them over for the "turn the dishes over' part ~ such fun!

Searching for Sporadic Surprises said...
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Searching for Sporadic Surprises said...

I love all of them but especially the turn the dishes over one... That one took me right back to my primary school days! I think I could dry the dishes AND do the accompanying dance at the same time.

Tas said...

I love the designs esp the rhyme. It is cool!

mrs smith said...

You are a genius!

My favourite odd and weirdly inappropriate skipping rhyme is

Cinderella dressed in yella
went upstairs to kiss her fella
On the way her panties busted
how many people were disgusted?

But you can't put that on a tea towel can you!

Nikki said...

Loving those tea towels. Now, a bit more of that just-doing-it-and-stop-thinking-too-much-about-things and you might just have a whopper of a product range before you know it.

Andi said...

Love 'em.
Especially the one with the text..... and the others as well.
Andi :-)

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh you are such a clever one. I particularly love the 'wash the dishes' one. I loved singing that when I was a kid. I taught my 11yo that a couple of years back too and think I'll give Ivy a go tonight.

Umatji said...

oh well done - one good rhyme deserves another - better late than never. Wait that's not a rhyme. Aah well, mothers - so unreliable!

Cherry said...

They are excellent - Love the rhyme. You really are a clever cookie!

Bianca said...

aahh, I remember that rhyme. I never got why you had to turn the dishes over though?

They came up beautifully :)

kellyi said...

I like the rhyme one best.

I also like the critter one - pretty.

I am also thinking business opportunity for you - my boys would do the drying up if promised tarantula tea towels etc :)

Anonymous said...

These are BEAUTIFUL!

Me.

beck said...

Gorgeous! I think you should start your own line (no pun intended) of lovely things, such as these fabulous tea towels! Tania, You Have Talent!! xo

Duyvken said...

L O V E

katiecrackernuts said...

They look brilliant and the print is so clear and crisp. I love the skipping ditty. Cute.

Kylie said...

Oh my... they are just FABULOUS!!! Didn't stand on my head but certainly did the tilting head rumba ;)
Love your designs so much Tania - congratulations. They are just fantastic, you clever clever thing :) K

One Flew Over said...

My heart skip sa beat when I see your critters.

I would PAY to have that tea towel...I feel another cushion coming on. Truly, he is too nice to be drying dishes!!!

Mel said...

You had better put me on the list for one of each and when I come to see you in March I will pick them up ... if I can wait that long :)

D.I.V.I.N.E Tania just divine. Please don't stop screen printing!

Vic said...

Oh they are SO, SO GOOD.

You are making me want, nay, need, to do a screenprinting course, um... NOW?!

Madeline said...

Those are incredibly beautiful. And, I wasn't exactly on my head, but my head was turning sideways and nearing upside down before I realized you had it written rightside up in the post. Oh. my. I think I need more sleep.

Gina said...

Utterly stunning. I hope you're breathing out now. Love them, love them, love them.

ange_moore said...

I love, love, love your tea towels - especially the "wash the dishes" one!

Good work.

Cosy said...

Your tea towels are freaking fantastic! (I hope you don't mind the 'freaking' bit!) Absolutely, positively beautifully done! Look what you can do when you wait 19 years. (Joke)

I'd forgotten about 'wash the dishes'. Inspired!

Carolyn x

Stephanie and Carlos said...

A flood of memories came pouring back from when I young and helped my Grandma... Wash the dishes, Dry the dishes, turn the dishes over... Thank you for unlocking them from my memory fault I am off to find some photos and shed a tear...

Big Love Steph

Cath from chunkychooky said...

well everyone has already told you how fab they are, so I will agree. i wonder why you aren't setting up shop???
x

sophie said...

Speechless Tania - just stunning!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Well done... on several accounts.
xxx

handmaiden said...

Tania, u make it seem so simple, great work in such a short time, why did it take u 19 years?

Sandrine said...

Wow!They are fabulous...love the green colour you used:)Can not wait to see more now!Will you do a tutorial on stop the procrastination?:)

Leonie Guld said...

Well congratulations to you....this maybe your new thing!!! Yippee!!

Stomper Girl said...

I love that wash the dishes tea towel! LOVE IT! Such a clever idea.

Cindy said...

Love them - love them. I will take one of each but especailly the writing one. You don't mind do you - not like you are doing anything else.

heather said...

you are SO talented. and clever. and funny. my favorite kind of girl!!

elly bee said...

I send you this link of a Dutch company which prints poems on fabics (pillows, kitchen aprons etc). look at www.plint.nl for inspiration.
yours are lovely!!!
eb

Tamara said...

Sensational work, they are just fantastic, well done you talented girl you...x Tam

Alisa said...

I love those sorts of rhymes, looks fab!!

Tina - Melbourne Vintage said...

I love these - did you like the course at CAE? I want to do it early next year, not sure which one to choose though.

lilredsquirrel said...

fabulous and inspiring. Screenprinting has been on my to do list for like forever. I even have screens etc ready just need a dash of inspiration and direction, but I think you may have provided me this to get me started. Thanks Nic

yardage girl said...

Great work ... addictive isn't it! Nic xx

Kirsty said...

Go, go, go. Lovely, lovely work.

Angie said...

Gorgeous, I'd so love to buy one.....any thoughts on selling them?

tea with lucy said...

Bravo. Bravo, Tania!

So cool and so clever.

Now I'm considering what to do with my skanky manky excuse for tea towels. . .

Spin Spin said...

These are all ace, where do I buy one?! Great colours too :)

Becky said...

What fantastic tea towels! Very clever with 'turn the dishes over'.

Clementine's Shoes said...

They're all gorgeous! I LOVE LOV ELOVE turn the dishes. Willing to buy one from you if I don't get you in the swap!!

Thea said...

Wow! Yes, Turn the Dishes is especially clever. Good to see that you finally found a place to learn screen-printed. I printed dozens of tea-towels yesterday. I'm never organised enough to participate in "your creative space".

--ginger. said...

I would like to own about 3700 of these. Please send them overnight delivery. Thank you.

m.e (Cathie) said...

Lovely...you have me on my head now!
wow, wow, wow, gorgeous darling, they really are!
would they cope with my amount of dishes, maybe a test kitchen needs to be organised :)

two little buttons said...

wow what great work. you have me inspired i think i will sign up for the swap and i am seriously thinking about courses. you are truly inspirational and very talented. well done

Tanya said...

Tania- my two words- very cool. I love the rhyme one the most. Leaves next, less keen on the critter (personal taste)- they are all brilliantly done.