Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Creative Space: Little

This week we’re big on little.



1. Little teapot
I received a CORKER of a giveaway win in the post yesterday. Jean Greenhowe’s Little Dumpling Dolls is one of Beck’s continually stunning op shop finds. I wasted no time. Within half an hour of postal receipt, the Myrtle & Eunice Household Kid Craft Drought broke with the presentation of a teeny knitty teapot. A magic teeny teapot. In the short term, it pours whole cups of pretend tea (including the cup bit). And fairy cakes. With pink icing and ‘spots on top’. Yet the big on imagination small kid is talking knitted accoutrements today...



2. Little owl
Claire knows how to write a step by step how-to. I will happily vouch that making a baby sock owl using one of her kits is ‘easy as’. With all the knitty business happening chez M&E, it was lovely to take a break from pattern repeats and indulge in meditative bird sewing.



3. Little quilt
Actually biggish single quilt given the recipient is still of an age counted in months (another moment of startling intelligence on my part, crafting a generous deadline).

I’m sure I have been (nicely) bullied into this. I ’fessed up to my beginner quilting ineptitudes and whaddayaknow, there’s a Perle 8’s basting party happening next week. DO THE GIRLS KNOW HOW TO PART-AY! All partying persons welcome, by the way.

First begun back in 1926 (basically), I have remarkably located the quilt top bit – minus one piece of edge. If anyone is exasperated with my ongoing ineptitude, then imagine how I feel. No, I haven’t the foggiest if I ever even had a quilty bottom bit.



4. Little horror
In the last week the small of the house declared ‘I growed up’ and promptly turned teenage. She’s flouncing about wearing inappropriate off-the-shoulder clothing (mine*), slamming doors, ending every second sentence with SHUDDUP!, and telling everyone she is sixteen with a conviction eerily believable. If the real sixteen is anything like the pretend sixteen, I’ll cut to the chase and draft the letter of resignation now. The ‘earthmother’ in me is taking a little holiday this week.



Buckets more ‘creative’ at and via Kirsty’s...

* Not generally because my clothes are an off-the-shoulder style, mind.

52 comments:

Kirsty said...

I live with an 8 year old youngest princess who reckons she's 18. It's interesting to say the least.

teddybearswednesday said...

that teapot is utterly divine- and the owl is super cute too- I also think the quilt is looking gorgeous.

Drewzel said...

Love the owls!
I'm sure I've still got quilts that came over on the First Fleet that I haven't finished yet!
(What's a basting party? Will there be turkey?)

Tracey said...

how amazingly sweet is that teapot. What a picture of your daughter, I love it!

june at noon said...

What a wonderful little teapot, and the cutest little sock creature!

I have an almost-three-year-old who thinks she's about sixteen or so, and I am quivering in my socks thinking about the real sixteen!

Kate said...

Loving the mini teapot!
'cyooooot!!' the mini teenager (2yo) next to me is squealing! This morning she told me I was schoopit when I was struggling with her seatbelt. She definitely thinks she's all growed up too.

Real Life Reslers said...

16 huh? How funny! I used to teach Pre-K. It must be something about that age because my students were obsessed with becoming teenagers. That and High School Musical. The teapot and owl are adorable!

Fer said...

The teapot is perfect! Imaginary tea parties are the only way to go.

I'm glad my 10-month-old can't talk yet, although she's made it clear that she wants to go everywhere that Daddy goes!

One Flew Over said...

There must be something in the air because the attitude I am getting in our house is vile.

LOVE the mini tea-pot.

Madeline said...

Squealing over that adorable teapot and owl!

And, oh, my, little ones get such wild notions in their heads. It's a good thing they are cute...not sure what's going to save them though when they do turn 16. I'm thinking it won't be their cuteness.

crzylady said...

I think you are lucky you live far far away from me or else your teapot and owlie would magically disappear and I would have no idea where they went.. but you might never be able to come to my house.

Little Ted Canvas said...

That is one sweet little teapot! I hear you on the little person front...the first thing I heard from my precious sleeptalking 3yr old this morning was "Aaahhh! I hate you Mum!"...what the heck's that all about, the sun wasn't even up yet, let alone the rest of us!! What kind of way is that to start a day? Not to mention where does a 3yr old think to say such a thing??...sorry to rant, still coming to terms with it...

Michelle said...

I don't know what I would do with a little magic teapot, but I want one desperately. That face is precious - and very often mirrored in the smallest member of this house who flounces about pronouncing that everything in sight is 'mines'

Melbourne Vintage said...

basting party? is it really true? i have to be there. with my bits of quilt and a sad clown face on

Becky said...

Your owl is beautiful! And I have a little girl so I am pretending that this won't happen to me ;)

Kylie said...

Oh aren't daughters with determiation the best:) It is trait much incouraged in adults and hated amongst us mothers:) Hope that you get through the week and she turns sweet again soon:)

Love the little owl and that teapot.

Megan.K. said...

I'm so hearing you with the resignation letter... is there some kind of mother's trade union we can join? I predict a revolt on the way...

Oh, the owl... and the teapot... too beautiful Tania.

x

Lauren said...

Uh huh... Living with a threenager here...

Love the little teapot and owl and what I can see of the quilt looks lovely!

sean the prawn said...

love the teapot...I have the same going on here with a three yr old girl turning more Bratz than Doll.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Peuter Pubertijd ! You're now giving houseroom to a Toddler Teen . Almost more awful than than the real thing ... their taste in music is worse , for a start.
Just keep on drinking soothing cups of tea and this too will pass( had to correct that last word . I'd left out the a ).

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I love the teapot! It is just adorable! Wow kids really grow up fast. You deserve a holiday! I work with teenagers everyday but I'm just lucky I get to give them back at 3:30pm!
Sophie x

Posie Patchwork said...

The teapot is too gorgeous for words & I love Clare from CraftSchmaft, totally cool. You have plenty of challening, fun & amazing years ahead of you with your girl. Hang in there, they surprise you with love & cuddles when you least expect it. Love Posie

Pippi creates said...

What lovely little things in your space this week, maybe excluding the last one. But if I had just looked at your pictures and not read the words, I would have remained in awe of your little things. The questions is, how off the shoulder is she? A chip perhaps?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

The. teapot. is. killing. me. i actually had a little heart palpatation when I saw it!

The quickest way to give Busy the cranks is to call her 'little' or even allude to the fact that she is young... she loudly proclaims "I AM BIG!" why do they want to gorw up so fast?

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Teapots! I have just about all Jean Greenhowes books. I've made that tea shop set - mine looked pretty much like the one in the picture, not very good at changing the colours! There is a little dumpling misters one as well. I made the green grocer from that - including knitting a sack of potatoes!

I can offer no words of wisdom on threenagers, just wish you luck and fortitude.

Cheers,
AJ

Jolijou said...

i love the teapot and the owl!! must try when i have time...(in this lifetime?). hang in there teenager-wise - it can only get worse. no seriously, what is it with girls? i cannot remember being like that in the least! innocent and angelic old me...
x andrea

vadjutka said...

little things make life more joyful!

I love the teapot!

kleinzonnetje said...

I just love the things you have made - the teapot is adorable! On the subject of teenagers - we worked out that we will have a teenager in the house for 13 years continuously!! EEK! If you ever need a partner to escape with....

ecoMILF said...

your little owl is big cute. Love the 16 year old in the making. It's funny how you can find these things adorable in other children but when it's your own... oh no! xo m.

Mel said...

Oh now that was an awesome win! And I love the owl. And I have a two year old bordering on sixteen-year-old girlness too ... the fact that it's my son makes life that much more interesting ;)

Suse said...

I once knitted half a Jean Greenhowe mouse before my sanity was restored to me.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That teapot is adorable! As is the little owl! Good luck with your new "teen", hope it doesn't last long!

Christie said...

I have two words for you.

Boarding. School.

A bit of photoshop action on her birth certificate, pack her a bag & you're sorted!

Melanie said...

I have one of those too full of herself children at my house at the moment too. Phase of the moon, I'm hoping ;)
Love love love that teapot. Too cute!

linda said...

I'm visiting creative spaces via kootoyoo and your little teapot is soooo precious! That owl is cute too... I'm inspired to knit or crochet, but patterns usually scare me :)

Elizabeth said...

That teapot is too cute!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

as a parent who 'survived' the teenage years (two girls 21 and 24) i didnt' find them as bad as they were painted. gorgeous teapot ... i suggest adding a little medicinal brandy and a very long nap ... but i can't decide who should take the medicine!

mallorymurray said...

That teapot is adorable!

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

Love the teapot. And the little teeny bopper in the making is too funny. I have one of those myself. It's easy to laugh now, but I know I won't be laughing in a 10 years when it becomes a reality.

beck said...

So glad and happy to see that little teapot, it's the dinkiest! good luck with You Know Who, hope the weekend is a happy one xo

Karin said...

Hahaha. Ohh puberty, I already look forward to it. Especially since there will be three people reaching that stage around the same time. That should be interesting. *swallow*

That teapot is so cute!

Nikki said...

Eep... teeny tiny teapot is squeaky cute.

I've just been told in a stern (4 year old) voice "DON'T talk about the time!" When I began a sentence that looked like it was headed towards "it's after your bedtime and you're not even in pyjamas". To use her (2-year-old)words, "Bwuddy How!" - what hope have I got for 16 and riding in cars with boys?

I think your little horror is still pretty cute.

Lola Nova said...

So much to love in this post, wishing I could knit but only long enough to make that wee teapot!
Our smallish one has just turned 5 and is demanding the keys to the car, "I'm going downtown!" says she.

B @ Sweet Limes said...

That teapot just stole my heart! I don't think I've seen one like that, and how simply adorable. I made one of those owls before, aren't her patterns great?

Sandrine said...

HOw little "things" can be adorable, cute, gorgeous...
and some difficult sometimes :)But who could resist these beautiful blue eyes!
Saying that I wish I could resign from my mother contract sometimes too :)XX
Have a great weekend lovely X

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

I can't believe for one second that that sweet little face could cause any trouble..

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

PS - need a copy of that teapot pattern - it is so so cute.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

The teapot is adorable!! I am loving the fabrics in your quilt - browns and blues, a winning combination.

craftschmaft said...

Awww Tania thanks for the kind words! My earthmother takes regular breaks, sometimes she just packs up and leaves without telling anyone.

Hope the small is back to her smiley self!

Linda said...

so many cute things happening, the quilt looks pretty gorgeous too!!

Cindy said...

You have to be aware of those bullies with rotarty cutters, we are scary people!
As for that gorgeous little cherub, I can't believe anyone with half your genes could be cheeky in the least

prashant said...

that teapot is utterly divine- and the owl is super cute too- I also think the quilt is looking gorgeous.
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