Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Creative Space



The thing that gets me, is how I am so easily ‘sussed’. It’s become apparent since my kids started kinder and school and through the many and random chats with other parents at drop off and pick up. Many of these dialogues are fleeting – based purely on mutual recognition and a Hi there!. So why, WHY is it, that if, when chatting with another Mum, (whom I may barely know) and my two year old happens to throw a tantrum, or my eight year old expresses an impassioned opinion, or my six year old decides to climb the tree equivalent to a three storey height when I asked him to stop at two... why, OH WHY, is there, oh, so often, the wry smile and the good natured commentary from the other Mum...

She (he) takes after you then!

No matter that my behaviour has only been at its best, my manners impeccable, that I complimented the new hair-do or safely stuck to uncontroversial commentary over the weather. HOW DO THEY KNOW???

Of course it’s all true. The more, er, impassioned, er, determined, (ok, contrary, defiant), elements of my childrens’ personalities no doubt started with each of the initial gestational nine months hanging out with me, bonding and eavesdropping on my every move. Everything has come back to bite.



Not only am I already attempting high risk (for me) craft and tackling a crotch (I’m making a thing with legs: trousers!), but the bigger risk is that the effort involved could so easily be for nought. No matter that the fabric has been approved, the pattern adored and sourced from a promisingly titled Sewing Patterns Kids Love. Nup. If anything so much as feels sliiiightly wrong or the teensiest skewiff or is deemed NQR for any or many varied reasons, that’s it. All over, red rover, thank you for coming.



And then I’ll be holding a giveaway for size six trousers with extra length, because I breed my eight year olds small.

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PS. Kate, I could not hold back on the Dortje trousers any longer, because I have the same book as you and you kept throwing up samples of funkiness all over the place.

PPS. In the interests of playing fair, (see! I am a good person), may I add, that reasons for potential Dortje trouser rejection are more likely to be based on pure comfort and not ‘look’ but the same ‘no discussion will be entered into’ terms and conditions will likely irritatingly apply.

PPPS. There’s bucketloads of stuff happening via and at Kirsty’s. No doubt you’ll be needing a vat of tea and a shipping container of dipping biscuits to see you through the phenomenon that is today’s My Creative Space.

37 comments:

Kirsty said...

The fact that you are so easily sussed is, in my opinion, what makes you so (& them) so loveable.

A bit of wickedness (& a cheeky grin) go a long way in my book. x

Cherry said...

The colours you have picked for the pants are so pretty. Can't wait to see the finished product!

CurlyPops said...

Ha ha I'm sure kids have a knack for knowing the most inopportune moment for everything they do! That's why I love being the aunty... I can disown them as soon as they act up.

Lola Nova said...

You gave me a good laugh this afternoon!

I can't wait to hear as I was thinking the Dortje would be my next go from the book. So far, all else has been met with approval by the mistress. I breed my 5 year olds big so I'll be entering the giveaway should something go awry :)

zofia said...

Seeing what you can do, I doubt there'll be any problem at all!
They will be fabulous :D

Neen said...

Ha ha, the interesting thing about my son is that no one ever says he is like me. He is purely all his fathers DNA, right down to the 15 story tree climbing! Your choice of fabric is wonderful and the pants will be too.

Cotton Kiwi said...

Isn't amazing how those Mum's know stuff? I think a large part of it must have to do with the grapevine effect. And doesn't that whole, "I've involved you every step of the way and you still won't wear them because there's one teensy thing out of place" drive you mad? Know the feeling!

74 Lime Lane said...

Hubby and I split the gene pool down the middle ~ one kid each! Makes for interesting discussions!

I love the pictures, particularly the turquoise inspired ones, just beautiful.

Amanda said...

I guess the major positive side effect to that is, you will always know what they are up to. My 13yr old can't figure out how to get anything past me. I think he is still clueless that he is just like his mom haha...

Love your colors and can't wait to see it finished...:)

teddybearswednesday said...

They must know that exact wrong moment musn't they? ALl the joys I have to look forward to.
I love that you and them have spunk though

Michelle said...

Gah! You crack me up! You must take after YOUR mum then!! (not that I know your mum, but you must have gotten it from somewhere ...)

He he!

Melanie said...

Sorry what? I didn't hear anything after " tackling a crotch". Sniggering too much :)

(Says she who used the term "knob-cozy" in today's blog. Small minds, easily amused!)

Melanie said...

Erm. PS. Good luck with the trousers. I am not really as insane as that comment made me sound.

Angie said...

My handmade 'rejects' are gifted of to the cousins! Looking forward to seeing another (in blogland) project from this book.

Does it have any clothes that boys would love, or like, or at least wear?

Tanya said...

oh- so I am not the only sewer who experiences that 'all over red rover' thing? Yey, I have company in rejection!!

Michelle said...

The pants look great, and you have chosen gorgeous colours. Hope they are approved of when finished, 8 year olds can be so fickle.

flowerpress said...

Must admit tackling the crotch got me sniggery too. Love the tiffany blues - can i have a pair?

Posie Patchwork said...

He he, you mustn't have much of a poker face, or be a faker, you sound too genuine & no doubt are smiling or well, not frowning when your children show their opinions, freedom & emotions - that is what people are picking up on, you're NOT negative!! My children speed up towards danger (phrase coined by my trauma surgeon brother, spot on too) & i don't freak out either, like them & people pick in me - i know my limits & abilities. Nice post, happy trousers making, i too have little 8y.o.s love Posie

Sally said...

Loving the colours. Good luck... oh the thrill of living on the edge!

Fer said...

Sometimes I feel that other mothers just want to be patronising no matter how angelic a mum you are!

Those pants are going to rock! Crotches aren't that bad, honest...

Gina said...

I don't suppose I could put my hand up for the dortjes once rejected? I'm sure I could refashion them into a pair of awesome wristwarmers.

Ps I love you.

Rosalind said...

I love the colours in that first photo! he he kids have a radar for that sort of thing don't they!

Tracey said...

I agree with Kirsty - being easily sussed just goes to show you are a genuine kind of gal! Happy crotch making

Anonymous said...

Tarn,
I think it's wonderful being easily "sussed" as there is no pretence..what-you-see-is-what-you-get (with you!)
Take it as a compliment that your children have passion,spirit and a sense of adventure, and they take after you!
Oh in case I forget Happy 'unbirthday' to you!
Love Jen xo

A Peppermint Penguin said...

oh, how gorgeous is that fabric? all of it, just ..... I have a shortage of superlatives here. So I'll go with understatement.

It's dead nice.

If there is genuine concern about the fit being reason for rejection... I'd suggest making up a quick pair of PJs out of a well worn sheet. No advice on fickle, sorry, if she's got any sense she'll love them!!

Easily sussed - up a ladder clothing a tree didn't give anyone any clues? I'm sure they are just jealous and why on earth would you want to pass for normal anyway? Normal is boring.

Cheers,
AJ

Lauren said...

Oh I know exactly what you mean. Little owlet refuses to wear anything with a seam, despite my explanations about the reason for the seams. Thankfully, she gets that quirk from her father. What she gets from me is her stubbornness, passion and anger. Actually, they both have that and it comes back to bite me, daily... Not as hard as it bites their father though, I suspect!!

michelle said...

if only we could blame their less desirable traits on someone else. good luck with the crotch and with little miss fussy pants, i am sure she will look like a super model

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I had to read the post twice as i was distracted by teh lvoely heart pin... i use the most simpliest of patterns for trousers, they can be wipped up in less tan an hour- truley. I will show you.

perhaps we could do a swap- I have bred my 3 y.o extra long.

quirkygranolagirl said...

i'm excited to see how they turn out. i'm afraid of sewing knit fabrics. things always pucker and stretch in odd ways.

Kelly said...

What a cheeky thing for other mums to say! I'd be thinking about backhanding them if it were me. :)

The response other mums have to my kids causing a bit of a brouhaha is to back away quietly while keeping their eyes averted. Just kidding. But not really.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

the colours are so amazing ... absolutely gorgeous. these will look so good.

My Creative Space

Leonie Guld said...

I was thinking of having a go at that book. Quick Question...does it come with full patterns or are they the enlarge, blow up, sticky tape together ones?

Kate said...

Show us more, show us more. I am dying to see what you come up with.

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

Ahhh, you know that even if you did manage to come up with a completely blank, unreadable face, it would all be in the eyes, Mrs.

And good luck with that risky crotch.

Madeline said...

Lots of luck to you! Hopefully they are loved and adored. :) They'll certainly be cute.

M* (Melanie) said...

Man, I always love your colours. It's like you choose the shades in between shades I would have chosen. It's so refreshing. Those pants will be to die for.

craftschmaft.com said...

In my mind I have formulated the perfect response to the "takes after you" comment... "ahhh yes... but it's the quiet ones you want to watch."

Sadly I've never been brave enough to use it.

Loving the turquoise touches in your last couple of posts!