Monday, April 19, 2010

A Whinge, a Refashion, Scary Hair and Conclusive Proof



I’ve been at sixes and sevens over the last few days but today I stopped beating about the bush and Embraced the Grump. Which means I’ve had to pay a visit out to the shed to make profuse and grovelling apologies. Now that the penny has dropped and the Mr knows it’s the annual case of the birthday blues, he’s more terrified than ever and ready to head for the hills. Who can blame the poor soul? I’m ready to head for the hills. For a pending, innocuous, sort of birthday (nothing with a zero on the end), you’d think I could get a grip, get over the Woe Is Me (is that what it is exactly?) and get planning celebratory stuff. Humpfh. I’d rather skirt around the issue.

Starlet Refashion Queen, Gina, long ago flung a thrifted find in my direction, no doubt with her usual airy ‘See what you can do with this’. A warm and woolly skirt, in excellent nick, but prior to refashioning, weirdly, waywardly, hemmed on the skew, at mid calf level with a startling sort of flair-thing. The rule that short people should never wear weirdly, waywardly, hemmed on the skew, mid-calf length, startling flared-things, dictated the lopping off of great bits, from here and there. A streamlined, a-line version emerged and there’s no point denying it, I appear to be crafting myself a skirty winter uniform.



I thought I’d give the mystery that is appliqué, a whirl. With scraplets of Liberty loveliness, some paper-backed fusible webbing, an open-toed foot (nothing to do with dancing shoes or birthday parties but certainly a handy thing to have around for machine appliqué-ing), I threw on a few dots. Then I freewheeled the embroidered bit, with a vague plan in mind and kept going until Tess of the D’Urbervilles ended in inevitable tragedy, I shed emphatic tears and bleary-eyed, ouchily stuck a needle up the side of my thumbnail.



It’s now a comfy, particularly warm skirt (27 degrees celsius at time of modelling), and more interesting than how it started. Which isn’t a bad conclusion to come to, given the current state of Doom and Gloom.

As an altogether unrelated, non-doom-and-gloom aside, there is a voluminous fur-do/hair-do look happening chez Myrtle and Eunice...

1. The resident Hair Bear, loving autumn-back-to-the-beach:



2. Scary Hair Kid (also showing evidence of inheritance of unfortunate, red-after-exercise gene. My heartiest apologies, darling):



3. Scarier Hair Kid:



And, finally, conclusive evidence the swap ‘tattoo’ made it into a pincushion:



I beat the post office, close of business deadline, with a generous seven minutes to spare.

46 comments:

CurlyPops said...

You've gotta love an open toed foot for a bit of artistic freedom. That is one magnificent refashion! If only our weather would play along with the fact that we've had enough heat and humidity and we're ready to pull out the zip up boots again....
When's your birthday? Mine is extremely soon too!

Umatji said...

fab skirt! also I suspect that children with neat hair are not actually children at all. As for birthday - just concentrate on cake and presents and let the rest wash over you like a cool breeze on a hot day - fabulousness is ageless.
x

Sarah said...

Well I wish I could come up with such loveliness when I'm in a doom and gloom! I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes a good grump is just inevitable and helps us really appreciate the times when we wake with a spring in our step and when everything just seems so right with the world. The flower pattern on the newly refashioned skirt is gorgeous, as too is that oh so fabulous pincushion, well done. x

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Wow lovely skirt and I so heart that pin cushion, so gorgeous! The perfect crafty pirate tattoo!
Sophie x

Michelle said...

Love the skirt! You are going to have the best winter wardrobe. Glad you made the pincushion deadline.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Man, that pincushion is absolutely sensational. I'd never use it, it's too lovely.

The skirt looks gorgeous, the photo of the dog is absolutely fabulous and you, my friend are both.

Hope the birthday passes without much ado.

Becky said...

I love the saying 'at sixes and sevens' and am glad to have found someone else who uses it!

Happy Birthday :)

zofia said...

Oh happy birthday for that looming event...Sensational indeed- skirt, pin cushion(wow) and hairy members of the clan.
Yay for refashioning that model! Wow, very inspiring. Need to work on a few similar offerings I have.

charismagic said...

Love the skirt, looks fantastic! & children only have neat hair when its just been brushed...

Kylie said...

Wow... Skirt is MAGNIFICENT!!! Pin cushion is FABULOUS!!! Scary haired kids are GORGEOUS!!! Birthday angst RIDICULOUS!!! Have a great birthday, old girl ;) .. this is coming from a 43 year old remember! Kxx

p.s. love that hair bear is hair bear :)

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh my, that is a wonderful refashioning of a grey skirt!
wow, Mrs T, you've done it again.
hope the birthday brings you lots of squishy cuddles & sloppy kisses and maybe some cake & pressies in between.

running thread said...

That skirt is sensational and so is your pincushion! Wow.

Fran said...

I am absolutely green with envy - I LOVE that skirt, even more than the last one.

Nikki said...

If I leave a comment now will you guess that I haven't had that early night I mentioned about an hour ago?

Fabbo skirt, Mrs.
xxx

Michelle said...

I do have plenty of scary hair kids around my house...
But what I don't have is a skirt that cool...
Just amazing!!!

Anna Bartlett said...

Great skirt. I've bought an 'open toed foot' but haven't had the opportunity to use it yet. You're making me very keen. And fabulous pincushion. Even more fabulous children. My baby has inherited my 'intense blotchiness after crying' so I know exactly what you mean there too.
Be happy. That's why people say 'happy birthday'. Pretty deep, huh.

willywagtail said...

That is one terrific skirt. I really like your machine embroidery. cherrie

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Well, a skirt that sweet would certainly get me out of any dump. It looks great. Best wishes for the upcoming birthday, the non-zero years can funnily be the hardest. I'm sure thought that yours will be great.

I too have the red-after-exercise gene. I would have NEVER been able to pick up at a gym, I look like an overripe tomato after any exertion - so it's ironic then that I married a personal trainer...

Champagne/StitchPoet said...

I adore this skirt. This is why I cannot throw anything away! Rebloggin on Crush Party, hope you don't mind! It's delightful!! xov kisshugstitch!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Can I say ditto to what Kylie said above, very well put!

Except possibly the wibblies about the birthday. You must have a reason. So I wish that you sail through your reasons and emerge the other side feeling better and having got lots of lovely loot from near and dear alike.

You have a real eye for the embellished skirt. It's hard to imagine it without all the circles and swirls. I have an open toe foot, but that much freedom makes me anxious so I've not gone on with it too well so far.

I should maybe get it out again.

7 minutes? That's practically previous.

Cheers,
AJ

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Actually , at first I thought you meant that you were maligning husband when you went out to Embrace The Grump ! But he must be used to the birthday hand flapping by now .
When you're as ancient as me , you can look forward to each birthday being an Achievement , not to mention a Bonus !!
Sonata , the peg doll queen .

Lola Nova said...

Lovely skirtage, really! Scary hair runs in our family too. Perfect pincushion. Again, well done!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Fab skirt lovey, even more fab pincushion!
I too have the red- after- exercis-e gene- I hate it- a friend who i use to walk with would always look like she was a little flushed where as I would be boderline purple! I hope Busy doesn't inherit it.

Marisol said...

I totally know the birthday blues, i though my family was the only one to get it...me, my dad, and sister are known for sabotaging our birthdays with gloominess, and of course we get mad if anyone gets sucked in with us and doesn't do anything for it, lol.

One Flew Over said...

Lovely, lovely skirt Tan.

When is the big day? I say embrace it xx

Madeline said...

Love the skirt. Am with you on the hatred of birthdays. I generally try to ignore myself about them. I get rather absurdly dramatic...and have since I was a teenager. Dumb, huh? This past one actually went by with surprisingly little drama. However, I have one coming up in a few months. Considering how crazy hormonal I've been this pregnancy, i don't see good things coming from this next one.

Fer said...

Skirt envy big time here! I don't know which one I like more - this one or the red.

Polka Dot Daze said...

That is the best pin cushion I have ever seen! I love it! Big pin cushion envy here.

Stomper Girl said...

What is this pre-birthday blues thing? Birthdays are ace, people are nice to you, and you get cake and presents. I don't understand, especially if there is no scary zero on the agenda.

Skirt looks great, as do the scary-haired moppets. I have one with that sort of hair too, I only think it's scary when I have to detangle it, and that's only because of the amount of whinging that accompanies the detangling.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Girl, you are GOOD! I want a skirt like that!
And the birthday thing ... embrace, enjoy and if all else fails I find denial works well.
(happy birthday)

june at noon said...

What a great-looking skirt! You have quite the knack for that refashioning.

My curly-haired oldest has similar wild hair most days. It does what it wants, and she looks a little unkempt, but I'll be sad when it gets longer and probably loses most of that curl.

Hope your birthday is, well, tolerable at least! :)

Mel said...

Oh oh oh too many things to comment on ....

Firstly, THE SKIRT! Aaarrgh it's gorgeous! I was about to stick a few bits and pieces on some pants for one of the kids but this just blows my mind as to what's possible. Secondly if I had pins like yours AT ANY AGE I'd be jumping up and down with joy (on a trampoline?). Thirdly that shot of the youngest could have been a shot of my youngest. I gave up the other day and actually cut some dreads out rather than attempt to brush them ;) So glad crazy hair is going on elsewhere!

craftschmaft.com said...

Ahhh but you skirt around the issue with such style and creativity. Love the skirt, love the pin cushion. Don't love birthdays either anymore. Whatever happened to the era of counting down the sleeps till your birthday?

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I never like impending birthdays that involve a prime number. I find them very unsettling ... and you're stuck with a number that is divisable only by one and itself for a whole year. Horrible (seriously).

But forget the birthday - make embellished A-line skirts instead. You have a remarkable talent for turning out garments with that "I love it. Hands off, its mine. I'll fight you for it." factor. This one is a beauty.

Kirsty said...

The skirt looks wonderful! I super love the "uniform" you're churning out.

& as far as birthdays go ... pfft just another day. You're only as old as you feel. In my case - eternally 17. x

dixiebelle said...

Love that skirt!

lauren carney said...

that craft pillow is so cute!
clever embroidery indeed!
AND your skirt is dashing.
lovely blog btw! thanks for sharing x

Sherrin said...

LOVE the skirt, it looks great!! The embroidery is fantastic.

BTW- happy birthday... I hope it IS happy!

xx

Leonie Guld said...

What can i say...you are just bloody fantastic. hey embrace the birthday...who would want to be a teenager again listening to john farnham?...OMG...I think I need to throw up!!! Thank the heavens those days are OVER!! Mwah xx

Di said...

Excellent skirt work. I've come to be a lover of wintery A-line skirts with knee height boots in recent years I must say.
The pincushion is fabulous too (darling) and boy yes, scary hair. Such a contrast to the way our lad's standing-up-on-top-in-a-freakish-gravity-defying-way hair is scary, and definitely even more frightening.

Loz and Dinny said...

Bloody good bit of skirt action there - oh and I love that pin cushion and it goes without saying your wee ones are cute to beat - you high achiever you!

Gina said...

Keeping this brief because I've only tried to comment 45876 times to no avail.

Forgotten about the skirt, wow I love it so much, especially the threadwork.

Age is nothing... talent is everything. And you have both in spades :)

Sandrine said...

Wow another beauty you made!I love that you "stylishly"got a bag that goes with your skirt too:)
I hope that your birthday was filled with lots of greats things for you!X

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

I think you made a lovely skirt out of it. And the applique is gorgeous!

gnomeangel said...

I'd so buy one of those pin cushions in a heart beat!

heather said...

i want that pin cushion so bbbbbbad! yer skirt is glory glory! i love it. and i read tess too. so long ago i only remember loving it.