Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Creative Space: Take One Roadside Find...



(Oh, how the Mr recoiled in horror at the appearance of this shabby-whimsy, outdoor* furniture find, but that’s the price you pay for working on Sunday AND requesting the smalls are kept amused far away from high pressure sculpting-type scenarios in the shed AND what do you expect me to do? Not spend the day belting out renditions of Supercalifragilisticespialidoceous while cruising the streets AND ignoring veritable treasure for the roadside taking?)

Take one weirdly-named, nudey cushion begging for cover...



Take one dollop of bits-in-strips Ric Rac keyring inspiration...



Take complete, anal colour/pattern/fabric selection boredom with my entirely anal when it comes to colour/pattern/fabric selection self...



And dare self to get with the spontaneity programme, cut up 4cm x vaguely 55cm strips of fabric and sew ’em together all random like – or as random as anal self allows.



There’s a whiff of a blue/orange colour scheme I admit – but only because not even the new anally spontaneous self could be bothered donning the thermal gear to find greater randomness from frigid studio.



Besides, I reckon I’m subconsciously crafting for warmer weather. This means I have a couple of seasons to source a zip and angst over the backing, but I can see it now: cushioned-in-summer-colour rocking chair, warm, breezy afternoons spent tackling another long and drawn out project. (Those circle-in-a-square grannies don’t appear to be making any conjoined appearance plans for this winter, either).



* I KNOW I am the biggest weather wimp. But use your outdoor imaginations - it’s frosty out there.

Go see the Hostess with the Mostess for this weeks creative space-style offerings...

35 comments:

Fer said...

For a freebie that chair is a hoot! (honestly, men don't understand these things....) The cushion will be perfect, sometime soon I hope!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I can't believe someone had disguarded that beautiful chair, lucky you! Can't wait to see the cushion, the fabrics are looking gorgeous! I'm with you on the 'cold', I'm sitting here typing with my scarf & coat still on...

Kirsty said...

Freezing! About to cuddle up under a completed granny blanket (opped not brown joined) & get on with the stitiching I promised earlier in the day.

Drewzel said...

Blue and orange! My faves!
My grannies are languishing too by the way. sigh.

flowerpress said...

You are so clever! This cushion looks beautiful. Show us the finished result soon. (And I'm very impressed you got the aged cane rocker allowed in the house. I've mooned over a couple of similar and been poohpooed!)

Nikki said...

Yup. I can see that it's a winner.
And Yup - bloody freezing here too.

One Flew Over said...

Another beauty in progress.

If you are looking for any 'oh, the weather isn't that bad' from me...think again.

It is so bloody cold - I can barely dash from the house to the car without my eyelashes freezing together. Ok - slightly dramatic but it's cold.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Currently seated on top of heating duct beside the wet washing - can't be good for you but whatever works I say!
Love your chair, love your strips, love your keyring and love that you found time to do all that with little helpers.
And did you mention studio ??? aah now going a little green on top of the frosty blue....

Cindy said...

Oh suck it up ice princess! It would be colder in those far off regions the Mister is convincing you of. Just send out the small child with no concept of cold to fetch things for you and then sit on you to keep you warm. I have plans for a lap rug to warm up in the chilly evenings, but Glen keeps telling me that is required due to the fact I am a wimpy Qlder.

Sandrine said...

The fabric combination is just delightful!looking forward to see it all done X

Lauren said...

We have a chair collection by our front door with similar inspiration in mind. It will be lovely in the summer with a cushion... but a quilt, a beanie, a scarf, some mittens and a cup of tea could make it rather appealing on a chilly winter's morning too... But hey, I live in Tasmania. We take what we can get ;)

june at noon said...

It looks very promising! It's hard to be spontaneous and non-anal, isn't it? But good. Sometimes. ;)

Andi said...

I can see the loveliness oozing off the screen.
Can't wait to see this finish!

CurlyPops said...

There's something magical about cutting up strips.... I have a whole box of them. I just need to magic them back together again so beautifully as yours.

Tas said...

Oh, that cover looks lovely Tania. And at least you scavenged something functional and useful!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Lovely chair , in fact it ROCKS !

74 Lime Lane said...

It sounds and looks like it will make a perfect sitting spot. What a great find.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

But you haven't showed us the cushion!!! You are teasing - show me show me show me!!!

Michelle said...

Lovely chair. I like your colour combo. Must say I find the random thing hard to di.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I'm feeling guilty now, should I send you some thermal undies?!

I find random/wonky/improvised pretty much impossible. I'm not anal... I'm careful and precise.

I'm not a control freak. I'm meticulous, with high personal standards.

I'm not good at finishing things.

I see all these lovely thrifted/found objects on blogs, your chair does look lovely. But I'd be worried it'd smell. So best just to have photos, photos don't smell funny!

Cheers,
AJ

Stomper Girl said...

That looks like a rocking good cushion. I think it's freezing too, meanwhile Mister Fixit walks in and wants to know why the heater is on?

teddybearswednesday said...

You're not alone, I'm still bloody freezing, and I now have chilblains on my right hand, yummo.
Love whatever it is there you are doing xo

Megan said...

a lovely rocking chair - and free woohoo!! quiet down husband i say. i totally understand your analness, i also need to have some form of pattern in my creations or i get grumpy. i can't even put a display of kids work up without needing some sort of pattern to be happening. would love to see the finished cushion when you get it done :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Doesn't your husband just know when he's not even going to open his mouth to bother?? Mine has learned there is no point to asking, often i can't even tell him why or what i'm going to do with what i find for free/ under $5, but it will be something great!! Awesome find, love Posie

Mel said...

Oh I was wondering about your granny squares. No worries. I can imagine you hooking away on them again, rocking away in that chair once the temps reach 35+ again ;)

beccasauras said...

A massive pencil rool for the three kids? As a cushion on the couch? You've just reminded me to get more pencil rolls made, thanks!

beck said...

Did you carry it home or wedge it in the back of the car with the kids? Can't wait to see the cushion sitting cosily on that sweet rocker. Keep warm xo

Becky said...

Love the chair! It will be perfect for rocking away in the warmer weather, or in front of the fire!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

I reckon that look pretty random. I love the random colour choices. You and me are so opposite... I exhibit no anal behaviour... Carlos on the other hand LOL...

xo Steph

Michelle said...

Oh. My. Love that rocker! Love what you are doing to that fabric too. Can't wait to se the end result!

Madeline said...

Roadside freebies are my favorite, and that one looks great to me.

Always Sunday said...

Lucky you, what a find! I inherited a similar one from my great grandmother. It was obviously meant to be, I couldn't imagine why someone would discard such a beauty. It makes your cushion look pretty special!

Rachel said...

Love the cushion cover, and chair. Orange and Blue are one of my favourite combinations!

heather said...

hey but you're not as anal as me, when it comes to trimming your threads after each pull off of the machine! i could never leave all those dangly threads for that long. ever!! ever!! ever!! how do you do that?

prashant said...

Another beauty in progress.
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