Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Creative Space



So the inlaws arrived from England late Monday night and what I can’t believe is that I entirely forgot what it would be like. Nanna and Grandpa have soldiered valiantly through jetlag and my three kids are beside themselves with excitement and hyperactivity. What I love is that there is an immediate bond, which has momentarily waylaid most of my ongoing guilt that Australia is so very far away from England.

The bit that I entirely forgot, is that except for kid drop offs and pick ups and cooking dinner and doing the washing and stuff, at the moment I’m pretty irrelevant around here. I have a thick enough skin to let the (ok, slightly too constant), ‘Go away Mum, we’re having fun!’ commands fly right through to the keeper, but what I haven’t yet done, is work out how to take full advantage. While I think I’m still needed to tuck an overtired toddler into bed and debrief the events of the day with the older two, I am fully aware that most of the rest is grandparent time. I COULD BE CRAFTING ALL DAY. OR FINDING A CAREER. OR BEING A LADY WHO LUNCHES. OR SOMETHING.

Instead I’ve been trying not to hover and doing stand-up craft. Easy-to-put-down-and-pick-up craft, of the highly transportable variety. Did you know that it’s possible to crochet seven repeats of Kate’s ric-rac tutorial, in seaweed green, while waiting for the kettle to boil for tea?

Or morph some mind-boggling Japanese fabric into a scarf while waiting in the car for a kid pick-up?



Or knit a few rows of Di’s Clementine’s Baby Kimono, while waiting outside for the washing to dry?



No doubt, by next week, I’ll have the hang of things.

In the meanwhile, my sister has made excellent use of nine months of crafting eyebrows and toenails and the like and has introduced a new cousin to the clan. On her own birthday, no less. My middle is beaming an ear-to-ear grin. He’s sick to the back teeth with all the girls in our family. Even the dog and his stick insects are girls. Probably even the carnivorous fish. He’s pretty chuffed that rather than a tenth girl-cousin kid, Hudson has arrived to take his place next to the three boys.



Welcome, kiddo.


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34 comments:

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Enjoy your beautiful family, both new and from abroad xox

ELK said...

from grandparents to newborns your storytelling and beautiful stitchery is a highlight of my day ..blessings elk

Jill said...

Hope you get used to your visitors playing with your kids soon and get to spend some serious YOU time!! Have fun!

Anna Bartlett said...

Awesome Japanese fabric and gorgeous little boy. Aren't our kids lucky!??? (as are we!)

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous new family member! Have a lovely time with your visitors, hope you get some serious craft done.

spectacularfairywren said...

the seaweed green is just lovely - i can absolutely see it behind cellophane in an underwater diorama...

Enjoy parentals time - go and see a movie - what a treat! My hus and I went to the drive in after tuck in time with a thermos, violet crumbles and a blanket.

And the babe is too cute.

gretchenmist said...

love your list of to-do options. beautiful photos of craft and your new nephew :)

flowerpress said...

I knew you weren't kidding about twenty projects :-)
I think full advantage must be taken immediately - enjoy the grandparent time and go out for a long lunch with Mr Myrtle with a little window shopping wander after. And maybe take some crochet for in between courses!

Kate said...

Oh my, that last photo does something squiggie to my tummy. And what a gorgeous name too. I am beside myself with jealousy. Why can't one of my sisters have a baby? Loving all the craty stuff you've got going on while they're having fun too. Enjoy.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh you're so lucky, not only do my parents not visit, when i visit them i have to run around after them on to of my 4 children who have to remain silent unless outdoorsy (thankfully they are mainly swimming or climbing trees at my parents' place)!!
Enjoy them so much, the bond is incredible, mine are the same, like no time has passed.
Use them for dinner date babysitters, it's very guilt free to ask parents to babysit when you're showing off a happy marriage. Love Posie

Lola Nova said...

I have yet to give Kate's ric-rac a try but, now that the rain has come on full force I might have the chance. I love the color of yours.

Enjoy your parents visit, you should have it down in no time.

Congratulations on the new family member, just gorgeous!

Little Treasures said...

Congratulations on becoming an aunt to the gorgeous Hudson and the rise of male population in your clan!

Always anxiously waiting to see what you work on.
Kate's ric-rac circled the globe in a breath and I too am willing to tackle it!

Angus in Northcote said...

Quick!

Make no sudden moves but edge slowly towards the door, grab your purse, keys, sunglasses, coat and husband. Ease the door quietly open and slide through like an exhaled sigh before softly slipping the door back into place. *click*

Pour yourself into the car like the pina coladas you once were and DRIVE THAT SUCKER OUT OF THERE!

I think a sauna and a massage might be just the ticket. Followed by dinner and a professional theatrical performance with your Mister.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
Congratulations on your new nephew (he is so cute) and pass on my congrats to your sis K!
Do take advantage of your free? time..sneak out..go for coffee..
Would be lovely to catch up soon. Your brother C also wants to "come along" when I catch up with you(told me via Facebook!)
Love your crafting too :)
J xo

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Of course you're not suddenly surplus to requirements ! As if !!
You've managed to fill your extra few crafting moments very satisfactorily .... love that scarf . In fact I love all of it !
And new nephew is gorgeous . Congratulations to you all , especially his proud Mum .

june at noon said...

Even with grandparents 10 minutes away, I still get regularly excused to mind my own business. I have learned to do lots of the stand-up crafting you mention. Hope you enjoy your time off. And what a beautiful little baby boy!

Sandrine said...

Welcome to gorgeous little Hudson!Enjoy your mummy free time while you can!xx

Stomper Girl said...

I'd be lucky to get one ric-rac repeat in a kettle-boil at the rate I'm going. Your nephew is just lovely, congratulations.

I hope you get some sit-down craft time too.

CurlyPops said...

Awww what an adorabe little bubba cousin!
I think you should LUNCH lady, and LUNCH like there's no LUNCH tomorrow!

Madeline said...

Enjoy! My parents live close by and are over all the time. Yet, I'm still trying to get used to being totally unnecessary when they are around.

teddybearswednesday said...

Your sister has done an exceptional job, Hudson is adorable. My sis is about to do the same this, who at the moment is called Bumpy, but unfortunately they are going to change the name when baby is born. ( why?)
Enjoy your family time, and you're still Mum after all, and at the end of the day, Mum is best xo

Amanda said...

Oh how I wish I could be an Auntie already, I have given them 5 that should deserve me atleast one niece or nephew right?? What a sweet little one. And I do have to say I believe I will be in the same boat as you when and if the time ever comes that I am able to sneak away from the daily grind of family time. Hope you figure it all out soon. Your projects are looking fab btw.

Sally said...

Welcome Hudson!!!

Doesn't look like I'll ever get to be an aunt. Not very much hope from my own brother and my partner's brother and sister are just as hopeless.

Go on... take full advantage of the grandparents and lock yourself away for some hard-core crafting!

Nikki said...

Good god, woman! Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy some uninterrupted crafting time!!!

Bonnie said...

Your new nephew is so precious! How nice to have your in laws there visiting and entertaining your kids. Enjoy it!

Gina said...

Awww. Hudson! Named after my bike, I presume.

Meanwhile, go get your craft on. You couldve made three quilts already! Although I do imagine that there needs to be a certain amount of hovering, not for the kids' sake or your own, but just in case the grandparents suddenly collapse from exhaustion (you've got to at least look prepared for the event...?). Or perhaps your in-laws truly DO relish their grandkids? Amazing.

Sorry, ramble ramble, just trying to compensate for my dead silence around these parts. Miss ya xxxx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Enjoy your free time while it lasts - the bond between kids and their grandparents is very special. Congrats on the new nephew - he is so adorable.

Miss Sew & So said...

oh your tale is exactly like mine, but in reverse...
when my folks come from oz to visit us in england...i too, am fairly and happily redundant...there is nothing like seeing your own kiddos with their grandparents..it really makes me feel like we've done good somewhere!!

another cool boy with a seriously cool name...hugs to your family tree...lovely!

hope you had a great weekend...rain free...
melissa xx

Little Ted Canvas said...

what a gorgeous baby boy! Enjoy your inlaws, I hope you get loads of time to be that lady who lunches, woohoo!

dillpickle said...

He's rather cute! I can almost smell him through the screen. Ahhhh. Soon...

Now go out. Escape. Have lunch and coffee, go to the wool shop BY YOURSELF (a fantasy of mine, wool shopping by myself). Take on a completely non-mobile, absorbing project that you've been dreaming about for ages. Whatever you do, enjoy it!!

1/4 of an inch said...

Please, I can't do baby pictures...I know I have 5 but I am still incredibly clucky...look at that chin;)

Congratulations Aunty Tania!

xxt

Mel said...

Whoops I'm a bit late finding this here gold mine of a post! As per I am in a flurry of "what to comment on" ness. I was going to gush about how you're the only one I know who could actually manage all that crafty goodness with one eye on the kettle/laundry/kids but then the pic of Hudson rolled up and I'm sorry to say I think your sister's crafty-ness trumps yours ... this time (not like you've baked up three of those bundles yourself or nuffin')!

Di said...

Thanks for the mention! Hope it's progressing well and the little lad and his mum like it.
Also hoping I don't follow in her footsteps and share my birthday with that of my growing bump...
Hang in there with the rellies and holiday festivities- enjoy the change and see you back on the interwebs in a more complete capacity soon.
(PS- hope the bed situation is all sorted satisfactorily!)

elly bee said...

wat een dropje!

missed your blog for a while (for several reasons) so I'm a bit late with my respons, sorry for that.

eb xx