Monday, October 25, 2010

Ruby has a good giggle, can do ‘flat’ splits and bounce on the trampoline as high as space!!!



My girl’s friend, Ruby, had her ninth birthday recently. It was my kid’s idea for me to make her pal a cushion. It was my idea to put the kid to work too. I had some red, ruby-red, strips leftover from that sofa quilt throw thingy and put them together, along with some natural linen. My kid wrote directly on the linen strips with a water erasable pen, while her mother sat on her hands and restrained herself from art direction (note the three, THREE!!! exclamation marks).

I then set to with the embroidering over the top bizzo, thinking I’d stretch myself and learn stem stitch. After the first word it became apparent that Ruby would be receiving her cushion for her 39th birthday. The rest is, therefore, er, backstitch.



It’s a cushion full of (my) wonk (you should see how centred that back secret pocket isn’t – shhhh!) and involved early mornings and evening pocket stitching by my kid.



It’s a pressie also made with a whole heap of genuine heart (because we both reckon Ruby is the bees knees).



PS. That isn’t Ruby, that’s my kid. Even though both of them think they are ‘exactly the same’ (including the bit about both having ‘slightly weird’ mothers). Exactly the same, even though Ruby has long and incredibly straight blonde hair and looks very much different but still exactly the same. If you know what they mean.

48 comments:

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

That cushion rocks T. I absolutely love it. My goodness, you are such a talented soul.

sophie said...

That cushion is fantastic - and your girl is so pretty, my goodness!

A Life So Peachy said...

what an awesome gift for miss ruby. one i am sure she will treasure forever & ever!

Anne said...

Slightly weird mothers are the best. Just ask my 17 and 20 year old daughters. They love me. :-)
The cushion is adorable, a fantastic gift.

One Flew Over said...

What a beautiful gift!

Check out Kirst's stem 'how-to'...it really quick as sticks x

clare's craftroom said...

Oh I so love this post ! The cushion is gorgeous and so is your girl .

Yay for wierd mothers !

willywagtail said...

Soul mates!! What a wonderful thing for children to have. You gorgeous daughter is extra lovely for having put all the time and heart into the sewing. Cherrie

flowerpress said...

Big claps for the big kid, that's such a beautiful present, Ruby is a lucky girl (and quite bendy from the sounds of it!).

CurlyPops said...

That is just gorgeous - I love the way you combine all those reds with the linen. I don't know if I could actually part with it!

Little Ted Canvas said...

That is the BEST cushion! How clever you are I love it, and what a gorgeous girl you have..I love that sweet friends are exactly the same & totally different, sounds like a very special friendship.

Tanya said...

Lucky Lucky Ruby to have you lot in her life. And hooray for best friends. I accidently have a little problem with over use of the exclaimation mark myself, I don't mean to...
I love my girls best friend Beth too. It's great.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That is so cool- I love it and may steal the idea at some point when I am stuck for a gift for a 9 year old who has a great giggle!!

i hear you about the stem stitch- I tried it the other day , it looks great but yes, takes f times as long as the ever faithful and lovely lookin' backstitch.

Very fancy pants cush and very very gorgeous daughter.

( now worried busy will later refer to me as her weird mother)

Kirsty said...

Best ever kid/mum for friend collaboration. Just so fabulous.

(& it's true...stem is faster than back) x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

excellentnesses

intergenerational crafting
red
linen
embroidery
best friends
wonk
secret pockets
squishy
birthdays

and

!!!

Sue said...

Kids dont see the differences just the sameness, lol! Your daughter is so cute too and a great model for your cushion. What a superb pressie!

Kylie said...

I think you should know that your posts either make me laugh out loud (and giggle for days after)
OR
they make me cry and dissolve into a big puddle... currently in puddle mode.
So beautiful :)
Kx

Fer said...

That's a brilliant cushion! Kids that age love that sort of thing. :-)

Carla said...

That is one gorgeous cushion. You are so clever.

Hayley Egan said...

Awesome. and your girl just keeps getting beautifuller and beautifuller. :P
X

Kristi said...

geez...you hand stitching is impeckable.

Sherrin said...

I love the cushion, I love that you have made it together. And, like Kristi says, your hand stitching is impeccable!

Andi said...

Bestest bestest present ever ever ever!!!

Sandrine said...

Sorry to sound a little like an echo but WOW this is the bestest:) idea in red and linen and wow (double wow) flat splits... I am completely jaleous!x

Tracey said...

oh very nice, what a thoughtful gift. Gotta love your beautiful "kid"

Stomper Girl said...

Awesome cushion. I wish I could do flat splits.

Anonymous said...

Tarn, That is one fabulous cushion! Your kid is a pretty good cushion model also.
Please let me know if you would make these cushions at a price....
I have a few birthdays coming up.
Love Jen xo

Umatji said...

Ruby is the bees knees and you know that cushion is going straight to the pool room. That kid better be a hoarder and I hope when shes a nana she has that cushion on her rocker and whenever she sits on she gets all weepy and has to blow her nose on a great big cotton hanky. you are the best.
x

jolijou said...

I constantly admire your patience girl! I'd probably damn it to the box of unfinished projects halfway through and opt for a last-minute voucher or something....
xoxo

june at noon said...

You two have outdone yourselves. I just love the free-ness of the sentence, which fits perfectly with the style. The secret pocket, the colors ... It's all just right!

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Gorgeous.
Ruby is one lucky girl!!! (3 ! for you)

BOB & MABEL said...

That is just beautiful! Love it, the writing is fab.

Cass said...

Awesome cushion, awesome present.

garcia.sol said...

thats gorgeous i hope my hand stitch can look that good someday!

Kate said...

I think that is probably the best present I have ever seen oir heward about. What person of any age wouldn't love a personalised pal cushion. You(s) are two very clever chookies.

Mel said...

Three exclamation marks?!!! That's my girl! All she needed then was a ;)

It's a stunner and I bet Ruby loves it!!! (sorry, I couldn't resist).

p.s I missed the previous post but man, you made that yarn and those plastic-y heart thingys look even better than real life ... I really want to use an exclamation point there but I think I've used up my quota.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Love the passing down if crafty skills and I love the use of the exclamation mark! It says so much on it's own - she obviously loves Ruby three times as much!!!

Linda said...

lucky Ruby, the cushion is FABULOUS

Cat B said...

WOW I'm loving Ruby's cushion - one lucky girl!

heather said...

uuugh, i love that last photo so much. her love for the pillow or for you or for ruby, or for a camera pointed at her, whatever it is, uuuuugh, i love her loving adoring look!!! and the pillow is damn sweet. shhhhhhh. my favorite part.

a very fine house said...

What a very lucky "kid", making things with mummy. I I I remember trying to restrain myself from input and control with my children when we were crafting. The cushion is really beautiful.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Awesome !!!
Like,the best present ever!

GUGAW said...

that is outrageously adorable, ruby is going to treasure that forever!

Gina said...

The kid's a nut. Luckily I'm sure dear Ruby is too. Fabulous cushionwork, Mrs. Now you teach me to install a zipper?!

beck said...

Hey beautiful, love this post. What an excellent present, nice team work too. Yay for Ruby!! xo

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That is such a brilliant present! So very sweet because it truly comes from both your hearts. I'm sure that is a present that is going to be cherished forever :)

Bonnie said...

What an absolutely adorable idea! It is so personalized...that's why I love it so much. I would really love to copy this idea to make for my little niece for her birthday.

dorothybills..... said...

Amazing! What a lucky girl!You are so clever!

Sally said...

Great cushion.
... and can you ever have too many exclaimation marks???
;)