Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Creative Space: ‘Baby Let Your Hair Hang Down’



One recent night, I was lying in bed on the cusp of sleep, when I had a blindingly brilliant, sit-bolt-upright, bobby dazzler of an idea. The origins of such bolt upright, bobby be-dazzlement, was prompted by an earlier pondering, over cushions for the sofa. As well as a discussion over the benefits of amplified music, throughout the school, to alert a pending bell. Nothing like the dulcet tones of a frenetic folk dance to launch a school morning.

When I was at primary school, there were two songs that were played before the bell finally tolled: I Don’t Like Mondays, (always played on Mondays) and Dr Hook’s 1977 hit, Walk Right In. To think, these days, schools resort to the dulcet tones of a frenetic folk dance (or, shock! a plain old bell).

So anyway, I’m in bed, the mind is wondering and then I’m chortling, then chuckling – hard enough to do one or two of those involuntary nose snort things. I am so hilarious. Except you probably had to be there. Except the Mr was there, sleeping right beside me and he didn’t think it was that funny. He whimpered. He rolled over.

Instead of relegating the notion to the dumb idea bin, for weeks I’d been sitting in traffic, or chopping carrots or hanging washing and I’d think of my Brilliant Idea and I’d grin. Widely. Sometimes I’d snigger.

So, damn it, I made that cushion. Just for me. To make me grin. And also so I could have a stab at properly learning (a not quite proper but fabulous) sort of stem stitch.



Then I covered all my bases. Just in case a prim sort of granny comes a’calling and maybe letting one’s hair down is all a bit risqué. When a prim sort of granny comes for iced tea and cucumber sandwiches, I’ll flip the cushion and we’ll get knitting.



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PS. I’d always fudged the zipper insertion before – with varied success (due to habitual ad hoc approach). This time I followed the first steps of Amy’s clear-as-day tute and lo! now I can do a reliably fabuloso cushioned zip thingy.



PPS. That lady who knows how to teach a sort of stem stitch? She’s also the My Creative Space hostess with the mostess...

PPPS. Here are those Dr Hook and Boomtown Rats links again. Just in case you missed ’em the first time.

PPPPS. My granny is not prim and does fabulous letting-hair-hang-down.

47 comments:

Kirsty said...

Look at your FABULOUS sort of stem!

Damn you for forging on...now I have no barter credit. x

Fiona said...

That's a very cool cushion! Love it!

Catherine said...

You are one creative gal! I love the way you think, very cool cushions.:)

Catherine said...

Brilliant Ideas really are the best... love it!

Stomper Girl said...

Absolutely fabulous.

(our school has to listen to an assortment from our Principal's CD collection, it's so hit and miss. Although the day she played her irish-y riverdance-y music was a winner, only because of all the spontaneous jigging it caused!)

Kylie said...

It is a brilliant idea - love your stem stitching too :) Kx

p.s. You do realise I'll be humming that tune all day, don't you? :))

OohLookBel said...

Nice work! The colours, stitching and quote are spot on. Though, if I were to quote a song, I'd go with a band with less facial hair (Spandau Ballet? Yes, please)

NessaKnits said...

I remembered the song growing up but I didn't know it had significance behind the writing of it. To me, at 7, it was just a "I don't like Mondays - school ..." etc. I was young. Anyway, I heard Bob Geldof speaking about it on the weekend and it was about a shooting at a playground and the person proclaiming they had done it because they didn't like Mondays. You probably already knew this. I didn't.

shadygrey said...

As a non-crafter, I am in awe of any sewing skill. Combined with that killer design idea, you have a cushion of glory there!
My kid's school uses an actual old fashioned bell, which is so lovely; I was traumatised by 'Land Down Under', played every morning on the PA system in my last year of school. I still can't listen to it.

gretchenmist said...

love it! all round :)

Sue said...

Love the cushion, you child of the 70s you. Back when I went to school, pre-electricity, we got hymns on the piano. Not hand clapping, joyful songs of praise but dreary Methodist dirges...enough to put the keenest student to sleep...Now I need to let my hair hang down only I've had it cut into a very short spike.

Fer said...

Aw geez, that's just awesome!

Louise said...

Oh the cleverness of you!!! Nothing like cracking yourself up either!

One Flew Over said...

Ooooh Tan. That is one cracker of a cushion.

See, didn't I tell you that Koo's stem was just fab xx

Toughie said...

I love, love, love your pillow! Almost as much as I love Dr. Hook, and that's a LOT! Watching that clip, 2 things come to mind. 1. Those are some wicked mustache/hair combos, and 2.Do you think any of them ever hurt themselves getting into those pants?? Heh heh, cheers!
Trudy

Umatji said...

got to love a snort idea. the key is, if you are still snorting a week later - it's a true snorter!

Carmel's Closet said...

Music on the school bell - I like that idea. I like even more your cushion with the granny friendly twist. Magnificent!
Carmel

Posie Patchwork said...

Gorgeous, it means something, beautiful work & all round red & white perfection!! Totally cool!! Love Posie

Sandrine said...

1.I love your cushion and that Typo!
2.That remind me that I must make more cushions and learn that stem stitch:)
3.I am no better...Look what I am doing instead of putting my foot down on that machine, falling under pressure :)!
4.I know yours will be wonderful too :)
xx

Christie said...

LOVE the cushion.

How cool was your school!?

Nice work on the zipper, they still freak me out!

june at noon said...

That's so cool! I love the handwriting. (Is it your own?) And the stitching looks great, and I love your backup plan for the more prim visitors. You're awesome.

Michelle said...

That is truly one of the most fantastic things I have ever ever seen. And I think your sort-of-stem stitch is pretty great too.

I would have loved to go to a school that played songs instead of ringing a bell.

74 Lime Lane said...

Your house sounds like so much fun! I love the two-sided combo! So clever

Leonie Guld said...

God you make me laugh!!!!

clare's craftroom said...

Why yes that is a very snort worthy idea ! I do love it A. LOT !

flowerpress said...

Oh those hirsute poets Dr Hook, I'm blaming you for putting that song in my head now!
Beautiful cushion. Weird coincidence I've been dreaming of a cushion with 'sit' printed on it, but I like your version much better!
word verification 'upers'

spectacularfairywren said...

Thankyou thankyou and thankyou... have just done a little '2' for my first advent calendar in stem stitch in what i am calling 'moody blue'... was scared of the start. Now i am rollin.

And I LOVE the cush

(there was also, EVERYBODY do the DINOSAUR... booom booom accalaccalacca boom...)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh I love it! And I love the tale of the sitting up in bed, snorting and Mr waking moment even more! Your "sort of stem stitch" is fabulous - I need to learn me that!

Melbourne Vintage said...

I love the weirdo stuff. Keep it coming. It makes me feel less alone in weirdness.

bec said...

WOW, just WOW!

Sally said...

Beautiful stitching. We used to sing that song and make dances to go with it when I was in grade 2. Those were the days.
... and they played "don't like Mondays" @ your school??? Isn't that song about a girl going on a massacre at her school??? Wow - that was one macabre institution you went to!!!

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Little Ted Canvas said...

That is absolutely brilliant! I love it, both sides!

Tas said...

Love it! And now I am feeling
old(er) And there is nothing like a laugh snort to set me off. I would have laughed if I'd been there.

the textured leaf said...

What the huh girlfiend!? And to think you were over at mine just today saying lovely sweet nothings.
I am so inspired to wake in the middle of the night laughing (actually I already do this) No. To stitch a stem or two! Now thats really saying something. You are brilliant. Actually can you do me one? Im a Muse fan ?....

Nikki said...

I wish I'd gone to your school instead of my bell-clanging one.....

The cushion is truly inspired (but you already know that, don't you?).

Cass said...

Love it

CurlyPops said...

I'll never be able to get the image of Sir Bob out of my hed tonight!
Super cool cushion.

Bloom said...

Your cushion is pure genius! I love it. Wondering what your next blindingly brilliant idea will be - keep them coming!

Maggie said...

love the font you chose, perfect. great idea - I love your bent on things

MonetPaisley said...

Love it, it made me laugh with delight. I am still smiling :-D

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Where do I start?

Man those jeans were tight!

Music before the school bell? Weird! We just had a bell and that was it.

I don't like Mondays, not so sure that was the thing to be playing at a school, yikes!

Cushion is fab. Red again - are you sure you like red?

I'll be knitting when I come round, but I like both sides. ;P

You being struck with snort worthy ideas late at night - he not used to that by now!?

Cheers,
AJ

Christy said...

That's such a gorgeous cushion! :)

Bree said...

that is a sit-up-in-bed awesome idea! I love it, it would make me smile every time I sat on the couch!

Nikki said...

You're funny. And I bet you make your blue jeans talk too.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

This is the funkiest cushion I have ever seen!! Love how your mid works - brilliantly executed as always.

kirsten said...

that's a bloody ripper!! :)

[don't think i'll stitch the killers song i'm listening to as i type this: "somebody told me, you had a boyfriend, that looks like a girlfriend..." might freak out the granny types somewhat.]