Monday, December 13, 2010

Greetings From the Rock (Under Which I’ve Been Living)



These past two weeks I’ve been buried in a bog of deadlines and it’s so long since I posted, I’ve forgotten how. The few false-starts became so long-winded, there was a requirement for carbohydrate loading and energy drinks. ’Scuse me while I just cut to the chase, already, already...

1. It’s a special two year old’s birthday today and I love making these felty dinosaurs. This time, Mr Stegosaurus (up there) is made with button joints – because a dinosaur that can walk or lie on his back waving his legs in the air, is just that extra bit spesh for the extra spesh birthday kid who I am told Will Not Put Buttons in His Mouth.

2. My eldest kid had her birthday party on Saturday. Before we left for the rollerblading rink, I asked her to make at least a small effort to look spiffy. Of course the spiffy-ish layers came off within seconds of arrival, which only prompted my big inward grin. The kid skated gloriously around in her comfy, once-white-now-pinkish, hand-me-downs. Last time I art direct.



3. This is Sooty. Sooty is sitting on the palm of my hand. My hand is small. Sooty is a titch. He is also the nine year old’s birthday present – because this Mum decided that three years of consistent appearance at the top of the birthday/Christmas list was convincing enough, already, already.



4. This is Stripe. Apparently Sooty required a pal. But Stripe prefers long, skinny, water cracker box friends.



Hello Stripe.



5. This is the nine year old again with her birthday cushion request. Her and Ruby now have a (sort-of) matching pair. I am not telling you what words I embroidered on it, because there has been quite enough Sooky La-La confession for one blog year.



Oh and there’s a secret pocket on the reverse.



6. Look what Ruby and her Mum made the birthday kid.



Just...WOW.



7. I’ve been packing and posting all day today. Anyone who ordered a LAST CHANCE EVER tea towel should be receiving them in the next couple of days – unless there are oceans and stuff to fly over. To the two lovely people who ordered tea towels but who haven’t been contacted by me, I’m very sorry for my apparent rudeness. There are tea towels for you but I have no way of tracking you down. If you would still like to snazzily dry your dishes, best email me at myrtleandeunice@gmail.com



Now. What have you lovely lot been up to?

34 comments:

CraftyCripple said...

I love that stegosaurus. It is amazing. I so wish I could make one for my nephew who is dinosaur mad. One day I will make one of his favourite ones. I can't remember the name but I'm sure he'll remind me if I ask. The bunny is so cute as is his side kick. In fact the whole post is an overload of cute. (including the birthday bear!)

Becky said...

So many wonderful things at your place over the last little while :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh dying to know what you stitched on that cushion for your sweet 9y.o. birthday girl, have a couple of those children in my house this week too. Those 9 years went fast didn't they?? Seeing mine are in the middle & twins, they cruise through life. Love Posie

clare's craftroom said...

I've just been hanging around waiting for you to make an appearance , hello there !

Andi said...

Watch out ... rodents in the house!!!!
That cushion looks rather spesh and Mr Stegosaurus ... well ... he's just fab!!!
Seeya tomorrow!
Andi xx

Jodie said...

I've been peering out from under my rock every now and again.....expecting to resurface soon.
I LOVE Sooty and Stripe. Being nine is a whole lot of wonderful

Melbourne Vintage said...

I adore the cushion and the little aminals! Oh so very cute! She is one lucky girl!

Stomper Girl said...

I'm glad you crawled out from your rock to share that lot. Happy birthday to your lovely 9yo. My sister wroe "horse" at the top of her birthday and Christmas list for a good 5 years until my Dad caved but those little critters look like far less work than a whole horse. Can't wait to get my towels, squee!

Kylie said...

Okay, NOW you've done it! My big girl was walking past when I was reading this post and has gone into RAPTURES and ohh-ing and aah-ing about Sooty...
And then came the question... "So, you know how you told me it was illegal to keep rabbits in Australia, mum? How come they have a pet rabbit, huh??" Oh, how the stories catch up with me!
Love all of the birthday goodness :) Must off now for some slippery caught-in-a-fib control! ;)
Kx

CurlyPops said...

Hmmm do you wash your whites as well as I wash mine?
I think the eldest kid has a super fabulous fashion sense!

Lauren said...

Wow! Isn't that just a post full of awesomeness?!! No wonder you've been too busy to post - clearly it rocks under your rock.

Wendy said...

I love that stegasauraus!! And Titch is gorgeous, is he a Netherland Dwarf?

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you shouldn't really keep a rabbit with a guinea pig. Rabbits can only communicate with other rabbits and they are prone to bullying guinea pigs... keep a sharp eye on Stripe but I'd get another rabbit for Titch if you can.

flowerpress said...

ooh, aaah, awww, weee!
So much awesomeness here you are forgiven for being absent so long!
Is stripe a bunny too?
And please tell us the sooky sentences, we love that stuff ;-)
Sooty, Stripe, awww, ooh, cute!
What does the puppy think?

sophie said...

What a great post where to start? The picture of your girl is beautiful as always, she's a photogenic one isn't she! I am loving the new critters - so, so very cute!

So excited about my tea towels...can't wait!!

Sue said...

Nice to see you again! The dinosaur looks fantastic, just wish my nephews were smaller - ooh wait I just got 2 new nephews, perfect future pressie. Happy Birthday to your eldest and what a wonderful pressie of those two small furries. Love the bear too, very cute!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

That rabbit looks cute- thank god it is late and a certain Miss 3 didn't see it!!!
I have been knee deep in cushions too, in a good way... but very BUSY. not really visiting blogs at all and hardly blogging... feel slack but hoping to get into the swing again soon...

clare's craftroom said...

Your room is ready ! I just read your comment on my crochet post , did you know it was your quilt I wanted , lol ?

Anna Bartlett said...

Love the dino, love the cushion, love that bear. What a wonderful friendship and a gorgeous girl. Happy days!

june at noon said...

Wow, you wait long enough to post, you get to just clobber us with goodies, don't you? So many great things there. Love that beautiful cushion, the dino, the crazy quilt bear, wow, wow, wow!

Needled Mom said...

Happy birthday to a precious 9 year old!!! I love that little titch. It's so tiny.

The dinosauer is great! I love the button joints. The bear is also fabulous.

kellyi said...

Hi

Firstly I love the Steggie. I've had that book for three years and haven't made the dinos from it, so really now I should at least try.

The pillow and the bear are lovely too - much lovliness for the birthday girl.

Finally - I noticed another commenter mentioned about keeping rabbits and G pigs together is not a good thing. I managed but had to get the rabbit neutered asap as he kept, ahem, making unwanted advances on the piggie, and make sure your rabbit isn't going to grow into monster rabbit, because they can kill a piggie with their back legs.

I am pretty sure your the sensible type, and will have all this covered already - enjoy the Titch and sidekick combo x

Kirsty said...

Happy, happy birthday to your gorgeous girl.

Seems to me that your rock hiding place has been a pretty good one.

Love the cush & the bear...you know I'm a sucker for a stitch.x

word verification: blitchin

Little Ted Canvas said...

WOW! That cushion is so fabulous, I absolutely love it & the gorgeous bear, oh boy, that's just beautiful! Looks like your girls were lucky enough to inherit you very talentd crafty ways...

Allison said...

I'm going to be a naysayer on the Titch/Stripe combo too.

Other than what has been previously mentioned.. rabbits and guinea pigs have different dietary requirements too. You'd have been better off getting two rabbits (or better still - two same sex guinea pigs -- but I say that because I am guinea pig mad and don't actually like rabbits!)

But all that aside, I wish I could have come to the roller blading party!!

kirsten said...

awww. that rabbit to To Die For! so cute.

we are 'inheriting' 2 guinea pigs in the next couple of weeks for family heading over to live in Malawi in Jan... got the cage. no idea what next.

and add in a new kitten to be collect in the next couple of weeks.

and we are minding the kinder's blue tongue lizard over summer.

should be quite the crazy house with the existing cat and 2 dogs...

'cos you can never have too many pets, no?!

Sue said...

Aren't birthdays the perfect excuse to fill life with gorgeousness?
Lovely post

Umatji said...

didja just make up the dino pattern? I know you are crazy wonderful but that just eats the cake. as you know - I too am too tired and have too much washing to make any sense. didn't even miss you as the computer was buried under the washing.
xx
:)
will miss you retrospectively

Fer said...

What have I been up to? Incubating and knitting, and that's pretty much it! Things are looking pretty good at chez Myrtle & Eunice though, I love the cushion and Sooty & Stripe? Awwwwwwwwwwwww....... :-)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Cute and fabulous overload.

That wee bunny is just.... overload...danger overload....

Mel said...

Man I'm not sure which of the birthday goodies I like best ... Sooty is mighty cute but I'm a sucker for the long M&E patchwork strips.

What have I been up to? Just chasing my tail really. Off to make a Christmas skirt that I only just decided the girl child really needs for her end of preschool concert ... tomorrow.

silverpebble said...

I am not showing my five year old this post. She has begun to wear me down on the guinea pig front. We had the school guineas home to stay last weekend. The dog didn't eat them. It was a fairly good start.

Madeline said...

Loving all the birthday presents! The stegosaurus might just be my favorite though. Happy birthday to your little (big) gal!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That child would look spiffy in sackcloth .
I look at that super stegasaurus and think .... if I concentrated really hard and had a following wind , I wonder if I could make one too ?
Probably not , and certainly not such a beauty !

Sally said...

Loving the Stegosaurus very much. Almost a dinosaur myself these days I yet to decide which is my fav... stegosaurus or triceratops. They're both so cool.