Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Creative Space (Modelled by Colin)



The honeymoon is over. O.V.E.R. This last week I have begun to knit, crochet and sew my way out of a ridiculously long list of Presents Owed. Then when I approached each kid, wielding camera, looking hopeful, there was only flat refusal: I’d rather shove bamboo under my fingernails! TWICE! declared the eldest. Not when hell freezes over and cryopreserves the Devil for future study! growled the Middle. Not for all the tea parties in China! flounced the youngest.

Colin, quietly observing the grovelling and the hissy-fitting, instigated the negotiation of a mutually agreeable, craft-modelling outcome...

The image above, is Colin modelling a bib for a baby, born quite some time ago. I can’t really show you the bib, a) because it would entirely spoil any taken-aback-ness (surprise) at receiving such a late gift and b). because Colin’s key negotiated requirement was to get to be Superman. With a cape-bib. Supercolin.

The image below, is Colin modelling a strawberry beanie. For another wee one, it is a woolly hat made purposely big (Colin does have a smallish head) to coincide with a winter three seasons away.



Here we have Colin modelling a crocheted Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf. This is a gift intended for someone who has quite possibly forgotten that I owe them a birthday gift from eleven months ago.



I am chuffed beyond imagination to be ahead of deadline on this one. Even though I can’t make the birthday party on Saturday and my niece will never know of my fleeting organisation. Here is Colin modelling a size 2, girly, twirly, Lazy Days Skirt. Colin could not be charmed into performing a girly twirl. I did not mean to stick him with the pin, holding the skirt waist tight. Nonetheless, poor Colin seemed to feel the pain of pin-sticking and standing about in girly twirl stuff too much to bear.



Luckily, after a choof-about on the mantelpiece, all was well...



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Linky list
• Bib pattern adapted to suit a gocco design, but based on this.
• Strawberry beanie (or any fruit or vegie you like, really) pattern by Suse and freely available here
• Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf pattern here
• Free Lazy Days Skirt pattern here

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Colin was lovingly crafted by Jess. Jess, I am truly very sorry about the pin-sticking incident thing.

For your My Creative Space bloggy world tour, start with the somewhat caffeine-addicted Kirst...

58 comments:

Sarah said...

Ahh, who needs kids when you have colin? Be sure to give him a big cream cake and let him watch whatever he wants on the tellybox as a reward for perfect posture { and quite honestly, tolerance of girly twirliness..} whilst instructing the kids to 'go clean their rooms'!!!
Well, thats what I would do! x

Tracey said...

colin and his superman cape brought chuckles of laughter to the breakfast table, and made it slightly ok that I was looking at blogs while breakfast was happening.
Love the Queen Anne scarf - I made one awhile ago, would be a fab gift.

Nikki said...

Bless that Colin. He's a good egg. I think he truly IS SuperColin (fantastic shot, BTW!).

froginthepond said...

I just glad no one was home when I laughed out loud.

Supercool Colin!

silverpebble said...

You are doing Thursday. That will never cease to freak me out. Here it is Wednesday. There has been wine.

Colin deserves huge reward for services rendered. Do you have a jar of honey?

Psst, between you and me he really suits the skirt. My little ones would have wrestled him into a tiara and made him a selection of bracelets, also.

Finally, aimed at you, this is like a marathon of magicness.

Creative Mom said...

Colin is a natural!

yardage girl said...

That Colin is a looker! ;o)

Amber said...

Cute blog, following :D

mel @ loved said...

Colin's quite the natural! Everything is beautiful of course, but oh my goodness, that scarf is absolutely stunning, I couldn't get close enough to the screen to admire...x

clare's craftroom said...

Colin .is. just. the. best .

Tanya said...

Hooray for the Colin's of the world

Kate said...

Love the lace scarf - and it really suits him.

Catherine said...

gosh, Colin's tolerant (and incredibly photogenic, as are your creations)

Tas said...

Well, at least Colin is earning his keep. Let's hope that he doesn't go all diva on you as all this blog fame goes to his head. You have been productive, girl! Love that hat.

teddybearswednesday said...

thank you. this has made my day.
seriously.
Oh and don't worry about the whole pin thing, I think Colin's putting it on a bit, or he's completely forgotten those early days of ears pinned on.
xoxo

Tammi said...

What a good sport Collin is :)
I love the scarf!!

Bec said...

I LOVE Colin - and those handmade gifts, the scarf is absolutely gorgeous!

ingrid said...

Yay for Colin!

Val said...

I love Colin!!! And you have been a busy bee!

Melissa G said...

You're a good sport Colin.

june at noon said...

You just watch out he doesn't go and get himself an agent to charge exorbitant fees for all this modeling. He's a good one, though. And you too, with all that (albeit late) productivity!

sophie said...

Colin did a fab job of modeling - he's good value isn't he?! LOVE the beanie and the scarf so much, so cute and so very pretty. Well done on all your achievements!
xxx

Thea said...

Colin's a star but I'm even more impressed by your photography skills. x

The Handmaden said...

I think Coleen, oops, Colin looks great in a skirt!

Kylie said...

If there's a prize for best photos - my vote's for you today, Mrs! Big smiles all round in these parts - love the great gift ideas and loving Colin the model, as always :) Kx

Anna Bartlett said...

If only Colin knew the fame that lies around the corner... won't get out of bed for less than $10K before you know it...

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Go SuperColin, go! I especially love Colin in the Strawberry Beanie.
I am yet to finish some cushion cover's, that were supposed to Christmas 2010 presents. They got one.....maybe the rest will be finished for next Christmas?

Leonie said...

Pissing myself laughing!!!! I sure could do with a colin super hero around here!!

Fer said...

What a good sport Colin is!

Love the scarf, and your organisational skills... ♥

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

heee hee, very cool!
love the scarf lots.

flowerpress said...

Impressed with all those finished projects, and of course with the great Colin.
The others will be jealous when he gets dessert and they don't!

Sarah said...

Oh Colin - RING Teddies help line!!!!!

Love the hat on you - I think I will be making a hat very soon for the little man : o )

sweet emmelie said...

how adorable is that model plus all the beautiful things he is modelling!

Amanda said...

I think Colin deserves a big ole banana split while the kiddos watch in envy..He definitely got the job done for you..Darn those stubborn kids. We just want to tell them how beautiful they are and pinch their cheeks. What's not to love about that :P...

You are on quite the roll...LOVE it all

Kirsty said...

Colin's pulling his weight around the place. I guess he's got a few ticks on the star chart.

Mel said...

So many lovely crafty bits to comment on but basically I'm stuck imagining how bloody chuffed you must have been when you managed to get that first shot! I would have been doing the running on the spot happy dance (a la 'Flashdance') if I'd managed to capture that bit of awesomeness!

Who needs kids when you've got a Colin?

beck said...

I just love you Tania x

Lauren said...

colin is a fantastic model! the little strawberry beanie way cute!

Megan.K. said...

Go Colin!
And I'm glad you posted this list of overdue presents made, it gives me some hope that I will get some baby presents finsihed and sent before th kid turns into a teen.

CurlyPops said...

Now that's my pick of the bunch for today.... especially SuperColin!

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

oh my what a brilliant model you have!!!! Looks like you have been very busy :) Loving the skirt fabric!

margaret said...

Always good to know others are also running behind! Colin looks fab in his supersuit! Mx

Caroline said...

I was kind of, you know, thinking: "flying teddy bear, seen those around my house". And then Colin amazed and delighted with his steely nerve to take on any assignment presented to him. Truly a superbear in my eyes now.

Small Things Simple Pleasures said...

If only Dior knew of Colin before it signed Kate Moss, the new Dior Addict campaign would look very different indeed.

He'd look fabulous wearing a lampshade. He'd look fabulous wearing anything...

Alisa said...

Not only are you a crafting dynamo but you have the best models! Super cool!! x

Maxabella said...

Colin rocks, Tania! The works not too bad either!!! x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Ahhhh Colin, much more compliant than working with children or animals I bet.. I get so annoyed when Busy won't drop everything and model for me... Colin is so ...agreeable.

Michelle @ The Crafty Little Fox said...

Thankfully Colin is a good sport! Great finished projects. You must be very happy to have all the UFOs completed. I know I would be.

Renee said...

Thanks for the comments on my Spring Garlands. Sorry 'bout the links being taken down (due to copyright issues, I believe). Hooray for SuperCool SuperColin!

Renee :)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

SuperColin. I love Colin, he has got to be the best model!

Them kids don't realise the fame they are missing out on.

How on Planet Myrtle&Eunice did you get that first picture!?

Cheers,
AJ

PS I won a clock!

TammyJ said...

Love it all , and the scarf looks particularly divine!

m.e (Cathie) said...

you are just awesome Tania! i love that made Miss Jess smile ♥

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You CAN'T take that hat away from Colin .... a career in fashion has to have some perks , besides frequent flying .

Bonnie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that! And look at you go...getting all those handmade presents done! That is awesome!

Cook Clean Craft said...

Is Colin available for other modelling shoots? Does he do catalogue as well as high fashion?

Claire Gale said...

oh my giddy aunt, what a capable little chap colin is. love the green fabric for the skirt. beautiful colour. and that first picture is well clever.

Sandrine said...

Thanks Collin ready for the red carpet now!I love you Tania you just made me feel normal again to be far behind schedule too!
But oh ah ouh I wish I could tackle that scarf, LOVE it!!
Sandrine xx

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

How fantastic is that first photo. He looks so much easier than getting my Monkeys to pose.
Your knitting and crochet makes me gulp, and think jeez I've got a lot of practising to do...maybe one day when I grow up, I could do a crocheted scarf like that.