Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Creative Space: Yoghurt Craft



It was with bad mother singlemindedness that I tackled the ex-Dinosaur Egg yesterday. I’ve been itching to get on to it since last week and nothing was stopping me. Amazingly, we did not eat baked beans for dinner – I outdid myself with uberness and presented health-giving salad (with sprouts!) and trout for dinner. But all failed on the clean undies front this morning and the middle is wearing his bathers.

So yesterday was all about glue gunning and hacking into thrifted doilies and tablecloths. Things are a bit iffy around the edges (at least at the back)...



Then I picked up a kid from school and then I made a milkshake.



The middle kid was keen until he saw what went in to the concoction: One litre of natural yoghurt, a tablespoon of sugar and a healthy dose of moss and moss spores. Mmmmm.



The theory is that the gloop, if kept in the right environment, will promote the growth of moss over the ex-Dinosaur Egg. The theory is the same for growing moss on rocks. The other theory is that the moss may just grow to look like a green fuzzy doily.



There was nothing delicate about the application...



...and I can confirm that the heady waft of warm yoghurt and moss spores stays with you for a surprisingly long time after you’ve hosed yourself down.



On the up side, there was a miraculously moisturising effect. I have one super-stinky but almost youthful-looking hand. Posh cosmetic companies take note.



Meanwhile, for now, it’s all a frequently-spritzed, maintenance-of-damp, cross-fingered, waiting game.

More spaces of the creative kind over at Kirsty’s...

55 comments:

One Flew Over said...

Very much looking forward to seeing the moss grwo and grow.

Tracey said...

oh looks like fun! It is going have that enchanted garden kind of look I think

CurlyPops said...

And the magic begins! Wouldn't it be cool to have one of those time lapse cameras so that you could see the progress as it's happening?

BubzRugz said...

This is such a great idea.... looking forward to seeing the progress of the moss.... I must say it looks great just with the doilies on it!
Hugz

Nikki said...

Those 5kg buckets of greek yoghurt in my local IGA supermarket are looking even more appealling now.

(But I'll see what happens with your creation before I go making any mossy potions over here.)

Catherine said...

I wonder if the superstinky hand cream will take off?

I'm looking forward to watching the continuing dinosaur egg transformation...

Shannon said...

and we wait with baited breath...

Gaby said...

Brilliant. I reckon you should start making hand cream...

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

For a split second there I thought the mossy milkshake was for the kids to drink. I am sure the dinosaur egg will be ever grateful for the beauty cream.
I can smell your milk shake too, as this morning I discovered in our car some mouldy growth under a doll on the floor, amidst all the crumbs - it smells like off-yoghurt. If only I knew what it was......

yardage girl said...

Interesting ... looking forward to some progress shots!

Cinnamon said...

I love it. And really, there could be worse things than running out of undies ;)

Tas said...

Who'dathunk that I'd be waiting with baited breath for blog updates about green slimy mouldy stuff growing on a rock...er...I mean dinosaur egg?

Anonymous said...

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"But all failed on the clean undies front this morning and the middle is wearing his bathers."

Who knows why it is kids could possibly be embarrassed by their parents...

Leah said...

I wait with baited breath! ( what does that even mean? ) lol

mel @ loved said...

Fantastic! It looks beautiful in there amongst the trees, so looking forward to watching it's develpoment..I love that your kid is wearing undies due to no clean ones, LOVE that, mine would just choose to go without..!

mel @ loved said...

i mean bathers, you know...

Shannon said...

will look tops if it works...which im sure it will. let me know, i can always squirt it with some breast milk.

Anna Bartlett said...

Fantastic! Aren't you lucky to have an exercise ball model in your yard!

Christina said...

Grow moss grow! :)

OohLookBel said...

This is more interesting than watching, er, moss grow. You should set up a webcam so that we can see the progress in real time.

Seaweed and Raine said...

I'm interested to see how it turns out. And where is a cosmetic company rep when you need one?! :)

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

I think it looks gorgeous with or without the moss!

Bec said...

Oh I love it! Can't wait to see the progress of the moss!

Kylie said...

I can just see you out in the garden with your water spray gun, sprinkling rainforest-environment moisture on said egg :) So hoping it all works! Loving your crochet egg regardless. Kx

Stomper Girl said...

Far out. You should actually photograph it every day from the same place and see if you can get a little stop-motion of the lace-moss project.

june at noon said...

It's already beautiful. Can't wait to see it sprout! I agree, do a daily time lapse photo, please!

teddybearswednesday said...

there's nothing quite like getting yoghurt gloop over all your hands.
Cant wait to see it do it's cultured goodness.
And if all else fails, you have a new potential career path, natural beauty products xo

Sandrine said...

I am loving the crochet egg already.Leaving in subtropical area would probably be the perfect spot for the growth of the moss-yogurt potion!Looking forward to witness the becoming :)
x

nicole said...

wow! can't wait to see if it works!

flowerpress said...

And I thought I was a little bit mad pouring milk on my terracotta pots! Good mad that is ;-)

Knicky Knacks said...

A kindred spirit. I've posted about my doily wrapping rock adventures today but mine is pint size compared to yours. Plus, my hot glue gun turned on me..Had I been armed with some cool mossy yoghurt, perhaps my burns would not have been so bad! Where on earth did you get 'dinasour egg' inspired rock from? Love it. It looks huge in your pictures.

Andi said...

Love this one!
The M&E creative genius strikes again!
Andi x

PS Please don't respond with anything even slightly self-deprecating. Ta!!

Leonie said...

o....I cannot wait to see the results of this!!!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

it's incredible!!
love popping in here, you make me laugh {undies etc}.
fingers crossed for the doily moss :)

Kirsten said...

I can't wait to see it!
I made your Malaysian Chicken last week (6th July 2010 post) - it's one of my favourites. While the chicken was simmering I popped in to see what was happening with you after a long blog visiting hiatus. You had me giggling! Glad to see you didn't lose your nerve with the dinosour egg;)

Fer said...

This rock is looking better and better all the time.... ♥

spectacularfairywren said...

oh god that 'splat' photo had me near retching... or keeling over laughing. Please grow moss. Did you see that grand design that hadn't growed after 12 months of yoghurt and cow poo application!? I am wishing for moss for you. Checkout my mosses here for wish-speration...
http://spectacularfairywren.blogspot.com/2011/03/cryptogams-moss-lichen-hornworts-and.html

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'd have sent you a paving slab from my back yard , if I'd known you wanted to grow GREEN FRONDS ..... The mould on the step outside our back door is positively lush this year .
Perhaps I should mix it with yoghurt and honey and stop buying moisturiser ?

Nauli said...

Looks fun!

Thea said...

Really, really like this. can't wait to see moss grow in a lacey pattern-like manner. x

sophie said...

Geez that looks like fun - i'd be so into that action if I wasn't trying to figure out Kohlbergs theory on moral development *yawn*

Michelle said...

Ah! Brilliant!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

your cunning plan to have them learn to use the washing machine by themselves (out of sheer self defence) is coming along nicely.

You are a nutjob.

Carry on!

Teje said...

Hello Tania! You really got my attention - vow amazing! How great to see real dinosaur-egg - and your project is something else! Like someone wrote, I thought one second that you have exiting salad today...sorry. This is going to be unbelievable! Sunny wishes from Crete! Teje

Mel said...

You have entered a whole stratosphere of crafty genius that I know I will NEVER get my head around. Love it and can't wait to see the progress!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

as a fan of wrapped in doily rock I am excited!!!I first saw this moss stuff as moss graffiti where people had drawn pictures on walls using moss- I had heart palpitations when I saw it...

have a look here: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/moss-grass-graffiti/2147

I have plans for the whole side of the house- one day....maybe....

Jaime said...

Please keep us updated. I love picturing some of the conversations that must happen around your dinner table "so what did you do today? oh nothing much just doilied up our local dinosaur egg" wonderful!

Posie Patchwork said...

I'm no on moss-watch, suggesting you add a weekly update to your side bar, non?? Love Posie

Duyvken said...

So lovely! I look forward to moss updates.

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

Gosh you rock.

grrl + dog said...

Ha!

Good luck!
I had a go at this on a wall before summer, and the result was poor

to say the least.

I found it needed constant wetting down, but maybe the doiley will hold it in place.

quirky granola girl said...

i was quite relieved to see that you used old tablecloths to cover the egg. i thought that you were going to do all of the handiwork, then glue, then moss smoothie it. that would be crazy making for me. i look forward to your results.

Kirsty said...

Really looking forward to seeing this one develop!

It's going to be grand.

Madeline said...

Crazy brilliant! You are now fully obligated to let us know how it turns out!

Sarah Slaven said...

Can't wait to see future photos of what it looks like