Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Creative Space



Bet you don’t know what this is?

No?

How about this?...



No?

If you were a small anklebiter type, living in our street, you would have been informed in all straight-faced, adamant seriousness, that it is indeed a Dinosaur Egg*. Ah, the wonderment of having a Dinosaur Egg nesting in one’s garden.

After four years the story has finally run its course. Those little kids are four years the wiser and those of them who questioned periods of incubation and such-like, now raise but a cynical eyebrow. And these days, whenever anyone shows any sort of bewildered interest, the middle kid comes over all excitable and bug-lovin’ and turns the egg over to reveal the resident House(?) Redback(?) Spider. That’s her underside there, perched on her own, egg-y nest.



Ever since I came over all crocheted-rock obsessed, I have had my eye on the ex-Dinosaur Egg. And with all this mild, drizzly weather we’ve been having, it’s time to get a job done.

I have a doilied tablecloth:



I have coverage:



Well, mostly:



(I’m still toying with attachment notions versus all-over coverage, bespoke tailoring and glue guns and whatnot – not to mention a Spider Relocation Plan).

Oh, and then I have this:



And you can take it from me, there is natural yoghurt in the fridge.

I’ll be blending up a tasty cocktail of moss spores and yoghurty acidophilus and painting the ex-Dinosaur Egg with the gloop. And then I’m going to obsessively keep things all damp and moss-growing, conducive-like and see what happens next.

Totally inspired by this.

For all sorts of inspiration, pop by and see Kirst.

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* Besides an ex-Dinosaur Egg, it is a somewhat weathered plaster mould of one of those fitball whatsits. Which the Mr cast eons ago for some startlingly necessary reason, which neither of us can recall.

40 comments:

One Flew Over said...

I think it looks great with the tablecloth and I'm not sure I would be relocating that spider?!

Looks sinister to me. Baygon?

CurlyPops said...

Everyone needs a dinosaur egg in their garden don't they?

Lola Nova said...

Well now you've done it! Suddenly I have to have a dinosaur egg-fitball whatsit-a giant's family jewel-super marble-mega bowling ball of my very own! You know, it's rather amazing that up until just now I had no call for one whatsoever.

Tracey said...

Only you could make doily covered, mossy, arachnid sponsoring dinosaur egg sound like an enticing garden feature ;)

teddybearswednesday said...

Looking fabulous, can't wait to see it in all it's fermented glory.
But what if the baby dinosaur wants to hatch?
xo

Creative Mom said...

Wow I love it on such a large scale! What about simple elastic to cinch it around the base?

CraftyCripple said...

That is such a brilliant idea. It will look amazing.

Christina said...

Loving that you have a plaster fit ball! But I would not be keen on the company of that spider and the brood she is breeding in that nest!

Umatji said...

top rock top cover but naughty harmful spider - you know that is a red back right? I must say if your kdis are older maybe that becomes all manageable but with my wee things and a redback - with an egg sack of six gazillion more - squish is where I go. There is a great book by elsa beskow where a forest creature says something like 'we are gentle and kind to everyone unless they mean us harm' which I use as my out for squishing of redbacks.
excellent work with crochet - mamoth effort. also - you have created a world wide need for dinosaur eggs now. Have had to hide computer from 4 year old.
xx

Teresa said...

This is awesome, awesome, awesome. What a fantastic idea. I am feeling totally inspired and am itching to try this myself...hope you don't mind if I steal this idea, it would look fab in my friends garden.

Tania said...

Just to clarify (for anyone concerned), the Spider Relocation Plan involves migrating the arachnid and her nest to, um, heaven...

Kylie said...

Wow! This is just fabulousness of the most M&E kind :) Love your ideas - crochet cover divine and that moss is just so beautiful. In awe that you're actually going to grow some, Mrs! Very impressed. YOU blow my socks off with YOUR creative processing, and that's the truth :) Kx

Andi said...

Pure creative loveliness!!!
Every M&E post makes me smile, inspires my creativity and makes me want to scream to the rafters that YOU NEED TO DO SOME MORE WRITING!!!!
Andi x

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

Now that's one big rock with crochet cover - I Love it!!! Don't like that spider, think it should go to heaven!

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea - looks amazing with the cover on! Have fun painting it with yoghurt

Faeryfay said...

Ooooooh! It will look fabulous! You are so creative!:-)

Gaby said...

This is so randomly perfect!

Shannon said...

how cool would it be to live in your street! dinosaur eggs and moss. except there is that sneaker thing..and the spider. Heaven is a good place for her.

Tas said...

Sounds like messy fun. Any young helpers volunteering to help with the gloop?

Catherine said...

a crochet and moss covered dinosaur egg... perfect!

june at noon said...

Wow. That is a large dinosaur egg to cover! And you're not going to crochet your own cover?! (I kid.)

Posie Patchwork said...

So it's one of your husband's sculptures from the Jurassic era?? I can see huge beads on the edges of the crocheted tablecloth, like it's keeping flies off a juice jug?? Non?? Love Posie

Alisa said...

I think it's lovely that you're keeping the 'egg' warm till it hatches. Keeping the baby dino and the myth alive : )

Fer said...

Truly inspired!

Naturally Carol said...

Hehe! and I thought it was just a common man hole cover from looking at the first pic! How wrong was I!

Leonie said...

I would LOVE a dinosaur egg in my veggie garden, that would really get the kids going!! xx

tea with lucy said...

a truly unique creative space.

i'd expect nothing less from you, my dear.

xo

mel @ loved said...

The perfect rock! And what fabulous plans you have for it..

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

If man is 5
Then the devil is 6
Then god is 7
This spider's gone to heaven
-sing it to the Pixies song "Monkey gone to heaven", your new version "Spider gone to heaven" - under a doily covered rock.

Michelle @ The Crafty Little Fox said...

I am not sure what would scare me more... a baby dinosaur or the thought of all those redbacks! Will be interesting what becomes of the egg.

quirky granola girl said...

a moss covered dino egg is a beautiful idea. and the crocheted cover is gorgeous. but mixing the two? your inspiration photo is lovely, but i don't think i could do it.
...
i totally want a dino egg in my garden now, too. just to test my mossy/crafty bravery...

Kid Rock Tickets said...

That fantastic! realy! these website is way better then everything I ever saw.

Anne said...

What a fun idea!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

i absolutely love your 'think outside the square' creativeness! So refreshing. So scientific of you as well, growing your own moss!

craftschmaft.com said...

I must admit that you almost lost me at the doily point. However the smile on my face once I reached the moss/doily combination point was one of pure delight. You never fail to amaze and inspire me Mrs, thank you :)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

the whole family is clearly as mad as hatters.

I love your family.

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

this might be the most unique project ever?! the fact that you have this to start with is amazing. and the redback living there . . . good luck with moving her {v scared for you}.
interested to see this finished :)

heather said...

our redbacks, are red bellies. weird! the down under thing made their redness go up and over! we had a black widow, you know what they're called here, and had to relocate her right when we moved in to this house. it was crazy. david and i were pre-kid, and newly inducted into mountain living. we actually tried to light her on fire, along with her egg sack. she was hanging inside of a cinder block and we couldn't smush her. hard to explain. the dousing with alcohol and then lighter technique did not work??? so david got his bb gun. what the hell was wrong with us? we were obsessed and neurotic looking back on it. somehow that didn't work either. i am making us sound like the biggest idiots. we then got her into a jar and walked her and her egg down the mountain and left the jar there. oh my. that was a long time ago.....since then, when i find them, i just smush them if it's possible. but i have had to torch a few when they are hanginn in the web and aren't smushable. it sucks.

your rock project is insane! i love it. what the heck. you have become a masterful crocheter! oh! hey, i just started the cardigan for girls you linked to a while ago for my big girl. i'm gonna start one for the littlest too, and then they will be finished together. the oleander? is that what it's called? i don't think you ever saw david's vest i made.... look:

http://lightandmacaroni.blogspot.com/2011/02/his-birthday-sweater-vest.html

heather said...

olearia.

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