Monday, June 6, 2011

Mischief (aka: Tears, Blood, Not Sweat)



Even though I would love nothing more than to live in a street, lined with doilied trees and would blink not an eye at possible neighbourhood wrath, I realised this would take some stretching of one tablecloth. Instead I directed the mischief and the doily-bombing at one of the school trees.



As usual, I failed abysmally at covert, guerilla-ness, arriving with my ladder during some random, round-robin footy match, which involved five teams and their associated spectating supporters. I calculate a possible 140 witnesses observed the great gust of wind that blew the ladder onto my head: DOINK! Ah, the tear-stained indignity.



The blood was shed while clinging to a wildly, swaying-in-the-gale tree and sewing through the denser tablecloth bits with a too-big, very stabby needle. I kept wondering where all the red paint was coming from. Next time I’m guerilla-ing I shall remember band aids. I meant to take a photo to induce the awe of the ouchie-obsessed three year old but forgot due to ladder-induced concussion.

Not a drop of sweat went into the cladding of a school tree in a doilied tablecloth. There was a wind chill factor of -27 degrees celsius. Rewardingly, my efforts did not go unappreciated by a now-warmer, resident cockroach:



and then the ladybird hung around for a leisurely hour-long chat.



After the last knot was tied, the final finger pricked and OUCH! squeaked, I stepped back to take photos. Then the tree, clad in new leggings, performed a languid, extreme-slow-motion cartwheel...



...or is that the concussion talkin’?


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PS. I’ve been such a bad bloggy type lately – lots of real life getting in the way of a good ol’ catch up. I’m missing yez.

51 comments:

Madeline said...

Oh, my. Ouch. That's quite a bit of effort for one tree, but I must say, the results are rather lovely...and cozy.

OohLookBel said...

Those pictures are amazing, just like an ab-toned lady in lacy leggings taking a stroll (the tree, that is). Excellent work!

Stomper Girl said...

The bravery of you! If there's been 140 witnesses I would have taken my ladder and my tablecloth and slunk home. But I'm glad you didn't because the tree looks great. Hope the school appreciates it.

Andi said...

LOVE it!!! Must start bombing the trees at our place!
You are mischief-maker extraordinaire!!
Shame about the OUCHes.
xx

Felicity said...

Oh my!

Loving the mischief [or as my 3yo niece likes to call it Miss Chip].

Loving the gold star from nature in the form of the lady beetle.

Loving your creativity and the end result.

Not so loving your dramas and mishaps [wonder what my niece would call those? Miss Hats?] and hope the twinkle has returned to your toes, noggin and fingers.

xx Felicity

Vic said...

Oh you're all sorts of awesome. For doing this in the first place, for doing it in front of, well, everyone, for being brave in the face of ladder-induced head injuries....

I LOVE the picture of the cockroach sticking it's head up; so funny...

Jennie said...

Thats definately a cart wheel!!
Looks so gorgeous - so cool to do that with a load of spectators!

clare's craftroom said...

What a brave thing you are firstly for climbing and secondly for sacrificing your tablecloth !I hope your head is better and the cockroach is still smug .

Sandrine said...

Oh I hope ze head is getting better!:)It is one special elegant tree that one! I had to laugh while imagining the sports team reaction at the "spectacle":) lol
Hope life gets easy for you this week.
Sandrine x

Tas said...

Well worth the blood, tears and frostbite and possibly public humiliation taken to pretty that tree up. It looks gorgeous! You are braver than me. With that much of an audience, I might have just slunk off and come back at a later time when there were no witnesses lol.

Michelle said...

a cartwheel for sure! looks fantastic, love the story, Michelle x

Michelle said...

Looks fantastic and you are much braver than me. Witnesses would have been enough to send me slinking home, let alone being smacked in the head with a ladder.

Are you tempted to paint it with yoghurt now?

momma rae said...

what a grand adventure and such a magnificent doily clad tree. love it!

teddybearswednesday said...

puts whole new meaning on suffering for your art doesn't it.
The tree not only looks magnificent but I'm sure it's entirely grateful too, for being prettied up and to have a nice shawl to keep it warm through the chilly months. xo

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

We are so on the same wavelength. I saw this in Melbourne on Gertrude st, got all excited and took lots of photos with plans to do the same at my place. Yours look lovely.

Kylie said...

It looks amazing - ouch to the fingers though.

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Ha ah, I love the cart wheel!! Nice one tania....very nice indeed.
xx

Bree said...

If I'd seen all those witnesses I would have hiked it too.
I have about six trees on my footpath and another 4 big ones in the yard, you are welcome to come and guerilla knit or tablecloth them any time you want! I think your neighbours need to get a life if they don't like it!

sharon said...

I laughed out loud at the computer screen. children think I am nuttier than normal!

there is always an audience whenever there is potential for humiliation and injury to self isn't there. murphy's law.

hey: have a query - I am battling with google docs and getting a printable pdf there to link on blog. Yours seems to come up just perfectly...any hints please?

Shannon said...

oh your poor head. I am glad that you recovered to spot the cartwheel angle, most impressive.
I am not a fan of cockroaches tho at least that one has good taste.

CurlyPops said...

Oh man, you're the bravest woman I know!
I'd be in stitches laughing, watching you climbing up a ladder to doilify a tree! Not so much in stitches when the blood starts pouring out though.

Mama of 2 boys said...

You are hilarious! I loved reading this post! Except for your injury, that is not good, you poor thing.
But the rest is just gold. That tree looks magnificent, so artistic, you clever gal :o)

littlebetty said...

Nice work - I wish had witnessed the attack first hand.

Kylie said...

That is one mighty fine AMAZING yarn bombing there, Mrs :) Sorry to hear about sufferings for your art. Hope concussion not really on the cards? So lovely to visit here again :) Kx

silverpebble said...

This would definitely be classes as 'extreme crafting' due to bodily injury, heights, presence of Wild Creatures and sheer scale.

Are the school reviews in on the new tree look?

I see the cartwheel (and some very becoming Victorian-style tree bloomers).

Tam said...

You just make laugh - out loud! xxt

Squiggly Rainbow said...

You crack me up and the funny thing is I can picture myself in all that you wrote! I have smacked myself in the nose with the hedge clippers a few weeks ago and then into the corner of the front door on a weird tripping over re-bound - imagine a ladder? Well you don't have to imagine that! xoxo hope you're feeling okay! xx Rach

Nikki said...

You crazy chick, you... although, that's definitely a cartwheeling tree. No concussion necessary to see that one.

74 Lime Lane said...

you are a brave soul and completely awesome at it ~ I too would have slunk home if there was a crowd, nevermind the mishaps. But your mischief-making is lovely and I bet causing quite a stir

summer pickles said...

yippee! love a doily tree... i was so hoping you would do one! love it - bet the school kids are talking about it, not to mention the tree-living critters!

beck said...

Snazz. That's the word that comes to mind. Other words include..Doily Super Woman, crazy, brave, nuts, adventure craft, wow, omg, and inevitably..what's next? x

Catherine said...

you are brave. and crazy. and I hope not too sore.

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It's amazing!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

you said blood and tears - my heart was in my mouth there. Sorry for your DOINK and your ouchie, but I'm glad it was nothing requiring ambulances!!

Looks like someone with their lacy legs in the air, definitely. Sorry the neighbourhood is missing out, but I bet the 140 crowd were dead impressed. And the insects provided validation.

Whatever next!?

Doily on hen.

Bonnie said...

I have to give you serious credit for doing this. I love how it turned out! So, did these onlookers say anything to you? How did you get so brave!? Seriously...I would never have the balls to do that! I am seriously impressed!

Cinnamon said...

I bet everyone at the round robin was quite entertained, but I'm sorry to hear about your head! Ouch. As usual, enjoying any and all posts from you, whenever they come. :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You seem to be aiming for sainted martyrdom . Injured , while making knickers for trees .
Very fetching knickers !!

Bonnie said...

It looks great! For the record, I would like a neighbor who dressed her trees so well.

Gina said...

Thanks for the laugh, but not so much for the exposure of my apparently still traumatized pelvic floor. And SQUEEEEEZE....

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Ha, LOVE it!
I hope that there are lots of smiles at your school.
Leggings ??? I think it's a very fancy pair of Nancy Gantz pants! Every tree needs some!
Hope the bleeding has stopped and all the bumped and pricked bits are on the mend.
Cheers
Jenny

suzanne said...

Wow an amazing work of art !

Your energy astounds me!

A happy day to you~!

Suzanne

Suse said...

Brave woman! I wrapped a rock in a doiley a couple of years ago and my family thought I was nuts. I'm going to show them your whole tree.

nikkishell said...

I love your doilied tree! And the fact that it does cartwheels ;)

superkantastic.com said...

You. are. my. hero. I've been visiting your blog for quite some time and I love it so! I have always wanted to knit-bomb a tree (in fact, to knit-bomb is on my list of 28 things to do before my next birthday). I love all your trees, and I would LOVE to be your neighbor.

Fer said...

Definitely worth all the pain.... and the blood..... The tree seems to appreciate your efforts too. ♥

june at noon said...

Beautiful, despite the blood, absent-sweat, and tears. I do think it's hilarious how openly you're doing it--I can't wait for the blog post about the police officer! :)

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

I think 'your' tree is stunning, and I hope loads of people get a smile out of it each morning when they arrive at school. You've inspired me (to share, not to put in all the blood sweat and tears myself!), and I've just posted about our 'own' Scarf Tree in celebration of all things craftily-guerilla - craftonmymind.blogspot.com

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Can you please come and bomb one of my trees? Please, pretty please???

Sally said...

Oh it was so worth the pain... it looks beautiful! So very very beauitful.

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

that is tooooo cool for school, or just cool enough. Wonder how it's looking after some rain, have they left it there?

stupendous joy said...

It's fantastic and very admirable!! Was that one of yours I photographed on Dickens Street a while back. I was in awe.

PS. Thanks for the Chickummyjig tutorial. We made one this morning. http://stupendousjoy.blogspot.com/2011/08/doin-chickummyjig.html