Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Creative Space: Quite Possibly the Evil-est Idea I Have Had Yet



It is no longer in dispute. I am a mother with a slightly evil tendency. While I find my latest idea inspired, my children are (currently) only mildly bemused. I have considered that this may morph into an emphatic irritation.

In our house, misbehaviour is met with time out in the Naughty Corner. Although, with a nine year old, I suspect the days of this consequence are numbered, I quite happily grant me, the forty year old, time out for the smallest offence. To date, there has been nowhere to sit in the naughty corner and the floor is pretty chilly, come this time of year. I have been eying off one of my three roadside finds...



I stripped another chair of old, stinky upholstery and I like the uncushioned bones even better. The Mr thinks I should try and replicate the first chair in an upholstered but non-matchy fashion but I reckon a chair for the naughty corner invites a more, um, spartan feel.



My intention is to sand this chair for an eternity, then cover the back and seat with all the things one could do or not do, should one wish to be a well-behaved ANGEL. The kids have brainstormed such naggings with me, which is why there is also a solid representation aimed squarely at their mother.



In the meanwhile I have been Googling ‘découpage’ how to’s and top tips and getting myself into all sorts of trouble because I keep accidentally typing in searches for ‘décolletage’.

’Course it’s the school holidays and all of a sudden, I have twenty seven looming work deadlines. Juggling these is tricky enough*, let alone finding the free time for playing with such evil projects of seated whimsy. I wonder, if while taking a little time out from the blog, working punishing night-time hours, being a veritable EARTHMOTHER to my children, (whom I love and adore), that I may possibly see the error of my ways and rethink this whole Naughty Corner concept?

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* Yesterday I was forced to schedule a meeting with a new client while naked and in the shower. This is because the Middle kid is very helpful and answered the studio phone for me.

PS. Find more spaces of the creative and, undeniably less evil kind, HERE.

37 comments:

Sarah said...

ohhhh I cannot wait... can I join you on the chair... ?

Umatji said...

oh glorious! Maybe a cat o nine tails hung on a hook behind it as well - just to finish it off. You know - colour matched...
xx

CurlyPops said...

I am in awe of your naughty chair concept. I think it will be a design classic ala Eames...

teddybearswednesday said...

Once again you've outdone yourself. Brilliant!
xo

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

But you only actually scheduled the meeting while smothered in bubbles , right ?
You and client didn't MEET there ?
Where would one put one's papers ?

Trace said...

love the naughty corner idea, in fact, love all your slightly left of centre ideas!

Trace said...

love the naughty corner idea, in fact, love all your slightly left of centre ideas!

clare's craftroom said...

I was reading some of your print and thought I was still at my house . Do you know I still say "lunchboxes and waterbottles" every single damn night. It has only been 11 years so maybe the chair may have helped.

rachelmp said...

I like your thinking ... from another works from home parent with the kids on holidays

flowerpress said...

Love the shower work scheduling, talk about multi-tasking ;-)

Maxabella said...

Love love love love love love... shall I go on? This is FABulous! Can't wait to see the final product and I am tempted to get one for myself... x

Ali said...

Mine does that bathroom phone thing too. There's just something so wrong about it.

Chair sounds inspired!

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

I can't wait to see the result of this!! xx

Naturally Carol said...

I think I would have put surprise thumbtacks (pointy side up) at random intervals for mine..fortunately for them, they have grown up! Unfortunately on occasions the memory of all of their naughty events still linger and prompt me to make evil suggestions like these.

Notchka said...

You clever evil crafty women. Laughed about the shower bit - snap (except I'd just got my clothes off and hadn't quite stepped into the shower)!

Anonymous said...

T
I see your evil is wholeheartedly embraced...

Anna Bartlett said...

Looks fantastic. Can't wait to see the end result. After holidays are over maybe!

Suzy said...

Genius! Some ideas about decoupaging chairs here:
http://roomsandheirlooms.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/little-map-chair/

Tiffany said...

Hope that wasn't a video conference ;-) Must have been all that googling of "décolletage" haha.

"Petunia Pill" said...

My child is only ever slightly bemused at A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G I do or think! LOL I think that is one of the laws of nature...NEVER give your Mother the satisfaction of being impressed with her ideas! Love your blog...you always make me giggle...to say nothing of your awesome talents!

Fer (checking in when I can) said...

There's no doubt about it, you're definitely inspired! We haven't introduced the naughty chair yet, but I fear me it's not very far away.....

Michelle said...

Goodness! Which one of your children plays the viola? I used to play the viola too! (we are a rare breed)

Sandrine said...

Can I have some of your evil fabric frame?? :) Honestly I do not know how you find the time Ms T? Now thanks goodness the phone did not have that video button :) lol
Looking forward to see what you make!
Sandrine xx

Adriana said...

Fantastic!
Am looking forward to seeing how it looks.

Yes - I've had to talk to customers while nudie in the bathroom too...
So professional!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I have a nasty case of semantic vertigo. Whilst I'm sure that the meaning of that *statement is perfectly clear.... so did you get the contract?

Yes you are evil. Long live evil.

only 27?

You are great at the juggling. It'll be fine.

"wash your own knickers" on that list?

june at noon said...

Evil? I think it's brilliant? And I like that you've included your own transgressions as well. One must be fair, after all.

nica ha said...

When we were too old for a Naughty Chair/Corner, but still old enough for some type of punishment, my mom would tell us to go get the dictionary and look up 10 words (or more if we did something really bad) that we didn't know and use the word in an original sentence to show we understood what it meant. This was a punishment for us, but also was educational. Although one of my brothers decided to throw it back at her and use my mom in as many sentences as possible lol!

Catherine said...

you're brilliant! (if i were less lazy, I would write something similar but different on all of your recent posts, but i am lazy - sorry!

Lola Nova said...

Well, that has my "Pick it up. Put it away. Stop whining." chalk board beat by a mile!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

it's sounding super busy at your place. so awkward talking work in the nude!!
good luck with the naughty chair :)

Jo said...

Love it! Very entertaining. My recent act of evil mothering is to put chili on my dinner so the kids don't pinch it from me ;-) Now... how to work out what to do with my water so I don't keep getting their backwash in it - eww!

lamina @ do a bit said...

Such funny post and a great idea.. LOVE IT! Can't wait to see it :)

Scented Sweetpeas said...

What a fantastic idea, love it!

Michelle said...

I'm not a huge fan of time out chairs (my Mommy strategy has been more "Stand with your nose in that corner!") but yours is BRILLIANT!

Alisa said...

What a fantastic idea! A chair that can continue nagging when the nagger has run out of steam. :-))

m.e (Cathie) said...

oh wow, I need one of those for the little guy!
it needs "stop whinning" all over it for him!
pure evil genius and so tempted to pom pom bomb our tree too, love it! ♥

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh wow, I love your naughty chair idea!

Oh, and I have to say, that a few years back I actually had to do a job interview nude! No, not for any suspect position, but the boss-to-be rang unscheduled and the Man answered the phone while I was in the shower. So there I was, a half hour phone interview (luckily it was summer) to Japan. The good news was - I got the job :)