Monday, August 29, 2011

Five Belly Laughs (and a Perhaps-Not-While-You’re-Eating-Breakfast? Warning)

Nope. Not yoghurt, not ice cream, not soap, not moss, not dog shampoo, not a medical cure, not mousse, not slime, not an, er, bicycle. And definitely NOT mascarpone. OR ricotta. None of those guesses from the Betcha Couldn’t Guess! competition were correct guesses.

Try belly buttons.



I imagine you’ve all just paid a spontaneous visit to Wrong Town.



My heartiest of hearty apologies, (I did try to warn you).

If you have never cast a mould of your belly button, it’s all extremely easy, except for the bit where you have to keep still. This is because you are GUARANTEED to dissolve into a fit of giggles. Well, the kids and I did – the Mr is only ever efficient at this sort of thing. Each of the ‘artworks’ is as individual and identifiable as the person it belongs to. Not only can you tell how cold our house is, (goosebumps!), you can even (sadly) see the difference in skin texture associated with a belly that has stretched to grow three babies.

The whole exercise was without any real reason and entirely for the fun of it. Although a couple of years ago, when the Mr was making moulds for work, he used the leftover ingredients for the Middle and Eldest to cast their belly buttons. It seemed only fair that the Small have her own plaster cast. Of course a collection of five is even better than three...

And we do seem to have a penchant for a random collection.



And they do fit right in with the eyeballs.



There was one unfortunate and heartbreakingly difficult situation, which involved the much-loved, honorary member of the family...



Psssst! Jess! WHERE is Colin’s belly button???


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PS. If you would like to know more about this casting and moulding process the how-to is HERE. (It is precisely the same process as that used for casting the hands of babies, and the same stuff you’d use for pregnant belly bumps – and yes, of course we’ve done all those too)...

PPS. Susie, you were the first guesser to be mostly on guessing track. A Something Nice shall be postally heading in your direction. A consolation prize goes to Gemma for the most laterally thunk out, imaginative and generally unlikely scenario.

PPPS. I hereby promise to abstain from the ‘weird’ and knit nice things for the rest of the week.

33 comments:

librarygirl said...

oh you sneaky little plaster-caster.
reminds me of pictures from a very, very interesting ( and quite gynae-ish)show - was it at the
gallery in Tassie?? - I saw recently...

flowerpress said...

How exciting! I never win anything!!
Not sure where I'm going to use those belly button spotting skills again but glad to know I have them. Thanks T :-)

Copper Patch said...

BRILLIANT!
Now I wish I'd done mine pre-Harvey-bump. I used to be rather proud of me nicely proportioned, rather good looking belly button. Now I could carry spare change in the thing!

Too much information...?
Ab :o)

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

Ha!
Wouldn't have picked that.
A real conversation starter.

Naturally Carol said...

Now I wouldn't have guessed that in a thousand years of belly laughs!

teddybearswednesday said...

hehe I love them, and i think they are quite beautiful.
as for Colin's belly button, I'm not sure bears have belly buttons, but he does have a seam line, perhaps the bears equvilant of a bb xo
PS any departures?

Tas said...

In my somewhat limited circle of people I am honoured to call friends, you are the only one that has a collection of plaster belly buttons and fake eyes. I am not quite sure what that says but it is a fact, none-the-less.

yardage girl said...

Wow ... that's kind of clever and cool and gross all at the same time!

M. Bloom said...

Oh, my word... How clever and funny and delightfully... peculiar!

Kirsty said...

Good work you fabulous family keep up the freak out. x

Andi said...

Whose is the 'outie'?

MadCraftyMama said...

Fantastic! Love it! I may have to give it a go just for the laugh I get when friends ask, "what is that on your wall?".

Squiggly Rainbow said...

You crack me up! That is the funniest artwork I have ever seen - especially for a collaborative family piece! Love it! I did see a doco on SBS last year about an artist taking plaster moulds of vagina's and making a huge exhibit in the UK - no joke - it was amazing how many women I learned have cosmetic surgery after kidlets to 'clean up' their v.

Oh my - belly buttons was great! xx Rach xx

Fer said...

Love. :-)

CurlyPops said...

Oh me oh my.... speechless!

tea with lucy said...

you are a bunch of crazy nutters. and i love it. . . as always. xo

Kylie said...

That's so funny (and a bit squidgy too!) You guys are hilarious :) Kx

Magic Bean said...

Love them! When I was preggers with SmallBean my boobs were so big (for me) that I did a cast of them and sprayed them gold as a present for BigBean. He was a bit bemused. Every now and then I try them on and am incredulous at their enormity. Wish I'd done my bump too. Love those buttons. Fab. Ax

june at noon said...

Uh. For once you've truly left me speechless. What a collection you all are!

Lola Nova said...

Brilliant! and please oh please do not abstain from the weird, ever (though I do also enjoy the knittery side of you too).

PS. I am gobsmackingly chartreuse with envy over your eyeballs, seriously!

quirky granola girl said...

i did it. i'm all caught up to the last post i read on may 19th. dreadfully sorry it took so long to get my m&e fix, but i'm all blissed out now. shall wander my house tonight looking for trouble of some sort to get in to. thank you for sharing your point of view with the wider world. my world is brighter with your blog in it :)

Loz and Dinny said...

Hey! That's my name! I didn't even realise it was a little competition ... just thought I'd thrwo in the old two bits! I love those belly buttons ... not sure mine can be described as a button anymore, but your collection is as cute as a ... well, button. xx

One Flew Over said...

Love the bellies and you know how much I love that eye collection x

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

seriously, the shit your family gets up to after dinner kills me. Our quoll spotting with torches and catching of fireflies is boring in comparison to the M &E family fun. this is both weird and good at the same time.

Sally said...

I love this so much... and it is a lot less gross that what was going through my mind when I read your earlier post!

ally said...

awesome family momento - they'll fight over that one!!
I adore the little faces in the top photo

Maxabella said...

Oh dear lord, that is gold. I honestly nearly wet my pants. I missed your original post so it was all the more obscure and brilliant! That's art, baby! (and I note one serious outtie going on at yours too!) x

Deb said...

Who would've thunk of that? Lol.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

That is seriously, very cool.

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

my my my ... Reading your blog has just left me very happy! Very funny and enjoyable. and bookmarked for more! I must tell you about Kerry Greenwood, an author from your neck (Melbourne). She writes the most scrumptious murder mysteries with a dash of odd and quirky, a soupcon of sex and an overall wonderful cast of characters. If you are interested in that kind of thing ... Thank you for a lovely romp!

Sandrine said...

hahaha only chez Myrtle and Eunice :)You surely brings some fresh air to the crafty bloggy world :) But I will stick to making my yogurts my way (I probably will smile now while making them!!) x S

Astrid said...

I love it -- perhaps it could also come in handy for 'eyes bigger than belly' tests. "Don't take more food than your belly button mould".

Gina said...

I did have to come back to ask a question. Who the HECK owns the bb on the bottom left?!!!