Sunday, September 25, 2011

Apparently...

...I have been off on some sporadic, unintended, bloggy sabbatical thing.

Tired of my own voice, I’ve been finding quiet in quilty making,



and french-knotting another weirdy, left-of-centre gift, [this time for a fabulous, departing-Melbourne type].



I have been knee-deep in four year old wardrobe attitude,



Until the four year old gave up the feist and fell true-dinks asleep, (as opposed to fake asleep), in the wardrobe cupboard.



I have been busy dipping a big toe into the world that is Parenting a Dyslexic Kid.

I have been taking big, deep, challenging breaths and playing a (hopefully) objective and (I-so-hope) supportive role, standing beside a different kid suffering from School Yard Angst. A tricky proposition when the mama instinct is pure, protective lioness.

I’ve produced twenty-seven million (four) cushions, all of which are modelled by my all-time favourite Lawn Chair.



Two of which were mostly ON-TIME birthday gifts,



for friends.



Another which used lots of those teeny, tiny scraps from a certain marinating quilt top,



and took eons to make.



And another, which was so quick, it was a bit of a blink-and-miss, (Ikea fabric) affair.



Figures that my favourite is the blink-and-miss affair.

I have begun excavating the dear, departed stick insects from their salty tombs,



(not as icky as you might think and not even that whiffy).

I have been remembering the ‘YES’.



This particular YES involved three kids morphing into Wild Things,



a square metre of backyard mud, extended (with scrubbing!) showers and a Mountain of Laundry.



Worth it.



Already, the Spring school holidays are here and the year is near three quarters baked.



(It’s nice to be back).

49 comments:

Tas said...

All round lovely post, girlie. I was thinking how spiffy and cool that cushion was until you mentioned "eons"...

School holidays are still a week away here but thank you for the timely reminder to say "yes" more often.

So what happens to those stick insects now?

Rie said...

Ahh, maybe you'll find sanctuary in the bloggie world! BTW - simply adore your cushions!!

Fer said...

There's definitely nothing wrong with bloggy holidays (I refuse to feel guilty about mine!).

I love the cushions, especially the tiny pieced one. It was certainly worth the effort. :-)

One Flew Over said...

The frenchie [ ] frame is just perfect Tan.

I am very much looking forward to finding the perfect spot for it in Sydney.

The cushions are superb and look very comfortable on THE lawn chair.

Miss you already!

BTW: Continue with the deep breathing and know that you and he will be absolutely A.O.K.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love the stitching. Must get myself back there. I miss it but feel like I don't know what to stitch. Inspiring as always. Missed your wordiness. x

yardage girl said...

Nice to have you back and the cushions rock. I'm (trying) to do a similar fiddly thing with some fabric scraps but I need more patience!!! Have a great week!

Magic Bean said...

Wondered where you'd got to. Good to hear from you and see what you've been up to. And there is a lioness in all of us, I've had to control my roaring at the start of this school year- it is very tricky. Good luck with the playground angst, Ax

silverpebble said...

I will forgive you your tulips (tulips in september, why don't I have any???? oh yes, that old sun earth business) because it's so ace to see you around these parts. I have never felt so wanty about a cushion as I do about that marinated one.

Michelle said...

School yard angst is the pits. Very lovely cushions and French knots.

Annie said...

I'm wanty too ... for the all the cushions and the tulips! Hang in there re. the school yard angst ... been there, done that, with two of mine, it'll come right :D

rex said...

Remembering the yes! That's so right.....
I love to see kids laying in mud. It was my sons fav thing to do.
Hope the schoolyard angst is dealt with properly. I am a huge believer in making certain each child is able to play in a safe happy environment.

And I love your cushions!

Jodie said...

That school yard angst is so so hard from the mother-distance.
I'm in your corner.

soniaandfred said...

suffering a serious case of cushion envy.
My attempt (indeed my first ever sewing machine attempt) looks REALLY amateur!

Nikki said...

Totally worth the time it took to sew all those bits together(and I'm a bit glad it was you and not me doing it). Stunning.

kelly said...

you know I have dyslexic kiddo, and honestly - YOU will sweat it so much more then they will. I just put mine in a Saturday art school, and there was a bit on the form about notifying them of stuff, so I fessed up and got told (honestly, truthfully)

"Fantastic....they make the best artists"

After I'd finished smooching her, I went hoppy, skippy off just knowing he would be fine, and he was. x

CurlyPops said...

You always get me with those amazing french knot thingies. Swoon.

Thrifty Household said...

Love the cushions- the mud looks fun too!

ally said...

Welcome back!!
I love the tiny piecey cushion - SO worth it.
And the very is gorgeous - lucky recipient.

mrs smith said...

Tania, your 'Yes' puts the rest of us to shame. Your energy, creativity and love and care for your children is inspirational and your cushions are not too shabby either. And may the parenting force be with you.

Stomper Girl said...

Oh my lord, that teeny quilt-scrap-fabric cushion! No wonder you haven't blogged! ANd as for that divine french-knotted [very]. far out! So neat! And so many knots! You must be super-fast at them, that would have taken me until about 2015 to complete, swear.

Good luck with that schoolyard and dyslexia stuff too xx. After the holidays, hooray for holidays.

clare's craftroom said...

Oh my I am so glad you're back too! Love , love your cushions and your kids and how on earth did you find me on Google+ you are amazing girl !

Hayley Egan said...

Schoolyard meanie? GRRrrrrrrrr... and.... Hey, nice quilt! I want to learn quilting from you.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

It's all utterly fabulous - the making, not the angst.

Or the mud. Well that is fabulous, but rather you/them than me.

You are SuperT, you can do anything and you have SuperKiddos too, so they will triumph also.

And I'm NEVER tired of the sound of your voice.

Jo said...

Durn it! I went to Ikea to buy that very fabric for cushions no less and they were sold out! Now I know who to blame.

At least I can visualise them now I guess. :)

Andi said...

I don't even know where to begin to respond to all that aceness ... other than to say ... you are ACE!!!

Bonnie said...

I love all of your pillows...especially the one with the million pieces! I too, would have said "yes" to the mud party! haha...definitely worth the extra work.

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Highs and lows, ups and downs....yep....I hear ya sista!!

Mary said...

Hi Tan, welcome back. This parenting gig is hard stuff isn't it. There is a whole lot more growing up involved that I ever anticipated. Nice cushions

mel @ loved said...

I always love your work, everything is just beautiful you clever lady! Adoring that tuckered out 4yr old asleep in the cupboard, gold! Without meaning to be nosey, I'm interested in the world of parenting a dyslexic kid. One of my friends has just had her daughter diagnosed after a very long & exhausting mission to find out what's wrong. They're on the right track now and suddenly everything makes sense, now it's about managing it & getting on with life, this time with clarity & support..enjoy the holidays!! x

Loz and Dinny said...

Much to love here, you creative powerhouse, you. Was just reading a how to on the French Knot - decided not or non, whichever is more applicable. Bloody make yourself a cuppa x

Naturally Carol said...

Fantastic cushions modelled expertly by your favourite chair..pretty good mud pies too!

Mel said...

Phew. Feeling slightly better about my own bloggy hiatus (which clearly included not visiting blogs either!) and so totally GET the sick of the sound of your own voice thing ... except wowzers lady, could never tire of yours!

Sounds like life has dished up it's fair share of tricky bits and good bits which I'm sure you've handled in your most excellent way. Here's hoping there's way more good bits in the immediate future my lovely ;)

librarygirl said...

I can't believe you used the scraps! On second thoughts: yes I can.
Tania, you are a lovely nutter.
Hope you all have great holidays x

Christina said...

Welcome back and thanks for the insight into the behind the scenes. Cohen would be into that mud in a moments notice as well too. :)

grrl + dog said...

jeeeeeeezzzzzzz!

How many million french knots make that embroidery??

bec said...

Gorgeous cushions! I'll make another one soon and tempt you some more. Gorgeous pics of the kids, as per usual.

bec said...

Gorgeous cushions! I'll make another one soon and tempt you some more. Gorgeous pics of the kids, as per usual.

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Posie Patchwork said...

Ok ok, you have been busy but really, showing off that your children have fancy organic mud treatments at an outdoors natural beauty salon, over doing it a bit, show off, non??
Love it all, what a gorgeous collection of goodies to have been busy with, not so much the school yard angst & dyslexia, but they'll get all fixed up & overcome in no time. Love Posie

Kaylovesvintage said...

you been busy my dear
your pillows would look good in my home...and yes I have space,lol

love the mudkids ...its to cold here for mudkids

Friko said...

Would you say you've been busy at all?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Every time you think you've got it all running smoothly , something else comes up and bites you on the bum .
But looking at those faces , I see you're coping brilliantly . Which muddy nose was yours?

Maggie May said...

I have SAY YES MORE on my fridge, thanks to you.

xo

june at noon said...

I think I've had a break, too, without meaning too. It's going around, you know. ;)

The cushions look great. It all does, 'though I'm most in love with all those French knots!

Sally said...

I want to play in the mud too!!!

Loving that Ms. 4 sleeps in the cupboard... is she hoping to grow into Harriet Potter?

Molly said...

I just started to follow you and than PHOOF! you were gone. I'm prepping myself for the departure of my bestie who is moving to Melbourne in a year. I figured following some bloggers down under was a good step forward in acceptance. I LOVE that your french knots are so perfect and yet crooked! :)

quirky granola girl said...

i always love your french knot projects and the pillows and lawn chair are lovely. but the most striking thing to me are the tulips. tulips?! my mums are looking like crap outside. it'll be a l-o-n-g wait for tulips. bask in some spring sunshine for me :)

Maxabella said...

You are MUCH more productive than I am when I grow tired of the sound of my own voice. I wish I had half your talent and even just a third of your drive, Tania. x

heather said...

mmmm dyslexia. school yard angst. wardrobe sass. oh such good fun that i too get to play with daily. but really, it's all so interesting when i step back and get out of freaking freaker mode. yeah? yeah. i swear dyslexic kids are the most interesting. and of course i am biased. uh-oh. only one of mine is dyslexic. well, the most interesting in a certain way. yay for a big muddy yes. did you see my iron's face on your flickr group? it's also on my last post. i couldn't resist. and i couldn't help but to think of you.

ablemen = word veri.