Thursday, August 5, 2010

My creative space.

My creative space this week is dedicated to and comes with a humongous thanks to my farmer boy.

Late yesterday afternoon, he returned from a trip to Ballarat to find me losing my marbles and barely holding it together. I had had a horrible morning. I was sick of the cold, the rain, the grey, the fog, the wet, the screaming two year old, the fire mess, the dirty house, the what's for dinner, the hungry but not hungry for that two year old, the orange cake that didn't cook in the middle, the overflowing laundry, the washing hanging up to dry all over the house, the defiant two year old, bla bla bla.

My farmer boy took one look at me, tried unsuccessfully to have a conversation with me and them took himself off and cancelled his appointments for the rest of the day. He then sent me into my sewing room to sew and helped with the after school pick ups and drops off, gave them dinner, played with them and got them into bed.

And I sewed summery, flowery, happy things.

My grey mood ensured there were a few sewing disasters, the bobbins kept jumping out of my hands and rolling across the room, I snapped a few needles and sewed over some pins and the skirt above started as a dress but after I sewed the front of the bodice to the back and then tore the fabric when attempting to pull it apart, it became a skirt.

Miss Jazzy was disappointed in the skirt not dress so I started this cheery yellow one. If I can sew on a few more ruffled layers without a disaster she said she'll love me forever.

And a half made A line dress to try and work out Miss Pepper's size.

So thank you for my sanity (?) my farmer boy. We may live in the coldest and greyest and wetest part of the whole world but at least we can dress a bit springtimey.

Over to Kirsty's now to check out what the other creative peeps are up to.
Happy Thursday. X

55 comments:

  1. They are soooo gorgeous! I love the yellow floral dress underway...and what a beautiful man you have on your hands, to step in, share the load and give you some breathing space,lucky you!!

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  2. It all looks lovely Kate and I really like the way you have put Everything But the Thread in the binding on the skirt. Pleased you got some time to save your sanity yesterday - funny how all the little things together can become too much.

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  3. To have a hubby that is there to take on the load when it becomes overwhelming is a special one. I'm glad you got to sew and bring some pretty spring flowers into your home. xo

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  4. I really love the skirt that wasn't meant to be a dress! Yeah to the boy - brownie points for him. Sometimes a little afternoon can mean a whole lot!

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  5. (hugs) You make beautiful things when you are having a horrible day!

    ...And on the good days too :)

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  6. Ahh, Farmer boy sounds awesome, a real keeper, you're true treasure!

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  7. Oh what a lovely farmer boy, hooray!
    I adore all your bits! Ooh that didn't come out quite right. I mean all those happy creations!

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  8. What an awesome man you have. His mother must have done a very good job with him. Honestly those bobbins sometimes!! The thread running out always finishes me off. Cute summery dresses, it won't be long now until they can be worn with bare legs and sunscreen. Hope you are having a better day today.

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  9. Oh, what a shitty morning!
    Sometimes.......they can be real little.....pills!
    Glad you got to have some creative therapy - always helps - well done Bren :)

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  10. Thank heaven for sanity-saving menfolk. I know what you mean about the craft not going so smoothly when you're frazzled... I'm glad you found a bit of rhythm eventually though. The colours are glorious.

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  11. Huge points for your man for stepping in and helping out! What a beautiful thing to do on a day that you truly needed it.
    (Imagine being shooed off to the sewing room!!)

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  12. Do you know, I feel so much better knowing I'm not the only one that has horrible, crappy days where I can barely hold it together (especially with this incessant rain! Arghhh!). Today is one of those days, so I'm cheering myself up by having a quick browse around my favourite blogs while my 1yo & 3yo are napping (...or fidgeting around in bed/requesting a drink/needing their nose blown/etc.)
    Hope you're feeling better now. Lovely sewing! :)

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  13. luck girl to have that there fella I reckon!!! I have a good one like that here......mines just bloody magic!!! xx

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  14. oh farmer boy, do you now know you are desire of creative women everywhere? Shared parenting as it most should be!

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  15. Each time I catch a glimpse of your "everything but the thread" it makes me smile.

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  16. Lovely work. And isn't it such a blessing to have a boy in your life who just gets it!

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  17. Thank God for your Farmer Boy! He sounds similar to mine...as does your two year old!!!

    Engaging in the creative things we love is so nurturing for the tired soul! I'm glad you had the chance to redeem your day :).

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  18. I'm not religious but 'bless you' for describing your homelife thus. Sometimes I wonder whether it's just me. Am I disorganised? Do I waste time? Am I lazy? Or do I simply have more work to do than can be fit into any given day. I'll be darned if I'm giving up the things that keep me sane - soap making, vege growing,sewing and the occasional 'read'.

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  19. Your kids are so lucky getting such gorgeous handmade clothes.

    Good on your fabulous man for stepping up and doing the right thing. I had a hormonal meltdown last night trying to cook dinner, and my husband was clever enough not to try to be reasonable - instead he let me have a big cry and offered to sue the big saucepan for being in the dishwasher! (He's American, so he keeps threatening to sue things to cheer me up.)

    I hope today brings you some sunshine and smiles.

    Pigs & Bishops
    http://pigsandbishops.wordpress.com

    (Blogger isn't letting me post with Wordpress ID, sorry about that.)

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  20. I agree with Leonie, lucky to have that wonderful fella, I got me one of them too & I know how magical it can be when they do what they do.
    hope today is a better day for you, your wonderful creations make the grey skies disappear.
    hugs sweet one ♥

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  21. Poor YOU! we all have days like that - but you are lucky- like a lot of others reading- that we have a way to cheer ourselves up so easily and quickly... your dresses are fabulous!

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  22. he's a keeper! it's lovely to have a man like that in your life ~ i should know

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  23. What a wonderful man. So nice when you can close the door on a crappy day and let someone else take over for a change. Loving your new makes and hope you have a better day today.
    Jak x

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  24. What a lovely farmer boy! And you managed to all those beautiful dresses/skirts done in one arvo?!?! Must have felt great to be so productive after a morning of frustration. BTW you have the most gorgeous collection of sheet fabric. Where do you find it all?

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  25. Love your new creations!so glad that some good came out of a difficult day - hope today has been better!

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  26. What a guy you have there, love how you knew what you needed, and changed his plans. But you totally deserve it. I hope one day to find a guy like that too.
    Your new creations are just so beautiful. I'm especially taken with the gorgeous yellow one.
    I love the way combine fabrics, patterns and textures. big hugs to you Kate xo

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  27. You're such a lucky gal with such a loving husband :-)
    What gorgeous creation in just an afternoon!

    grace

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  28. Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed does it? What a lovely farm boy you have. No wonder you can make such pretty things - living with such good vibes to outweigh the bad ones.

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  29. how lovely your farm boy is. Cherish him!
    I love what you came up with...Spring is in sight :)

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  30. I did think to myself "brave girl attempting to sew while in a bad mood"... But it seems to have turned out sunny indeed!

    Your Farmer Boy sounds like a total keeper!

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  31. Oh those days are so familiar!
    Thank you to the farmer boy for giving dear Kate some special sewing time.
    I'm loving the yellow number, so cute.

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  32. I don't know what to say after reading through all those wonderful comments! Except the same - what a wonderful man you have , and I looove the yellow outfit that is evolving.xx2u

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  33. gee if that's what you create angry, no wonder your work is ace :)

    must have been the moon, i had a day like yours yesterday too :)

    my tree-man was in hobart and nowhere to be seen to save the children . . . .

    ps - the yellow rose is my fav.

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  34. I hope you are much much better by now =) You came out with such lovely creations !!!
    And, Isn;t it great that your partner knows just what you need?? =) I am always happy to hear about true partnership around house and family making =)
    xo

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  35. oh kate!! Im about to post much the same thing without the happy crafting end!! I love your new hem detail :)

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  36. such a good man :)
    it's excellent that you got some time to divert. the cold/grey gets to me too especially when combined with all of the above!
    very cute creations.

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  37. Sing "What a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man".

    It's good to know that we all have those melt downs and thank goodness, we have someone who knows not tip the boat over, but to steer it away from a tsunami.

    Sleep tight and enjoy the new day tomorrow.

    Oh and nice sewing amongst the chaos.

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  38. Isn't he a darling!!! Hang in there, I hate those days and things just seem to get worse before they get better. Not too long until the spring holiday and you will be sitting on the beach enjoying the warm balmy weather and the sunshine and you will forget all about the winter blues :-) Hugs to a friend ((((xx))))

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  39. You've snagged yourself a sweetheart! In love with the ruffly yellow dress-to-be. My two year old is demanding something similar...

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  40. Oh I can so relate to what you're saying and have had that frazzled feeling oh so many times myself. I am so glad that your farmer boy took good care of you by allowing you some space away from it all to sew.
    I love the skirt. I love all the colours. I am SO envious of your vintage sheet stash.

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  41. you find the most amazing sheets ... and you spent the only way a cold, miserable day deserves.
    My Creative Space

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  42. Despite the wet and cold and grey and fog and...there's one truly wonderful thing about winter...it means spring and summer are almost here!

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  43. Considering all that seemed against you....you have made the most adorable colourful treasures.
    Yah for husbands.

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  44. You are married to an absolute star!!

    Can't wait!! xox

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  45. Hang in there Kate, I'm sending good weather your way! We've had a lovely sunny week in WA so I'm sure you'll be due some soon!

    Thank goodness for fabulous partners who know just what we need!

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  46. How lovely that you managed to sew. It's those little things that make you feel so lucky x

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  47. He's worth his weight in gold! It nice when you feel looked after, it re-energises you. Hope you're feeling better. It'll be great when the sun shines again!

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  48. What a Darling your Farmer Boy is, you're a perfetc match ;)
    Gorgeous, beautiful, dresses! Hope the sewing got you sorted out - maybe you're not meant to knit ;-)
    Huge Hugs. xo

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  49. Makes me feel much better that someone else is sick of the cold wet grey, lack of clothes drying that is around at the moment and that a strong willed, albeit adoreable, 2year old does not make this better. How lucky you are to have your farmer boy. I can't wait for my fly-boy to come home this weekend.

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  50. I LOVE your wonky sewing! Makes me smile. Hope you're feeling cheerier today.

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  51. what a sweet farmer boy you have, I'd steal some of your wintery days if I could and bring them over here instead.

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  53. lovely work Kate, I think the w.i.p. dress would also make a really cute summer top. It reminds of something Gidgit used to wear with pedal pushers. I lost the pattern but it is found now & will post next week :)
    Have a great weekend.

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  54. I love how a bit of sewing/craft can transform my mood, just like a good blog-trawl sometimes can.

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