Just check this bit of cute out! Claudia came home from kinder with these amazing drawings of her family so how could her mum resist. They were the perfect drawings for Kids With Crayons. Each family member is dressed in their favourite colour (as allocated by Claudia – she is the artiste, afterall!) It’s just too much fun some days in my studio.
It’s no secret I’m an old-school gal and the whole idea of taking tea is right up my alley. Any time of the day. When Barbara calls out to Tom to come in for elevenses (“Tom, it’s 9 o’clock, time for Elevenses!”) in The Good Life – what a total joy of a show – everything started to make sense. Primary School was all about ‘play lunch’ with a piece of fruit or a Space Food Stick (what the … ?!?), High School was all about sophisticated teenagers and we’d do ‘recess’. My first job in the public service had a Tea Lady. Complete with a trolley and urns and, joy of joy, finger buns! Her name was Magda, and she was almost 5 foot and wore an apron and we would all stop typing when we heard the tea trolley rattle out of the lift, Magda hardly had to holler “Hello Ladies, Coffee, Tea, or Me?!” before we were queued up with our 10 cents for tea, 25 cents for a finger bun (the best finger buns ever, they had candy pink icing covered with coconut). I don’t know what I liked most, the finger buns or the way she greeted me each day with “Hello Sunshine”.
I like to Take A Moment with my tea, and from time to time enjoy a bit of a bake day. I would enjoy it more if I could just embrace ‘cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy’. I hate that bit. And I’m not very good at baking – I break out in anxiety attacks if I have to cook for people! I usually love to cook on Sunday afternoons, after the grocery shopping has been done and packed away and an old daggy movie is on tv. Then I’m set for a week of elevenses in Style! One of my favourite baking books is this one by Frankie Magazine called Afternoon Tea.
This week I chose a Date and Walnut Loaf and I’m pretty excited it almost looks like the picture in the book! How do people cook from cook books with no pictures??
Meanwhile, it’s spring bride fever around here. How’s this for cute, Sasha (another Sasha, they seem to be popping up like spring bulbs lately) drew 2 pictures for her godmother’s wedding in the UK, the first drawing was the actual ceremony complete with priest and bridesmaids and congregation, and the second drawing is the happy couple on honeymoon! So there’s a Kids With Crayons creation on its way to England. Home of tea time.
Hmm, a cup of tea would be good right now. I might put the kettle on.
Imogen’s mum met me at a market about 18 months ago and couldn’t wait until her little baby girl was old enough to start drawing. She didn’t have to wait long. Imogen is now 2 and a half and this is the first time she’s drawn her daddy. Let me just double check my figures there, I’m sure you think I’ve made a typo …. no, that’s right, 2 and a half! And this is her daddy. Just in time for Father’s Day. I am constantly surprised! Isn’t that a wonderful state to be in.
I remember when I was a flower girl at my aunty’s wedding. I was 4. My cousin who is 6 weeks older than me was the matching flower girl and our frocks were white crepe with a fuschia taffeta sash around our middle. Our matching blonde hair was set with pin curls into ringlets. The thing I remember most is crying. For the whole event. Have no idea why. My poor aunty!
One of the wonderful things about doing what I do with Kids With Crayons is having the opportunity to re-live a lot of my very own childhood memories. Childhood is pure magic, and even with the fabulous technology we have now, my memories of dressing up as a flower girl will be no different to any little girl’s experience today of dressing up like a flower girl. Except perhaps the torture of pin curls! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sasha’s drawings before and this time the drawing is for a wedding and Sasha is going to be a flower girl. She’s drawn a gorgeous picture of fairies and mermaids for the occasion. It’s been a delight watching Sasha grow up through her drawings and I hope she has a lovely time all dressed up at the wedding. Just don’t let anyone near you with bobby pins and there’ll be no tears before bedtime!
Hands up if your home town features a plane on a stick like mine does! Country NSW, conveniently halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. Perfect!
Breaking out of a comfort zone is a sure-fire way to rev up enthusiasm for what you love to do. A 2,000 km road trip gave me all that and more. But then I am a country girl at heart and just driving on the open road away from traffic congestion, tram lines, shopping strip distractions and tight timelines was always going to recharge my batteries. Sydney’s early onset of Spring was also a world away from Melbourne’s drippy and grey long winter and then there was the pile of talking books on the front seat keeping me company. How could a girl be anything else than newly inspired!
Kids With Crayons stall at Stitches and Craft
Crochet necklaces by me, Crayon Chick
Without a doubt a highlight of the Stitches and Craft Show was meeting people face to face who have become well known through blogs and twitter and reputation. I totally enjoyed meeting all who dropped by to say Hello. The Ink and Spindle girls rock, the very gorgeously embellished Mon Alisa Design is pure inspiration, Lisa at Red Thread is so clever (and a beautiful blog which you must check out). Meeting Lino Creative, being at another market with Pippijoe and meeting the divine Shelbyville and Dudley Redhead was wonderful.
More shopping, my new tshirt by Surface Art
Every minute has been put to productive use in the lead up to next week’s Stitches and Craft Show in Sydney. I’m very pleased with my new found ability to crochet while riding a tram, walking down the street, and watching SBS movies with subtitles.
Great piles of things have been created ready for me to finish off. It seems every where I look there’s something waiting for my attention.
I commented the other day about feeling like the definition of a whirling dervish and my friend came back with the most insightful and calming response by saying the whirling dervish whirls to get a state of nirvana and that if I keep whirling everything will be bliss. Isn’t that the best!
Let’s just hope that lovely feeling is maintained when I get back from Sydney and face the chaos I’m about to leave my studio in. At least I’ll be a practiced whirler by then and will know how to either fix it or deny it!
I am a Mad Men chick. And don’t get me started on that hunk of divine-ness Don Draper. So imagine my delight to discover through one of my favourite blogs, Inside Out, that there is an amazing bit of fun to be had at Mad Men Yourself. Purely creative and therefore a legitimate activity to do while divining inspiration. Better than re-folding my fabric stash which is my usual source for inspiration, or the tried and trusted putting the kettle on for another cup of tea. So here I am ready for my appointment with Mr Draper (sigh!).
Meanwhile, I’m about to pop down to the Post Office with some lovely goodies for Nicole at Redressd. I’ve crocheted some flower brooches to embellish her beautiful dresses and pinnies. I’m such a fan of her gorgeous creations, all recreated from vintage, remnant and recycled fabrics. Clever and gorgeous!! And when I’m fortunate enough to be next to her at a market I always feel calmer and more peaceful in her presence!