Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Creative Space

I'm lucky that, for the most part, the little one sleeps well during the night. Daytime can be a different story however. There are periods in most days that she refuses to sleep unless someone holds her and cries continuously from being overtired. My solution? I let her curl up on my lap, have set up a kanzashi flower making station on the coffee table and watch some daytime tv. The beds may not be made, emails remain unanswered, but the babe sleeps, I remain sane, the collection of flowers grows and I can tell you what's happening on Bold and the Beautiful.


Today I'm also working on pendants while DH looks after the babe. Today's task is filing and another coat of sealant. Don't you just love the kokeshi ones? I wish I had a lot more of those fabrics!


And as I said, the number of flowers continue to grow. I still have to put embellishments in the centres and brooch pins on the back, but should have some ready for the market on the weekend.

After I've done these next couple of markets, I should be re-opening my Etsy store. To celebrate, I'll be having a giveaway which will include a pendant, a kanzashi piece and possibly some pieces of kimono fabric to play with yourself. Watch this space.
To visit some other creative spaces, drop by Kootoyoo.

23 comments:

Cute as Buttons said...

You are very wise. Whenever I worried about dodgy things I was doing to help my buttons sleep an older lady I worked with would say, "They won't be doing it when they are 18." I find it applies to so many aspects of parenting and I take great heart in using it as a bit of a mantra. I also think that all too soon you'll wish she was curled up in your lap dozing! Lisa.

yardage girl said...

Cute as Buttons is quite right - this stage does pass rather quickly and (after a while) you will long for those moments. Seems like you've got it sorted - go with the flow and craft when you can. I love the flowers!

kellie said...

Good on you for going with the flow. And you are getting lots done too! And it is all gorgeous!

Kirsty said...

Those kanzashi are looking wonderful & I think your attitude to this phase is absolutely on the money.

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

I'm very glad you can tell me what's going on on B&B. It's the important things in life, y'know? :-)

Those pendants are STUNNING. Seriously gorgeous. I can't wait until your shop re-opening! And a giveaway from you would be marvelous. I'm going to enter, like, 8 times :-)

Do you know of any tutorials on how to make pendants like that? Don't worry, I won't take you out of business- I'm way to lazy to make them to sell :-) But I'd love to make one with my favourite fabric!

xxxa

tea with lucy said...

I'm amazed at how much you are getting done with such a little one. Go you!

taffy said...

Beautiful pendants!! May I ask which markets are you at? I am also in Brisbane and would love to check out your items, they are splendid!!

M* (Melanie) said...

I love the flowers. The colours are so rich and they look wonderful together.

K and S said...

it is good that you get to do some of your crafts, can't wait until you open your etsy store again :)

Aussie-waffler said...

Your crafting is beautiful. I love the bright colours and delicacy. I am terribly impressed with the multi-tasking mamas with wee babes, you all deserves elephant stamps (or at least a gold star).

Emjie said...

I like the Japanese craft theme you have running. And those flowers are fantastic. I was recently trying to work out how these are made, but after a handful of tragic attempts I gave up. I did however, recently make a pocket sized Japanese doll... http://emjietreasures.blogspot.com/2009/08/turning-japanese.html

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

You are multi tasking so successfully! Your ittle flowers look lovely in the bowl. Your resin pendants look amazing.

Nikki Cardigan said...

I was smiling with empathy while I read your post about your baby girl, then nodding with Cute As Buttons when I read her comment. It sounds like your managing a challenging time really well.

Stephanie and Carlos said...

You flowers are wicked girl!! You bub is too precious!! Great Creative inspiration!!

xo Steph

elk said...

colors are magical...love to your "helper"..it will not last forever

Teresa Foo said...

Awww the little one is so adorable lying there. It's good to loosen up a bit about the stuff at home. Sometimes I even have to resort to cooking instant noodles (with added vegetables and some mushrooms or tofu) as lunch for Georgia on days where baby Kieran is fussy.

The kanzashi and pendants are beautiful!

momijitomitsukoshi said...

It looks like you have it all so beautifully worked out. How quickly your little girl is growing! Every second, even if it is a pain in the neck, is more precious than anything in the world!
Todays blog is just beautiful - all of it..

Alexis Jacobs said...

Sounds like things are going really well. I can't wait until your store reopens!

Allie said...

Take it from a mum who's been there - you won't remember the unmade beds, but you will remember holding your babe while she sleeps. I still remember holding mine, sitting in the rocking chair all night, unable to put him down. Pure magic.
Your pendants and flowers are amazing, girl, just amazing. They are truly happy creations.

Jenny said...

I think staying sane is the key and you are so organised and cruisy which is wonderful-love all your creative bits

Cindy said...

I love your little snuggle time flowers. I was one of those mums too, if it keeps them happy and you don't mind then let them have a snuggle, they grow up so darn quick

Nikki said...

I had one like that. I wished I'd thought to use the time for crafting - I only worked out the daytime tv bit.

Newborn stage passes too quickly. Don't forget to spend a lot of time just gazing at her and soaking her in. She's a little miracle.

little red hen said...

oh yes it is important to do what keeps you sane! Who really cares about an unmade bed!

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