Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Creative Space

Is a tad cooler today.....

Some would say that a portable air conditioner in a room the size of my studio on an exceptionally hot day is a bit like that saying about adding a small quantity of liquid to a river.... But I can tell you, it made the difference between managable warmth and suffocating fan-forced oven.

I often refer to my "sewing cave", meaning my hideaway retreat where I can be a alone and do what feeds my soul...where I contemplate life and clip seams. In hot weather it takes on a whole new meaning - those huge windows are draped with heavy curtains and I have no decent light in which to photograph anything!

My desk is covered in paperwork, printed-out pattern tests and endless cups of tea. Although the pile of little gifts (including an as-yet-unblogged swiney from Gina from early winter - which still makes me smile) is close by - a little patch of happiness that I've meant to photograph for ages.


The wee girl's creative space was all about making a family of pet turtles for her calico dolls using embossed mock-croc paper for the shells.


Personally, I got very little done - what with all the air-con purchasing and installation, and then getting ready for my patternmaking class tonight. Oh... and all that wilting and whinging about the weather.... However, I managed to photograph (in the cave) the 3 little dresses I finished last night - cut out over a week ago.

Gotta love a quick kid's dress pattern for instant gratification (the 3 of them took me an hour and a half all up). And this cow print is just a bit too cute for words.

To take a peek into other creative spaces, mosey on over to Kirsty's....

9 comments:

Tania said...

After reading the first sentence I was convinced you'd lost your mind in the heat. Great dresses. An hour and a half you say? Hmn...

Sally said...

Cute dresses - you're one efficient sewer. I'd probably take an hour & half just making the cup of tea I need to get me started!

Kirsty said...

I can't even imagine how hot it must have been in your studio pre purchase...a very wise investment methinks. xxx

ambette said...

We're thinking about getting a portable air-con for the bedroom at home. Still traumatised from last summer....

I think it will be an investment in our sanity!

Karin said...

Yeah, the heat. It's just not really me. I grew up in a snowy land. MISS that!

Those dresses are so sweet. I love your little one's drawings. How precious is that!

Pinktulip said...

We have had so much rain the last week, I have forhotten what the sun looks like! It has been bitterly cold here in sunny South Africa. I just hate cold and rain. I can understand the depressed souls in the UK. Imagine this almost every day of the year?! I will take heat any day. Just love those little dresses. My sister would kill for that cow fabric. When I see cow fabric I buy it for her.

Nikki Cardigan said...

Yahoo for air conditioning. You've done very well to last thing long without it. The temps in Melbourne just seems to be getting hotter and hotter each Summer.

Love the turtles' shells and great to see those pattern pieces made into something real. The dress look great and yes, that cow print is very cute.

Liam's Mummy said...

Those turtles are very cute!

laura said...

There's just nothing like making cute little dresses. Since they're so easy to make, my girls had quite a few when they were little. Along with matching hair bows too. That cow print is too cute.