Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mon Espace Créateur - { My Creative Space }

I clearly remember my first pair of early teen jeans. Not because they were fabulous (they were but that's not my point) but because of the horrendous shopping trip that preceded their purchase. Imagine a teeny tiny fourteen year old out on a jaunt with her Mumma bear in the city (yes, we had "mornos" at the Shingle Inn!) in search of a pair of jeans in keeping with the styles splashed through Dolly...my magazine du jour! After many fruitless hours we ended up in the boys' department of Myer where Mum conned me into trying on a pair of boys' Levis. Truimph!!! This style kept me going for the next few years. I told you I was a runt!


When my blossoming hips....and my embarrassment at shopping in the boys' section got the better of me I graduated to sass and bide hipsters. Mmmmm! Delicious!


But after copping one too many eyefuls of plumbers' cracks and glo pink g-strings (picture Kim from Kath and Kim!) on local teens in said jeans (they really were very low)I moved on to sass and bide skinnies and that's where I've faithfully stayed. I'm a loyal jean gal you know.

When the lovely Melissa of Until Wednesday Calls put up a challenge to use one fabric for a month I immediately thought of denim. Such a versatile fabric, it didn't let me down as I created a "mushroom" library bag for Bijou for the carry-all challenge (cause that beautiful girl could eat her body weight in the fungus if given half a chance), a crochet hook cozy for the beautiful Kylie's birthday (for the clutch challenge...o.k. a bit of a stretch I know!)

a little putty tat cushion for the cushion with reversed appliqué challenge, a set of colour coasters for poppet for the reverse appliqué coasters challenge,


and a ruffly skirt for a lovely friend's little one. Thankfully it passed the "twirl" test...perhaps that's the equivalent of sass and bide to the two and a half year old set.

I had a whale of a time using just the one fabric as it really forced me to get creative...no relying on a trusty piece of gorgeous Heather Bailey or Amy Butler fabric. The next challenge though is to make sure I don't continue to use denim and denim alone for all my creative endeavours. Perhaps Hubby could do with a new suit for work...ooh la la!!

For more creative spaces do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to Kirsty's gorgeous blog and have a sticky beak.


30 comments:

Megan said...

you are so talented! all your goodies made me smile, especially the little crochet bag :)

edward and lilly said...

I love the library bag, and the skirt is too cute! What a great challenge!

Danielle said...

Love this idea Steph! That little girl's skirt is so gorgeous - I might have to give this a go....

m.e (Cathie) said...

ohh la la!! very pretty creations Steph.
I love ripping up old jeans & transforming them, such a great look & cheap & easy for me, because if it doesn't work out..oh well, start again.

Catherine said...

Loving all those denimy creations - especially the champignon bag! And I'm having fun imagining a denim on denim work suit!

ecoMILF said...

So many cute things happening around here. I love that strawberry button! Denim is certainly versatile- great stuff. Thanks for offering a guest post, what an honour it would be to have you share something! xo m.

Jennie said...

What a lovely collection of things you've made with the ever versitile denim.
I'm a jeans girl too!!x

Little Ted Canvas said...

You've done a great job making denim beautiful, all just lovely!

beck said...

Wow! You made so many fab things from denim. Loved the story of your own history with jeans, as a skinny minny (well I was once) I can relate. That cat is super cute xo

Screamstress said...

Ha ha great post! I laughed, and enjoyed the pics of the wonderful projects.

Kylie said...

As you know - the crochet clutch rocks! Thanks again.

Love all of your creations - will have to check out this blog (it is one tha I have not seen before ) - there are just to many out there.

LOL at te jeans - similar story here - but humm - still have little hips - I LOVE Lee jeans as my jean of choice - but have not been able to find a nice set here this year.

Knicky Knacks said...

Love the little stawberry button and your creations are just divine. Thanks for popping over to my blog and commenting on my butterflies.

What's For Tea? said...

Nothing wrong with a bit of double-denim, your hubby will rapt!

You're awfully clever :)

melissa said...

Youve certainly been a busy girl Steph! Love it all 'specially the little library bag - too cute!

plushka said...

I love everything!Great creative space! You've got a lovely style and everything you make is just beautiful! X

moose and bird said...

Wow.....that's alot of challenges! I absolutely adore the mushroom library bag and Mr Putty Tat is too sweet for words. I hope your week has been as lovely as you are. x

Cotton Kiwi said...

Love all your different uses of denim Steph, particularly the library bag and those coasters. Divine! Sorry I haven't called yet. Been caught up in the frenzy that is family get togethers! x

Catherine said...

You have been one crafty lady Steph! I love all your denim creations they are all just gorgeous, clever lady. I hope you have a wonderful week! xo

teddybearswednesday said...

I love the variety of things you've made from jeans. I love the cat, he's got a great spirit.

Tina said...

Aaaaaahhhhhh..... Dolly! A fave in my teen years also!
Gorgeous mushee bag, love it, love it!

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I just love EVERYTHING about your creative space!
Sophie x

Heidi said...

I love those treasures....I remember my first pair of jeans I was in 5th grade and I think I wore them for a week I thought I was so cool ..they came from J.C.Pennys!

Phoenix Peacock said...

these are fabulous. And I still do the twirl test ;)

Brenda said...

What a fun challenge, and I totally love your choice of fabric.......did you recycle an old pair of jeans or did you buy some new denim?

I have some jeans I wanted to use for something, but I thought they might be a bit heavy!

Sally said...

Denim is awesome isn't it?
Love your coasters and the skirt. Beautiful... as always. Everything on this blog is beautiful.

Pam said...

They are all so gorgeous Steph. Esp love the mushroom bag and crochet hook cosy, coz do't denim and red go so well together. Well done you. :) x

Kathy said...

I love anything denim, and I simply cannot pick a favourite, they are all just beautiful, Steph! You have been a busy bee:) Have a lovely weekend.
Kathy

Kate said...

That is such a great post!
I love your personal denim history and your creating with denim is fabulous. I love the little cat so much.

Rosalind said...

You've been busy! Cute library bag :-)

Jess said...

wow! denim never looked so good!

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