Thursday, August 5, 2010

my creative space

I checked my google stats last week for old bloggy and gosh,
there's quite a few peeps checking in...so...'hello all' and thanks for visiting.
Do leave a comment won't you, and I will happilly check out your blogs too and get back to you.
Now for my usual ramble...I am doing a toy making workshop soonish with teenagers.
I needed to provide some images of toys, however mine
were thought to be too sweet for promotional poster....
The words emo and such were suggested so I came out with this safety pinned creature...

but was advised I had gone a bit too far into the emo style and needed to soften him up...


and give him a cheerful background...

The guidance given to me about styling was patient and kind but by the end of the process (changing button colours, positioning of things, etc, etc) I feel as if I have no clue what teenagers want and my confidence is shaken.
Hopefully between then and now I will lose the nerves and get some excitement back for it.

I have been working hard this week, picking up some extra stuff, paid and unpaid which has been creatively challenging, fun but in a word; tiring.

So I have also been enjoying my down time at home, making small intricate things which can absorb me and help me shake off any stresses.


I have been doing some furniture re arranging, I suppose nesting, and although these photos are terrible I thought I would share some very 'un-home-beautiful'
snaps of my real space and what works for me.
Books and favourite pieces.
T.V not given centre stage placement.

Little collections grouped by colours.
that's all for now,
happy crafting,
xkate
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16 comments:

Chrissy Foreman C said...

You totally crack me up Kate!
Loving all the progress pics/ideas x

Sarah said...

I love your toys. Sounds to me the advice is from someone who is trying to connect with teenagers, but stereotyping them in the process. I would say trust your instinct, not all teenagers are emo and I think having different options is the best thing you can do. Good luck!!

Steph said...

Styling things is always tricky! I think you did a great job! Your little collection looks wonderful too. Wishing you a calming (free of nerves) and happy weekend :)

Sally said...

I like the emo styling - outside the square and delightfully creepy :)

Creative Wishes said...

I love your emo style softie with the metal bits and my teenagers would too.

Renee said...

ha I wouldn't know what teenagers would want either, but it's looking good to me! And your crochet looks good - amazing how sitting down to crochet can calm you down isn't it!

Crochet with Raymond said...

Hi kate! What a cool post... I reckon, go with your instincts! I think most teenagers would like the emo even though the other one with big eyes is totally cool as well!
Sounds like a cool thing to do!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

LOL My kids thought the safety pins were cool!! I love your rose and chocolate flower :-)

Nesting?? For any particular reason? (I am just being nosey now :-) )

Crochet is great for calming isn't it, I use it for my meditation every night and can really physically feel myself de-stress....almost as good as stroking the cat :-)

dash robin said...

No reason at all for nesting, no bubbas in my future except for cherished friends and families.

angelina said...

hi kate,
thanks for the well wishes over on my space. i love your crochet teacup !!! xx

Big and Little with Odd Socks said...

I love the original emo guy with all his pins.

Lillipilli Lane said...

Hello Ms Dash Robin, tks so much for popping by to visit my wee little blog : ) I really enjoyed readign your profile : ) and your blog post, love your little characters (the toys that is)- I am sure yo uwil do fine figuring out how to run that t'gers wkshp:)

Also re boys shorts - would love to make you some- pop over to my blog for the message I left under your comment re boys shorts. The ones I make may suit ? Best wishes
Keryn xx

Lillipilli Lane said...

Hey Ms Robin. I have just listed a few pairs of shorts (spring/summer stock) so they may take a little while to appear in-store : )
K xx

Anna Lloyd said...

I don't get why teenagers wouldn't be attracted to the first softie.....

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love your interesting posts on your blog.

Megan said...

!!! love your little emo doll, no need to listen to style tips, first one is great! i did have a laugh at the second one, he looks like he is on some really good drugs with those big pupils! and no wonder he is looking so smacked out if he is staring at paisley print all day. heheh great job and good luck with the workshop :)

Tracey said...

loving your crochet work. Emo styling - love it!