Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

November 26, 2009

My creative space

I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

Clockwise from left:
  • Dress toile in white calico
  • Cut fashion fabric
  • Report writing aids
  • Kindergarten forms
  • Rotary cutter with skip blade
This week my creative space is a jumble of competing interests. On one side there is a period costume; on the other, kindergarten responsibilities.

I am finally making progress with the period costume. Earlier this week I finished a second toile of the Folkwear Empire Gown and to my great surprise it fit the wearer. In hindsight my incredulous look probably did not fill her with a great deal of confidence in my abilities as a dressmaker. Note to self: poker face important when doing dress fittings.

I have finally been able to cut out the fashion fabric and will begin sewing the dress as soon as possible. But in a surprise twist, I have discovered that the wearer is now on holiday until about 12 hours before the gown is needed. Hear that sound in the distance? That's my heart sinking as I realise there is no chance for a final fitting. Now I really do have cross all my fingers and toes that everything turns out OK.

In the meantime, I am busily finishing all my kindergarten treasurorial responsibilities for the year. There are the books to be finalised; a report to be written for the AGM; fees to be chased for next year and a second-hand uniform sale to be organised.

And who says paperwork can't be creative? I had lots of fun making up the notice for the uniform sale - my skip-bladed rotary cutter was perfect for creating perforations for a tear off form.

Yep ... sad, but true. At least I am not getting creative with the accounting.

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space (or to join in), head over here.


  1. busy busy busy..sounds like you are right on track though..That's always good!!!

    I could never do Accounting..Kudos to you..

  2. The dress will (of course) be superb & as for the crafty use of the rotary blade...fabulous.

  3. You just going to have to trust yourself with the fashion fabric dress. Look what happened with the Empire Gown. Glue that Poker Face on and get sewing!

    And there was NO judgement with the creating of perforations. I once took my sewing machine into school as they kids had designed their own set of postage stamps. Yep, you guessed it. I sewed (without cotton) around the edges so they looked real! It's all about the attention to detail!!

  4. I was just about to ask what on earth a skip blade was....and then you answered my question. You have the best stash of crafty tools ever!

  5. Would love to see the costume when it's done - sounds special!

  6. Oh yes, I've been where you're at! It put me off being on school committees and making costumes for people for a loooong time! I'm back in the thick of it again, though, so no permanent damage was done ;) hang in there and good luck. It usually turns out well in the end :) K

  7. There's alot going on in your space which is typical of this time of year isn't it? A kind of manic energy seems to seep into our lives and it's all lists and crossing off etc. It sounds like you have good handle on it and are getting through well. Good luck with the costume, you are a brave woman! xo

  8. I so hope that we get to see the finished dress, there's nothing quite like a surprise twist right ?? I am counting down the days until the end of my kindergarten committee duties, I will be ever so happy to hand the industrial roll of contact back.

  9. I'm so super impressed that you are even making such a dress, I can't wait to see it, I'm sure it will be amazing.
    Also yes it's hard to creative with accounting

  10. I am sure the dress will fit perfectly. Best to leave creativity behind when accounting.

  11. so busy but so productive, and it all sounds great
    i too would like to see the dress when it is done

  12. good luck with the costume. it sounds amazing. show us pics when done. you are managing to juggle a lot of balls

  13. Can't wait to see this costume - it will amaze the wearer and amaze us, I'm sure. xx

  14. Oh, sounds like a frenzy! You'll be so happy for the Chrissy break I'm sure and so will your sewing machine. : )
    p.s. Thanks so much for your fab 'Walking Foot' notes. : ) they really saved me, what was Mr Janome thinking!?

  15. Oh my what a busy week!
    Good luck with the fitting :-)

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  17. Oh Liesl, I dont think you could make this project harder if u tried. fingers crossed for u

  18. I love how every thursday there is a whole new creative space idea and never any evidence of it getting finished - makes me feel much better. I am sure the dress will be super, especially since the fitting went so well


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