05 September 2007

National Reading Day Book Parade

Some mothers dread this, but to me, this is what motherhood is all about - making costumes for book week, fancy dress parties, theme days at school, you name it, i have a ball creating something for every event. Today was National Reading Day & this week is Literacy Week in Australia. So my little girls decided to go as Kim Possible (cheerleader come crime fighting cartoon character on Saturday Disney, not sure she's featured in a book??); Jesse the Yodeling Cowgirl from Toy Story (we have the book so it's true) & our super creative one, choose to go as a vintage mermaid from a Lucie Attwell book (said book was a gift from my dearest customer Jean, a Transition teacher here in the NT). Due to the nature of girl child number 3's rather risque bikini clad ensemble, we won't be posting close ups on this post. Instead i have taken some arty shots of the mermaid tail detail, encrusted with $2 brooches. Now i can boast, i won, er, i mean, she won BEST COSTUME!! Personally i thought the Jesse costume was pretty fabulous, 101 ways with cowboy print fabric & faux large yellow buttons, a $2 skivvy & fusible web. I said to my husband, "maybe the judges thought it was shop bought" to which he replied "you keep telling yourself that Jen." Special mention to said husband for painting the straw hat red last night, but i stayed up until midnight adding the white stitching detail. Their hair looked better before we left the house, so try to picture that in your mind, like the Jesse hair was pulled back into a plait, which has kind of gone all wrong here . . .
Now more about the delightful Jean - she designed this top with a little touch of Cath Kidston, & the idea of the ribbon bow. As a washing maniac, i made her bow detachable, with a press stud, so it's removeable for washing (nasty stud is hidden under the pretty vintage button).
Last week was a Solar Eclipse, so my husband dragged a couple of children who were still awake, to show them this spectacle & take some snaps. This is taken with the high power lens (or as i refer to it "the penis" as it's seriously phallic). I have a head cold so can't even think if that is the correct spelling.
Finally, my mother's new bag. My poor Mummy is in London & Dad sent me an urgent SMS saying her Posie Tote had been stolen. Now i have had customers email me before saying "my car was stolen & used in a ram raid, but fear not, my Posie Tote was OK" before, but for my mother to have her bag stolen - it's more than just the bag. It's her whole life. Dad's SMS read something like this, remember they are on the other side of the world & supposedly travelling light . . . "disaster, Mum's bag stolen, with purses, assorted pens that don't work, hankies, pills, car keys, house keys, garage controls, gate controls, driver's license & all credit cards". What?? My parents travel around Europe with all the keys & controls for their home in Sydney?? They even get a hire car to the airport?? I laughed harder than my shock. Plus, Dad has a thing about Mum's bag being full of pens that don't work, drives him nuts. So this is the replacement, a Melanie size tote with a zip & assorted purses. I shipped it to Hong Kong, their next destination on their way home. Oh, if you see anyone carrying a bag just like this in London, they might be the theif!! Love Posie

11 comments:

dizzyjadey said...

Ahhh, you're too funny!...especially that camera lens phallic reference. And losing a bag with everything in it is just something I would do, too. Lucky them you can whip up a new one! Only I don't know about replacing the gate and garage remotes that easily. LOL!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Oh your poor mum. Hope she keeps a tight grip on the new one.
Love the photos of the kids. Great costumes@@

Jenny said...

You sure have been busy. Congratulations on your prize-the costumes look great.Lucky kids.And I am sure your mum will love her new bag.It is amazing what we carry around with us isn't it? My friend calls my bag ny anchor because it is so heavy!

Peggy-Jean said...

ooh the girls look fabulous!!! How quick can you whip up a new Cho Cho bag? I think I may have left the car window open (he he) Love Liss

tamara said...

LOL re the phallic reference...I, too, work them in for various gadgetry that we have. But my fave non-rude one so far is calling my dh's Blackberry a 'Gooseberry'. Does it for me every time!

Love the costumes, and love love love your mum's replica bag. Aren't you a lovely daughter?!

Fairlie said...

You weren't kidding when you commented on my post about fancy dress that you are the absolute queen of fancy dress creation!! What a star. All three are great.

Hilarious comment about the 'assorted pens that don't work"! Shame they were stolen though.

kwoozy said...

you are one crafty mama!

heheh.. and a hilarious post too jennie ! i hope your parents will continue to have a splendid time!

angelique said...

Good work on the prize winning. You must be very pleased with yourself,sorry should I say daughter.
My fabric arrives tomorrow can't wait.

Dana & Kerri said...

Hi Jennie - just saying hello back!

fiona said...

how are you with the kids(your) class projects?!im devestated if they(me)dont get a top mark!! you have been a very busy bee. your mums lucky she has you on hand in a bag emegency!!

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