2010 guest blogger series: Crafting Through A Midlife Crisis

by Admin on 21/09/2010

in Guest Series 2010

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today guest blogging at whipup is Tania from the wonderfully fresh and funny and beautifully handmade blog Myrtle and Eunice – you might remember Tania from her chickummyjig project which we published at Whipup a while ago. And that is how I first came across this fellow Aussie and very talented craft blogger. Tania is a mother of three, wife to one, designer (in midlife crisis) and craftster of the slightly obsessive kind. Myrtle and Eunice were two lovely old ladies who connected weekly over the Scrabble tiles. These Saturday battles of will and skill were a ritual as comfy as a hot chocolate and handknitted blanket on a frosty day.

Heading: Crafting Through A Midlife Crisis

I reckon I’m having one of those midlife crisis whatsits. Not the kind, mind, solved by the newly-purchased red Corvette, last seen in a cloud of dust, heading for the sunset. More the kind prompted by a peek above the parapet that is sleep-deprived parenting and toddler negotiation – and recognising the veritable World of Possibility out there. With more time on my hands, kids at school and soon kindergarten, there’s a lot of exciting, (terrifying), potential for reinvention.

I am a rabbit caught in headlights.

While I mull over the last fifteen years, since graduating from University and all the career stuff that happened since then, I find myself struggling with PRECISELY the same sort of issues as I did at seventeen. Only with wrinkles. And a dodgy knee. And the possibilities are so vast: lighthouse keeper? airline pilot? podiatrist? Maybe not podiatrist.

Thank ye Gods for craft. I’m up to the eyeballs in simultaneous projects that answer any crafty urge; soothe every corner of the bewildered soul. The Mr has a theory that it’s all pure, head in the sand escapism and damn it, he’s right.

I also have my own theory. While I’m diving in, giving stuff a whirl I know nothing about, finding the mischief, embracing the quirk, discovering the wonk, enjoying the happy accident, negotiating the 27 bazillion, evil, yet-to-be-woven-in ends of a granny blanket… While I’m learning how to quilt a bit…

Yarnbombing school trees with crocheted caterpillars…

While I’m making ‘normal’ stuff like simple sewn clothes or knitted jumpers for the kids and also taking pity on chilly-looking rocks…

While I’m taking great pleasure in the french knotting of a dead fly…

While I’m doing all this, I’m thinking. It’s quiet contemplation of the background kind, puzzling stuff over, inside out, therapeutically pondering.

Working out what I’m going to be when I grow up.

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