Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Creative Space On Tour

The only way to remedy grumpy, sleepless children at lunchtime is to drive them around and around and around until the desire to close their eyes overwhelms them. So I did, about 20 minutes later I found myself at this beachside location. I stopped, turned up the seat warmer and 702, got out the cross stitch and got stuck in. It was pretty bloody blissful, i've gotta say.








I only got about 37 minutes in... but who can complain when they wake up happy. 


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29 comments:

  1. haha, I wish I thought of doing that when my kids were little! Good Work xo

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  2. haha that's awesome.

    and great-looking little cross stitch you had on hand!

    bel. xx

    (i feel like i should be making note of all these future-mum tips...)

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  3. Great plan indeed! Cohen is a sucker for car sleep too.

    Go the cross stitch. You have more patience than I do! :)

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  4. love your thinking. next time pack a thermos. bliss. cute baby

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  5. Ah, I remember those days! Never thought of taking a craft project with me though... usually it was a magazine. Your way is MUCH more productive! What a lovely way to spend 37 minutes.

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  6. Ha! That would never happen here - first of all, I'm not a stitcher - but Suspence wakes up the second the engine cuts!

    Glad you got in a good 37 minutes. :)

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  7. I did an extra lap around the block with the 2 year old this week and then got to spend 2 hours in the garden! LOOOOOVE a car sleep.

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  8. my 2 best friends and I had our babies at the same time and we often would be out driving the streets together. Then we would park in a car park (must leave car running otherwise kids would wake up!!) and we would put our windows down and chat - the crazy things we have to do to get the kiddies to sleep hey!!

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  9. Ah yes the hum of the car is a saviour!

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  10. very cute, I get some of my best reading time in after having driven around to induce afternoon naps

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  11. The 40 minute sleep is a cruel thing!

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  12. I've been known to do that too. I always have a book or knitting in the car for this purpose. And if not, I just join them in their slumber.

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  13. Damn those 45 minute cycles.. but hey ho..peace and quiet is just that...bliss. Mine fall asleep in the car so fats I am scared to travel to far if I know I can't get them back to thier beds by lunch, lol x

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  14. Hysterical - love what parents will do to get their children to sleep! I say well done to you.

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  15. Hmmm! Sounds rather easier than trying to convince my 3 y.o. that he is tired (and grumpy) and needs a nap. Today a story in bed fixed that! Phew! :) Nice view for your stitching!!!

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  16. I am new to your blog. I am new to commenting on blogs. I HEART this post. Rock on sister ....

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  17. Excellent! Wish I had done that today, instead 2 year old has refused, thrown tantrum, got second wind. Let's hope he goes to sleep early tonight.

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  18. ha ha ha.. I love it! May as well do something constructive hey! Great deisign too :)

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  19. my parents used to use this little trick to get me to sleep when i was a kid - now wife's nagging seems to do the trick....

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  20. Terrific idea Emily! I have actually never thought of that one, though it wouldn't work now that the big boy doesn't sleep in the day. I do something similar though in going to the shops around lunchtime, the baby always sleeps better and longer in his pram than at home. So it gives big boy and I a nice long lunch together and a little wander around the toy shops and play equipment in the shopping centre. Simple pleasures really... and whatever works I say! :o) xo

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  21. Excellent! Cross stitch rocks. I bought supplies months ago which is still sitting in my cupboard. Very envious of your driving around trick. If I stop the car, Bella wakes up. Maybe I could leave the engine running? :)

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  22. Brilliant idea...would work a treat for me if only our littlest liked the car...sadly he hates it and screams blue murder 95% of the time he is strapped in.

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  23. Good thinking! Lady Baby is looking so grown up, gorgeous girl. x

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  24. Have this exact photo in readiness for writing a similar post. Mine is parked in the shady carport outside the kitchen while I take a breather from the constant talking. Cross stitch a super idea, second that suggestion for taking a thermos with you.

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  25. cross-stitch is da bomb! i'm whipping up a bunch for my exhibition..pop over for a preview next week. enjoy your 'you' time, can't wait to see your piece finished. xx

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  26. Here here! We are having one of those wonder weeks where our little one is not happy unless she's being fed or held, so I popped her in the car this arvo and parked under the trees once she'd fallen asleep. I managed to get an hour and a half of Facebook time :) Oh the joys of being a Mum!

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  27. ok, see that cross-stitch there? i'm sure i held that in my hand in an oppy a few weeks ago. i thought "cool design, shame i hate cross-stitch" and put it down. does this mean we have crossed paths somehow?

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em