Calamity Kim Creates Pincushion Art

Really. Could this be any yummier? I don't think so!

I must immediately befriend this woman and insist that she make one for me. Or at least show me how to attempt it. I think the gnome shrinky dink pins are what clinches my love for this pincushion. Calamity says the cushion was inspired by The Giving Tree.

God it's cute!

10 comments:

Kelly O said...

Word, The Giving Tree is AWFUL. I did, however, buy a copy at a thrift store for the inscription. It was something like, "This book always reminded me of you. You gave and gave and gave until your family left you, and then you gave some more." Dear god.

Kimberly Sherrod said...

I am a 45 year old Mom and Grandma and the message is about unconditional love. You don't have to give of yourself till you no longer exist but, as a parent, it makes you happy to give to your child. Notice how the tree is happy and never says no- Why should it when all it wants is to give. Maybe I am just an enabler,but, I think that to try to teach a child not to be selfish is a good goal. After all, someday they grow up and are gone. Then you can sit and wait for them to visit or what- let your apples rot? The pincushion was fun and I think I'm going to make little Red Riding Hood next! How about that for a children's book with a moral? Grandma gets eaten in the old ones!

Lotta said...

Kimberly - I'm all for unconditional love. I hope I didn't give the impression that I wasn't. I can be glib at times but of course my children are the world to my husband and I.

With regards to the book, I think we all bring our own experiences to art. For me, I grew up with a mom that gave so much of herself she ended up spending most of our childhood in a deep depression. So that book doesn't resonate with me. The idea of giving till there is nothing left of you doesn't really rep my idea of what unconditional love is. But I do love Shel Siverstein and read Where The Sidewalk Ends to my children.

Kelly - That is a bad inscription man.

Kimberly Sherrod said...

I guess it's different for everyone, my real mom put me on a bus to my Dad from w. Va to Ga when I was 4 with my brother and sister and I didn't meet her again till I was 17. She was a bartender and poured one for you, two for me for a long time. I was lucky to have my step-mom but that wasn't always easy either. I think the point is to read anything to your kids and spend the time with them. My son is in college and he just turned 25. He remembers the giving tree for the time we shared, that's all. Didn't mean to be cranky and snarffy! Sorry and thanks for posting about my pincushion...

Lotta said...

Kimberly,

Wow that must have been so hard. My husband's mom didn't show up for the custody hearing for her 4 kids and I know how hard that was for him and his father.

Your son is a lucky guy and the pincushion is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

i think that if i were given such a beautiful gift i would #1 make sure i had the givers name right and #2 keep my mouth shut if i had any negative comments about the gift givers intentions or inspiration. it was very nice of you to even post on it but it read as though you have pms and i know if i had been the giver my feelings would be hurt. ok bash me now.

Lotta said...

Ok - the post has been edited. The Giving Tree is not my favorite book but anon was right in that to slag the artists inspiration in the context of showing her work was lame. So I'll save that book review for another topic and then we can all just enjoy Calamity Kim's lovely work.

Mama C-ta said...

You find the coolest shit.

Jenny said...

I hate "The Giving Tree" personally but I love, love, love the pincushion. It's perfect and great and I love the idea of the Giving Tree through her eyes even if I can't read it the same way.

PS. Is there any book in the world other than the bible that evokes such polarizing responses? I don't think so.

I have a review on it in draft form on my blog but I've never had the nerve to publish since I figured I'd get harpooned immediately.

Lotta said...

Later today I plan to do a scathing critique on The Little Prince too. (Kidding)!

Mama C-Ta - I just find it. The other cool folks make it!