Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Creative Space--Yo Yo Ma

Help me! I'm addicted. Not just to Cadbury almond chocolate bars--that's old news. No, it's worse.

It's yo-yos....those cute little puffy medallion things. Someone help me!

I've loved them all my life. My step-grandmother had yo-yo covered throw pillows on her couch. Even though there were some serious family tensions that swamped us all when we visited, I loved that house: the fruit magnets on the fridge, the black and white linoleum and the yo yo cushions.

A month ago I took my mother to a quilt show where I confessed to my love of all things yo yo. Was I surprised--she loves them too---because her mother and her aunts used to make them all the time. In fact, it was my grandmother's yo yos which became my step-grandmother's pillows. (Feel that mucky swamp water rising?)

And so, armed with the knowledge that I was continuing in the steps of a grandmother I never met...and that Christmas will be here before I know it (gifts, gifts, gifts), I hopped down to the fabric store where I purchased a Clover yo yo maker--size x-large.

And I've been yo-yoing since. It but it's a family tradition. More great creative spaces here.


Jean Baardsen said...

I didn't even know that there was such a thing as a yo-yo maker! Made a cute "beret" on your softie.

elk said...

i can think of worse things to be making all the time...they are cute and varied colors & prints make them so interesting!


Katie said...

These are lovely! I didn't even know that they had a name. I was just thinking they'd make a great quilted type piece.

Kirsty said...

Your yoyos look fabulous.