Monday, July 23, 2012

Accidental Genius

Let me tell you a little bit about my husband...

Sean's artistic sense of style is often, well, let's put it this way... usually when I ask him to pick between two things, I go with the opposite of what he chose. It's safer that way. This is the guy that will wear a Kelly green t-shirt with olive-colored shorts. eeeeewwww!

However, I ask his opinion about stitchy stuff on occasion, and I'll explain why.

Sean has a hobby. He has a 1967 Cutlass convertible taking up our entire garage. He currently has the engine out of it and has been doing bodywork on it for a couple of years now. Picture side of the 2-car garage = Cutlass; other side of garage = engine, plus 2 or 3 welders, plus compressor, plus etc., etc.

He really likes to drag me out there and say "Look at my welding, Hun!" He also likes to try to explain a lot of the mechanics to me. Picture me saying "Uh huh, uh huh," while thinking "Bread, milk, butter, diapers, cat food..." I try to follow along because it makes him happy.

So why do I show him everything I stitch and tell him lots about it? Revenge, mostly. It's not that I really expect him to pay much attention or even care, but I sort of want to keep him included, and there's also that revenge thing.

So, last night I was in a bit of a quandary. I read a blog entry from Rahenna, about the Passione Ricamo SAL. She didn't like the big clusters of beads, and decided to substitute some beautiful Waterlilies where all the beads would go.

I am totally enamored with how this looks. However, and here's my problem, I do really love beads. I love the sparkle and texture that they add. This is the latest pic from PR.

Last night, so he would understand what I was harrumphing about, I told him my problem and showed him the pictures. I had to spend a minute explaining hand-dyed and variegated and that sort of thing.

He said, "Uh huh, uh huh. Well, what do you like best?" Big help, this Sean.

I put him on the spot and told him that he had to pick one or the other. I was fully intending to continue my standard practice of choosing the opposite. It is safer, after all. (think Kelly + Olive)

He thought for a minute and said, "I like the beads," and he paused, then added, "If you like the multiple colors of the thread, couldn't you just use a mix of different colors of beads?"

*crickets chirping* My jaw hit the floor.

I just finished placing my order for 7 kinds of purple- and wine-colored beads.

My husband, the accidental genius. I knew I married him for something. ;-)


tadamama said...

That's such an awesome story and great idea! Love it when husbands can make meaningful contributions to our hobbies!

Ginny said...

What a sweet story, Karen. They do come through when we least it expect it when it comes to our hobbies. I totally understand about choosing the opposite, though. hehe

Sally said...


Found you through Random Ramblings blog.

I love this story!

I think your project will be extra special with a bit of input from your husband!

Melissa said...

I love the story! And your hubby had a great idea :)

I look forward to seeing your progress.

Andie said...

Oh I loved reading this!!! :D My Sweetie is the same! He always picks totally the wrong thing.... although I think he has more dress sense than kelly and olive greens.... although I buy all his clothes so maybe thats why lol.
I'm really looking forward to your multi beads :D Congrats to Sean for the fab idea! :D

Veronica said...

LOL! I love this story. Can't wait to see your progress. It's will be a special project for sure and I bet it's gonna look fab.