Tuesday, 9 June 2009

My TV role model + giveaway!

When I was a young girl, maybe 12 or so, my TV role model was Molly Jones from A Country Practice. I loved how she was so in love with Brendan, and I aspired to her life in the country having babies and practising her own eclectic style and 'home made', crafty take on life.

I grew up in a big city in England where my life couldn't possibly have been more different from Molly's - and I probably didn't even know where Australia actually was in those days - but it does often strike me as odd that I have somehow ended up a crafty mum in this small country town in Australia. How did that happen? Who was your childhood role model? Please tell me and I'll enter you in the draw for a Clothkits children's kit of your choice (Molly was definitely a Clothkits kind of mum).



The closing date is 16 June. Open to anyone, anywhere.

46 comments:

Joanne said...

Hi Allison. I voted for your stall at the Makers Market on Saturday!
I don't remember a role model as such. I did like Molly. Going further back, I remember being fascinated by the Little House on the Prarie life. You know, washing day, baking day and less often, going to market day. Each task had its day and they made their own or made do of necessity. Then there was the boy who went to live in the mountains in "My Side of the Mountain" which we read at school. Perhaps because of reading those books, I used to imagine a life home that was completely self sufficient and sustainable. From an adult perspective, it may have been a little impractical. Now, many years later I am trying to make a life something like that. Craft, cooking from scratch, making do, recycling, repurposing etc. I've got a long way to go but I'm enjoying getting there.

Trixie Jones said...

Strangely, my role model was Marty McFly [Michael J Fox] in Back to the Future. Not only could he travel through time and ride a hover board he was all about embracing the future, good and bad. I loved that!

Meg said...

My role model was the naughty lead character from a book called "Muncus Agruncus: A Bad Little Mouse."

meglet said...

My role model was Harriet the Spy with a hint of Nancy Drew. I made my own belt and attached a notepad, pen, torch and magnifying glass and would sneak into my neighbour's yards and write about what they were doing. I was always looking for mysteries to solve.
I guess now my career choice makes perfect sense!

Your Cheeky Monkey said...

I am so boring - my role models were definitely my mum and gran!! Both super crafty, clever, and nice people. I hope I take after them through and through! I have always considered my mum one of my best friends and the only person to cry on their shoulder!

Lucy Bowler said...

Hi Allison,
I would have to agree with Joanne there re: Little House on the Prairie, in particular Laura Ingalls Wilder herself. I don't think I missed an episode on TV (unless absolutely necessary!) and I loved seeing her family working through life out on the prairie. As well as watching it on TV, I had the books too - even the one about Almanzo, who Laura went on to marry. My relatives were very early settlers in Australia so I guess seeing Laura up there on the TV was an insight into what it was like to be settling new territory. Oh - and I always wanted clothes made from muslin and calico, as these materials were talked about so often!
Thanks for the giveaway.
Cheers
Lucy

Lark said...

Oooh, Joanne and Lucy, that's a good choice, my sister and I watched Little House on the Prairie religiously and we used to act it out in our bedroom after the show. I played Laura as I was the youngest. But actually I secretly wanted to be Nellie, the naughty rich girl!

mini macs said...

Hi Allison!
My role model as a kid was Pippi Longstocking! She was so sassy and confident and a little bit quirky and kooky... I hadn't thought about her for ages until my parents bought a collection of Pippi stories (illustrated by Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Childs) for my daughter.. And now she loves Pippi too!

Lark said...

Pippi is great too! And not just for girls - my son loves her!

A said...

My role model was Indiana Jones. Lots of daring, exciting adventures, books and nerdy stuff. I wanted to be an archaeologist as a kid - the closest I get now is the odd dig down the back of the cushions on the sofa... amazing crusty treasures to be found!

JazyJae's said...

I had two of sorts. One was Anne from Anne of Green gables. I loved her and often imagined my life was just like hers and I wwanted to be a teacher just like her in a little school out in the country. My other was June Cleaver. I thought she was the perfect Mum and was always so happy caring for her family and home with such pride. I often hoped I would be a Mum like her. In the end I'm a mix of the two I think in some ways, having the caring for my family and home with the free spirited and stand up for myself and others attitude of Anne.

potty mouth mama said...

Ergh... I dread telling you, while I did love Molly, I adored... Elle McPherson.. There now, I've said it.

CurlyPops said...

I always wanted to be Melissa Gilbert so that I could join Little House on a Prairie. We were allowed to stay up past our bedtime once a week just to watch Little House.
I always loved A Country Practice too... I even named my first Shetland Pony Chloe, after Molly's little girl on the show.

Pear tree cottage! said...

Miss Lark, I know this is going to be a shock but this grandmother of almost 10 darlings and a lover of helping everyone I can.

Looked like and dressed like and even sounded like my role model. Way back then in the late 60's, when I was at that age where My mother knew nothing (how could she understand) and my father just did not get it at all. When I tried for the very first time the mascara I just had to have after saving for the longest time so my big brown eyes would stand out just like hers add that to my looks and my then short dresses just like her's and yes I did look like here..........have you guessed yet who it was. why it was that very outstanding model Twiggy! Where have all the years gone!!! When I look back now the ruff time I must have put my parents through it is a wonder they love me now as they do. (sorry mum!)


I guess role models come in all shapes and sizes and yes mine was twiggy, skinny twiggy.


PS.Now dear friend for a bit of newS the "high tea" is on again this July (last saturday)and if you would like to book a table filled with friends we would like to see you. the charity is the starlight again this year and while last year was the theme cupcakes this year it is victorian rose......I would love to see you there.


PSS. I am in the midland express today too!!! all dressed up in 1859outfit....(smiles)

Lee-ann

Treasuresofjoy said...

I don't remember really but I did like the brady family.
Wonderwoman was pretty cool too!

Cynthia said...

I loved Susan Dey on "The Partridge Family". I was the same age and we looked similar. I thought she was cool.

Linda said...

oh I had quite a few and Molly was one of them and I cried and cried when she died! I also loved Bewitched I thought life like that would be fun and still wish I could twitch my nose and have things done!! sad I know!

lauravnoble said...

As a little one I loved She-Ra (Princess of Power), I wanted to be a hero like her, & have a unicorn!

I'm another Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, my name is Laura & my dad read me all the books. I wanted a life of quiet adventure too.

At about 10 I wanted to be Sandy from Grease, the 'good girl' that wanted to turn slightly bad & shock everyone!

Michelle said...

Mine was Barbara from "The Good Life". She was assertive, strong and very, very clever.

It's funny - I'm now so into cooking and gardening and being sustainable that my best friend calls me "Barbara"!

Janet said...

I wanted to be Cher in the worst way. I loved the Sonny and Cher show. She sang and wore fancy outfits and was silly and funny and I loved her long black hair. My dad bought me a tambourine and fake microphone when I was about four years old so that I could play "Cher".

9crafty11 said...

He he he..both my mum & I had our idols I suppose. I loved Young Talent Time(YTT) that I watched every single episode (& I still enjoy them), however I just idolised Tina Arena & Dannii Minogue. They could do no wrong. I did my hair exactly like them. I don't know if anyone remembers when they had siblings on the show, & Dannii had Kylie on performing with her. I do remember thinking "who the hell does she think she is, not as good as Dannii!" My how times change. Over time, I still very much enjoy Tina Arena's work & what she has become.
My mum waited patiently for me do to my dancing & singing with the show, & then she would watch "Magnum PI" - she just adored Tom Selleck. Obiviously different age group, different taste!

Sarah-Jo said...

What a great post...I loved a Country practice as well and cried for days after molly died :(

My childhood role model and the person I admired most in the world was my next door neighbour Julie
she worked at a preschool for disadvantaged children (little kids from the most troubled backgorunds) I thought she was an amazing and compassionate person

my family used to take in some of the kids for weekend respite care and it had a huge impact on me growing up....I ended up becoming an early childhood teacher :)

thankyou for the chance to win a clothkit....Im definately a clothkits mum!I actually just finished making my daughter the car dungarees I bought from you months ago

good luck to all who enter this great giveaway!

Cosy said...

Just like Sarah-Jo, I cried so much when Molly died!

I also loved the Sullivans. It was so disappointing when the episode finished each week (probably meant it was time for bed too). So I loved Kittie Sullivan. She grew up from a little girl to a woman (though the actress was probably 25to start with!).

Carolyn

danielle said...

ok too embarrasing, but i wanted to be danni minogue! you know, same name and everything-thats all a 12 year old girl could ask for....did you know she even brought out her own range of kids clothes... i had dannni bike shorts, and every kind of glittery danni shirt she brought out! how sad!! then after that, i fell in love with Toni Perrin, and wanted to be her (think funniest home videos!), and when i found out my dad wanted to call me Toni, it was set! That was my new girl crush!!

i was SO SAD HAHA..

PS i was the biggest lover of a county practice too! and i still wanna be a country girl : )

Violet and Rose said...

There was only ever one girl for me.

She was smart.

She was popular.

She was pretty.

And her name?

"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

My role was Trixie Belden from the childrne's detective series of books, I adored them...

It's funny it wasn't until they started screening A Country Practice during the day that I realised a few years back how dark alot of the themes were. But I still wanted to marry Dr Terrence ;)

Gina said...

I wanted to be Astro Boy when I was little.
Not exactly the cloth-kit type!!How I ended up a craft-obsessed mummy I'll never know.

lisa tilse said...

I loved Samantha on Bewitched. I loved her, I loved her clothes!

~ Kim ~ said...

I didn't really watch t.v until I was older. I really loved Wonder Woman. Superhero's are just the coolest. I even loved the Bionic Man oh and Strawberry Shortcake!

Swift Jan said...

DJ from Full house!! *insert embarrased face here* and I also loved Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables).

Toni Brockliss said...

Audrey Hepburn.
Mum sat me down when I was very young and we watched My Fair Lady and I was hooked.
I adore her and love her so much that I named my daughter Audrey.
She was stylish and beautiful and loving and did so much for UNICEF and animals.

Betty Jo said...

Often I wished I was Lori from the Partridge Family, but mostly because she got to hang out with David Cassidy and wear cute minis and had great hair!!
This may explain why- http://www.flickr.com/photos/34239556@N00/1855481832/

Kassi Isaac said...

I remember when I was little I wanted to be just like Kylie Minogue, the singer~ hah.

I used to dance around the house doing the locomotion and sining into my handcrafted microphone - cleverly hand crafted by ajoining a toilet roll and a tennis ball.

x kas ;P

Tania said...

Oh, I wanted to be a Wonder Twin. You know the ones, knocking their rings together and shouting 'shape of....a puddle of water! Or whatever. On reflection I wish I'd been in to something with a little more street cred.

Beach Vintage said...

Am I embarrassed to say this? Daisy Duke from Dukes of Hazard ( the original old series in the 1970's, not the movie)

Mrs Brunswick said...

I wanted to be Julia Sawalha's character 'Lynda' on Press Gang SO MUCH!! Oh my god!

That crackling on-screen tension with Spike, the stories, the issues, her ballsy attitude, the journalism, the fact it was in Britain...Oh how glorious for a suburban Gal in 1980's Melbourne...

And, funnily enough, just like you Madam Lark, I found myself all the way around the other side of the world, working as a journalist in Britain, with some, if not quite as much, crackling office tension as Lynda and Spike. (Which I now realise has more to do with English lads than journalism...)

Ah! Good,innocent times!

cristy said...

I loved the red-haired doctor on A Country Practice (and Fatso, the wombat). But I was torn between wanting to be Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables. I also loved George in the Famous Five.

Bird Bath said...

Pippi was the girl I wanted to be!
I remember mum made me a Pippi costume for the carnival masquerade...I even tried to convince mum to let me wire my hair so the braids would stick out at the right angles.

bubbachenille said...

Well I loved Kimba the White Lion, dont ask how that ever popped into my head ! Most of the wonderful people that the previos comments have been about I had feelings for too, The Partridge Fam was a definate fave, I would have loved to have been anyone in The Sound of Music !

Melissa said...

I loved Norah from the Billabong series of books by Mary Grant Bruce. She had so much fun and adventure growing up in rural Aust.

Kitschen Pink said...

I always looked to artists - often of the pre-war generations so women much older than me. Barbara Hepworth, Mary Fedden, Vanessa Bell. And I am inspired by women like Mary Wesley who's creativity went into overdrive in her 60's. Consequently I am still aspiring to find the time to paint and create all day whilst the household goes to rack and ruin. I get better at it as the years go by! t.x

Bek said...

I loved "Sarah" from the Labyrinth and all her menagerie of friends. Best movie ever, and David Bowie is great in it too. I'm looking forward to sharing this one with my kids one day, but maybe when they are a bit older- it is a bit full on in places!

R x said...

E'hem... Samantha Fox. I'll get my coat now...

mimoo said...

my role model was Olivia Newton-John, she sang, danced and made movies but when she became a fashion designer and started her label of Koala Blue I was hooked. I wanted to be her without a doubt. For almost a year I BEGGED my dad to somehow get someone who had a friend of a friend who was going to the USA to buy me a koala blue tshirt. I thought that was the best day ever when i got that tshirt, I still have it wrapped up in a plastic sealed bag...

LynAnne Smucker said...

My role model was probably Trixie Belden as she lived solved mysteries and had adventures. I also really would say my Mom and Dad both really modeled the idea that I could learn how to do or make what I wanted. My Dad did wood working, and fixed stuff (and made me and my brother help out) and my Mom taught me how to use her sewing machine and then let me just do it.

gingerwine said...

Stephanie Powers from Heart to Heart and I still want to be her!

xx
sam