Monday, 7 April 2008
DIY, WIP and a favour or two
It's funny what can spur us into action, push us into finally doing those little jobs around the house that have been niggling us for such a long time and have been neglected for too long on the 'to do' list. This weekend, before the return of winter on Sunday, it was the wonderful sunshine we had here on Saturday morning. I think I am one of the many who are affected by daylight, the lack of it in winter can drive me crazy and make me incredibly lazy. Yet since the clocks went forward last weekend and that extra hour of daylight I'm feeling galvanized. How lovely to hear the birds singing in the evenings now and feel that the day isn't over at 5pm.
Ayway I popped into town to get some fabric for a project that had been on the "list' for far too long (did you notice the name on that cotton reel? "Frivolous Pink", my kind of a name!) . Along the way I walked past my favourite choc shop Choccywoccydoodah for a quick drool and snapped a couple of their wonderful cakes. These photos don't in any way do them justice, the sun was glaring etc but just to give you a taster of what they offer, but really would you want to eat one of them? (clicking on the photos increases the wow factor).
I would have to place mine under a cloche a la Miss Haversham and just admire from afar (maybe just languidly drag my fingers over that icing when passing).
Back to the fabric - we bought this old cupboard from a car boot about 13 years ago. We painted it and removed some of the dodgy wood panels and replaced them with chicken wire. This was backed with some pink fabric and that's how it remained for years. When we moved (two and a half years ago) we promised Little Sister that it would be prettied up for her ... well finally it got the coat of paint it deserved and some of this lovely fabric. She's very happy with it and so am I and do you know what it took an afternoon to do. Why wait all that time? You just have to be in the mood don't you.
If only the same could be said about the ongoing painting of the hall project. Whatever enthusiasm I mustered at the beginning has all but diminished and I can't help but groan everytime I walk past that tin of paint in the hall. So near to finishing and yet ... Someone who has bounds of energy for any kind of painting is this one
Yes, Little Sister seems to be tackling those walls singlehanded at the moment!
As a "thank you" for all her hard work I've started a new rug for her bedroom. Whilst we loved this house since the moment we stepped into it, the flooring has left a lot to be desired. We have slowly gone from room to room pulling up the really dodgy carpets and painting the floorboards but have, as yet, done Little Sister's room. Just the thought of picking up all those Sylvanians, fairies and Barbie clothes and packing them away whilst we pull up the carpet leaves me cold. So I thought I'd ask you all a favour. Now and again I need a gentle prod and reminder and I thought there would be no better way to push me into finishing the rug and floor than by you reminding me.. So if all goes quiet on the rugging front, please feel free to comment on my blog! Hopefully the sight of this unfinished project on my blog next to the picture of my youngest slaving away in the hall and some comments from you over the next few weeks (maybe months) will do the trick.
Oh and whilst we're at it, how about asking now and again if any of the cupboards that are lying around in the loft or outside loo are actually up on the walls yet? Guilt and shame, such a winning combination in my DIY book!
All of which leads me on to something else I should have done a while ago. A thank you to Alison for this lovely award. Over at Vintage Amethyst blog, Alison has started up her own website selling some lovely goodies, please go and have a look.
Thank you too to greentwinsmummy for this award too. I'm not going to choose bloggers to pass it on to and I know it's going to be breaking the rules. So please all of you take this award and enjoy it as well, but please go and say "hello" to greentwinsmummy.
Right, I'm off to buy some new Sylvanians with Little Sister - I'm thinking wall to wall Sylvanians might just be the floor covering of my dreams (or not).