Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Blue Is The Colour



Weatherwise it wasn't the best of weekends. Back to back grey with drizzle and gale force winds thrown in for good measure. After braving the elements on Saturday morning and returning home drenched and frozen, I decided to throw anchor and stay put for the duration.



The girls had plans aplenty and weren't deterred by the bad weather. Left at home I took stock of the million and one jobs that had been left half done or unstarted around me. Paint pots and brushes in the hallway, sandpaper in the bathroom, the sewing order that needed to be finished and sent off and all the goodies that needed to be photographed for the Emporium...
Well I've always been more than a bit of a procrastinator and will find a thousand odd things to do rather than the one that matters most. Which led me to the cupboard under the stairs. The dreaded cupboard understairs where nobody goes unless it absolutely necessary. It'a an 'enter at your peril' kind of place, the sort of cupboard that explodes each time the door is opened. The kind of cupboard where our cats have been known to disappear without a trace for hours on end...



Like a woman possessed, I grabbed bags, piles of cushions, sleeping bags, camping kettles in search of my prey. And there it was in an old plastic bag, the rather worn, stained old woollen blanket that I had managed to hide from the ruthless Mr Roses. Well this blanket takes the word "pre-loved" to its limits, you would have to be truly smitten to take this blanket to heart, to wrap it round you and enjoy its comfort. But there were bits worth salvaging, I was particularly taken by the blue striped edging and grabbed the sewing machine whilst nobody was looking.
In the time it took Mr Roses to go and buy some tomatoes, a newspaper and lose his umbrella, my cushion was made. A quick encounter with some lavender water to freshen it up and a casual chuck onto the blue armchair in the living room and, hey presto, nobody would ever know...



Well, there were no protests from Mr Roses about the smelly blanket from under the stairs, the cats love it, there is a bit more space in THAT cupboard and whilst I may not have touched the sewing order that should have been number one on my priorities list, it did bring a smile to my face to see it finally sitting there soft, blue and finally re-loved.
And if that wasn't enough, look what's going on here today



Blue sky!

Like a siren calling to me this morning I couldn't sit still until I'd gone out for a walk in all that glorious sunny daylight. As I said to a friend, it was like the world was a huge box of chocolates, urging me to open the door and tuck in. And tuck in I did.

12 comments:

bellaboo said...

Yes at last some longed for sunshine..it's glorious here today too.
You've done a wonderful salvage job with that old blanket,clever you!
We don't have a understairs cupboard,ours is a loo.Would you believe there is only one fitted cupboard in our 3 bed house,and a tiny one at that.Must go through it at some stage.Wonder what's lurking in there I've forgotten about! :0)

heidi said...

snowy and grey here today. some blue sky and above freezing temps would do us a world of good. but in the meantime i am loving your blues!

karen said...

Love that blue cushion and your pretty curtain behind it. I am procrastinating badly this winter - can't seem to get anything useful done. Haven't we had a lovely day in Sussex today- walked along the seafront and it felt like spring. Karen X

June said...

What a lovely cushion to squish into on a wet miserable day. That blue sky - heavenly!
June.

Jill said...

Well it was certainly worth foraging in the cupboard under the stairs, lovely cushion and the roses!! Doesn't blue sky and sun make you feel so much better, lets hope it stays, but I guess that is a big hope!! Have a fun week.
Jillx

Thimbleanna said...

I LOVE blue Ms. Roses! Your pillow is beautiful -- and the roses are perfect!

caravanartist said...

I love the idea of you furtively making a cushion in Mr.R's absence - a bit like eating chocolate or desperately trying to read a few more pages of an exciting novel! Worth it though as it's a very pretty cushion.

Lisa said...

Your new cushion is beautiful, those flowers on it are a perfect touch.
Blue skies are such a treat we have to go and enjoy them to make up for all the grey days.
Lisa x

libby said...

Love the cushion...well done you..but it's the card I really adore! is it for sale?

Cowboys and Custard said...

Well those are the nicest blues one could wish for.. Beautiful cushion... and love the roses.. in more ways than one!

Dxx

Sea Angels said...

Thank you so much for your comments and I'm so glad you pop round I am the same !! but me too I still love to visit you ..I adore the new header and the cushion is lovely..you do always make such pretty things
Have a lovely Valentines day too
Lynn xxx

ahomespunyear said...

What gorgeous blues. It might have been an old blanket but it's made a wonderful cusion. How I wish I'd still got all the old blankets I've sent to charity shops in the past.

And hasn't it been great to have some blue skies...I even tackled the greenhouse...a bit on the lines of your stair cupboard I should imagine.