Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Almost a Room of my Own!
The sun is shining through the window at the moment, enough for me to be able to take a photo without the flash on the camera (we've been without a flash for weeks now, M has bought a new camera but I'm loathe to sit down and actually read the new instruction book and am prepared to sit and wait for the sun to shine for a few minutes). This anyway is the view I have if I turn my head away from the computer. We have two living rooms downstairs, this is the one we call the dining room, the one we will never eat in, the one that has never had a dining table in, but the one that has been nevertheless named the dining room ever since we moved in! It's a great extra space to have - I was originally going to have a summer house/shed in the garden but funds ran out quickly for that project and my dream of having a room of my own was shortlived!
My daughters, to be fair, did buy me this bag for my birthday last year and it may well be the closest I get to having a room that is truly mine! However, I am very happy in this little room. The children use it for homework, computer, extra telly, M comes in here sometimes to listen to his music. During the day though the room is all mine! I've got the computer, a window onto the garden, a radio tuned to Radio 4, a comfy sofa, my fabrics and my books.
The cupboard and trunk both came from a junk shop. (I think the image enlarges if you click on it and becomes less fuzzy, maybe I should have read that instruction book). Both were earmarked for me but we realised that we were very short of storage when we moved in so they now house the girls' arty bits and pieces. Shelves of glitter, glue and tins of felt pens in the cupboard and boxes of paint in the trunk. The trunk was a tatty old thing, covered in very smelly old fabric but for only a couple of pounds it was worth buying. I covered it in fabric from Laura Ashley and it does look bright and cheery in the room. Similarly the cupboard was cheap and shiny but scrubbed up well after a lick of paint. Behind the cupboard is one of M's paintings of the Downs.
On the opposite wall is a huge pinboard that I found discarded in the road one day on the way back from school. It is big, about 2ft x 3ft and I painted the frame duck egg blue, added some more of that Laura Ashley fabric to the board and crisscrossed some elastic over it. Perfect for keeping family photos, cards from friends, swatches of fabric etc.
Right, better get back to cutting up fabric now.
Q: How many balls of fabric do you need for 6 tea cosies?
A: I have no idea, but I know I've not got enough!