Sunday, 31 July 2011
Thursday, 28 July 2011
PS. Many thanks to my lovely husband who put the gate up this week. x
Monday, 25 July 2011
Little Tin Bird so thanks Heather for blogging about this a while ago - I have tried it out and it works!
And this is the finished article - it's just long enough to wrap round my shoulders and cross over at the front and it doesn't feel too delicate to wear on a regular basis. I get the feeling it might get some use in the winter too. Not bad for some yarn found at the charity shop for £4!
Gingercat on Friday. Our kids get on like a house on fire so hopefully they will run around having fun and burning off some energy so we can sit down with a cup of tea and crochet, preferrably outside in some sunshine or at least without rain. Before then we have John Lewis coming to fit some blinds in our lounge, a trip out with Nan and Grandpops (hi Mum!) and a fair bit of mooching around at home, enjoying some free time and relaxation. Hope you are also enjoying whatever free time you have at the moment too. Will post again soon about some updates around the house. xx
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Hello, long long time since I last blogged. So much has been going on - continuing progress in the kitchen, nearing the end of term at school, little one poorly for 6 days, starting two (yes, two!) new crochet projects and trying to cram in as much stuff as possible before term ends (haircut, dentist appt etc.).
The kitchen is coming along nicely and I have earmarked tomorrow to continue painting as many cabinets as possible. We have bought the sink, tap, hob and flooring and have ordered some worktop samples.
F (my youngest) caught a sickness bug last weekend and she spent all weekend in bed, trying to sleep off the worst of the symptoms. She lost a fair amount of weight and was too weak to walk for 3 days, but by Wednesday she was craving burgers and bacon sandwiches (obviously a lack of protein!) and she went back to school on Friday. She's still very tired, but that is also down to end of term so we are all looking forward to lots of lie ins and lazing around doing not very much next week. Although, I have been asked to make cookies next week and get the paints out for an artwork session. A visit to the local farm may also be on the cards, if we can drag ourselves away from the comfy sofa!!
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
I have painted about a third of the kitchen but life got in the way so I haven't touched it for over a week. Here is a before photo - definitely stuck in the 1980s! Look at the tiles, they look like they should be in a 1980s bathroom.
We had a very busy weekend. My youngest played her violin in the strings orchestra at the local Music Centre's garden party. She did really well and seemed to enjoy it lots. Then we popped along to the school's summer fayre. I spent an hour applying fake tattoos and painting the nails of 4-9 year olds. Lots of fun but exhausting. Sunday was spent reading (all day - it was a very gripping storyline) and relaxing. I've also managed to squeeze in a bit of crochet too. My shawl is coming along nicely, only maybe 2 more hours of work on it and it will be ready for blocking.
Anyway, that's enough for now. I must go tackle the kids' rooms. I can't see the floor again. Wish me luck! xx
Friday, 1 July 2011
Last week had the most bizarre weather - on some days the weather changed about ten times, from bright sunshine to heavy downpours. I was getting pretty fed up with it as I have been meaning (but not really wanting) to get back out in the garden to finish off the weeding of the old veg patch. Regrettably, the border with the gooseberry bushes has sort of grown over again, mainly with mint. Nothing wrong with mint, but it's not where I wanted the mint to grow. I am hoping the agreeable weather will continue into next week so I can get out there again and finish off the weeding.
I managed to dodge some rain showers to get to my favourite charity shop, which is a 15-20 minute drive away. I was glad I went as I managed to get a few treasures - a Japanese style top which I am wearing tomorrow (if it fits!), a White Stuff stripy tank top for Winter, a darning mushroom (how very utilitarian of me), an early 1980s crochet book and a beautiful tin...
As I was getting so hacked off with the weather and the housework was just not calling to me, I decided it was time to dig out the paint I bought to spruce up the kitchen. Remember I bought some paint a couple of months ago on a shopping trip to a local village with my friend Alison from Gingercat ? Well, the paint was stored away with a view to getting it done in the near future. As is always the case, life got in the way (or is that reading blogs got in the way?) and said paint got forgotton about, until the rainy weather appeared and being stuck in the house with not much interesting to do turned into a major decorating surge. Paint was dug out and surfaces cleaned. Remember, this is special paint that needs no prep work, other than a clean surface to paint on. Here is a sneak peek.
Not a great photo. Once the paint has dried (30 mins tops) you rub or brush on some wax and buff - 2-3 layers needed for kitchen units. I carried on going and have painted about a third of the kitchen units. It's quick and easy to do and it is a massive improvement on the 1980s country kitchen look. In fact, it is so good that we decided to carry out a few more updates in the kitchen. We are replacing the brown sink ( woohoo!) and the hob (the flame sometimes goes out so it's not exactly safe) and the worktop and the floor and we are painting the tiles, walls and ceiling. We are trying to buy everything on a tight budget as we hope to get the kitchen completely redone in about 5 years time. Will update you with our progress as and when it happens.
Tomorrow we have a jam packed day - swimming lesson for youngest, Music Centre Strings orchestra performance for youngest, School Summer Fun Day and eldest has a sleepover to go to. I think eldest will be going to sleep a lot later than me on Saturday night! Hope you have a fab weekend. xx