Saturday, July 31, 2010

In between the naps.

I have finally had that lightening bolt moment after struggling to remain awake between night-time and afternoon naps. Maybe it really is time to boost up the iron and vitamin b and stop crawling around the edges of the world. Every year I manage to get myself run down and anaemic and it always takes a while to recognise what is going on.
In the meantime, between sleeping and a light smattering of house work and parenting, I have been sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by tiny triangles of tissue paper and glue. It is becoming more than a little addictive and now I am going to have to work out what to do with the little pictures - maybe have them mounted into one big frame?
Thank goodness for the weekend. I think this afternoon will consist of crochet, the big blue couch, two little boys and 'The Princess Bride'. Will I ever tire of that combination?
Have a good weekend, xxooxxooxx.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bunting and Trees and Chooks and Stuff.

It was raining and our hens were very put out as they had to cancel their busy day. The picnic table was welcome shelter although there was a moment of awkwardness when the chook on the far right pecked at a patch of grass where the chook on the far left had just done her business. The middle two didn't know whether to tell her or not and the culprit pretended someone else did it.
So today, I had a little bit of time at home on my own - this meant time to get a serious move on with some paintings. It was more paper-cutting than painting as it was scissor work all day.
Cutting up tissue paper into triangles (tissue paper has suddenly become my favourite 'thing'.
And making bunting for trees. At this point I must point out that no actual books were harmed during the making of this painting. I scanned some old text into the scanner and printed it. I can't bring myself to have scissors anywhere near books.
And another glimpse of where I am heading.

Monday, July 26, 2010

This is just a little glimpse of Hugo's blanket to hook you in.
Some more - it is growing day by day... except for tonight when I was so tired I lay down in front of the telly and let my hands curl into fists below my chin while I watched yet another episode of "True Blood". The colours are such a departure for me with the whole oatmealy/grey/brown wool dominating, but I like it. I feel brave and as though I am on an adventure - can you tell I don't get to town very often?
This is really the main reason for getting your attention. The doors are beginning to get their new coats on. Previously faded red and flaking, we are now going up in the world with a dark bluey/purple gloss. Keep in mind this door isn't finished yet.
And a hyacinth still in the between stages of lilac and green.

I won't use too many words tonight as my head is turned inside out by paint fumes. Unfortunately with the exterior doors we have to use an oil based primer.... I can see why it is hardly used anymore. I feel as though my eyeballs have been taken out of head, swapped and jammed back into the wrong sockets. I might start babbling in a moment and goodness knows that would not be a good thing. Off to bed for an early night instead. See you tomorrow, xxooxx.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Fun Things to do with Paper.

Archie was in dire need of a bouquet of flowers hanging from his ceiling (the yellow one is of his making) - keep in mind these boys feel as gardeners, flowers are not at all girly.
And Hugo needed one attached to his mobile.
There has been a lot of mysteries inciphered and revealed.
Lots of this taking up room on the kitchen table.
And a bit of this.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Playing with paper.

This week has been a busy week with incredibly important things such as staring at colour chips and drinking tea and staring at more colour chips. However, I did take some time out and visited my cousin where we were very industrious producing many, many, many tissue paper flowers for the school's bollywood ball.
Can you imagine the heady thrill knowing that by crafting I was a very helpful mother, very seriously helping the school. Let me tell you it was hard to stop. Have a good weekend!!
P.S. This is being written a little while later - I am in an absolute panic, my new room which is being painted in white, is going to have yellow trim around the bottom scotia and windows and the doors will be yellow too. The only thing is, the yellow I have chosen is called sulphur and now I am really worried. What kind of colour is sulphur? What kind of person would choose sulphur. And then... over the last few days, every time I have opened the cupboard to get a mug I have felt strange, as though something is not quite right and I don't know why, as though we don't have enough mugs.................... And I have just found out that my favourite mug has smashed (why did I not notice earlier - well sometimes it stays up on my work table for a few days). It was a friend to me and always let me drink from it and never complained about the heat. Goodbye my friend, may your rest in peace. xxooxxooxx.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Cosiest of Things.

I am needing the cosiest of things at the moment. Things that make your heart feel as though they are nestled in comfort and light, tissue paper and down.
Beginning a new blanket for Hugo, fresh (and very much on sale) pillowcases and Daphne by my bed have all helped. Chicken soup on the hob, a lit fire and clean windows are on the list too, alongside 'Larkrise to Candleford', roast lamb and a good book. These things have all curled around my heart this morning and changed my world for the day.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Paper and Scissors.

There has been an awful lot of cutting and folding going on in our house at the moment. I received the book pictured above in the mail the other day (but I can't at present find any details to accompany it - I'll include them in another post) and have not been able to stop snipping paper even when far more pressing concerns floating around me.
The lucky stars are a new obsession that have been busily falling from my hands in an origami-stigmatery kind of way. I have no idea what I will end up doing with them but I cannot stop making them.
Archie has been busy this weekend too, making the bird feeder above. He spent a long time working out how to stop the platform from dropping down and eventually harnessed it with some flax... ingenious. I hope you are having sun and warmth either from the big sky outside or by a little and conrollable fire inside. xxooxxooxx.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Our old front door worked very well for a while... until it stopped working (a couple of years ago). Now we have a new one, it even opens.
And a dark, blank wall has given us a view.
Hugo's family portrait - some of us are naked (Jonno and Archie) - some of us are not (Kate and Hugo).
I am loving our renovations getting into full swing. It is hard to do anything at the moment as every time I turn around there is a new door or window or wall. The electrician is here, I had better go and pretend to put a knife in a powerpoint near him... or maybe not.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Painting and Drawing.

Busy boy.
A very unfinished 'Rolling Boulders'.
And Hugo's 'The Whole Family'.
A little crochet brooch made last night while watching 'Larkrise to Candleford'.
Today I had some time to myself so I started getting tucked into a new painting that is going to be auctioned off at the school ball. I had completely forgotten how long it takes to paint something. A whole day and I am still only part way through.
Now it would be my pleasure to write and write about something interesting however, the cat has vomited next to my bag and I must clean it up before paper planes fly into it. Archie very bravely made a start voluntarily (!!!) but started gagging half way through. I am so proud he took it onto himself to deal with it though. Gloves on.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Last Roses.

I made myself begin pruning the roses today. The rose above 'General Galliani' is always so hard to cut into as it produces year round flowers that get smaller and creamier as time goes on. I had to remind myself how big, fat and raspberry red they will be in the spring and forced my secateurs into action.

And here are a few sneaky peeks of a table I am renovating. The oilcloth was tacked on with little thumb tacks that were extremely fiddly. I then solved the problem by sticking a piece of blue tack on to the hammer, wedging the thumb tack in and giving an almighty whack. One hit and it went all the way in. Have a cosy Sunday night, xxooxxooxx.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Morning.

We have had a very quiet and dare I say, peaceful morning. Hugo watched the cows walk past and struck up as many conversations as he could, all the while playing with his farm set in the mud. Archie took on the challenge of learning to sew, making Hugo a stocking which he then embroidered. I sat down next to my big boy and continued with my new sport of tucking tails.
So, so, so nice... particularly as we were off to a very exhausted and slightly cranky beginning to the holidays. Yesterday I didn't even realise this would be possible. But it is!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pippi Longstocking... By Rose.

My niece has been reading my copy of the Lauren Child illustrated, 'Pippi Longstocking' and she drew me this beautiful picture. It is now officially one of my all time favourite things in this world. I want to keep it forever. Even when she is famous.

At the moment it is resting on the desk but I think it will have to go up on my bedroom wall.
Right now I am tucking in millions of tails,
And thinking about the sorts of bodies I need to give to little heads like this.
AND making ginger crunch.
And trying not to eat too much.


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