Hello my friends. I think it is confession time! I have been MIA for four weeks now, and thought it was maybe time for me to put in an appearance before you thought I had left the planet! My excuses are decorating the lounge, and having half of my gorgeous family to stay. but first… my desk! NOT that it has seen a great deal of use in the past four weeks!
As I said… not a lot has been going on! You can see a guillotine, a pile of scrap paper upon which are a couple of finished cards which I can’t show you yet as the birthdays haven’t happened, a glass cutting mat piled high with boxes, some of which I am still deciding whether to tesselate and make advent calendars, and the coloured ones of which are filled with greeting cards and made as Christmas presents. Not a lot of signs of anything terribly busy or creative going on… so… off to other parts of the house!
Those of a nervous disposition should most definitely look away at this point, as I reveal the reason for working creatively elsewhere. This was my lounge carpet…
For eight and a half years I have called it my tropical underwater scene! I think the chances are that it was laid almost when the house was first built. There is every colour of the rainbow in this carpet, apart from a true red. So… time for it to go. I stripped all the walls, discovered that the previous decorator had signed his name and the date – 9/9/1983 – under the anaglypta wallpaper, painted and wallpapered! Then finally, out went the carpet and in came a new one. You asked for a glimpse… so.. ta-da!!!
Whilst all this was going on, one day the postman arrived with a fairly large parcel…
My daughter’s handwriting… and the parcel rattled… I couldn’t wait to open it!
A white box and a note from one of my grand daughters!
She had sent me a jigsaw, knowing how much I love to do them. I immediately set it up on the dining room table – adding to the utter chaos in that room! I had piled all the furniture from the lounge in there… Gwennan had taken a jigsaw, made it up, then painted her own picture on it for me!! Believe me – it was NOT easy – but I was determined to complete it. It took me each break time from being up step ladders! WOW!!
It’s just lovely – and so essentially Gwennan! Eventually the lounge was finished , new carpet laid, furniture back in the room, house tidied, and the family arrived. No opportunity to come up to my landing space as a grandson was sleeping there – so… not much else done apart from a lot of TV watching, family games, and parcel opening. My daughter’s mother in law had been knitting and crocheting again, sending three blankets and three cardigans for Uganda. My son in law had asked me for a list of any jobs I couldn’t do, and came armed with tools for the jobs! He put up new light fittings, curtain rails, mended bits and pieces… THANK YOU!!!
Isn’t that just lovely?
I’m afraid, Julia, that you are right… I couldn’t resist going into my local craft shop once it opened… and bought some yarn to make a blanket! I know – yes – I had only just emptied my yarn stash… but you see, I just couldn’t bear sitting watching tv with nothing to do…. It hasn’t got very far yet, but I’ll show you when it is done. I also opened another parcel… and discovered two more jigsaws to do… yes, the nice new, neat and tidy lounge is no longer! There’s a jigsaw board filling the empty space!
Well I woke early to write this, and now, despite a glorious pink coloured sky, it is raining here on the North Wales coast – the lawn must wait yet another day! I do trust you are all well and healthy.
Take care. God bless you.