If you're worried your house is a mess, there's always someone elses house which will put your own perceived untidiness into perspective............... Today I'm volunteering to make you all feel great about your own homes, however tidy or messy, by showing you the state of my home recently.
There is a lot of painting going on at the moment. In the above photo is one filing cabinet, destined, once finished, for my studio. This is a bit of a long drawn out project, because my first choice of colour, Lilac, was abandoned. It's now painted over with this Duck-Egg blue, as are the standard lamp base and the flower pot. After all, I might as well use up all my paint, mightn't I?
There's that lilac I was just talking about, on the set of shelves. They were originally used to hold C.D.'s in my old studio, their new purpose in life is going to be shelving for nick-nacks. But I have to do something about that lilac,it's not going to work against the pink walls of my studio. Maybe I'll paint the sides green, leaving the edges lilac.......................
And here is our bedroom............... which we're not sleeping in at the moment!
The floorspace is piled high with books, which have been sitting there for a while, waiting to find homes on shelves. I have good news about that, because they are soon to get a new home, in my old studio.
Shelves, glorious shelves! That's what Hugo and I have been doing over this last weekend. And I don't know if you recall me mentioning a rat problem? Well, Hugo opened up the wall, and there were no rats to be seen, they'd packed their bags! I can't tell you how relieved we were to just find the remains of an old nest, which has all been cleaned up now.
There's just this one bit of wall to seal up again.
Hugo did all the carpentry work, I was his helper............. He's done an amazing job I think.
Hugo, you're wonderful!
Hugo also made these shelves in the house for magazines and his cookery books. They're not quite finished, but I'm painting them anyway.
There isn't a room in the house which isn't being used for something to do with painting, building shelves or repairing, it feels slightly crazy. While Hugo was building shelves, I busied myself with stripping the paint off this garden bench. It had got in a terrible state, and I found that some of the slats were a bit rotten. Gosh it's a laborious task, this D.I.Y.ing, isn't it?
But I suppose once it's done, it's done. We'll be pleased we've spent our time on this when we see the finished result, which I'm DESPERATE to see! Actually, we have a very good incentive to get this work done, books shifted, house tidied.......... (house relaxed).............. My mum and Dad are arriving on the seventh April, to stay for a week. They've said they don't mind camping, and they don't mind mess, but there's just one little problem, I'm house proud.............. I want it to look welcoming and comfortable for them. Plus, there's nothing quite like the imminent arrival of guests to spur me into action. All those things that needed doing, get done, which is a positive thing in my book............... So I hope you don't mind, but I'm just going to take this week off from blogging so I can make a concentrated effort to get all the jobs done, as the only time spare to do them, is after work each day. But I'll be back next Monday with photos of a neat and tidy house. I hope! Have a good week and take care............. Love Vanessa xxx
Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.
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Books I have illustrated!
The Best Gift of All
Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon