Monday, 27 February 2012

Chatter and spiders on the ceiling.....

Hi everyone,

My posting pattern is a bit haphazard to say the least, this much I know.
Am still getting used to this whole on-line world....I set off with steely purpose....then get totally distracted when I see something pretty....
The pop over to Pinterest to re-pin said pretty thing.
Then link to Twitter......and if I link to Twitter, it would seem rude not to check out Facebook too.... 
See my problem. Lack of staying power. Or maybe just SO interested in everything at once, I concentrate on nothing at all...
I just LOVE to come across new blogs that I haven't spotted before, and lose myself in getting to know all about my new discovery and their world.
I'm sure I'm not usually such a nosey person?
Am I?
Yes, I think....well, I love to people watch, always have.
I have always liked to peep inside lit windows as I go past, then get scared if I make eye contact with someone who spots me spotting them !!
So, I guess I've answered my own question, regarding the nosey-ness issue... :)
Enough chatter - time for spiders........the dreaded tonsillitis has reared its ugly throat again, I had a delirious conversation about spiders on the ceiling with my 9 year old boy at 3am this morning...he was SO hot, his little forehead actually stung.
Then came the wonder that is Nurofen for children.
He was sleeping soundly within 40 minutes, not a spider in sight.
Thanks for stopping by, off now to make soup, administer more magic potion (the aforementioned N -word), and give my boy a cuddle.

Bye for now


Monday, 20 February 2012

Dream drawers...


Just a very short post to say hello...and WOW - today I had visitors to my blog from here in the UK, Australia and Russia. 
Thank you.
I am ay-may-zed. 
Every time I take a peep at the 'audience' button and it tells me that someone has visited I have a little squeal to myself. Excitement, that is. 

Quick painting update....
I have found and bought a chest of drawers that I have been looking for for months now. Got them for a steal too. 
So am very chuffed indeed, will do before and after photo's for the blog as soon as we collect them. Which will be really soon. 
Very happy about this. Thank you wonderful ebay ....
I will also post some photographs soon of the chairs that have caused me so much trauma over the last few days. 
Still pondering a little on them to be honest, but less in progress, I like to call them...
Confusing, hmm?
So, thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping by and hope to talk to you soon.
Isn't the internet fab?


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Can't see for looking....

Help !!! Have painters block, if there ever was such a thing. 
Am working on a small table and chairs, have coated the chairs in the first layer of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Chateau Grey. A lovely greeny grey colour, it is. Am struggling to settle on the top coat colour...I keep swaying to Old Ochre, then the feeling of wanting to be a bit more radical creeps in and before I know it I'm ooooooing and ahhhhhhing..
Then I'm on here, avoiding the chairs altogether. 
Then I make a coffee, avoiding again, I hear you say...
Right, enough talk, time for action.
Errr, here I go........
I'm still going.....
Will be back in a little while, no doubt. 
Ooooo, is that the kettle boiling??


Friday, 17 February 2012

Tweet Tweet .....

Well, what a revelation Twitter has been. I love it !! I am suddenly able to 'follow' people all about the place....not in a weird way, you understand, just in an extremely interested, nosey-ish, friendly kind of a way. I am friends with Gok Wan and a Heart F.M DJ is following me. Little ole' me !! O.M.G !!

I have also discovered Pinterest....I have actually created boards !!! Of my very own !! Feeling very computer savvy :) and though I know that I have much to learn I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Thank you so much to all of the lovely folk who have made 'virtual' contact with me some way, I so appreciate every little click.

Right, off to find some lovely blogs to follow.



Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Wow - I am so excited that people from all over the world have seen my blog.
Not so many, but people from oversea's !! Wow-ee.
Now I want to make friends and 'link-up'?...if thats the right - erm, way of putting it?
I need to look into this, I think.
Strangers are just friends we haven't met yet. I like that.
So, off to do a bit of 'friend-making' research. That sounds a bit sad, doesn't it?
Hope to meet you soon, looking forward to it already.


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Positive Mental Attitude. Polka-dotted, of course...

This week has been a bit of a week for taking stock. Not of stuff, so to speak, but more of life. 
Crikey, that sounds deep, and it is deep, I suppose.
Family is all important. Health. Happiness. All those blase analogies that we throw away in a sentence but so rarely actually stop to dwell on.
Well this week I dwelled. 
I painted too, but mainly, I dwelled.
I thought about what I have. I thought about my lovely boys, my funny, witty, good hearted boys. And my other half, a truly kind and generous soul, who really is the other half of me, and I felt lucky. 
And my sister, my beautiful, talented, inspiring sister, my very best friend. I think we kicked each other up the bum a bit this week. I think we needed to as well. Lets carry on kicking.
We are lucky. Look at the boys. Look now.
So then, tomorrow is a new day and I have a lot to be glad about. Challenges too, but ones I hope to rise to remembering how lucky I am. 
Wow - I bet you never expected that today. I didn't expect that today either.
Nothing is insurmountable. 
Tomorrow I will pick up my brush and carry on.
And smile while I do it.
Might even sing a little.
(Not too much though) - don't want to bring on the rain...


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Is it going to snow?

It will, it won't.... will it, won't it? 
Just SNOW for goodness sake !!!! Please?
Go on, a big dumping of thick snow would be great tonight. The boys broke up from school today for half term, so very selfishly, tomorrow would be a good day to be snowed in. 
Quick painting update - today I completed a little pine unit for my looks smashing. Its so exciting to see a piece of furniture emerge from beneath layers of old varnish....this particular piece appeared to have been used as a resting place for hot drinks, judging by the number of ring marks on the top of it. They are a thing of the past now, it has been stripped, painted and waxed to within an inch of it's it, more to the point, so does my Mom-in-law - thank goodness !
Anyway, off to stare out of the window and wish on a star for the snow to fall.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Morning everyone - well afternoon now - wow, where did that go?.... (actually 8.30 pm now, I will keep stopping and starting this post..)
Sitting here with still paint splattered hands, brushes washed and I have five minutes to upload a few more photos. 
Am currently working on some new bits and bobs, lots of accessories to accompany the furniture - chalk painted, polka-dotted, rubbed back then waxed, all given the same care and attention that the larger pieces are treated to. Will share the photos of these too soon, can't wait!
Here I go again, talking when I should be uploading photos - get me started on paint colours and its tough to stop me - its that chalky, velvety finish, you see......:)

Ok, here goes ...

These few shots show the dresser that I have just finished. It is very 'neat' as my Mum says (she really wants this dresser very badly!). The paint colour has been specially mixed and two coats applied. Three coats of soft protective wax later and we have a really pretty piece of furniture. The surface has been stripped as you can see, then darkened with vintage wax and polished up. It has a lovely sheen, you can't help but keep stroking it, its soooo smooth! 

 The dark wax adds depth to the details on the door panels and drawer fronts and really makes the piece look authentically vintage. All in all, I love this dresser, its the first one I've done with glazed doors and I like the effect. 

Nearly forgot - did you spot the hearts behind the drawer knobs? These were hand cut and mounted specially, they add a real individual accent to this dresser.

Righto, off to do bedtime stories now, so will check in again tomorrow, hope to get more pictures of previous projects up on here for you to take a look at.

Astrosaurs, here we come...


Friday, 3 February 2012

Well hello, long time no speak...

Its been so cold this week hasn't it? Really wintery and crisp, with snow due tomorrow too. I love the snow, especially when there is a roaring fire in the burner and we have absolutely no-where to go. 

Lucky that its Saturday, then. (Except we do have to pick up another piece of furniture tomorrow, but thats ok)....

Will be uploading lots more photographs soon, have sourced some lovely pieces this week and cannot wait to get painting. In fact, have already been painting. And sanding. And waxing and polishing. 

Have a lovely weekend all.

Go Sledging.....woo-hoo.....