Friday, 24 August 2012

Still decorating…

Why does always it take so long?


All the shelves are painted, up and screwed down so I’ve managed to clear a lot of space in the dumping ground workshop by filling the shelves with my books. There are even more than this and I don’t think I’ll fit them but there is always a bit of space on the workshop shelves for things that are currently inspiring us.


I’ve got a separate space above my sewing corner for all my knitting, crochet and sewing books.


Most of these drawers are going to house (most of) my yarn – I really need to destash (or knit more things)!


I’m loving the everything white theme but it’s so clean and uncluttered I’m going to find it hard to bring my stuff back in. I’ve already taken four huge bin bags worth to charity but there may be more.


I reckon there’s a couple more days work and then I’ll be done with all the painting. I’m having to paint the black floor white in sections – first the space for my bed, then I did the rest leaving a strip from the door to my bed (and a square under the wardrobe), then tomorrow I’ll be starting the rest. It’s taking about five coats including a couple of primer.


Nearly done.


Thursday, 16 August 2012

My (empty) creative space…

My creative space was most of my bedroom. These photos show just a small part but imagine the whole room looking like this! It was unruly and cluttered and while it looked quite inspiring it was pretty hard to find space to get anything done (or even find anything to do it with). More often than not the sewing machine found its way onto the dining table.


To be honest I’m a bit of a hoarder really! I needed a dedicated place for everything and to streamline it all.


It’s hard for me to throw things away, and it took three days to clear the room, but I needed to reclaim my bedroom. Every book, scrap of fabric, ball of wool and Interesting Thing is now bagged up in the workshop. This is my new creative space:


Lawks! It’s much smaller, cleaner and hopefully it will be tidier. I filled several binbags with rubbish and I have lots still to go through. I still need to finish painting and put everything back but I’ll be judicious! I couldn’t wait to show you the difference but I’ll take more pictures when it’s finished. There will be a whole alcove filled with top to bottom with shelves for books and I have a chest of drawers reserved just for yarn.

I can’t wait for it to be finished! It’s so bright and light. We used Dulux light-reflecting paint for the walls and plain white eggshell for the wood. The floor will also be white but the skirting will be blue. There will be lots of colour though from accessories like the blanket I’m making. I don’t want it to be sterile!


Monday, 6 August 2012

Rippled blanket crochet fun!


I’ve been crocheting again! It’s been a while, I haven’t done any since the speed blanket just before Christmas (which I finished at 3am on Christmas morning)


This blanket is a lot more straightforward – no tiny fiddly squares for me this time! The pattern is from Lucy at Attic24 and I’m loving the easy pace and speedy growth.

The yarn is my Stylecraft special DK which I’ve used for all my blankets – I love the bright colours, price and the fact that you can stick it in the washing machine.

This is my map of the colours I’ll be using, there are 18:


It’s Lucy’s pick of 17 available from Mason’s (plus white from stash) and it costs £25.50 plus delivery.

I think I’ll be happier when I get to the Pinks! When I finish the colour run I plan to reverse it so I get a double rainbow.

It’s great to have something productive to do in the evenings when the telly is on (and it’s always on, Olympics anybody?)!