Friday, 31 October 2008

Things that are happening apart from decorating.

Wait. Now let me think...

There must be something, come on now... Well I have been training in the arts of martial. I have Goals to complete before Christmas. They involve hitting and kicking things Very Hard.

Last night the hubs worked late - until 2am in fact. So late that it was indeed early.

Oh yes, and it is the husbandido's birthday on Tuesday so tomorrow I have to make his cake, which will either be a raw food cake (er. Yeah.) or will mostly be made out of icing, because there is still no cooker. The latter is probably going to be the best option because he has mentioned to me that he could eat fondant icing all day. I shall take him at his word and buy enough packets of icing to create a cake entirely made of icing! It shall be magnificent! Of course I could actually make him a fried cake, but that sounds a bit yucky!

For his birthday/our anniversary we are going to visit the mighty Westfield Shopping Centre. Frankly I could think of more romantic things to do but there is a Gourmet Burger Kitchen - who am I to argue? And of course there will be purchases of items "because it is our anniversary". I have actually already received my anniversary present which was rather sweet of him. We've been trying to buy lots of things in Habitat because we've got money-off vouchers that run out today. I've really fancied one of those laser-cut flowery lampshades for ages and ages and now we have, you know, lamps, to put it on it is obviously the time to buy it. Unfortunately we almost came to blows over whether it is a) nice and b) value for money. I lost the argument at the weekend, however on Tuesday he rang me up to ask if I wanted one for our anniversary and was checking to see that I hadn't already bought one (he knows me far too well!). So that's sweet! Although I'm not sure "lamp shade" really constitutes a romantic anniversary present, but it's got to be better than straw!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Red and Yellow and Pink and Green

Purple and Orange and Blue... These are all the tester pot colours I've bought and more! Tonight I am going to start with the undercoat in the bathroom and paint the bedroom in more shades of green, although to be honest "Kiwi Burst" looks an awful lot like "Lime Zest" which looks like "Lime Fizz".

However there is no mistaking "Lemon Chiffon 1" which I have renamed "In Your Face Yellow". The guy at the mixing desk today said, "Is that to save on lightbulbs?" to which my answer is a resounding yes! The exterior light shines into the bathroom after dusk anyway, and since we don't have any blinds yet we don't actually switch the bathroom light on, we just bathe in the half-light of security light through frosted glass. Sounds romantic, no?

We've also got a bright red tester pot - I am going to paint a big heart on our living room wall for the house party and have people write anniversary/birthday/housewarming messages in it!

Monday, 27 October 2008

I'm BAD!

You know it, come on!

I'm only wearing one fingerless glove*. It's cold in the office and that's all I can find.

I have had a weekend filled with in-laws and sleep deprivation and plumbing. All I want to do is hide under my duvet and the weekends are never long enough and can't we have enough economic unrest that we only get to work a 3 day week? I would be quite happy with that as long as I could keep my little house and its duck-down duvet.

* ETA: That is only as in "Only one of two", not only as in "I am nekkid apart from one fingerless glove". It's far too cold for that.

Friday, 24 October 2008


How exciting... I have been tagged by Cloudhopping

The rules are as follows:

1) Link to your tagger and list all these rules in your blog.
2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blogs.
4) Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Here are my wierdy facts!

1. I can do box splits and I'm very proud of the fact - as my friend says, I'm good at parties!
2. I'm currently only eating 6 days out of 7 and donating the money from 1 day's food to charity.
3. I've always wanted red, curly hair. Fortunatley I'm halfway there with the curls!
4. Some days I'd just rather be by myself.
5. I'm an insatiable reader. If I don't have a book I will re-read the closest to hand.
6. Following on from 5, when I started senior school and discovered the library I took 8 books out on the first day!
7. I get intimidated teaching people kickboxing - I still feel like a fraud!

I am going to tag the following bloggers:

1)painted fish studio
2)Made by michelle
3)My Little Corner of the World
4)Naughty Hippo
6)I love Grey Skies
7)Big Girl Feet


We are going to have the most wierd house in the world, ever! Seriously, all that art and now I've gone and bought some vinyl cow stickers to vamp up the stinky fridge, and I've also bought enough to stick onto the new washing machine (I think I ordered a white one) that's being delivered tomorrow.

This weekend is going to be a crafty one - I've got to stay behind at work tonight to do some screen printing since my Keep Calm and Carry On cushions are selling like hot cakes, as are the tote bags. I'm also filling out my first sale or return order for a retail shop just off Carnaby Street in London, how very exciting!

This morning my paint samples arrived in the post - the house is going to look like a patchwork quilt after I get my hands on it. All I want to do it paint, I want it to look nice, not like some scummy messed-up house that other people have lived in! I've almost painted over the brown gloss(!) paint in the bedroom. I'm debating whether to actually paint over the rubbishy half-falling off wallpaper or to do a proper job first time round and strip the wallpaper and re-plaster the walls. I have a feeling we might be putting up with patchwork paintwork for a long time if I decide to re-plaster.

These are two more prints that I bought yesterday from yellowmonday on etsy. <3

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Art for Art's Sake

I just went wild with my paypal account. Somebody stop me! I thought I'd browse the art on DaWanda and etsy. I picked 3 prints from DaWanda (actually one is an original ACEO) and before I'd got to the 4th search page on etsy I'd bought 4 more prints. Really, that's it now!



Enjoy. These three are from LaSrtaPil on DaWanda.

I'll blog the others later.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Calling All Winners!

Ok, so everyone who commented on the Halloween PIF post gets a prize! Hurray!

That's rubyred, little pudding nappy cakes, candles by lisa, buffy, and painted fish studio. I think I've messaged you all in some form or another - if you haven't got the messages, please e-mail me your address.

Cheers ladies.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Last Chance Saloon

This weekend is the last chance to comment on the Halloween PIF giveaway.

Go here to leave a comment.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

This is a bit strange

This be my DaWanda shop. Note the precious poster (one which I have had on my desk since April).

This be the Keep Calm Gallery website. This post says that it's "new" on 23/07/08.

I've lost all feeling in my legs. I don't mind we've both got similar posters, perhaps we both came up with it at the same time, perhaps there are only so many ways to draw a cloud... But I'm pissed that they're getting more net exposure than I am, and I've only sold 1 of these prints since I've had them on etsy and DaWanda from April.

Le sigh.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

It's the little things...

At last, I will be able to sleep soundly - no more worrying about house buying, no more worrying that the hubs won't like the place (he loves it), no more uncomfortable rock-hard airbed that gives me stiff and aching hips and pins and needles in my arms! I won't be banging my head on the ceiling either, which was a hazard in our old place. We are off to Ikea tonight to blow a wedge on furniture. We've finally settled on this bed since it is solid pine (I insisted it was solid wood), and also has storage (the hubs insisted on that one - I think he is tired of all my junk...)

I have great plans for the bedside tables which will be hacked to a certain extent. With the drawers going all the way to the headboard you would lose the top drawers if you put tables next to the bed. Fortunatley Ikea have matching bedside tables that are on metal legs (which are most probably self-assembly and don't actually have to have the legs attached) so I am going to mount those babies on the wall next to the bed so that we don't lose that lovely storage space.

I also stumbled upon a bright yellow shower curtain which will brighten the place up a treat. Not that we actually need a shower curtain since the shower unit is broken. I am settling for a shampoo spray attached to the taps to wash my hair. I'm also considering painting the bathroom bright yellow and leaving the tiles white. I think that should be quite sunny and not too overwhelming since the bathroom suite is white and half the walls are white tiles. I've sent for FREE paint samples from Crown (rock on Crown, love ya!) and I will be trying them out ASAP. I'm dying to get just one area sorted, even if it's just the cupboard for my bike gear! I can't wait for the weekend...

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

I'm here!

I haven't forgotten, honest!

I have been busy moving into our new (grimey) house. At least it's our grime!

Photos to follow in a little while, I'm busy catching up on a billion e-mails and, like, work!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Party like it's 2009

2009 calendar

New Calendar for 2009, not sure whether to print it yet...

Halloween PIF

I have some creepy goodies to give away, not a lot, just a little.


Five commentors will get a creepy trick or treat bag sent to arrive just before Halloween. So leave a comment before Monday 20th October and you might be lucky!

Brixton Art Fair


Unfortunately it was a bit of a wash out, but we had fun and it was worth going to Brixton just so that we could eat cheap, good, chinese food at Speedy Noodle!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Wear Sunscreen

I remember listening to this when I was 15 (that's 10 years ago). What can I say? It's all true.