Image

Your Heart Knows the Way (and sometimes that is through housework)

I have to be good today.  I have to clean my house.  I cannot sit in my pyjamas all day, drinking tea and making art.  I can’t.  I have to do laundry and wash the floors and find my bed under all the crap that is on top of it.  I have to dust my shelves and do my dishes.  I have to organise my wardrobes and attempt to make sense of my craft room.

I would rather be crafting, but today I have to be an adult.  Which is boring and unfulfilling and doesn’t spark joy in me.  But it will make me feel like less of a failure and perhaps enable me to get a fresh perspective on things.  It is hard to be creative when your house looks like a tsunami has been through it and you’re embarrassed to have people over to visit.  I don’t want to live that way.

So, no crafting for me this weekend, unless I get the cleaning out of the way early and can manage to fit in a few hours of happy creativity.  I’m going to put the stereo on, get in the right frame of mind and clean.  And tidy.  And sort.  And find my home again.  My brain has been telling me I need to do that, and finally my heart has caught up and is in agreement.  Begrudging agreement.

Here’s a little canvas I did a week or so ago.  It will have to tide me over until I can make another.  I was pretty pleased with it, to be honest.  It came together really quickly and, although I hated it at first, it kinda grew on me.  I’m hoping housework will do the same. It could happen, right?

Thanks for dropping by 🙂

IMG_7649

Advertisements
My Weekend (in Instagram)

My Weekend (in Instagram)

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!

Beautiful weather indeed on the weekend – blue skies and sunshine all round.  I got my washing done and dried, and soaked up some of that sunshine myself, here and there, when I wasn’t busily trying to organise my house in to some semblance of neatness.  I had my new couch delivered the weekend before and it was still sitting in the same place it had been dumped on delivery, so it was time to get it positioned properly and set up so I could actually lounge about and be a lady of leisure ha ha.  Forgot how nice it is to have a big couch to stretch out on.  My other new couch is nice enough but so tiny and not conducive to comfy relaxing.  I’ve been sitting on the floor to watch TV.  But now I can relax in style and comfort and I can also have more than one friend over at a time (exciting!).  Anyway, place to put feet up – check!  (and thank you to my friend GT who very kindly put the couch legs on for me – pesky things were very difficult to attach and needed drill-work which I was not game to try, knowing what a klutzoid I am).

IMG_6228

IMG_6225

On Saturday I went op-shopping with the ever-so-lovely CW.  We did some intense fossicking for an hour or so at a couple of op-shops and picked up a few bargains.  But we flagged very early on and decided to retire to a nearby coffee shop for lunch.  And there we stayed…no more op-shopping was done that day.  Turns out what we really needed to do was talk and catch up and right the wrongs of the world over cups of tea and possibly some cheesecake…gooey caramel and butterscotch cheesecake to be precise.  It was low in fat because we shared a piece ha ha.  That works, right?  I was glad to have found a few great buys in the op-shops so I didn’t feel disappointed that we cut the day a bit shorter than expected.
And talking with a good friend always trumps everything else.

I managed to pick up this great bulk pack of wooden beads (on about 40-50 necklaces and bracelets) in varying colours and shapes) for only $3.25!  I was pretty happy with that.  I often use wooden beads as fillers and now I am set for a while 🙂

IMG_6299

I also go this cute little beaded top for $3.50.  It looks brand new (it’s knitted but there are no pulls or holes, no missing beads etc) and is such a pretty colour.  Too cool at this time of year to wear it but it will be nice for Summer.

IMG_6304

I found this pretty little dish as well for only $2.00.  I think it’s vintage… I tell myself it is anyway.  I like blue and white so what do I care if it’s old or not?  I just liked the pattern and the condition (which is great – no chips or anything). (Just looked it up on a few sites…seems to be 1960s-era thereabouts…)

IMG_6303

As the weather was so nice, I walked around outside for a bit in the afternoon and took some photos.  My neighbour’s garden is once again ridiculously beautiful.  Look at all those tulips!

IMG_6284

My garden, at least at the front, is looking pretty good too.  This is because we have a gardener in the complex who comes and tidies things up, manages the sprinkler system etc.  If it was up to me, it would be half-dead and terribly untidy.  So, at least the entry to my house looks nice – lovely pink azaleas and some succulents, daisies and other greenery.  The azaleas make a lovely cut flower – I didn’t realise they would be so robust once cut, but they stay happily in a vase for a few days easily.

IMG_6297

IMG_6230

Speaking of flowers in vases…someone at work left me a little posy of Geraldton Wax on my desk on Friday.  Very sweet 🙂

IMG_6235

The complex has a resident willy-wagtail who warbles all night long in his constant search for a lady friend.  He is quite brave and you can get very close to him.  He let me take a few photos as he hopped about, showing off his waggly tail
and bug-catching abilities.

IMG_6285

On Sunday morning I went for a lively walk with a friend, SS, from work, and her two fur-babies Sam and Chloe.  It’s been such a long time since I have had a dog to walk.  I miss having my own pooch 😦  But still, borrowing one for an hour or so is nice too and we had an energetic but not too strenuous walk along the river.  A good start to the day.

IMG_6283

Having exercised somewhat I then felt it necessary to bake cookies, as you do.  My oven died in the week so I have not had it for a few days (including the days I needed it to bake for the RSPCA cupcake fundraising day…thank goodness for mothers and their ovens!) so of course, I needed to christen the new element by baking a batch of cookies.  Goes without saying, obviously!  I was hoping the whole oven would be kaput so I might get a brand new one, but, alas, it was just the element that needed replacing.  Anyway, it is good to have it working again.  I don’t fry things so I was a bit lost without it. And now I have a jar full of oatmeal cookies to munch on…

IMG_6288

I did attempt to finally get all my books alphabetised this weekend but gave up half way through.  I’m up to “L”and it will probably stay that way for some time… I got fed up with remembering the alphabet sequence ha ha…(some librarian I am!).  I’ll continue on, bit by bit instead of tackling it all at once.  I am determined to have my home looking nice and “put-together” and stylish by the end of the year.  I want it to look like a grown-up lives there.  Or, at least, a part-time grown-up…

Hope your weekend was sunny and happy 🙂

Cleaning is a “sometimes” activity, right?

Cleaning is a “sometimes” activity, right?

I was supposed to be cleaning my house today.  It has become quite feral due to me being a.) unwell this week, b.) out a lot this week and c.) just plain lazy and too prone to distraction (every week).  I want to be a good little house-wife, I do.  Even if nobody sees the house except for me and the occasional property manager when I am due for rent inspection.  But I fail miserably every week at making any kind of serious attempt at actually making my house spotless and tidy.  I just don’t have that gene.  The tidy gene.  It doesn’t bother me most of the time, but just lately I have felt that I am failing at being a grown-up.  I don’t do my dishes every night.  I don’t fold my laundry when it comes off the line.  I don’t even put it away.  I am slack.  There is no other way to say it.

But it just feels as though there are more important things to be doing.  Like today, for instance.  I was determined to get the place looking spick and span so I would have tomorrow free to craft or do something else that is constructive and meaningful (unlike cleaning, which is not).  I had just put a load of washing into the machine when my friend GK phoned to see if I was up for a catch-up and coffee outing.  I didn’t take much convincing, despite the little voice in the back of my mind yelling “What about the hoovering?! The bathroom needs scrubbing! You haven’t done any dishes in three days!!!”  So out for coffee we went.  When GK surprised me by asking if I wanted to go op-shopping and show her the good places to get a bargain (she NEVER goes op-shopping) I was powerless to say anything other than “Yes!”  So not only did I once more ignore the cleaning that needed to be done, I also ignored the fact that I have just had a large dental bill to pay and that I shouldn’t be recklessly spending my money. Sigh.  Definitely failing at being an adult.  A responsible one anyway.

So off we trotted to a row of op-shops that I frequent, um, frequently.  GK was hunting for some new jeans and I needed a plain black, long-sleeved top.  I also desperately needed some new beads.  Honestly.  Scout’s honour!  Well, I didn’t need them.  Need is a strong word.  Wanted is probably a better term.  So I rummaged around and found a couple of necklaces with some nice glass beads on them for less than $5.00 (plus I found the black long sleeve top I was needing and that was only $3.50!).  GK got two pairs of awesome jeans which made her happy and even luckier still, they were the right length (she’s short like me – everything needs taking up) and I snagged a great pair of black pants for work and another striped top (I have a thing for stripes…).  I really like the necklaces I got…

…these spotty blue glass beads are unusual and pretty…

IMG_5859

…and this purple/grape-coloured necklace has lots of different shaped beads on it in various sizes and shades…

IMG_5860

I have made a few pieces of jewellery this week as I had some orders to get done and I can’t concentrate on anything until I get them done and dusted.  First up, a blue and brown necklace which was requested by a lady at work who had bought a similar piece from me before.  She asked me to replicate it – I didn’t have enough of the same coloured beads so I substituted where I was able to and I think it turned out ok…

IMG_5862

…I also made one in a similar style but using red beads instead of blue…

IMG_5863

…I made this pink and green one for my buddy CW who I am visiting tomorrow.  She’s been having a crummy time of things lately and I wanted to give her a little treat to cheer her up.  She had bought a pair of earrings from me before that had these same colours in them and had mentioned she would like a matching necklace one day.  It’s taken me nearly 6 months to make it for her but finally I got it done…

IMG_5861

…I also made this pretty (well, I think it’s pretty) pastel necklace using some of the wooden beads I bought at the last craft show

IMG_5839

…and this bracelet which I’m not convinced about…it was getting late and I think my colour-matching was a bit off…


IMG_5838

…I’ve also been doodling and working on some card designs.  I draw some funny little birdcages but didn’t get as far as actually making a card with them (yet)…

IMG_5837

Tomorrow, I have promised myself, I will finish tidying up and make my house clean and neat and fit for human habitation, or maybe even real life visitors!  I will leave a little window of time in which I can craft and create or maybe spend a couple of hours organising my craft room.  Or, more realistically, I will spend half an hour hoovering, get distracted by some beads or ribbon, paper or paints and give up on the whole idea of tidying up.  I am nothing if not consistent 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful day (dishes be damned!) x

Aside

Time for cards…

Sunday evening already…boo.  I really do think it’s about time weekends were three days long.  I’m only just getting into my stride by Sunday afternoon.  Now it’s time to pack up and make things tidy again.  But I have had a relatively successful day of card-making.  I wasn’t really in the mood to make Christmas cards but I persevered and made a handful that I’m happy with.  It’s a start anyway!  I had lots of other things I wanted to do today (paper-clay, embroidery, ironing…wait, that last one snuck in – as if I’d want to do ironing!  Pfft!) but the day progressed very quickly (it has nothing to do with the fact I got up late either, I’m sure) and I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked.  But something is better than nothing so the day wasn’t a total loss.  I also got lots of ideas (mostly about uses for buttons!)  while I was crafting so I am hoping to make a few new things
in the week, if my ideas can translate into an actual, do-able thing.

So, here’s a selection of the cards I made today.  I stuck with a general colour scheme and that way I had all the papers that I needed and matching ribbons etc.  The little crocheted flowers are from my cousin, who kindly posted me a little parcel last week filled with flowers.
I can’t crochet so I am very grateful for these cute embellishments that go so well with a lot of things.

 IMG_4084

IMG_4083

IMG_4082

IMG_4081

IMG_4080

IMG_4079

I like the “Noel” card the best – it was the first one I made in the morning and the one I was happiest with for the day.  The button baubles one is ok – just very simple.  Just thought I would try a quicker one and use up some of those odd buttons I have.  I have lots of vintage buttons so I am thinking I am going to sell them at my stall too, on pretty button cards.  they make a nice gift for someone who is into sewing or other crafts.  If nothing else, they look good just displayed in a basket or dish, I think.

So, packing up time now – worst part of the day!  I need to get some dinner on too (I’m making roasted capsicum soup – yum!) and think about sorting out my clothes for the morning.  Hope your weekend has been fun and relaxing, fulfilling and restful 🙂