Friday, 9 September 2016
If you are slightly squeamish, don't scroll down any further. I dropped a large picture frame on my bare foot yesterday and for a few minutes thought I might need a trip to the Emergency Room. However, with the application of witchhazel and an antiseptic cream, it's subsided a bit. Can't wear proper shoes just yet though - thankfully it is still warm enough for flipflops.
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
So when a new branch of Ikea opened near us, we went along to have a look and I saw an ideal bed for her - low, with storage and the ability to pull out into a double bed if necessary. I went home and thought about it for a couple of days, then bit the bullet and ordered the bed...and shelves...and a chair. It arrived a couple of weeks ago (together with two chest of drawers for our room which also needed replacing) and for the past ten days I have been mucking out Stacie's room - an apt phrase indeed.
Consequently, time for painting and crafting has been minimum. I've been working on these little peeps:
Thursday, 25 August 2016
The reason I've not had much time for craft is that I have been completely refurbishing my daughter's room - it hasn't been done for years and as she is a chronic hoarder (can't think where she gets it from) it was quite a mammoth task. I've chucked out all the ancient furniture, bought some lovely new stuff from Ikea which I have been building and arranging so that she has a proper grown-up room with plenty of space and her possessions where she can see them, but also tidy. Having Down's Syndrome means that if something is out of sight, it generally gets forgotten, so we have had years of her clothes being in piles on the spare bed, which looked awful but meant she could choose her outfits easily. Her new bed has three large drawers underneath in which I have been able to put her clothes in a way she can see & choose with ease. Also because of her DS, her room is full of beloved toys and books that I have not been able to cull, despite her being 28 years old. Hopefully with her new bookshelves I will be able to keep the ones she wants, quietly throw away the really babyish stuff, and restore order! It's been a lot of hard work, not helped by a mini heatwave - so much sweat - and I am aching all over. Hopefully it should all be done by the weekend and I can get back to my easel.
Friday, 19 August 2016
I've also been building furniture - after a visit to the new Ikea branch just down the road from us, I was inspired to finally replace the nasty old bedroom furniture we have had for about 20 years, a lot of which was second hand even then. So far I have build two chests of drawers and a bedside table for our bedroom, and over the weekend will be building a new bed & some bookshelves for Stacie's room and generally sorting through all her stuff and clearing out the trash...I may be some time!