Hello there, and welcome along to my first ever blog!
I know that it’s February already, but the year still feels new to me! Starting a new year always makes me want to start a new project, and this year I decided that my project would be a blog, where I can connect with other lovely crafters from the knitting world and beyond!
I thought my first blog would be the perfect place to tell you about my big project from 2013 (which is still sort of work in progress)- project living room!
My decorating projects tend to be a bit unplanned, and in January I decided to rip up the carpet in my living room with the intention of of painting the floorboards. 9 months later I still had holes in the floor and lots of random paint samples on the wall.
I find it rather unsettling when I don’t have a nice organised environment to retreat to after a long day at work- but long days at work make it very difficult to find time to get paint on the walls!
So- with Farrow & Ball Mizzle on the walls and Cornforth White on the floors (I’ve been saving up my nectar points), I was ready to start the fun bits. As soon as the paint was dry I started putting up my lovely new prints and painting.
I commissioned my hugely talented friend Amy Blackwell to do some prints of my cats and I’m so happy with them. Amy is a fantastic illustrator and does lots of custom prints of peoples pets (including tortoises)!
I also treated myself to a painting from Alan McPherson. This is above my fireplace and cheers me up every time I look at it. I love the colours and I’m choosing fabrics for some patchwork cushions with equally happy colours. I don’t normally choose yellow because I can’t wear it- but my house wears it very well!
I had already bought my curtain fabric, which has greens, oranges and cream in it, so everything ties together nicely. My friend Steph (aka Nettynot) made my curtains for me and they’ve made such a difference to how cosy the room feels. I’m sure the thermal lining helps!
So now it’s time for the REALLY fun bits! Patchwork cushions, a rag rug, cable knitted cover for my rocking chair, crochet sofa arm covers (to hide the cat damage). The list is long, but I’m not giving myself a deadline. I want to stick to my plan for the year of not taking on too much and just enjoying it!