29 March 2011

On a whim...

So, it starts with a crack in the wall in our bedroom, which has been there the whole time we've been living here...

*smiles*

There are a million jobs that need doing, but for some unknown reason, Ade decided he fancied doing a little plastering and fixing that crack.
I should point out that although he is perfectly capable of doing pretty much any DIY jobs, he normally actively avoids it, and is really quite happy to leave it all to me (although I haven't dared try plastering yet). There is no nagging from me, for it gives me carte blanche to decorate as I wish!

I'm not too fussed about the crack, it goes with old houses. I'd much rather he got ride of the ugly mess that is the fuse box by the front door, or even just a quick job (for him) like fit our vintage rise and fall light that my sister got us for Christmas - I swear I'll do it myself if he won't! Easy job. Who needs three wires anyway?? Do it the French way)

He did a grand job, and without too much mess. Lovely jubbly!
However, this is the point where these things can turn into another one of those unfinished projects - like our garden fence which is going at a rate of one new panel every couple of months. That bare plaster that stays bare for yonks.

Thankfully, I got on the case before getting used to it. Ade went away for a few days, perfect time to paint it, oh... what the hell, let's do the whole room (including the ceiling, hate doing ceilings). I like making changes while he's away, I get a little giddy about it. "Oh it's all changed" is a familiar sound. Plus it gives me the chance to make my mind up whether I like it or not before I have to 'sell' it to him.

On a whim...

On a whim...

He knew I wanted white walls, but he didn't know I was planning on painting the fire surround too. I eagerly waited for him to notice, although in fairness, I was so pleased with the result that I don't think a negative reaction would have dampened my enthusiasm!

On a whim...

Right after finishing the paint job, I got a stomach bug which got in the way of my work plans, bloody nuisance... But it did allow me to get down to some more crocheting with little garland. I thought I was being quite clever making up a flower shape which is smaller than the ones I had previously tried following Michele's fabby 'Grandma twinkle' tutorial over on the Royal Sisters blog. Oh yeah, I can totally do this, mixing my double crochets with my singles. Get me, I'm making it all up.

On a whim...

Hmmm... the result looks rather like a bastardized version of Emma's lovely petite flower garlands... Sorry Emma, didn't mean to copy...

On a whim...

Next on my to do list, curtains, most likely more painting - furniture, I have my eye on you, and a seedling of an idea...

Ta ta for now, Annabelle x

16 comments:

pennycones said...

Ah your home is just perfecto :)

If I didn't rent, my home would look something along the lines of this! A year after thinking about it, we are finally decorating our living room. Yipppeee. But, obviously working around the naff bits. Haha.

xxx

kirsty said...

Looks lush - I'm loving your fireplace! x

Rachelle Blondel said...

oh looking fine ~ rx

georgiebee said...

I think it looks beautiful!!...;o)

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

It looks gorgeous! Do you have any 'before' photos?

Mary-Cate said...

i love it! i wish my bedroom had a fireplace! xxxooo

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

♥ your fireplace!!! Also how did you ever find a tin that matched those fireplace tiles so perfectly?! I love them both.

Lizzet said...

I love it! You can't go wrong with white. Before seeing your photos I would have said to leave the fireplace, but white looks great! Well done!

Lola Nova said...

Oh it looks gorgeous! What a pretty room, well done you!

Heather said...

Oh, Annabelle, it looks so lovely! Way to lovely and white to get chocolate blood orange cupcake crumbs all over ;)

Beth said...

Wow, Annabelle, gorgeous room! I love, love, love the white! Your garland is adorable! xoxo Beth

koralee said...

Just found you...and I am loving your sweet fireplace...oooooh la la...it really is adorable. your bunting is perfect! Off to visit your shop right now....happy day to you. xoxo

Haddock said...

Lovely photographs of the items on the mantlepiece.

Tammi said...

I came by way of Haby Goddess and am so glad I did...love your blog and designs.
Your room looks great...the fireplace is fab as it your bunting
xx

Annabelle said...

Thanks you all my lovelies! Your comments warm the cockles of my heart! (another one of my favourite sayings :)
xx

Wesna Wilson Design said...

wonderful!!