Friday, 28 October 2016

When Renovations Give You Lemons...


Next time I calmly announce we are living in the house while undertaking a major renovation then I want you to take a dirty great back swing and slap me silly because I will obviously be in a delusional state and will need a good flogging to set my head straight!

We have renovated before, though it was a while ago now, and I seriously thought it would be a bit of noise, a bit of dust, and as we hardly live in a quiet, pristine organised environment how different could it be... well I was so far off track it is insane. 

The noise has been epic, the dust has moved through the house in drifts, and the mess and living out of boxes thing has been quite the challenge. Not that I don't mind the obstacle course nature of it, I think that is quite fun. The opportunity to do a commando roll to get to the broom is a joy everyone should experience. But five weeks in and I am kind of over it.

It isn't just the noise and dust, it is also the need to be up at sparrow's fart to greet tradesmen who are either crazy early, or epic-ally late depending on which opposite you require... if you have to get somewhere then you can guarantee the will be at least an hour late, and if you have been a tad tardy getting yourself together, then you can guarantee they will all be very early!... I swear the patron saint of all tradies must be bloody Murphy and most of these guys spent their whole lives worshiping him I tell you. They have all been amazing when they are here and we have been blessed with the nicest bunch of tradesmen ever and are doing amazing work, they just have no sense of time... seriously... their watches must all be synced up to a weird alternate sun because they turn up according to tradie time zone.. 


Tradesmen and their rather flexible schedules aside we are making progress... one bathroom was completely demolished in a two day jack hammering marathon... another was half demolished... those two have been rebuilt, a third has had a light reno, so outside of some painting they are sorted...
Floors have been ripped up and changed over to a gleaming loveliness. The kitchen was demolished and after more than a week of camping with no sink, oven, cook top or bench-tops we are finally approaching a usable area again... almost

As I type the pergola is being upgraded, doors and windows are being prepped for moving, and built in banquette seating is being designed and fabrics chosen, which is the fun bit of course...
which means in a few short weeks or so we will be done except for the painting and decorating of course
and the new front fence, garage door, jungle garden cull and painting the outside of the house... dear god it is never going to end

so I am doing what all creatives do when life is out of control, I am channeling that need for control into my art and doing some quite realistic styled watercolors. I just try to zen out on the need for observation and detail.
happy painting all...xx


When Renovations Give You Lemons...


Next time I calmly announce we are living in the house while undertaking a major renovation then I want you to take a dirty great back swing and slap me silly because I will obviously be in a delusional state and will need a good flogging to set my head straight!

We have renovated before, though it was a while ago now, and I seriously thought it would be a bit of noise, a bit of dust, and as we hardly live in a quiet, pristine organised environment how different could it be... well I was so far off track it is insane. 

The noise has been epic, the dust has moved through the house in drifts, and the mess and living out of boxes thing has been quite the challenge. Not that I don't mind the obstacle course nature of it, I think that is quite fun. The opportunity to do a commando roll to get to the broom is a joy everyone should experience. But five weeks in and I am kind of over it.

It isn't just the noise and dust, it is also the need to be up at sparrows fart to greet tradesmen who are either crazy early, or epic-ally late depending on which opposite you require... if you have to get somewhere then you can guarantee the will be at least an hour late... I swear the patron saint of all tradies must be bloody Murphy and most of these guys spent their whole lives worshiping him I tell you. They have all been amazing when they are here and we have been blessed with the nicest bunch of tradesmen ever and are doing amazing work, they just have no sense of time... seriously,,, there watches must all be synched up to a weird alternate sun because they turn up according to tradie time zone.. 


Tradies and their rather flexible schedules aside we are making progress... one bathroom was completely demolished in a two day jack hammering marathon... another was half demolished... those two have been rebuilt, a third has had a light reno, so outside of some painting they are sorted...
Floors have been ripped up and changed over to a gleaming loveliness. The kitchen was demolished and after more than a week of camping with no sink, oven, cook top or bench-tops we are finally approaching a usable area again... almost

As I type the pergola is being upgraded, doors are being prepped for moving, as we are also doing several windows, and built in banquette seating is being designed and fabrics chosen, which is the fun bit of course...
which means in a few short weeks or so we will be done except for the painting and decorating of course
and the new front fence, garage door, jungle garden cull and painting the outside of the house... dear god it is never going to end

so I am doing what all creatives do when life is out of control, I am channeling that need for control into my art and doing some quite realistic styled watercolors. I just try to zen out on the need for observation and detail.
happy painting all...xx


Friday, 7 October 2016

Dusting Off The Blog...


Two weeks is a long time in renovation world let me tell you
 the dust
 the noise
 the jackhammers
 the mess
 it has been epic!!!!
 but happily today the last of the dusty awful stuff is done
 well until Monday at least 
 so I got to spend a glorious hour or two corralling dust and crap
  or at least the worst of it
  and for two and a half long and amazing days
 no dust, no tradies and no noise
 It is going to be bliss
I may even be able to drink a little less nerve calming Dandelion tea
I adore this stuff... not for everyone I know
but it is awesome with just a touch of honey...


 I have spent the time somewhat wisely
 I have been working in a frenzied and crazy manner getting 
 up and going
and by late tomorrow all of the lessons will be open 
and people can work through at their leisure
I always forget how long it takes to upload the videos etc
which perhaps hasn't been helped by our rather dodgy internet connection
i have a sneaking suspicion that believing Sinus when he said he had the skills to upgrade and install an new high speed modem thingy.
I blame the dust for my possible poor judgement in that area!


Other genius things have happened too
I got a new mug
and it is perfection...


Barry has decided it is great fun to help me paint
not perfection
bloody cat has been driving me nuts

Phants got a sleep app
and then spent two days working out how to fool it into thinking she is asleep
It was such a proud moment for her which had me shaking my head
she has some serious issues I tell you

and then today we saw an old bloke in a motorized wheelchair
flying along outside our favourite coffee place at a rate of knots
while wearing a helmet and with his dog riding shotgun
he was getting some serious speed up and they were both loving it
makes your whole day to see something like that.


I am getting back to uploading more videos so I can get more of these lessons open
if you are interested in my lino classes there are some buttons in the side bar showing the various options
If you add the code EARLYBIRD before the 17th Oct
you get quite the discount too
it has life time access so you can buy now and play later if that works for you
maybe I will see you in class
happy painting... and printing all...xx