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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mostly theatre and diy

Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl

 

We went to see this beautiful,mesmerizing performance on saturday afternoon, at our local theatre, Watford Palace Theatre. I was a bit worried that I would blub, as afterall it is one of Hans Christian Andersen's saddest stories and I am prone to weep at Lassie films and the like, but the magical ending really helped! J was unimpressed as there was too much dancing, despite an astronuat and space buggy appearance but the resto of us girls thought it was fabulous; well worth a last minute booking. The music by Frank Moon was very clever and evocative, the dancing, singing and set all wonderful. I am still humming Nonna Luna even now....

The review from the Guardian is here.

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/dec/22/jewels-balanchine-little-match-girl-review

It will also play, Exeter, Nottingham and Canterbury and is well worth the visit.

Otherwise we are topsy turvey in the house as Stokie Bloke creates our new living room. new oak flooring, paint in Cahlly downs no 3 again and alcove units. It s meant lots of flooring research, new tv and routing of sky wiring, new speakers etc etc and moving into the kids playroom for a few months. It's all good, though there a layer of sawdust everywhere.....! Now trying to find a reasonable price to reupholster the sofa. Its a nightmare, as its a good quality suite but extortionate prices mean it may be cheaper to buy new, which is a sad act of life. It is also a job too big for me. I am still trying to find time to start a roman blind as i have been painting with Stokie Bloke all week.

I did find time to refurbish a chair for our newly completed bedroom. Thats is the beauty of Annie Sloan paint, speedy and effective. The fabric is from the new bed headboard. More on that soon. I also remembered to do a before and after picture! The fabric is Laura Ashley's Dalton in French Grey and the seat pad was easier than expected. Stokie Bloke was mildly impressed.

Unprepossesing but only 10£

Lastly some decopatch was did with our friends last week when we had an inset day. It is very effective and we bought some more letters in the Hobbycraft sale. Also the mosaic kits, which kept my two quiet for a good 1-2 hours.....

 

 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy 2014

We love Toca Boca apps, the kids send you their greeting card to you all!

The whole of December has rushed by and it is new year already. As well as all the christmas plays, pantos, fairs, discos and eating we have been renovating our two main bedrooms so the house has been topsy turvey and we have been sleeping in the guest room for about a month. Now Stokie Bloke has thrown us out of the living room and we are squashed in the playroom with all the toys, keyboard, and even a wooden giraffe!

Just before all this madness I managed to finally finish the dining chair covers. it has only taken me about 9 months to get 6 chairs covered! Here are some work in progress and the finished items!

 
 

I also managed to make some boys bow ties for xmas presents though not completely finished as i couldnt get the hardware in time. Modelled here by the boy! He even wore one to the school disco;his friend said he looked like James Bond. The pattern was very easy, from an Edition of Mollie Makes.

 

Post disco haze.....

I gave some Helleborus niger or christmas roses as presents to friends this year. It is one of my favourite plants. Happy New Year.