Ah, the pure bliss of getting back to normality with a weekly peruse of desks, hosted by the ever multi-talented Ms Julia at The Stamping Ground.
I'll quickly get to my desk before a quick round-up of the seasons events...
I shall be number... 47 for this weeks "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?"
My desk - as of the very early hours of Wednesday - is actually organised. It's still a mess - but it's an organised mess :)
After finishing the floor of the dolls house kitchen (made with card... I am forever the paper crafter at heart), I decided to make a start on the walls - high wooden tongue-in-groove type walls with a whitewashed top half (or quarter... whatever it turns out to be). The pine had to go - I just wood-dyed everything in a dark oak. The wall panelling is made from lolly sticks - though between me and Ms Lizzie, I think we've bought up all popsicle sticks in Southampton - there seems to be a shortage!
Originally, this wood was going to be the flooring - but seeing as I didn't have enough lolly sticks to do a whole floor, I changed my mind :) I will have lots of utensils hanging off the narrow shelf, and hopefully, a mish-mash of plates and crockery too. Even the poor stove didn't get away with being left as is... I tore off the backing shelf and the stove pipe to be replaced with a longer pipe straight to the ceiling - the plan is that the fixings to the ceiling will be made from buttons from my stash.
Behind the oven, a 'tiled' background - with wood surround - those are leftovers from my 1:24th scale house build - waste not, want not!
And so onto the past few weeks...
A busy Christmas season last year, with my oven conking out on me Christmas Day, with a final flourish of "Nah, can't be bothered" kaputedness on Boxing Day... I had a meal to cook for 11 on the first day, and 7 on the following. I then had my grandchildren visit on the 27th with my mum-in-law and brother-in-law... What a mess! But I did it - I succeeded without my oven.
My son named me "The Shaven Grinch" (which makes a change from Alzheimer's McGee I suppose)... Why? ... you may ask. Well the tradition in my home is that the Christmas tree goes up on the 1st of November... and it is down by 26th December. Come Christmas Day evening, those decorations came down quicker than My Aunt at the Boxing Day Sales. My son was spending Christmas with us, and he had a little nap early evening... when he went to bed the tree was up, two hours later, my son woke up and the house was back to normal with no signs of Christmas anywhere. "You stole Christmas, Mum!" my son cried - and then came up with the new nickname. Apparently nobody can destroy Christmas as quickly as me - though my oven did try :D
My new cooker was installed on Sunday with an impromptu roast at 7.30pm to celebrate being able to cook again :)
Apart from that, I have done very little - apart from think a lot about the dolls house. What I am enjoying more than anything right now, is using paper-crafting to make a lot of the little things - like rusty enamel jugs, books and furniture.
... and those floor tiles for the dolls house kitchen, of course :)