I always have a project on the go.
Something I can pick up whenever I get a few hours and want to turn my attention away from the everyday chores. It’s at this time of the year when the sun is shining and the spring flowers are smiling, belying the outdoor chill, that I yearn to be out in the garden, but actually there’s not a lot I can do out there at the moment and it’s too flippin’ freezing! So, I’m finding things to do indoors whilst sitting in the sun that’s coming through the lounge window.
There’s a perfect sunny spot on our sofa that’s a great place to sit and tack. Now, I love making home furnishings, but I’ve got to admit that I really don’t love doing the tacking bit. In fact I positively hate it! Anything that can make it less tedious, is good for me – sitting in the sun, favourite tunes and a nice beverage and I’m away!
For years, I had been putting off finishing a cover for the window seat cushion in our bedroom. It’s 1 ¾ metres wide and I just couldn’t bring myself to sit and tack it together, first there’s the piping trim then the piping to the front face and so on… but as cushion covers go, the fabric cost a bit and I couldn’t justify not doing it. Besides, the naked foam seat looked so drab!
Anyway, thanks to the cold sunny days, I’ve finally gotten round to finishing it!
One morning about 5 years ago, I was held up at traffic lights outside a home interiors shop in the town and in the window, not surprisingly, was a display of wallpaper. The rolls were unravelled from floor to ceiling and in the middle was a design so full of colour, it really grabbed my attention. So much so, that I nearly missed the lights! The pattern was bold and colourful and I loved it, but just could not see how it could fit into our quite traditional home.
We were finishing the renovation of our bedroom, some months later, when I remembered that paper. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind though, having dreamed of a serene feeling to the room and already decided on a turquoise colour for the walls. I got hold of a sample, all ready to talk myself out of it, and would you believe, part of the design included the exact colour I’d already chosen for the walls, so I decided to use it as a ‘feature wall’ behind our bed.
I was looking through a magazine the other day and I saw a wallpaper that I thought was just gorgeous and showed it to Simon – “but I’ve no idea where we’d put it?” I whined. “You could always redecorate the bedroom?”, he offered.
We looked at each other and slowly shook our heads – I’ve only just finished making the matching window seat cover! – I now have another sunny spot to sit and tack though.