No, I am not planning on chucking fairy lights on Jimmy's (Lucy Violet's husband) old ladder in an attempt to turn it into a Christmas tree! I'm still a fan of last year's and I don't really get the ladder/Chrissy tree thing. Do you?
(But)I have been spending a lot of time climbing up and down it this week. Although it looks wonky it is a good ladder to paint from, because the top step is nice and wide - perfect for a 10 litre can of paint to sit on without wobbling.
You could say this ladder is made for me...
pretty special eh?
I am typing this post while I wait for my paint brush to dry so that I can start painting the trims - it's a warm day so it shouldn't take long. I know I could (and probably should) go to Bunnings and buy a new one, but the thought of Bunnings on a Sunday makes me fell sick! (it's not my most favourite place any day of the week actually. It's up there with Ikea as a shopping destination I love to hate!)
Our house is still a long way from perfect (it will never be perfect anyway - built in the wrong era for starters) but it is a lot closer to the mark than it was this time last year. Anth and I have worked really hard and saved ourselves a lot of money by making do and mending, working with what we've got, and doing most of the work ourselves. This time last year we had plans drawn up for a shiny new home reno (better, but no bigger than the house is now). I was beyond excited about this, but when we received quotes all in the $200 000 range (and that NOT for everything we wanted!) common sense prevailed - we had just got rid of our mortgage after all - so we decided to put the brakes on, and make the best of what we've got without getting into debt.
Which brings me back to where I started from...climbing up and down Jimmy's lovely old ladder.
I don't really know why I've written all about this, typing with hands covered in dried paint, a black thumbnail (and the rest of my nails not much better!) today. It's December and I was planning to stick to Christmas this month...I'm sure this is all extremely boring to most of you, so thanks for reading if you've persevered.
Now to something pretty
Magnolia numero deux
I picked this one and popped it in a vintage Holmegaard vase which used to belong to Lucy Violet. I hope our Magnolias are still flowering on Christmas day. I would love to fill the house with them, it would smell divine.
a match made in heaven...Danish vase, Danish candlesticks.
(thanks Pipstar x)
the leaves are almost as nice as the flowers - love their golden,
No 72 from an original painted with the foot by Russell Wolff.
I'd better go and check on that paint brush, I'm sure it'll be dry, so it's back to work for me. Hi-Ho! I'll think of Russell to stop me feeling sorry for myself.
p.s. please keep your fingers crossed for our doggy Jed. He is going to the Vet's tomorrow to have a tumour removed. The Jedster is our baby so we are hoping and praying for the best. Christmas will suck if he's not around to keep us company and scab our food! Thanks x