Well up close with one particular bunneh actually. This one came right up under my craft room window the other day. I managed to get some shots through the glass, but when I tried to open the window quietly, he took fright and scampered off.
I saw a basement bunneh this morning, hopping and bouncing around with several other bunnies, but I didn’t have my camera to hand. Shame as I saw something I have never seen before – a real live dust bunneh! One of the bigger rabbits was rolling around on its back in the dust, kicking its little legs in what could only be a gesture of pure enjoyment – certainly a joy to watch!
Basement bunneh made another appearance this evening too, but again, ran off as soon as I reached for the camera. I’m thinking of investing in CCTV just so I can catch him!
Meanwhile, Derrick is enjoying a wild last night party down at Bishop Auckland hospital at the moment. We left the three inmates of his ward enjoying hot buttered toast – they know how to live, those boys. Derrick’s really bonded with them and they’re swapping phone numbers, so I hope the other guys make as good a recovery as well. He goes home tomorrow morning!! When I look back over the last six months, there were times when we thought this day would never come.
My artistic output is a little thin on the ground this week with all the decluttering that’s going on. We actually had a day off work today and the two of us managed to generate another 8 bin bags plus two full suitcases for the charity shops. My wardrobe is amazing – it used to be full of all the clothes I didn’t wear, while the ones I did would go from laundry basket to washing machine to clothes airer to ironing pile and never actually make it to a wardrobe or cupboard before they got worn again. Now that I’ve got rid of all the junk, my wardrobe has all my favourite clothes in, all sorted by colour no less! My drawers and shelves are all tidy, including my jewellery which all got tidied up and put away in a new jewellery pouch that is lined with special stuff to keep it from tarnishing (a very useful birthday pressie from our stamp designer Sue – thanks Sue). Even handbags got the tidy treatment (though very few made it into the charity shop bag) and are neatly sorted and stored in the wardrobe cupboard.
I think perhaps when you don’t have children to set an example to, you can get awfully lazy about keeping tidy, especially when you are going through tough times and feel so exhausted you just don’t have the energy. Having cats also made us tidier – you really don’t want your clean laundry covered in cat fur which would inevitably happen if you left it lying around. Now we’ve made such a mammoth effort to clean our act up, we’re more determined than ever to keep it like this.
Here’s what my craft room is looking like at the moment.
Impressive isn’t it? Well I have a lot of work coming up and some of it is going to be welcome news to you all. Remember a while ago I was asking you all whether you’d be interested in online classes? Well, I have actually been invited to join a prestigious American teaching site where I will be – you guessed it – teaching online classes! I start off with two basic classes, basically stamping for beginners (or a back to basics refresher for those who already stamp) and an intermediate stamping class. These will be open for registration in August and will start in September. I promise I’ll bring you more detail on those once it’s all set up and I know my way around the site.
Once I have passed my ‘probation’ then I’m free to introduce more adventurous classes, so watch out world because I have some great ideas for the next semester. I have to get the two classes prepared next week, so my lovely tidy workspace is going to make it all much easier.
You may notice in the photo above that I finally got my Ranger mirror finished off.
I wasn’t happy with the original colour, so I rubbed some Peeled Paint ink over it and much preferred the new tone that gave it. This mirror will be available for sale at the Paradise Boutique – just one of the little extras we are setting up for the Paradise Weekend Retreat in September. (We have the timetable all worked out, but it’s all scraps of paper at the moment – I’m trying to get that up on the website as soon as I can).
This weekend however, the de-clutter continues as we move on to the kitchen and futility room. Our stalwart helpers are once again coming over, dressed for painting as we attempt to give both rooms a lick of paint – particularly the area around the new boiler which is just bare plaster at the moment. Here’s the ‘before’ shot, let’s hope the violent sneezing I’m currently experiencing is just a reaction to all the dust and not the start of a cold, or you may not be seeing any ‘after’ shots for a while.
Wish us luck …
PS – As I’ve got a big pile of craft stuff that I’ve cleared out, this weekend, I’m going to give a random prize to a random winner from a random blog post in the last month. That’s a lot of random – it could be you!