Friday, 12 June 2015

Oh Boy! Am I overdue a blog post or what!?!

The last month or so has been sooo crazy with the builders still here...yes, they're stillllllllll here!!! Will they ever finish I wonder?!?! I don't know what it is about builders but they definitely seem to be a law unto themselves...I'm surprised I have any hair left, having pulled so much of it out! Can someone please tell me why they never seem to finish one job before starting another one? 

Anyway, not long now, as it's the last few bits and pieces that need doing like a second coat of paint on the woodwork, touching up the walls here and there where they've managed to mark or dent them, finishing off the sink unit and plastering (yes, plastering) around the inside of the external door...ooh and fixing the handle on the internal door (funny, but I think I'd find one rather useful). Well that's my excuse for not blogging for over a month! Hey's an update on progress so far...

The last slab is laid at last!

Looking good with just a little pointing, weather striking and 2nd coat of stain in a few places to go on the outside.

At last there is an internal door (though no handle as yet) and the sink unit and plumbing is in (almost!).

My short break in the South of France was lovely, although it seems like a lifetime ago now! I didn't get much crochet done in the end but took loads of photos as inspiration for future projects. :) Here's a couple of murals I spotted in Cannes...hmm maybe I should think about doing some in my new studio...(lol)

This one's clever...

But this one's my favourite...

I'm a sucker for the movies. many famous stars of the silver screen can you recognise? (I think I know about 30 in all, including the man in the moon - not sure who the two chaps are to the left of Harold Lloyd or who the couple are to the left of Mickey Mouse. I think I recognise the chap but can't think of his name. Same too for the woman next to Laurence Harvey.)

Working whilst all the building work has been going on has been somewhat of a trial to say the least, but yesterday was so gorgeous I decided it was time to sit outside in the sunshine and top up my vitamin D whilst making up some earrings with some of my Efcolor enamelled scales and crystals...

There's still many more colour combinations I could do...with Efco's Efcolor powders there are never-ending possibilities! 

To create your own, first basecoat your blanks with one colour of Efcolor powder. When cool, cover with another thin layer of powder before adding one or two more colours at one end and reheating. When cool, apply some metal leaf, add a thin layer of transparent powder and then reheat. When cool, use eyepins to add a crystal and connect the scales to the earwires.

I do hope you all enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted...fingers crossed we get more throughout the summer. :)

As always....happy crafting!

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