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Neglected Projects Update

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So, at the start of the festive break I made a list of all the projects and repair jobs which I had been failing to get around to doing in the hope that I would get some (but definitely not all) of them crossed off before returning to work. In the end, I got quite a lot of the little ones done, but didn’t make a dent into the big projects or the crafty things… I have a good excuse, though, and if you skip to the last item on the last list you will find out what it is!

  • Adjust the various dresses in my wardrobe which are waiting to be made wearable.
  • Spackle hairline cracks in the kitchen ceiling.
  • Sort the gap in the bedroom coving.
  • Clean up the replastering splatters from the living room ceiling.
  • Replace the manky bathroom carpet with something hair dye resistant.
  • Frame the assorted prints I’ve got lying around.
  • Hang Steve’s dinosaur garland.
  • Come up with some pretty way of covering up where the cooker hood used to be.
  • Adjust the wonky kitchen cupboard doors.
  • Decide what to do about the cracked lie in in the living room (replaster? somehow repair? cover with bumpy wallpaper?).
  • Paint the new strip of skirting board.
  • File away about six months’ worth of bills and official letters.
  • Create some artwork for the bathroom.
  • Find a solution to Steve’s mountains of Stuff.
  • Clear out my old T-shirts to either the charity shop, the bin or my scrap fabric box.
  • Do a blogroll.
  • Generally spruce up the blog.
  • Make some sort of print with Glow in the Dark paint.
  • Make curtains for the living room; possibly blinds for the kitchen.
  • Do a post involving the first photo I ever took.
  • Repair my two favourite work dresses, both of which have split on the left side.
  • Touch up the paint under the new windowsills.
  • Turn vintage suitcase into a coffee table.
  • Do something with the enormous canvas I’ve had lying around for months on end, thanks to a brief and crazy idea that a huge painting could be the solution to the cracked lie in dilemma (donating to it to Simon).
  • Replace the seal around the bath.
  • Tighten the buttons on my winter jacket, all of which are one big dinner away from bursting off.
  • Replace fusty linings in two vintage display cases.
  • Get the doorbell fixed.

Also, I forgot about these:

  • Change address for Premium Bonds.
  • Switch back to Pay as You Go.
  • Send window invoice and receipts to the heritage folk so they’ll pay me my grant!
  • Generally touch up iffy paint jobs around the flat.

And these ones took me by surprise:

  • Replace kitchen light fitting when the old one makes a loud popping noise, blows a fuse and one of the bulbs appears to melt.
  • Order photo prints for exhibition and create a hell of a lot of illustrations in a hurry!

The Week I’ve Had (21 Nov 2010)

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This week’s post has been set to auto-publish itself while I’m in Edinburgh – expect more pictures on my return!

On Monday, I received a parcel full of mini prints; alas, they were too late for their intended purpose but they’re so shiny and tiny and cute I’m sure I’ll find another use for them! 

My workplace has been getting painted this week which has meant chaos in the office – furniture all over the place and mountains of paperwork blocking access to my Emergency Sweetie Drawer.

I missed the worst of it, though, as I ended up going home sick on Wednesday and staying off Thursday/Friday. I can’t believe how spectacularly ill I was, nor how much I slept. I had to miss Simon‘s exhibition launch because of it, but at least it had more or less cleared up by the time I had to catch my train on Saturday morning!

On another note, remember the woolly hats from last week? This is where they ended up:

Simon Hepple’s Scottish Scenes

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My friend Simon is a painter (he’s also an energy efficiency advisor which both pays the bills and keeps them down, ho ho). He had his first solo exhibition in 2009 and now does a lot of work on commission, as well as supplying artwork to a local Italian restaurant.

I’m bringing him to your attention today as he has just launched his Facebook group – you can find him by searching for “Simon Hepple Paintings & Artwork”.

And if that wasn’t enough, he has a website over here. Go check it out! Most of his work centres around Scottish scenery and is rather lovely.

In case you still don’t believe me, here’s a painting he did for me as a flatwarming gift.

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