I'm doing the boring stuff around the house at the moment. I just repainted my kitchen cabinet doors (as in an hour ago ... this is my break). Gloss black because matt black is a bastard to keep clean. Tomorrow I hope to put the counter tops on. Yes I still haven't glued and nailed them on. There are some shelves going up in the living room either side of the fireplace on Wednesday if all goes according to plan. We planted out more of the garden yesterday. A wall of bottlebrush trees (if four makes a wall), some calatheas, a strelitzia, a tibouchina tree, rhoeos and a white mulberry tree. Not all in the same spot though! Why this hive of activity? I'm hosting the family christmas this year. I've successfully avoided it for 10 years :) Not anymore. On a cheerier note I bought a few more small paintings. Local artists at a local exhibition. The first three mixed media pieces are by Krystal Ingle and the cut acrylic piece is by Dough Nemeth. I pick them up on Dec 23 just in time to hammer in a nail or two and hang them for the big day.
I need some help from overseas readers. Are these squirrels or chipmunks? No the question was not whether they are ugly or not. Just want to know what sort of animal they are. Stuffed and dead do not qualify either. My husband found them for me. Bless his little heart. He knows how much I love taxidermy. I do not love the green flocked base or the lights (they used to be green and red) and I'd rather a vintage wooden case not a glass, mirror and metal "shrine" but hey they're cute in a brain sucking, bite you to death, zombie squirrel/chipmunk sort of way. I just need to tone their "cage" down a bit. It looks so much better after I removed the plastic flowers that were nailed all over the branches. Hope this isn't my christmas present. I had my eye on a life size stuffed horse.
I need name suggestions too. Bill and Bob. Cecil and Derrick. Posh and Becks. What do you think?