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I need a "to do" list

Things are sliding by here at the new old house. Because funds have dried up for the moment I've conned myself into believing that there is nothing I can do. What a load of crock! So much to do. I've decided to start with something easy. I'm going to finish these drawers. Strip the remaining paint, sand smooth as silk and wax. I'll try to boil the paint off those handles too.

Second on the list is to "wallpaper" the hall. You can see part of it just past Mickey. Old books again. Big job. Need my head read. Ladders are coming and I have no excuse.

I'm also working on a 110 x 110 cm oil painting in pinks and oranges for the wall beside the surveyors stick. Need an injection of colour into the brown room. Hopefully I'll have it finished soon. Just an abstract. A lot like all the abstracts out there in blogland at the moment. Easy and fast to do and great for a colour jolt. Now that I've written this all down I'm hoping you hold me to it. I need someone to nag me out of my complacency or nothing will get done!


Nothing to do with my place

 ... just playing around with my camera. I'm a little bit proud of this shot. Taken in my friend Kerrie's shop for her blog a little while ago. (Actually I really must say Stuart's shop. It's just that I always see Kerrie there so I think of it as hers not theirs or his. Sorry Stuart! Actually I ran into Stuart moving in the most amazing rustic dresser today. Have to take a shot soon. You'll die for it!) Lee Matthews dress, Elk necklaces. The wall colour is Porter's Paints Jaguar. A seriously sexy colour.


Den glada färgskalan i passar i våra ljusa nordiska hem

Or badly translated into English "The cheerful color range of suits in bright our Nordic home." My office rug made it into the Trend Special 2012 in Allt i Hemmet. I just wish I could manufacture that rug because half the design blog world wants it. I also love how a cheeky little Aussie rug (OK she was Turkish first) made it into a Swedish magazine as a trend for Nordic homes. If any Swedish speakers out there could translate the rest of the page for me I'd be very grateful. You can find a larger size of the scan here.


Where's Jo?

Hello. I'm still here. Things have just been a little bumpy on the home front and well, I've been feeling the need to be quiet, to be still, to hunker down and sometimes roll into a ball. Nothing that can't be fixed. Nothing that will end the world. So I thought I better get back to it here on my page.

You know those times in your life when you have nothing "amazing" to share. When life is grinding on and at the end of each day you say thank god that one's finished. It's been a bit like that around here. Don't get me wrong. It isn't that plans aren't hatching and schemes to conquer the world aren't being mulled over. No that's not it. It is that quiet time after the storm. That time after a marathon effort paddling to keep up that you stop and float.

Nothing new to report on the new old home front. Work has ground to a halt due to lack of funds. That's OK because it gives us more time to get to know this old beauty even better before we try to change her even more. I have an idea about wallpapering the entry hall and using the space as a library. Work hopefully will start in a week or so. A friend is delivering ladders and trestles. Our ceilings are almost 4 meters high so our dinky little 2 meter ladder is just a little bit useless for reaching the very top. I promise not to fall off this one. Promise. On a different note these photos were taken in a small country village when my friend Kerrie and I were cruising around pretending to be Thelma and Louise just after New Year.

I will spill the beans on one more project ... almost. A new online business. Faded Empire. That's it. That's all I'm revealing for now. Let's just say I've learnt a lot about online stores in the past few weeks. And it's not shabby definitely not shabby ;)

Mickey says hi! He's feeling the heat. We all are. Never really liked those tiles but my oh my they are lovely and cool to lie on.


My lovely friends played Santa

We don't do Christmas presents in my family. There are too many of us and we are all over 30. No kids ...yet ... my niece is soon to have her first. We did buy for the baby but that doesn't count ;) An antique high chair and a vinatge Santa sack (all my nieces have a santa pillowcase from the 70s and I managed to thrift one exactly the same). Boxing Day lunch with friends was another matter though. Here's some of the loot.

Glen and Grant, our dear friends from The Vintage Advantage, gave me this beautiful scrimshaw mother of pearl shell and a lovely set of velvet 1940s floor cushions.

Kerrie my new best bud (as opposed to Kim my forever best bud) found me a Mao statue. I know some people won't understand why I would want such a thing but I have a thing for communist propaganda kitsch and I squealed when she offered me the choice from four she had ordered in for her shop ES Traders.

Kelvin picked up a pair of Roe antlers from the boys as well as an old wood plane (he collects old tools) and some Mexican religious candles and old phonographs from Kerrie. We love our presents so much. It's great that our friends seem to "get" us really well. A bit of old shell, some secondhand cushions, a tacky figurine in questionable taste, dead animal bones, smelly kerosene candles, scratched records and a battered lump of wood. Each one is perfect!