Wednesday 20 May 2015


 long time no see.
It’s so lovely to be back on here.  
I have been meaning to put a post on for weeks
but the days have whizzed by.  
My last couple of weeks have been a crazy mix of
emotions & moments the good the bad & the ugly 
I had them all and maybe that has added a little to my silence on here. 
My daily routine has been mainly dominated by that
mundane boring every day stuff known as domestic delights,
coming to terms with the reality 
that I will not be reaching the top of the washing MOUNTAIN any time soon.
 And being forced to referee the endless bickering between a teen & a pre teen 
oh what fun ....not! 
It is mind boggling what they can bicker over. 

I have come to realise in those moments 
you just have to sit back put your headphones on, 
volume on full blast, enjoy a cold drink and think to yourself
 “Oh the joys”. 

There have of course been some much welcomed distractions

....some very yummy

....some very pretty 

....others creative

Like this old Printers letterpress draw.
 I picked it up for a measly 5 euros last Autumn 
at a charity shop here in Berlin. 
I couldn't believe when the assistant told me the price 
I wasn't going to ague I just grabbed, paid & left 
rather fast before she could change her mind.
Paradoxically this draw is one of those things
I have always wanted whilst having no idea what for. 
I know it makes little sense, but I'm talking about me after all
I make very seldom sense at first! 
But back to the draw....
Some of the sections are very small 
and the depth of the draw is narrow, 
really limiting it’s use. So with no real purpose for it, 
the draw spent the winter in the cellar, 
a little forgotten about if  I’m perfectly honest. 

As I pulled out my shell collection a couple of weeks ago 
I stumble across it again, 

looking at it surrounded by all my shells 
that famous light-bulb moment happened
this draw could be a beautiful display for my smaller shells.

Black however didn't make me think of Ocean nor 
does it really work with my ever so white & blue living room.  
Blues were needed ....a mix of soft grey green blues.
Blues that remind me of wonderful days spent at the beach!

With two premixed shades of blue a creamy white
and a couple of drops of green paint pigment some empty glass jars 
I played around and around to get my perfect mix of ocean blues. 
There was more paint on my hands at times 
and it took me a week to paint all the little sections. 

 OH boy 
what a tedious job that was, 
especially as every section had to be painted three times in blue, 
that is after I had painted the whole draw twice with a primer 
to block the black out already. 
No I’m not in any hurry to do that again.  

But the work was well worth it
 It looks so beautiful against the bare concrete wall in my living room.


and it definitely reminds me of fun days spent at the beach.

  Oh I like to be beside the seaside 
I love 
the smell & taste of the salty air  
the soft warm breeze  
the sound of waves rolling in  
the endless sparkle on the water  
soft sand between my toes.

Have a great week 


1 comment:

  1. I very much like your distractions! I think we all go through mundane days where it is hard to find inspiration. Here's hoping yours comes back in full force and that the bickering goes on hiatus soon!