Today is the first day all the windows in the house are open out of necessity – getting a bit warm in here! I’ve celebrated the start to outdoor weather (please, God!) by tackling the Outside Room of ours – bit like an overgrown lean-to or glorified shed tacked onto the house. Conservatory would be a stretch of the imagination, but it has a lot of space that houses our homeschool resources and library.
But, as happens every winter, because it’s cold out there, it becomes a bit of a mouldy dump – kids run in and throw coats haphazardly, shoes go missing into the ether, books get left where cold bodies can be bothered to dump them and come March is resembles a skip. And I’m not providing photographic evidence to back that up, because, well, it’s horrendous. This year we had the added bonus of having workmen debris leftover from a bathroom refit and floors are all caked in mud. It’s such a mood lifter!
Warm enough to work out there without sweater meant the Clean Up can now commence – I have piles for charity, land fill and recycling, the floor will need hosing down at some point, but I have plans for that space so I can’t put it off any longer. Seeds need starting! The garden makeover to urban farm means that room will need to be part greenhouse for a while, and thereafter I aim to turn part of it into a studio for my first delve into oil painting! A lot of solvent use means you need good ventilation, and this room will be perfect.
Talking of garden, would you like to see how the boys have destroyed my lawn for me? Yes you would:
Not one blade left.
I’ve been cleaning continuously over winter too, in the house, paring back clothes, craft supplies, ornaments etc – a continuous letting go; I’ve got the fabric and yarn stash down to the bare essentials (but could still sink a battleship), and I aim at using as much of it up as I can. I have ear-marked several knitting projects, and the yarn that doesn’t have a job has been sold!
I’m in the process of doing another ripple blanket, and there is a scrap bin of yarn being turned into another scrap log cabin affair.
All this means I have more space! But also more desire to make things. Goodness, I’m a craft hoarder, and it is a little silly about how many hobbies I was collecting along the way – I’ve had to let some go – I’m admitting I’ll never be a weaver so the looms have gone; I’ll never make jewellery so the beads have been sold; I’m not really a dressmaker so a tonne of patterns and notions have been cleared out, and what I’m left with is my art supplies, a little fabric, some notions and trim and a few good patterns.
I’ve cleared the studio space and shifted things around – my new chest of drawers is so useful, but rearranging the printer storage has meant I can now use my desk as a desk! Crazy times.
And now it’s time to get back out there and move mountains.