Archive | January, 2013

DIY and getting men in

22 Jan

It’s hard to believe we have only been in our new house just under two weeks and already seeing the huge change to everything considering we are working during the week and have only had one weekend of being at home (which was wasted due to being snowed in at exactly the time another trip to B&Q was needed!)

We are minus one stud partition wall which I wanted to take down myself but the other half seems to say no and not let me do alot of the jobs that I know I can do myself preferring to “get a man in” to do it. I am against this due to the cost factor, trying to do as much of the work myself. This was proven when the man we got in did half a job, knocked a hole in the ceiling, didn’t “make good” the wall he knocked down all of which I have had to finish off and  make good myself.

The idea was to do the work together but after one day of him stopping every 5 mins to have a check of his phone, make himself a coffee or tea or just sit there staring into space I am at the realisation that the driving force to most jobs will be me.

So bring on the trip this weekend to a lumber yard to source our wooden flooring! 

Checklist of jobs:

Remove all wall paper – DONE

Purchase and lay wooden floor

re-plaster ceiling

replace fireplace and surround

remove wall lights and fit new ceiling lights

Build new dining table

shorten coffee table



So whilst a weekend of snow stopped me doing house work I instead filled my time drawing True Blood pictures 😀 



New Year, New Home and New Drawings!

2 Jan

As we enter 2013 I am still living with the in-laws awaiting our new house on 7th January so its counting down the days until I have my freedom back! It has only been for a few weeks but I already miss so many things about living in our own flat just the two of us!

1. Cooking our own meals. It is nice having dinner cooked for us but I do miss cooking my own dinner and not having to make polite conversation over the dinner table.

2. sleeping in my own bed. By god I miss my big old bed and hope the mattress remembers me and doesn’t mind when I invariably loose a screw when putting the frame back together again!

3. Being able to sit on the sofa at night and draw. I didn’thow much I missed drawing and with all my stuff in storage was going a little mad. I bought puzzle magazines but fed up with them when I couldn’t do any more of the puzzles. So I shall be glad when I can set up my stuff in the new house and draw whenever the moment strikes.


As for new drawings I have been developing ideas for how I wish to decorate the new house and so far have a plan for the living and dining room. As for the rest of the house I cant actually remember what the rooms look like so they will have to wait until we are all moved in.

Until that time, enjoy the only drawing I have managed to do over the Christmas period of a Grumpy Eddard Stark and when I have stuff back I shall be doing him in a watercolour as well I think.

I love his grumpy little face! Image