Monday, 7 April 2014

Wonderful Monday

Unlike many people, I have always quite liked Monday's.  To me Monday's are like a fresh page, a new start.  
When the girls were little I used to love getting their school uniform ready and shoes polished on Sunday nights all ready for the new week.  Now they have flown the nest I don't have that to do but I still like to get things organized on Sunday night ready for the new week. 
 Monday starts early for us, Mark has to be on his way by 4.45am so I'm up too around 4.30.  
Very occasionally I will go straight back bed and grab another couple of hours shut eye, like last week when the hour went forward, I was shattered, so I headed back to bed for another couple of hours.   
Big mistake!  I over slept, woke up in a panic and was late for work, really late, like 25 minutes late!  Luckily no one mentioned it when I got in, so I think I got away with it, lol.  But, that set the tone for the whole week, I didn't make it to work on time one morning last week, I was playing catch-up with everything, all week, it was a complete disaster. 
I blame it on that lost hour myself :-)
 So this morning I was determined to have a better week,   Once Mark had left for work I set about doing the housework and got as much done as I could before it was time to get ready for work.  I arrived at work with 5 minutes to spare,  (that shocked a few people lol).
With chores out of the way I had some guilt free stitching time to finish off last months NH challenge, (see, told you,I'm always playing catch-up ;-)

Apologies now for the photos, dull days and electric light = crappy pictures 

Now these monthly challenges are supposed to be ornament sized pieces, but as usual I went charging in not thinking about stitch or fabric count and ended up with something too big to be made into an ornament, (sigh).  Never mind, I love the design and will have to come up with some way of finishing.
I'm doing my best to get organised for the house move, and decided to have a go at tarting a few things up in readiness.  I've had this little plain white tray for ages and gave it a pretty make over with some wrapping paper and decoupage glue.

And we have a step stool which we bought from Ikea years ago, we have high ceilings and tall cupboards so it has always come in useful.  It was just a plain old brown colour but it's come up lovely with a rub down and a couple of coats of wood stain.

I lightly sanded it down again once the stain had dried, but I think it may need a coat of clear sealer to finish it off.
This Friday we have an appointment with the solicitor to sign contracts, so fingers crossed it won't be long before we move, I'd better get a wriggle on with packing, all I seem to be doing at the moment is sorting and throwing away!  Hopefully we will get more of an idea of moving date on Friday so I can make a start.  There probably won't be much crafting time over the next few weeks, but I'll pop back and keep my blog up dated, I think I've lost a few visitors being away so long, although blogs in general seem to be a bit quiet, some that I used to read have not had any updates in a long, long time, but I've quite enjoyed getting back into it so I hope visitors will return eventually :-)

Until next time


cucki said...

Sweet stitching..I love it
Your new make over treasure is so
Enjoy xx

stitchersanon said...

Love the makeovers. Takes me a good while to get used to that lost hour as well so your not alone. Good luck with the move.

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching .
I think you can say it was that hour it was alot darker in the mornings .
Best of luck with your move .
Love all your makeovers too.

Chris said...

Oh dear being late but I expect it was a one off so don't the way you have done the step up.. hope the packing goes well, it takes for ever doesn't it, especially if you are a crafter!!LOL
Chris x

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful stitching & great makeovers! Have a lovely day :)

Julie said...

I've still not caught up in the lost hour, didn't help having lazy mornings last week either, this week its worse than ever!
We too have one of those little step stools - ours still remains in its raw state. Great makeover for the little tray.
Fingers crossed for your moving date and a smooth packing and moving in.
love and {hugs}

Tina said...

Love the snowman,I'm still on challenge 2 oh dear!
Your make overs look fab,you will be on changing rooms next lol
Hope the packing goes well

Mylene said...

Lovely stitching!
And goodluck with the move.

Heidi Kuijer said...

You're moving? How exciting. I have been out of blogland circulation obviously. :) I have that same stepladder from IKEA and love it. Mine is not that cute green that you painted yours. Makes me want to change mine to a color instead of the stain I have on it....

Love the snowman. Will this become an ornament?

Hugs from Holland,