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Day 114 – Take a Long Line…

One comes in one goes out, tonight I purchased a new tv unit… 3 meters long…

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My continuing obsession with low furniture and clean lines continues, I think painting the metal satin black and replacing the metal panels with lacquered ply will give it a more midcentury feel… Which means the more industrial eclectic school science desk will be leaving to make room…

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Day 50 – It bends in the middle…

Imagine an old time carnival, now imagine a carousel, now replace the beautifully painted wooden horses with furniture…. Welcome to my world of revolving furniture…

Last week I moved my computer to a more function desk, which meant temporarily moving the 1900s farmhouse table, that I was using as a desk out onto the verandah till I could find somewhere else for it… Cue a week of misty rain and damp… I know have somewhere to put the table, but I also now have a table with a bowed top…

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So today I moved the table back inside and piled it high with large art books and cast iron shoe lasts…

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Hopefully it will flatten out… Because I have zero desire to remove the top, brace it, glue it and spend two days doing a job that shouldn’t need to be done…

PS – If I seem to be making the blog version of small talk at the moment it either means things are going well, or very badly…. Either way I am not ready to talk about it….

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Day 14 – Carved with Love….

If you were like me at school, on the rare occasions you did show up, you spent a bit of time using a compass for its primary purpose… Carving things into school desks, and occasionally jabbing people… I spent quiet a bit of time in school sanding down desks, the standard punishment for defacing school property… I never really understood the the point, it just seemed like I was preparing fresh canvases for the next time I was bored in class… So when you pick up an old school drawing board for a couple of dollars, there is a wonder sense of nostalgia as you sand down the ancient ACDC and metal up your ass logos carved into the top.. I even sanded over the long lost declarations of puppy love, JK 4 EVA…

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I wonder if they did? If my own teenage scratches are anything to go by, then no… Seems girls didn’t really appreciate my rudimentary graffiti for the grand romantic gesture that it was…

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So getting on board with the whole creative learn new skills thing, I have spent sometime defacing my newly sanded drawing board… Seems carving is not as easy as it looks… but not bad for a first attempt as they say…

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I might just leave the board were I have my coffee, and carve a bit more into it, as drink… Seems like a nice way to whittle away the time….

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Day 3 – Clock Watching….

Friday… I know that technically Friday in this house isn’t that different from any other day, but it feels like good time to call the week over… Even without work, and school I still need an end point, a day to watch a movie, have something special for dinner and plan to sleep in the next morning… So that is what is happening, we had tacos for dinner, and we are watching LOTR: The Two Towers on TV (well I am watching, while the boy child reads a book and the girl child naps)…

I dragged them out for a bit of a walk and some op-shopping… There was surprisingly little about, considering the amount of stuff that was mounting up outside their doors over the Christmas break… I did find a clock…

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I will commit that supposed crime of gutting the insides and replacing them with a battery unit… Although it has a cool beaten up look, it has no antique value.. It is purely decorative, so it may as well work.. I can use the brass cogs etc for other projects, or part them out on etsy…
Maybe the bells can be used in some kind of steampunk door chime? A few bits of string and a little hammer maybe… Just a thought… The key I will keep, because I always keep keys…

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I will leave you now, as the hobbits are being taken to Isengard and I still have 30 mins of sketching to do…

Day 2 – Welcome to the Cafe Embargo…

Coffee shops are off the menu for a while… They cause three problems (for me) , firstly they spend my money, secondly they make me want to smoke and lastly they stop me spending time with my children… In fact if I was going to name a couple of factors that featured in the demise of my marriage, I would blame smoking and cafés… Oh sure there are a list of other reasons that people would point out, but as usual they would be wrong… People often underestimate the interconnected nature of things, and mock the hurricane inducing butterflies that lurk on the other side of the world…  Or maybe my ability to track back every outcome to a single event is what keeps me hovering on the edge of depression and destined to be alone… Just a thought?…

Anyway, my original  point is I am avoiding coffee shops, to save cash and avoid the temptation to smoke. this no coffee shop thing required the purchase of one those coffee pod things… Which I did on the last day of 2013, so doesn’t count towards the whole buy nothing new thing (I know a bit cheaty)… But today I actually had my first coffee from it, and drank it on my pretend cafe on the verandah..  And it wasn’t to bad, and it didn’t cost me $5 and a trip to town, so all good there…

On other battle fronts of this year long challenge, the kids are being a bit French about the new heavily restricted video game time, after a few protests they have folded like a cheap tent… They are upstairs at the moment making bead necklaces, and reading books… Odd pastimes that require no batteries and cause my son to behave in strange ways, be all calm and chatting for example… The tv didn’t even go on till late afternoon, and that was only because I wanted to watch a documentary…

The hour of arty stuff a day is surprisingly the one challenge that is causing me the most trouble, and maybe I will have to reconsider leaving it till after dinner? I only just managed an hour yesterday, and I had to include the 20 minutes I spent making glitter stickers with my daughter to get there…

The morning walk will hopefully become easier… I suspect it is still the lingering muscle strain from all the furniture juggling is making me feel like I am trudging along in gumboots full of porridge…

So tonight I am reading a few books for artistic inspiration… I am going to count that as being arty today, as nicotine withdrawal seems to be making me sleepy not moody… Which is probably a good thing, but means pen to paper will have to happen earlier in the day….

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In other news I am still waiting for two boxes of books I ordered last week, to arrive… One includes a book on quitting smoking, hope I don’t need it by the time it gets here… Some of the other titles are a bit scary, and I suspect are more of an window on my mind than I would like to admit… The other may or may not contain one or more books on dating the second time around etc, and they are now causing me angst from the post office waiting room they lurk in at the moment… So when those titles arrive  I might wrap them in an old jumper, then in an old suitcase and lower it into the cellar for a while, just to be safe…

UPDATE – Just as I was writing that last paragraph I received an email telling me one box of books is on its way….

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