We've had wonderful, mellow dawns and dusks to bookend our days over the last week. On Friday evening, Grace, mum and I headed to the harbour to watch the sun set - and to knit (mum), crochet (me) and swim - a very brave 13 year old!!!
I love the colours in the sky and the last rays of light on mum's face.
Time for a little refurbishment too - one of mum and dad's wedding presents from 1958. I'm not sure it's Lloyd Loom but it's very similar - an ottoman or blanket box with a wicker base and a lid that has been much sat and stood on.
One of mum's favourite story is of buying me a nurse's uniform to dress up with when I was about three years old. She was busy in the kitchen and wondered why things had gone quiet - I was no where to be seen. Upstairs, she found the ottoman lid open and a wee nurse fast asleep inside on the pile of quilts and blankets.
Time for a refurb then! It was interesting to remove the layers of fabrics from previous recoverings right down to the original dark red and gold material.
A new lid was needed and dad got to work on that while I sprayed the wicker.
As the paintwork dried, I recovered the newly made lid with a lovely cranberry and grape striped fabric from Laura Ashley.
I think it looks much fresher now.... except it shows up the matching chair... and the curtains... and the room maybe needs a coat of paint now too - you know how it goes!! Just the kind of project I love and I'm looking forward to the next bit. It did however, satisfy the crafty thing for a day or so and I haven't touched the crochet all day - imagine! A whole 24 hours and I haven't played hooky.