NOT being a hermit is a hard habit to break!
I've been home nearly a month from my house sitting adventures and mostly I've just been happily humming around in my garden and house, there's so much to catch up on when you've been away for a month.
Wow! how a garden can grow (or die) in that time! My first cucumbers and spinach were ready to harvest, just a few weeds daring me to pull (who has gloves on?), my tomatoes had grown so tall they needed staking up, bindies in the lawn to gingerly pluck, grass in places up to my knee, there were dead plants to replace as quick as I can raise the seedlings and SO Much More.
I won't talk of inside........ inside house tasks are far less exciting than the garden!
Well, except for all the small furniture painting projects. My daggy pine kitchen table looks much prettier now, a couple of coats of white paint, with tiny delicate flowers here and there. I've nearly finished painting my old dark wood cadenza, each door or drawer is a different pastel shade and the base unit white. Still quite a bit to do but I'm much happier with the brighter colours..... wood enthusiasts would likely be disgusted. Too bad, not sad.
Exhibit work has continued, mail covered the kitchen table when I got home. In there, a nice parcel of old costume jewellery to deconstruct and reinvent. "100% Recycled" is a project devised by Liz Shaw and Clare Poppi, a follow on from the "Radical Jewellery Makeover". The idea is to remake jewellery from the parts of unwanted treasures that cannot be easily refined or recycled. So, I've been re-configuring some of the elements of these no longer loved items, along with some of my handforged copper and brass and I hope the end results will be appreciated now. I love the concept of this project, I've always been a strong re-inventor so it all makes great sense to me, and inspiring others to get into the "urban mining"movement is so important.
Great News, finally I have some things back in store at the Gympie Regional Gallery store, yay! If you like art and galleries, live nearby or travelling through drop in for a look, always some good things to see.
And now I go back in my little workshop and I continue working on another exhibit entry, will tell you about that if my entry is chosen.
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