I’ve fallen into that habit where I think “I won’t invite people over until I’ve finished this and this and this and this and this …” Both in person and here at block-a-day!
However, given my other habit of having a million things on the go at once, that can make for very sporadic posting … and telling Julian that we cannot invite that nice couple over until I’ve painted the dining room walls orange.
That’s changing. Those lovely people can come anytime regardless of what colour the walls are and I’m just going to share what I’m up to here – not wait for the “ta-da! It’s all done!” moment.
I might have said this before? Well I’m going to do much better this time ;-)
So lately – I’m decorating the animal shelters and it’s such blissful fun! I’ve started with the smallest – the guinea pig hutch which moves round and round the vegetable garden whilst the little pigs greedily tear up all the grass.
First up I whitewashed everything with an all purpose prep coat. Well I started it, but when I had to dash off to an appointment, Noah cheerfully finished it off so as it would be all ready for painting when I got home. He’s a darling – always happy to indulge any of my creative impulses.
We decided on a Moomin theme for the guinea pigs – these wonderful books and comics by Tove Jansson being one of Noah’s and my absolute favourite books and illustrations. And whilst he wasn’t keen on any actual painting – he’s much more into water colours, copic markers and digital art making – he was happy to bring his drawing and Hunny Bunny the Rabbit down to the veggie garden to spend a truly lovely afternoon with me.
I started with Tove’s cover for Finn Family Moomintroll as my starting inspiration … and then just made it up as I went along. One of the most delightful things about making it up is that I can have whatever loopy flowers and trees I want. Good stuff! And my beloved sun – I always want to add that no matter what my medium – embroidery, mosaic, paint, fabric – that combination of red, rosy pink, orange, and egg yolk yellow is my all time favourite.
But Moominpapa and those Hattifattners – they are just pure Tove. Well, except that I had to add a bit of blue to Moominpapa so he’d show up – and a bit of green to those crazy Hattifattners.
We all love it! Eventually, I will add pictures to the ends and front of the hutch, then trim the whole lot with red gloss and a protective coat of varnish for the artwork.
Until then – it makes us all smile every time we look down into the veggie garden, and I swear I’ve even noticed the ducks standing at the fence, looking in with curious appreciation!