It’s Curtains for You!

As someone with astonishing natural ability in the field of procrastination, I am not well known for the productive use of my spare time. Why do anything when you could be lying on the sofa playing Sudoku on your iPad?
Strangely, this attitude has failed to yield results when it comes to setting the world alight with my brilliance, and I’ve been wondering for a while if I might be better off trying a different tack.
I have promised myself one hour of productivity before sinking into my usual evening routine of sitting around drinking gallons of tea. So far it’s been quite impressive. I find that I enjoy the activity and usually keep going after the hour is up. The flat is organised, the washing is under control, the blog is slightly more up to date, and I’ve made some progress on the top I’ve been slowly making.
I think the biggest achievement to date has been this curtain which I whipped up one evening. It came from an IKEA pair of tab topped curtains, but the size of the window and the curtain pole available meant that I just had to chop this curtain out of the middle of one of the originals. I managed to do it in the way which required the least effort, mostly just sewing on some curtain tape, but it still took a fair chunk of time. It also taught me that I should really use the right needle for the job.
I think the spare room is looking pretty good now. We just need to put some pictures on the walls and it will be ready for our first visitors, who arrive in a few weeks time.
Do you have any tips for banishing procrastination (excluding the obvious ‘just get on with it’)?

Make Do and Mend

Something wonderful has happened in our new flat: I have a dedicated sewing area! It’s lovely to be able to leave my sewing machine out all the time and not have to worry too much about clearing my projects away because it’s dinner time and it would be nice if we could actually use the dining table for dinner occasionally, thank you very much. 
As we’re a bit more settled, I’ve found time to work through some of the clothing repairs I’ve been putting off for months, and in some cases, years! This pile includes items I’ve bought at a discount because they needed repairing in the first place, but never dealt with – way to be frugal, Law!
Two hours work one rainy evening, and I now have a pair of work trousers without a hole in the bum,  a pair of super flared Diesel jeans which are the right length, if a little hipster for my current taste, and a maxi dress with all straps attached (all nice and ready for next summer).
I’ve always disliked repairing clothes. I’m actually not that good at finishing anything I start, preferring to leave a trail of half arsed projects in my wake in all areas of my life. I’m flighty and easily distracted by the new and shiny. Also, my hand sewing is abysmal. However, I’m trying to take pleasure in everything I do, because otherwise, what’s the point really? It’s working fairly well; while not the neatest work in the world, all repairs were done by hand, and very enjoyable they were, too. 

Zombie Shakespeare

Yes, we have a William Shakespeare door knocker! Yes, it’s pretty old and tarnished! And yes, someone has painted a little tie on him!
All of the above makes me very happy.
I’m hoping to get on with a bit more blogging now we’re settled – I have a lot to catch up with, although most of it is currently lacking pictures.