Saturday, February 16, 2008
a girl and her paint
If only the rest of the house was as fun to decorate as Sadie's room is. Last weekend I finally got her one wall painted raspberry, and both Sadie and I love it. She hung out with me while I painted each of the three coats (and actually, I could have done a fourth) constantly exclaiming, "it's purple!". Our cat Glen Miller also joined the painting party and it was a complete miracle that raspberry paint didn't get spilled, touched or tracked anywhere. I've always found painting very relaxing, which explains why every wall in our house has been painted two to three times (it happened in our apartment too, and Jay teases me every time I bring up repainting). But gone are the days of throwing on painting clothes and knowing I had hours of quiet contemplation ahead - nope, now I have a cat and a preschooler determined to be part of the experience. Oh well.
Last weekend I also finished this pillow for Sadie's bed. The cat embroidery is from a drawing we did together using different colour crayons so I repeated the effect with thread. I didn't plan the design much, just started pulling fabrics together and balancing out the colours on the ironing board. It was pretty fun and I'm wondering if I can use the same approach to make a quilt for the sofa. I like that it isn't symmetrical - I can't be as colourful in the TV room, but at least I could aim for the same sense of play. I still haven't painted the TV room red; there are squares of "Hadley Red" on each wall (thank you tester pot) but I'm scared about making the plunge. For all my talk about Jay not liking red, it's actually me who is having a problem. But if raspberry makes me smile every time I see it, surely red will do the same? Or maybe I should just stick to sewing. Fabric is much easier to change when you get it wrong.