Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Counting Down

I'm having holidays from the start of next week (for three glorious weeks) which means I'm counting down the days until my release. Holidays are kind of like getting temporary parole.  I'm planning to be a lady of leisure, get some tradies round to quote on jobs that need doing round the house, read books, cook and bake, eat chocolate and sew a lot.

Meantime, since New Year I've been in my happy place, making minor adjustments and decor changes around Maison Pyjamas. 

I convinced Mr. P that he could make a 44cm x 44 cm Ikea shelf unit fit into our very thin very tall 46cm x 46 cm laundry cupboard. (even if the door space was only 42cm wide) The new shelves are a much better use of space.


To his credit my amazingly talented husband put this together inside of the cupboard because that was the only way it was going to ultimately fit. Imagine if you will a man with hands the size of footballs trying to put together a shelf unit inside a cupboard. Mr. P loves a challenge and he totally rocked this one.  

I finally got a shadow box to put some of our holiday mementos in. Now I just have to hang it on a wall somewhere...


My Christmas present from Mr. P was this fabulous egg chair (He even went to the trouble of wrapping it which took about 15 metres of Christmas paper) 


But it was missing something...so I made some cushions. First finish for 2014 and only 7 days into the year! Can totally see myself curled up in this rocking gently while holding a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other or perhaps just cocktails in each hand. Whatever. 


And Ive been no slouch in the WIP arse kicking stakes either ...lots of postage stamp block progress happening here this week, with a vague thought that I may be able to make some progress on the long neglected triangle quilt while I'm on holidays too. 


Enjoy the rest of your week!


26 comments:

Terri said...

Love your built-in shelves! What a good idea. And the chair, amazing.
Hugs

Helsie said...

A wonderful start to the year. You and Mr P both rock !

Suzan Oxenreider said...

Saw a cocktail posted on the internet somewhere and thought of you.

http://lifeinmyemptynest.blogspot.com/2013/12/blue-lemon-drop-martini.html

I am thinking it would be just the thing for your holiday relaxing in the egg chair!

Jennifer said...

What a clever bloke, well done Mr P! I lurve your chair.....the cushions suit it so well, it looks just the place to lie in and sip something cool.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I wish we'd seen the wrapped version of the egg chair, wrapping huge items and making cupboards in cupboards are two impressive skills. Your holiday plans sound wonderful!! I bet your egg chair will come in handy. The holiday shadow box is a brilliant idea, yours looks fabulous!

Canadian Abroad said...

well, aren't you on a roll! I would have a wee hammer by that box in case I felt the sudden need to break in and take the money out.

Katy Cameron said...

Save some of those WIPs for the FAL ;o) Congrats to Mr P, I have to build my own bloody furniture!

Sooli said...

Mr P is talented to say the least. That's like some weird challenge building shelves inside a cupboard! So jealous of your three weeks holiday. I just went back to work after two weeks off over Christmas and I'm ready for more already! Have a great time!

MB in MI said...

Enjoy your holidays and that cool chair!

audrey said...

Great shelves. I'm a bit jealous, but I'm sure you totally deserve them! Wonderful Christmas present too. I think you may have a keeper.:)

Tamie said...

Enjoy your countdown and your holiday. Right now is a horrible time at work (and volunteer jobs) for me and my countdown is about three weeks (with no holiday at the end). What a very cool chair.

Mistea said...

Holidays are wonderful for making good progress on the languishing WIP's. Love the new chair and the pretty cushions, you'll be cosy as, sitting sipping your cocktails.

That is some talent MrP has putting that thing together inside the cupboard space.

Enjoy all the new bits and the cocktails.

Cardygirl said...

Love the shelves and the chair...glad you have some sewing time!

Shocking Hocking said...

brilliant - when i visit my brother in brisbane i'm totally coming over for a cocktail (or 5....)

Marg said...

I'm very very impressed with Mr P's skills, that laundry cupboard looks so much better now.
I looove your egg chair, we might be fighting over it when I come to stay!
Good to see your sewing mojo is back just in time for your three weeks of relaxation. Love those cushions, they look fab.

Amanda said...

I'm not showing squid that chair because she has been wanting one of those for 2 years now.

Dianne Neale said...

It's great having a handy husband isn't it? Now G is semi-retired, I am having great fun thinking up projects to keep him occupied in the garage. The latest is a light box. PS I think it should be a cocktail in each hand. Nasty accidents could occur if you are unbalanced in that chair!

P. said...

I am in awe of Mr. P's ability to set up the shelves inside the narrow closet. Love the shadow box idea. That chair is the shiz. Your cushions just make it all the more fab.

Sue SA said...

Your hubby rocks at DIY and gift wrapping! Love the cushions but I think you might need some on the ground as well if you are going to drink in that chair...getting out safely might be a problem!
Love the shadow box, where did you get it? Thinking that the kids could make something with them...need more distraction tools here!
Postage stamp blocks are new to me, but I like the look of them, good for scraps! How small are all those pieces? Your patience is impressive! Happy sewing and bring on the holidays!

AnnieO said...

Very clever to assemble inside the space! I would not have thought of that! Love this image I have of you in my head, you're bopping around maison pyjamas with a smile for three weeks!

Sharyn T said...

Your chair looks comfy. Enjoy your hols. Sharyn:)

Kirsten's Cooking said...

Okay, now that you have all of that work out of the way, relax and enjoy your break!!!!

Kate said...

Cool chair! Looks like you are completely set to enjoy your holiday.

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh, to have a handy hubby!

Sarah said...

Sounds blissful! Enjoy the rest of holidays rocking in your egg chair. Hope you get a good crack at finishing some of that sewing.

Brenda said...

Cabinet looks fab - hubbys are great, aren't they? Love the chair and your funny cocktail comment.