Matisse: le trait

Les dessins de Matisse m’ont donné envie de me remettre au modelage…

Seeing Matisse’s drawings made me want to do clay again… 

Les petits enfants de Matisse…et ma jolie filleule

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Overdue update: 10€ table upcycling

A long overdue update from our DIY day…I have not accomplished all that I wanted to, but here is a quick win I ca report on:
Ingredients:
– A garden table top in very bad shape. Legs broken, and green paint badly damaged by melted candle wax and the years gone by.
– A 5€ Ikea stool from the cellar
– 4 screws
– 2 coats of exterior paint, here dark grey (“gris orage” from Leroy Merlin)
Et voilà!  This upcycles the old table into a garden ‘coffee table’, perfect for the terrasse’s aperitife corner!
What do you think?

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Child Labor, but good

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10 AM, I got started, and a few minutes later, came out 2 of the boys: “Mum, I want to help you, can I paint?”
“Mom, can I sand wood?”
First, it freaked me out.
DIY is a one-man (or woman) thing, isn’t it?
Then I reasoned. And started delegating. I let go of personal productivity to spend more time showing and coordinating.
Of course, being kids, they rarely stayed on a given activity for more than 20 minutes, and ended up playing ball next to me for lengths of time. Still, having them help meant there were indeed simultaneous workshops, and that gave the impression of a busy garden factory. Plus Superman was coming and going, he too ticking things off our list, often with the youngest in tow: mowing the lawn, fixing a shower bar and shelves in the boy’s bathroom, cleaning the car…

It was a great day! Smooth family moments. Sunshine, and DIT,…Do It Together.

Before going to see a friend, our 9 year-old told me he loved it.
Whit Monday is off for us tomorrow, so we still have time to make progress…
Report out tomorrow night!

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Game on!

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Almost 10 A.M…(yep, I took 2 coffees)
List: 3 chairs, 2 nightstands, 2 stools, 1 broken table to upcycle.
Ambitious?
Ok, phone off, music on, and game on!
PS: My only issue is: there is no off button on our 3 boys…

Today is DIM day!

After looking at, and pinning, so many DIYs online, it’s high time I get organized to do a few Myself.
The list is long.
Very long.
The question is: how many, if any, will I manage to do today?
Ok, first, coffee.

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After…

Brother and sisters together, we checked away the to-do list items…in good spirits and with good music.
Outside work was cut short because of snow…in May!
I love my siblings. Very very dearly.
Before is here.
After below:

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Outside work, on the terrace, was cut short by the snow fall…and the cold!

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Brainstorming a kitchen

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Brainstorming a kitchen….After nearly 4 years in our house, we want to explore some improvements. Primary objectives: more storage space, and more light, with some constraints… I spent the afternoon with my pencil and eraser. I’m “houzzing” a few pictures for inspiration too.
And guess who we’ll be consulting? Our favorite Manue now CEO of “1411Intérieurs”!!
Beware….work ahead?!
High time to start saving?
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Testing WordPress galleries 2: garden, before, during, after

Testing, with more pics and a different format…this time the evolution of the garden

Frames 101, and shuffling furniture

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I like shuffling furniture around from time to time. The couch has been around the living room since we moved here.
Last Friday I decided to reshuffle a bit, and also, it was high time, to hang a few frames together. I read a couple of blog posts providing advice and different layout options, and then I went ahead.
Ok, now I have to chose art to actually put into the empty frames!

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Testing, testing…

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Still work to do!
But that will be enough for a weekend.

Testing WordPress galleries: living room before, during, after

Testing WordPress galleries which I have never used before…
Here with a living room before, during, after, our renovation.
For instance, I wonder can we create a gallery directly with pictures from our phone, or do they have to be loaded on the blog before? I’m not a techy, so happy to hear about your experience with and tips for WordPress galleries.
Thanks!