I hope you're all well. We've been busy again this week. Adam was off work on holiday as he was hoping to get a head start with his goal of sharing 30 hours in the ministry this month, however ill health and poor weather put a bit of a stop to this, we're positive it'll be ok though as we still have most of the month of May left, and the circuit overseers visit at the end of the month should help too.
All was not lost though as we got some jobs done around our home. We had some damp issues in the spare bedroom, which was James' bedroom before he moved in to share with Sam. So over the last few months we've stripped the wallpaper, treated the walls, and just needed to redecorate, orgainse, sort through items kept in storage, etc, etc, etc. Having two small children around always seems to make decorating so much harder but we decided not to let that continue to hold us back, so last Sunday after the ministry we wallpapered the bedroom, then on Friday afternoon we painted the walls. Saturday afternoon we headed over to Ikea and as always made a rather substantial dent on the bank balance, but only with essential purchases! We bought two new bookshelves, and a stool.
|This one is for the new 'office'|
|This is for the bend in our staircase|
|This will be our new office chair|
So after Adam, with some 'help' from our boys, built all the flat-packed furniture, it was time for me to sort through our boxes of books, mementos and junk! I had decided to replace the bookshelf on the bend in the staircase as it was too dark for that area, which is already small and gets no real natural light.
The staircase went from this...
I'm so pleased with the results, its lighter, more simple and looks great.
Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take any 'before' pictures of the office, but here is what it looks like so far.
|Lamps still need shades, windows still need curtains, but we can finally access our PC!|
|Even my sewing machine now has a proper home!|
|I really love this bookshelf, especially with our special little things like Adam's pencil collection (in the Ikea plant pot which I adapted!), his red phone box money box used as a book end, and the globe I bought Adam once for an Anniversary gift|
|This area will soon be very different too|
There is still work to be done; the curtains need to be altered as they're much too long, then they can be re-hung. The futon is to be dismantled and taken to the tip, then our keyboard and guitar will replace it so the boys can play their music in here too. The bin bags of old clothes will be donated, the toilet rolls, wet wipes and nappies will also be rehoused! Pictures will be framed and hung on the walls, then it will look perfect!
I'm really excited about my ideas for the pictures we'll be hanging in here! In amongst our old books I found a very old Ordinance Survey Map of North Tyneside (which is where we live) which I think will look awesome framed. Then I'm going to buy a vintage style world map to go on the other wall, and display all our special postcards around the edges. I'll also be asking all of my wonderful International friends to send us some postcards from their current locations too, so hopefully we'll have some from Australia, Peru, Nicaragua, USA and France. That way we can make Geography fun for our boys too.
I hope you like what we've done so far, and I'll show you the proper 'After' pictures once I've finished all the little jobs too.