In fact, I’ve barely even picked up a hook.
And things look likely to stay that way for a while, because I have got slightly carried away with a few different projects at home.
I took the picture below this afternoon.
In my house.
That’s right. I’ve destroyed my bedroom.
We moved into our house six years ago. I redecorated most of it, but I never got around to the bedroom.
It had integrated wardrobes full of black mould, rotten windows, paper thin carpet and was generally dank and disgusting.
The rest of the house I sorted in the space of a few months, but when my little girl arrived it predictably took a back seat. I never got around to this room, and the longer I’ve left it the bigger the job got.
In our family, I’m generally the DIY person.
It’s not that my husband isn’t capable, he’s very good too. He just bloody hates doing it.
Fortunately, I love it.
I have never been a fine artist, but decorating hits me right in my crafty core. Especially the finishing part where I get to crochet stuff.
And I must admit, dismantling then smashing out the integrated wardrobes was particularly satisfying.
But, it now seems I have bitten off more than I can chew.
What you can see here is actually a vast improvement on what it looked like last week. When the carpet was half raised, the plaster was falling off the walls and the lamp shade had been sheared off with a knife.
My darling best friend referred to it as akin to a crack den, and she wasn’t wrong.
The problem is that although I have happily scrubbed and bleached the walls of the mould, filled holes and furiously sanded, it turns out the walls were in need of a more serious overhaul than that.
We’re going to need to plasterer.
They look smooth at a glance, but it’s a thin illusion. As soon as I put some color into them, they will look pretty dreadful.
Now, I can do a lot of things when it comes to home improvement, but I’m not touching plastering with a barge pole. That is a trade definitely best left to the professionals.
Here’s the issue with that.
We have furniture, new carpet, new radiator all booked in to be fitted in the next couple of weeks. Ideally, I need the walls to be plastered before then.
Unsurprisingly, no plasterer worth their salt has available with almost no notice just after Easter.
It’s going to be fun sorting this mess out, but we’ll get there.
I’ll let you know how it goes, and show you the results as it starts to come together.
When we get down to final details and I can get my crochet hooks out in earnest, I hope you’ll check back and see what I come up with too.
I’m thinking yellow and grey…