Saturday, April 10, 2010

the cure for blogger's block is not housework

A little while ago I shared with my lovely bloggy friend Kerri from Driftwood Interiors that I was suffering from a bit of blogger's block and that perhaps going off and cleaning the house might be the cure for it. Fool (me, not Kerri with an 'i'!) As if that was going to work. Kerri was kind enough to tell me that housework assists absolutely nothing at all. That, bloggy people, is a wise woman talking. Clearly my pre-menopausal brain is completely stuffed confused.
I did try though, and while it may not have fixed the problem, I now have a much tidier house...although I do lay the blame fairly and squarely at your feet for keeping me away from my cleaning duties and glueing my eyeballs to this blinking screen for a fair proportion of my away-from-real-work time! That picture below of course is not me!

Pop on over to mostly older than me for the perfect description of losing yourself in the blogosphere...Julienne you have nailed it!
So while I was packing the dishwasher, having just lost myself in another of Leigh of Brabourne Farm's extraordinarily beautiful posts, I thought to myself, and said to the vampire slayer, who as usual ignored me...I know what I'll do...I'll grab some of the photos that have inspired me to have a go at a few things around the tranquil you those and tell you what I'm going to do. Or more like it...tell you what I dream of doing but probably won't! So here we go...
Exhibit 1: chairs.  I need new dining chairs. How about getting some from Ikea and covering them in beautiful fabric like these? I have no idea how...probably something involving adhesive spray and lots of patience.
image via Brabourne Farm
Exhibit 2: silver leafing from Little Green Notebook.  I have a chair I'm going to try this on. I've bought the size and the silver leaf...quite a while ago day I will do this...and the worse that can happen is that I'll have to paint the chair black instead if it doesn't work...

Exhibit 3: the target starburst doily (as branded by Viv at ish and chi).  I want to get one of these and turn it into a clock for my black and white clock hands of course. I think it would look great even if it could be a tad confusing trying to tell the time...
Thanks to all of the wonderful blogs that provide so much inspiration....all day...every day...please stop once or twice will you so I can get a rest! I'm off to do a little decorscaping for a photo I hope to have published on someone else's blog...will let you know if it comes off! I'm not confident...I take less than fabulous photos...yet another skill to conquer!


  1. Glad to hear that Kerri with an 'i' put you right on the housework thing quick smart! All those lovely projects will keep you out of mischief (& blogging) for a while. Go quietly now.
    Millie ^_^

  2. I can't see how housework can help, unless it is to clear a space to take lovely photos for your blog. I like how you worked on getting inspiration from the photos though. Did you notice a lovely turquoise room with red accents, by any chance???

  3. What does that anti-smoking ad say so menacingly.."we'll always be friends"...see you soon my fellow blog addict..Rachaelxx

  4. It looks like you are inspired to do some wonderful projects. Love the silver-leafed (is that a word?) dresser. I am in the process of silver-leafing a night table (crazy me). I love Kerri's description of what's happening to most of us in the blog universe. We are addicted! But I love it. Have a wonderful weekend, Kerry!

  5. Love all the ideas you have for projects to try out. The chairs will be lovely and the clock idea is very creative. I always have hundreds of ideas floating around in my head but seem to take forever to actually get started on any :) There's just so much inspiration out there in the blogosphere that sometimes it is a little overwhelming. I find it very easy to get sidetracked by blogs :) Have a lovely weekend x

  6. Hi,
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog and for you wanting to follow me ! That makes me so happy !!
    I think that your blog is wonderful and I will have you on my list of lovely blogs.

    Have the best of days


  7. Hi there Kerry,
    Well, I learnt in my teens that housework wasn't a cure for anything !! It's not even a cure for housework as, within hours, it is back to how it was when you started !! haha.
    Am loving the projects that you wont be doing !! I would really like to have a go at the silver leaf thingy. I find that, as I get older, my enthusiasm isn't quite the same as it was, though !
    Hope that you are having a great weekend, which isn't including housework !!!! XXXX

  8. Dear Kerry, First and foremost, what is an artistic, talented, thinking person such as yourself thinking about doing housework? As a first step, engage staff. I am uncertain of the procedure in Australia but here in the UK there is an excellent weekly magazine, 'The Lady', whose sole function is, as far as I am able to ascertain, to advertise the services of cooks, housekeepers and, if you are very grand, butlers. I am sure that some of these people would be prepared to travel. If I can assist on this front, then do let me know.

    Once suited, then you will have time for all of the wonderful things you plan to do with the house. The idea of the silver leaf chair is marvellous, and why stop at a chair? One does, in my experience, have to be a little careful and very selective with Ikea, but then I am immersed in the old school of shabby chic.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Hi Kerry..this is the first time someone has mentioned me in their blog...How tres exciting is this!!!!!Thank you for visiting. Housework is only for when you are truly desperate and there is absolutely nothing else to do! That never happens now with blogs to visit! See you soon Julienne xx

  10. All fantastic little projects Kerry....and very creative..I love the clock idea ..I think it would look super..and the good news is that the white star burst doily is on sale at the moment at Target...for $30 when I last saw...a bargain!!

  11. Your ideas sounds great - I'd really love to see the silver chair. I have a very old chair that has been gold gilt (properly!) and I just LOVE it!
    Do it, do it, do it!!!

  12. Too funny! You must be in a bad way darl if you thought house work might help. Stick with us out here in the ether, there's going to be martinis and cabana boys one day : )


  13. I thought it was only me who has let the housework go, the kids starve and the milk run out! Blog land is very compelling. keep going I enjoy your blog and comments way too much for you to stop.

  14. I may not be right about many things, but I do know about the futility of housework, and now my eldest daughter does too. After spending the whole day cleaning and tidying in preparation for our return from the coast, she is now appalled at the sight of our stuff strewn all over the place. She sighed theatrically and moaned that she should have taken a photo before we arrived. Welcome to my world princess!
    Will pop in for a thorough catch up tomorrow, I'm having terrible withdrawals! K xx

  15. Kerry..sounds like you have it all figured out to me! I can relate to the pre-menopausal syndrome...clouds the mind and can completely befuddle you...blogging time sets things right for me. Looks like it works for you too!! Great your ideas.



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