Wednesday, August 27, 2008

just a little post say that I won't be online for about a week. Moving house is tiring work! Cheerio for now.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

cinderella goes to the ball

So as I explained earlier, I had a party to go to but didn't have anything to wear. So I took an old dress (which I have loved, but have worn far too much) and updated it. I was hoping to completely transform it but I didn't manage that. Here is the dress before alteration (yes, I do have arms, I just didn't want them in the picture).

Magical ingredients:

an old lace headband

some purple ribbon

I also managed to get some netting. And here is what I ended up with...

Apologies for the poor quality photograph but it was the end of the night before I realised that I hadn't photographed my dress and the light wasn't great. After wearing it for an evening, I was actually much more pleased with my alterations.  

Not bad for someone who can't sew, huh? Although to be honest it was mostly ripping involved. I'm happy.

Now I must continue with the packing.

Friday, August 22, 2008

the state of me

I got this book last Monday and finished it today. For 11 days, I had a friend who completely understood what it was like to live with M.E. 

I will share an excerpt:

I’m always measuring out my energy behind the scenes, but people don’t see it. They see you at a party and think you’re fine, they don’t see you resting all day to be able to go, and being wrecked all the next day because you went. They don’t see you leaning on walls at bus stops because you can’t stand for more than five minutes. They don’t see how tired your arm gets after beating an egg. They don’t know you almost always have poison in your calves when you wake up. They don’t see you weeping because you’re so tired of it all. Last week, a nun with bulbous eyes called me a lazy girl because I was sitting down on the bus.
It's as though she's describing my life. If only there was a second book so that I could have my friend back. 

Onto arty things: I've finished altering my ball gown. I'm not happy with it at all but I have nothing else to wear. I was hoping to have completely transformed it but it didn't really work out that way. Of course, I will still show you photographs. I'll upload them on Sunday.

Other than the dress, I haven't been able to do much in the way of arty things because my energy has been consumed with packing. Only a few more days and we will be in our new house! I'm getting quite good at moving house now.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Who doesn't love getting fun post? Even the envelope of this looked exciting! I got a card from Kimberly Shaw. I love her watercolour teacups. I really don't want to open this card but I don't want to give it to anyone else either! It's just too nice. At the moment it's sitting on my mantlepiece looking pretty. But not for long because... 

We're moving! We are moving house yet again. It will be our second move in 10 months, my third move in 1 year and, more frighteningly, my 10th move in 6 years! We're doing the actual moving-in next week. Oh yes. So that means packing like mad until then and then there will be unpacking at the other end. Oh how dull. And tiring :o( 

Today I have been packing away my arty bits in the studio. We won't have a studio in the new place (not enough space), so we'll see how that all works out. While packing I found a load of blank canvases, so I will definitely be having a big painting session in the near future. In the meantime, when I am not packing, I shall continue with the sketching (as I don't need anything but my sketchbook and a pen) and making sock monkeys for my shop (which I still cannot open because Etsy now only let you open a shop if you have a credit card so I'm thinking of an alternative). I will try to post as often as I can. 

Next weekend (just before we move house) we have a big fancy ball to go to. I felt a bit like Cinderella with nothing to wear except rags. Well okay so I do have a lovely two-piece ball gown, but I have completely worn it to death; (sometimes the whole dress, other times just the top with a different skirt - just to vary things a bit) everyone has seen it before and it's a bit tatty. In fact whenever there would be a fancy 'do' and the girls would talk about what they were wearing, someone would usually say to me, "So will you be wearing your pink dress?". I can't really wear it anymore, but there's no point in throwing it out; so I am updating it. Out with the lace and the ribbon and the netting: Cinderella shall go to the ball! And of course, I will show you pictures of the whole process. I'm not even sure how it will end up looking as I really cannot sew! We shall see...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

sock monkey hugs

Hello. My name is Doreen Pink and I am a sock monkey. I like baking and cuddling (but not at the same time because that gets messy). I love friends and family. I am quite shy.

I was about to open a shop on Etsy yesterday, but it turns out that I need a credit card! As I have never owned a credit card, I will be looking into an alternative. Perhaps it's best that the shop-opening is delayed; I have time to be a creating machine so that I have plenty to sell when it does finally open. That will be a smiley day.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I have returned

16 comments on my last post! That must be some kind of record for my blog. Thank you to all of you who took the time to write me a cheery little comment - you have no idea how happy they make me. I had a good little break; I took some time out to think about this little blog of mine and the Etsy shop I will be opening. I didn't actually do that much, but I spent some quality time with Mr Pippa while he was off work, caught up with friends and read lots, which was nice.

This is the little notebook I decided to make into a drawing diary. I would have really liked to have used a Moleskine sketchbook but that will have to wait. Instead, I searched through my notebooks and found this one: never used, handy size and pretty cover. Not a Moleskine, but it's a start.

Today I will share with you the first sketch. Just a quick sketch, but I like it.

I do have more things to share with you, but that's all for now. Cheerio!