In lieu of being at a market this Sunday 2 December (which is also my daughter’s 19th birthday but she’s planned a picnic in Bainskloof with friends and sans parents so I’m not required), I’ve decided to have an Open Day at my home. I did this once before, two years ago, and it was a great success – I invited everyone I knew, including all my neighbours from the complex in which I live, and made one of those huge beer-box chocolate cakes and provided coffee and tea. ‘Cake and Mosaic’ had a great vibe because most of my neighbours are really really nice, plus I sold loads of mosaic mirrors and frames that, frankly, don’t always sell well at markets. Win win.

Now that pretty much all I do is craft, there’ll be other things for sale as well – lamps and lampshades, owls, rag-tag fairy lights, bags, crocheted jewellery, button bangles, bunting, etc. Shew – I’m like a little shop all by myself. (The little shop of horrors…!?)

What this really means, however, is that I AM NOW FORCED TO TIDY THE LOUNGE. I am ambivalent about this – it would indeed be bloody marvellous to have a space clear of crafting stuff and empty bottles and half-baked experiments, but it’s where to begin that’s the daunting prospect.

I’ll leave you with this rabbit which pitched up on my screen earlier. I like.

(image by artist and illustrator lisa congdon)

To be continued…


30 thoughts on “Leap

  1. Crochet Missy

    Was going to start by saying how nice the owls are but every time I looked at another picture I liked them just as much. So in summary, all your stuff is great! What a lucky neighbourhood you have. Have fun.

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      Thanks :-) We are lucky here, mostly we have a great neighbourhood and there is a good community spirit and lots going on. But you’ll always find one or two people who don’t bother to pick up their dog’s poo :-)

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      I’m sure you are right, but the good feeling will take a while in my case – after less than an hour of tidying, I was back outside with my spray paint and some old bottles… Tomorrow is another day.

      1. rowena

        I only managed a major clear out by promising myself I only had to do an hour each day, and that I could stop no matter what the place looked like after the hour. It took me about 2 weeks, but it was the only way I could face it!

      2. daniellajoe

        I love 2x your art Jill, the owls are too cute!!! And all the cute stuff.
        P.S I am like Rowena I set the alarm for one hr and then work like crazy and then on to something fun… :-)

      3. Nice piece of work Post author

        Patricia, I’m going to take my cue from the two of you then – one hour then HALT. Much more manageable. Although I did feel pretty good for having made the attempt to begin – and even cheekily crossed it off my list!!!

  2. tgonzales

    OMG Jill! I love all the things that you have been making. My favorites are the owls and the mosaic plant holder. But then I love the Ooma slippers and the crocheted bowls too. Oh heck I love it all. :) I have always wanted to open my house and have a sale too but have never had the guts to do it. You are a very brave woman and I wish you the best of luck.

    Love, Tamara

  3. gentlestitches

    You can do it. You have motivated me to tidy my wool room. I want to post it but it looks like a giant picked it up, shook it and then put it carefully down again. I am serious I am going to do it. Love the suggestions of “bit at a time”

  4. Katy@TheOpenDoor

    I love your crafts! The bottle lamp is darling, and so are your cute crochet work. I wish i could do that….I’ve been “knitting a scarf” for about three months and it’s still only about a foot long! haha!


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