Granny's sewing machine table got cleaned up and polished - and then I returned the plants which of course are not particularly beneficial to the finish. Oh well. Many years ago we used to keep a fish tank on top which was much worse! The Christmas cactuses are blooming madly. They love spending their summers outside. The big one in front is about 40 years old.
Obviously I love house plants. Heh. The new wall colour (called "Sour Candy") is less yellow in person but it's kind of changeable. The old colour was more peachy but this is like a pale gold. It picks up the light - or lack of it - and becomes warmer or cooler depending.
Hah! I caught my own shadow there. This 100-year-old oak veneer sideboard in the living room was a surprisingly intense clean-out project all by itself. We've ignored its contents for so long! It had family and holiday photos and slides, school yearbooks, VHS tapes of shows like Star Trek DS9 (and we have nothing to play them with), my childhood stamp collection, old camera accessories, dead batteries and other detritus. After an entire afternoon's walk down memory lane, three bags of paper recycling and a bunch of garbage were chucked and now there's space to breathe. We even bought a couple of bins for the photos though we didn't try to sort them. Maybe one day. Or not.
So lovely to see the sunshine! We've experienced one rainstorm after another for weeks now and it's so dark at this time of year anyway. Our dining room buffet is even older than the one in the living room (circa late 1800's) and much larger. I washed each and every dish that went back in it, eliminated some stuff and now it all fits much more conveniently. I even washed down and waxed the old brass lamp and cleaned the stained glass shade (made by Thom, as most of the stained glass in our house). Poor Scheff, my very large Schefflera arboricola, hasn't yet been decorated for the holidays though of course it still retains several from last year! Thom did get our Winter Lights up on the newly repainted stair railing though.
See? Genuine 1960's curlycues! Well, this is just a hint of all the hard work that's been going on around here for the last month. And then...I caught a cold! Flat on my arse. Perhaps my old bod's way of telling me I need a break? And there's still a couple of boxes of tchotchkes left to sort through and all taking up space in my dye studio in the basement.
Speaking of which, 4-50g skeins of sock yarn and the 4 scarves that I managed to hem are currently stewing in an alum mordant bath for future dye sessions. I missed my Spectrum Study Group yesterday (stinkin' cold germs!) so I didn't get to play with eco-dyeing. Yet. As soon as I'm felling better though.
Oh, and I never did show you the slight differences with the yarns from two different dyer's polypore dye baths. I'm not sure this photo helps! The fresher mushroom gave more gold while the older dried one gave a more clear yellow. Though it looks kind of pink on my screen. Subtle and not particularly dark on my alpaca/tencel/bamboo yarn (alum acetate mordant). Some of this will be overdyed to give me more colours for a future sweater project.
Right now I need to defeat the cold bugs and get on with things. We've committed to feeding the Thundering Hordes for Christmas this year. As I've mentioned many times, I'd much rather cook a full on turkey dinner for 30 than buy presents for them! So. Much. Happier.