Saturday, 26 February 2011

Healing hands and best-laid plans

So. I woke up this morning from a nightmare at about 4a.m, with a blinding headache, and despite having swallowed a handful of sleeping pills (only OTC ones; I don't think they're very potent) couldn't get back to sleep again. A got up and made me some warm milk and honey, which cured my headache but did nothing to stop my thoughts spinning off into orbit, as they're sometimes prone to do in the early morning.

It's now 5.45a.m and I'm downstairs just dying for morning because I've had the most exciting idea. We've been looking for an inexpensive low table to set up in our living room, big enough for 4 or 5 people to sit around, so that we can make up some big floor cushions, get our shisha pipe in there, get rid of our dining table, and start sitting on the floor to eat, Moroccan-style. This would fit in very well with our current decor, which is largely owned by A's parents and is very globally-inspired. It would also fit in with our current life, which sees us spending more time sitting on the floor than on any furniture in any case. Anyway, back to the point. As I was lying in bed, I thought, why do we not just make the table ourselves, using little stacks of books for the legs, and, oh, anything! Two sheets of perspex with some old black and white photos or beautiful fabric in between, or a sheet of plywood painted up how we like, or an old wooden table-top, or just about anything we can think of, for the top! A little internet research reveals that this is very do-able, especially if one drills a bore through the stack of books for stability. (Book purists, forgive me, for I am about to sin.)

So now I'm restlessly waiting for A to wake up so I can get his take on it, and for the stores to open so I can go buy some beautiful old books!

The other thing that had me too excited to sleep (I know, I need to get out more) is that A and I have been struggling to agree on a fabric for our bedroom curtains. The stuff I like, while not Cath-Kidston-cutesy, is still a little feminine for his tastes. So, I suddenly thought, why not buy some heavy white burlap/hessian and fabric spray paint, have A cut some cool stencils (maybe along the lines of these wall sticker designs at Rockett St George) on the laser-cutter, spray paint the stencils onto the burlap, and voila! Non-feminine, quirky, pretty curtain fabric.

6a.m... now what to do for three hours until the shops open...?


Ash O'Brien said...

That sounds like incredible fun! I also love making my home beautiful. You've got some really cool ideas! If A approves make sure you post some pictures!!

Kat not Jas said...

^^^I agree! I really want to see how it turns out!

I can't wait 'til I have a place of my own to decorate...

Cinnamon Brown said...

My house mates and I derived endless pleasure from our hooka pipe! Just make sure that your table is level, the pipe unit tends to be a little top heavy. We burned huge holes in our carpet with the coals!I can't wait to sse your table, it sounds awesome. You're a very clever and creative person, Soph!

Hope you and A. are both feeling better. <3. XXX.