Most definately letting the pictures do the talking today. While I was out gathering more supplies, a fantastic man arrived and painted our words on the top of the gallery. Still amazed at what a difference it makes.
James Skelton Smith arrived with paintings; they look even better sitting by our fireplace waiting to be hung.
Woke in the early hours of this morning in one of those moments of *AAagghh* realisation... I had ordered the wires and attachments for the hanging system, but not the hooks! Thankfully, they are now on their way. That would have been bad.
Important area today; the back corridor and loo. Poor Stu has been holed up all day painting, and we used the existing frame covering the water tank as an excuse to sneak a picture in.
We had such an upbeat day despite the continued grouting (now complete - hurray) as more work arrived. Stephen McLaren, plus family and Fabric Lenny all the way from Yorkshire; here admiring two of Stephen's pieces. We are feeling truly humbled and amazed by the enthusiasm and support of the artists and makers, without whom, lets face it, this would not be possible!
More lucky moments today; artists appearing at fortunate moments, discovering that the next-door print shop was the solution to a particular problem on my list...
And more art arrived today via the postman; stunning glass plates and bowls from Kim Bramley and paintings and cards from Lynn Bennett-MacKenzie in Gairloch. Most of the day was still spent continuing the decorating marathon, but we also created a handy post-it chart for all the niggly jobs that keep getting left behind. Looks scary, hopefully won't be!
And a mention too for the Brixton Pottery ceramics in which we will be serving our hot beverages. Team point to our friend Angela, who correctly identified the maker without prompting. Respect.
A quick overnight trip to the Team Valley in Gateshead for my Sage training course. I foolishly considered this as 'downtime' from the work at hand, only to return pretty exhausted from driving and concentrating on what is pretty crucial stuff for the running of the business. Glad to say that it was a hugely positive experience though; took a picture of this cheery tree as a metaphor for my state of mind at the end of a day's learning.
Stopped en route for a crucial item at Ikea; the fourth leg for a table. Edinburgh only had three!! Circumnavigated the Metro Centre and became horribly lost in what must be the biggest bit of Sweden not actually in Sweden. Pretty sure there must be a whole civilization living in that warehouse that no-one ever sees - they could stay hidden in there no problem. The lost tribes of Ikea....
I'm sure Stuart thought something along the lines of 'My Beloved went to Gateshead and all I got was this lousy table leg'. Ahhhh.. but I also come back armed with knowledge, surely the most useful purchase this week.
Long awaited application of paint to the outside of the gallery; we initially thought we could do this ourselves, along with everything else, but common sense prevailed in the end. It was a really good moment this evening as the sun poured over the newly clean exterior.
Finally little things are sneaking into the building site; also put up my new sign for the toilet, although it is a little cryptic.
Stu has done an amazing job in the back corridor, building a cladded panel topped with a shelf down the full length. Suddenly everything is coming together and I am starting to think I may even exceed my own expectations of what we can achieve..
Nope, this is not a revamp of the Bon Papillon interior. Took a trip down the coast following Stu's memory of a furniture/salvage yard and found it tucked away just past Cockenzie. Amazing amounts of crazy junk and plenty of useful things too; my favourite things were some awesomely heavy old chimney pots, but I resisted their purchase just now. Maybe later.....
And so to a sunny stroll on the beach at Longniddry. We were feeling the need for some fresh air and this did the trick; now we can push on tomorrow with renewed energy. Managed to start on some wee paintings for signage and read a couple of chapters of my accounts book, so I still feel virtuous.
The first paintings have arrived from Blythe Scott; so pleased to have her work in the show and delighted to find ourselves with four to play with. Now my mind has started working on locations for everything, so spent a while staring at walls visualising the first show.
Misty day in Edinburgh, as the rest of the country seem to be basking in a mini Bank Holiday heatwave. As we are at a natural lull in proceedings, we have allotted the weekend for shopping and having a little break from manual labour. My knees are feeling the strain of a few days of intermittant tiling and Stu has started on the last area to require a total overhaul; the back corridor and bathroom.
The cats are pleased to have some company over the weekend, not just knackered people appearing, eating and collapsing into bed. Since a supplier referred to our house as 'head office' they have been promoted to Secretaries. Rolling on receipts and sitting on files are their main duties so far, but I'm sure they will learn...
A parcel I had been waiting for arrives; what Stu calls my 'sparklies'.
Needing something for the arch between the two rooms, my mind wandered to the Far East and the omnipresent fairy lights; on houses, temples, garages, restaurants and trees. Not keen on nailing upside down, but it made a change from tiling.
Now we can pause for thought on the new sofa in the back gallery and gaze up past the sparklies to the bare walls and start to turn our thoughts to the paintings that will be arriving over the coming week. The rooms are looking like a blank canvas awaiting decoration.
Title referring to both the weather this lovely morning and our mental state; as things gradually fall into place we are starting to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. I seem to have less tasks hovering in my peripheral vision clamouring for attention, which helps to focus on the ones at hand. Purchased a sofa from Sofa so Good across the street (keep it local!) but my small stature meant that we couldn't make the journey across the road, so only the accompanying footstool made it over today.
I keep forgetting to take photos of our visitors! Senja Bownes popped by to discuss paintings, fresh from a trip to Vancouver - we look forward to next week when the pictures start to arrive.
This may be a small tiling job, but a labour of love for me. For some reason I have always been obsessed with brick-style kitchen tiles; reminds me of French restaurants we have visited over the years among other things. Aside from a bit of a wonky wall, we are getting there.
Amazing what you see when you pop out to order some paint... there were some other amazing beasts too, all heading into the Royal Circus in the sun.
An astoundingly pleasant day brought the visitors out in force, plenty stopping to read the poster or pop in to say hello.
Found ourselves a great sofa for the back gallery area, although by the end of the month I think we might be monopolising it... just a wee snooze...
The plethora of bank holidays have stuck a wee sneaky spanner in our works as some naughty companies are taking some days off, putting us back a few days. Somehow I am very calm and almost grateful for this; a few days of extra time to iron out any snags that might pop up.. and get those lovely paintings hung.
Oh, and the fireplace looks great.
Ingrid, and Stu sometimes