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New Look Magnolia Square

It’s the final week of preparations for Magnolia Square and things at Chez Crayon can be described in one word: pandemonium!

  • The tool box is out and there’s been lots of drilling, hammering and coping saw action. What ever happened to the soft and fluffy pursuits of my childhood crafts? When did the sewing table morph into a shed? The only thing missing is a ute and a pile of broken toys and it would be mistaken for my Dad’s shed in a heartbeat!
  • I’m drinking hundreds of cups of tea a day.
  • Every benchtop, tabletop, sofa, coffee table, and chair has become an instant mobile workstation.
  • I’m nervous my printer will stop working and demand I replace an ink cartridge any minute now. I don’t have any spare ink cartridges.
  • My fingers are blistered, calloused, raw, chapped, stained and dyed. They hurt. And that’s just from crocheting!
  • There’s a trail of threads and bits of paper leading from the workroom to the kettle that will take a week of vacuuming to get it all.
  • I get excited when it’s midnight because it’s “only midnight” and I’m good for at least another couple of hours before I feel guilty about disturbing the snoring house.


Now if she could just pop over to my place when she’s done that would be great! Gorgeous picture found on Flickr by autumn sensation.


“I’m not here all day – I have to go and do part-time housework”
Cartoon in a British magazine June 1943
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July 29, 2010 - 12:09 am

74 Lime Lane - good luck, secretly it sounds like some creative fun!
i love the part-time housework cartoon, I concur

July 28, 2010 - 10:36 pm

CurlyPops - Wow, I don’t know how on earth you manage such a huge market! Good luck with the final preparations… hope you manage to fit in some sleep there somewhere too.

July 28, 2010 - 9:52 pm

one little acorn - Sounds crazy Michelle.
Not quite sure how you do it. Please don’t tell me you have a full time job too – I will be totally ashamed at my lack of productivity if you do!
Good luck with the market – won’t see you there this time, but I’m sure we’ll bump into each other soon!

July 28, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Mookah - Oh gee, why does that all sound familiar? A coping saw? Not many chicks would know what one of those is…..only us daughters of crafty tool shed mania men! See you next week.

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