By the time you read this, of course, the tension will have stopped mounting because the thing I am waiting for will have happened – Ben will be here. He and his mum and dad are coming to stay for a few days and I am getting ridiculously excited. My daughter, his mum, is very like me in some ways, poor girl, and one of those ways is her need to organise everyone, me included. They arrive on Saturday and she already has plans for virtually every hour they are here.
This includes a birthday party for Ben. His birthday is 27th December, but, as it is so near to Christmas he risks losing out by getting to celebrate just once, so, like the Queen, he has an official birthday mid year. The date she has chosen this year is the Sunday they are at our house. She’s not daft is she? We’ve invited family round and we’re praying for good weather so they can play out on the garden, preferably in the paddling pool and tents etc. Food will be buffet style to make things easier ( so they say.) and she has already ordered a cake from a local shop.
Monday we are going to the cinema to see Inside Out and Tuesday we are all going to the seaside. Wednesday we will spend close to home, unless she thinks of something else and Thursday they go home to Wales. Friday the loved one and I will check in to a home for the terminally exhausted…
I am unlikely, therefore, to get much drawing done, once they have arrived. I’ve bought the decorations for pirate buns for Ben and me to make together and I saw a site with instructions for making glitter stars and ornaments which I think we will do on Saturday afternoon.
So now, right now, I am drawing. Firstly, a couple of pieces downloaded from the Joanne Fink blog which are really good fun. One can be seen at the top of the page and this is the second one. I’m going to do a fair amount of patterning and then add colour but I already suspect it should be the other way round – do the colour and then add patterns but hey ho, too late now, as I’ve started this one. PAUSE -And, as I took a break for some tangling, here is the finished version, full colour, patterns, metallic pens, everything.
I’m also still working on Christmas cards and trees seem to be the easiest motif for tangling, although baubles are also on the list. In fact, I had a trawl through my box of dies and found a set of bauble shaped ones, so I think that’s the next step.
Well, like the film says “They’re here…”
Ben and I decorated the party buns, except he lost interest after three minutes and spent his time jumping on Grandad instead. He does love his Grandad. We watched TV together after our evening meal, took him to bed, read him a story called “Seventeen Kings and Forty two elephants” and then spent an hour and a half putting him back in bed because he was soooooo excited to be here.
So when he climbed into bed with Grandad at five the following morning, his popularity started to wane. So anyway… The loved one and I took him out to a local toy shop to choose his five and a half-th birthday present, while his mum did most of the work preparing food for the afternoon.
The sun shone. Oh yes, it does just now and then. Fabulous. Everyone out on the garden for a huge picnic; the kids in the paddling pool and, therefore, water thrown in all directions and everyone a bit drippy by the end of the afternoon. By six o’clock all the adults were ready for bed and Ben was still zooming round like an cider crazed bee. His favourite honorary auntie arrived then and he calmed down enough to tell her all about it and chase her with his new remote control tarantula. (Guess who bought him THAT!) Anyway, he then went to bed with very little trouble and didn’t get up until half past six this morning. Apparently that’s good.
So this morning his daddy and mummy have gone out for a tattoo. Other people go for a walk in the park or coffee and cake but not these two. She now has a Russian doll on her arm and he has a set of zombies. I, on the other hand, spent the morning building a Tardis that his uncle Andrew gave Ben for his birthday, while the loved one fitted Daleks, Cybermen, Oods and Davros with batteries. Our house now echoes with “Exterminate, exterminate…”, “You will be sent for up grade…” and “Welcome. You are unauthorized. Your death will now be implemented. You will experience a tingling sensation and then death. Remain calm while your life is extracted.”. He loves it.
Now listen. Silence. Rachel, Kris and Ben have just gone out for a walk to the children’s playground in the village. The house is ours again, if only for a while. Shall I tidy up? Shall I put away the toys? Not bloody likely. I’m going to tangle, because today is Diva Day and the guest Challenger is Sandy Hunter, who asks us to respect the white space. I can do that. But it will have to be quick, before chaos makes its welcome return. Do you remember those old war films? “I don’t like it, it’s too quiet…”?
And I suppose this one that I did yesterday in a brief oasis of calm almost fits the bill. But just in case it’s not quite the right idea, there is another one destined for Christmas cards, where I did the patterns around the Christmas symbol. I’ll add glitter but not, I think, colour. So, before the onslaught recommences, my answer to this week’s Challenge is …
Well, world, I thought I’d finished but I just remembered something. Firstly, a thank you to the people who comment on my blog. Like everyone else, I love to know what you think, so please don’t stop. I’ll look at all your challenges too, I promise.