I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV; however, I did catch DIY SOS last night whilst eating my dinner on the sofa. Firstly, I have to admit it did make me cry. This week was about a family with 3 girls, the father has terminal lymphoma and they were living in a derelict house that was falling down around them. The health visitor, bless her dedication, put them forward to DIY SOS and the generosity of the community astounded me. At one point they had over a 100 volunteers working on the house. I was also blown away by the maturity of the oldest daughter.
However, this isn’t what’s excited me. As they were struggling financially, the parents had to come up with creative ways to entertain the girls, ranging in age from about 3-10 years old, that didn’t cost a lot. This is when they introduced the idea of over-painting. So much more fun than paint by numbers!
When I first saw it I thought, wow, what a brilliant idea, truly genius and wanted to share with you. Basically, they go to charity shops and buy old prints for a couple of quid. The girls then set about identifying areas on the old prints that could use jazzing up with a bit of colour and then proceed to paint directly on the prints. It may not sound that impressive but the results are amazing! I love the idea and am going to try it out myself!
What do you think??
If you fancy watching this particular episode you can find it here on BBC iPlayer. The overpainting is about 35 minutes in.
My father was a very hard working man. He was a heavy duty welder who worked in the mines and on the oil rigs. However, when it came to doing stuff around the house he would always say ‘I’ll do it when I get around to it’. Guess it was kind of like a busman’s holiday.
So, one day, my Stepmonster, which is what I affectionately call her (do note the sarcasm) presented him with a circular piece of fabric with the TUIT embroidered on the front. However much I dislike the woman, it was funny, and from that day forward it was on display on the wall near the sink so he could never again say ‘when I get around to it’ as he now had one.
Not in a twisted sort of way but my hubby does remind me of my own father sometimes. We have a huge list of things that need doing.
May I present my case:
These are the chimney pots that were purchased when I was pregnant with Madame and as you can see they are still not in place and she is 3 and a half!
I put these paint testers on the kitchen wall two and a half years ago and the kitchen is still not painted. I’ve actually gone off the colours now!
And lastly, but more recent we had our windows replaced a few months ago, which was a disaster in itself. You can read the whole post here. We ended up with ply chipboard instead of window blinds for a week; we lived like mushrooms with no light. Unfortunately, the builder hasn’t come back to do the finishing off work so we still haven’t put the last wooden blind back up and the other one is only hung temporarily. It would be really nice to watch TV without the neighbours being able to peer in.
I could go on and on but no point really. I should just get on and do it myself or hire someone to do it for me! Alternatively, I could take up needle point and make him a round TUIT!