For those among you who are under the illusion that I am some sort of Domestic Goddess... please look away now as I am about to show some distressing images.
I am often asked if I have more hours in the day than anyone else. People comment on how much I seem to get done.... but I am about to reveal my secret...
I never put anything away, I hardly ever do housework... I am slovenly beyond belief. This is my studio a month ago and even I can't believe what a mess it is.
It was time for drastic action.
It would not do to shove things in bags and stuff them in cupboards... this time I needed to go through every box, bag and drawer. There needed to be a serious cull!
I collect and save the most ridiculous amount of useless junk. There were these endless cross stitch kits collected from magazines from years ago. If I didn't make them then when I actually did cross stitch there's not much chance I'll do them now... they all went!
Along with the pot of googly eyes. I don't even know why I would even have multi coloured googly eyes but they must date back to when I did a lot of workshops with children...
As did this large booklet of fruit prints...
I was about to throw them out when I turned the page and found each page of prints had a letter on the reverse.
And I weakened and put them back in the cupboard.
But there have been six bags of fabric to the charity shop, a huge sack to the dump, several bags of rubbish and I've filled our recycling bin with paper and old magazines. I've even thrown out Johnny Depp...
Every year at Open Studios at least one visitor would tell me my calendar was on the wrong month and I'd have to point out that actually it was the wrong year but I just rather liked the photo...
But I thought after seven years it was probably time he went.
And this is my studio this afternoon!
It is so clean and tidy I keep having to go in and look round!
There is still too much in there and I probably needed to be more ruthless but at least I can actually work in there without it being a health hazard!
And I have vowed to unpack my bags after teaching workshops, put things away when I've finished with them... and learn to say no when people say " I've got this bag of fabric I'm throwing out... would you like it?"
You've heard me say it!