Brunnel & the girls were away for a few days last week.
Aside from the joy of eating scrambled eggs every night & the chance to watch something frothy on my laptop while in bed, it's also the perfect opportunity to 'change up' the house.
I know how much Brunnel looks forward to finding something new at home (not) and I'd hate to disappoint.
Plus this latest change is really only a swift shuffle of chairs and a little electrical wire hand-writing.
First up, buying the wire.
Have you ever visited an electrical wholesaler? I mean the sort of place where your electrician replenishes his tool kit, not a lovely lighting showroom.
Not somewhere I go every day either.
For some reason it was immediately obvious that I was not an electrician.
Perhaps my Orla Kiely handbag & Zambesi dress gave it away, or maybe I was just looking completely lost.
Most likely it was my inane questions.
The sales lady was very patient with me.
Once I had assured her that I wasn't about to watch a YouTube video and attempt to wire my house, and that I didn't think it mattered whether the wire was whatever gauge, or fire-rated, or would carry however many volts (or was that amps?) so long as it was flexible and would stay in place once bent into shape, it would work for me.
She took me out into the warehouse and showed me every cable and wire they had.
She tried not to laugh when I asked if it came in other colours, and without writing on it, and even I thought twice about asking for fluoro pink.
And of course her big sale of the day involved a mere ten metres of wire, not an entire 200 metre coil, so my available options shrunk somewhat at this stage.
Black was always going to be fine anyway!
No doubt giving her a good story to tell at morning tea, I left a happy customer with my whole $20 purchase.
Just in case you're also thinking 'how lovely' and want to try a little cursive wire-writing yourself, here are a few things to note -
- My simple little phrase spans about 90cm on the wall, and used 10 metres of wire.
- Firstly, unwind your wire completely and then fold it in half to get a double strand.
- From the halfway mark start twisting the two strands together. It is at this stage that you will really start getting into a twist! Have patience and keep going until you reach the end and have a neatly twisted length of wire. Of course it does not help when your dog drops his bone neatly into the midst of your knotting, twisting in all the wrong places, wire, and then proceeds to growl every time you attempt to move both he and bone elsewhere.
- Write your curvy word on paper first, as you need to work out how to both write the letters and link them together with your wire without too many double-backs.
- Start your wire-writing, twisting to get the letters to stay in shape.
- I covered some drawing pins with black washi tape so that I could pin my words to the wall without the pins showing.
- Pin between the twists.
- How lovely.
The family's verdict?
The girls love it. They are very biased when it comes to their mother's doings around the house.
Brunnel noticed it a little sooner than he usually would be expected to, but couldn't decipher what it said. He could read the 'how' but not the 'lovely' and his face read 'what the????'
However, even though his expression totally gave away what he was really thinking, to his credit, he also said 'how lovely'(!!)
Of course, not only can you get poetic or artful with your phrase, but kids names written in wire on their bedroom walls looks lovely too.
(I had to crop out the unbelievable not so lovely mess elsewhere!)
Amanda xxPin It