My New StudioBox

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Meet my newest piece of furniture! From The Original Scrapbox Company, this lovely, spacious and fabulous cupboard is made specifically for the crafter in the family – in this case, ME! Although this unique system can be tailored to suit specific hobbies mine is tailored to my love of many things including paper, sewing and bookbinding. As you can see there are still blank spaces within my cupboard which I was quite surprised by as I thought I had more ‘bits’ but I guess I’m not as squirrely as I previously thought. All this was hiding inside my writing desk so now I have a space for arts and crafts and a space for writing.

My summer project this year is to re-paint my writing desk; it’s going to be quite a task but I’ve decided to use spray paint for the job rather than hand painting everything. I recently re-painted my daughter’s small roll top writing desk  and I gotta say we were all very happy with the result. She decided on white exterior and silver interior, a step away from the usual pink.  I was able to have it repainted in a day and back in her room for her to fill again with all her Shopkins paraphernalia!

Painted Writing desk

Here is what I’m going for although mine would have a light blue interior, possibly wallpapered backing in cabinet. This picture comes from the HGTV magazine and it’s where I got the idea originally after seeing an article that was a furniture ‘rags to riches’ story. I have this exact desk and after ensuring my piece of furniture was not an antique I committed to commitment and even my husband is on board for this – something I wouldn’t have thought he would have an interest in but he’s actually quite enthusiastic about it! I’ve seen many versions of this desk painted a variety of ways and as I am not of the french country cottage variety I felt being simple and clean would work better within my living room. The pop of color is defiantly a fresh look and a good way to showcase a little thought outside the box! The only thing stopping me from doing this is if the cabinet that sits on top of the desk has been glued into place as well as screwed in…only time will tell!

We have so many dark IKEA bookcases I am also chomping at the bit to repaint those as well but hubby has flat refused to let me try. Why? He thinks it’s not worth spending money on something so cheap in the first place. Although I see his point I also want to make our furniture look fresher and less tired! Just a quick coat of paint, nothing crazy, but enough to brighten up our living room and change the appearance of something we have been looking at for nearly a decade. I am hoping the new writing desk will help sway him into letting me do it but for now I will stick to the main project and once it’s done I will update you on the result.

 

The Witcher Watcher

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Hello! I’m back – I apologize for being away but I’ll be honest, I let time get away from me! Looking at the calendar I almost fell off my chair when I saw it would be June next week. So I will try to write more often. I will start by telling you about my new found appreciation for video games!

About a year ago I wrote a post about watching my husband play his new video game, The Witcher 3, while I was the ‘Witcher Watcher’. Unfortunately for him, he had not chosen the correct path and ended up with the most depressing and sad ending possible! I couldn’t bear it and it bothered me so much I made the decision to play the game myself so we could have a happier ending. Well fast forward a year and I have played the The Witcher 3, TWICE! I have never been any good at doing these sort of games and I set out to truly fail…but I didn’t! To my utter surprise I gained a pretty good handle on the controls of the PS4 and was soon casting Axi while battling Ghouls, Nilfgardians and The Wild Hunt until I got the ending I wanted. I loved the game so much I played it again, only a level up. I have probably put well over 300+ hours into the game and it’s expansions, the last of which is due out next week.

I have read all the available translated books and have come to love the character of Geralt, the main character of the series. He doesn’t fit the usual mold of a hero; he makes mistakes, gets huffy and can be a plain bore sometimes but his heart is defiantly in the right place, especially when it comes to his daughter Ciri. You can’t help but forgive him when he gets caught up in a troubling situation that has usually been instigated by his trusty poet friend, Dandelion.

After finishing the game the first time I honestly felt gutted it was all over! The game has been beautifully made, the scenery is unbelievable and the story line, characters, plots and game play are enough to make you just stop for a minute a truly appreciate all the work that went into making such an award winning game. Although there is much excitement for the last expansion it is mixed with sadness as we all know, this is it. This is the last we will have of Geralt and all the wonders that have been encountered on the long trail. The creators of the game, CD Projekt Red have said this is the last game of the series, there will be no more Witcher but die-hard fans (myself included) are keeping our fingers firmly crossed there may be a new story, possibly Ciri’s story. But if that were the case we have a long wait ahead of us; the first Witcher game came out 12 years ago! The company has been working on a game called Cyberpunk 2077 and as the trailer came out a few years ago  any hope of seeing Novigrad again is a distant hope.

For now I will look forward to having my ass handed to me by a rather nasty Vampire, apparently. Ekimmaras, Katakans, Gaels..it could be a long slog but you know what…that’s fine with me! After putting the kids to bed and cleaning the house, it’s a great way to wind down and get lost in another world…

Are there any other Witcher fans out there? Are you as excited about the newest expansion as I am?