We’re moving house this week! That means a lot of boxes, a lot of furniture shuffling, a lot of cleaning and not much drawing!

moving house

I think we’re just about ready though and in a state of organised chaos for one more day until we get the keys on Tuesday.

It’s very exciting moving into the first home we’ve ever owned together (besides a tent several years ago…). There are a lot of decisions to make – very important ones of course…

Shall we do the decorating immediately or wait until we’ve been there a while to get a feel for what we’d like? Where should we put the fish tank – in the kitchen or in the lounge? Should the little spare room be the study or the big one? Where can my enormous art desk go (sore subject…I want it in the lounge!)? Where can Sam’s DJ decks live? How many boxes do we think can fit in the car? Is the oven in the rented house clean enough (I should hope so after two hours scrubbing!)?

I’m hoping most of the answers will become clear over the next few days!

52 Faces

I’ve just squeezed in an hour to draw a miniature portrait of Colin Firth, in between oven cleaning, hanging washing out, dismantling a table and wondering what to have for tea!

pencil portrait of colin firth

It wasn’t until the very end of this drawing that it started to look like him and I’m still not sure he looks quite right! The background of the reference photo was very dark and his hair blended in so it was hard to see where it ended.

miniature portrait of colin firth

For the first time in a couple of years, there may not be a blog post from me next week! The internet man is coming on 21st to connect us up, so I probably won’t be able to upload one before then.

See you on the other side!!

I’m sharing this post on the following blogs: Handmade Harbour and Blue Chair Diary Illustrations!


We moved from a large 3 bedroom house to a small 2 bedroom apr. when we retired. I know what you mean about boxes……we had to downsize so much. I really don’t have a studio here..but paint on the balcony or in the kitchen. You do what you have to do. I hope you find room for everything you want to keep.

The portrait is really awesome.

Good luck for Tuesday. Exciting times.
I’d say don;t do decorating for a bit, settle in, move your stuff around a bit then once you are sure how you are going to live in the space start planning some changes (with pinterest’s help maybe?) I’ve had to repaint a whole room once before, a long time ago thankfully, as we didn’t let it marinate and rushed our decorating. Unless you love decorating SO much you don;t mind doing it twice of course!
And your desk should go wherever the light is best – that’s a no brainer surely!

Good luck with your house move! I saw the thumbnail of your drawing on the Handmade monday site and immediately thought “yay, she’s drawn Mr Darcy!” So well done!

Lots and LOTS of boxes! oy! I don’t envy you! Hee Looks like we’ll be doing this in about 8-9 months! :O

Love your Colin Firth. I love him. He’s one amazing actor. Happy SS! 🙂

Good luck with your house move, not done that now for over 25 years and dread if we have to move from this house as so much ‘stuff’.

I saw Mr Darcy too when I looked at the pic, such a good likeness

Good luck with the move, its exciting to own your first home together (which is what we did last year) I particularly loved the fact that I no longer needed to leave everything Magnolia!

Good luck with the move, make sure you have the kettle, tea, coffee biccy’s etc in a safe place but not so safe that you can’t find it. 🙂 Move in, collapse with exhaustion, have a glass of wine (or whatever takes your fancy) and make a toast to your new home. 🙂

What do you meeeeeean?! It’s perfect! Your talent never fails to astound. 🙂

Good luck with the move – I agree with Jan, keep the kettle and teabags handy – but don’t do what I did last move and pack all the mugs at the bottom of your boxes! It just makes it more frustrating to have your tea to hand! xxx

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