Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

In the studio on a Sunday


I’ve often said that H has the best ideas.  I think it might be the extra time he spends away from the family, clearly it focusses him on spending the time he does get in the very nicest way.  Sunday morning we came back from church without any fixed plans until later that afternoon.  The sun was shining but the wind was icy and funnelling down the hill in that way that blasts through all your woolly layers and goes digging for your bones so the playpark, wide open on top of the hill, was rather out of the question, and we’d done quite a lot of Duplo and Playdoh and noisy music the day before so we were at a bit of a loose end.

“How about the studio?” he said.

According to our estate agent our studio is a conservatory, popped onto the side of the house by the previous owners and used, or perhaps just marketed by them as a dining room.  It’s been H’s studio since we moved in, and when Elma’s imminent arrival turned our third bedroom back into a nursery, it’s been mine too.

It’s rather rammed to the gunwhales with paint and pins at the moment, and probably will be for quite a while longer.  It’s completely enthralling as far as our eldest daughter is concerned; she loves all the colours of H’s paint, she loves to pick through a pile of fabric and choose “this one for me?”, and I suspect there’s a certain appeal in hanging out with so many things that she’s not really supposed to touch.  There’s every sort of artist material under the sun, H’s books, the higher layers of my fabric stash, bits of felt, paper crafting supplies, and at the moment a turquoise feather floating around on the floor.  I would have found it Mecca as a child.  Well actually, I still do.

I don’t take the girls in there by myself, we do our art at the dinner table and I nip in and out for anything that we need, so Kitty was hopping up and down with excitement.  H wanted the table for his picture, so he took his canvas off the big easel and lowered it down as far as it could go; perfect Kitty height.


For an hour or so she painted every inch of her canvas in just about every colour she could find. H looked at his picture, picked up the paintbrush, put it down again to squeeze out a new colour for Kit, picked up the paintbrush, looked at his picture, contemplated adding a little paint, and then put it all down again in favour of mixing up more colours for the master at work.  I love that she turned her Daddy into her studio assistant in a matter of minutes.


And Elma and I squeezed in as well; Elma in her high chair, well supplied with teddies and books but mostly entertained by watching her sister and pulling on the ends of some ribbons that I’d tied to the laundry rack next to her, and me, I got to sew. Two sleeves on a little blouse for Elma.  It doesn’t sound like an awful lot but it wasn’t really about productivity so much as companionship.

We’ve all been a bit hither and thither recently so it felt like such a treat to just be there together, all happily occupied in our favourite things (well I’ll accept H may prefer actually painting, but he seemed pretty happy mixing up for Kitty).  We talked and Elma babbled, about whether there should be more purple, about how sweet Elma will look in her new outfit, about which one is silver and which one is gold, about the fireworks for the evening, and how wonderful Christmas will be.  Nothing of any great importance, but a moment to treasure for its very ordinariness, the tiny progress towards another finished sewing project, and a lovely colourful painting for Kitty to put on her wall.

mummy daddy me



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  • Anna-Marie 17/11/2013 at 12:57 pm

    I bet she was so excited to get in there! Looks like she had a blast.. Painting can be so messy so your lucky that you have a whole extra room where it can be done 🙂 Lovely photos xx

    • Carie 17/11/2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you – it is lovely having that bit of extra space!

  • Caroline 17/11/2013 at 1:05 pm

    Oh Carie this is lovely. I love it when you have those moments when it all comes together and everyone is happily engaged:)

    • Carie 17/11/2013 at 4:15 pm

      Few and far between but all the more special for it!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 17/11/2013 at 5:50 pm

    Ah it looks like such fun. I have always wanted a conservatory! x

    • Carie 17/11/2013 at 10:26 pm

      It does tend to become a bit of a dumping ground for all things adult but when we’ve got it all tidied out it’s brilliant – so much better than a dining room!

  • Katie 17/11/2013 at 8:22 pm

    Sounds perfect and it’s lovely when everyone is happy and plays ball. F has juts started to love crafty things and painting, i bet the girls love the studio! x

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 17/11/2013 at 10:11 pm

    This is so lovely Carie, and what a fantastic place to paint for you both, and for your girls. I bet they were so excited to be able to go in somewhere that they don’t usually go. I wonder if K and E will be as creative as you and your husband are. x

  • Jenny 18/11/2013 at 9:12 am

    Lovely to have extra space with kids. Bet she was excited.

    • Carie 20/11/2013 at 10:30 pm

      Bouncing off the ceiling excited!

  • Charlotte 18/11/2013 at 11:04 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day and your studio sounds like an amazing place! x x

    • Carie 20/11/2013 at 10:32 pm

      It was a bit of a draw when we bought the house, even set up as a dining room we could see the potential – and dining rooms are overrated!

  • hena tayeb 18/11/2013 at 4:52 pm

    sounds like the perfect way to spend a sunday

    • Carie 20/11/2013 at 10:34 pm

      It was lovely; simple, sweet and lovely!

  • TalesofaTwinMum 18/11/2013 at 10:17 pm

    You’ve got me dreaming of having a studio now! I’ve just bought my boys an easel but haven’t shown it to them yet. I can’t wait to let them loose with it now! A really lovely ordinary moment. x

    • Carie 20/11/2013 at 10:27 pm

      I love how much she enjoyed painting at the easel. We don’t have space for her to have her own right now, but I think H might start to have a little competition!

  • jenny paulin 19/11/2013 at 11:45 pm

    what a wonderful moment for you all to enjoy and to be remembered on your blog. It is really the little things which can mean so much. I love to see my boys pick uo a paint brush and create some ‘masterpiece’ of their own. The studio sounds like a happy place to be x

    • Carie 20/11/2013 at 10:25 pm

      Definitely one of our happy places in our home; tiny, crammed and wonderful!