Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A skirt for the entertainment unit

Remember this little entertainment unit that was moved into our bedroom?

I made a curtain/skirt to hide the DVD player

With frills of course!  All from my fabric stash naturally.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Little changes around the home

A new (old) floral display on Old Nellie

Learning how to play the "Feather Song" from Forrest Gump


A new (the bottom of Frank's old t-shirt) cover for the TV in our bedroom - the DVD player section needs a little curtain to hide it too.

Tidied up pinboard - new 'Outgoing' section for school notes etc (thrifted spice rack painted black).

Tidied up school/extra-curricular activities pinboard
A little change is so refreshing!

Friday, 20 July 2012

A little picture shelf unit

Pip's away in Canberra with her school... so I thought I'd surprise her with a little picture shelf unit for her room...
Made from scrap bits of wood following these instructions

Added little saying that is fitting for the budding dancer that she is...

Thursday, 19 July 2012

A repurposed hurricane lamp

An old milk glass ceiling light fixture - I couldn't bear to throw it out... so I lopped off the sharp pointy bit - painted the brassy bits black.  Turned it upside down...

Repurposed an old paint can handle to fit the top.  Found another old ceiling batten light fitting lying around.  Painted that black and... fitted a candle on...

Screwed bottom back on after lighting the candle...voila... soft lighting... hurricane lamp.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A little housekeeping

Outdoors...

See the arbour?  It used to be the bit that sat on top of the veggie bed (as part of the chicken tractor experiment - see below)



It got a bit annoying because of the cross braces on the ground. Getting the mower (which resides in the shed) over them necessitated clever manoeuvring.  It wasn't secured to the ground in any way so it would topple over on windy days.  Plus the gate was just hooked over a garden stake which made it clumsy to get in and out... So with the holidays over and the kids back at school, I took it upon myself to rectify the situation.

Zip lock 'chains' to hook the door closed.

Gate now swings easily and cross braces on the ground removed (which meant I needed to dig the posts in)

Gate closed.  The overturned Sulo bin used to be the compost bin - it has since collapsed and I need to build another one - may make it real fancy and build a compost tumbler!

Put another coat of white paint on it for good measure.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

A garden bed

Can you see it?

Closer up...

Quite literally a garden bed...

Friday, 13 July 2012

A new pullover for Pip

Finished Pullover from thrifted balls of wool from this pattern

Edged in white as requested by Pip - using this pattern minus the optional 4th row.

Pretty edging close up.  Pip has yet to try it so it's a surprise!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

On these chilly days...

I wish...

I had...

My own personal nose warmer as well!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Beef Jerky - the homemade variety

The incubator - light source with little computer fan to generate airflow

Beef jerky - I sprinkled some pre-made BBQ beef marinade on it - it turned out too salty...
The men in our household like their meat... particularly in the dry form.  After buying it from the supermarket and forking out a fortune for a few measly pieces, I wondered how hard it'd be... so I did some research and discovered that a dehydrator was very similar in function as an incubator.  I took out the homemade incubator (made from a styrofoam box) that we used in the past  to hatch fertilised chicken and quail eggs, booted it up, set up the thermostat and left the lid off a smidgen to allow the moist air to escape... after 12 hours... we had beef jerky... albeit a bit too salty but the texture was right... methinks we may start to dehydrate a lot more things... fruit comes to mind...

The same incubator used to hatch quail years ago.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Finally...liquid soap

After months of dithering, crunch time came when our store bought liquid soap in the squirt dispensers started to run dry... so I took a deep breath and attempted to make a batch following these instructions

After leaving it overnight to thicken...

Decanting into a salvaged apple juice bottle

And another pump pack container that used to contain shower gel

Labelled just in case there was any doubt
Verdict : it feels like liquid soap but without the bubbles.  It cleans just as well though.  I wonder if it will work as well as shampoo?  I'll be using this in our soap dispensers in the toilets and in the shower as 'soap'.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I may just try a batch of cold pressed soap (as suggested by Rhonda from Down to Earth next.