Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The ever improving compost zone

Had these conduit lying about - used to hold netting over the veggie patch... was thinking of freecycling them until I decided to do this... add more height to the compost area and probably drape some rope over it to encourage the passionfruit over it... I hope I haven't killed it in my drastic pruning attempts...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Framing the view


This window frame has been languishing by the side of the house - it's lost the glass portion which meant it was quite light.  I attached it to some hooks and hung it on the back veranda...Frank and Ethan were none too impressed... they can't see the sense of it all...why would you do such a thing (asks the men)... because it's pretty (says the woman).

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Re-building the passionfruit trellis

As mentioned here - the existing passionfruit trellis devoid of the chicken housing has taken on a scary lean on it and with every storm or gale that comes through Sydney I pray with bated breath that it will hold firm whilst all the passionfruit are still resolutely clinging onto the vine... well I decided that today was the day it would go... despite lots of passionfruit still being on the vine - I wasn't risking the structure collapsing in the wind...
So I harvested all the remaining passionfruit knowing full well that a lot of them will not be edible but some will be...

Took the whole structure down after cutting the vine right back...and debated what I should do to replace the structure with...

And this was the result... with all the existing galvanized fence panels lying around - I took the opportunity to tidy up the wood pile as well... planted out the side with Dietes from another part of the garden...

Moved the compost bin here - it was hidden next to the shed before...

The view back to the shed... the veggie garden is in dire need of a spruce up - I mean to use the treated pine sleepers to build a deck around the clothesline which is on sloping ground...

Added more bits and pieces - terracotta pots on the posts, a bouquet of artificial flowers stuck onto the fence.

Moved the large drum that I had bought a while back on ebay - it was originally meant to store water but it used to contain pickled onions and it still smells like it.  I have visions of it becoming a compost tumbler in time...using the wooden ladder leaning against the back of the structure as a frame...I'm finding it hard to turn the compost in the existing bin...it will be easier with the tumbler...

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The creative corner

It's coming together.  When all the bits and pieces are everywhere around the house, trying to sort it so that it's all in one place isn't easy... I think it needs a pin board of sorts to spark interesting projects...

A thrifted corner - a spice rack holding my threads and a box holding other little bits and pieces in small jars.  Attached to the cupboard which holds all my fabric material - which needs to be sorted still...

A closer look...

This old lamp was a leftover extra from Pip's room re-do... I took the lavender cover off to reveal the inner lining intending to use it as a pattern to sew a new cover but realized that I quite like the 'naked' bodice look of the lamp.  Might trim the edges or leave it as is...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The outside porch area...

The old cockatoo cage cut up and painted white

Doors on the dryer cabinet...

The little buffet corner

Winter cheer from Zygocactus - thanks for Frank's mum...

Projects left to do... Parts of Ethan's bed... on the to-do list... amongst all the other things... Kids back at school today... so hopefully it means I have more time to get cracking...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Nearly there...I think...

The lounges switched around...

My new sewing/crafting corner complete with Pip's old desk repainted...

Blue chair from Ethan's room moved downstairs...

Now to move all the crafting/sewing paraphernalia scattered all through the house to this area...

Thursday, 11 July 2013

More projects to tick off the list...

The bench (which was originally supposed to be Pip's new double bed) now moved and the area redecorated...

The half finished dryer cabinet...the top lifts off like a lid so that when the dryer is being used, the hot air can escape...

The buffet now without the overbearing dryer on top of it...

Pip's old desk given a coat of chic black paint...ready to be repurposed as my sewing/crafting table...

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Pip's room re-do

Pretty much 1 year from the last room re-do, we've accomplished a new one with the double bed...a new mattress and new paint was pretty much the only things 'new' in this room (I painted over the lilac wall and did the rest of the room as well).  The rest are all from her existing room, other parts of the house, ebay purchases and Salvos store buys.  It's near complete now I think... hopefully it lasts longer than the last re-do...

As you walk into the room... her old desk had to be moved out - there was no room to put it anywhere.  It's going downstairs and becoming my new sewing/crafting table (yay me!)

The desk from downstairs - I had to add a hutch to it - built from wood I had lying around and a pair of doors I picked up at council pick up.  Needs a few more shelves in it but it'll do for now...

The bookshelf in the corner - needs doors - but that's for another day...

And the reason for the makeover... the new piece de resistance - now complete with the new mattress... the single quilt I made her is now at the foot of the bed folded lengthwise - mission accomplished :)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Tilly and her new spot

On the dining room table which has the tray that cordons off the paraphernalia required for dining.  Such good company she is.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Fixing the desk

The original desk stay was a chain that would often get caught as you close it.

Changed to a stay.  This will be moved up to Pip's room when it gets redone... which is happening as we speak... the things we do over the holidays...

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A home for the dryer

The dryer was moved a while back out into the back veranda - our laundry is tiny and having the humid air blow inside wasn't ideal (we didn't duct it outdoors) - anyway the only time we ever use it is on those wet and rainy days when the washing doesn't dry naturally.  I made a cover with an old vinyl table cloth but am finding it difficult to manoeuvre on and off.

The beginnings of a more permanent cabinet with a lid that opens up when the dryer is in use and closes when it's not - and front doors to put it in.  Utilising what's lying around and my wood pile which is shrinking by the day - hallelujah!