The Chinese New Year that is. Farewell year of the snake. Hello year of the horse.
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
There were a couple of these knobbly homespun (I think) skeins of wool l acquired a while back at the local thrift store. Despite it being the wrong season for it (questionable as most knitters I know would attest to the fact that there is no such thing), I cast on for a shrug pattern located on ravelry. I hope I have enough wool for it...
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Pip has been reacting to a lot of lip products of late and it would appear that Carmex beeswax lip balm was the only thing that seemed to sit well with her. The price of it put me off buying it on a regular basis so I attempted to make some with just coconut oil and beeswax sourced on ebay. The first little jar done and remains to be seen if the user of it approves.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Monday, 20 January 2014
The drop down desk only got used for a month after it was updated with a homemade hutch for it. Subsequent homework has been done on her double bed hence the decision to build her a desk that rolled over her bed. Of course it would mean the sale of the existing desk on ebay and a bookshelf from the study as a result. I fitted doors scavenged off ebay to fit...they look nice after a lick of paint. A better use of space hopefully.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Small project off the to do list... a small body pillow for me...l have been using a regular size pillow as a body pillow/bolster and it's taking up too much space on our bed at night so a skinnier version was called for. An old A pillow that used to serve as a nursing pillow was just the ticket.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Those niggly projects that irk you whenever you see them from the corner of your eye whilst you're doing something else? The hose reel at the front of the house was one of those. Perched on the top of one fence post as a temporary fix until a day like today which was far too hot to work on Pip's overbed table when a more permanent abode eventuated after scrummaging through the scrap pile...now no longer an eyesore every time I pull up the driveway!
Friday, 17 January 2014
On other bigger projects which I can only work on in the cool of the morning, I spied a smallish project to tackle on the sewing machine...a denim shorts bag. I scrummaged through Pip's outgrown wardrobe and started...
Trimmed it with little daisies leftover from another project, lined with some leftover fabric...and voila...new bag.
Thursday, 16 January 2014
It's always irked me that the mobile over bed table that I had purchased for Ethan only ever served as another horizontal surface on which to place items and was never used for what it was intended for. So rather than force the issue I decided to work with it. But it meant making modifications as the width of the framed legs made it awkward to slide it into the space between the desk and new wall shelf. I found a little drawer front piece leftover from building his bed which was perfect. I still wanted the functionality of castors as it would make it easier for me to clean that corner under the shelf. I am pleased with the final result. Which leaves me with the old steel frame and castors for another project...
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
The charging station that I built for Ethan to corale all the electricals in his room didn't live up to reality. He never closes it and uses it rather like a shelf so I thought I'd oblige with one built so that the fan can reside on it as he is currently sitting it on his desk. And I took the opportunity to give his room a deep clean.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Saturday, 11 January 2014
This corner next to the back porch has undergone a few transformations. It does lend itself to being a potting corner work zone so it will be zoned as such for now. The garden clean up is under way although it is slow as it is summer and it isn't easy getting momentum going on major tasks in the heat. Slowly...finishing.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Monday, 6 January 2014
I've read on The Lettered Cottage about picking a word for the year to focus on. I think it'll work better for me than resolutions as I have a tendency to over achieve which leaves me despondent over what I didn't accomplish rather than what I did at the end of every year. So after much pondering, my word of the year is FINISHING. To focus on just the one task at hand and finishing rather than moving on to start a new one. Actually walking right across that bridge to the end rather than stopping midway and getting on another bridge.