Wednesday, 27 February 2008
I utterly detest the curtain I made, and nothing else that I had planned has come to fruition yet. Yet? LOL! I hope to one day soon make some of the marvellous ideas I had, but it just hasn't happened. What a month!
I still want a curtain, but I want one which splits in the middle and is not see-through. I'm thinking I'll keep an eye out for some lovely limes and oranges in the fabric hunting through op shops. One day...
Also, I have the funnest (is that a word?) ideas for some cushion covers and throws for the couch, based largely on my small collection of Golden Hands and Busy Needles magazines.
And I really do need to get some more photos up on the walls. I have the photos, I have the frames, it's just a matter of getting around to it. Which won't be happening this month.
So sad. But what's on next month's agenda?
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Friday, 15 February 2008
Lots of the buttons are kinda old. I am really digging the domed, shiny green buttons (can you see them?) and I think they're from the 70s. Actually most of the buttons look like they're from the 60s and 70s. So I did some research (aka "googling") LOL!
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Note that every surface - floor, desk, sewing table, light table - is covered in 'stuff' including things which should be thrown out or given away, Elliot's toys, and things which should have a home.
I had no room to move, no room to be creative or think within this room. The study is my equivilent of Andrew's shed - my place to create. In here I (theoretically) scrap, sew, paint, draw, and do bookbinding, as well as taking care of our finances and the myriad tasks which require the computer. I say 'theoretically, because you can see that there was simply no place for any creative or utilitarian activity in this room.
Now, to the 'after' shots...
My light table is clear and awaiting some exciting project to be created. The sewing table (right) actually has the sewing machine on it, and you can walk around without having to look at what you're stepping on. I can actually close the cupboard now! That's because it looks like this...
Everthing has a home, and almost everything is labelled. From old uni work to wrapping paper (rolls are in the suitbag - cool idea, huh?) to a tub full of yarn and suitcases for different types of fabric, they know where they belong.
And the other view is just as good with a clear desk with room to move and space to work. The filing drawers hide all manner of evil, but that will have to wait until another month. LOL!
50% off? Well, I think anyone can see that I had to get rid of a lot of 'stuff' to change the look of the room this much. My old uni work was culled from a suitcase and a big tub to just one small tub (about 80% off), which left those 2 containers for fabric and yarn. No yarn was culled but about 30% of my fabric went. 100% of the rubbish and junk went, 2 or 3 boxes of stuff went to the op shop, and almost all my Scouting stuff went to Andrew or the Troop.
I just want to end by saying that I'm glad I didn't have a magic wand to fix this problem. I remember my parents tearing out their hair asking me constantly to pick up after myself. I'm not sure why I never learnt to do that. But this Challenge has made me feel really good about putting my stuff away after I use it. I feel as though I have really achieved some personal growth by doing this, as I can see it affecting the rest of the house and the way I think about myself.
Thanks for sharing this mini-journey with me. I can't wait to see the creativity conceived and born in this room.
ETA: This is my now-clear light table. Hooray!
Friday, 8 February 2008
My February Mini-Challenge is to attempt some home decorating. We simply never feel at home here in our 70's wog brick veneer home with mission-brown skirting and orange bottle-glass features. It doesn't help that we keep talking about moving back home to Shep or elsewhere. I want to feel like this is home. I hate that we have been here 6 years next week and it feels stark and empty and cold.
So, within the confines of the Challenge, I will be attempting to make our house a home with some creativity, some warm fabrics, and a sense of humour. Wish me luck.
BTW, like my new header and template? Making this blog a bit more homely too.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
It should be extra fun with people like us who will have to put more thought and effort into gift-giving this year. Come on, play along!
Here we have The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It has all the right pieces except I just realised I'm missing a string of sausages. I don't recall making sausages. Hmmmm?
I can't find a copy of this book in the house, despite the fact that we have 4 copies - one softcover, one hardcover, one german, one spanish. I'll have to look under the house, but they can't all be there can they?
One of the pears; the watermelon; and the caterpillar before he goes on his binge.
This one is a story called "Horatio's Hat". Below that I have two extra elephants for the song about elephants balancing on a piece of string.
The main elephant has a "jointed" back leg to allow him to stand or sit - which is crucial to the story.
The rabbit, I remember, was quite a triumph. He was difficult to make to look like a toy rabbit, but I am pleased with the results.
The board is made of a plastic sign that real estate agents use. I remember we went around to a few agents to ask for one of these each. Yk, they're the funny plastic, like cardboard, with the corrugated layer inside. I sure hope I'm making sense.
The board is covered with felt - blue and grey on either side. The pieces are all made out of scraps of felt. I have way too much felt right now, so I really want to make another set. Any ideas? Or anyone need to swap for some felt?
The old Cub hat is one Andrew found in a Scout hall somewhere.
I had a tooth removed at the back of my mouth yesterday. It was a nightmare and I want to have a whinge.
One and a half hours of levering, pulling, drilling and fretting; nine injections, six x-rays, and 3 phone calls to surgeons to try and get someone who could cut it out (they'd all gone home already) and I'm left with one root of my tooth still inside my gum, held there by a side-lying, impacted wisdom tooth.
The dentist (lovely lady) told me that if she'd known it was going to be like this she would never have started, she would have sent me to a dental surgeon. Great. She told me half way through that she hadn't seen one this difficult in years, but by the end I think I may have won the prize for difficult extractions. Apparently I have really long narrow roots on my teeth. I guess that's good when you actually want the tooth to stay in place. Not so good when you want it out.
Surprisingly I have no pain now. My jaw has been put out and is sore from all the pulling and pushing, but that'll have to wait till next week for my osteo to put it back it.
Ok, whinge over. Thanks for listening.
Back to our usual programming...
Friday, 1 February 2008
It is quite appropriate that one of the Scout Laws is "A Scout is Thrifty". It fits well with the Consumption Challenge.
This is a uniform I made (finished this morning) for Elliot to wear tonight to Andrew and my Wood Badge presentations. The Wood Badge is the highest level of training for a Leader within a Group. It is quite an honour, and a fair bit of work.
Ever since I was pregnant I would insist that our baby would have their own mini-uniform to wear to our Wood Badge ceremony. Here it is...
This uniform looks as authentic as I could possily make it (without going way OTT). I hand-sewed the badges on this morning, and the buttons all have "Scouts Australia" on them since it's made from an official uniform. It looks just like my uniform and Andrew's uniform, except that we have name tags (Elliot has a woggle with his Scout name, "Womposs", instead), and he has a "Yes" badge to show off his epulettes, and Andrew and I have a few badges to show our other training (ie abseiling, first aid).
It is made entirely from an old adult uniform. This kahki uniform is going out, and a new navy one is being phased in, but Andrew and I are persisting in wearing the "real" uniform.
This is the uniform I refashioned into a mini-uniform. Ooop! I forgot to take a photo until I had already cut into the pants. LOL!
I cut the whole lot out using another size 0 shirt as the template, and a spotlight pants pattern I had sitting around idly. The scarf and woggle were made for Elliot over a year ago by a Scout mum, who also made him a jumpsuit, Scout-style. The badges were pilfered from the old uniform and from my Scout badge blanket.
I'm seriously happy with this. Action shots will be added after tonight's ceremony.