Monday, August 29, 2011

Escher's Jedi Costume...

Why do I always forget about school events that require a costume? Why do I always need to be reminded at the last embarrassing minute by another mum? Leaving me to madly try and assemble something using only materials we already have in the house...

Well, thanks to some left over calico from the wedding, a scrap of brown corduroy, an old pair of my pants (pinned on fisherman style) and a bit of pvc pipe, we have a Jedi! Apparently he's Luke Skywalker without the cape and Obi-wan Kenobi with it. 

Glad I work well under pressure! :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

This week I'm obsessed with... Triangles.

This may be an extension of my prior bunting obsession, but I am so loving the triangles right now. I've been running into pointy products all over the place, so I'm obviously not the only one. I just can't get enough I tell you...

What are you obsessed with this week?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Flea Market Finds...

The man who sold me this beauty at the Sunday Market told me he was going to paint it if it didn't sell today. Thank the thrifting gods I rescued her! She's divine the way she is I'm sure you'll agree, although she is need of a new tail. Think I could sneak into a paddock at night at snip some horse hair?

This pretty chinese flask was discovered today at the local tip shop- I know, it's kinda gross right? But I'm not actually going to drink out of it, I promise. It just looks so pretty on the shelf with the other tins. The lovely (if you can call hairy and smelly with a builders crack lovely) man even said I could have it for free. Nice :) Hope you've also found yourself some treasures this week.

You can see more Flea Market Finds here.


for this beautiful town we live in, and the wonderful people we share it with...

The community wind farm, I feel so proud and inspired every time I see you..

The beautiful old buildings...

The country style...

The places to explore...

And I'm also grateful for the fantabulous Instagram, you do to photos what butter does to food, and I thank you.

More of the Gratitude please.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My creative space...

Sometime in the wee hours of this morning, half asleep with a milky baby snoozing by my side, I hit on the idea of creating a house trousseau. There are so many things I want to make for the house (we are building a straw bale house), I thought why not start now and stash everything away in a special box, to be opened and used when we move in. So, I've started the first project, knitting some cushion covers on big needles with chunky wool (above) and I'm creating a list of things I can start to make. Imagine how lovely it  would be to live in a house we've designed and built ourselves, filled with lovely things we've made ourselves?

I'm thinking I can probably make:
Rugs / throws- I've just orders some 20mm, 100cm circular needles and some beautiful chunky Rowan wool to knit a throw for our bed, and if it works out I will do one for the window seat in the lounge.
Bath mats- I'm thinking I can knit these from long strips of cotton jersey? 
Knitted wash cloths.
Curtains- I'm thinking wool linen and rug curtains.
Cushions- knitted, printed and stitched.
Light fittings- I have a couple of old industrial shades I want to paint and I want to make these knitted covers and these mason jar lights. I also like this glass bubble chandelier.
Bedding- I'm considering sewing a quilt cover for our bed as I can't find any I even remotely like.
What else could I make? Maybe I could print some nice linen tea towels?
Oooh what about some pottery, I'd like to give that a go....

Mr lovely is building a recycled wood dining table, a new bed for us, bunks for the boys, a screen for the bathroom, two heavy recycled wood front doors fauxdenza to house the records and record players.

Geez, we have our work cut out for us!

See more rad creative spaces here...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strawbale House Update..

The sun is out and with it comes my other personality, the optimistic, energetic, ready for anything one. 
This other me has been has been busy digging holes and drawing plans. Planting trees and choosing taps. Sewing, cooking, organising, playing and generally making things happen. Yay.

On Sunday I managed to organise the whole family so that I could get a couple of hours down at the block planting. I started a native windbreak to the south-west and planted a special plum tree that no.1 chose, next to where the children's play equipment will be built. I had planned to plant no.2's & no.3's placenta trees (a fig and a cherry) but we ran out of time. I think we will make a special ceremony of it this coming weekend instead.

This other me is the one we need to get this house project happening. We really want / need to start building before the end of the year and we still have so much to do. We are however making much progress. Bathroom decisions have been made. Concrete polishing techniques have been agreed on. Mr Lovely, who is always optimistic and energetic has been busy drawing up slab plans, electrical plans, plumbing plans and applying for permits. He has found people to custom make our double glazed windows, organised quotes for roof trusses and roofing. He's even found the concrete drain pipe offcut for the kids bath (yes, I convinced him!) for free. Yes free. We just have to work out how to get it here. Minor issue.

I'm loving all the problem solving that goes with this project, applying our selves to the question and finding an innovative solution. If we can keep going at this pace we will be on track to living in our toasty warm strawbale house before next winter. 

I can see the pieces falling into place now and it's exciting. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My creative space...

It's very wet and cold here today. Perfect weather for working with yummy, soft and warm alpaca wool. So I'm getting stuck into a new collection of scarves. This one is swiper the fox (from Dora the Explorer). Anytime something goes missing around here, wee Charlie will explain, it must have been swiper.

I think he looks rather sweet and innocent here though, I captured his good side ;)

Monday, August 15, 2011

What about this?

I just saw this in the back of the latest Vogue Living, it's an old  concrete stormwater drainpipe, tiled on the inside and used as a bath / shower. This has got me more excited than anything I saw at Reece, that's for sure! This would be perfect for the kids bathroom- I could plonk all three of them in there! And it fits with the house perfectly, it's re-purposed and we will have the polished concrete floors to make it work. 

Now to convince Mr Lovely...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bathroom designing sucks balls.

image via OhJoy

Today has been all about the bathroom design. We are trying to finish a slab plan to get a quote from a concreter, but we can't do an accurate slab plan without an accurate plumbing plan and to do an accurate plumbing plan we need know exactly which, bath, shower, toilet, taps etc we are using and exactly where they are placed. Do you have any idea how much there is to choose from? Oh my god.. how are we meant to know at this stage?  And it's so frustrating that you can't do anything without completing like a billion other things first.  As we are building strawbale, there all sorts of limitations on how you can do your bathroom. No plumbing can come through the external strawbale walls for example, and we need to protect our render, and our concrete from water damage. There are so many things that we hadn't even thought of. Grrr... I fear this planning stage is all going to take so much longer than we thought.

So why are we doing this again? Please, because today I need to be reminded. Why are we not just regular folk who pick a cheaply built house from the catalogue of a project builder? Hmmm... I'll have that that and that please, and hello, a couple of months later it's built. Easy. No, no, we always do things the hard way (see handmade wedding...). 

But I guess that's who we are. We want our home to be unique. We want it to be as totally environmentally friendly as possible. Once we move in we want to live without bills. We want our home to function in a way that suits our families needs. We want to it to work with the aspect of the block, for it to be designed perfectly for our own unique set of environmental factors. Yes, okay deep breath, we are doing the right thing. Nothing worth doing is ever easy right?

Yes, thank you blog, I feel better. Back to the bathtubs.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Creative Space...

It's all lookin a bit polka-dotty!
I have more jumper re-fashioning happening, this time into cushions. 
A parcel all wrapped up and ready to post to my lovely giveaway winner.
And some fabric ready to cut the pattern for this fox lamp for little Otis. I need some 'stiffy' though. Does anyone know of an equivalent available in Australia? I asked at Spotlight, but once again there is no bloody point asking them anything because they apparently know nothing. Ning nongs.

Anyway, can't wait to see what everyone else is up to :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How to make a cute baby toy from fabric scraps & old buttons...

I've been making these little baby chew / rattle toys for a while now and the littlies just love 'em. So I thought I'd share the how to. It's a quick easy project and even the least crafty amongst us could pull this one off! Great as gifts, these suit babies of about 3 - 6 months.

You will need: 2 x co-ordinating fabric scraps (at least 10 x 14 cm's), scissors, approximately 70cms of ribbon (mine was rescued from our family xmas table!), pins, measuring tape or ruler and buttons. They don't need to be fancy, these were just what I had handy, any old random buttons will do.

Cut your fabric scraps into 14 x 10 cm rectangles. 

Cut your ribbon into lengths approx 10cms long, though I like to vary the length to create a bit more interest. You could also use lots of different bits of ribbon- babies love the different colours and textures.
Place your fabric pieces right sides together, fold your ribbon pieces and slot them in between them and pin down.

Two ribbons on each long side, and one on one of the short sides. Leave one short side open.

Stitch around the outside, leaving a third of the open side (in the middle) unstitched for turning out. I like to sew around twice to ensure safety for any persistent little chewers.

Turn out and (it helps to use a blunt chopstick to poke out the corners) half fill with buttons. Slide the last remaining ribbon piece into the opening and pin down. Topstich to close the opening and secure the final ribbon and you're done!

Hello happy baby! :)