Saturday, December 31, 2011

N.Y.E

What did you do for New Years? I carved a succulent garden from corks... exciting huh?
Now that's dedicated crafting. Te he he. Hope you all had a good one!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The grand arrival of my very own vintage caravan! Hurrah!!





Oh happy happy day! My christmas present arrived yesterday not on a sleigh, but a huge trailer! Can you believe it? I'm finally the owner of my very own vintage caravan. Well maybe vintage, maybe classic. I'm using my finely tuned detective skills to try and to work out what year she was made. From what I understand Franklin started making this model, the Regent, in 1968, but continued to make them throughout the early 70's. She's cute huh? I especially love her little egg shape. She looks pretty good from the front, but the back side needs a lot of work and the interior, well, I dare not even show you a photo. I'll save that shock for a before and after later on. Lets just say she a 'restorers dream'. She suffered a bit on the ride home too (about 400 k's of vibration) and needs some immediate T.L.C. Never fear though, Mr Lovely is hard at work as I speak, fixing her frame and making her sturdy again. Which is pretty good of him really, since she was purchased on a whim by his cheeky wife, with not a thought to how much work she needed! I really don't know how he puts up with me ;)

So the plan is to fix her frame, completely strip the interior, paint and rebuild the bed, table and shelves, then mover her to the block as a site office while we build the house. Then after the house is built use her as a guest bedroom / parents retreat. Unfortunately I don't think she will ever travel the highways again, but she will have a lovely place to retire. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So this is christmas...

Really? far out. I cannot believe how this year has just completely flown by. It's feels like I've not had a single moment to breathe or think or to really reflect and it's catching up on me now! I'm lying awake at night replaying the years events in my head, wondering if I've done okay. Have I been a good mother? A good wife? A good friend? Have I been good to myself? Have I made the right choices? I'm also reflecting a lot on how lucky we are to be together as a family, living in such beautiful place with such a fantastic community. I just completely adore living in the country.

It's been an amazing and um, what's the word... hmmm.... challenging year. Becoming a mother of three has been both ecstatically joyous and completely overwhelming. Children are so bloody amazing and wow I love them all so much, but far out it's FULL ON. I am totally amazed that I've managed to craft anything or post anything on this blog, but I am extremely grateful to my blog and to my lovely friends who read it for keeping that creative part of me alive. It very easily could have drowned in the deluge of housework, screaming children and annoying chores.

And as we reach the end of the year, excitingly we find ourselves very close to being ready to start building our  house. I am completely in awe of the wonderful Mr Lovely who has managed to keep a demanding full-time job, help to look after three kids and do all the research, drawings, paperwork and talking involved to get our project to this point. All whilst still being a completely fabulous husband. I love you darling.

So next year will be full of house building drama and excitement- think Grand Designs blog style, permaculture gardening- as I start to plan and plant out a completely bare 5000 square metres, hopefully lots of craft and also a new and exciting project which I will be letting you in on very shortly. Another year with a lot more plans than time, but hopefully we can see some of them through...

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for listening to my vague sleep deprived ramblings. To everyone in blog land, Merry Christmas I have LOVED procrastinating while reading about your adventures :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

From champagne corks to toadstools!

One thing we have a lot of that I've always wanted to reuse is champagne corks. Lordy knows I love me some bubbles, but the corks are a weird shape and they just sit there taunting me with their uselessness.
That was until Escher mentioned in passing that they look like mushrooms (duh Mum, isn't it obvious?) and we decided to make toadstools on sticks to put into pot plants and give as Christmas presents. This would have been really great, but some how they've ended up on our tree instead! You could do either. This is how we made them.

You will need:
champagne corks
Red and white paint & brushes
Skewers and or string
Sewing pins, glue gun

Place the corks on the skewers so they can be painted and dry easily. We used an empty tin filled with sand to hold them. Paint the tops red, then the stalks white. Then paint the dots. Easy. You may want to do a couple of coats depending on your paint. If you are using them to hang, Push a pin through a piece of string and into the top of the mushroom, then dab a dot of glue on to keep it secure. If you are using them as plant decor, you may want to spray them with a clear waterproof lacquer to protect the paint. How cute would these look in a terrarium? Oh dear, we need more corks, must drink more champagne... 
Such an easy, fun craft to do with kids and you are reusing those pesky corks :)