Thursday, November 29, 2012

40 feet of heaven.

For so long I've been crafting on the go. You know, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. On the lounge room floor, quick toddler is awake pack it all up. On the kitchen table, oh it's time for dinner, better move everything. I spend more time packing up and moving stuff than I do actual crafting! I'm sure there are many out there who share my pain!

Enter the shipping container studio!

We are not even in the straw house yet I know, but I have big plans to convert two shipping containers into a studio / guest quarters. Container #1 (my studio) has arrived! Oh and I love it already. It feels like my place already- I just want to hug it tight and whisper lovely things to it. My precious.

So if you like yourself a shipping container conversion, stay tuned! The journey has just begun ;)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I sew.


This is a portrait of me, drawn by one of my big boy's besties. She's 8. That's me doing some sewing. How awesome is that? Me doing what I love. Man, the children I have the pleasure of knowing constantly surprise and amaze me.  Thank you Maya for the beautiful drawing :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The straw house progress....


 Last weekend had a working be down at the straw house. The aim was to do as much as we could of the stacking of the bales for the external walls. We had 450 bales delivered to unload and stack. Lucky we had a few big strong men to help! Also fortunate was the fact that we had a roof, which was put on just two days before!


That's our living room full of bales. The truck that delivered the bales. The bottom plates full of scoria, and some of the aforementioned big strong men doing their thing.


There was measuring, squashing, tying, cutting and stacking of bales. That's me and the big boy taking care of the very important and highly skilled task of sweeping up the stray straw so that it didn't catch on fire.


There was a LOT of chainsawing. (very loud).


A tribe of children.


and of course a bbq at the end of it all to celebrate!


 And this is how the walls looked when we finished!

Boy were we exhausted at the end of  two full days of action. I think I actually passed out at about 7.30 on the Sunday night and told the big boy he'd have to put himself to bed! In fact I think I'm still recovering. Once again I am humbled and oh so grateful for our friends who came to help and this amazing community in which we live. I'm so very looking forward to spending the rest of my life here... :) 
PS- I love you already straw house.