Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Thrift find

Slight diversion from my usual crafty posts but getting enthused about creating a fun new feel for our home. Feeling very pleased with myself over this bargin light for $8 at the Salvation Army shop here:

When you live in a resort town bargins are few and far between. It will need rewiring, I have considered spray painting a different colour but the pale grey is growing on me.

In the not so bargin stakes , these are 2 of the other shades I just ordered:

This pretty shade but in pink colours for G's room, it's white in the day time but  pink when turned on at night

And this funky orange one that I love

The only issue being it only takes an eco bulb equivalent to 25w so will be a bit dim for much other than a hall or possibly a second light in the laundry.

I had my eye on some red ones for my sewing room on trade me but the trader has suddenly put up the price by 30% overnight - a bit rude  considering they were listed about a week ago and due to close soon , mmm now a bit more costly than I want so will have to reconsider those.  I saw a very cool black industrial style french one yesterday(remarkably similar but slightly bigger than my grey one) but at $900 for just the shade that one is well outside what I consider reasonable for a shade, even the amazing  wooden NZ designer ones cost less than that!

Have been back on pinterest and now thinking about painting our fridge and dishwasher in a bright colour or wallpapering them - seriously some cool ones out there - just not sure how they would last with heavy use.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Clean slate

If you noticed a bloggy absence in the past couple of weeks it's because our world is like this:

This is a picture of about 1/2 our possessions currently stored in our garage, now minus the blue rubbish bags that went out this week.  We are in the midst of a more major redecoration than we planned.  We moved out all our stuff (minus what could be sealed up in the kitchen cupboards) so we could entirely repaint inside the house .  Why move out you ask? - firstly much cheaper if professional decorators doing , secondly much more pleasant living in a neighbours holiday house while ours a big mess and thirdly it gives us the opporutnity for a massive declutter.  But as well as the painters we have ended up using the services of the carpet stretchers , tiler, electrician and concrete grinder - once we were out it was easy to see what needed doing and easy for tradesmen to come in without us living here.

Here is a before ( and messy) picture of our kitchen:

Doesn't look to bad in the photo but you can't see the peeling paint and marks on the wall etc.

Now (don't get too excited - very similar):


Actually it's a little lighter but sorry I took the photo late afternoon, window sills now same colour as walls but satin finish and despite my reservations it actually looks really good.  I had great dilemmas over whether to keep the same parchment colour or go white ( have a thing for Swedish interiors at the moment) but as we like this colour and all our stuff goes decided to keep the same.

We have yet to move back in as are waiting to have carpets cleaned and here I am going through the kitchen cupboards - that blue rubbish bag contains things with exp dates as far back as 2004 (ahem).  Have declared I will try and menu plan in future to avoid this.

We did make a couple of minor changes:
 Georgie gets a pretty pink wardrobe - she's pretty happy about this.  I didn't want a pink wall or room as she already has a pink bed spread and blind and a new pink lightshade on the way.

I love the whole clean slate thing - am determined to have less clutter in our home  - but we are getting new light fittings and today found a funky grey industrial one in the thrift shop for $8 - will take a photo tomorrow - not sure whether it will go over the dining table or in the hall?  I've also bought a beautiful  pink one for Georgies room and a bright orange shade for I think the laundry.  Now just trying to decide on some red enamal ones for my sewing/spare room - yay. Also getting new curtain rails (more subtle than the black ones which were very annoying to pull) with a plan to get or make some new curtains when funds allow.

I've been madly pinning on pinterest and can feel a paint job coming on for my boring dark brown dining chairs too!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Little Mice

Inspired by a little mouse I saw here on mmmcrafts I made one for Georgie and another for a little friends birthday.  Larissa now sells the pattern in her store on mmmcrafts , which given the issues I had sizing and making mine work , I would consider buying if you intend to make one.

I used an old button tin to put Georgie's one in complete with a mattress, pillow and blanket, seeing as it was so popular I did the same for the one we gave away. 

Monday, 13 February 2012

Weekend Steam train

To celebrate the 6th birthday of my nephew we had a family trip to ride on a restored steam train - the Kingston Flyer.

It was a one hour return journey to a little station

Every carriage was different and we were able to wander up and down the train after it set off.

  We all thought it was pretty cool and a fun birthday treat
I think the kids will remember it for a while.

There might not be much crafty action here for the next few weeks as we do a complete repaint inside our house ( and a massive declutter to go along with it!).  Hoping to be back in full creative mode in March with a fresh clean and repainted home.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sewing machine cover

Now my machines sit out all the time I thought they needed dust covers. I'm not sure why I put off making these for so long.  I bought the fabric in about October but xmas and birthday gift making came along and working with laminated fabric seemed to hard.

 Actually it was easy and within an hour I made both covers. The edges don't fray so I didn't bother zigzagging or overlocking them , just turned up the bottom hem.  It was a bit sticky doing the hem, so I stuck scotch tape on the presser foot for that seam and it helped.  The other seams were all done with the laminated sides together so were no problem to sew.

Sorry about the blurry photos - taken at dusk . I would have preferred the  two covers to be different fabric but laminated fabric is expensive and wide so it was much cheaper to make both out of one piece. Slowly I am creating my own craft space.