Saturday, February 20, 2016

I made a seat from two bed ends

And I am so stoked with it!! It took me about 2.5 hours. I had been putting it off for ages and the bed ends had just ended up in the garage taking room. But with University study looming I am frantically trying to get stuff done, as I will not have any time now for ages.
At the moment it has a pile of cushions on it, but I will make a squab to fit. I wanted to paint it but Aaron decided he liked the wood look, so he will do a test sand. If the colours are not going to match then I will paint it. If the wood all matches then I will just polyurethane it all. 

I started with these two Pine single bed ends. Obtained from the Salvation Army Op Shop for a few dollars.
I measure through the centre of the bed end and cut it in two. This was for the arms. I used a hand saw as our skill saw is old and goes wonky. So all the cutting took forever!! and my arms got tired.
I attached the two halves to the headboard and started to feel confident of my design. I had to go to Mitre 10 to get beading and wood for the seat. But they had a scrap bin and all I ended up requiring to pay for was the beading and front board.
I was so absorbed in my project that I missed a few stages with the making. But you can see the beading and strutting I did underneath.
I was really thrilled that everything matched up. My front was flush with the seat. To be honest I was surprised and when I put it on the garage floor and it did not wobble, I was ecstatic.
Finished in the garage, so proud of myself.
At the end of our bed. I think it is too high sitting there but Aaron likes it. Long term I might chop the top down. But at the moment the building is finished. Making it look pretty now has to start.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The meals I was most happy with this month.

Who needs a restaurant, when you can do this from your own garden. Dinner last night was wild venison back steak, seared and rested. Using blackcurrant jam to de-glaze the pan and pour the juices over. With a strawberry and radish salad. Oh so delicious. 
Lunch with my sister. Home made Ciabiatta bread, chicken liver pate and raspberry jam. With some home grown tomatoes and lovely local kumene kaas cheese. 
A healthier lasagne. Using zuchini in every second layer instead of pasta. 

Getting the new pizza oven into use. Garlic and chilli bread. Yum 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Thrilled with the refashion

I went from a stack of linen shirts and jackets, all from Op shops at a total cost of $8
To a casual colour blocked shift dress. I used a dress that I enjoy wearing and overlaid it as I cut items for this. That pattern worked out quite well considering I did not even make a paper pattern.  
I really like natural fabrics being linen, cotton and wool. This being 100% linen shirts has made it a bit stiffer than the shift I modelled it off. I need to start thinking about the flow of material. Recently I have purchased a few "fake" material tunics and the drift about the larger body frame rather nicely. 
I was really struggling to get enough dark material for the bottom of the dress so made a bias binding and used that for the hemming 
Absolutely thrilled with the secret pockets in the front of the tunic. I get really annoyed that ladies gear often does not have pockets. What to do with my phone and car keys? Drives me nuts. So these are quite deep. 
Now I have some sleeves and lots of buttons to do something with. Can't waste a thing. 
This has been on my to do list for about two years. I put it onto this quarters projects to finish with "2016 finish a long" to motivate me. And yay it is done.

2016 FAL as well as these other links and now a new link up with one of my favourite refashion blogs "Sew Outside the Lines"

Thursday, February 11, 2016

From the sublime to the ridiculous

At our favourite camping spot. We are all on the bridge.  
We were joined by my brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Quite a lot of swimming and a lot of walking went on. Well for some of the smaller crew there was a whole lot of being helped going on. Great to see the cousins so involved with each other.

Sometimes holidays are exhausting. 

A bit of quiet time before bed. NOT!! Anyone that knows this book will know it is not a restful bedtime story, but it is fun. 
Family time together. 
Oh my goodness we swam with massive stingrays!! Not on purpose. But just as we got onto a different jetty in the sounds two huge rays went past. To say Jakob and I freaked out is a mild understatement. 
Then in the middle of it - We got evacuated from the campground. Huge flooding expected. 
But one and half days later it started clearing and we went back to the camp. 
Did a lot of this in the rain though.

Another great week camping at Pelorous Bridge.

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....