Recently Hubster found me some cute little crates in the deep dark reaches of his parents garage. I think they were originally seedling trays, but as I’m already set for seedling storage I had other plans for these little darlings.
Unfortunately I’m still hopeless at taking ‘before’ photographs but the originals looked a little like this (source)
The first step was to rough them up a lil’ bit and stain them. A combination of steel wool and briwax ‘Antique Pine’ gave this result.
Whew! Sorry about the radio silence team – we’ve been head down bum up, busy with what has been affectionately coined ‘Renovation Month’. I’ll spare you the details – save that for another day – but it sure is good to have a moment of peace and quiet to gather my thoughts and plan my next crafty adventure. Here’s what’s tickling my fancy at the moment.
This adorable jumpsuit. (Source) Continue reading
Okay, so this post is going to be a little out of the usual for me… nothing is created. Something is cleaned though and glory what a clean!
I hate cleaning. As in would rather poke out both my eyes and run an obstacle course than clean my house. I am in constant envy of mama-dearest who has a weekly cleaner, alas, our budget just won’t cut it. Not if I want to keep sewing and creating things. Due to this aversion I tend to let things slip the more exhausted and bogged down by marking I get during the term.
Recently I convinced Hubster that we needed to get a steam mop. As I am uncommonly uncoordinated, the traditional bucket and mop method often left our carpet between rooms featuring lino covered in water. “Think of the carpet” I told him. Plus it was cheap.
Will I be this happy mopping my floors???
Yet another gift for a baby-to-be is the Playful Stripes baby blanket. This time for a close friend and partner-in-craft.
Since Hubster and I decided to purchase the house we currently live in, we have started to organise ourselves and are trying to sort things so they are just the way we want them. One catalyst for all this organisation is the fact that we are getting the carpets replaced. As we are already living in the house, this means moving ALL of the furniture out of the house while the old carpets are pulled up and the new ones installed. Phew, the thought of this literally makes my blood run cold so we have decided to start early and get things ship shape so we aren’t moving junk out and then back in at the time.
The first stop for us is the Kitchen. We’ve already installed this handy dandy kitchen shelf.
Today we started on corralling all the junk we had attached to the fridge. Unfortunately I didn’t take a before photo (I swear my brain is like goo at the moment) but rest assured it was a state. Photos, menus, recipes, other assorted papers stuck all over it. So much so that we could no longer see the awesome magnets we were given as wedding presents and those that we have collected on our travels.
So many friends are about to have babies! Luckily I’ve been laid up with an injury so that gives me plenty of opportunity for knitting all sorts of baby-cuteness!
It seems that life is getting in the way of crafty times again… A series of unfortunate events has equated to my being quite seriously injured. Not conducive to getting things done. Luckily, I can still search for all sorts of inspiration to tide me over until I’m back to normal.
As mentioned previously I’ve recently acquired a pair of shutters.
After much ummm-ing and ahhh-ing over what the heck to do with them I finally made up my mind. Distress them of course!
For as long as i can remember, I have wanted a secretary desk with a fold down desktop surface. When I worked in an office job I would spend many a lunch hour in furniture shops ooh-ing and ahh-ing over desks that I could not afford.
It seems I’ve stumbled onto a winner with my little vesties! I’ve been inundated by orders from friends wanting them for their littlies or for gifts… So a lot of my time has been taken up whipping these up….
Nevertheless I’ve still had time for inspiration so here’s what I’ve been perusing this week. Continue reading