It’s Feijoa season again! Today we took a family drive into the middle of nowhere to cash in on some serious fruit purchasing from a roadside stall (we raid it every year). On the way home – we took the scenic route of course – we came across a very cool vintage shop that really got my creative synapses firing. I wanted to buy half of the store and the other half had me thinking of things I had at home that I could do something similar with. Unfortunately my phone had died by this point so I couldn’t take any photos, but Hubster and I have discussed going back there to purchase a few things.
Whew, I had so much fun spending time on Pinterest looking at fun things that tickled my fancy. It seems like it’s been ages that I’ve had the mental capacity to focus for that long! Here’s what I’m liking this week…
Usually, Christmas is a slightly terrifying time for me. It means another year has flown past without me realising where that time went, and I am an uncharacteristically crappy gift-giver (pre giving hand-made gifts) so there was always a huge amount of anxiety and tension around buying two whole families worth of gifts. Yuck. Christmas is actually exciting this year because not only have I lost that anxiety and am making all the gifts (watch this space) but my Grandmother is over from the UK for the first time in a very long time. The opportunity to spend Christmas at the beach was too hard to pass up and as such I didn’t want to buy a real Christmas tree if we weren’t even going to be here to care for / enjoy it! On went the thinking cap and I found this awesome tree that tickled my fancy in a very big way.
I definitely went into this project half-cocked… but luckily for me it worked out awesomly – not even a cuss word uttered, yeeha.
Phase one involved drawing the general shape onto the pallet and cutting it out with my handy-dandy jigsaw and a fair amount of brute strength with the handsaw.
Phase three saw the outside frames go on (I’ll be honest, there were almost cuss words during this stage) and a light sanding to remove any gnarly bits (a fair few splinters were removed before this point) and a wax/stain from my ever faithful Briwax in Antique Pine.
Phase four included a base – it sat upright fine in the garage, not so much on the carpet. Luckily Hubster is well versed in sorting out these little mishaps of mine so came to the rescue with some wood from the garage and nailed it on the bottom so it’s now sittin’ pretty and of course the decorations.
I love, love, love it. It’s not perfect but it just adds to the charm in my (slightly biased) opinion.
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.
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.
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.
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
A few months ago, I pinned (and shared on Midweek Inspiration) this little number….
I finally found the right sized needles and got cracking.
This weeks inspirational post is going to be centred entirely around shutters. I purchased these little beauties recently and am deciding what to do with them.
Life round here has been pretty slow…. Things at work have quietened down, and I have been sick ever since! Boo! However, it has been a nice time to get some reading done and make a dent in my many knitting projects currently on the go. Here’s what’s captured my attention this week.
Love this idea (source)