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Moving, spawning and digging in the garden

16 May

I’ve not had a lot of time to write over the past few months, as we have been busily at work with multiple projects. The major one (my latest pet project) being the growing of the second addition to our collection of offspring. Yes indeed, I have been with child, working, chasing Monkey (our first creation, now two and a half), packing and moving house, unpacking (which still remains an incomplete task) and finally bearing our second child (two weeks ago) who has been dubbed Puddleduck due to her affinity for peeing on mummy. Usually in the middle of the night. On my sheets.
Despite all these interesting life events, I have still managed to break out a few light tools and get to creating a few things, for as you know, a life without creating is a life not enjoyed.

Our new house is a proper house, not a two bedroom second floor apartment as we were living in before. My son is so grateful for a BACKYARD! Albeit, an unorthodox backyard featuring the “Cliff of Death”, a 2m drop encrusted with boulders which my son actually navigates quite gracefully. Might have to do something with this cliff.
We have had a challenging start despite the cliff, since the backyard as well as the rest of the house was slightly neglected by the former occupants. This has meant digging old pieces of plastic, metal and rope out of the very clayish soil before anything can really be done. But I am getting there, and started my backyard overhaul by building a few raised bed planters out of wood I recycled from around the property. The first of the three I am currently building is now at home outside the back door and houses my culinary herbs: basil, flat leaf and curly parsley, rosemary, mint and oregano. The second and largest is also complete and will house my winter crop of snowpeas, garlic and spinach. It’s a special bed for me, as I was still finishing it off when in labour with Puddleduck. The last bed which I am now finishing will be a garden dedicated specifically to chillies, something I’ve always wanted.

I am very excited to see the yard evolve over the next few months as I continue to build up a transformation plan! Can’t wait to post photos of the progression too!

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Recycled Christmas!

29 Nov

The Christmas season is upon us again, and now that decorating time has arrive once more, my thoughts turn to Christmas 2009. My husband and I had just moved into a new house and were rather poor as I had just quit my job, so we decided to dub the celebrations a “recycled Christmas”. I got my hands busy and folded myself what seemed like hundreds of origami stars out of newspaper, then stringing them together to make a long garland. I also publicly embarrassed myself my husband at gatherings with friends by pilfering all used red or silver soda cans from the table and smuggling them home. From those I cut stars which were used to decorate the tree (a similar method can be found here). A tree skeleton (an elm branch, I think!) painted white served as our regal tree that year. It was the best Christmas!
Every year since I have craved another recycled Christmas, but now with the super prevalence of Pinterest and with Little Bug incubating in my tummy (and therefore the need to save the dollars), I feel it is the right time to revive the recycled Christmas! Let’s see what comes out this year.

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Palette planter box

11 Jun

Time has been tight lately, so there’s nothing like a bit of child labour in a kindergarten if you’re going to palm it off as an educational experience. Wink.
You may need to know that I work in a kindergarten (do not rock up at a local kindy and ask if you can use the services of their little workmen) and the kids had a blast.

I started with six old posts, a stack of palettes I had collected from the side of the road and no real carpentry skills except for the ability to make things up and use my imagination.

We began by hammering out the old nails. In our case it wasn’t too hard, but I’ve heard that some palettes are almost impossible to extract nails from. This left us with a good stack of boards. I did all the sawing, but my 3-4 year olds helped me pre-drill little holes (press the trigger on the drill) and then hammer nails into them. What troopers. We put together a whole planter box over the week!

The kind people at Bunnings donated their soil, mulch and seedlings, which we’ll be digging in today. And look what we have!

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Monster art

30 Apr

I’ve seen crafters with a sense of humour incorporate a touch of whimsy in their pieces before; I’m thinking Dave Devries’ bizarre if not slightly grotesque artworks with his Monster Engine project.
This repurposing project by Chris McMahon & Thyrza Segal is slightly more lighthearted and a stroke of genius. I’ve always wondered who buys the icky old paintings that hang about in thrift stores. Now I know there’s another life waiting to escape from these apparently dull wall decorations. I’ll keep this in mind next time I feel like incorporating a touch of humour into a room. Inspired!

Meichelle