Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
At the collectable/antique fair they were asking $1 each for these vintage spools. I was happy to get mine for $1.50/dozen from the op-shop. Mum had given me a few of her old ones years ago.
I'm enjoying the flowers of our beautiful tibouchina at the moment, what an amazing shade of purple.
Gaura lindenhimerie flowering also.
A bit tedious and back breaking but they look great finished!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The insides of the cans are nicely coated so turn and spray with undercoat.
The paint is quick drying. Topcoat with choice of colour, if I didn't have boys I could have pink and purple.
Cut out some felt circles for the inside using the base as template, I used two per can to stop the noisey clunks as pencils drop in.
Might be a fun project for kids to decorate with pipecleaners, glitter, pom-poms, beads,foam shapes etc.
Rainy day time waster.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Start of some electrical wiring in place. The doorway getting studed as well.
Bit more wiring. Bored yet? I am.
Not only has the fibro been used as formwork for the concrete, but buried under the concrete is what appears to be the unaccounted for fibro. A potential problem for generations down the track, common in many old homes.
Outside is looking much better down the side yard after regular mowing and much removal of weeds. Although the block is only a moderate size it's still larger than most modern house blocks, and our family is enjoying having a double block to run loose on.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Our bedroom floors were finally finished after the third coat of estapol last week and Mr Crazy House fitted the new skirting boards on the weekend.
Nice and shiny.
We have quite a woop on one part of the outside wall due to removal and replacement of old stumps (before us), one of those quirks of old homes that you have to work with. The skirting board didn't sit level, so Mr CH nailed the board in place while I pushed it down a centimetre or so but not all the way to the floor or the slope would have been very noticeable. Nothing the vacuum cleaner can't handle.
Quick and neat work with a nail gun.
Mr CH feeling light-headed?
The wobbly-est wall the house, one of the cons of living in a wooden house.
Skirting board fitted, you can't tell - much.
Holes puttied and painted and fumes almost gone. Had to wait 3-5 days before moving heavy furniture across the floors.
Approx. cost $230 for estapol(on special) sanding disks, turps, acrylic sealer and skirting boards and white paint borrowed from a tin bought for the Reno Cottage next-door.We already had the floor mop and wool pad and paint tray(aprox.$30).
Still to do - replace powerpoint covers with new ones and tackle those windows.
No pretence of style 'round here just a refuge for "old stuff".
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Daughter wouldn't have the big "man doll".
Too lovely for a little girl- georgian? dollshouse complete with wallpaper and dados.
The more I see of these Napco vases the more I like them esp. the "sweeteen", don't understand the difference between this one ($275) and the vintage ones from U.S at $5-$35?
Son #3 bought himself a few things and daughter came home with her booty of bottles, both said they would go again. Amazed me! After poo-pooing Mum's "old stuff".