Sunday, 17 March 2013

On the shelf

We're making slow progress with house renovations, mainly because the pennies have had to be seriously watched over recent months. However, in the last few weeks we've finished the first part of the mammoth shelving job for our lounge and dining room.

We have four alcoves to fill, three of which are destined to be shelved. The final one will, fingers crossed, house a mini sideboard or cupboard.

We started with the empty corner ...

Empty corner

And the piles of supplies ...

MDF piles

Wood pile

The artiste got to work ...

The artiste at work

Miles of batons went up ...

Up go the batons

And they look darn fine ...

Finished shelves - living room

Finished shelves - dining room

Books make such nice ornaments :)
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Monday, 11 March 2013

Ooh-arrr me hearties!

My two knitted pirate dolls are finally finished ...

Pirates 1

These were darn fiddly things to make but I'm pleased with the result, they sort of look like they should - never a guaranteed outcome with my knitting! Making up is my least favourite part of the process so these blighters about drove me mad - so many bits to sew together, especially doing two simultaneously so both peapods can have one :)

The boys are pleased with them and in an unsurprising bout of 'anything my brother does I do too' both have been christened 'Captain Jack Sparrow'. You can guess the current obsession at our house. oooh arr!

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Mothers Day goodies

There was much excitement among the little peapods at the patch this year in relation to Mothers Day. Friday evening after school saw several whispered exchanges between munchkins and Dad - plus nods, winks and a few under bed 'hiding' missions all the while mentioning that it was all a great big SECRET. Bless!

By the time Sunday arrived it was anticipated with almost as much excitement that a birthday normally generates.

Pressies were:

A homemade card ...


Complete with a beautiful display of Reu's fast improving writing skills ...


A Betty's bun (only the box survives, contents were devoured before the camera came out, but it is such a pretty box I can't bear to throw it away yet) ...

Bettys Bun Box

And a pin board ...


This last one is an old thing of my Dads that was rescued from the garage a few months back. Dave saw its potential, acquired it (much gratitude from Mum who is always looking to get rid of the remaining piles of garage tat) and has secretly renovated it for me, all with Caleb's help - he apparently pitched in with the sanding! It is now duly mounted and waiting to display the daily deliveries of artwork and stories that arrive home from school.

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