Monday, April 26, 2010

Kitchen reno- tiling progress

It's been a bit quiet on the kitchen reno front, but this long weekend, Andrew & I have been tiling our new kitchen. A very satisfying project, that quickly changes the look of a room. There is still a little bit of tiling to be finished (with a bit of tile cutting), and then it needs to be grouted. We hope to have drawer fronts and knobs on this week with any luck!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Evie's art

This is what I found on the back porch this morning- love the colours, and how she's coloured in the entire paver.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More upcycled on Etsy

Cherry pants in size 4 (I love these!)
Wide leg circus pants in size 3
SOLD, thanks Ali!

Who's a clever baby?

Liv's been building towers for a few weeks, but today I got one on film. She's 16 months now, I'm probably biased, but I think that's pretty clever. Better enrol her in a baby genius class...NOT!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Red ridinghood pants

I just remembered (at sunset) to take a photo of Evie in her upcycled red ridinghood pants that she insisted on wearing today. There will be a couple of pairs for Etsy soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Upcycled on Etsy

After my success with Evie's refashioned pants, I bought a couple more pairs at some op shops last week. This pair is now in my Etsy shop, and the other pair are for Evie, with red riding hood pockets. I'll show them soon, once I've bought some ribbon to sew on the lower legs- they had been hemmed by hand, and some lines were left when I let the hems down.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Evie modelling her pants

Evie was sick when I made her pants the other day, so I couldn't get her to try them on. She's wearing them today, and they fit pretty well, with a bit of growing room. Bit of a Mary-Kate and Ashley look there, with that funny pursed/trout lips thing they do.
And here she is, "dancing with my bum".

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Evie's refashioned pants

Evie's pants are all getting a bit short, so it was time to think about making some more. I wanted to get some tan/beige corduroy for some plain pants that go with everything, so I was thinking that rather than traipsing around fabric shops that would take some effort to get to without a car, I'd see if I could find some suitable coloured adult pants in an op shop, and refashion them. And that I did. I found the perfect pair for $4 (half price orange ticket, so I was lucky!). I cut out the pants from a pattern, and all I had to do was sew up the crutch seam, make a casing for waistband elastic, put elastic in, and sew some pockets on the back. Voila, a new pair of pants. All I need to do now is to wash them to get the op shop smell out.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Organic denim skirt in shop

Size 4 upwards- grows with you. In the shop now.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lazy parenting anyone?

This one's for Bec & Ali
Livinia discovering the joy of chocolate. At least it's fairtrade. I thought she'd just play with the pretty colours, but no, seems she knew what was inside, and most have a little bite out of them. We've been discussing the ideas of the Idle Parent, his ideas sit well with me, but it's a way of life, not just parenting. The idea of working really hard so you can have a huge fancy house, expensive holidays and lots of stuff- really doesn't interest me. It's the simple life for me.


Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Thanks Autumn!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday's progress

Sink installed, and plumbed underneath but no mixer tap installed (need a plumber). Doors on, but no knobs, drawer fronts still to be attached. It doesn't look like much has happened today, but lots of fiddly jobs have been done. Not much will be done now until the weekend.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

We had the day off from renovating today, as everything seems on track, and will get stuck into it tomorrow. After our Easter egg hunt, we were able to fit in a walk to get the newspaper before church, thanks to the end of daylight savings giving us an extra hour (not in bed mind you!) The bunny hat is from Mel Paton, and fits Evie nicely (a little big for Liv).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday's progress

Bench tops in , sink in but not plumbed.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Kitchen reno- Friday's progress

Toe spaces in, carcasses in, some doors on. Tomorrow: bench tops, fitting the sink.

This is what we're doing for Easter

Pulling out the lower kitchen cupboards, drawers and benchtops, to put in a new and more functional kitchen. My Dad has made the carcasses out of recycled packaging boards from his work, we've bought doors from Ikea, and Dad has made us a new benchtop out of an Aussie hardwood, that Andrew has varnished with a low VOC varnish. We hope to put in some green tiles shortly after, once the plumbing is all sorted. New floors and blinds for the window will come a bit later down the track, maybe a new light fitting too.
The stove/oven and hearth will stay as they are for now, we'll have built in cabinets made for a new stove and oven at a later date, and put some new tiles in.
This is how it looks as of last night.
I will post more pics as it progresses over the weekend.