Saturday, 28 March 2015

needle felted rat-like creature

I've been looking at a lot of incredible needle-felted animals on Pinterest lately. Some people are so talented! The expressions, the realistic shapes...

I decided to make my own little dressed up mouse. Its been a while since I made a needle-felted animal. I love working with felt but I'm not exactly consistent.

I had planned to make a mouse but he looks a bit more like a rat. Not to worry. He's still cute.

I needle felted him entirely, except for the white collar on his little orange vest, and his yellow bow tie. 

His eyes are needle felted, with a little white twinkle highlight. I stitched his nose and mouth with black thread.

I had these little metal shavings in my shed... I don't know what they're from, I found them on the ground when we took a load to the tip last year. Hard to see in the photos, but they look like little flowers to me. I made a little stem and leaves out of wire and gave them to my little rat-like creature to hold.

Yep. He looks cute in his perpetual grovelling, apologetic, flower-offering stance.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

some good finds i shouldn't have been looking for

I was naughty.

I went to an auction.

I couldn't stay at the auction cause I had to go to work, but I wandered around and peeked into boxes and touched stuff.

Then, despite knowing that I shouldn't, I put in a couple of absentee bids. Ok. Four. I put in four of them.

I ended up getting 2 items.

One was this gorgeous sign, which I love.

I did some googling. Haywood's was one of the first large bakeries in Tasmania in the 1870s. Apparently by the 1930s they were claiming to be Tasmania's largest bakery. I've always loved old signs, but at prices of $400 plus, I can't afford them. I saw this same sign listed on Gumtree for $400 a while ago. I got it for much less than that.

I'm happy.

Its just resting up above the small window in the casita right now, but when I get the chance I'll be fixing it to the wall properly.

The other item I got was a box of 'sundry collectables'. Well, it was a whole lot of metal odds and ends. And you know I love metal crap.

Here are some awful blurry photos of my crap. Two very grimey bread tins with some odds and ends in them including metal sink plugs, a spigot, a clamp, some wierd tools... and a gauge who's numbers move when you move it. I'm sure it'll come in handy one day.

There was a plastic bucket so beaten up it was impossible to tell what it was made of, full of castor wheels. Some small brackets, what is apparently a pea sheller in the perfect colour for my kitchen, a funny clamp thing I have no idea what for...

This image is a bit clearer... You can see the wierd clamp thing near the tiny strainer. Any ideas what it might be? Its brass.

There's a funny strainer which I'll add to my strainer collection. And 2 brass wall mounted candle holders. If I and figure out a way to attach jars with tea lights to them that's what I'll use them for I think.

Or I guess they could be used to hold necklaces or scarves... And more mismatched coat hooks. You can never have too many of those.

There were a couple of other metal items of indistinct usage, not included in the pics cause I'd taken them to Wayne for his input.

Lastly in the box was a 'book' titled How to Improve Your Bowling by Hugh R. High.

And inside is a lovely old glass flask with two shot cups.

So cute. 

Its in the bookcase now for reading emergencies.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

small changes in the living room I can live with

Its no secret that I dislike our living room.

Its not the size, I love the size. Its huge.

Its that nothing in there makes sense.

Like the columns in the middle of the room, holding up the ceiling cause the idiots who extended the house didn't put in the right beam.

And they're not even in the middle. They're off centre, creating 2 areas of uneven size.

Mostly, what I dislike about it is the fact that its all so bitsy. We have mismatched items of furniture, nothing that makes sense and ties in together... Its too busy and messy... and I want a new couch. And the carpet is still salmon.

But I can't remove the carpet yet (I had hoped to do that over summer, and get a new wood heater as well, but that didn't go to plan). And I can't afford a new couch. Which is probably for the best cause I still don't really know what I want. I know I want leather, brown, classic... an old chesterfield would be great. Or a club lounge. And a gentlemen's club wingback armchair would be nice. In worn leather.

Then I think a modular type with a chaise would probably fit better in our space.

I hate recliners - they're so ugly, but they're so comfortable...

In the end I just give up and keep moving things around to try to make the living room more bearable with what's here now.

Among the most recent of furniture shuffles I thought I'd try a suggestion of Diane's to stack my two small antique bookcases into one taller piece. I'd pooh-poohed her idea originally, saying the bookcases fit under the window perfectly as they were, that they don't fit together well upside down... but she had a point. So many of my items were small/low/short. I needed taller pieces.

Then I tried it and I love this new little corner in the chaos that is our living room.

Note the painting of Dancer. I had a nail in the wall... and I had a painting to hang. There you go. 

The old/improved bookcase:

Note the books crammed in the gaps to balance it... I hope no one wants to read those books any time soon...

Its the perfect spot to sit and read or to sit with the laptop on your lap cause its the perfect height and depth of seat.

I'm wondering whether I should redo the bookshelves by colour like in this pin I saw on Pinterest. It looks so pretty, but I bet it'd be hell to locate a book. Our books are a mess right now cause I've been shuffling things around, but normally they're organised by author and topic. ie art books together, dog books together, etc.

Another small but pretty move was the little bookcase I made over a few years ago into the internet corner. I call it the internet corner cause its where the cables come into the house and where, up until recently, the satellite modem and wifi router lived. Its also where the powerpoint is and where the TV lived.

You can see the satellite modem and router on top of the cabinet, and below, you can see our new NBN connection!

We are now part to the modern world, with faster internet! Not to mention a MUCH quieter internet connection! The old satellite modem was LOUD.

So this is what it looks like now - the modem on the wall and the wifi router on the bookcase. Once we've connected our VOIP phone the bookcase will move closer into the corner so the wires aren't so visible.

But just in case you didn't notice, the barbed wire heart in a base made from curved rusty roofing iron is one of Wayne's creations.

So there you go. A couple of small parts of the living room which aren't so bad to look at.