Saturday, 23 May 2015

travelling sidetable with serving tray top

I did say I had some stuff to share... well, here is the first one. I call it the Travelling Sidetable and its one of my entries in the current Hobart City Council Art From Trash exhibition which opened yesterday. I know it wouldn't really have made a difference but it didn't feel right to share this till the exhibition opened.

I've had this little suitcase for some years now. I used it to store craft supplies for the first couple of years, then its been in the shed waiting for a makeover since.

The top was ripped when I got it so I always planned to make it into a side table, but I left it under a window one day and the poodles jumped all over it totally destroying the top, ripping it off the sides and pretty much making it beyond repair.

I ripped what was left of the top off but kept the rim with the locks. I glued the cream edging back on and glued the top to the bottom as well to make it one solid piece.

The inside wasn't in bad condition but I'd had a craft glue spill that lifted some of the lining when I pulled it off, so the inside needed something to jazz it up. A friend gave me some educational magazines aimed at kids in the 60's. They were so old fashioned and the cheap paper had yellowed... they were perfect! I used some articles and illustrations from those inside. I loved the colours and some of the headlines.

Of course it needed a new top. I had found that the packers used between products in pallets were usually offcuts of tasmanian oak. The hardware store throws these out so I scavenged some pieces from their pile. I glued and clamped them together, then traced the suitcase shape on the back, allowing for about an inch overhang all round. I reinforced the back with strips of timber, both to hold the slats together and to 'lock' the top in place on the suitcase.

I sanded the top and gave it a few coats of leftover polyurethane from when I did my kitchen, office and hallway floors. That made the colours really pop.

In order to fit legs on it, I cut some thick MDF and used liquid nails and some button head screws to attach it securely to the bottom of the suitcase. The legs came from the tip shop and they already had castors on them which was a bonus. I just cleaned them up and rubbed some dark wax on them.

Meanwhile, I cut up what was left of an old belt I'd used to make handles on a tray ages ago and used small screws to attach each handle, effectively making the top into a handy tray.

Everything used to make this suitcase sidetable came from tip shops, op shops and bins, thus its 100% recycled material.


Friday, 22 May 2015

what greeted us when we got home last night

This is what we saw when we got home last night:

Of course, it was dark when we got home, so we didn't so much see it as feel it. Wayne stepped onto the porch first and said, "I don't know what's going on here, but it can't be good..."

Seems one of the dogs (not naming names, but it starts with 'R' and ends with 'omeo') decided he needed to dig through the walls to get at something under the house.

Luckily the timber walls are stronger than the plaster walls he's already rearranged in the casita, but everything in the way of his exploration paid the price.

Thankfully nothing was broken. Just ripped bags, chewed cardboard and lots and lots of small bits to pick up.

One good thing came of it I guess... when I had to kneel on that manky old carpet piece that's been our outside mat forEVER, I realised just how grimey it was. I actually went and cut another piece of old carpet and made a newer/cleaner outdoor mat.

And while I was at it, I cut a new piece for the back of the ute (truck to some).

Just in case you're thinking our dogs are naughty... most of the time they're cute, cuddly and adorable. See above - Montana sleeping on an armchair. How cute is that?

And Romeo on the couch which he seems to have claimed as his own. He makes sure to stretch out as much as he can so no one else can fit on it!

Barney, meanwhile, has his own bed... which Montana likes to steal when she can.

You always know when Montana is in Barney's bed cause he lurks around, looking miserable till we notice and go move her along. Then he's back in it like a shot.

Well, today I bought Montana her own new bed. Its bigger than the one Barney has cause she's bigger than him. Soon as I got it home Barney claimed it.

Montana seems to prefer the smaller basket. Seriously, she loves small crates. She will fold herself into miniature poodle size crates.

Anyway, after all that you might be thinking "All this is very well, but what happened to the small changes challenge she set herself? All that big talk and then she stops posting/sharing/doing for twelve (12) whole days? Then she has the nerve to post about DOGS as if nothing's happened? Does she think we didn't notice she fell off the wagon? What sort of example is she setting? Who does she think she is?..."

Get off my back!

I've been busy, ok!

I've been busy, and tired, and lazy.

I took some time off from doing stuff.

And housework.

I chose to watch TV instead of logging on in the evenings. I have a few things to share, which I will do over the next few days. I'll drip feed it all and try to stretch it out so it looks like I've done more than I've actually done.

Don't give up on me yet.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

small things big impact - crystal bud vase

Day 11 - nothing to report

You heard me correctly. I have nothing new to share.

I blame Chris who came over on the weekend causing me to put all my efforts into cleaning prior to his visit (cause the only time I clean the whole house is when I have visitors), and turning the weekend into a social rather than creative time.

Not that I can complain. He did help me put up the kitchen shelves! So, it was way worth it.

All the rain we've been having lately isn't helping.

I'll tell you what I did do (besides cleaning). I worked in the garden. But there's nothing exciting to show for that, unless photos of dirt does it for you.

Last weekend I got my garden helper to dig out all the plants in the narrow casita garden bed. They were all too big for there and I plan to fill it with flowers and bulbs. Then the dogs began to use it as their private sand pit, so I had to put wire over it. Its not much to look at right now.

This weekend, between bouts of rain, I planted some stuff in that little garden bed. Then I risked life and limb to crawl all over the tyre wall and weed and put in new plants. The mom of one of the dogs I groom regularly brought me a heap of plants from her garden and I put them all in. Next spring I'll have a ton more flowers on that wall to show off.

But today, I have nothing new to share, and I have to pedal like crazy to catch up with my challenge...

Meanwhile I thought I'd share this pretty little vase... I'm not sure what this thing is. I originally thought it was a bottle stopper but its hollow. Wayne suggested its probably a perfume dispenser. Any ideas?

Whatever it was originally, its now a cute little bud vase.

I better go think of something to do!