Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
but this one time he brought home a chair that he found in the lake almost submerged. being the inquisitive type he had to investigate what was sticking up out of the water!
it was muddy & yukky, but after a good scrubbing & some new cushions made from fabrics that i had unpicked from a couch cover, a piece of floral curtain fabric(found in my art tutor's rag box for cleaning oily paint brushes) much too pretty for that!, & trimmed with some piping i found at the op shop.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
we recently had a need to move some old furniture out...
it should go off to a new home at the tip...
but we had an issue with the how?!....
it's become a sculpture in the blank bit of the garden...
anyone for a cuppa and a bit of telly??..
only one has noticed with a hiccup of a laugh...
and a - what is that??...
Raylee often asks what's on your work table?...
well she sent me some lovely jars she decorated...
and now they are waiting to be filled with stuff...
on my work table...
and this lot is holding some more stuff...
I cut the tops off the 3 litre milk bottles...
they make lovely containers for little bits and pieces...
and sit nicely in a wire basket...
or the pretty cane one...
on my work table!!...
Thursday, April 24, 2014
i have not had much time for creating/recycling in the last couple of weeks. gets a bit busy around holiday time. spend more time with kids & visitors.
katie from randomnest has inspired me to take photos around the garden.
i have had to make a lot of changes to my diet. so food preparation has become something i have to put more thought into........gluten free & lactose free cooking was a challenge to begin with , but i'm getting used to it after four months of trial & error.
this was my first chocolate free Easter! i didn't miss it much at all. i didn't feel the need to look for an alternative.
so far this year i have made some other positive changes......i started a new art class, have been doing more painting & recently started posting my art on facebook, & made some boards on pinterest. but still have a lot to learn, have not worked out how to link to these yet......all in good time i guess.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
we would like to say thank you to all our followers, & thank you for all the positive comments.
also thanks to all the people who have a look at what we are doing.
simonne started our blog on the 17/4/2010.......it seems a long time ago now.
sometimes i can't believe we have kept it going for four years!
i still don't think i am a blogger.......just ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you i am the quiet one.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
"Nell" in her younger days.
"her name was Ellen Mary but she was known as "Nell".
to me she was nana grace, my great grandmother. she lived in a small house built by the men in her family, from timber cut from the bush. (this was also my first home).
the floors were dirt, the walls were papered with newspaper & magazine pages to keep the draughts out.
no running water, it was carried in kerosene tin buckets from the river.
no electricity. kerosene lamps & candles provided light, we went to bed early!
there was a fuel stove & an open fire in the kitchen, which was the dining, living area, no lounge room.
washing up was done in a dish with boiling water from the black kettle that was always on the fire, & sunlight soap.
her days were filled with work. washing was done in a copper tub with a fire underneath to boil the water. the clothes & linen were moved around with a long stick & when they were clean, lifted out steaming with the stick & had to cool before they could be wrung out by hand & hung on the line with the long prop in the middle to keep the line up.
a blue bag was added the water to make the whites whiter!
she had a vegetable garden, fruit trees, & a flower garden. chooks, turkeys, dogs & cats & cows for milk. she made her own jams, pickles & preserves & still found time to make clothes & furnishings & she sewed her own aprons from calico with embroidered "crinoline ladies", also tablecloths, doilies & potholders etc.
next to the fireplace there was a small window & hanging at the window were curtains made from a pink floral that nana grace called "cretonne". i have two worn tattered potholders made from those curtains.
her "waste not, want not " ways have stayed with me.
Friday, April 4, 2014
always something to catch the eye at the local library.
some links to just a few of the artists included in this book, well worth a look!
marichristophe.com : wire sculpture
clairecolesdesign.co.uk : wallpaper & stitches
manon -gignoux.com : recycled fabric
suziestanford.com : recycled materials/ chair covers
severija.it : cross stitch
puddinhead.com.au : printing , cover image on the book.
thanks for stopping by.......have a happy weekend!