Thursday, May 30, 2013

House Update {five}

Progress is slowly happening here. We are still keeping company with dust. (please excuse us if you happen to notice we have a white dust mark running somewhere down our clothes! thankfully it comes out in the wash.) Bricks have been delivered, and the bricking up around the house is nearly completed. 

Definitely an improvement to the plastic-wrap-gap that was happily letting in the cold night air as it flapped in the wind each night. And the boys soccer oval and cricket pitch has been taken over by a builders site.
**Those three windows downstairs will be replaced**
 Gyprocking has also started in the stairwell. At the point of writing, the upstairs electrical plate-off is half done and plumber expected tomorrow. Nearly read for us to take over and start painting. And it is a long weekend this coming weekend. :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crochet: Classic Girls Charm Cardigan

One crochet WIP finished and oh how I loved this pattern! Pattern Links all at the bottom of the post.
Made from 10ply, 100% washable wool from Bendigo Mills and using a 6mm hook.
The pattern called for 'reverse sc' stitch. I had to google this as I had never attempted this stitch before. After a few butter finger moments, I got it sorted and very happy with the look of the finishing stitch (runs up and down the opening and around the neck.)
This little lady has been home sick the last few days from school, so we grabbed the opportunity to dress her up and take some photos outside in the pleasant weather. Now she doesn't want to get changed. At least she will be the first one dressed on Sunday.  

Pinterest Link: Here
Ravelry Link: Here Link: Here

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sewing: Book Themed Floor Pillows

Crocheting has seemed to have been taken over by sewing lately. But don't worry. I have a couple of crochet WIP still on the go. Last week in my sewing-producing days, I managed to finish these book themed floor pillows that I had started with the idea for the reading/quiet area.

Dr Seuss.
Measuring 70cm x 70cm  

 I steered away from zippers once more, and completed the envelope opening with some bright snap-studs.
 Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Another favourite book from our bookshelf.
Also measuring 70cm x 70cm. 
I used European Pillow Inserts.

I have one more lot of dotty backing material ready for another floor pillow. Now to find some suitable, brightly coloured and book-themed material. Asterix maybe? Any suggestions?


Monday, May 20, 2013

WIP - Quilt Tops

Last week required us to be out of the house from about 7:30am till 4:30pm for a good chunk of the week. Each day, I loaded up my sewing machine and various WIP's and took up the generous offer of a friends warm  house and some normality for the littlest one and to do some productive work. (Thank you for letting us intrude each day!) And very happy to say that I managed to get the last two quilt tops finished, along with looking after kiddies, drinking coffee and crocheting outside in the beautiful autumn sun.

drawing people. just look at the sun.

 Three quilt tops all completed. 819 x 5inch squares joined together and all seams pressed open. Glad that part is over. Looking forward to my first time at layering and quilting them.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

WIP - Rag Rug

approx 5inch x 1 1/4inch strips, cut from scraps of the left over from two of the girls quilt tops.  I pinker-sheered the ends, threaded each end through the rug-stop backing and it makes a floor rug for their room. I am about 3/4 of the way to the desired size.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

House Update {four - day three}

 Out of over 120 photos I have chosen nearly 20. 
 This week we have been blessed with glorious weather as you can tell by the blue sky.

Photo overload. (I have reduced the size of the photos as they seem to be taking a long time to load)

Build-up ready for pod placement.

A 95tonne crane made its way into our front yard.

And take a look at all those wheels. All off the ground!

Arrival of the back pod. Apologies to anyone that got stuck in the line of traffic. :)

 What a day. Tomorrow they will move the front pod back by 400mm to bump up nicely against the back one, and other bits and pieces they need to do. You are probably also wondering what is going to happen to the downstairs. The pod is really stage one. Downstairs brick work will be the same finish as the top, with new windows all across the front and also finally a porch. The tiles that are currently still on the carport and the back section will also be replaced with the some tin sheeting. So no, we are not quite done yet. Then we have the inside to do. Dust and rubble for quite a while yet.

Till tomorrow.
(so looking forward to a good nights rest. It has been just a little mind boggling.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

House update {four - day two}

Photos from today (Tuesday). Please excuse the quality. Taken on the phone as I had left the SD card in my computer inside.
It is getting exciting...and messy!

A note for the males:
**All jarrah wood from the roof has been pulled aside. None went in the skip bin. That wasn't jarrah in yesterdays photo :)**

Oh what a mess we are going to have when we replace the current ceilings. :( Lovely insulation.

We are now all tarped in again for the night.
Wishing you all a good day/night and till tomorrow evenings post, DV.

Monday, May 13, 2013

House Update: {four - day one}

For the distant-living family and friends keeping up with the house project.

The week is here. After being delayed for two weeks due to the wet weather, we have been blessed with a good weather forecast for this week. Excitement started at 7:00am. After the kids went to school, I moved out with the littlest lady for a sewing and play date. And tomorrow will be the same. 
(They prefer us not to be around!)
I hope to update with photos at the end of each day as the house goes through some major changes, DV.




and meanwhile, in the factory the pod is almost complete, ready for shipment.

Till tomorrows post.