Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Some stuff I've made...

I'm taking the leap and posting some of the things I've sewn on this blog. Partly because I am meeting up with some extremely talented and prolific sewing bloggers on Saturday for some fabric shopping and I feel a bit of a fraud. They have a link to this blog and must be wondering why I'm coming, given the total lack of sewing-related content.

So, here goes...

I've sewn a couple of things for Flossie recently, despite swearing off making her anything else because she never wears any of it. But we were going on a girls' weekend to Melbourne a few weeks ago, leaving Rob and Freddie at home, and I just couldn't shake the thought that a sunday brunch jacket and skirt would be perfect for getting lost in the lanes. Needless to say, I didn't get it finished in time, but I'm very pleased with the end result, especially the bound seams.

The skirt fabric is a Japanese linen I've had for ages and the jacket is a basic Spotlight drill that was the perfect colour - it is actually a bit darker and more plummy in real life.

She's worn the skirt a few times, but it has got warmer so I'm not sure the jacket will see much use until the Autumn.

When Oliver and S came out with the Cape Ann fabric collection, I bought a load of yardage in the pink colourway, partly because I was really fed up of making stuff for Flossie that she wouldn't wear. She proved me right by showing an unusual level of interest in her jump rope dress as it was under construction and unhesitatingly agreeing to wear it to preschool this morning.

I've also made a few things for the house. A blind for the bathroom...

I bought a pack of fat quarters for some astronomical sum from No Chintz and used double sided fusible stuff to applique triangles onto some voile from Spotlight. The light is rubbish in these photos, but the shape and colours work nicely with my little green mosaic tiles. 

I've also made a roman blind for the sitting room but I don't have any decent photos.

I have also done a bit of sewing for myself, but I think that can wait for another post.

In other news, we have a kitten.

And we had a lovely visit from Rob's brother and fiancé, James and Kellie. We blagged a wonderful beach house from some friends and spent a relaxing couple of days eating, drinking, learning to surf and hanging out by the bin.

I now have six t-shirts cut out and ready to sew - four for Freddie and two for me. Unfortunately, I'm discovering that sewing and kittens don't go. She is fascinated by the scissors and tried to eat a pin today. 

Thursday, 27 September 2012


The floating bench top is finally floating. The splash-back can now be splashed. The wrapper is off the stainless steel. We have bar stools.

It looked like this for about 5 minutes before the children tipped lego over everything.

The sitting room is also nearly there. Martin helped with picture arrangement and Rob hung them. Note my new faux-copper lamp shade in the corner by the window - I love IKEA!

The bathroom is also finished, complete with shower screen.

The children are enjoying their big bubble baths again.

I also have my gorgeous light fittings up in the hall and our bedroom.

A happy home :-)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Kitchen of sorts and warmer

We kind of have a kitchen, a week later than I was led to believe. Still no work surfaces...

This is where the fridge, cooker and hob will go:

This is the island bench with ply bookshelves on either end:

This is the ply desk where I fantasise about clean, well-behaved children doing their homework....

The other major development has been the installation of ducted gas heating - a life changing investment that has taken the edge off getting up in the night to resettle Freddie or return Florence to her own bed. There is a vent in each room with a big return vent in the kitchen - cosy!

Ian has also finished rendering the fireplace, which now looks pretty impressive...

I think we are now a week and counting until the kitchen is finished, and it really can't come too soon. The temporary arrangement is really starting to get me down.

And we've still got so much unpacking to do - it's hard living in half building site, half storage centre.

 Anyway, at least some people are happy...

I'm so nice and warm!
So am I! 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Waiting and freezing

The bad news: we still don't have a kitchen. The good news: cabinets are installed on Tuesday. The bad news: worktops will be another two weeks.

I have not enjoyed the last week very much. It has been bitterly cold, which is hard when your window insulation strips have not yet been fitted. There still seems so much to do on the house and I can't make any of that happen. In a fit of frustration, I tried to take some window bars off so I could paint the window in my tiny sewing room (actually it's a cupboard with a window) but even this seemingly small task involves industrial strength bolt cutters or hours with a hacksaw.

But enough moaning. There is sufficient progress to warrant a blog post and no kitchen means we can scoot indoors!

I'm sure this picture looks just the same as the previous one to you, but I know the ceiling has been replaced, the tiles grouted and the bathroom cleaned.

It will be nice to get back to bathing the children although Freddie is having super fun in the shower.

Rob's shed is finished, including roof.

The deck has a balustrade (which got horizontal bars today, but too dark to get a photo).

I opened up the fireplace in the sitting room to find this.

Hmmm. Nothing to get too excited about and in a godawful state to paint over. My lovely-but-expensive painter, Jonny Gloss (yes, really), will charge me an arm and a leg to strip all the bodged render off it, so I have decided to have it totally rendered. I'm not a big fan of painted brick and I think this will be a cheaper and smarter finish. Fortunately my neighbour, Ian, across the road is a renderer and a good Plymouth boy so he's doing it for a special price and the promise of a pasty once the kitchen is in.

I don't think I ever posted photos of the stirling work Jonny did on the front bedrooms. He returned the ceilings to their soaring glory.

And painted Flossie's bedroom wall a lovely shade of pink (Dulux Lily Legs).

He is back next weekend to paint the sitting room - apart from the worktops that should be the last thing to be done.

In the meantime, Rob has been busy in the garden. He has built the children the world's biggest sandpit. We can have the whole 4 year old population of Clovelly over for a play. It's gone down well with the Bean and the Bear.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Building site living

The camera is still AWOL, so apologies for crappy phone photos. There has been a bit of progress this week - the bathroom is now tiled...

The washing machine is plumbed in (yay!)...

The deck is finished, although not fenced and we have steps into the garden...

Our lemon tree is cranking lemons. Rob cut down the vine that was strangling it today and harvested a great big tub...

It is a pity we have no kitchen, so I can't do much with them. We have made a temporary sitting room/kitchen from what will be Freddie's room. I filled up the freezer with stuff before we moved and have been supplementing it with takeaway and pasta cooked at Libby's house.

This is the posh bathroom that was renovated by the previous owners. It has a double sink and double shower, which is handy as one is currently serving as our kitchen sink.

We are pretty much unpacked in the four rooms we can use and it is really quite comfortable. At least we all have our own bedrooms, although Freddie is currently sleeping in the building site in his tent. The kitchen people came to take measurements on Friday and I ordered my appliances, including my one splash out - a Neff double oven. This week should see the back of the plumber, electrician and gyprocker as well as finished deck fencing and shed roof.