Spontaneous crafty Sunday afternoon

I got a little bit craft today!

We bought some cheap curtains when we first got the house, but they’ve always bugged us. There’s a power point in the bub’s room close to the floor. It was a pain for full length curtains because you had to sit the fabric over the points – a safety issue. It also meant the curtains didn’t quite seal and let in some light.

Well, on the weekend we bought a bookshelf for the little man. I’ve been hanging out for one for ages. When we put it together we realised the perfect spot was under the window. Finally I had my excuse to get cracking on chopping the curtains. I cut and hemmed them, admittedly using white thread since I didn’t have any silver to match. The bookshelf has a big gap at the back, perfect for masking the power point. It means it’s not touching anything anymore, and hidden from the bub should he be crawling around his floor for any reason. [...]  read more

Mother Nature, you horrible sour puss

For months now we’ve been planning to build a retaining wall down the other side of our house. The land was sloped towards the fence, and the concrete was starting to crack under the washing line. The ground there is clay, and horrible to work with. Mario picked a date, organised his dad to come and help, and coordinated all the deliveries of materials.

The week arrived, and the weather reports started coming in.

“Rain! Lots of rain, especially on the days you wanted to work outside!” [...]  read more

Backyard renovations: before and after

backyard renovation

The backyard is finished!! Wahoo! Well, phase 1 anyway. Like my friend, Bel, said, you’re never really finished.

Check out the changes:

When we moved in we had a sloping yard with only one little bit of flat area. We had a period of super heavy rain earlier this year, and that flat area turned into a stagnant creek with bad drainage and gluggy clay. The garden consisted of a weird, jutting out ledge area with loads of random objects mixed in with weeds. At the top, just behind me out of sight in this photo, was something that we could only assume was a dodgy chin up bar, clothes line or old swing set (we have no idea). [...]  read more

Backyard dust bowl

When we moved into our house we always knew we would be redoing the backyard at some point. There were a few things that bothered us. Mostly, that it was on a slant with only a small amount of flat, usable ground. There was a random garden that jutted out of the middle of it as well. When we started pulling out the weeds that were there when we first moved in, we found so many random things in there – bird baths, lights etc. It was completely neglected.

In order to get it under control we knew there would have to be some major work. There would be excavators, and a lot of hard work. [...]  read more

Home office makeover: part 1

I’ve been a bit slack in posting photos of our new house now that we’re moved in. Truth is, I imagined in my mind posting this beautiful interior design magazine-esque image for each room. It was an entirely unrealistic vision. The reality is that we are saving,  picking a room, and slowly doing the bits and pieces. The study/home office makeover part 1 was the first to begin.

Before:

When we first bought the house this room was probably one of the best of the bunch. We think the previous owners must have used this for a fourth bedroom, but for us it wasn’t necessary. [...]  read more