About zefiart

Blogger, DIY-er, poodle lover, graphic designer, dog groomer, recycler, artist, wonder woman in my spare time.

kitchenalia

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I’ve always liked collecting old kitchen paraphernalia. Among other things. I basically collect anything that appeals to me. I mean, you never know when you’ll need ‘that’, right?

So, while making some wind chimes for the local market I found this extra long THING in my collection. I normally use these for my junky sun catcher/wind chimes.

These are two of my previous ones. Click on images to go to post.

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You can see other suncatchers and wind chimes here and here.

These things are so me. I love the mix of sparkle, rust and old wood. The one above was my first one and I kept that one for myself. I love looking at it.

But back to the kitchenalia one…

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A selection of old and vintage kitchen tools, a small steamer pot and a little airplane… cause, why not? Doesn’t everyone have a vintage wood airplan toy in their kitchen?

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It sold at the market as soon as I hung it up. Obviously I’m not the only one who likes these odd dangley things!

I have three more available at the moment. I’ll share them when I get photos of them and probably put them in my etsy shop.

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hiding the gas bottles

Does anyone remember this?

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I made this box to hide our gas bottles – the ones that we use for our cooker. The idea was to create something which would hide the ugliness while looking pretty and being useful. The doors are hinged to the sides so you can open them and slide the bottles in, no need to lift them over the top. The top had a hook to hold it up so you could work without having to hold the top up at the same time.

The box hides two gas bottles and a bin where we put our household rubbish till we take it down to the large bin for collection. It was perfect – hid the gas bottles and kept critters out of the rubbish.

You can read about it here.

Well… louvre doors aren’t made to sit outside in all weather. This year the top began to fall apart, till one day I lifted the top and was left with 2 bits of timber as the louvre slats clanked around me.

Luckily the bottom and sides are holding up well but it was time to create a new top.

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This time I decided to skip the slanted hinged top. I just made a flat top with bits of timber I had lying around in my workshop. I added a nice strong handle so you can lift it up, and if you need to keep it up you just lean it against the wall.

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I actually love the new top. Its rustic and the two different coloured timbers is a nice touch.

I also love that I can no longer see the rubbish!

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Another ‘little job’ ticked off the to-do list.

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merry christmas!

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I thought it might be time to post SOMETHING… maybe just a Christmas wish, maybe something more… its been so busy leading up to Christmas that I haven’t had a spare minute to even think about the blog.

My bad.

So what have I been doing, you might ask? Well. I’ve been grooming dogs. And dogs. And more dogs. I made more crazy critters for the market, and more wind chimes. I did the last two Saturday markets in New Norfolk. We’ve had a film crew here two weekends in a row, filming a short movie for Tropfest in our house. I’ve been watering the garden and ignoring the height of the weeds we call a lawn.

Yep. I’ve been a bit busy.

So today is a day of rest. The plan had been to take out the canoe and take a picnic and spend the morning on the water. But we slept in, had coffee in bed, opened presents and had a late breakfast…

Later today we’re doing a one hour slot on the local radio station and visiting some friends. A relaxed and easy day.

Last night I finally had the time to make some Christmas cards for my various FB pages and groups…

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You’ve already seen the Junk4Joy card at the top of this post… and lastly, my personal card…

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Its been a few years since I actually posted cards. I used to send out tons when I was younger but now I only do electronic ones. How lazy am I?

And yes, I don’t care how politically incorrect it might be to say ‘Christmas’ but I don’t care. To me it is and always will be Christmas, so as much as I respect others’ right to believe what they want to, I expect them to respect my right to say Merry Christmas!

On a crafty note, this year I made some little tree decorations to sell at the markets.

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There are multilayered white on white ornaments, made using scrap fabric, vintage lace, iron on stiffening fabric and felt. Oh, and buttons and cotton as ties.

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Pretty cute, even if I do say so myself.

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I’ll share some pics of the newest batch of critters later – the pics I have of them so far are really bad. Also some of the other stuff I’ve managed to do around here in all my free time.

I really needed this break.

z

bathroom update

The bathroom has become one of those ongoing projects that just lingers…

When we started it dragged on, mainly cause I got the plumber to do the tiling and it turned out he’s a great plumber but not such a great tiler. It took forever. In the end I just wanted him gone so I opted to finish the room myself.

Not that much to do… Or at least that’s how it seemed till I listed it:

Patch holes in the window frame and paint
Remove silicon around the shower where it was stained by the grout and replace
Seal the grout
Paint the wall that wasn’t tiled
Put in skirting boards on that wall, quad in the corners and trims around door
Gap fill and paint woodwork
Put up the towel rail
Sort out a shelf/shelves for above the vanity
Finish the cabinet for storage
Paint and mount the mirror
Make a cabinet out of a window to finish the storage corner

Suddenly, it wasn’t such a quick job to finish…

This week I managed to cross a few items off the list – some cause I did them, some cause I eliminated the need to do them! Always a bonus when you rethink your plans and eliminate steps!

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What I did get done:

Attached the towel rail
Broke the vintage mirror I had sitting on the window sill
Sealed the grout
Finished the cabinet
Did most of the door trim

Here is the cabinet’s story. This cabinet was on a pile to go to the rubbish tip. I rescued it cause I could see potential in it. By the time I got it it was missing its doors, shelves and was a total mess.

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None of that worried me, I liked the shape. Problem was, it was too wide for the space I had. So I cut it down. I basically had to pull it apart and put it back together again in a narrower shape.

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I painted it with a very pale grey DIY chalk paint and put a new dark grey back on it. The dark grey back almost matches the concrete effect wall the cabinet sits against.

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The plan is/was to put towels in the larger shelves on the left and make boxes (or buy baskets) to slide into the smaller shelves on the right. These boxes (or baskets!) will hold the kind of stuff you don’t want on display – makeup, hair stuff, whatever. That way, since the cabinet is not in front of the mirror, I can take the box/basket to the vanity to do my hair or makeup… then put it all away again.

Since I wanted to start using it, I’ve gone ahead and made do with what I have for now. I some towels on the right and used some old suitcases to hold other stuff. It’ll do for now!

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When I put up the towel rail I was able to put 3 of the screws into the joins between tiles, into the grout. However the last screw had to go into a tile.

Have you ever tried to drill into a tile? I hadn’t. I had to go buy a special drill bit.

I never want to do it again. I bought an acrylic suction type shelf for above the sink. MUCH easier… It gets things off the window sill and out of the way.

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I also added a small IKEA mirror for doing makeup.

But I didn’t explain why the vintage mirror got broken… Well, when I sealed the grout I had all the house windows open plus the fan on in the bathroom, but I was still choking on the fumes. When I finished spraying I ran out and left the mirror where it was, leaning against the open window…

When I got back into the house after grooming I found the mirror on the floor, broken to bits. Sigh…

Oh well. At least its not the mirror I planned to put in the bathroom long term. It was a temporary mirror. I still have to paint the long term mirror.

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So what’s left to do? Well… I need to finish the door trim. I had enough timber to do it but I cut the top bit too short, then cut another bit and did the angle wrong. Measure 3 times and still get it wrong… I bought some new trim and will finish it this week.

Needless to say I’ll then need to do the gap filling and painting of all woodwork.

What I eliminated from my list was the skirting board behind the cabinet. Without it the cabinet sits flat against the wall. Perfect.

What I’m changing my mind on is the quad in the corners. I dislike quad so I’m going to try gap filler in there and see if I can make it neat enough. If I fail I’ll go ahead and use the quad.

My plan is to make a smaller cabinet to sit on top of the larger one, with a window as the door. Step one is complete: I found the window I have earmarked to use as a door. Now on to making the actual cabinet…

That’s the fun bit!

z

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the etsy market experience

Since Andi prompted me, here is a post about the Etsy Makers market we had here in Hobart at the end of November. It was the first time for it here in Tasmania.

I spent days getting stock ready for it – of course I had my dolls, which are currently listed in my Etsy Shop (its a work in progress), but I also wanted a lot of smaller items which would appeal to people wanting something small as a gift.

I made cute brooches from fabric scraps and felt. They were very popular.

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My crazy critters were popular too. They’re scrappy fabric creatures with a soft stuffing.

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I also had a few teapot suncatchers, critter heat packs, lavender filled houses and hearts. Basically, all kinds of things that I enjoy making.

And then, of course, there were the dolls…

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It was a great weekend. Successful too – I sold heaps of stuff, including 2 dolls which was a bonus. I know I love making them and people are impressed by them, but they’re not something which jumps off the shelf…

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People loved the dolls, saying they look so much better in person. I displayed them in groups, with boxes of scenery to suit behind them.

If you want to buy one of my dolls, or get one made for you, visit my Etsy Shop!

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fairy lights and a quick wreath

I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit lately.  Over the last couple of days I’ve put up some fairy lights outside, on the porch. Not enough, but hey… its all I got what I got so I’m using them!

I had bought some fairy lights to use at the Etsy Makers Market last month so I decided it was time to make use of them. Firstly, I put the quick Christmas tree I’d made to hang my felt and lace ornaments from at the market. I put it in the grooming room to give it a bit of festive spirit. Of course, since I’m selling the ornaments, I had to find another way to decorate the tree… Use what you have I say, so I used grooming bows!

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In the house I just lit up the Christmas tree I made out of crib slats a couple of years ago. I mean, when you have perfection why mess with it? I love this tree so I’m sticking with it.

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I had one more sting of lights which I’d earmarked for a wreath.

So I went looking in my shed, to find the right item as the basis for my wreath. What I found was a galvanised tray. A bit rusty in parts cause I’d had pot plants on it.

I like the rusty look.

Obviously.

My middle name is rust. Well, it could be…

All I did was wrap some wire I’ve had for a long time – no idea what you’d call it, but it looks like dried vine. Then I wrapped all 10 metres of the copper wire with lights around it as well.

I printed out a retro Christmas card for the center and its done.

For now its sitting on our sideboard in the living room. Once I figure out how to hang it and hide the battery operated controller I’ll hang it on our front door. Here it is unlit…

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And here it is lit up.

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So pretty.

I love fairy lights. I think we should have them everywhere all year round.

I need more fairy lights…

z

 

 

wooden ruler to business card holder

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Yeah, yeah. I know. I do this all the time. I get busy and I disappear from blog-land leaving my readers wondering if they should contact the authorities regarding alien abduction…

So, last you heard I was preparing for the first ever Etsy Made Local Market being held in Hobart. It was great fun but exhausting in both the lead-up (getting everything ready for the market) and the market itself.

Now its back to real life and the endless To Do list which I spend my life adding to.

Anyway, back to the market preparations… while getting all the things I needed to take with me sorted, I realised I couldn’t find my business card holder.

Nothing to do but make another one!

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I’d seen a business card holder on Pinterest which was made using a ruler…

I had a ruler…

So I made a box.

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Ok, its not the strongest box in the word. Its held together with PVA and hope. But its pretty. In fact, I had a lovely lady at the market ask how much it was. She was disappointment when I said it wasn’t for sale.

As you can see, I’m using it to hold my dog grooming business cards, but at the market it held my new Junk4Joy cards:

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I had a few different things at the market – my repainted dolls, suncatcher teapots, scrappy creatures, lavender filled hearts and houses as well as random other things I’d made…

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It was a very successful market and great fun. Now I’m preparing to do some local markets in the run up to Christmas.

After that I promise I’ll rest a bit. And finish the bathroom. And make a laundry. And rip up the carpet in the living room. And make more stuff…

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There’s no rest for the creative.

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game of thrones – melisandre

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Yes. Yes. I know. I’ve been absent, quiet, missing in action… just plain gone.

I began all these posts about my repainted dolls and then just… stopped. I have no excuse. Well, I actually have tons of excuses. I’ve been working. I’ve been flat out getting ready for the Etsy Makers Market. I’ve been tired.

So, just quickly – here is Melisandre – the Red Woman – from Game of thrones. First meet the doll who became Melisandre.

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Then see the inspiration…

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So there you have it. The Red Woman.

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You know, sometimes I catch myself dreaming of a simpler life. One where I groom (work) and garden (my one and only hobby). What a nice dream that is… I’d have a lovely garden cause I’d spend my free time working in it and there’d be nothing pulling me this way and that, demanding my time. I’d work, then I’d rest, and I’d garden.

I can always dream, right?

Cause there ain’t no way it’ll happen in my life. I can’t help myself. I will always have things to do and things I want to do. There is almost no creative item or method I can look at and think “I want to try that”.

The saying might go “there’s no rest for the wicked” but it should say “there’s no rest for the creative”!

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game of thrones dolls – cersei and tyrion

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The inspiration photo above, the doll below.

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Cersei took ages to finish… The face and hair weren’t hard – I chose a look with a simple hair style so there wasn’t a lot of fiddling to do there, a simple wash and restore messy hair on a used Bratz doll.

The dress however… well that’s another story. I’m not the best at sewing so its always a challenge to make something for the first time. Mind you, it would probably help if I had proper patterns rather than making up my own!

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Next doll is Tyrion. He was great fun to make as he was a challenge… I mean, Bratz dolls don’t come in Tyrion shapes!

This is my inspiration photo.

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And this is the doll:

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I had this brilliant idea to use a baby Bratz doll’s body and Bratz boy head. You can see his size relative to Sansa below:

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Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy repainting and restyling dolls? Pinterest and YouTube have a lot to answer for!

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game of thrones – khaleesi

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I had planned to share all the Game of Thrones doll repaints in one post, but it turns out that would be too huge and photo intensive. So I’m going to combine a couple of dolls in each post till I run out of dolls.

This post is about the two Daenarys Targaryen dolls. One I’m calling Dany and the other is Khaleesi.

This is Khaleesi – the before and after pics of the Bratz doll I used as my base doll. Since I’d chosen a doll with the right colour hair and even a hairstyle that suited her, I didn’t need to do a lot of work other than repaint her.

And give her a baby dragon.

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This is the dress I based the doll’s costume on:

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Then there’s Dany, the early days, when she was in the desert, dressed in rags. Here is the inspiration photo:

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And here is the doll. She even has her dragon eggs.

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And like the real Daenarys, she has a white horse.

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Both Daenarys and Khaleesi will be at the Etsy Makers Market at the end of November.

Meanwhile, I gotta get to bed. I’m so tired. A really hard day grooming, then I mowed the lawn and I think I cracked a rib doing something really stupid.

I need a rest!

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