I found this brilliant old Phillips bulb at a swap meet about a year ago. I’ve never tried it to see if it works (too scared I’ll blow up the house) but I thought it’d look fantastic in the office, just LOOKING like it works.
Don’t know if you can tell, but its a bayonet fitting bulb and the strings to turn it on and off are in the actual bulb fitting itself. How cool is that?
(I only had this antique look bayonet light fitting to attach to my cloth cord and somehow I dropped the end bit so I’m sharing this with a nekkid bit over the screw on part. Please forgive me. I apologise profusely, but if you saw my office floor I think you’d excuse me just this once.)
I have a small collection of old pulleys, this rusty little one is one of my favourites. I already had a hook in the ceiling in that spot cause when the office was the guest room that’s where I hung my upcycled xray chandelier.
Right now, that means the bulb hangs above my shelf… but since I’m not actually using it as a light, that’s fine. Its purely decorative and looks great just hanging there over my finished and work in progress dolls.
Its cold here this morning. Probably not so cold for some people, but cold enough for us in southern Tasmania. It was -2.8C this morning – that’s 26F for my american friends. Everything is frosty and icy. Outside water bowls are solid ice, the lawn is crunchy and I found that if I pooperscoop early in the morning when poops are still frozen its much easier.
Poopsicles don’t smell!
On the down side, we have no water to the casita so on frozen days like this I’ll have to start grooming later in the morning – give the pipes time to thaw.
Ah the joys of farm living!
I shared the ugly bench I made for drying dogs the other day. Its a bit rough and ready, made from leftover bits of timber and offcuts I had lying around, but its strong and sturdy and fits perfectly where I wanted it.
The bench stands in a corner opposite my hydrobath and its my drying area. It holds a small dog crate for cage drying small dogs, and fits over my show trolley for drying larger dogs. I stash my stand dryer in front, with two of its legs under the trolley, and my blaster sits on the floor in front of the wall my poodles destroyed going after some critter.
That’s what it looked like when I finished it. The top was thick MDF, not water proof and thus not ideal as a drying bench.
This is what it looks like now:
I visited the hardware store and bought some ribbed rubber matting. I bought enough in length to turn over the ends on either side, and had planned to cut the width off to simply turn over the sides as well.
However, when I laid it on top of the bench I thought “Hey… this is perfect!” By not cutting it and simply rolling it up the wall and fixing it onto the plasterboard with screws, I’ve successfully waterproofed the wall as well! Whoo-hoo!
My plan is to eventually reline all the walls in my washing/drying room using anything I can find that’s cheap (or preferably FREE) so it won’t look as tacky. Till then I’ve got myself a totally non-slip, waterproof, sturdy drying bench I don’t get a sore back drying dogs on!
I’m on a roll!
I did warn you. It ain’t pretty.
I’m not a builder. I’m not a furniture maker. I’m a furniture recycler, re-maker, re-configurer. I take things someone else made and change them. I don’t often make things from scratch.
And here’s the reason why:
I’m not very good at it. Sure, I can make things, but they’re never quite… right.
They might not be stable enough. Or quite the right size. Or not quite straight.
A little dog tries out the drying cage. I think he approves of my handiwork though he wishes he was somewhere else.
At least I get good marks for trying, right? Not to mention, I actually measured right and the trolley fits underneath it perfectly!
The drying bench is made out of 2 different size hardwood posts ‘borrowed’ from Wayne’s stash as legs, thick MDF from our kitchen makeover as the top, small size treated pine timber bought by me in the wrong size for something a few months ago, and leftover bits of pine lining from the grooming room reno as side braces.
Its 100% recycled.
Today I bought some rubber non-slip ribbed matting which will sit on top to make it waterproof and safe for dogs. I’ve already used it a few times and its a great height and size.
P.S. If you noticed the ‘wall’ behind it, don’t worry. I groom in a shed (aka the ‘casita’) which houses my grooming room, my workshop, our feed room, tack room and what passes as a laundry. It needs work. And that’s an understatement.
About time I shared something I’ve actually made with my own little hands, right?
Here is a tray I made using offcuts of recycled timber, left over from one of our outdoor projects – most likely the stable makeover.
I began this project when I found this old bit of wood which had some paint and lots of machining marks on it. I sanded it back but loved the look of the paint so left plenty on it. It gives it character.
First thing I did was cut the piece of wood and join it together to make a tray. I used glue in between the pieces but since I don’t have a biscuit joiner to do the join properly I had to find another way. I wasn’t going to rely on just glue to hold it together.
I used one of these little galvanised metal thingies to hold it together underneath. I don’t know what these are actually for, but I’ve found them very handy for holding wood projects together… Cause I’m not exactly an expert woodworker…
Once it was dry and the metal joiner thingy was in place, I put rubber stoppers on it to give it a nice stable base.
Did I fail to mention the timber has a slight curve to it? I think it adds character. Then again, imperfection gives everything character!
I added a couple of my favourite handles. I got these at a sale in a cabinet hardware store and I will, to my dying day, regret not buying all their stock. I haven’t been able to find any like these since.
I finished it off with a coat of wax. A coat of 2 different waxes mixed together in fact – a nice beeswax and an antique black wax.
I love the way it turned out.
Now to get onto some more DIY projects!!!