A little more cleaning up…
Its not finished yet. There is still another 3/4 of the workshop to finish, but I made a start last night.
But my new toolbox is now full of tools…
The drawers are only there temporarily… till I find my electric plane. Then they’ll go back into the tv unit/divider.
You may notice a few other things in the picture above… the stencils given to me by a good friend cause she knows I’ll love them and cherish them and call them my very own. My new measuring cup pencil holder (that dark little triangle lost in the gloom), my new wire shelf and, last but not least, the new recycled shutter (louvre door to be exact) shelf.
The one I always planned to put up but didn’t have the necessary bits or the patience to buy them. What the heck, right? Make do is the name of the game!
Don’t try this at home.
Hey. It works. Don’t judge me cause I’m imaginative!
Meanwhile let me share my gorgeous new pencil holder. Its a measuring cup I found at the tip shop last weekend. I’ve never seen one like it before.
Please ignore the hole in the wall. I didn’t do that. The wall came pre-punched.
So, while in the middle of cleaning and organising my workshop, I naturally had to stop and make this little fella.
Firstly I had to wire the corners to stop the wire bits from sticking out and causing bad things to happen.
Then I trimmed some offcuts of plywood as the shelves. The bottom shelf just sits in place but the one in the middle is wired in place. I drilled holes to feed wire through and hold the shelf in place.
Its a lamb… and its saying we should eat more fish.
Ok, yeah. You get it.
Pretty appropriate with Australia Day coming up, when everyone needs to eat lamb or be labelled un-australian!
I actually had the little sheep. I made him a long time ago and had him sitting on a shelf in the living room.
And the idea isn’t mine. I have to confess I saw it somewhere and thought I’d use it… I mean, hey! I had the sheep, I have a brother in the fish business… can you blame me?
All I had to do was make a sign, a post and twist one of the little sheep’s legs to hold it.
The new light fitting is made from some leftover bird wire I found in the shed. It was a bit crushed but that made it perfect. Imperfection is what I’m all about. Sometimes its even on purpose!
I had this shallow shade frame so all I did was attach the bird wire cylinder to it. Originally I had a long Edison bulb in it but they really don’t give off much light. Now it has a big white ball glove in it.
I think Wayne’s happy with it. Its a light. It comes on when he hits the switch. He’s happy.
Sharing more pretty wire stuff.
Just cause I can.
And mainly cause right now its about the only thing I have which is both finished and photographed.
Last weekend I’d planned to clean up the office (again) and bring in the new/old wardrobe I want to use in there for storage.
I’m thinking about putting the bed under the shelves and opposite the large antique map. The office is a long narrow room, meaning there’ll be just enough room on either side of the bed for a bedside table, but the end of the room will be spacious enough to allow for the small cupboard I use as a linen cupboard. The map will make a great view from the bed and the shelves will look interesting around the bedhead.
The guest room is a square room with lots of wall space since it has such a small window. The carpet keeps it warmer in winter, and since its not salmon it can stay a while. Being closer to the wood heater means less chance of freezing fingers, plus its closer to the wifi modem. I want to move the printer, the printer/scanner, and the odd office bits out of the living room and into the new office.
Its bad enough Wayne has an office in here and I work in here, we don’t need all the office stuff in here too.
So, last weekend I planned to clean up the office and bring up the new/old wardrobe to hold craft supplies as I mentioned. Then I thought, why move it up if I’m going to swap rooms? Makes no sense to move it twice, right?
I can’t swap rooms till I get rid of Wayne for a weekend, though. He doesn’t handle the mess of moving furniture well, and the swap would need the entire contents of the office and guest room being moved into the living room. A great time to do some really good cleaning, sorting and organising. I’ll paint the guest room white to make it less depressing before moving all the office stuff into it, and I can have fun decorating the new guest room.
All of which will take way more than one weekend to do!
Meanwhile, today I wiped myself out. I’d done some grooming, had a late breakfast, then knuckled down to work. It was sunny so I pooper-scooped and tried weeding. The weeds won. There are just too many of them. Next time the weather is good enough I’m spraying the suckers.
I took apart our Whirlpool washing machine (I watched a Youtube video, how would you do it?) to try to sort out the annoying lint problem. Of course what I found in our washing machine wasn’t exactly like I saw on Youtube, but heck, it still works and the lint problem can’t be worse than it was! And it still works. That’s gotta be a win.
I made a drawer for the sidetable/box on castors I’ve been working on. I started on a cut down chair which will be a bedside table for the new guest room. I was busy sanding the chair when I was suddenly hit by a wave of exhaustion. I could barely walk to the house and it took all I had to shower and wash my hair.
Maybe it was low blood sugar. I totally ran out of fuel.
Tomorrow is another day. Remind me to eat lunch.
I just love these little wire beds. I love making them and I love looking at them.
How pretty is this?
Ok, so it might have no real use, unless you have a dollhouse or a visiting fairy, but its so delicate and fine and… just… well, pretty!
This is the second wire bed I’ve made and its a bit fancier than the first one. It has a mattress made from a tea dyed napkin – it was stained and in the throw out pile so I decided to use the best bits.
It also has a little ‘crochet’ cushion, made from a piece of doily.
I actually made this little bed a couple of months ago but didn’t have my ‘light box’ in the office where I could use it easily.
Plus, to make matters worse, I tried to change the pendant light in the office to test a new one, and ended up stuffing up the light fixture. I now have no light in the office.
I think I need an electrician.
In the end I rigged up two floor lamps, a desk lamp, a box and a white sheet and got some pics.
One of these days I might actually have a proper set up for taking photos of things. I just need good lighting like the kind I use when making films…
Anyway, I got pretty decent pics of the bed so I’m happy.
I’ve been Pinteresting like crazy, looking up all kinds of wire creations. This one here has been one of my favourites for a long time:
I can’t ever say Wayne doesn’t give me romantic gifts. He’s always making me hearts and flowers out of barbed wire. This is one of his creations, its about 8in tall and made of barbed wire, old roofing iron and a chunk of old wood.
The other day he got some new copper wire and made this cute little cowboy boot. I’d been sending him all kinds of links of cowboy boots made out of wire but Wayne always does things his way. Its a boot with a spur and a lasso.
(Ok, I made the rowel – that’s the spikey bit on the spur – cause I wanted it to look cuter.)
Then there’s this trapped man. Its a tortured sculpture, isn’t it?
I love his wire work. He’s so imaginative, which is why I wanted to show off some of his stuff.
The thick wire is about 2mm thick, the brown wire is 24 gauge and the thin gold wire holding the buttons is 28 gauge.