Tuesday, 23 April 2013

wire light fitting

Over the last 2 weeks I've been working on this light shade for the wardrobe room that I posted about here.

I wanted something more industrial in feel to match the hardware shelves I used in the room so I looked around at what I had.

I found this fuddy duddy lampshade I'd picked up from somewhere. I'd already ripped off the granny pink frilly cover that came with it and was left with that glued on ribbon.

Have you ever tried to remove that stuff? It sets like concrete. I tried cutting it off and broke a small pair of scissors. I then tried slicing it off with a scalpel and broke that. I tried a stanley knife and cut myself.

In the end I soaked it in hot water for about two days and went back to scissors and eventually got it off.

Then I put it on the coffee table in the living room where I would do a bit of wiring when the mood took me. I had planned to add beads to it as well but only got as far as adding some small black ones randomly. I used a thicker black wire and thinner silver wire. I'm not sure if I'll add crystals to it later or not.

I put it up on Sunday and I love the way it looks when the light is on, the pretty shadows it casts on the ceiling.

Meanwhile I'm suffering big time. I spent most of the day on Sunday gardening as I had to get some new plants into the ground before winter. Having problems with my right arm (RSI, carpal tunnel, arthritis, whatever) I tried to spare it and used the left for the heavy work: digging out gigantic weeds using a pick, taking the weight of the shovel, etc.

I put 2 blue plumbagos along the fenceline to hide the water tanks, 2 purple salvias to fill gaps along the front of the porch, 2 white gauras on the porch corner, 8 seedling snap dragons in a narrow bed on the driveway side of the house and 2 mexican orange blossoms on the ends of the trellis. I still have 2 pale yellow double banksia roses to plant and to relocate one of my hydrangeas. When they all grow (thinking positive here) it will look gorgeous.

I also put up some crates as window boxes outside the mud room with Wayne's help cause by then my hands weren't working that well.

As a result of all that work I have thumbs that are refusing to work. They're sore and have no strength to grip much of anything at all.


Remind me never to garden again. Its bad for my health.


Shared at Knick of Time Tuesday

Friday, 19 April 2013

signs of life at long last

Yes, I know you've been worrying about me.

Where am I? What am I doing? Am I alive but lying in a ditch somewhere?

Well. I'm right here. Doing my Superwoman immitations again. 

I've been trying, unsuccessfuly I might add, to stretch every one of my hours into three. 

The theory is that if I could stretch one hour into three I'd be able to get three hours worth of work done, then I could snap the elastic back and still have 2 hours up my sleeve to use later.

Its not working well for me at all.

I keep telling myself that I need to be more organised. And I try. I do try. But in the end my mind still feels like this ...

There is always so much to do, so much to remember, so much to organise.

Firstly some news: the sale of my house in Fentonbury has finally gone through. What a huge relief:  a few less bills to pay, less commitments on my time in terms of maintenance, less stress over good-for-nothing tenants.

This is thrilling news for me as I've been wanting to go back to Greece to visit family, mainly my mom. I've booked my ticket and I'm on my way in TWO months! (happy dance)

The other news is that I'm currently working 5 days a week instead of 4 for a 'short time'. The word 'short' has yet to be defined.

That means that I'm now working 6 days a week as I also groom dogs on my days off, thus my weekend has dwindled to two days with chunks taken out of them for grooming.

I feel a bit like this...

But I'm valiantly trying to get it all done.

The sale of the house meant having to chase up paperwork in time for settlement to go ahead at the scheduled time. It meant cancelling home insurance for Fentonbury and notifying others that I no longer live there, don't send my mail there (after 3 years some people still haven't got the message).

Next I've got my trip to plan, my ticket is booked but I still have to read through websites and get travel insurance. Not to mention SHOP.  


Then I went and did something really stupid. I mean I know better. I do. Yet, cause a friend recommended a site, I went and gave them my credit card details. Then I cancelled my card. That means more notifying people and changing my automatic bill payments.

I got a quote to have someone else finish the house painting for me but we just can't afford it. The house painting is not as urgent as, say, the drainage issue on your driveway which channels water under the house and into the casita. So it looks like I still have house painting to do during my ample free time.

Some things had to give. I had planned to have another stall at the next Shabby Market but I just had to pull out. Sorry ladies. I feel bad, but there is only so many hours in a day and I haven't yet figured out how to stretch them.

Its getting cold, wet and miserable here lately. It doesn't take long for the weather to go from hot and sunny to miserable, does it? A couple of weeks between summer and winter is all we got. I get home these days and all I want to do is crash out under in front of the fire.

But there are chores to do. No rest for the wicked.  I'm so tired by the end of the day its all I can do to watch TV from under a pile of throws, with a poodle pulled up on either side of me.

In fact that's how I'd like to spend my weekends. Warm fluffy socks, TV or a book and a nice fire. And coffee in bed.

But I have 6 weeks in Greece coming up! I think I can cope till then. Then I'll have 6 weeks of lying around on the beach. I shouldn't complain.. 


Monday, 8 April 2013

why I wasn't around

Yes. Its been a long time since I posted.

I have very good excuses:

I ran outta gas.
I had a flat tire.
I didn’t have enough money for cab fare.
My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners.
An old friend came in from outta town.
Someone stole my car.
There was an earthquake,
… a terrible flood,
It wasn’t my fault!!

Ok. So you're not falling for that.


Actually I was out of town for a while. Then I was lazy. And busy. Having a life. You know how it is.

I went to Sydney over the Easter long weekend to attend the Poodle National and help my good friends Iris with their poodles.

Yes. Two Irises. And 5 poodles between them.

Iris No. 1 is a toy poodle breeder, the breeder of my beloved Billybear. Iris No. 2 is a standard poodle breeder. I did up her beautiful black Tango for the show on Saturday and ended up handling her in the ring. (Tango that is. Not Iris.)

That's something I wasn't expecting. I mean, I was flattered that Iris asked, I'm not fit and certainly don't consider myself a good handler, but on the plus side I am younger than she is... Anyway, Tango went well for me and got 3rd in a large class which was pretty good.

The rest of my time up there I groomed toy poodles before, during and after the show. I was exhausted when I returned!

On the Sunday I did up 4 toy poodles which Iris handled to win two 2nd places and one 3rd place. 

To non-showing people that might not sound like much, but trust me, to place at a National is a big deal. Its a huge speciality show and people with poodles come from all over Australia. Most classes are much larger than you get at any local shows.

To be honest, I'm really proud (and flattered) that people admire the way I present poodles and want me to groom for them... so allow me to brag:

Meet the toys I helped with:

I don't have a photo of Tango unfortunately. I didn't have my camera with me. Hopefully I'll get one soon. And maybe one day I'll brag about some other poodles I've presented for shows...

When I got back I just needed to rest, but you know there's no rest for the wicked. I had dogs to groom here too. That's the problem when you're trying to build up a business of your own. You can't afford to say no and put people off.

I also re-designed Iris' website. Have a look: Toniri Toy Poodles

Doing websites takes HOURS. I'm not sure I enjoy doing them any more...

I've basically done nothing but run on the hamster wheel since I got back from Sydney. I have so many projects that are unfinished or unstarted its not funny.

Its sickening really.

One project I started while at the National was a necklace I'm making out of felted poodle hair. Stay tuned when I figure out how I want that to go together... and when I find a needle to thread the felt balls with.

Another project is a light shade for the wardrobe room I started a couple of weeks ago. I found something I think will work and while trying to clean it up yesterday I cut my finger and remembered we don't have any band aids.

Then we've had a fire nearby. This is the hill opposite us on Sunday.

Lucky for us this fire happened now, when its not so hot, after we'd had some rain, and on a day with no wind whatsoever. If this had started during one of our horrible heat waves with the roaring winds we'd have had to make a quick decision.

I guess I better go figure out what project I should work on today. This will be my last Monday off for at least 4 weeks as they've asked me to work 5 days a week for a while to help out. NOT looking forward to that.

Between grooming dogs and the zillion projects I have in my shed, house and head there's not much room to move!