Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lazy Fathering Tips…..

I have lots ūüėČ but today we decided to try the old vacuum cleaner ponytail trick…. It impresses me how trusting my children are, considering that I treat them as guinea pigs so often….

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Maybe a Shelfish Sunday….

I probably should be doing something more useful, but this is a job that has been sitting around for a while…. It wasn’t even a hard job, Just putting a shelf in the bottom of the industrial typewriter stand I restored a while ago…

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Handy table, but definitely a bit of wasted space down the bottom… and the one thing we don’t like in the house is lazy furniture, sitting around not working to its full potential ūüėČ

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A metal tray from an another table I bought a while back, the sides from an old drawer and some paint…

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Tray painted black and attached to the stand with double sided tape…. Because sometimes double sided tape works better than drilling new holes in things I may want to remove or change later….

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Drawer sides cut to size, sanded and waxed and inserted into metal tray….

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And now have somewhere for the home phone…. I never use the landline, but it is handy for the kids to know where it is an how to use it……

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The Elephant in the Room…

I often rummage in the craft section of op-shops, even the dress patterns get a quick flip through. I am not really looking for dress patterns, I am looking for interesting cushion and furniture stuff… There is a sewing pattern for butterfly chair covers lurking out there somewhere, but not today… Today is Making and Embroidering an Elephant…..¬†

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Fifty cents worth of smiling involved when I found this…. and it is complete and never used for elephant production as far as I can see…

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One large elephant pattern…That is large for a toy, but small for a real elephant….

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A Little Depression is Good for the Soul….

Still a bit down when I woke up today…. I stayed that way till I stumbled across something that cheered me up…. Sometimes you find things that can change the mood you are in, maybe it is something that reminds you of a pleasant childhood memory.. Or it is a pice that is worth enough to push away any money worries you may be having… In this case it was something that rekindled a desire…..

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A small depression era frame, from the 20s or 30s… An up-cycled item made by someone who had never heard the word up-cycle… This was thrift out of necessity…. I can appreciate that at the moment… This frame is the opposite¬†of consumerism, and it is beautiful because of that… Nobody went to the hardware store to buy parts for this….

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Nothing here but scrap, the glass is rough edged from being hand cut, probably from a broken window pane… The wood looks to have come from a small box, maybe cigar or cigarette? The nails and hinge had all seen another life… The brass strips that hold the back on have been cut with care by tin-snips….

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Even the hand cut mounts have been made from old packing labels, hand painted black on one side with ink…. I needed to find this today, it has reminded me of the path on want to be on, for myself and my children… I want to raise children that can see the beauty in something like this, and not dismiss it as rubbish….

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10…..

My son turned 10 today…. He spent the night with his Mother last night, so I didn’t¬†get to see him this morning which made for a rather crappy day for me… So I made a cake, wrapped a present…

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I would like to claim the brown paper wrapping was environmental¬†or ideological, but it was a nightmare month for outgoing¬†without many incoming… It was a budget birthday in my house this year, but that’s¬†ok… I have been over the crass consumerism thing lately… One gift and something he could use, I am sure he won’t be to scarred by that….

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His favourite dinner, a cake with a candle and a movie (Tim Burtons Batman)….. His sister and I even sang happy birthday… It ended up a very good day…

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