Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Extempore blog break

I wasn't going to do this, but I'm way too busy having my summer holiday. I was first planning to prepare posts for you but I have had so much going on now. So I will have a short blog break of about one week. In the meantime check out the blogs from my blogroll. See you soon.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Walls are all painted!

Hip hip hurraa! All the walls are painted now. Yippee! Those are so beautiful, so white, so lovely. This wall needed three layers of paint as did the other wall. I still need to wipe that wooden valance, since I used it as a support while standing on a stool painting the top parts of the wall and now the valance is covered in finger prints.

The rest of the room looks like this. Still some painting to do with the shelf and a lot of organizing to be done for all the stuff.

Friday, 20 July 2012

How's it hanging?

"Very well, thank you".

From here you can see how the tomatoes looked like in June.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Another finished silicone joint

I realized the silicone had not yet dryed up in it's tube. I had been pretty certain that the nozzle would be totally clogged by now, but it wasn't. Which was good because A found yet another place where to use it.

I removed it with the carped knife like I did in the toilet. This area was so small that removing the silicone took only like two minutes.

Then I taped the edge and squeezed the silicone. Then I evened it with my finger. And Tadaa! it's done. That took like fifteen minutes. Now I think there is not enough silicone in the tube to fill even this small gap.

PS. Incase you are interested, I have painted a lot in the office, there are some layers of paint still needed both on the wall and on the shelf. But it's not a huge job anymore.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Little My figurine

Museum shops are intriguing, they always carry stuff that cannot be found anywhere else. When we went to see the Futuro I bought a Little My plywood figurine by Lovi. It was so cute, I had to have it. It was fun to assemble too.

Little My went to visit Totoro in his Teahouse. She will stay there for a while and perhaps then find her own home from the office, once it's finished.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Flying saucer

We finally went to see the Futuro house exhibition in local WeeGee Museum. It was amazing to see the house, it's like a light cabin, I like consept, the minimalism appeals to me, and it does look quite humorous too.

Here is some information about the house. It would be fun to spend a night in a place like this. That would be really interesting.

Sorry about the pictures being a bit grainy, I forgot to take a camera and had only my phone use. I usually post only about my own home, but the office painting has taken its toll on all house projects so I'll let you enjoy this house. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Saw dust

After sanding of one shelf the surroundings looked like this. Everything was covered in saw dust, including me.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Buttons in a tackle box

I copied Benita and put all my buttons in a plastic container. She has way more cuter buttons than I do. I lack colour.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Organizing ribbon

I'm taking a break from all the painting. I was getting tired and when something starts to feel weary and mandatory I like to take distance from the project. I know that I will get my groove back if I just wait for a while.

So like you saw on Wednesday I've taken a new project. It is organizing the crafts closet of mine. I took the toolbox out from the closet that holds all the buttons, ribbon and other accessories for sewing. At first I was going to organize my buttons, which are stored in minigrip bags. But I couldn't figure a way to organize those better and then noticed a pile of ribbon all jumbled up in the toolbox. I'm a bad blogger and forgot to take a before photo but you all know what a pile of ribbon looks like.

I had some of my ribbon allready stored around cardboard, those are all in the above picture. I thought that was very good way to keep the ribbons organized, so I copied the system. I cut the form from old cards. I like how the old cards bring some colour and are indiviual.

I did throw out some scraps and ribbon I didn't like. Then I popped all to a container inside the toolbox. Now I can fllip through all the ribbon easily when ever I like.

I'm still thingking about button storage, I'm not too keen on the minigrip bag style.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Yarn storage container

In addition of painting the office walls and the bookcases I've also done some organizing of my craft stuff. I'm on Aby's workshop for craft spaces and even though I had a pretty clear image of what I wanted to accomplish in the office I still wanted to take that workshop and I'm glad I did. I think I have been more motivated to work with the office redo with the support from the group than I would have been without it.

Most people in the workshop are not doing as extensive redo for their creative space but are decluttering and organizing their craft stuff. So of course I was inspired by them and started thinking of my yarn storage. I looked and looked for a perfect size container with dividers for my craft cabinet, but I couldn't find one. Then I figured I could make one myself.

I was going to write a full tutorial how to make the following type of container, but as always it didn't really go as I planned. But here is anyway somesort of report how I made it.

The materials I used for the container was a big piece of leftover cardboard (and actually I needed even a bit more than that) and I also used two old sheets. I wanted my container to be square so I cut from the cardboard one bottom piece, six long pieces and six short pieces. The long pieces are equal lenght as the sides of the bottom plate and one small piece is a one third of the side of the bottom plate.

Then I cut fabric according to the sizes of the cardboard pieces. I was first planning to attach the dividers on the bottom and sides of the container, so at first I sewed three pieces formed like in the picture under.

After that I realized that it was going to be too difficult to attach the dividers to the bottom and the side and just ripped some fabric out and made the container it self separate. Here you see before I ripped the excess material off.

On this stage I had finished the dividers and I had almost finished the container too. In that stage the bottom cardboard piece needs to be placed inside the fabric layers before the last side was attached.

The last seams I sewed by hand, I wanted the seam to look neat and with the serger I could have only sewn it from the outside and that would have been also very tricky with all the big cardboard pieces.

There it is all finished. You'll notice I also added a handle, there is one also on the back side. I sewed the handle first to the fabric only and then later added the black cross through all the layers, the cardboard and all.

The container turned out quite sturdy and very roomy. It fit all my yarn so easily that I could have double the amount I have now. And the container fits into my craft cabinet perfectly. I love it!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Déjà vu

I have a feeling I've done this before, removing wallpaper I mean. Somehow it feels different though, like it was a different wall or something before. I could be imagining though.

Or maybe that actually happened.
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