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Another Ikea Fabric Remnant, Another Curtain

The last window that needs a lovely curtain. It’s in the laundry room and directly opposite my neighbour’s front door and windows. Some privacy is in need, even it’s just to do the laundry and ironing.
Laundry Window

A little bit of sewing later…
Sewing Curtain

Another new curtain from an Ikea fabric remnant. Don’t you just love a quick, cheap craft project? 🙂
New Laundry Curtain
I think the curtain doesn’t look as good as the toilet because the laundry room hasn’t been painted yet. The door and window frame is still the original wood and the walls are still the dirty yellow I dislike so much. I can’t wait to see how it all looks when the room’s been painted.

Do you want to have a closer look at the fabric? There are quite a few types of birds on it. Recognise any?
Ikea Fabric Remnant Close-Up

The Ikea fabric lets in just enough light and they both look just as good from the outside. I’ve taken these photos from the backyard, looking up. The small window on the left is the toilet window.
Windows with New Curtains

You can just see the curtain when the window is slightly open.
Curtain at Toilet Window
I promise that tomorrow won’t be another post about curtains. 😛 But I’ve found a cute way to use up the little leftover Ikea fabric I have left.

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How to Store Painting Tools

Brushes, rollers and leftover paint have to be stored properly to prolong their life. I thought I might share some useful tips that I’ve gotten from here and there on how to do this.

Most importantly, you must clean your painting tools according to the type of paint you’ve used. Most household paints are now water-based so painting tools are a lot easier to clean. Simply scrap off excess paint onto several layers of newspaper and rinse in warm, soapy water. For a paint roller, roll the excess paint onto newspaper before washing in the same way. You can also get a tool from your hardware store, like Bunnings, which squeezes the excess paint out of rollers. Cheap and very handy.

Once your painting tools are clean and dry, you can’t just throw them into a drawer and hope for the best the next time you need them. With a little help from good, old regular cling wrap, you can ensure that your painting tools stay in good condition.
Equipment

Wrap your clean, dry brushes and rollers in cling wrap. The cling wrap keeps the bristles in position and keep your painting tools free from dust.
Using Cling Wrap
Cling Wrap Rollers Too

If you’ve spent a bit more to buy quality paint brushes, the brushes would have come with protective sheaths. These sheaths are not merely for packaging and marketing. They are designed to be reused over and over again to store your brushes in pristine condition.
Using the Protective Covers

I’ve also recently learnt from my father-in-law the proper way to store leftover paint long term. The air in your half-empty (or half-full 😛 ) can of paint will slowly dry out your paint. So a piece of cling wrap placed directly on the paint will protect its surface. Your paint will now stay fresh longer. Obvious, isn’t it? Talk about a DUH moment.
Placing Cling Wrap in Paint Tins
Placing Cling Wrap in Paint Tins

And before you hammer the lid closed on your can of paint, grab a piece of flat wood. Place it on the rim of the lid and gently tap the wood with the hammer. It’s a lot easier to open the lid next time if the lid is not damaged.

Hope these tips help in some way. And if you have more tips or you’ve got a better way of doing things, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello!

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Shopping

I had a very successful trip to Ikea today. Picked up the curtains and curtain-y things I wanted. And also got some very cute fabric remnants and a $4 salad bowl. I was expecting the bowl to be plastic with that price tag, but it’s glass. Yipee! On the way home, we dropped into Bunnings, my second most favourite place to shop (Ikea topping that list naturally), and got more curtain related items and cleaning products. So not only will my house be pretty and private, it’ll be clean too! Yay!
Ikea

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More Home Renos

We are charging ahead with our home renovations at the moment and it has been equally tiring and rewarding. We’ve set a deadline for the end of the year where the most essential improvements must be done. So here are some of the things we got up to over the last fortnight.

Richard has put in all the downlights in the living space now. There are 8 in the living room, 2 in the dining area and 4 in the kitchen. The house sparkles when the lights are on. I, on the other hand, have been painting the windows and doors.

Before (in 2008)
Living Room
Dining Room & Kitchen

After
New Downlights & Painted Door & Window
Painted door &Window

And I am also loving our new 3-in-1 bathroom light, heater and exhaust fan.
New 3-in-1 Bathroom Light

We also got a free cat door from friends so even the cats have moved up in life!
New Cat Door

Our second bedroom had been used as an office but when we moved that downstairs, we used it as a store room for all the painting and renovation gear. Now it’s being used again as an office while the office downstairs gets renovated. Clear about that? 😛 But we love this little desk setup at the moment that we’ve decided to keep the desktop in this room and use the laptop in the office downstairs (when the renovation is done).
Temp Office?

I’d like to draw your attention to the printer stand made by yours truly. It’s made out of recycled timber, a very old print painting, Araldite glue (thanks James) and a few small nails.
Printers
Homemade Printer Stand
It might not look fantastic but it works. I’ll pretty it up when I have time.

So in the other corner of the room, I have a desk which I want to use for product photography. I still need a few more things to accomplish this but it’ll be so good when it’s all set up.
My Future Photography Desk
(Hope, you’ll be happy to know that I used your spinning wheel a few days ago. 🙂 )

So this is the office downstairs that’s awaiting our attention. It’s a room just off our garage which needs to be painted, concrete floor polished, downlights put in and a new door (where the curtains are hanging). Then we need to build a large desk and shelving. Easy peasy! 😛
Office Awaiting Renos

Ok one more last thing. It’s really minor but my mother-in-law thought I should share it on my blog anyway. My Hills Hoist clothesline used to have 5 lines going around but as our trees in the garden grew bigger, the clothesline couldn’t rotate anymore as it got caught in the branches.
Clothesline Shortened
Thanks to Mr Angle Grinder, we said sayonara to the last line. Four rubber ends later, the clothesline is at a better suited size for our little backyard and it can now rotate freely with the wind.
Clotheslines in Action

Wow! We’ve been busy and this has been one looonnggg post. Should really blog more regularly. 😛

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New & Improved Craft Space

Let’s start with how my old craft space (aka living room) used to look like. Hmmm… pretty embarrassing.
My Old Crafting Space aka Sofa

I would squeeze myself into a corner of the sofa and have a massive craft explosion around me. I would slouch over my work for hours and have a terribly sore back and shoulders by the end of it. No matter how much I try to prop my back straight with the cushions, I just ended up hunched over again. And just before the hubby gets home, I would go into a frantic clean up so we can actually use the living room together.

It had reached a point where I was rather unhappy with my own messiness. My work space just didn’t flow and I wasn’t having much fun. I headed to Kmart immediately and came back with several cheap organizing solutions. The foldable fabric project box and plastic containers cost me less than $20! Doh! I kicked myself for not buying these sooner.
Portable Project Box
Notion Organizers

I was crocheting with my plastic 6.5mm crochet hook the other day and snapped it! My tension was clearly too tight but that also meant buying a new hook to finish my project. I looked online for a crochet hook set and came across the Boye Crochet Master set. 24 hooks and carry case for only $27+postage. Ordered the set immediately from OzQuilts and the set arrived 2 days later. I love speedy services!
Boye Crochet Master Set
Aren’t they spiffy? Into the project box they go- neat, tidy and very accessible.

I’ve also been wanting to buy a chair specifically for crafting for years now. I’ve searched the web and gone to Ikea and other furniture shops several times to try out chairs but nothing felt right. Plus the wallet was too thin to justify a hobby chair.

Then I got into exercising again. I’ve been bushwalking every weekend and doing yoga several mornings a week. I was tempted to blow up my fitness ball again to use as a chair like I used to but I thought I’d just have a look at how much a proper fitness ball chair would cost. $80 delivered! That’s crazy! Did I buy it? Heck yeah! It was easier to justify the purchase as it’s for my exercise AND craft. Here’s to good health!
Fitness Ball Chair

To say I’m happy with the fit chair would be a gross understatement. It’s comfortable and keeps my posture straight for hours. I can’t really slouch in it as the back support is so snug against my back. My lower back and core muscles felt like they’ve had a good workout the first few times I’ve used it. Those muscles clearly don’t get worked enough when I was slouching all the time. Richard keeps saying how much taller and leaner I look now. Yes, ladies, you can craft and exercise at the same time. 🙂 Hehe…
Crafting On My New Fit Ball Chair

Don’t I look all proper in my new chair and project box? Crocheting and knitting ergonomically without all the mess around me. Ahhh… the serenity…

P.S. 50 points if you can spot Olly, my ginger cat in one of the photos!

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