My weekdays are filled with crafts and work, my weekends filled with landscaping.
The exception for this week is I got to get a little creative with the garden work!
With a tight deadline (we have 6 weeks left to get it all done) we were running out of time to shop for the perfect garden trellises to go out the front of the house.
I’ve always loved working with copper, and have lusted after a copper tube garden trellis for a while now, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to branch into metal working for a day or two!
It was relatively easy, I cut all pipe to lengths of 50cm, and use fittings and Gorilla Glue to attach everything together. We totally sucked at the maths in the beginning, and then extended the measurements to fill the space better, so it took two trips to Bunnings to get all the required materials!
I shopped at Bunnings for all my supplies.
7 pieces of copper pipe 3/4″ x 1.5m
3 pieces of copper pipe 1/2″ x 1.5m
4 copper reducing elbows 20 x 15mm
16 copper capillary reducings 20 x 20 x 15mm
And a small amount of Gorilla Glue
Each trellis measured 2.5m high before concreting into the ground. Approx 2.25m is visible once installed
This was by no means a cheap DIY, but I did get to make something that’s been on my wish list for a while now and was able to customize it to our space. It would look totally awesome if you used recycled copper tube. Copper only gets prettier with wear and ageing! Alas, I didn’t have the time to source recycled materials for this project.
I’m off to buy the passionfruit this morning. We planted a dwarf apricot tree in one of the bricked up holes (in the photo above, you can see the edge at the very bottom right), and are searching for a dwarf mulberry for the other hole (to the left). Grass goes in this Saturday too! And Guy is super excited to chuck in some nasturtiums for a bit of colour over summer!
Hopefully after this weekend we will be finished with landscaping (apart from planting the veggie garden) for a while, or at least until after the wedding! We have a lovely recycled brick path planned for down the side of the house, that will be a summer holidays task!
There’s been so much happening lately that the studio slowly became an unworkable space and I ended up spreading out across the living area too.
It was time.
Time for a big tidy up!
And a perfect opportunity to walk you through the space I call a studio!
We moved into our house just over two years ago now. The space which became my studio is a room approx 5m x 4m right at the front of the house. For normal people, this would be considered a second living area, but for me, it is filled with wondrous art and craft supplies!
We built a few pieces from Ikea bases and Bunnings kitchen bench tops. This allowed us to customize the desk and table for the size of the room.
I have an office area with all the officey stuff.
A giant table which my sewing machine sits on, as well as a cutting board.
Squeezed into another corner is a multipurpose table. This has been a desk area for Guy, a drawing area, its had the sewing machine set up on it. At the moment it’s a bit of a wool projects area. I have been felting there (before I drifted out into the living room), my blending board is set up on it, and my spinning wheel is close by.
And of course, we can’t forget about the Guinea Pigs! Lindor, Iba and Ebonys house runs a fair distance across the room, in front of my beautiful glass doors. They have the best spot in the room! (not even exaggerating, before we got them, this is where I liked to sit!) They are spoilt little pigs! They don’t really NEED this much space, but it allows them to be active. It lots of fun having them in the room I spend most of my time in! I get to listen to their little noises, take a few moments to watch their crazy antics and just keep their company 🙂
This is by no means “finished”. Next year I will hopefully get some giant cupboards with sliding doors to go along the wall. At the moment this has a cube set, draw/cupboard set and a big white cupboard. I’m hoping something with sliding doors will allow the space to work a bit better. I also have a quilting frame that I may need to squeeze in somewhere (no idea how)!
Another thing on my “studio to do list” is make window coverings for the three windows across the front. At the moment they have sheers and then pieces of curtain backing fabric pinned into the frames. I want to make roman blinds for each window, but I also want to sew/applique/embellish them, so each blind is a piece of artwork in their own right.
Just looking back over the photos now, it still doesn’t look all that clean after tidying up! But it feels clean! So that’s all that matters, as I move forward with other projects!
As I sit down to write this, I am a little bit annoyed at myself. I was hoping to have all my felting done and dusted. Alas, I am still working away at my bouquet. I showed you all the flowers I had made last week. I will be at least a week behind schedule when I finish them. With two months until the wedding, this isn’t a massive stress, but with two months until the wedding I had hoped to have at least STARTED my wedding dress.
Everything else is starting to come together. I found the most spectacular necklace and earrings from Mariana. I’m experimenting with beauty regimes that I would never have tried before (can you say manicure?) and the landscaping is coming along – we just need to plant the backyard and we have started the front yard.
I teach you now how to make a super simple flower.
It basically starts off felting a couple of circles. I draw circles on the back of bubble wrap as a guide to size and shape. Then I layer roving over these areas.
I used this technique and variations of this technique to make all my flowers. You can vary how many layers you use for a different look. You can leave out the ball for the centres and just use beads instead. I went to town with the beads, stitching them around the ball in the centre.
Today I’m madly sewing stems and figuring out if I need to make any more flowers! Hopefully *cross my fingers and toes* I’ll be reporting the beginnings of my dress next week!