Tonight a group of us from our work's Innovation Network visited Questacon's Technology Learning Centre for a work-related event. I expected it to be interesting and informative. What I didn't expect was to see this:
Custom fabric and wallpaper printing company Spoonflower usually offers its subscribers free samples of new fabrics they're offering. I was very pleased to get the latest offer, which was for their faux suede: which I thought would be very useful for mini rugs. The pattern I chose was new zealand stamps with kiwi (sic), which I believed would give me lots of cool possibilities to play with.
My sample arrived on Friday
and I wasted no time cutting out my first rug and testing its suitability:
I think I'll be buying more of this. Did you take advantage of the faux suede offer? If so, what pattern did you choose (and what are you doing with it?)
This weekend I've been sewing up a storm at Margell. With winter well and truly arrived, it's time to work on making things as cosy as possible around here. The first step is to make some blinds for the windows to keep as much of the warm in as possible.
It's freezing. I have a flat inspection on Tuesday. So decided that my focus this weekend would be on cleaning and tidying the house (which would hopefully keep me warm). What wasn't on my list was finally deciding what I was going to do with the second table I bought for $4 at the 2013 Sydney show (you'll remember that I painted the first one yellow last year). But I did. I was inspired by a rustic table I'd seen some time last week in my magazine, book or blog reading (I can't remember which), where the legs had been painted black and the top was rustic and worn looking.
I'd planned to pull apart one of the Typo boxes and use the sides to make the table top, but when I noticed that the one I pulled out of the stash was a coffee box there was a bit of a change of plan.
So I experimented with cutting up the front of the box and mixing the bits up for some rustic reuse.
After a bit of work with the raw umber acrylic to stain the sides and gaps, I'm leaving it to dry overnight.
Then I'll decide it I want to attack it with the sander...
After a nap which took pretty much all afternoon and an early night I woke up this morning feeling almost human.
After a leisurely breakfast I decided a gentle walk in the sun was just what I needed (the fact that the monthly markets were on had nothing to do with it, honest!) And I'm very pleased I ventured out. Because look what I found waiting for me on one of the trash and treasure stalls:
Can you believe they only wanted $5 for it? The old dear who was running the stall said 'Oh, it's a bit old and faded: I guess you're after it for your dog, now the weather's turning cold...'
I didn't have the heart to tell her I wanted it for me, precisely because it was old and faded. It'll be a perfect extra layer over winter.
I've had a cold all week and wasn't sure I'd make it up to Margell this weekend, but told myself that once I'd unpacked I could go straight to bed if I wanted to. And at least I'd be ill in a whole new location (and in clean bed linen). Besides, I had a few things to deliver.
A new kitchen bench (An ex-commercial-kitchen bargain from ALLBIDS*. I still have no plumbing but at least I don't have to hunch to reach the school desks I was using. And this unit dismantled nicely to fit into the car.)
And a super-cheap IKEA DOCKSTA table I scored second hand off Gumtree*. Looking forward to using this.
I couldn't resist a quick stop at the op shops on the way though Margell, where I picked up a few necessities and a few fripperies. And now I'm heading back to bed for an afternoon nap. (*Not really but I can pretend, right?)
We agreed it was a perfect house warming present for a former school.
A few more things have been added to the decor this weekend. I got the pear poster from Superdooper Studio last week and Ruth brought the director's chair with her when I mentioned she'd have to either sit on the teacher's chair or a classroom chair.
So now there's somewhere for us both to sit while we eat delicious cakes for afternoon tea.
I got two posters from Superdooper Studios,as I couldn't decide between them. The second one went up in the sleeping area.