Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toadstools in the garden

It has been raining a bit, this last week or so and the toadstools are all out, I have no idea of their names, but they are very pretty. They are coming up in the wood chips in the garden, but also in the lawn, it always seems to be where there had been  a tree.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wax Eyes

I managed to photograph these lovely wee native birds (Maori name - tauhou) known as either Wax Eyes or Silver Eyes  Zosterops lateralis, they are smaller than a sparrow and a lovely shade of green, the name comes from a ring around their eyes. The two of them were very busy on the Red Hot Pokers Kniphofia, after the nectar.

Acrobatic little guys
So pretty

It must be yummy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Design

Wow what an amazingly long time it has taken me to redesign the look of my blog, just too many options to chose from, but I like the look of it, bit of a fan of street art and especially after seeing the Oi You exhibition at the Canterbury Museum a few weeks ago. Loved all the bright colours and the amazing skill of the artists.
There was also an exhibition of works by Banksie, very cool.

Finished bench

Yippee I did it and not as stressful as I thought it would be, I will try not to look too close to a couple of things that aren't quite right, but I am the only one who will ever notice.

It's so pretty !

The grain of the timber is just beautiful.

Now on to the other small bench that presently holds the toaster and electric jug, that will be more of a challenge, I am feeling more confident that I can do this.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kitchen Bench - a bit more progress

After a madly quick trip in to town this morning 'cos I sold a set of coasters and mini serving board on www.harkinsstore.felt.co.nz ! and had to get a box and tissue paper and post it off. I was really shocked to sell something so quickly, as I had only put them on my shop the day before, cool.
Anyway, my niece had given me an address for a packaging wholesaler and they had everything I wanted, now the proud owner of some lovely orange tissue, all 100 sheets!
Sorry, getting off track, a bit like me this morning. But after lunch I was back into it and working on the bench, glued it down and then clamped it, as the surface of the cupboard top is not level.

Got to love those clamps.

Then the half round moulding, the wall isn't straight either, so I had to use a bit on ingenuity and anything heavy I could find, what better than books and the F clamps, those puppies are heavy, perfect.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kitchen bench - finally getting it finished Part 1

On my second attempt at making a butcher block bench top I think I got it right, no it isn't perfect, but I am happy with it. Now as for me and all the procrastinating I have been doing, it was time to put my big girl panties on and actually finish this project !
So this morning I cleared off all the bits and pieces sitting on the old bench top and got stuck in. First came removing the two pieces of formica and that was fun, nothing like a bit of destruction to make my day.
And underneath it wasn't too bad, but the smell of the glue was quite strong, that formica must have been there for over 20 years and I could still smell it, strong stuff.

I used turps to remove some of the glue and then a razor blade , it hasn't all come off, but it was clean.

The next thing was the quarter round moulding across the back edge, I cut into the paint with a knife, so as not to damage too much paint, okay not completely successful, but it needs retouching anyway.
There's a gap ! not surprised with this house.
Then it was time to try the new top and see what it would look like. And it's not too bad, the quarter moulding is sitting on top, so I could visualise how it will eventually look.

Then it was time to trim the vertical moulding, and I used the Bosch multi tool, WOW it is fantastic and so easy to use, more fun for me !

 Then I had to do a made dash to Mitre 10 to get the new moulding and it seems the original is no longer made (old house) but Will was very helpful and we got the closest to the old one, plus some square as well, as there was that gap to fill.
The good thing about the new mouldings is you can glue them, no need for nails and wood putty, cool.
The square moulding will not been seen, just filling the gap.

And a tricky bit on the end, will be working on that tomorrow.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Autumn morning

Yesterday was a beautiful autumn morning and there was sea fog across the harbour.

Sea Fog across the harbour

Crab apples for the birds