Sunday, 31 July 2016

Kayla's Terrarium Making Birthday Party

My Daughter and I made this Terrarium together and had so much fun making it.
She asked if we could make some with her friends as well, so we came up with the idea to do this for her birthday party.
We made little bunnies and mushrooms for her friends out of Fimo clay.
The table was set up to be interactive.
Once the girls had their moss and plants in, 
they could choose little bits and pieces to add to their terrariums.
We had a Ladybug village,
and a Bunny Town.
Kayla was just as excited to make the food fit the theme, so we chose our party food wisely.
By this stage she was totally in charge of displaying it. ;-)
A bit of Ivy and some twigs set the scene. 
We managed to find most of these items around the house.
Delicate little hands were just what was needed to put it all together.
The girls had a ball and were so excited to take their own terrariums home.
So much fun!! You only turn 7 once!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Art work Inspiration

I saw this painting in a window and I couldn't stop thinking about it.
I knew I had an old board that I could paint over 
so I got the kids together to help me try and recreate it.

We mixed some colours and gel mediums together.
Zach wanted to use his fingers while Kayla was a natural with the pallet knife.  

Since the background was already dark with left a tiny space between the colours.
My friend Sam who loves to bake was great at spreading the paint out evenly.
She had never painted like this before and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Before we knew it we were done.
I think I like our version better too,
especially since it was a collaboration by
friends and family.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Reclaimed Tasmanian Oak table

A friend of mine recently
 saved some timber from a demolition that he thought I might like.
Thank you Rob!!
I do like!
A lot!!!

Reclaimed Tasmanian Oak
roof beams

Ever since I first went into Mark Tuckey's furniture store,
 I have dreamed of making an amazing piece of furniture from reclaimed timber.
 I discovered a new workshop up in Northcote called 

They allow people to use their equipment for a small charge.
Or in my case, 
help me create something amazing
that I could never do on my own.

Scott was lovely to work with,
and he showed me how to do
 every step along the way.

First we had to remove the nails
ok..get my gear on...

Their workshop was so cool.
They have been featured in a few magazines recently
and I can totally see why!!

This room houses their awesome
Scott showed me how it worked
 and even let me have a turn.


How amazing does it look?

Scott cut the mitered edges.

 A practice run...
to see how it will all fit together.

He showed me how to fill in the cracks and nail holes with a black putty.

Scott also showed me how to sand the timber.
This job he then left up to me.
My pleasure!
This timber was unreal.
I seriously could have sanded it all day.
It was smooth as silk
by the time I was done!

To join the pieces seamlessly,
Scott used a biscuit cutter to create theses slots.
Just to be sure...he put 5 on each side.

Tasmanian Oak 
is amazing in its raw state.

We needed lots of glue!!!
Now to put it all together

Pop & Scott
 have all the gear you need to make
 just about anything.
 They are currently expanding to include even more wonderful things.

We used these super large clamps 
to hold it together 
until the glue set. 

Now to wait 24 hrs

And here is the finished piece.
Well, almost....
I couldn't bare to varnish this amazing timber,
so for now it is unsealed
until I figure out a way to wax it and keep that natural colour.

My very own
hand made
 Mark Tuckey style table,
for a fraction of a fraction of the price.

I can't wait to go back!


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