Thursday, September 16, 2010


I mntioned in an earlier post about th hubby and the kitchen.  I would have been happy with just painting the cupboards and adding handles to the doors and putting in a new bench top.  My kitchen was built in the mid 80's and has a terracotta bench with vanilla doors.  I wanted it changed to off white doors and a grey stone look bench.  Easy to do with a lick of paint for the doors.

But hubby decided that it would be better to remove all the cupboards and put in new ones.  So that is what we are doing.  Making that decision was easy, but it means having to replace the floor and wall tiles as the new cupbaords are a different size to the old ones.  Our youngest child (YC) had an 'ah hah' moment the other day when she said "Mum, you'll have to repaint the walls too."  I told her that was the smallest part of the job.  I now have to think about what tiles I want, as well as having had to decide on door colours (the company we are using didn't have the colour I wanted) and profiles, cupboard sizes, drawers or not, etc.  We haven't even looked at a new bench top yet.  The cupboards are ordered and we have to go pick them up from a town 3 1/2 hours away in a few weeks.  The new appliances are also available for pick - they at least will sit there until they're to be installed. 

Hubby will be installing the cupboards, so I will be without a kitchen for a few weeks once he starts.  At least he can do one side at a time.  The pantry cupboards will go in first and then the rest of them (these ones are in a 'L' shape and so have to go in at once.  When people ask about meals, I tell them we have great takeaway around here.

Where is at at the moment??  Well I have the original cupboards but no tiles on the floor.  Our house is built on a concrete slab.  My kitchen floor is currently dug up concrete slab - a bit rough but not too bad I spose.  I like camping indoors!  You can see the floor under/around the dog in the pic below.  The pale grey is the slab, the darker grey is still the tile glue which isn't there anymore.

Don't you just love animals eyes when taken with a flash?
Mind you we have one dog (the ginger one in the Japan pic) who always always closes his eyes when we take a photo of him.  The only pic we have f him with his eyes open was taken by a professional pet photographer.

More Posters

Here are the last 2 posters I have painted for the claisthenics club.  They have been given a black border since the pic was taken.  I hope they hang well on the stands they are to be used with.  Each of the posters is fabric with a wood slat at the top and the bottom.  I will see them on stage tonight!!

Paris' Eiffel Tower              and                  Japan's Mt Fuji.

One of the dogs decided to put his head in the photo too..

Monday, September 13, 2010

Art Worx

Thought I would share some pics of an art project my EC (eldest child) had to do for uni.  One of the girls in her art class wanted to buy these.
They are paper glued onto stretch canvas and then covered in melted bees wax.  We probably should have added a hardening resin, but we had enough trouble finding the bees wax.  The art teacher was very impressed.  EC had fun doing them too; so much so that given enough of a push she would make more and try to sell them somewhere.  No idea what they would go for.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Taj Mahal

Ok here's the rotated Taj pic.  Taken from above on the stairs.  The Scotland one also has the black border now.

Painted scenery

Here's a another painting I did recently.  It goes with the one for the Taj.  There will also be one of the Eiffel Tower (a work in progress) and one of Mount Fuji.  They all have to be done for Thursday night.
It is supposed to be of a lake in Scotland, with associated castle.  Scottish scenes are very hard to do and have them distinctive.  You can just see it, but I put 'Nessie' in the lake on the left.  Hopefully people will notice it and have an ah hah moment.

The Taj Mahal

This is the real one and below is a pic of one that I painted as a background scene for my daughters calisthenics team.  I felt rather proud of my effort even though it is a bit wonky.

Mmmmm......... need to rotate it!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What has life thrown me?

  • Parents who want to see me and mine far more than I am capable of providing...

  • A husband who took the words "I'm tired of the colour of the kitchen.  How about we paint it, cupboards and all" to mean lets redesign the whole thing, gut it completely and change it all.  I'll do all the work (I'm good at building things); we can get it cheaply from a place in Warnambool (3.5hrs away), even cheaper if we go pick it up.

  • Children who expect me to be able to collect them from work/school/etc when they feel like a lift....
I don't really want this blog to be whinge fest so hopefully that is out of my system.  I hope to get up some pics of the kitchen as it progresses - it currently has concrete as the floor as the tiles have been rippped up.  I also took some pics of the animals last night as well as a painting I have done for the calisthenic club, and I intend on posting them also.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So what do you call your first blog??

I have for a long time thought that people who blog have nothing else to do and need to get a life.  I mean who has the time to sit and talk/type to no-one?   Surely these people have a house to clean, work to go to, friends to see, places to go??  My days are an endless stream of things to do, places to go. 

Well, maybe not...

So it looks like I am one of  'those' people now.  Here it is... My blog on what life has thrown me at this stage of life.  Hope anyone who reads this, enjoys it and finds ..... something....