Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Art work

Well I got to the end of the first semester in one piece and passed the assessments with not very flying colours although they did say I had potential so I suppose that is something.  So I thought I should post a few images and possibly the writing for your perusal.  I will say that the pieces looked really good hung up :)

Essay and illustrations

Ended up just posting the whole link.  There are photos of my pieces in here too.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Squiggly rug

Late last year I bought some patterns from Sarah London.  They are yummy!  I got keen enough to start the squiggles rug one and got about three lines of the grid finished before it hit me that somewhere in my collection of things not quite right was a blanket with a tree on it that I made about 20 years back. It was not useful because the grid was too open and the babies caught their fingers in it and it was a little large in to the bargain.

So, to cut a long story short, I dug it out (from the last possible place to look of course) and decided that with a bit of alteration, I could make the squiggles pattern work.  I used all recycled wool and any weight that fitted (doubled if necessary) and this is what resulted.

I have since given it to my friend (she wasn't expecting it :) because she has always done me favours and because every time I took it to knitting group, she just had to touch it.  So I know it will be loved.

The photos are taken on our bed which is a double. I think I used every bit of green I had and some besides on the tree!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

school/build update

I'm hard at it back at art school with things to think about, things to make and things to write.  It's all great - should have come back here several years ago :)

Apart from that things are distinctly not good round here.  The council is in the process of condemning all of our new build.  None of it conforms to code so it will all have to go.  That's about 35,000 dollars gone down the drain and I don't see much chance of getting it back although we intend to try. The best we can hope for is to get the builder removed from the registry (we did check that he was registered and talked to his last job too).  How do people like this live with themselves!

I have to say that the council have been very good so far.  So has the new architect and the new builder but we are limited in what we can do because there is no more money.  Matt reckons it will take at least 2 years to fix things - I think it looks more like 10. 

The worst of it is having no kitchen.  The fridge and oven and freezer are in the back hall.  The two cupboards and sideboard are in the living room with the table - that is to say, I don't have a living room and my work table is squashed into the corner.  You have to go outside to the laundry for water (luckily there is a proper sink in there) and the bathroom is also outside although it is usable and there is a veranda roof over the deck (not enough to keep you dry when the rain blows from that direction unfortunately).

We still have a nice finished bedroom but that won't last as the foundations all along that side have to be removed and replaced properly.  I'm hoping to hold off until after winter at least for that job.

The plan is to put in the big glass door and the carport/deck first as this will improve the temperature inside and it is all on the old consent (and we have the door and have the builder paid for this) so just has to be drawn up properly. We will hopefully be able to do a lot of the work ourselves which should make it possible. The rest will have to have a new consent probably as the architect thinks it better to demolish the present laundry bathroom as its fabric is pretty unsound even apart from the badly installed floor.  So we might as well get designs for a whole new lean-to whilst we are about it.

Who knows when that will happen! (a thing with lots of legs just alighted on my curtain.....indoor/outdoor living has the odd drawback!).

In some ways it's better because we now know the worst of it but touch me and I'll bleed.....

(what on earth does a creature that size do with all that leg! Apart from wave them at me that is :)


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Several minutes of fame!

I have now appeared on German tv.

wow :)

Cleaning a window!

Near the end of this link for those that want a look and I have no idea what the translation says.

Hope this works as I've not done this before.