Friday, June 29, 2012

Colour swatch

This is the colour swatch for a raw-edge rug I plan to make. Do you like the colours?

Canary  |  Bone  |  Charcoal  |  Steel

What is the CODE?

Well, it's a completely awesome (is that Kiwi enough for you?) sports show on Maori TV. Those who know me, know that, although I pretend, I am not particularly sporty. I don't like to watch it on TV either but I still find CODE thoroughly entertaining. It's anchored by ex-Silver Fern, Jenny-May Coffin and is backed up by ex-All Black, Glen Osborne (Oz) and other ex- and current sportsfolk.

Lots of fun combined with their unique interviewing style makes for an entertaining hour – choice Bro! Last night we got to see what goes on behind the scenes when we were part of the live studio audience. It started at 8.30pm so some children were a bit tired (and a bit annoying) but other than that, it was great. The current episode wasn't on the web at the time of writing this post but you can check back here later (episode 9, 28 June). Two of last nights guests were WBO Heavyweight Champion, Monte "Two Gunz" Barratt and NZ Olympic-bound mountain biker and mother of two, Karen Hanlen (very admirable woman). After the show we got to meet some of the hosts and guests.

Here's Steve with Monte "Two Gunz" Barratt.

Me and the girls with Oz.

Me and the girls with JMay.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's been a while...

Hi folks,

I don't really have an excuse for the spartant posting an. Things have been chugging along at their usual pace. We have had a couple of birthdays in our household this month: Eadie has finally clicked over to double digits hitting the big one-zero; as for Steve, he'd rather not talk about it. That's it on the birthday front for a while now.

The netball season got off to a very wet start and has continued that way. I think we've had one clear game night – the rest have been completely hideous. I think netball should be a summer sport in NZ. We are almost at the end of another school term which marks the halfway mark for the year which is kinda scarey. Over the holidays we will head up to Ruakaka for a few days, then squeeze in a couple of days back in Auckland before hitting the slopes on Ruapehu.

I've enrolled in a beginners upholstery course which begins next term. I've been wanting to do this for-EVER! I'm really looking forward to learning so new skills so that I can breath some new life into some of my fave pieces.

Steve and I are experimenting with a low-carb diet. I thought this would be really, really hard but it's not. It's surprising how full you feel when you eat a lot of protein (we go through a lot of eggs). So we're eating less and feeling fuller. It's been two weeks with no real signs of weight loss but some of us are feeling less bloated.

1. The birthday girl.
2. The birthday boy. (There really weren't enough candles on that cake!)
3. Birthday card Eadie made for Steve. (Very cute.)
4. New wardrobe staple purchased especially for netball spectating.
5. Eggs! We need to get some more chickens.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

What I did today...

Well, not today exactly; not even last week; more like a few weeks ago. My blogging is just catching up with real life.

I salvaged this old desk from the school. Doing it up was a joint effort by Steve and I; we were trying to get it finished before the weather turned. [How we would  love to have a workroom where we could work on projects over time without being reliant on good weather.]

It got a coat of paint on the frame and a new ply top which was painted in a white lime wash. Miss Ruby was chuffed with the result and happy to have a larger desk. I think this set of Ikea drawers would go nicely.

It's a shame I didn't get a photo of the desk before it went into her room as you can see from the "After shot", nothing looks good when chaos reigns. It really did turn out quite nice though; a sort of chic industrial look.

Before shot:

After shot: 

After several pleas to tidy her room, the best Miss Ruby could do was tidy her desk. I guess it's a start.