Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winter sunshine productivity


Yep, the sun has been shining down, everyone is recovered and we have all been busy, busy, busy. I finally finished this little corduroy bunny for a friend's baby boy. I even managed a little embroidery so all the big brothers know who this bunny belongs too.


Legoman was inspired to do a little deconstruction. He is itching to take the back of our house apart piece by piece, sometimes I humour him and let him destroy things. In this case, some rafters and lattice on our silly little deck that block the light and don't really offer much else. ( Except perhaps structural support, hoping the whole thing doesn't keel over now).


I do like being able to see more of that wonderful old frangipani tree. When we renovate, the lounge room will extend out to the cubby door and we are thinking of putting a big fixed pane window in to enjoy looking out onto that lovely tree. In the meantime, I need to finish painting that back wall of the house in just one shade of grey.


We also started work on the back garden. This potentially snake infested prairie that was a for a short time our chook run, was next on the list. (Our chooks were foxed about this time last year, we will probably get some more after we renovate). There is a nasty raised garden bed under here that we are going to dig out, this will give us more lawn and then we will put some thought into some new planting along the back fence.



And would you believe it but the minute there is rampant  destruction, neighbourhood boys are flushed out and ready to wield mattocks. We need all the enthusiastic ten year olds we can get, there is a vast quantity of CARPET under all the dirt. We have already found masses of it already, if you are lucky it comes out in a sheet, otherwise it seems to come out one unravelled strand at a time.


And it wasn't all work and no play either. Since we had all this spare wood from the deck decon lying around, surely something could be done.


How about making a start on a treehouse platform thingy, for crazy wild stunt swinging.


Hard to get a good shot when they are having this much fun.


Next weekend, there is going to be a whole lotta digging going on over here at Betsy's.

16 comments:

  1. Looks like you we be very busy, for a very long time! Little rabbit looks great, good idea to embroider names on the back! Save on arguments! Ada :)

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  2. that looks like an awesome, fun weekend. the bunny is delightful! :)sarah

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  3. Wow, great plans and good to get the hands dirty. Very clever bunny, I am sure he will be much loved. Looking forward to seeing your journey here, again.
    xx
    jill

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  4. Nice, big yard Mel - I wish we had room for chooks and a veggie garden. Looks like the boys had lots of fun. I still find it amazing that you can get away with wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of Winter! Love your bunny too. xx

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  5. The little bunny is so sweet. Good job.
    You are making very good progress on the garden.
    x

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  6. Oh my, your backyard looks like a little boy paradise! My two would adore digging for carpet, sorry treasure and swinging from the trees! I am not at all surprised that half the neighbourhood children ended up in your garden! Your little bunny is divine, well done! Baby Noah will treasure it! x

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  7. What is it with men and deconstruction? Happens here too much. Love the shot of the kids running amok in the trees. Such fun. xx

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  8. Love your bunny....and It always feels so good to get things done around the house!

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  9. I used to get excited by deconstruction,thinking it meant progress,however getting the job finished didn't hold the same enthusiasm.Pity someone couldn't bottle a child's energy,I'm sure we could all use some.Love the bunny,very cute childsafe eyes,nose and mouth.Sure it will be much loved.

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  10. I love the little bunny. So cute in the corduroy. It looks so much warmer where you guys are. We're waiting until Spring to start any new projects (they never seem to end though do they..always something to do or improve) as it's pretty miserable outside right now. Would love to have a frangipani but they just don't grow here.

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  11. Gorgeous softie, will be well loved no doubt. I do enjoy your blog Mel. Reading your stories always brings a smile. Love your little adventurer swinging from the tree.
    In reply to your comment re the blanket...I stitched the quilt top and the chenille together, sewing 1/4 inch next to every seam-both vertically and horizontally. So it is just like a quilt but without any batting sandwiched in the middle. Hope that makes sense. My kids are all very tactile. They have always had blankets of varying textures. Ollie LOVES this chenille. Hope you're having a great week. Leax

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  12. The Big Fellas- they do like a bit of deconstruction. Men never had more fun than when he demolished our 1940's kitchen. Sheer heaven (for us both). "Extension" is such a pretty word.

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  13. What the!! Look what everyone is wearing. I am soooo jealous. It is freezing down south at the moment. :) Love the bunny, so cute.

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  14. that bunny is so cool! Nice work xx

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  15. Hi Mel, I'm new to your lovely blog! I like your Betsy story. I have just completed bringing an old fibro beach shack back to life, it has been an amazing journey and now that I have almost completed her, the landscaping still underway. I am happy and sad. I love vintage and design vintage inspired children's clothing. If I'm not at home, I can be found at auction houses and op shops looking for more treasure. Love your little vintage sheet dress! Following your blog.

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  16. That bunny is very sweet. Gee those neighbourhood boys are handy to have around. I bet they'd be happy to mow your lawn soon:)xx

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