Monthly Archives: May 2015

wallpaper with a difference

I found these amazing wallpapers at notonthehighstreet.com. Yes, they really are wallpaper. I am thinking that you could create the one below directly on to the wall using old book pages and photographs. How cool would that be?

These are by Pip Studio

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These cool tin designs are by Brooklyn Tin.

 

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Do you like wallpaper? I do.

 

home reno: new lights

We have selected our new lights and our order is in. We have gone for the Manor range from Beacon Lighting. These pictures show the range in a brown color but we have gone for the grey. The dining table will have the dome light with the cage beneath. This will also be in the entry. We have purchased the lamp and also 3 other cages that will just have the bare bulbs.  I shall show you once they are fitted.  Two cages will go over the kitchen bench and one on the stairs.  The lounge and kitchen will have spot lights in a matching color.

 

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For the bedroom and my dressing room I am having some bling!  Hubby is having a matching fitting from the manor range in his dressing room. Here is my pretty blingy light.

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Debra

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my new craft room wants

Having recently purchased my house I am now looking to set up my craft room. See my previous post on planning my craft room.  This will be a few months away as we have a lot of other renovations to do before that room, but a girl can dream.  I have been thinking about having my own personal space for years now, I have a little notebook of ideas that I jotted down at various times with ideas and inspirations. I also look online to see how other crafters have setup their rooms. My dilemma is that  I want so much in my room.

Here are some ideas I have found.

Here is a room that has provided heaps of inspiration, Karen at Sew Many Ways has a great post on her sewing space.

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I found this at Cool Room Ideas. Such a pretty fresh room with the green and white.

 

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And this is a good idea for pencils and brushes.

 

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Here is some of my stash and some of my family tree files in a cupboard at my old house.

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Here is my current list of *wants*:

  • sewing space including a place for my overlocker
  • I also want to teach sewing from home so I am thinking of having 5 spots for students, therefore I need sets of drawers and bench space for each person. I could also use this long bench for when I do my family tree and need to have lots of paperwork out.
  • a wrapping station – so sick of hunting for wrapping paper and cards. I want one space where I can have all the paper on rolls ready to wrap
  • a watercolour space, I dabble in watercolour painting so I definitely need one of these. Preferably close to the laundry where the sink will be.
  • a place for my computer or should I say computers, yes I am guilty of having more than one. Oh, and the tribe of printers.
  • cutting table, a large table where I can cut my fabrics that is at the right height so I don’t get a backache
  • fabric storage for both quilting and general sewing – doh!
  • I make and sell items at markets so I have a lot of tubs dedicated to that. I need somewhere to store them all.
  • Seating – I need my work chair plus 5 student chairs. I would also like a couch where I can sit comfortably and read.
  • I have a large table that is over 100 years old that I want to reuse. It measure about 1.2m x 2m.
  • Book storage – for all those inspirational books I have.
  • Somewhere to store the endless tubs, boxes and contains I have of “stuff”.  I am in to so many crafts that I have many of these.
  • Lighting – good task and overhead lighting will be a must!
  • Tool storage, especially those pesky large items like quilting rulers.
  • the pretties, I definitely need some pretty in this room for inspiration

I am lucky as my room is quite big, it measures 7.2m x 3.9m. It is currently has white floor tiles and I won’t have the money to change these as yet. It also has an access door to under the house that I need to keep. It is an old carport that has been bricked in so the walls are not that nice and they have ant capping about ⅓ of the way up that I need to keep.  I asked the builder about lining the walls but he is worried about termites if I do that so I have decided just to use it as is.  It is off the laundry and there is also a powder room and study on this level, so I will probably put the printers and computers into the study area. I may even use the study for the couch to free up room in the main craft room.

I shall let you know how it all goes.

til next time,
Debra.

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planning my new craft room

Today I have started looking at how to plan my room.  Firstly, a reminder on what I would like can be found here.  The door is at the top of the room over to the left hand side. As you walk in there is a big window at the end of the room and another 2 windows on the right hand side. I plan to put a long bench down the right hand side of the room under the windows.   My sewing machine and overlocker will go on this long bench.  I should have enough room for some drawer units under this bench and when I do classes this will be the student sewing stations. I think if I make it 5m long it will mean 1m per student and that should be enough.

My big craft table will go under the far window at the top of the room. Here I will do my watercolor, scrapbooking, card making and things. The left hand side wall is interspersed with cavities where they have plastered between the bricks. I have some slat mesh racking from my old shop that I will screw to the wall in these cavities and they will hold any hanging supplies and tools.  The slat mesh is very handy. You can buy from shop fitters or off eBay.  It comes in black and white and either 150cm or 180cm tall. I have both and I think it will fit here perfectly.

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I will also put my metal shelving on the right hand side as you walk into the room.  Here I will store all my plastic tubs. Each tub will be named (very roughly done currently) and sorted in some logical order so I can find them easily.

The centre of the room will be the piece de resistance. This will house a freestanding island bench, I am hoping that i can be at least 1.5m side x 3m long.  This will be for cutting on. Underneath I plan to have drawers to store fabric.  This one below looks pretty nice.  I don’t think my craft room would ever look this neat.

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I have a kitchen to pull apart and replace so I will be reusing the cupboards for that in my craft room but these new cupboards look so very nice.

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I was thinking all white but seeing this pretty coloured island I may change my mind.

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Here is a plan I have made that I think may work. The room is big and this sketch does look cluttered, but I am hoping that when it is actual furniture it will not look so cluttered. The racking is wire so I will be able to see through it.

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I like the way this one looks too. The use of drawers under the bench top would be very handy.

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This one is made from ikea parts and can be found on the Ikea hack site. There are plenty of really terrific things to do on that site.

 

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I shall see how it looks when I actually move everything.
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Debra

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digital layouts

I am currently doing an album for my son, actually I was doing it for his 30th birthday which was in January so I have missed my deadline somewhat, but I want to make sure all the photos are in and that means dragging out my scrap albums and trolling them for good pictures of him. I have also just moved house and been packed up since last August ready to move (it took a long time to get the other house sold) so I need now to get this album completed.

Here are some of the layouts I have done so far. I am a self-taught digital scrapper. I use Photoshop Elements (PSE) to make the layouts. I have purchased heaps of digital kits plus you can get loads for free on the internet.  One of my favourite designers currently is Kimeric Kreations.  She has a great blog that has freebies plus she sells on Digiscrap.

 

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This would have to be one of my favourite photos of my kids.  I used Bathhouse kit by Studio et designs and “put” the children in the bath.  The photo was taken one day when my DD was having a bath and she put the shower cap on her brother. I cropped out the background using PSE.

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I love all these sweet photos of my kids. Time has gone by too fast, they are now 30 and 35, I still remember when they were young, it seems like yesterday.

 

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Off to get some more layouts done.
Debra
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black and white bathrooms

I am thinking of doing my bathroom in black and white. I like the retro feel. It would suit the age of the house. I also like the idea of a little colour. Found these ones at tileideaz.com.

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Debra

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quilting for a friend

Last year my friend discovered she was sick so I decided to make her a quilt in order to help with her recovery. I made this quilt in 4 days! Pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Normally it takes me months to make a quilt but I wanted to go and visit her after her surgery and I didn’t want to go empty handed.  I have made 2 other quilts before, both with the same pattern. Like most crafters, I have a few more “on the go” that I will complete one day. However, I had purchased some lovely quilting fabric in a Moda layer cake from my local store (shout out to the girls at Peppermint Stitches in Sylvan Rd, Toowong, Qld) and I wanted to use it.  I had never used a layer cake so I go so I got Googling and found a pattern I thought I could manage.  I did a simple pattern and a plain vanilla covered backing with a simple straight quilting method. The fabric is Moda Lexington (to die for!) in blues and browns. I was very happy with the result and my friend loved it.  Here it is photographed along the way.

I used what I think is called Pinwheel design, with light/dark triangles to make the block. I laid it out on the floor to distribute the blues and browns evenly. I did make a mistake a this point and put a couple of blocks with the light/dark in the wrong place, so I needed to take it apart again and redo it. I was definitely rushing and would have saved myself some work had I gone a little slower. I also think it is a good idea to take a photo so you can see better what the final product may look like.

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As I hadn’t thought further than the quilt top I went back to the shop a couple of days later and got some yardage to make the outside borders. I chose one of the caramel coloured fabrics for a small border and the large border is the pretty floral blue fabric.  Here is the quilt with the border attached.

 

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and a close up (yes that is my foot!)

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I then bound it in dark blue fabric from the range. I hand stitched the binding at night watching TV.  It is so pretty. I love this fabric so much I might have to make one for me.

 

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And here is the back.

what do you think?

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cheers,
Debra

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lighting

I found this great idea for lighting. This is so cool. I think you need a bigger house that I have to pull this off but it doesn’t stop me from admiring it.

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renovations have started

We have recently moved to a new (old) home and have now started our renovations. The house was built in 1975 so it is mid century modern, but I will be adding my own touches as we go through our renovations. My style is much more vintage industrial. I think it will suit. I shall share my journey here.  We have only just started. So far the money has gone toward getting the electrical up to date. The builder came last week and replaced the back door and is doing the front door tomorrow. At least it is a start. Here are some pics of my new house.  It even has a pool out back.

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Mac Photos and Yosemite

After finally getting my photos sorted and into iPhoto, I upgraded my Mac to Yosemite only to find that iPhoto no longer exists and has been replaced by something called Photos.  Additionally, as my version of iPhoto was from 2009 when I first purchased my Mac, and I didn’t know of the change until I had upgraded to Yosemite, I have lost all the work I did to sort out my photos. That is a bit sad, but the new version, simply called Photos seems to be quite good and is another chance for me to import and simplify my photo library. At least that is how I am looking at it. Luckily, some of the instructions for doing this have remained the same and some have changes, for better or worse.   If you are upgrading to Yosemite I suggest that you firstly upgrade your iPhoto to a version that will let you do a direct import into Photos.  For those that have not done this, here is how to setup Photos.

Firstly, click on iPhoto and the system should tell you it is no longer valid (it will have a mark across the icon) and then automatically upgrade you to Photos. There is no cost, it comes free with Yosemite.

Once that is done, setup your keywords. As per previous posts, this is done by selecting COMMAND-K and a pop up will show. Add keywords using the + or – sign.

Select FILE > IMPORT and select the photos or libraries you want to import. Unlike iPhoto this new version does not automatically create EVENTS, now called ALBUMS using the directory name the photo is stored in. I have selected not to worry about doing this but only sort by keywords.

Another missing feature is the keyword NONE.  This makes it hard to find out which images have had keywords assigned to them.

  • To overcome this, create a new keyword *none, select all images and bring up the keyword popup and set them all with the *none keyword.
  • Next, create the various keywords you need. You do not have to create them all at once, just remember when you do create a new keyword to follow the steps below.  See below my list of keywords.

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  • Create a Smart Album for each keyword by selecting FILE > NEW SMART ALBUM…
  • Select KEYWORD IS and then the keyword you want in this library. In the image below this is Papers.
  • Give the album a name, for example, Papers.

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  • Select all images that are papers and open the keyword pop up.
  • The papers will already have a keyword of *none that was set on import.
  • Select a keyword of Papers and then unselect *none.
  • This will add all the papers to the smart album Papers and remove them from the *none smart album.

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  • Repeat this process for everyone keyword you have. Each keyword will have a matching smart album. Eventually you should have an empty smart album *none.
  • Every time you import new files you need to set the keyword to *none. This is easily done by selecting the LAST IMPORTED folder and setting them all there.

In my previous posts on this I also set up smart folders for each kit. I am not doing this in Photos. I have many kits and have decided that if I want to see what is in a kit I will look in Finder as I have them all sorted there. A reminder of my set up is below.

 

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Another tip I found on Google was to not import the images into my Photos library. I have always left a copy on my hard drive under my own directories anyway, so it seemed sensible not to import the actual file to Photo but to access it directly from my folder structure. Photos lets you do this.  Go to PHOTOS > PREFERENCES > GENERAL and make sure COPY ITEMS TO PHOTOS LIBRARY is unticked.  I have read that this will make Photos run quicker and with the number of images I have I felt this was the best course of action for me.

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Until next time.
Debra