I spied a koala being swooped by a magpie today. Poor creature was being attacked as it climbed a tree.
It then dashed further up the tree.
I have an enduring fondness for pelicans. They are both ungainly and elegant depending on their place in the world. Walking on land – ungainly, soaring on the breeze – elegant. I love their bicolour feathers and their curiosity or even boldness, when they think they can get an effortless dinner. I recall community outrage when a council decided to place spikes atop streetlights to prevent them from roosting (the spikes were quickly removed). So obviously I’m not the only one to enjoy them.
Here are a couple of images I took over the weekend – enjoy.
My fabric order arrived from Fabric.com in the US last week. I love the design and colour I chose. Next we purchased two new chairs, so the onus was on me to actually make the new cushion covers.
The inserts I use are 60cm x 40cm – perfect proportions for the new chairs.
First I created a paper template of the exact size, then placed it on my fabric – single layer – and cut one piece, being careful to place it in the right place for pattern symmetry. Then using the cut piece, and pattern matching as I went, I cut another 3 pieces of each colour fabric. Enough to make 4 cushions.
Then I used my overlocker to sew over the edge of all pieces.
Next I use my iron to press a neat fold on the edge where the zip goes.
Then put the zip in and hand tacked it in place – times 4.
Then I sewed along both sides of the zip.
All the zips are now sewn in place.
After completing the 4 zips I removed the tacking threads.
Pin right sides together.
NOTE: remember to open the zip halfway to make it easier to turn inside out after sewing.
Smooth out the fabric and measure to make sure you’re on track for the right size covers. Personally I don’t make marks for guidance on sewing the other edges, if you’re not confident you can do so. Complete sewing the over three side of each cushion.
The completed cushions. There are two more as well.
I hope you like them as much as I do. What do you think?
Despite the fact that our new home has fewer living spaces (than the house we sold) we needed to get extra chairs due to having to split up our modular leather lounge suite.
We found ourselves with only a three seat lounge in the family room, not good when you have guests. I have been searching online for a solution. Initially I was thinking about the iconic “swan chair” design, but ultimately had the decision made for me when the equally iconic “Barcelona” chair became available at a local store. It was a huge struggle to fit two chairs in our car, but we eventually managed and got them home yesterday. Sure they’re not originals, but who can afford that? Even so I feel lucky to have them. They fit perfectly into the room. Here are a couple of pictures. It’s still a work in progress as I’m working on some new cushions. The scale of the chairs works very well in the room, which is dominated by the large three seat lounge (which I skillfully left out of these pics).
I case you don’t know about the “Barcelona Chair” here is a bit of info from Wikipedia.
“The Barcelona chair is a chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. It was originally designed for the German Pavilion, that country’s entry for the International Exposition of 1929, which was hosted by Barcelona, Spain.”
I find it amazing that a chair designed in 1929 looks so perfect almost 80 years later and in another century.
The fabric I ordered online from Fabric.com has arrived. The UPS tracking said it was due to arrive by tomorrow PM, so its actually arrived a day earlier than expected. I suppose anytime you order something online there is slight risk that its not what you hoped it would be. I am very happy to advise that the fabric is exactly as I expected.
Here are a couple of images celebrating its arrival and explaining my colour choices.
We’re pretty settled in our new place, having moved 4 months ago, however there are a few tweaks needed to make for best presentation and comfort. One issue, once winter came, was the uncovered windows above the sliding doors in the kitchen/family room area. When the sun started shining through these windows we knew there was a problem. The sun comes in full on to our music collection and photographs. I decided the only way to overcome it was to cover the windows. Curtains (simple flat ones) are the easiest way. However, that brings up other problems, like finding an appropriate fabric. Not an easy task in Australia. There are a couple of stores which stock furnishing fabric, however I’ve never been impressed by the available range. Of course there are fabric swatch books you can pour over and order from, however as soon as you go down that path the stores seem to charge like wounded bulls.
So I hit the internet. I found some sites with decent ranges and somewhat reasonable prices. One charged in a very strange way – per 45cm unit of length, rather than say by the yard or metre. Even though these guys were based in Australia their shipping cost was very high. That put me off from the start. I continued searching a found a fabulous US website Fabric.com where I spent a happy hour searching. Not only did I find a fabulous fabric, I was able to find it a range of colours. Even better was their pricing and shipping cost. For less than half the price of the Aussie site I was able to order exactly what I wanted. Fabric for the windows, with enough extra to make 2 cushion covers, plus the same fabric in another colour to make a further 2 cushions, all for less that $100 (including shipping). The shipping is via UPS and you get exact tracking details, you can follow the package’s journey the whole way. Having left Georgia on 2 July my package has now departed Hawaii. The anticipated delivery date (to my door) is July 8. That means 7 working days from the date of my order. If you’re lucky enough to live in the US you get free shipping for orders over $35.
Here is a link to their site (home decor fabrics) Fabric.com
Here are the fabrics I chose.
In my new house we have what seems like acres of white tiled floor. I simply couldn’t keep up with cleaning the dust bunnies and small (make that tiny) winged bugs which seem to get through the screens, determined to find a nice white tiled place to die. Not to mention hair. I go outside to brush my hair but that didn’t stop me finding hair on the floor, every day.
I’ve been checking out the infomercials for robot vacuum cleaners for a while and even checked out a few in person at various stores. I decided I didn’t want to pay almost $700 for the one on the infomercial. So I waited, thinking that Aldi would bring one out soon, and, (drum roll…) they did. We got up bright and early on the appointed Saturday and ventured into the store ($169 in hand), hurriedly scooting down the aisle to find their stock of robot vacs. I was not disappointed. They were neatly piled up, gloriously displayed. I was a bit surprised that not everyone in the store wanted one, anyway that meant I was able to claim one without too much competition.
So upon returning home I opened the box and immediately got it charging. I plugged the charger directly into the unit thinking it might be faster than using the charging dock. I don’t know the answer to that question. When it was fully charged I gleefully used the remote control to start it and off it went.
I have to say that it picked up a lot of hair around the side brush on its first outing, plus dust and grit.
One thing proved to be too much of a challenge for my new flat friend. The fringing on my rugs. Poor little robo kept getting tangled in the fringes and calling (well, beeping…) for help. So there was only one thing to do. Cut the fringing. Not a small undertaking as there are 7 rugs to trim. Anyway most of the job is done and both robo and I are happy.
Cutting the fringing was a small inconvenience for the benefit of having the floors cleaned easily.
The manufacturers talk about gadgets called virtual walls to restrict the cleaners area of work, I have simply put it in a room and shut the door, let it go about its business for say 10 minutes then moved it to another room. It does have challenges navigating lots of chair legs, so I lifted them up for a thorough under the table clean. The floor under furniture has never been so dust-free before and the evil bathroom dust/hair combo has been thwarted. I figure a few minutes every second day solves that problem.
A salesman for another brand told me they were like a carpet sweeper. I disagree. While they aren’t as effective as a super dooper Dyson vac, the unit is very effective, especially considering the effortless nature of the cleaning. Are they worth it? Well I don’t think I’d pay $700 but I paid $169 and I’m very happy.