Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mish Mash..

Carolyn showed us the table her father made on her blog a few days ago; her family seems to be a really crafty and hand made family which is really inspiring. It also reminded me that I made a table too.  It was a while ago... hmmm let me think when ... it must be about 15 years ago (wow, where does the time go?) 

I was a travel agent for a long while. One of my clients was quite a traveller and a really nice guy.  He ended up travelling lots with me (actually that means booking with me) and he ended up getting married to a young lady who was a furniture maker (and traveller) ... not just an ordinary furniture maker but she had learned from Bell Bros. which was an old traditional furniture make now sadly out of business (quite a while now).  She wanted to teach people how to make simple things and pass on her love of woodwork; and she particularly wanted to teach women.  

When she told me about it I jumped at the chance and another travel agent friend made one after me too.  There were only 6 or 8 in the class and we made a table from silky oak which is a lovely wood from a grevillia tree (can't remember which one - but my absolute favourite species of native trees). You all made the same size and shape but could customise it by shorter and/or fancier legs, routing the edges etc but I wanted a nice simple shape.  She helped us all in the beginning as we had to plane the wood etc and may have been a bit slow at times.  The wood at the beginning looked like it was on a dump pile so the first thing I learned was that you don't judge a book made of wood by its cover! Anyway here it is.. what do you think?

 Anyway, onto other things I have been doing.  I started university yesterday.  The tafe course I was doing (Diploma of Marketing) was a 12 month course and that gave automatic entry into a Bachelor of Business at QUT here, of course only if you actually passed (I did - distinctions all round!!) It also cuts one year off the Bachelor so I only have 2 more years.

I chose to do it this way because as I hadn't studied for quite a while and I am a single parent I wasn't sure I could cope with full time study for 3 years.  So this way I could bumble through a year and at least get a qualification that was useful.  If I started a degree and couldn't finish; I'd have nothing to show for it.
Anyway, while I have been on the mid-semester break I have been doing stuff.  I sewed a skirt (two actually but one I gave to my Mum as it is just not good for my shape), still half made the black dress posted before, the magenta jacket, half made top for my mum (having trouble with the thread for some reason - and it's a knit), I know I have made something else too but can't remember!
This is just a simple A line skirt that I put a brown zip in as that was all I had that was dark, some patch pockets and belt loops.  It's probably a little short but with boots and tights I can get away with it as a student!

The other thing I have been doing is painting my lounge room!  It hasn't been done since when I went to Argentina and Peru many years ago (Princess Diana died when I was in Cuzco whatever year that was).  I came home and my boyfriend then painted the lounge room this beautiful happy sunshine lemon colour.  Being a single parent and poor, I bought a can of miss tinted paint from Bunnings for $20 and now it is a very neutral cream/beige colour.  My son and I miss our happy yellow colour.  That corner behind the tv has a spot that I missed I noticed last night but too bad - I'm done! 

Well not really as the windows are getting done this weekend while my son is with his Dad.  I also have a spinal/neck injury from 20 years ago so I am super slow and so this has taken me a few weeks - I had to scrape the peeling paint from the window frames and sand them and this put a lot of stress and pain on my hands so slow was the go. (where the table is pictured is the new colour) At least there are no black hand prints on the wall anymore (my son came into the bathroom when I was showering one day and said "Look how I painted my hands mum" and I knew it was on the walls too!)

I also had to go to help my friend in Adelaide for a few days - so I have been (lots) lazy, and (some) productive during my break. Sorry for the long post.  What a mish mash of stuff.  


  1. The table you made is stunning! It is wonderful to have things in our lives that are meaningful to us in some way, can speak their own history to you every time you look at it. You are so clever!
    and thank you for your kind comment

  2. That table is gorgeous! I've been watching in Renovators - quite jealous really. It so much fun to make stuff. Well done on the painting! Fresh coat of paint makes a big difference. And Uni - full time!! Good on you Sophie... I've thought about it from time to time but really dont feel I'd have the discipline - it would be so much fun though. Tough - but fun. Hope to see you soon x I Have a name for my project at last. SEW SISTA (tools for life). I'm in love with it after trying to come up with a name for months. I was really starting to stress - so stopped myself thinking about it. Every time I did I would tell myself that I wouldn't have to worry over it and to truly 'believe' it would just pop in my head. After two weeks it did! Like a light bulb! Never ceases to amaze me how 'magic' happens. Bye for now xx

  3. Oh Kerry that's great! I love the name. You should dive in and just do it with uni if you want because it has been hard but so satisfying. You learn how much you really do know but hasn't been formalised. Hope to see you soon.


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