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We are finally having some hints of Fall, with some rain, cooler nights and leaves changing colors.

After our extremely long and extremely hot Summers we love this time of the year.

Still warm enough to wear t shirts during the day but cold enough to go under a blanket at night, perfect!

Mum's knitting project matches in color, not sure yet what this complicated looking thing is going to be.

But those red leaves are just small patches, we just started Fall and Winter will be here in December, before we know it Summer will begin again.

Flowers are still blooming and butterflies are still buzzing around, unfortunately mosquitoes as well arrrggg.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Spring Has Sprung

I love this time of the year, weather is warming up but during the night it is still blanket weather, perfect! As soon as the weather starts warming up, Nature awakes around us.

We have a huge amount of wildflowers in our mountains and they also pop up in our garden. All these pictures are either from our garden or from my dog walks right near our home.

Turtles also woke up from their winter sleep.

This one came right at our door, I kind of think that some come back every year as I give them lettuce and cucumbers they might remember our address as a good one :).

There used to live an ex-president close to our house, and he had guards and this little watch tower is a leftover of that time.

I love the colors and geometry of nature!

No wonder we have lots of bees and great honey around here, look at all those flowers :)

Monday, 21 August 2017

From the Branch to the Ear

We have these lovely Orange Trumpet Creepers in our garden. They give shade to our car and color in our garden.

They also keep dropping these bells, which I just lately realized would look perfect as earrings.

I drilled the tops and put jewelry nails through them.

I varnished them several times and painted them with conductive paint. I shaped the wires in ear wires and the ends were filed for a soft smooth round tip.

They were then electroformed for a total of about 6 hours, first with copper and then silver (999).

I oxidized them and brushed them and the results are these beautiful, organically shaped earrings.

They are light, and each pair will have its natural differences.

They are available in the shop.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Tender Loving Care

I have been giving some TLC around the house. Last Winter I have finished quite some projects and we are still enjoying the results so I thought it was best to continue fixing up the things I can fix up on a budget :)
This is our garden door, we actually have two. This way if any of the dogs escape they don't end up on the street. It's not that they would want to run away but they are curious and can wander off and get lost.
It was in a very sad state, the door actually has started to hang, cracking the wall in the process and making it almost impossible to close it, it was beside ugly super annoying.
But let me get in to the details :)

Our sad little postbox. It is hardly ever used, all our phone, internet and credit card bills come through email to save paper. Normal post comes in a PO box at the postoffice. Only thing that comes in there is are the electricity and water bills as they are read every month.

After a metal worker fixed the door and also all 4 other metal doors that we have in the garden got some care and new door handles. The slide locks where a hell to open and were ugly too. As to answer your mental question of 5 doors, they separate the garden in parts. With 10 dogs, no man can get in our garden. But sometime someone needs to get in, like an electrician to fix something. We then lock them up in the back garden. The garden can be divided in 3 different ways which is handy :)
I filled up the crack in the wall, brushed the postal box and painted it with anti rust paint. Same goes for the iron door, with its pretty new door handle :)

So much better :)
You know for you it doesn't seem much, but when you pass these doors every day it is super annoying and after wards very satisfying (yes I am satisfied with small things in life, p.s. Happy Thanksgiving :)!)

Between the two front doors are our water and electricity meters. We had to move both of them as the guys coming to read them just can't get in. Our doggies are feminists, they can get along with ladies (if they are nice) but guys get always a few nibbles :D

The electricity meter was also rusting and got two coats of paint.

The second door got stuck all the time, and a very difficult sliding lock, was rusting and the white plastic that was attached to it looked miserable.

The new lock was a huge improvement, one of the hinge got replaced so that the door doesn't get stuck anymore. I painted the door and then sewed a beautiful natural looking fiber stuff and attached it to the door. This door has never worked so smoothly and never looked so nice in the 15 years we had it, yaaay!

With only a little cost and many hours of painting, I am happy with the results :) The other 3 doors are still in progress, I have to paint them in bits because of the doggies, but the end is near. Also some metal garden furniture is getting some love.
Do you do any work around the house yourself? Don't you just love giving stuff some attention?