I went through my instagram pics and decided to choose all the cars that I have gushed over during 2014. The preview section allows you to get an idea of what the poster might look like, which is where I have grabbed this image from.
I would imagine that you could make a poster with all your crafty exploits or perhaps just one with family. Schools could use this to document the progression of a building or perhaps pictures of what the kids are reading in the library. Endless ideas!
Four days before Christmas we got the keys to the new house and by Christmas morning we had all the bedrooms moved in, most of the big stuff (a big thank-you to the movers at Dumbo) and a Christmas Tree constructed. Somehow in amongst the chaos, Santa found us ;-)
In the new space we can organise, hang, paint and essentially start to nest again knowing that we won't be moving for quite a few years (or even decades).
2015 is a year of intentional focus for me. Regaining that focus in my professional life and also my crafty life. Nicholas starts at a Special Development School in February, so we are hoping that the new approach to therapy will reap rewards for us.
Moving my crafty collection, I have far too many Un-Finished Objects floating around. So completing some of these will be a priority when I get my sewing machine set up once more and I get stuck into my quilting which I miss so much.
I hope that your 2015 brings you a balance of challenges and triumphs and that you travel safe and well throughout this holiday season.
Tom Petty, one of the greatest songwriters and I was in Year 9 when I saw him live along with Bob Dylan at Kooyong in Melbourne. For days I listened to EON-FM and rang in to get free tickets so that my Dad could see Bob Dylan in concert. I think that I was the youngest in the audience. Bob Dylan doesn't do much for me, but the "Pack up the Plantation" album has stayed with me and is one of my secret indulgences when I am driving and it is one of those albums where you HAVE to listen to it in order.
Now that I have my Masters work out of the way .. bring on the crafty goodness...
We are in training for a large camping trip next year at some point, so we spent the weekend in Echuca to test our organisational and survival skills. We had the tent, the ice box, the industrial 4WD strength matress for a good nights sleep.
But chatting around the campfire at night, a question was formed in our minds "What would Candice de Ville do?". Candice being our modern day retro style icon. If you haven't visited her site, Vintage Current, pop along and check out all the tips hints and ideas for making your life more retro-stylish.
1. Stylish headpieces
One morning in the campsite when our hair was everywhere, we commented that Candice would have a do rag or turban on her head. She would make sure that she was composed and stylish as she stepped out of the tent at 5.30 in the morning.
As we camped in a group, the discussion of cutlery came up. It was easier to distinguish which cutlery belonged with if they were colour matched or they had electrical tape or nail polish on the handles signifying which set they came from. But who says that cutlery has to be boring? Check out this lovely set from Lark.
Candice would eat in style. Rather than grazing, which is what you tend to do when camping. Eating while standing or putting things away. Why not dress your table and make your meals a little more civilised!
This idea probably takes things a bit too far, but bunting can be used to define a camp space or where tent lines are. Given that most tents are quite natural in colours, a bit of colour won't hurt? Will it? I would look for the extra long outdoor bunting, rather than the baby nursery bunting as it needs to survive rain and wind! Take some cable ties along to secure your bunting as well.
Oilcloth bunting by Billy Bobbin.
I could keep going! What about retro wellington boots? The plastic martini set? The ideas are endless!
Lately, I am finding the beauty in design that is functional but also something that lasts, heirloom items if you must. These table legs caught my attention and although there are several designs similar out there, it is the lack of joints and places to gather dust that appeals to my "inner housewife".
I also love the idea that if you are tired of the table or moving house it you can pack it away for another day. These legs come in so many different colours and the choice of top is of course left up to you.
The simplicity of the concept is ikea-eque, available in several sizes this product is sure to inspire many people to create personal pieces of furniture that mean something to them. Rather than the mass produced items generally seen. I'm impressed that the concept started out as a kickstarter project and that it is produced in Detroit.
Another lovely piece of design is the "Maiden" table legs. Designed by Knut Bendik Humlevik and Rune Krøjgaard these legs are cast iron and I guess they would cost a small fortune to ship to Australia.
Our new laundry space in the new house is based on the idea that it has to work in-sync with the walk through pantry and kitchen space. At night it will be a safe haven for the cats to sleep, but during the day it will be a walk through space.
It is quite a compact laundry space and we have purposefully not included a space for a "tumble dryer". Upstairs there will be a drying closet for when we need to dry clothes inside. Not as fast as a tumble dryer but certainly better for the environment. The broom cupboard is twice the depth as the cupboards, capitalising on some negative space that was going to go to waste.
The flooring is black and white vinyl (easy to clean) and the tile splash back is done with white rectangle tiles in a subway style with dark grey grout. Cupboards are white with simple handles.
But I wanted to add some character to this small overlooked room.
In amongst all the specialist appointments for Nicholas and the general daily grind, our new Latitude 37 house has been slowly being built. At lockup stage, things are starting to get exciting, and so I am casting my mind to some interior design despite having a 2,500 word essay due in a weeks time.
We have wall in our back room dining space and I would love to do something dramatic but not too loud on it. Beside the wall will sit the dining table, adjacent to the white kitchen which will have a red glass splash back.
If you are a common reader of the blog, you will have noticed some autism blogs appearing on my blog roll feed. If you have really been paying attention, you will have noticed some of them refer to Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. Our perceptive paediatrician ordered bloods for Nicholas to "rule out" any genetic abnormalities and hey presto, he had one (22q13.3).
As you would imagine, there is a flurry of emotions running through my family at the moment. From anger to relief in knowing what is going on inside Nicholas' head.
So far I have been in touch with Megan Toole who runs the Australian arm of the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation. As there are only 50 registered families in Australia, the research on this syndrome just isn't there.
From a teacher's point of view, I've been doing lots of research on PMS and ASD. As a family it means that the next few years will be more of an adventure than we thought! Nicholas will need more intervention than he is getting at the moment and he will probably be a high-needs child for quite a number of years.
I am fortunate that I do have a wonderful supportive family around me and some wonderful friends who recognise the need for hugs.
So not much craft for me at the moment, my creative juices will be put into working out strategies for helping my wee man.
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