Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Household changes ...

When Russell and Shannon decided to go to Belgium to live and work we readily agreed to store all their furniture in, around and under our house for the ONE year that they would be away.

Four and a half years later they returned to Australia, married and with two children and with a house interstate to move into. A busy few days were spent sorting, repacking and loading furniture and effects onto a hired truck which Russell drove to their new home.
It wasn't all work though and there was still some time to play with 2 year old Evie and get to know 8 week old Liam, as well as chat to Russ and Shannon. At last almost everything was packed, and sadly, the family departed - excited at the prospect of being in the first home of their own, but also aware of all the work ahead of them. We are very much looking forward to our first visit in early May. I am assured there will be plenty of gardening to do (don't mind if it is only weeding), and lots of cuddle time with the grandchildren.
The blue room hasn't remained empty for long - I had big plans for it. My new sewing room has emerged, and I love it. It's much larger and lighter than the one I had previously, which was on the south side of the house and didn't let in much light.

My plans included buying flatpack cupboards and shelves, and big crates for fabrics and little tubs or baskets for haby items. We searched the shops for shelves and cupboards, and couldn't find what I wanted, mainly because I didn't really know what it was that I wanted.
So I moved the sewing cabinet and the machines, then did a little measuring and found that my old kitchen table fitted in nicely as did a set of bookshelves when placed on top of the table (you don't want the shelves back, do you, Michelle?). Crates of fabrics fitted into the wardrobe and under the table, and there was still room for the sewing table with the side(s) either raised or folded down. Add in the ironing board and the clothes rack, blue and white baskets on the shelves, a chair, a fan, and something to play music on and I'm all set! Oh, I almost forgot two little yellow and blue ducks on the window sill (you don't want them back, do you Sara?).
We needed to find a home for stuffed toy bears which the grandchildren all seem to want to take to bed with them when visiting, plus a wombat, a penguin and Tanya's earless lamb, and now they're keeping the top shelf dust free.

The loungeroom too seemed to have acres of space now that several pieces of furniture had gone - Richard won't be able to watch two television sets at once any more - and after making good use of Shannon's roomy loungesuite for four years, we suddenly had nowhere to sit. Well, that's not quite true. We could rustle up 24 dining chairs and 4 other assorted chairs, but none of them suitable for a tired TV watcher. I find it difficult to sit up straight and watch my favourite programs when I'm nearly falling asleep, and off the chair. We have bought a new suite (2 recliners and a couch) but it won't arrive for another two months.
So the first project for my new sewing room was to cover two deck chairs which Richard repainted three years ago, and we bought new fabric at the same time, but it sat buried in a tatty cardboard box. I was quite pleased with the result even though the fabric wasn't quite long enough and I had to join pieces, and it's an irregular pattern which is why they don't look quite the same.
I finished them with Velcro strips, which I didn't fully trust to hold my weight, so added buttons for good measure. Okay, so the buttons are odd but the colours aren't too bad, and I even sewed each buttonhole and button with matching thread - how's that for being pedantic?


Anonymous said...

Love the sewing room and am hopeful that lots of girls dresses - 12-18months will emerge from there.

Deck chairs look good too!

Was great chatting to you today. Hope video works next time.

Love us.

diane b said...

You are lucky. I still have stuff stored under the house after 5 years or more. I keep wanting to put it on the footpath on council clean up day but I'm too scared of getting into trouble when in years to come it might be wanted....hardly!!! Isn't it great to have such a big space for all your hobbies. That is one good thing about an empty nest. Love your deck chairs, very clever.

HORIZON said...

Wonderful to drop by here tonight and see your new post!! :) It is so lovely that you have your family back in Australia and with 2 wee grandchildren to boot!! I have a wee granddaughter now too, called Olwyn (2yrs)- it's a smashing age but lots of work- wouldn't want to do it all again.
As for clearing out that room- wow- what a transformation- l'm envious. My small work space/craft room has been taken over by sonzer number one at the moment- back from uni- l feel so boxed in again but wouldn't tell him that :)
What a job on the deck chairs too- reminds me of my visits to the seaside as a child- even the stripy fabric you used! I think however, you will be very pleased to see the new lounge suite when it arrives.
Go on- pop open a bottle of wine tonight and enjoy the new space :) I would.
ps- thank you for always staying in touch by email

Ozkatt said...

Hi Alice

Wow! You have been busy but how lovely to have your family back...if not as close as you'd like, at least in the same country! I love the deck chairs and they look very comfortable for TV viewing after a hard day in the garden/sewing room/whatever!

I now have a new blog and have explained the reason in my first post, which I've also linked from Facebook.



In transit said...

Love your new "sofa"!!

Kerri said...

That's quite a transformation, dear Alice.
What a lovely spot for making all those sweet little projects for your ever-growing collection of beautiful grandkiddies. Lucky you!
Two months is a long time to wait for your new suite, but ever resourceful, I see you've created a comfy substitute to use in the meantime. The chairs look so festive! And yes, the matching buttons are a nice touch, if a tad pedantic. Clever girl :)
I'm glad you had such a lovely reunion time with the Russ and family.

Ozjane said...

wow I am impressed with the tidy sewing room...any thoughts of tackling mine......LOL.
I have done paper warfare tonight whilst watching TV...that was enough.

Meggie said...

Lucky you, with your lovely new sewing room. We recently bought a new lounge suite with 4 recliners- I love it! Comfort no matter where I sit!

Sylvana said...

Love the deck chairs and I think the fact that they are slightly different actually makes them better.