Thursday, 14 May 2015

Wooden Crate Woven Side Table

I decided this week that the out door crate coffee table, much as we loved it,  was too big for our balcony. So with Josh's assistance we pulled it apart and brought the crates inside. I didn't want the crates to go to waste so I started to think about how we could use them in the house. The most obvious use is storage, and one of them will go to being Ada's toy box in the lounge room. I was trying to think of what other furniture we still want to add to our apartment and realised that a crate on its side would  probably be just the right height for a side table next to Josh's arm chair.

Easy enough. All I would need to do was paint the entire crate and sit it next to the chair. After reading an old Mollie Makes magazine article about Maryanne Moodie, Australian weaver now living in Brooklyn, I've been itching to weave something, especially using my current favourite wool, Damask Ombre from Sugar 'n Cream.

 I remember that in year 11 textiles class we wove a simple pattern on wooden frames hammered together by the woodwork class. They were pretty crude frames but they did the job. Which got me to thinking. Could I turn the open face of the crate into a weaving frame? The answer to that is yet to be determined but here is my plan sketched out. I can't wait to see if it will work!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Patio Makeover

We've had a few warm days already this spring which has had us itching to sit outside on the patio in the evenings. The only problem being we've not had any furniture!

We're lucky enough to have a South facing balcony, meaning we get a lot of sun! Perfect in Winter for warming up whilst in the Spring and Summer the trees in front of our balcony keep us in relative shade.

Having decided we were finally sick of carrying the kitchen chairs in and out we decided to buy some furniture.

Our colour scheme was inspired by a bird feeder in the shape of a teapot we saw at Joann's Fabric Store. 

Not having planted any plants yet we haven't been able to put up the shepherd hook up that this will hang off so it's still sitting pretty in our apartment.

We also bought some teal planters from Joann's and the wooden crates that we used to construct our outdoor coffee table. From target we purchased the pouf and grey pots. The Adirondack chairs came from Home Depot and the tiny pink pots are from Daiso.

Admittedly the space is a little tight but so far we've found in workable and a really relaxing space to hang out! We are still planning on planting the pots after we work out what's safe for our dog, Ada, to be around and we are also going to plant some succulents in the coffee table.

What plants do you think work well for a patio? Let me know in the comments.