Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DIY Tram Blind

I love the Tram Blinds available as a decorator item but... the price!
So inspired by Sarah at "A Beach Cottage" I had a go at my own version....
I think I may add another page to lengthen......

 A few tools - Stencil... I had only the one font size but you may be able to find more if you shop around.
Steel ruler;
White Paint Marker pen;
White ink pen with finer nib;
A3 card paper;
and the most essential requirement

 The pens are, Signo white (I love these pens I have a variety of colours)
and Uni Paint Marker. I found them both at the local newsagent and the Black A3 paper was there too...
You need a pencil to mark out your spacing.  Measure your letters first, work out how much spacing you prefer and draw horizontal lines lightly with a soft pencil. The lines erased easily when the paint pen was dry and I was sure I had finished . Be cautious of the stencil dragging the paint ink as you lift it.  Keep kitchen paper or soft cloth on hand and wipe the back of the stencil after every use to avoid blobs.... I have used a black whiteboard marker to shade out a couple of errors but I don't think you can tell..... unless you look closely.

Here it is .....! Quite happy with my effort.... 
Do think I will do another page and join them together for a more authentic longer look..... 
Hope Sarah is impressed.....   


Maggie not well at all... Ian will see Vet oncologist asap
I may lose my friend soon...  

Monday, March 28, 2011

55 days without rain and no sign of any on the horizon!
We get the promise in these kind of clouds but nothing comes of it!  Except for the storm over Northam last week which caused damaged to that town again...   we have had dry hot summery weather every day.  Nights  have rarely dropped below 20C in that time too so its beginning to get a little taxing!
Also, as everyone knows, the moon was closer to the earth than its been for a while and appeared large and magnificent in our sky even in the late afternoon it was obviously larger than the norm. ( as you can see from my photos taken on the way home from work)

Clearly the world is in a stage of turmoil as the people of Japan are recovering from the worst earthquake and tsunami I've heard of and the subsequent problems of having a nuclear power station damaged and out of control. (it has been said that the world will suffer dramatic change leading up to the year 2012 which is the end of the Mayan Calendar records)
Is it just me or is it weird for a small island country to build so many Nuclear power stations?  I know it supplies the energy need by a whole nation but surely, if you are an island you have access to other forms of power...  Water, wind, wave.   They could lead the world in safe, accessible, renewable energy sources....  Yet they chose the most dangerous, knowing they have to contend with earthquakes on a regular basis!

On a happier note, I have been back in the workforce!  Four and a half weeks in a demountable office which smells of newly laid carpet, with four other people... interesting...

However, reality is I'm back on the unemployed list for a while...  looking... looking....

Always good to keep my options open so exploring the business world again.. I have a plan ... just need to execute it and hang in there until it comes good. My worst trait I think, is that I give in too easily.  Not when the going is tough, but when the idea begins to look less rosy and it looks like it will take longer to reach the end goal...I lose energy and let myself fall back to 'lazy' mode.  However, I am determined this time not to do that as it's becoming clear the the 'normal' working life is only palatable if ALL conditions are met, not only SOME, and if I want to have more time to pursue my own interests and not work until I'm 75 (!), then I have to make a go of something else.

My list of conditions.
Great office location: (CBD is fine as I love the city and you can get a great location with stunning views there)
Ambiant atmosphere: i.e. as much natural light as possible, nice view (at least of the sky, at most of the river and some parkland), good clean kitchen facilities,  and space to move. ( 5 people in a demountable space of 10metres by 5 is not my idea of space)
Nice people: who appreciate my work
Easy going boss: who knows sometimes you arrive early in order to leave early, but you are still willing to work late as necessary.

"The Universe" knows my list.. I anticipate it all manifesting in good time.

Maggie not so well this week.  Had to have lumps removed. She is not coping in the post op stage... We are worried.. She may have had just about enough of the surgeries...

Be well.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Heatwave in WA!

After many many nights of temp not dropping below 20degrees C and days in the 30's we have one more hot day and then some showers and a temperature drop!  Yay!
Its been a busy week.....
Tomorrow I am going to see my favourite crooner Michael Buble in concert and then on Saturday we are heading to the beach house.......   Heavenly!

How lucky was I to get this pic!  I think he was in love with the car arial....

Have a great week.
Be Well...