Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And then there were three.

America's answer to the Beatles.
Yes I was a Monkees fan in my teeny years, mainly because of the TV show and it's goofy plots and slapstick comedy. One of those silly shows where the story didn't need to have a point' kind of like a Seinfeld episode about nothing. The catchy music was just a bonus. So I find out today that Davy Jones, the groups only non-American has died of a heart attack. A sad chapter for a group that began as four actors playing musicians in a TV series. Four "sissy longhairs" whose songs would outsell the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967.

 Appearing on their TV show were Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson to name a few.Their TV show was axed in 1968 along with Batman,I Dream of Jeanie and Tarzan.

 They came to Australia in 1968, we were their most successful market with 21 top 40 singles. Artists like Neil Diamond, Carol Bayer, Michael Murphy and John Stewart gained recognition from their association with the Monkees.Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (Days of our Lives theme song) wrote some of their songs.

 The Monkees in the 80's.

Davy centre.
Trivia: Davy recorded some (unreleased) songs with Robin Gibb(Bee Gees) and Jan Barry(Jan and Dean).
For more info go here
Thanks for the crazy music!(I was listening to their records this morning!)
Yeah, I am a dag!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pretty in Pink - furniture fix-up.

Do you remember this old kitchen cabinet Mr CH bought me here? Thought you might like to see how the fix-up went. Before pictures below.

Sea-air damaged handles and hinges.

Most of the hinges had old flathead nails as well as flathead screws. Mr CH took a while to prise them out so they could be reused. Hinges and handles were rubbed with fine steel wool to remove surface rust.

A stamp by Handcock and Gore, which of course needed googling to find out who they were. I was going to link to something, but I took too long to load up my pics (twice). Apparently they were a timber mill in Ipswich, who by 1945 had become the largest Australian supplier of plywood. I googled images first and uncovered a link to my mum's relative's sawmill who supplied timber to Handcock and Gore at some stage. Funny w.w.w. Seems Handcock and Gore supplied timber for brands such as Eames and Parker amongst others.

Damaged lower door.
Pushed back into place, glued and clamped flat to dry. Paper between to soak up any glue seepage - easier to sand paper than wood if it sticks.

Doors and windows were painted in interior gloss (vivid white) because we had some for the Reno cottage.

Kitchen cabinet painted in Gala Day pink by Wattyl (2 coats), a sample pot 500ml for less than $8, with half a tin left (what else can I paint pink?) Inside sanded.

Mr CH re-nailing and screwing the hinges back in place.

You can see the door dent slightly if you know what to look for. I swapped this handle with the odd one out.
Altered to fit a sloped floor maybe? We just glued a few packers in place.

Handles were rubbed with fine steel wool and turned upside down as the bottom side was in better condition with less bubbles.I thought they scrubbed up well.

With the hinges I have my own way of stopping further rust occurring. I like to wipe on a layer of shellac to seal from the air, allowing them to dry before attaching, I'm sure rust converter would work well, I just prefer using the shellac because it's quick and easy and keeps the brown colouring.

Why pink? Why not.
Painted with the future wall colour in mind. I really enjoyed doing this cupboard, finished all too quickly.

Things have a tendency to move without warning around here, another surface to clutter up!

So what do you think?
 Can anything be too pink?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Reno cottage update.

 Just a little update I meant to post a few weeks back, before our desktop computer finally died. It has been nursed by Mr CH for the past year and was refusing to start without pushing buttons a million times, seems if you can get four or five years from a computer you have done well (or have the patience of a saint). Fortunately we don't store many files on the computer though loading new settings is time consuming. I could have used one of the other laptops but being a techno chicken I thought I would just wait until we got a newbie. It has been an expensive month with the council rates for two properties due, electricity, and phones due, not to mention the printer died two weeks before the computer did and we don't have a credit card. Yep, I kid you not, we actually gave it up to buy the Reno cottage, as a credit card is considered a debt regardless whether the balance owed is zero or not. So we could get another one now (funny banks?) but have found we haven't wanted to.
 Anyway back to renovating. Lots of washing of walls has been done and the undercoating of the new dining room has been done (formerly bed 2).

The stud wall between the new lounge and bed 2 is finished and is waiting to be lined by Mr CH.

 Bed 2 to lounge.


Half a wall washed.

 (by me!)

Lots of little jobs always to do, sanding the new door jamb and wall flush

The water rot from the bathroom on the otherside was bogged with car bog, sorry I don't have a photo, we used Seatons brand it takes 20 minutes to set before you can sand it.

You mix two parts together and mix until it gets thicker, don't breathe the fumes too much and wear a dust mask when you sand. We use a mini vac to suck up the dust.

Just needed to fill the gap above skirting board height as the gap will be patched from under the floor.

We decided to hand roll the dining, I don't know why it just started that way. You don't have to worry when it's only the undercoat.

Always seem to have paint in my hair these days?

Sorry about the gloomy photos, still using the dodgy lens.

Two topcoats and you'll never know.

 Natural wood piece between the new bed 1 and dining door jamb will need a little gap filling - funny quirks in hand cut wood.

Well that's all for now, I'm taking it easy at the moment. I have a sore bruised elbow and stiff neck from cleaning our veranda ceiling. So I'm trying to learn this photoshop thingy, this could be addictive!
Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Novelty erasers.

 This little collection of novelty erasers has been sitting on the kitchen bench for the past few weeks. No. 3 son has enjoyed an inspection of their workings, after buying a few new ones while out shopping for school supplies. I started this collection while in primary school and added to it for a few years before it was put away. Unlike the choices on offer today, little indulgences such as these weren't in great supply in our area and I was determined not to use them.

Favorite pieces included the typewriter, the purple blender, umbrella, lightbulbs, cuckoo clock and the chocolate biscuit that smelt like real chocolate.

 Popular with a lot of classmates were the hamburger, toilet, toothbrush, the flags and the dice. The details were surprising considering they were just for children to use.

 Guess you can't get these anymore? There was a ten dollar note that seems to have disappeared.

 My thoughtful gypsy Sister brought these back for me, from a childhood trip to the UK. Anyone remember Danger Mouse?

 Our Dad devised a clever way of bribing us to behave for our Mum while he was away on work trips. One dog eraser each for good behaviour. That wouldn't cut it these days!

 Now, how could I use that face?

 No. 3 son has added a few of his own erasers over the past few years, in a kind of half-hearted way.

The newest to our little collection. He wanted the music pieces and the lava lamp and I couldn't pass up the kitchenalia. Not as tough as the old ones and no scent at all, but still cute.
So, did you collect novelty erasers?
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