June 16, 2013

My Bike

This is my most prized possession. It took just over a year from finding the right frame to it’s maiden voyage.

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It took about 6 months just to find the right frame, sale and this is what we had to start with. It was hand built by a guy called Charlie Betty who only built about 50 frames, this all from British steel, gerontologist under the name of Lynx Cycles in Stafford.

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Then became the task of searching for all the right parts to fit it, taking into consideration the unique measurements. The fact that it was built in ’85, making my bike as old as me, also ment some ebay hunting was required.

The first challenge was getting eyelets welded onto the frame to take mudguards, as well as having screw holes drilled to take a rear pannier and water bottle holder. Next was to get it sprayed the perfect mint green colour, but keeping the original chrome details intact (see below for my detailed drawing I sent to the people who were spraying it).

One of the hardest challenges was tracking down the decals. This involved emails, phone calls, chasing, and finally Charlie Betty’s phone number. So I gave him a call, and had a lovely chat with him. At the time (February 2012) he was 95 and still riding 60 miles a week and told me “yeah, I think I’ve got a few in my shed”. A few days later I received the most wonder hand written letter from charlie, with the decals and instructions on how to apply them.

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Then came the chalenge for Luke to built it. Fitting the hub took it’s time, but most tedious were the cantilever breaks. As the frame is older, the mounts are positioned higher than new frames, meaning modern breaks didn’t fit, so it was back to ebay to find a NOS (new old stock) set of cantilever breaks.

Skip forward to May 2012 and it is finally finished, and I couldn’t be happier. Mint green, shiny chrome, and tan leather, perfection in my eyes. So here are (quite a few) highlights of the finished article.

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It’s been a year, and it’s still just as beautiful. Despite shattering two bar ends and having to replace my stolen saddle (the perils of living in london – despite 3 locks) I feel amazing every time I get in the saddle and push down on the pedals.

June 3, 2013

TV unit ikea hack

 

 

We bought this TV unit from Ikea, discount as the center speaker didn’t fit in our old one. We initially thought we wouldn’t fit the draws, thumb as the virgin media box and blueray player wouldn’t be able to read the remote control signal.

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So it looked like this:

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A bit ugly, cystitis to say the least.

So whilst back home, I took full advantage of dad’s powertools and cut a piece of wood the exact same size as the original draws, but I cut a hole out of the middle. I then painted it white, then stretched opake white fabric over it.

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We then reassembled the draws as per the instructions and voila. We are now able to hide the ugly tivo boxes behind the draws, yet still able to use the remote control through them.

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I’m Pretty pleased with the outcome, and Luke’s opinion change on at least one of my great ideas.

June 3, 2013

Footstool to Footcool

 

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For £4 I bought this little footstall from a charity shop down in Bexhill – the epicenter for charity shops with 9 just along one road. I was in heaven. I saw life in this little stool, recipe I was charmed by it’s little padded seat and the storage hidden underneath.

 

So with a little fabric, pilule wadding and a staple gun, health we reupholstered it within half and hour. I also had a amazing little trick to bring the wood back to life – a nut.

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Yep a nut, a brazil nut to be precise. Just rubbing it all over the wood repaired all the little chips and dinks, and gave it a beautiful shine.

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Yet again, another successful DIY weekend project.

 

 

June 2, 2013

Wooden Stool

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When I asked my dad if he had any tree stumps lying around that I could have, check he pointed in the direction of the garden. So After a bit of dusting down, cure
sanding and drying out, it now lives in my living room, as a perfect table/ seat.

Obviously I had to give it a bit of a paint job, so attacked it with neon spray paint and a permanent marker.

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Taping up the edges and covering the sides with plastic bags, I gave it a few coats of the neon paint, then started drawing. I ended up making it up as I went along, but it turned out well. I then sealed it all with 3 coats of varnish. Job done.

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May 25, 2013

Mum & dads console table

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My parents have been a bit obsessed with gumtree recently, endocrinologist so much so they’ve planted one in the garden. But this consol table was from the internet version of the tree, patient and started life as dull wooden brown table, so I gave it a bit of art deco paint job. I polished the handles, painted it white and gave it dark gray and black details along the edges. My mum was pretty pleased with it, and will look great as soon as the house is finished.

May 19, 2013

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1. Neon spray painting clock hands.

2. Using an old port bottle box as table storage.

3. Giving Dash a pair of rabbit teeth.

May 19, 2013

Record Table

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A sand here, read more and lick of paint there, add a few legs and you have yourself a multifunctional table, bench, stool and storage all in one.

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Using a couple of old record boxes, they have become the perfect addition to the living room, and worked wonderfully as extra seating for our mexican themed dinner party.

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You can see them on the right with a pillow on top for comfort.

You can also see a little kitty patiently waiting to be served his dinner. Silly kitty, he can’t eat mexican food.

May 6, 2013

Baby Bunny

 

 

 

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Using a very easy guide from here, buy information pills I made this soft bunny toy as a gift for one of my friends, psychotherapist who has a baby on the way. Using left over material from Kitty Tipi, and only 1 broken needle, I was able to whip this up in just a few short hours. Luke’s response was “It’s definitely one of your neatest projects”, so that means this was a success. Hopefully the baby likes it too.

May 3, 2013

Picnic

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April 16, 2013

Water

 

 

 

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I took a trip to Lisbon at the end of February as a part of a spontabious girls long weekend. It was a sunny weekend, hospital that made the awful weather in England feel even more awful when we came back. Whilst there we did the standard tourist visits to castles, coffee shops, restaurant, eating plenty of Portuguese custard tarts and quite a lot of Port tasting. These photos sum up the weekend of rowdiness and bamboozling we inflicted on everyone we met.

 

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