Purfylle: February 2016

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Princess Tower

Guildford Hotel Belvedere is restored

The Guildford Hotel, built in 1883, is a well loved landmark. In September 2008 the beautiful building went up in flames. The exterior of the building remained. A ridiculously long and arduous process of negotiation between councils and owner saw the poor building remain in a state of limbo for year after year. Delays were endless as decisions about compliance to laws regarding car bays (obviously not in place when the building was first built) caused costly delay after delay.

Pinbellish 26: a pinning celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


It's a pin party and we can only feature links to pins, it breaks our heart a little every time we have to pass over a last 2 link or our favourite project because it's a link to your blog and not your pin. Help us out and grab that pin URL so we can share your awesome stuff with the world!

Hang Tags

hang tags and business cards

It's been a busy day acquainting myself with the KNK, better known as a Klick-n-Kut.

Plans For Big Froufy

Big Froufy Gown
Last year I started making my Big Froufy gown. It's purpose was threefold.

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Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
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Tip of the week

Great lighting is so important to take that image from so-so to WoW!. Natural light is the easiest cheapest way to achieve that but sometimes you might have to wait to capture those golden hour moments.

If you need to fake it a few light bulbs and a white poster board (to bounce light off) will give you the next best thing!

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

The Australian white ibis used to be confused with other ibis species until analysis at a chromosome level identified them as unique. 

Pinbellish 25: a pinning celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


There was some fierce competition for the most clicked this week with a tie between 4 great PINS. Take a look at those pins and see why they are the most appealing. What could you do differently to get your pin in the MOST LOVED PIN position?

What is the Must Have beauty product this Summer??


Here's an image for tomorrow's UV index forecast as supplied by the Beaurea of Meteorology. Let me just add that tomorrow is going to be mild weather compared to what we have been getting.

UV index on a mild Australian Summer Day


So, what is the must have beauty product this Summer?

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Tip of the week


How are your images looking? Are you finding that people can connect with you on your site of choosing since you've put your name your images? Good!

Let's talk about branding your images. This goes way beyond your site name or logo. Branding is the consistent use of imagery to help you stand out. Use of the same fonts and colours. Maybe you use the same arrow or swirly frill at the end of your name. What visual signature are you putting on your images?

Re-decluttering

Re-decluttering accessories

Those of you who have shared my decluttering adventures may be wondering if I've run out of things to declutter.

Rescued

mantis

We almost stepped on this little guy when were out shopping. Poor thing was a long way from anything that was even remotely green and right in the middle of a walkway.

Crochet Gift Card Envelope - Free Pattern

Crochet Gift Card Envelope - Free Pattern

Sometimes finding the right gift for those you love can be challenging and a gift card is the best option. Personalise your gift card with a hand made envelope.

Pinbellish 24: a pinning celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


We're in February already and the Valentines crafts are everywhere!

When you've linked your PIN here I'd love you to pop over and link your Lovely POSTS at the very special VALENTINE POSTS ONLY LINKY.

Just scroll to the bottom to link up.
The party is open right up to Valentines Day so do come back and link all your Valentines day goodies!

Minecraft Characters Tunisian Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

Minecraft characters in Tunisian crochet

Minecraft Characters Tunisian Crochet Tutorial & Pattern

In December I was working on some Christmas gifts and you all had a good guess at what I was making. If you've found Purfylle on instagram since I joined you would have seen I gave the game away. I still haven't shared the finished project though, so here it is!

I wanted to create the pixelated look that Minecraft is known for. To achieve the look I was after for the Minecraft bags I decided to make each 'pixel' separately out of little crochet squares.

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Tip of the Week

Week 2 of our image tips! Make sure people know where to find you if they want to see more of your work! Whether you're blogging, pinning or instagramming your images, make sure you have your name on it. Logo's, websites, social media handles, whatever! Just get it on there!

Have you linked your Lovely POSTS at the very special VALENTINE POSTS ONLY LINKY?

Just scroll to the bottom to link up. 

The party is open right up to Valentines Day so do come back and link all your Valentines day goodies!

HOT

Geri the Wonder Dog is too hot to be causing trouble.


It is 42 C. That is all.


You might also like: 10 Tips to help keep your pets cool during the heat wave this week.


Trams




Trams (aka: light rail)  were a popular public transport option in many Australian cities for the first half of the 20th C, however the tramways faced decline as buses became more popular and economical until only Melbourne and nominally Adelaide retained their light rail systems. 

Pinbellish 23: a pinning celebration

Welcome to Pinbellish!

A Pinning Celebration


We're in February already and the Valentines crafts are everywhere!

When you've linked your PIN here I'd love you to pop over and link your Lovely POSTS at the very special VALENTINE POSTS ONLY LINKY.

Just scroll to the bottom to link up.
The party is open right up to Valentines Day so do come back and link all your Valentines day goodies!

Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket

Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket


For the Love of Wearables!

For many of us the terms 'Maker', 'Wearable' and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) may be something we associate with DIY, Clothing, and the World Wide Web. And in essence that is what they are, however Maker Culture, Wearables and IoT are all interrelated, taking science fiction and turning it into reality.

Now you might be asking 'What is Maker Culture?', 'What is a Wearable?', and 'What is the IoT?' Here is a quick simplified explanation of each.

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Hooray! The Tip of the Week is back! We've decided follow a theme each month, giving you 4 to 5 ways to improve that area/topic. Are you game? Excellent!

TIP OF THE WEEK - February will be about images; mostly because I'm working on refining mine wink emoticon Creating stunning images isn't just for bloggers! There are plenty of people who spread their beautiful images on Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Where ever you share your images, make them the best.


First tip for making images for your blog, be sure to have a pinnable one. Pinnable images (the ones that traditionally get re-pinned) are longer than they are wide; aim for a size of 700px x1000px. If you don't have a blog, you can use the Upload from Computer option when logged into Pinterest. You want to be re-pinned too! Be sure to include a good description smile emoticon

Painting The Laundry Sink

Our house needs a lot of work. A lot more work then we expected it would need when we bought it because the people who lived here before us didn't fix anything properly. If something needed to be painted, it got painted, no washing, no sanding, no undercoat, no rust guard no masking up, no cutting-in... you get the picture. Just plain shoddy.
The laundry sink was no different.

I've watched the paint peeling off it and it would annoy me every time I looked at. Just one more thing to add to the endless list of things to fix in this house. Well, our washing machine finally died and during the post Christmas sales we replaced it.

When we pulled the old washing machine out I thought I would just scrape off some of the loose paint. After about a minute or two of scraping it looked like this.


I decided it was time for the sink to get a makeover in-between washing machines. It didn't quite work out that way because it took longer to fix then anticipated but that was the plan.

I was just going to grab a mostly empty tin of old paint and slap it on. It couldn't be any worse then it was right now, right?

Hubby stepped in and said we should go and get some rust guard and use that. I said if we're going to do that then we should grab some paint stripper and do a proper job of it. So off we went and got a spray can of enamel rust guard, paint stripper, steel wool and methylated spirits for clean up and I got to work.

The hardware store didn't have the nice citristrip brand I'd used in the past so we bought some of the more traditional paint stripper. It was absolutely horrid to use, the fumes were overpowering even with both the window and door open. I wore a mask and goggles but could still only work with it for a few minutes at a time.

Most of the last bits of paint came off during clean up with steel wool and metho.

I did all of the paint stripping and clean up but quickly learned that painting with aerosols is outside my skill set and I handed over the task of spray painting to hubby. We got one side painted up and called it a day as dusk set in.

The new washing machine got installed so I could get ahead on a couple of loads of washing that night.

The next morning we were starting to re-mask up the floor and walls and at the last minute I remembered to get a photo. Oh, and if you're wondering it seems a dark grey was the original paint colour under the bad white paint job.


We ran out of paint and had to get a second can half way through.


Although we had covered the walls and floor rather well with drop sheets and paper a fine mist of paint still seemed to cover most of the floor and we had to clean all the tiles with metho. This wasn't great for the tile finish. Ideally if you are going to use spray paint for something you want to remove the item and paint it outside.


So how did it turn out in the end?  Almost as good as new! Although my grout is a lot paler then the terracotta shade it's supposed to be, that's okay because it's the section I haven't re-grouted yet. It's not perfect but it looks so much better don't you think?

The laundry feels so much nicer now, it's amazing how such a little thing can impact the whole feel of a room.