Sunday, 27 November 2011

Some News!!

I did plan on doing this post about a week ago, but things have been a little hectic around here lately so my apologies!!
The reason it's been so hectic is because I am getting ready for my first market!!! Yep, I'm going to be selling some of the furniture I've been can probably hear Tony sighing 'Thank goodness' from your place! Our house/shed is kinda jammed at the moment, Tony wants his shed back!!

I'm selling at the Makers Christmas Market in Horsham this Saturday the 3rd of December outside the library, I can't wait!! I've been busy making some smaller things to go with the furniture, like these book ends I just posted about plus a few other goodies which I will share!

Here are some of the furniture pieces that'll be up for grabs...

Hopefully it'll be a beautiful day, so far the forecast looks good, 22 degrees. I have no shelter/gazebo so if it happens to pour, I'll have to stay home!
Wish me luck!!

Courts x

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Make-It-Yourself Book Ends

These bookends are so cool and super easy.

Here's what you need:

A sheet of 5 or 7 ply.      I used 7 ply, the hardware store can cut it for you
4 screws for each book end
paint to decorate     I just used ordinary house paint. Whatever you have on hand!
spray polyurethane to seal

How to make it yourself:

First, work out what size you want your book ends to be. Measure the general size of the books they'll be holding up and make your book end measurements a little smaller than that. Also work out your design that'll go on the book end so you'll know roughly how big and what shape you need those to be.

To make 2 book ends you'll need 4 x rectangle shapes at your measurements.
Draw them on your sheet of ply and cut out with a jigsaw, or get your husband to do it like I did!! He rounded 2 corners on each one for me.

Next, you'll need 2 pieces for your design to go on

This might give you an idea on the size of my middle piece as I haven't measured it, sorry!

Now you will have 4 rectangles with 2 curved corners on each and two middle pieces for your design to go on. Sanding time!! You don't have to go overboard with the sanding, just take the roughness off. I did most of mine with a sanding block however some were a little too rough so I used my mouse sander for that.
Now you can paint on your design.

I drew on the outline with a pencil then filled it in with paint. Let it dry overnight at least before you start assembling.
All that's left is to put it all together. Tony pre-drilled the holes first.

This above photo is of the bottom. You want to screw the 2 bigger rectangles together first. They're the 2 screws on the right.
Then place your middle piece in and screw it in once from the bottom and once from the side...

You could fill in over the screws with putty if you were going to paint. I'm leaving them raw and you won't see any screws as they are either on the bottom or pressed against the books.

Now give it all a couple of coats of spray poly, letting it dry in between as per manufacturers instructions of course!! And your done!

If you have any questions, ask away! I'd be more than happy to answer them for you!!
Enjoy the rest of the week, I'll be back in the next couple of days with some news!!
Courts x

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Make-It-Yourself Fake Books

I half heartedly contemplated calling this project 'faux books' but for some reason, I don't like the word faux. It's just not a word I ever use!

This project is really easy and there are limitless variations and uses for some fake books, so lets get to it!
Here's what you'll need:

Small book sized boxes.            I used biscuit, coffee and snack boxes.
Craft glue or hot glue gun        I used both
Spray paint/s                             In whatever color/s you like
Permanent marker

The first decision you'll need to make is how many 'books' you want to have. There is a rule about using odd numbers when grouping objects together as it works so much better visually.  I generally like to break rules so I compromised and did one set with 5 and one with 6!! :)

Arrange the boxes in order that looks appealing to you. A few random heights and thicknesses work best, just like real books. Hot glue each one together in the order you chose. I did mine upside down as the botooms of the boxes were neater to be the top of my books.

Apply your craft glue to where you opened your box so that it's now closed down flat. You could also at this point put something inside, like rice perhaps, to add weight to your books if  necessary.

Once the glue has dried, it's time to paint. This is after one coat...

Let it dry then apply second coat.

Leave it now for at least 24 hours to dry, then you can draw on any design you like to make them look more 'bookish', using your permanent marker. I went really simple with mine, it's more me!

You could go more out there...have each book a different color, paint them with more texture so they look more real. The sky's the limit!
So why did I make these?

I'll share that very soon!
Oh, do you like the book ends? They are easy, easy to make!! Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make some for yourself, or for a unique Christmas gift for a loved one.
Yeah it's only 6 weeks away, crazy!! One more hair cut to go for 2011 for those 6 weekly trim people!! I still think like that even though I haven't cut hair for a couple of years now, old habits die hard!!

Have an awesome week!

Courts x

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Little Upholstery And A Thank You!

A little Parker foot stool I've just finished in a cool Ikea fabric. It was my first real go at putting piping in and lets just say I need some more practice!! It looks fine in the photo or from a distance, but up close it's a different story!
This could also be a before shot of the brown chair...

I have BIG plans for it!! It's on the to do list that I call my no-matter-how-many-projects-I-pump-out-there's-still-exactly-the-same-number-of-projects-on-my-list list! Do you have one of those?
This is the back side ;) of the footstool.

I think my piping is doing the mexican wave!!! Anyway, practice makes perfect and I have a project coming up that will give me plenty of that!

I also today want to acknowledge and give a BIG thank you to Revi from Revisionary Life who awarded me with the Liebster Blog Award recently. Revi and I have been blogging about the same amount of time and have followed each other for a while now. She loves to paint and re-purpose old things to, like this awesome lamp that caught my eye..

Or sometimes she finds cool things that are just perfect as they are...

There are rules for accepting this award and I'm regretfully not going to receive this award. I found that the last time I won an award, it was a LOT of work figuring out who to pass it on to and linking to them, not to mention the guilt afterward that I had just passed on a lot of work to other bloggers. Quite a lot of them didn't accept the award and I wasn't offended, I understood. We are all busy people!!
I'm grateful to Revi for the award and I hope she too understands!!

I'm posting a couple of make-it-yourself projects this week, a little different from what you usually see here at apprentice extrovert so I hope you come back and check it out! Don't worry, they're easy to do!!

Thanks for reading,

Courts x

Thursday, 10 November 2011

My Latest Stripey Chair

Hi Everybody! I just finished this cool office stripes of course! When will this phase ever end? Probably not anytime soon!!

Here's the before, minus the seat and back rest.

I sprayed the base with a metal spray paint which I'm liking. I did the lamp base as well, now just need to update the shade!

This chair is so comfy! A very welcome addition to our office.
P.S This is not our office in the photo's, they're taken in our main room. We need a few issues resolved in our office before it's photo ready! Namely an ikea shelf that refuses to stay on the wall!!

Here's me trying out the taken by my 4 year old!! She also took my profile pic! She's quite the photographer, always taking pictures!
Hope your week is going great!
Take care,

Courts x

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Upholstered Chair No.2

After a few issues with this one, I can now show you the second of two newly upholstered chairs! You can see the first one here.

I'm really happy with how they turned out!! And it wasn't as difficult as I thought it'd be, I'm slowly making friends with my sewing machine! I used fabric from Holly Zollinger on Spoonflower again which I love!

The cushion on the left is the one I made and the one on the right is from k-mart! These chairs are so comfy to sit on, even though they don't look it! They used to be office chairs, here's the before...

and one more after...

Hope your day is going along wonderfully!! Thanks for reading!!

Courts x

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

In A Former Life...

Here's a story for you:

Once upon a time, a shy girl's dream came true when she became a hairdresser. Yes, I'm talking about me! It was always what I wanted to do, ever since I was a little girl. The photo is of me giving our eldest her first haircut, just before the tears started! Her's not mine!!

When I was given a chance to fulfill this dream, I never looked back. I overcame some obstacles that popped up in my way (as they invariably do!) and was a hairdresser for over 15 years,  also a salon owner for the last 3 of those 15 years.

I took this photo at hair competitions in Melbourne a few years ago.

In the hairdressing industry you see a lot of people come and go, it's never as glamorous in reality as it appears from the outside. I never thought it would happen to me; that I would become a hairdressing statistic and leave the industry. But I did. The universe knows best! I lost my passion and I'd always said that if I ever lost my passion for it, I'd give it up. I couldn't do a job half heartedly, my clients would know. I've never been a good liar or actor, everything I feel shows on my face or body language.

Soon after the decision to leave was made, I fell pregnant with child number 2 and have been hanging around with them at home ever since. Leaving work has been a lot harder than I thought it'd be, but I get to take this time to really just be with my two skadoos. I also now get time to allow my creativity to roam free, and figure out what my next passion is!

Having said all that, I do miss all things hair, especially the people! I still keep up with whats in fashion with hair, it's just something I've always done. When I was working in the salon I was usually pretty fashion forward. My look has generally been whatever everyone else isn't doing. I would like to do things first, and by the time everyone else starts wearing it, I've moved onto the next thing! I dislike wearing (hair or clothes) that everyone else is. I'm not extremely way out though, just a little quirky. Gotta love quirky!

I've found it harder to be quirky when I'm just at home. I tend to dress for comfort and easily get stuck in a rut. What do you wear when you're just at home? I'm also not as worried about what's 'in' with clothes, I just want to wear my own style. What I love and what suits me and things that no-one else has. I find a lot of awesome stuff at the op shops now (thrift store) which I supplement with stuff from my friend's shop or from mainstream stores in Melbourne, when I get there.

So, there's a little more about me! Stay tuned for some posts about hair, I've got heaps of tips and I'm very happy to share them with you!

Have a wonderful week,

Courts x
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