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One for the mailman

Dear postman,
We hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather. No doubt you are now sporting quite the tan?! We’d like to make our apologies for providing you with a substandard location for delivery of our mail during the last few weeks. We now have a top quality (from your side… our side is still getting there) polished stainless, spring-hinged mail slot of a generous size (we know it really bugs you to have to get off your comfy bike seat and leave larger parcels at the door) along with a newspaper slot, should you choose to use that also. Your grumblings views have certainly been taken into consideration and we hope you are pleased with the outcome, as we are. If so, please grant us a smile or two when we next meet at the mailbox.
Yours sincerely,
Andre & Jolene

We opted for a through fence mailbox because it means I can send Master W to get the mail without him going out the gate. Plus, we like the look of it, and it works with our fancy new fence.

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After looking at Bunnings, and online for a decent size through fence mailbox, and being well scared off by some big prices, we chose to buy just the cover plates for a mail and newspaper slot and then build the box ourselves. We had loads of recycled sign ply (which we used for the gate) still left and a piece of spare PVC pipe for the newspaper slot so the total spend was only on the cover plates – around $60-70.

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The cute little knob on the letter compartment came from a box of random hardware in the garage, and it matches our laundry and linen cupboard handles inside. 0312_6513 0312_6540

The old letterbox lies forlornly on its side while its replacement is fitted… I did consider repurposing it as a birdhouse or even a postbox for the kids to play with inside. But it’s pretty rusty… it’s destined for the rubbish heap. 0312_6542

Oooh a bearded hot guy! (He called for me to come and look at something last night… he was laughing out loud so I knew it was worth getting out of bed for – this was it.)0312_6606

From this side (for the mailman) – stunning! A teensy touch up to do on the fence and the pillar needs some plaster and paint, but – s t u n n i n g ! I can’t help smiling everytime I see it. 0312_6609

The hedge is growing ever so slowly, and now that the fence is fully painted (yes, more of that gorgeousness later in the week) I need to give it a bit of a tidy up and get it training up the fence. Eventually it will cover the fence and match the short bit of hedge at the left and down the side of our front yard. I’m hoping it grows fast so I never have to paint the fence again! I’m also working on painting the gate, Andre has plastering the pillars on his list, then I’ll be at them with a paint brush too.0312_6610

From this side – not so stunning. Obviously that pipe is a bit too long, and a paint job is on the list.0312_6614

But it’s great to have it built and useable. Don’t you think?!

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Wrapping a good yarn

I’ve had a few yarn wrapping tutorials and inspiration images collecting for a while and finally I got some wool and just went for it and made my first yarn wrapped letter!

It’s a W for my little one, and was made in honour of his new bedroom, but for now it’s hanging out in his current bedroom while we plaster, sand, plaster, sand, paint, paint, paint!

This is the main tutorial I looked at before I just hotted up my glue gun and did my own thing.

I picked Helvetica font as it’s a classic, and I thought it might be easier to wrap a sans serif font for my first attempt. It’s around 25cm tall.

Tools of the trade:
Pencil
Scalpel
Metal ruler
Cutting board
Card/foamboard
Letter stencil
Hot glue gun
Wool

I just penciled over the corner points of the W rather than over the whole thing – with all straight lines I decided this would be quite sufficient!

Then pencilling over the back to transfer onto my card stock:

And then it was just a matter of joining the dots:

And cutting it out – one lovely big Helvetica W:

This is the wool I purchased, along with a whole bunch of others for my crochet project:

Sadly, what I thought were reds when I bought it (online) are definitely pinks, so the whole colour range reads a bit more girly than intended, but we’re living with it for now and if I decide to redo it this one will be turned upside-down and donated to my niece Milah! Unless anyone knows any W girls?

Here’s my tools all laid out the other night (I would not be writing about this had my very generous father-in-law not offered to help Andre with the gib stopping, therefore leaving me to my own devices for the evening!):

And getting underway:

I used a tiny dab of glue on the corner to secure the strand of wool and then it was just mindless wrapping around and around, until the first “corner”:

This was pretty well made up as I went along but it seemed to work… once I got to the bottom of the inside “leg” I zoomed right on down to the bottom and started wrapping up again. I used another dab of glue here at the bottom, keeping all my glue and crossing over yarn on the back side.

This was repeated twice more and then finally I was wrapping up the last leg of the W:

Then I was onto my second layer of wrapping, which I did in a different direction with the advice of Bailey from Let Birds Fly in mind to wrap in the direction that the letters are hand written. As is the case with a W it’s “down, up, down, up”:

While this second layer was quicker it was actually quite hard to keep all the “wraps” in line and not slipping off the sides. I did use a bit more glue to keep a few of the strands near the edges in place. And then the last dab of glue to secure the cut off strand:

And the finished product:

The whole process took about an hour and a half but it was strangely relaxing… wrapping… wrapping…….wrapping……….wrapping!

Next time I would use foamboard rather than card as it did bow a little what with me pulling the wool tightly to keep it on. Other than that, and the pinky tones, I am rather pleased with my effort and so is the little one: