Tuesday Tour: Brisbane Apartment

April 15, 2014

So when we moved into our current apartment in Brisbane I captured a video on my phone. I finally got around to uploading it to my computer. And I figured out how to do some basic editing. What I can’t do  is post the video on my blog (cause I’m cheap and this is a free blog). But I can do the next best thing and post a link to it on you tube!


Currently our place is lacking an organizational method. I’ve got paper work and receipts everywhere. Ok, so they’re not everywhere, just all over our bookcase. We’re still waiting for our stuff to get here off the boat. It’s possible (I hope!) that in the beginning of May I’ll be able to hang my artwork on the walls. And have little decorative bowls to put things in.  I feel as if we’re in this awkward waiting phase.  I know we have stuff coming. Not a lot, but some. I don’t want to go out and start buying lots of stuff (I’m really missing my kitchen utensils). But I really, really want stuff on my walls! And the rest of my yarn stash. Yarn is important.

Around here.

April 9, 2014


Just some things seen around the South Bank area. Still getting used to the new plant and animal life here.

Australia! Our new country of residence.

March 19, 2014


Yep, we moved to Australia! Brisbane, Queensland. It’s been a month and so far and I’m liking it. The hot humid weather is perfect for skirts and dresses and eating dinner outside on the balcony. Walking slowly and cool drinks.  And sunscreen, can’t forget the sunscreen.

The first week here was stressful. Moving to another country is quite different than a vacation in another county. Since it’s a country we haven’t lived in before (I’d never even visited) there’s all kinds of things that are different. Such as cell phones and banks. And the documents that you need to open accounts (you must have “100 points of identification” and half the stuff we had they wouldn’t take!). Trying to find a new place to live was quite trying as well (we had a furnished temporary rental for 2.5 weeks which helped out a lot).

I can say that I never realized exactly how much I’ve come to rely on cell phone and internet usage. And seems that the Aussies prefer use a combination of technology and in-person transactions to set things up. Want to rent an apartment? Have to view it in person before you can submit your application. Yes, it’s basically (or maybe it is?) a law. And the real estate agents want to contact you by text. Which is kinda hard when you don’t have the 100 points of identification to get a cell phone! So I showed up to viewings and hoped the agent would show up as well.

They didn’t once. They sent a cancel notice to Mr. EG’s skype number which he didn’t get until after the meeting time (I had requested email communication anyway).  It was frustrating because the rental agents wanted a cell # and the cell people wanted a permanent address. I might have expressed my complete annoyance about this to the cell phone guy. But we finally got phones (sorry Mike for snapping at you).

 So to continue, renting is expensive. It’s priced per week and paid fortnightly (confusing yes?).  A lot of places don’t come with a fridge or a clothes washer. But might have a dishwasher and a clothes dryer? Sometimes the washer and/or dryer would be in the bathroom; sometimes it would be under the house on a concrete pad in the middle of the dirt. (The local Queenslander style houses are built on stilts and don’t usually have a finished space under the house, it’s usually open air.) After looking at some places (and not liking anything) we finally rented a unit in the building we were staying at. Super good luck for us! It’s a great apartment with an amazing view and lots of natural light. Also good luck, the building manager hooked us up with a $50 fridge someone in the building was selling.

We’re getting settling in but the apartment is still mostly empty. The stuff we decided to keep is being shipped across the ocean and will take another month or two to arrive.  We’ve figured out how to get around (Translink and bicycles for now) and where our local grocery shops and farmers markets are. Now it’s time to explore and have fun in this amazing country.


My balcony and flowers.

September 13, 2012

All those containers from the thrift store are being put to good use on my balcony. As flower pots. I planted directly in them (no holes were drilled for drainage so I can re-purpose them later).

The flowers seem to be fine and actually thriving. I’m surprised really. I thought they’d be dead by now.

Another thrift store score.

August 21, 2012

I needed another container, so back to the thrift store I went. And found this.

It’s quite red. As in Xmas red. But it has potential.

So I busted out the yellow spray paint.

The first coat looks not so good.

It’s getting better…

This was the second coat. It’s starting to look a tiny bit better

And after several more coats (and drying overnight)…

Several coats later and after drying overnight it looks great.

Such an improvement! I will say that it’s not perfect. But, I like the burst of color. It adds a nice pop to our balcony.

Next up, what I did with all this stuff (although I’m pretty sure you can guess).






Thrift Store Score

August 4, 2012

Sometimes with the thrift store it’s hit or miss. This time it was a hit. Here’s what I got.

Cork board for $2.60.

Ceramic bowl for $2.60.

Ceramic mixing bowl with handle for $2.60.

Two metal containers. The smaller one was $2.60, the larger one was $4.60.

All together for a grand total of $15.00

$15.00 for two colorful ceramic bowls, two metal containers and a cork board. I have plans for these. Stay tuned for an update post later this week.



Changes around here.

July 23, 2012

This year has brought a couple changes to my life.  After 9 years together, Mr. EG and I were married in May.

Yes, I wore a red dress.

Another change? Well, after 7 years of being car-less, we’ve bought a 2007 Prius.

Mr. EG and our “new” car. (Or, “Why are you making me be in this photo?”)

I was told by a co-worker that I had to take one of these photos. Apparently it’s a “thing” to have a photo where the owner is jumping (from happiness?) with their Prius.

This change has probably been the bigger of the two. I mean, we can actually buy more food than we can carry on the bus or in a backpack (or in a bag over my shoulder while riding my bike). I can actually be home for dinner with Mr. EG (3pm to midnight is a weird shift to work). We can take mini road trips along the coast! Or go camping in one of the many parks out here! The only drawback (besides now having a car payment each month) is that I haven’t ridden my bike since buying the car. And I think that’s why my knees are now sore. So bike riding will be thought of as cross training for this race that we signed up for in September.  Should be fun. And we now have a way to get there.

Simple stamps

February 12, 2012

I had an extra wine cork or two floating around and saw a tutorial somewhere around in the blogverse about making them into stamps.  It’s pretty easy to do and doesn’t take too long to make.  A marker, x-acto knife, wine/beer cork, and cutting surface are the only supplies you’ll need to make the stamps. (Of course, some sort of pigment and surface to stamp on are also needed!)

Draw your design. Simple designs are easiest. I made a star and a heart.

Cut away the extra material.  Either inside or outside the lines. (Yes, do be careful with the sharp knife, and keep your fingers away from the edge that you’re cutting. It’s easy for the knife to slip and cut your fingers instead of cork).

cork cut from the outside of the heart

I tried to make sure that enough cork was cut away for good definition.

side view...

Stamp away! I tried some calligraphy ink, which worked ok if I used a paintbrush to apply it to the stamp.  Acrylic paint was faster and provided more intensity. I just used what I had lying around (as I’m trying to use up some of the stuff I’ve had for a long time). Have fun trying out whatever you have on hand.

heart stamp with ink (applied to stamp with paintbrush)

heart stamp with acrylic paint

star stamp with acrylic paint

As you can see, the star stamp was made by removing the cork from inside the lines, which was a bit trickier.  This left the outside as the original circle shape. Of the two, this one is my favorite. ;)

Another use for fun fur.

January 12, 2012

The place that I currently works allows us to listen to personal music players whenever we want.  When my ear buds died I found a pair of bright pink replacement ones.  I decided that since they were already an attention grabbing color I’d make them stand out even more.

ear bud cozy

This ear bud cord cozy was quite simple to make.  Some fun fur along with a strand of #10 crochet thread  single crocheted around the cord. At the Y junction split into two and continue crocheting however far up you want.

Split into seperate strands at the Y junction.

A simple weave in of the ends and you’re done.  Simple, easy, and gets lots of comments.  Most people think it’s cool (at least that’s what they say to my face).  I originally made it with the thought to use up the fun fur in my stash (it’s not that much stash but it’s hard coming up with projects to use it in so it’s been hanging out in there a long time).

It’s actually proven to be kinda useful as it cuts down on eliminates the weird cord rubbing against clothing sound these things tend to produce. Also it’s softly fuzzy against my skin (I can’t be the only one who runs the cord down the shirt to the ipod in the pocket, those cords can be really long, and it just needs to be out of the way).

Anyway, like I said, it’s simple, easy use of the horrible horrible fun fur.

Exciting birthday gift!

December 13, 2011

I returned home from work about 30 minutes ago to see a package on my coffee table. A birthday gift from my mom. This:

A Gift! Two Gifts!

So what are they? The gifts are a kit from photojojo.com (really cool stuff, check them out!) and are a pinhole camera kit and sunprint kit (aka cyanotype for the photographic name).  I haven’t done either of these processes since May of 2003.  I’m so excited to get these and can’t wait until I have the time and energy to try these out. I’m actually  sitting here rubbing my hands together with glee with a big smile on my face.

Sadly, It might be a few weeks until I can give them proper use.  It’s 4:30 am here in Santa Cruz as I write this and I haven’t gone to bed yet.  I’m currently working at a retail/service related company and we’re super swamped with xmas business.  Until after the holidays I’ll be working, working, working (getting those overtime hours in hence the late night). So for now it’s work, sleep, eat, run 3x week, repeat. Work will slow down soon enough.

Anyhow… Mom, I love the gift, thanks!

Off to bed.

PS. Birthday yes? My thirtieth!  I think I’m one of the few women who are actually glad to be getting out of their twenties.

Me on my 30th Bday. Taken by Mr. EG.


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