Friday, December 31, 2010

This WIP is gonna have to wait until next year.....

Despite my best efforts - I did not finish dry-walling.

I only took pictures of the parts I DID do ;-)


Next year is another year - it will be finished in good time.


{This moment}


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you a joyous weekend!

From Soulemama


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Electricity done

After two intense day's, I'm done with the new and the old electricity in the attic.
Chainsaws and powerlines just don't mix well.

We now have:

The hotel circuit restored, which allows the light in the first attic to be switched in the attic as well as on the first floor. (Phew - this was my biggest fear - not beeing able to restore this)

Integrated lights in the ceiling of the dormer - in both rooms, independently wired.

Three new outlets in the craftroom.
Two "old" outlets in the craftroom restored.

The door between rooms was moved - because the old one was an arched doorway. With the dormer this just does not look right anymore.

Light-switches of both rooms have been moved because of this.

In the utility room I have changed the outlets for the washing machines to be on a different circuit. Number three was just getting too big now. Both machines run now on circuit 1 which was brought up from the bathroom on the first floor.

Two other outlets in the utility room have been restored, and a new one has been installed by the doorway - think ironing board ;-)

Both rooms have functioning ceiling lights now, the second room suffered from an error for the last years - I installed it myself several years ago, and erred with the hotel circuit which was intended then. Oh well, we were using a standing light without even thinking twice about it.

And by the way - the hall light for the first floor? It too has been restored to fully functioning hotel circuit.

I'm really tired, but satisfied with my work!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The most important thing of a building and any extention or alteration is to insulatate.

It's really quite easy to do:

Spray small openings and/or odd ones with builders foam. (be careful not to get it on your clothes though... it's horrible!)


Then evenly space small wooden bars - ideally so, that you can cover them with plasterboard without trouble.


Stuff the insulation between the bars.


I will have to restore the electrical wiring before I close up with plasterboard - but that's optional!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saturday, the 18th of december

I´ll try to recapture the whole journey with the dormer on our roof.

This was the before situation:

The big surprise was the snow - an the freezing cold!

Very early in the morning they started - -5 degrees Celsius and no daylight yet.


Look at him - showeling snow on the rooftop - mindboggling! I have vertigo ;-)
Nope, he's not preparing for Santa - he's preparing for destruction.

By lunchtime our house was destroyed.



Then - thank heavens - some actual building started.


It went really fast actually.


By four pm the builders left - and we had a dormer.

from the inside:


and from the outside:


What I not quite realized was, that the work then just started.......

Waltz on by Wednesday

Even though I'm kinda swamped with the extention of the attic, I'm gonna join WOB Wednesday.


The insulation goes in - a second layer, as I don't think the standard 7.5 cm are enough these days.
Today we resurrect the electrical wiring.

Keep your fingers crossed, that we finish this year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Step by step ......

I'm almost done washing and moving all my fabric stash.

Today I put the primer on the shelves. These are in use for almost ten years now, they moved to me when my old neighbors went away. I always planned to colour them white. Finally now I have the space to flip them over - this is as good as it get's!


The table will be disassembled tomorrow. For now it's really useful:

I covered as much as I could with used boxes from the snackbar - I hope it will be enough protection when the roof will open up.


The utility room is ready to be cleared as well, as the last load of fabric is washed.



Monday, December 13, 2010

Craftroom tetris

In the last two months I had cleaned out the attic to make myself an dedicated craftroom.
Luck will have it, that I now have to disassamble all of it, because we will get an extention.

Craftroom tetris at its best ......... wish me strength.

At least I will see ALL of my stash again, because I have to move it ;-)

Half way point:

These will house all random crafting supplies - no fabric or fibre though.

The fabric stash closet. It's all prewashed now, I took the opportunity ;-)


This desk is (was) for crafting and shipping. This is the side where the extention will be installed.

The cutting table and another closet:

The almost cleared side of the craftroom. Next week this will look very different.

I'll keep you posted!

Friday, December 10, 2010

{This moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Happy Weekend to you!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The baby is almost a grown-up now

Originally uploaded by breiduiveltje
Where did time go?
It's december.....