Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Last Thursday and Friday our awesome cabinetmaker (David Turner) installed our Kitchen, Laundry and Bathroom Vanity. He has done such and awesome job within extremely tight time lines. I think you would all agree that it looks fantastic! I can’t wait until the plasters finished and everything is painted so I can remove the plastic to reveal the gloss and put on the handles. Our timeline to be in for Christmas is not looking great. I think the plumber will hold us up as well as a tiler, if I cant find one in the next couple of days. If anyone can recommend a good tiler who can do a job before Christmas let me know!!!

I cant wait to get into my new kitchen and cook up a storm!

Bathroom Vanity and Laundry Cupboard


Everything is now coming together. Over the last couple of weeks the builders have been getting the inside ready to plaster. Finally all of the rooms have been framed and the old and the new house are now one. The plaster has been hung in the kitchen, laundry, bedroom 3 and some of the bathroom

I think I could live in my new Garage! Kitchen plaster hung

Entrance before and after

Looking from the old into the new/ bathroom

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Puttying, Sanding and Painting

Finally we have been able to do some of our own work on the house. A few weeks ago Marc and Dad did a fantastic job of fitting the bi fold doors. Don't worry they're not falling apart we just haven't taken the plastic off them yet, as we didn't want them getting damaged.

We've puttied all the holes and cracks.

Marc's been using an electric sander like a champion and he hasn't managed to break it yet!

Mum and Dad helped with putting the undercoat on the garage

And some kids who looked like they were about 14 came and installed our Central Heating Unit.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lock Up Stage

Yay things are finally starting to happen! While I'm inside blogging Marc is outside sanding the weatherboards getting them ready for the undercoat. The house is finally at lock up stage. The builder has told us that things will start to fly along now, so here's hoping we're in before Christmas. For those of you that dont know Marc and I are expecting out first child in April so I'm pretty keen to start decorating the nursery early in the new year.
We've had a few drama's at the house with water getting in and damaging some of our belongings and flooring but now we have a roof, so lets hope that's all behind us.

Not Happy Jan!

Insert Bi Fold Doors

Kitchen/ Living Area

Bedroom 3 and library/sewing room

Garage and wall to play downball!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Frame Stage

Considering the builders have probably only been at the house for about 10 days out of the 7 weeks they have made some real progress.

Walls are up.

After the walls went up we didn't see anyone at the house for a few weeks until the brickies came back to build the shed.

Then we had to wait for the roof trusses to be made!

Bi-fold doors will go in here which will open out onto an undercover patio

Looking into our new open kitchen/living room

Base Stage

Its been 7 weeks since I did my last post and so much has been happening! As we have had no internet access it has made it impossible for me to do any updates. So here are some photos of the extension/reno's to give you an idea of all the progress that has been made.

Stumps and foundations

Back of house gone!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

I know we are still in need of rain but at the moment the Oswin household is in desperate need of sunshine so the builders can start the renovations.
Friday saw the builders mark out the dimensions of the new extension. However it was 1.3 meters short of where it was supposed to be. Upon checking the plans I discovered the drafts person who drew the plans has stuffed up the measurements. After freaking out I phoned the builder whom told me not to worry and advised that he will fix it Monday morning.
Yesterday saw us demolish the laundry which proved to be a little more difficult than first thought. Marc did a fantastic job but is paying for it today!

Surely we should see some developments tomorrow with these parked in our backyard.
This may be my last post for a fortnight as we will have no internet access. I hope to have a lot of progress to report and photos to post when we are back online!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I still can't quite believe that I am now the proud owner of two original artworks by Ghostpatrol!
Marc and I ventured to Melbourne yesterday especially to attend an open studio and sale of works by Ghostpatrol and Miso.

We arrived just after opening to find the studio packed with prospective buyers. I had attended with high hopes of purchasing an original piece of artwork but in reality knew I would probably only be able to afford a print.
However, I was pleasantly surprised and left
with not one but two amazing pieces of work.
Now I just wish the builders would start so I have somewhere to hang these works of art

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fantasyze with SPOD

Image by Daniel Boud
Meet my new personal trainer

I have been a member at a local gym on and off for the past 12 months but since the cold weather hit I have been seriously lacking motivation. Then came along Fantasyze with SPOD. Just what I needed for extra motivation. I recommend it to anyone that wants to get fit and listen to pumping jams at the same time. You have to check it out to believe it!
I heart SPOD......

Spod and I SXSW Austin Texas 2007

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Slow Progress.....

I knew as soon as I made the commitment to start a blog, my life would once again become hectic and I would not be able to find the time to make a post. Finally I have made the time. Thanks to everyone who has checked out the blog and to those who have been nice enough to leave kind comments.
Work has totally consumed my life in the past week and as of yesterday our household has a new boarder who is already stressing me to the max. Shar is my parents 9 year old Lhasa Apso whom is a bit out of sorts at the moment. Poor old fella, he will be residing with us for 3 weeks, until my parents return from their holiday! Lets hope he and Oscar don't kill each other.

No real progress with the extensions at the moment! Marc and I spent last Saturday in the rain transporting ute loads of rubbish to the tip and scrap metal and bricks to the recyclers. Finally the backyard is looking a little more respectable (by the way if anyone needs some free bricks let me know).

I phoned the builder on Thursday whom advised he is still awaiting the soil test results and has pushed the start date back another 2 weeks!!!!

I have however made some progress in my craft life. Thursday week ago I caught up with the lovely Steph in Daylesford. Over a pot of tea and some knitting she motivated me to get out some unfinished projects. So last Sunday I did some cross stitch. A good friend gave me this lovely Babushka doll cross stitch over 6 months ago, I did start it at the time but as usual my work takes over and it ends up back in the craft cupboard with all of the other half finished projects. I was pretty happy with my progress last weekend and will be sure to make the time to do some more today.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


What a Day!
Before the renovations can begin there is a lot of demolition that needs to occur. Luckily yesterday we had the help of my Dad and most importantly my wrecking machine of a brother Shane. A job that I thought would take a few weekends is almost complete and what a difference it makes to the backyard.

Carport Before