at home

new summer hat

new red hat

picked up an oversized lady’s visor from a Chinese shop in Leonidion. As it was baby pink it needed some of my colour touch and alterations to the back. Textile colours, earring based on Rosemary’s underwater painting and my new red linen dress brought back from China.

new red hat detail

perfect use now for the red hairpin to hold it in place by custom buttonholes.


plywood to pencil

pencilring1

inserting that pencil slice into the plywood ring made me think that I could just laminate the pencils for my next project.

pencilring3

the bottom also looks quite interesting. For the lamination and to protect the color I used 2k epoxy glue.

pencilring2

side view. The method can do with improvements, the next one will be better.


kayak

kayakwheelsside

after a year of due consideration I have decided to buy a sit-in kayak (thought about building one but it is just too difficult and the result would be too heavy and of doubtful water-tightness). The size is just right to fit into the Libero with a centimeter to spare both ends and the weight low enough to be lifted alone. Since I cannot not build something I made a pair of wheels for it to get to the water easily (and in style).

kayakwheelsfront

my favorite material, marine plywood oiled as basic material and a pair of light big wheels rescued from a broken garden trolley ages ago. Overall weight turned out to be only 1.7kg.

kayakwheelsstore

the “scissors” are held together with a bicycle clip that opens easily and the wheels can be stored behind the seat.

oh, and of course it is great fun paddling around our coast.


butterflyhack

bigbutterfly

the solar butterfly I brought from China has finally packed up so I decided to make a new bigger one using recycled stuff from my drawers. One solar panel salvaged from the rubbish, motor and and wheels from an old cassette recorder, butterflies bought in bulk in China and an old trophy from my bowling club days. New are the guitar string and a reostat to tune down the voltage of the panel to get the right frequency.


grasshoppergif

grasshoppereatinggrasshopper munching on our coral plant.


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antsonstonered ants on Karystos stone, all excited after finding the remnants of a squashed fig.