Last week our national ISP made some ‘improvements’ which meant I didn’t have email for a week. I also didn’t have internet access for three days. At first I was aghast, but then – oh joy – I had so much fun!

One day I made curtains, which I’d already cut out a few weeks earlier. The next day I made floor mats. An idea I’ve had in my head for ages now. It was something I saw in the Nuku Nuku zakka book and so much cheaper than buying rugs.

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I used natural canvas ($70 for 10m) from Frosts in Richmond Rd, backing them with natural calico ($20 for 10m). Curtain tape was from Village Fabrics in Mt Albert ($2/m).

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The floor mats are backed with canvas and I used some Cath Kidston fabric I bought on eBay for the tops.

We’ve found something called ‘smooth surface sealer’ which means we can paint over varnished wood so the built-in cabinets are all going to become either a blue or green shade of French grey.

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So for now I am quite happy. Especially as I have just found some perfectly acceptable oak laminate flooring at Mitre 10 of all places and it’s less than $20 a square metre.

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To herald the arrival of Spring our lovely new dreamcatcher arrived from Tamar. And the fresias are still going mad. I picked half of what was in the garden and got two big jars full which you can see on the table.