Week 30: Creative Challenge 52

Kanens bathroom makeover

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been cleaning up his Potts Point pad so he can rent it out. His first priority was the bathroom, which needed some sprucing up after a previous effort that was beginning to fail - mould, peeling wallpaper, kitsch diamante stickers everywhere. Kanen swears he'll never put another diamante sticker anywhere since they're next to impossible to remove and have taken far and away the most time on the job so far.

Kanens bathroom makeover

Anyway, paint and wallpaper have been flying thick and fast, and Kanen loves the new beige and gold theme. It's much cleaner and less cluttered than the previous design, and the whole thing cost less that $50 because he bought the vintage wallpaper for $18 at reverse garbage.

Kanens bathroom makeover

When you're finished, Kanen, could you please come over to our place? Loving the new look.

Kanens bathroom makeover

Keryn Clark

South African born writer, florist and cake whizz, Keryn Clark, is still obsessing over her backyard - and the backyard is all the better for it too. Here's a reminder of her starting point...

Keryns backyard - before

This week Keryn reverted to a romantic Mediterranean theme, and the frangipani was moved to the front. The water tanks are now hidden by lillipillies. Once they're established, they'll present as a green wall.

Keryn and her sister found an outdoor setting at the local dump and they managed - somehow - to cram it into the boot of Keryn's sister's Hyundai 130. It's in good condition and it cost nothing. You've gotta love that.

Keryn also managed to persuade her sister to part with a vintage wrought iron pot holder. Somehow, Keryn managed to transport the outdoor setting and pot holder from her sister's place back to the Gold Coast on the train.

It's amazing what Keryn has done to this backyard in the past 2-3 weeks, and we can now see where she's heading with her design.

Keryns backyard makeover

Keryn says that the bougainvillea will ultimately screen the colorbond fence as well as the neighbour's roof. Keryn has bought wisteria and a passion fruit creeper and she now has to find something for them to climb on. She's rethinking the pergola since she's learned that she needs body corporate and council approval before she can proceed.

Keryns backyard makeover

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been in the Blue Mountains this weekend enjoying some felting classes - From the Mud Springs a Flower and Form in Felt. She's excited about the opportunity to play around with new techniques. Telena also loves browsing through the trade stalls to find new fleece, books, and all manner of other goodies. Next week, she plans to share her creations from her weekend workshops.

In the meantime, how much fleece can she squeeze into a car, she wonders?

Trish Urquhart

Trishs rhubarb

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been working wonders with rhubarb this week.

Trish is still in Oxford, and she bought her rhubarb from a local grocer who seemed to think of rhubarb as an unfashionable relic of days gone by. He obviously hasn't tasted Trish's cooking. But I'll let Trish tell you about that herself...check out her blog.

Trish made rhubarb posset and slow cooked lamb shoulder on a bed of rhubarb. You can find her recipes here. Enjoy!

Trishs rhubarb posset
Trishs rhubarb lamb

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett found some old roll film cameras in a second hand shop a few weeks ago. One of them was this Kodak Brownie. It takes 127 film, which is hard to get, so he ordered four rolls from a store in New York and couldn't wait to put it through its paces during his Easter trip to the Snowy Mountains. Here are a couple of the photos he took with this lightweight plastic camera.

Steves photos

Scarlet Bennett

With the gorgeous weather of autumn upon us here in Canberra, I've turned my mind to keeping warm in the cooler months. That has spawned a flurry of creative activity with yarn, and this week I have a knitted lace hat and scarf to present, knitted in the chunky weight yarn I often favour. Thanks to Georgia Bennett for modeling the hat and scarf for me, and also to Stephen Bennett for the photo.

Scarlets knitted hat and scarf

I also finished off an onyx pendant that I started last weekend.

Scarlets onyx pendant