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Friday, 13 October 2017

Pallet Photo Board


Props and backdrops / backgrounds for photography don't have to cost a fortune and there are some really creative things you can do on a budget if you're willing to womble!

DIY Pallet Photoboard - Photo Background Prop


Last week we showed you the pallet bath that we made, and the Pallet Gate before that, this week I thought it might be fun to show you the photoboard we made up. We now use this board as the backdrop for all of our product photos for Thor's Threads and Lucky Sew & Sew and it really comes in handy to have a beautiful dedicated surface for taking photos on.

As with most of our recent creations the photoboard started out life on the pallet pile

The goldmine that is the pallet pile
We selected a pallet that had fairly close boards to begin with, and to achieve the look we were going for we filled in the gaps with strips of timber cut down from another pallet.

Gaps all filled in 

You can just see in the photo above that we cut small grooves into the wood on the original pallet to give it more of a floorboard look after it was stained

Applying the stain
After sanding the whole thing down we treated the pallet photoboard to a couple of coats of stain to get it looking less like a pallet and more like a photography backdrop.

Finished Pallet Photoboard
And there you have it, the finished photoboard! 

DIY Pallet Photography Backdrop
Here are some of the photo's we've taken on the board recently, they certainly look a lot smarter than just taking them on the dining room table!

Addams Family Patch - Glow in the Dark
Winter Mjolnir Thor's Hammer Patch
Addams Family Patch and Pin Badge


Viking Badges and Golden Mjolnir Patch

Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you, we'd love to hear what sort of props and backdrops you use for your photography!

Have an wonderful weekend, thanks for joining in once again with Five on Friday :)


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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Biker's Life

Friday Again!

Last Week I mentioned I was stripping down the bike to give it a new lease of life so I thoguth this week I'd update you on the progress of the transformation.

The Blank Canvas - matt black

Although the bike was red when I bought it I had already resprayed it matt black a few years ago but after several British winters it was starting to look very tired and needed a little TLC.

I wasn't ENTIRELY sure that I wanted to do the bike blue so started off by testing out the colour on the mudguard.

Front Fender Painted
After putting the insignia of my motorcycle club on it and then lacquering over it it was ready to go back on the bike.I was really happy with it so decided to go ahead and strip the rest of the bike down to be sorted out.

A very tired looking steed!
Looking back at the photo of her stripped down it's hard to believe that it is the same bike when I finished! The whole bike was cleaned up, sanded down and treated to a fresh lick of paint, including the exhausts and header pipes.

Full Blue Paintjob
Now all I need to do is get the seat re-upholstered as there are a few small rips in the leather, sand down the engine and re-enamel it and do a few small bits here and there to make it one of a kind. Once the new leather seat is on Carly has volunteered to paint White Wolf Brotherhood down the sides of it and anyone that has seen her handiwork will be as excited as I am to see how it turns out!

Painting the bike and restoring her to her former glory has been a welcome distraction and a great bit of mental therapy. Of course now that she is beautiful again I couldn't just let her sit on her own in the garage, luckily I had a party to attend with the club to get out and show her off to the world:

Out on the road where she belongs
It's never a bad thing to let your hair down and party, which is exactly what I did out with my club brothers and our friends in the other clubs that came from far and wide for the Scavengers MC End of Summer Party. The man on the left of this photo, "The Butcher" is actually my father! It's the first time he had been out to a biker party with me, he's been interested for ages so really enjoyed himself.

The Butcher, Knuckles and Me
We drank far too much to be able to drive home, but as the forward thinking citizens of the world that we are I had already arranged for us to camp over and once the party had finished and everyone else had gone to sleep we had a few more beers beside the campfire having a laugh and making memories

Wolves around the camp fire
Waking up the next morning, slightly worse for wear, I was treated to an amazing sunrise in the mountains as I set up the stoves for a hot drink and some breakfast.

Camping in the mountains
So as you can see I'm doing so much better than I was a while ago and I can't wait to show you all the progress as I customise the bike a bit more in the future.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday!


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Friday, 29 September 2017

What's Going On This Week?

Happy Friday! 
I hope the week has been kind to you all :)

To say that we have been very busy bees again this week would be somewhat of an understatement!

Last Week I showed you the Pallet Gate that we made.....now let me introduce our new pallet bath:


Reclaimed Pallet Bath

It isn't completely finished yet, we're going to paint it and then sand it down a bit again to give it the shabby chic distressed look, but as you can see it's already looking pretty good.

Next up, since Halloween is just around the corner here is a photo of our Addams Family patch and pin combo (coincidentally this photo is taken on a board we made from old pallets, maybe I'll do a post about this soon)

Addams Family Pin and Patch Combo

I'm sure I've mentioned that the pin badge glows in the dark, but did you know the patch glows too? how cool is that?!

Not the easiest thing to take photos in the dark but you get the picture :)
This week we took the kids out to Petrel Castle, we like to make sure they aren't cooped up in the house. Unfortunately when we got there it was closed so we couldn't explore inside but we still had loads of fun pretending we were defending the castle from all the dragons and trolls that turned up just after we got there.

Petrel Castle
My bike has been looking very sorry for itself recently. I've had it for almost 6 years and up until now it has been a rat bike, that is to say whenever anything started to get rusty or broken I just sprayed it matt black and forgot about it! 

My old reliable Vulcan

This was partly due to necessity since in the UK I rode to work daily all year round through the British winters, so it would have been impossible to keep it "shiny", but partly I suppose due to laziness. Since moving out here and not having to ride through the wet salty UK winters I have the opportunity to restore her to her former glory, so this week I've been stripping her down and giving her some TLC.

Front Fender

When I first bought her she was red and shiny, then I turned her matt black and fierce, this time she is going to be a royal blue tribute to the club that I belong to, White Wolf Brotherhood Motorcycle Club





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Friday, 22 September 2017

Five on Friday - A Busy Week!

Happy Friday Folks!

Many thanks to those that are still taking part in Five on Friday, summer is always a busy time of year and I know a lot of people struggle to keep up with blogging due to commitments outdoors at this time of year so well done those of you that are still managing to find the time to get involved :)

Wild Blackberries
When we go on our hikes we try to keep our eyes peeled for edibles as we go, knowing where things are and keeping tabs on them for when they are ready is a great thing to teach to the children and they love learning about plants, particularly Aurora who has the appetite of a herd of cattle so is very fast to learn anything food related!  Recently we picked probably the last of the blackberries from along the trail as the birds will no doubt take the rest before we get a chance to hike up there again. The blackberries in the mountains are very small due to the harsh conditions and scarcity of water but the flavour is immense and far better than the bloated flavourless rubbish overpriced in the shops.

Fresh Almonds
The almonds are all ripe and ready on the trees so we have been spending countless hours cracking almonds. The kids love to eat them raw from the shells but we've also been trying to use them up in our baking as well, and of course making Almond Butter is a real bonus of having access to abundant fresh almonds. It's incredibly easy to do and without any ingredients other than roast almonds you end up with a delicious creamy Almond Butter, way better than Peanut Butter and without any nasty additives at all.

Pallet Wood Gate
As you may know we recently adopted two rescue puppies and they have just learnt how to climb stairs. The main problem with this is that they haven't learnt how to come back down! To stop them from constantly getting themselves stranded in the upstairs bedroom we needed a gate at the bottom of the stairs, but we left our old baby gates behind in the UK, so rather than fork out for a new one we decided to come up with a homemade DIY pallet gate. It works like a charm and only cost us a couple of euros for the latch and hinges! It will certainly come in handy when we start building at Wyrdwood Acres to be able to make picket fences and gates out of pallets. Our next pallet project is to try our hand at building some pallet furniture :)

Hand Tooled, Hand Painted Leather Belt
Another one of the things we've made recently is this custom leather belt. It was the anniversary of our friends in the Rebels MC Hispania so we made this belt as a gift and took it down to their clubhouse for them. I think it has come out beautifully and have decided to start selling this type of thing in my shop Thor's Threads soon. We already do small leather patches but I think these belts will go down a storm with other bike clubs and people in general!

Berries and Herbal Tea
So after a very busy week all that was left to do was sit with my feet up eating delicious natural snacks and drinking Hierba Luisa Tea, I feel as chilled out as my Little Tea Strainer Man looks!

I hope you all have a blessed weekend, thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday!








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Friday, 15 September 2017

Hierba Luisa - A Must Have Plant For Any Garden

Having recently been introduced to this plant I am now a total convert!

Hierba Luisa (Aloysia Citrodora)


Hierba Luisa (Aloysia Citrodora), more commonly known in English as Lemon Verbena or Lemon Beebrush, can be successfully grown indoors and out. In places with harsh winters it is best grown in a container that can be moved into shelter during cold months.

It may not be the first plant in the garden to catch your eye but once you get to know it there is a subtle beauty to the plant and its small pale flowers. The real magic happens however when you take one of the leaves and crush it in your hands. The scent is surreal, the most powerful citrus smell you are likely to find in any plant, not to mention the leaves and the flowering tops are used to make medicine.

It can be used as an ingredient in herbal teas, medicinal tinctures, perfumes and even alcoholic beverages. The essential oil of lemon verbena, when extracted, contains a high concentration of powerful antioxidant compounds that can be used to aid in weight loss, strengthen muscles, reduce inflammation, boost immunity, aids in digestion, reduces fevers, treats congestion and can also have a positive impact on anxiety and nerves.

The easiest way to take advantage of these powerful properties is to steep the leaves flowers and stems in hot water to make a fragrant herbal tea, but you can also harness the power of Lemon Verbena by adding it to your bath water for a relaxing and calming soak.

Hierba Luisa Tea
I've been drinking it as a herbal tea almost every day this week and I'm even considering giving up "normal" tea and switching to herbal every day as i'm enjoying it so much!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by once again for Five on Friday :)

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Five on Friday Blessings

Happy Friday Guys and Gals!

Life has been super busy at the moment so this week will be a brief one, here's some of the little things that I have not taken for granted recently:

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis
This little visitor stopped by to say hello and I managed to get a snap of him perched on the mother-in-law's shoulder! We're blessed to have predators like this living on our land, a great natural pest controller and sign of a healthy eco system.

People & Permaculture 
People and Permaculture - A Brilliant Book
I was gifted a copy of People and Permaculture recently by a good friend that thought it would help me, she was totally right! The book is fantastic and working through the activities in the book has been an amazing experience so far, I look forward to finishing it soon.

Men & Motors
Wild and Free
I've had a bit more time out on the motorcycle recently doing "club things" which has done me the world of good, it is my favourite form of therapy as you can probably tell!

Play Time
The Pirates Life Is The Life For Me!
Spending time with my family, learning to be more present and living in the moment more has been the best! Here is a snap of us being pirates yesterday morning just because we could :) Apologies for the quality, the photo was taken in low light.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Thanks for joining us once again for Five on Friday

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