Recycle, reuse Bananas in Pyjamas

Bananas in Pyjamas have been a feature of Australian television for many, many years. I think the song was first heard around 1972.  If you haven’t heard of them, here is the original stair descent on Play School on ABC television.

Since that time the bananas have had a series of their own and a stage show as well.

Bananas in pyjamas.  Her delight at having these pyjamas is obvious.  The photo reminded me of Christmas when her elder sisters wore the same pyjamas several years ago.  Apparently the pyjamas have been passed on to the cousins and then they came back again when our granddaughter was the size for wearing them.

There was B1 and B2 .

One of the original bananas with some of the Playschool hosts.You can read a little about the composer of the song which was first used by Playschool in 1973.

Some garden activity

We demolished some concrete at the back of our back shed and we were going to take it to the recycling centre but the cost of depositing the concrete was over $200 so we thought there must be some other means of disposal.  We came up with the idea of creating a mounded garden bed at the edge of our front garden.  It is part of the nature strip but our nature strip is about four metres wide and we have a dirt road in front of that.

We covered the rubble with soil and we will plant some ground cover over that.  It is a less expensive method of disposal.

 

A little bit of sewing

My sister-in-law asked me to convert a t-shirt, that she had had for some time, into a cushion cover.  It was not a difficult task and was finished very quickly.  I had planned to put piping around the cushion but because of the flexible nature of the t-shirt fabric I found that would have been too tricky so I left the cushion plain, with a zip opening.

 

Paint makes a world of difference

I have been redecorating our lounge room as it is almost nine years since we moved into the house and I decorated the lounge when we first moved and now feel it is time for a change.

The lounge is two steps down so the wall behind the lounge suite is tall and therefore needs a large print behind.  Previously we had a dark orange feature wall with three covered canvases.

I forgot to take a before photo but here is a photo of the wall after the canvases had been taken down.

I have recovered the canvases and painted the feature wall.

The lounge room looks completely different now.  My next step is to make some cushions.  I have knitted one cover and have bought some fabric for the second one.

We are hoping to buy two wing-backed chairs but the store is out of stock at the moment so we will need to be patient.  New carpet is the next step.

Re-purposing a man’s shirt

This is my third go at re-purposing or recycling a man’s shirt. This time I didn’t bother unpicking I just cut each of the sections along the seams.  I used the same pattern as I used previously but in a larger size.

I am delighted with how it turned out.

Detail of the collar and the original label attached.

Remember the denim chair?

denim chairSince finishing the chair I was left with a large pile of cut up jeans.  I was not sure what to do with the left overs so I went online to Pinterest and typed in recycled denim.  Wow! what a wealth of ideas that gave me.

I quite liked several of the ideas :

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I decided that I would just crochet a rug.  My younger daughter wanted me to keep the pockets for her as she is planning an advent calendar using  a pocket for each day.  I think I have sixteen pockets so far and no doubt there will be more.

My first task was to cut up the denim in 1 inch strips.

denim stripsI will do this when the mood takes me so this project, like the chair, might take me quite some time.

The strips then have to be sewn together.

strips sewn togetherThe long strip then gets rolled into the resemblance of a ball.

denim strip ballThe pictures are a bit washed out so the denim doesn’t look very blue.

You then create a chain of the desired length.

denim chainIt is then just a case of crocheting single crochet until you have the rug length you desire.

Here you can see the size of the crochet hook.

denim crochetI have six rows so far.

five rowsIt looks a bit frayed but the whole idea is that it is a rag rug.  It is very sturdy.  This project may take a while. I think it will look fine when it is finished.  Ideal for in the shed!