Okay, to some this may seem a bit inhospitable, but for us, it is the best project I have ever done!
This is the sign that greets "strangers" at our front door ...
We used to get a large number of electricity companies and solar energy representatives banging on our front door at all hours of the day, some just refusing to take no for an answer, no matter how nicely we declined.
It became stressful and upsetting to the point where I decided to take a stand.
I hung this sign near our front door.
(It used to include baby sleeping which was true to some extent cause I did have a toddler who took afternoon naps. Lol.)
And guess what!
In the whole like 3 years or so that I have had it hanging out there, only one "door knocker" has been brave enough to ring our door bell. I didn't kill her, but I wasn't very happy. All I can say is lucky it was hubby who answered the door.
The postman and parcel delivery guy all know this sign is not for them and ring our bell when need be, and that I don't mind at all. Who doesn't love getting deliveries!
Some people like to joke about our sign, but seriously I love it.
In fact, I also took a stand with our telephone line given the extreme amount of similar telemarketing calls we were receiving both from Australia and overseas. I simply unplugged our phone. Now we get none. I don't have to run to the phone anymore or dread answering another painful foreign telemarketer.
Both these measures have made life a lot more peaceful. I am in control of who I communicate with and when. I like to think of my home as my haven, and by blocking out these intrusions, I really do.
With our new wood fire recently installed, I decided to rearrange the furniture around the fire to make it the focal point of the lounge room. This was a difficult task given the shape of the room, but I found something that works.
So the lounges were moved to frame the fire, and the TV moved to the far wall next to the fire. So this is the new view when you walk in. The little green table that was in the corner I sold.
We had our wood fire installed on Friday. It almost didn't happen. It was raining on Friday morning so the installer turned up at 7.30, brought the unit in and says he'll be back on Monday when the rain stops to install it. He couldn't open up or roof while it was raining which was fair enough. But it was still disappointing. Arrrugghhh!
So we stood in front of it with our sad faces on, rubbing our hands and pretending it worked.
Then guess what, the rain stopped. Then installer came back and started the installation. Woohoo!
To get the exact location to install our fire, the installer poked a wire hanger up in the ceiling in the position we wanted it.
Then he went up on the roof and removed a few tiles so he could get into the roof and see where all the wood beams were and where he could install our flue. It was about 15cms over from where we had wanted it but we were still happy with that.
The first part of the flue was installed into the ceiling.
And then some more.
And after the inside was finished, the outside flue was installed on the roof.
And just as he finished installing our wood fire, the rain started again! We consider ourselves very lucky to have had that gap in the weather.
Then we were ready for the first lighting.
Lots of oohs and ahs here please.
Hubby adding another log with his special gloves.
The cool vintage looking fire tools on a stand we got at Bunnings.
And we are using the numbered crate on wheels that I made a few years back to hold our logs.
I'd love to make a faux mantle to go behind it, but maybe at a later date.
I told you all recently that we are getting a combustion wood fire for our lounge room. Hubby has been wanting one forever, so I finally relented. Lol. It's being installed this Friday and we are all very excited. When we ordered it a few weeks ago, we were advised we would need a hearth to go under it and the going price was $600. We did some research and knew we could make our own for a lot less than that, and so we did! :)