First and last DIY project of 2014!

I’m back again!!! It’s been quite a few days since I blogged, but I swear I have a very good reason!

I got myself another rabbit.

No, I’m not getting obsessed about those very (re)productive creatures, but I thought Hazel might like some company while I’m away in Melbourne, cafe-hopping over the Christmas week. And, as a result of having 2 rabbits, I had to put them in a more comfortable housing, which leads me to the next decision that made my weekend reaaaaally busy.

I made a rabbit hutch!

Ok, I lied. I can’t build stuffs for nuts. But the rabbit hutch is indeed home-made, just that I only contributed to about 5% of the work lol. I’m thankful I have an awesome guru who has all the tools and even got me great scrap materials to work with, so the cost of the hutch is very low! Now brace yourselves for the materials and methods section.

At first, I had no idea how it was going to look like. Chris told me that it’s going to be a 800mm x 1800mm long hutch, with triangular doors on either end of it, and about a third of the hutch to be sheltered. I was kinda expecting him to draw me a blueprint lol. I can’t work without knowing what it’s going to look like! But apparently he had it roughly mapped out in my head, so I just had to follow the instructions. Here’s some of the materials and tools we used:

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We had 3 long pieces cut out to be about 1800mm to make the corners of the length of the hutch, and 6 short pieces to hold the 3 long pieces into a triangle shape. Fast forwarding a little, here’s how it looked like next:

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Chris had already made the partition for the hutch when I got back to it! I guess he was hoping for the hutch to be finished by the weekend, with or without my input :S

We started securing the mesh onto the bottom of the hutch. We got the mesh with the big gaps so that the rabbit poo can just fall out of the hutch onto the grass and we’ll just move the rabbits around the lawn. So I watched Chris hammer a few of them:

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Looks pretty easy! Ok, my turn!

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OMG it looks terrible T_T I swear the hammer is against me!!!

So I tried harder, and managed to get a few half decent ones out of a gazillion:

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I saw this bad boy and I was looking for an Occ Health and Safety sheet for instructions on operation. Men and their toys, huh?

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Anyway, the next step was painting the frame. Finally, something that I am relatively adequate at!

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Being the clumsy me, I consider having just a bit of paint on myself a pretty good day.

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We put up some smaller mesh on the “outdoor” bit of their hutch and a bit of sheeting to make their sleeping area a bit more waterproof:

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By then, I was pretty exhausted and forgot to take pictures of the making of the doors. And that was the toughest bit, trying to get everything to fit snugly. We managed to complete the hutch today, and let the rabbits try out their new home. 🙂

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Hazel and Mocha checking out their new home. Dang, they’ve got their new home built before me!!!

The doors are completely detachable, held in place by just a bolt that slots into the block of wood on the door. Voila! 2 happy bunnies!

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As for updates on MY new home, I went around the block today to pick some fresh grass for the bunnies and behold, toilet is up!

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Not my toilet though. Hahahahaha.

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What’s in a name?

Introducing the newest member in my life that would join me in my home-building adventures and live with me in my future home:

Newest member in the family 🙂

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Tadaaaa!

I spent the past few days agonizing about finding the perfect name for my first permanent pet (let’s just say my other first pets didn’t stay with me for that long). Oh, and over the home loan of course :p The pet just took priority for a while.

So, I kinda thought I will call it Minchkins. I have no idea why. Minch, for short. And I was warming up to that too. Just earlier today, I looked up Minchkins and Minch on Google. Here’s what the first link said:

Urban Dictionary: Minch
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Minch
Minch is the medical definition for ‘stretched anal passage’

WHATTTTTTT!!!

Without hesitation, I went on to google “names for brown rabbit”. You might say,

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

Now that I know what Minch means, I can’t un-think it any more, and you seriously cannot expect me to still be able to call her that!

Anyway, I have found the perfect name for this cute little bubby

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Say hi to Hazel! 🙂

#throwbacktuesday

CONFESSION: Ok to be honest….. Apart from being quite busy and tired from work, I spent the week moping away and feeling very unmotivated. All those months of battling with designs and council approval, just to be stumped by a silly finance approval. I was told awhile ago that the numbers have to be re-jigged, blahblahblah, and in my head I was just thinking, it’s going to take forever, and it’s probably never going to happen. So unmotivated I was, that I didn’t want to go on Pinterest, I didn’t want to think about anything related to the house at all, I guess, for fear of bringing my hopes up for more rejection. I think some of you would know by now, that waiting isn’t a game I love playing. So I have stayed offline and buried myself in work, just so I don’t douse everyone’s excitement with their own life. At least not until I have something decently positive to say.

THE DECENTLY POSITIVE THING TO SAY: I got the finance approval on Tuesday! Lol sorry for being such an ass with all that mopey stuff above. But hey it’s a blog and let’s be realistic, if life hasn’t got its ups and downs then you must be in a fairytale (wait, even fairytales have got their downs!) It was nice hearing from Sheilzy about the Liebster award and Aylin about the 3D rendering program, and text messages from my bestie in Singapore who’s thinking about migrating to possibly Adelaide. SQUEALS!!! That all brought some life back into me 🙂

Anyways, about the finance approval, I was only excited for a couple of seconds, and then I totally forgot about it with all those happening haha. Also, I was in the midst of acquiring a pet rabbit, and that’s enough to excite me more than a finance approval!

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That’s the picture I got off gumtree haha. Gonna pick it up tonight, I can’t wait! Gotta decide on a name quickly!

Preparing for construction!

It’s been the busiest and at the same time pretty depressing couple of weeks for me. Lots of things have been happening, and here’s some updates that I couldn’t pen down last week:

I received a letter in the mail advising me of my obligations prior to construction commencing. Here’s a list of them:

1. Building site clear of vegetation – greater than 50mm high (who measures that?!) and grass mowed.
2. Survey pegs in place
3. Clear unrestricted access
4. Construction of some retaining walls prior to site works.
5. Water meter relocation

I can feel my head spinning at the thought of how massive this is going to get. Thank God for my incessant urge to start working on things wayyyy before hand, so I can say I have already started clearing some vegetation on the land. (Yes, I’m going cheap and not hiring anyone to do it.) Here’s the proof:

Found this beauty while trampling the weeds on my block today 😀

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Found that little praying mantis while I was spraying the weeds and stomping away at the tall grass. Most of the weeds have been cleared out, but in a desperate attempt to have a shower, I haven’t taken any photos to commemorate how neat the block looks now.

Things have also been a bit stressful at work, and at the same time trying to get the retaining wall organised, boundary peg survey, and finance application to happen. I think I am pretty much ready, just praying and hoping all is going to go well. Lacking motivation at the moment, but daydreaming about having a puppy running across the big lawn  just made my day.

And the thought of that puppy destroying my future veggie patch just about horrified me. So, my train of thoughts moved on to having raised garden bed to keep the pet out and also to prevent myself from getting dizzy after bending over, to making greenhouse covers so I can get crops during all seasons.

Very attracted to the latter because the design looks well-made, love the clean edges, and the cover is easily removable when not needed! Shall start thinking about landscaping the next time 🙂