Echoes of Creativity

TRH (The Retired Husband) has been at it again!

The light bulbs have been flashing on –  and on –  and on….

He is positively oozing creativity.

 Check these out –

bench press

On the left is the latest big new toy purchase at home in its new home. It seems only to have been used maybe once or twice. Just needed a bit of TLC – a screw tightened here, a drop of oil there, and it’s ready to go to work.

On the right is a circular bench saw that has been tweaked into a permanent fixed position. What is special about this is the device TRH has made enabling him to cut perfect angles – any angles –  without having to move the saw around all over The Man Cave floor.  He’s very proud and excited about this. It’s not a good photo –  my bad. You can just see the tip of the saw blade peeking out  near the top of that  long wooden thingy.  The wooden thingy on the left with the two wooden knob thingys that turn is the other part of the thingy.  Got it? Right! Moving on ….

french seam

The top left  photo is of the under shelf storage for TRH’s most used battery operated tools. They sit snug as bugs in a rug in – wait for it – repurposed drain pipes.  On the shelf above are assorted drill bits. And the shelf above that – which you can see in the top left photo below  – are the batteries all plugged in and happily humming as they recharge.

The bottom photo is evidence of yet another proud and super-duper exciting discovery. Ta-dah!

Introducing Ze French Cleat

This magical system is used to secure things to walls. It is strong. It is a massive space saver.  I quote “the hanging storage possibilities are only limited by your imagination and skill level.” Well, TRH has certainly put it to good use. The space created with french cleated shelving has skyrocketed  The Man Cave storage into the cosmos. It’s awesome. He’s excited. I’m seriously impressed. Really.

storage solutions

On the left you will notice the storage of flat thingamies on the side of the drill cabinet. Not an inch of storage space has been left unused.  On the other side of The Man Cave are all the zillions of coloured boxes containing nails, screws, nuts, bolts and other mysterious things TRH needs to work his magic.

There is a precious something there that he has yet to decide what to do with. It has travelled with him for the last 20 years of work. It is now retired, deserving of comfort and rest. The recycle bin is not the place for it. Unlike a gazillion other tools that have filled it to overflowing. I kid you not! I CAN NOT BELIEVE  he has disposed of so many tools. Apparently they have served their purpose. Some so old no spare parts or batteries can be begged, borrowed, bought or stolen.

kitchen gadgets

Here I present you with MY latest kitchen accessories from Genuine Fred.  Top right is Mr Tea. His pants come off (*blush*). You umhh fill them with your favourite loose leaf tea blend. And then off he goes for a hot spa while your tea happily brews in his knickerbockers.  Mr Red Spatula Holder hugs  – spatulas. Cute, huh!

©  Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace 

Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. It we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful – Marianne Willliamson

27 thoughts on “Echoes of Creativity

    1. Yep. It has been a work in progress for some years. He had it built as part of the house when we extended, so it is even air conditioned! And he can extend it out by opening the roller shutters into the carport for bigger projects. He’s happy as a *pig in shit* 🙂

  1. Tosi hauska juttu – Markulla on luovaa toimintaa, joka on nyt tosi hienosti dokumentoitu.

  2. What a gorgeous bandsaw. The only thing better than having a man with all those lovely tools would be having the tools to yourself… although I’m not so sure in the case of TRH. Maybe he should be called TMWTTMC: The Man With The Tidy Man Cave – he’s a gem. What did he do for a living?

    1. I guess being the awesome handy woman that you are, you can appreciate the inner sanctum of the Man Cave 🙂 It does not stay tidy when he’s projecting! He has been a jack of all trades – carpet layer, mine worker, carpenter, boat builder, business owner, roller shutter installer and fixer upperer – and in his leisure hours built houses, renovated them, built a yacht, and so on ….

      1. He worked in a fibreglass boat factory when he first moved to Adelaide. Had to quit because of the toxic fumes. And of course he went on to build his own boat in our back yard 🙂

      2. lol! Why didn’t I think of that ? Alas, it’s too late. She floats in her berth at the yacht club now. The dolphins keep her company.

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