Welcome to the earthjive blog

I am Jive. This is my blog.  Here you will find posts following my adventures in DIY, veganism and sustainability.  My projects include: Rebuilding my vintage bicycle ‘Corridor’ … (Update:Corridor is now finished, & I am… Continue reading

Kevan update: foam sofabed and a curtain!

Ran out of blogging steam for a while, sorry.  Kevan looks like this now… The curtain is a test hang.  The wire needs tightening, but it was jolly exciting drilling my first holes… Continue reading

Floor and ceiling panels are in Kevan finally!!

There are four days left until my sister arrives to stay in Kevan.  Last post I gave up trying to get the painting done before she comes, so I have now put the… Continue reading

Days 12 and 13 Campervan Conversion Leave: Painting Pt 2, Priority Reassessment

So, I screwed up the metal bar-ish thing that I painted in the last post. I had done a first coat of black paint, undiluted as an experiment, the result (when it was… Continue reading

Days 10 and 11 Campervan Conversion Leave: First Painting Done (YAY!) and Ceiling Insulation Complete

I painted something!!!  My girlfriend was very encouraging and told me to just do it, so I picked something that was going to be 100% hidden, and had a go.  This seems to… Continue reading

Days 4 to 9 Campervan Conversion Leave: Too busy to blog

It’s the evening of day 9.  I’d like to say that it is because I was working hard from dawn ’til dusk that I didn’t have time to blog until now.  That’s only… Continue reading

Days 2 and 3 Campervan Conversion Leave: A bit of everything to procrastinate painting, and a successful curtain header!

I have suffered a grievous spray-adhesive injury.  After spraying ’til I could spray no more with my right hand on the morning of day 2, I sprayed ’til I could spray no more… Continue reading

Day 1 Campervan Conversion Leave: Garage Cleanup, Towbar Removal, Ceiling Panel Covering part 2 and Ceiling Insulation part 1

Day one of my two weeks of ‘Campervan Conversion Leave’.  Today I tidied up, vacuumed and dusted the garage in preparation for doing gluing and painting which needs a clean workspace (no pics… Continue reading

Finished raised garden bed!

Built by my own hands from free, scavenged materials.  Voila! Installation of watering system imminent.  Planting will commence once the seedlings are big enough and the frosts have finished.  We are just going… Continue reading

Update on Kevan’s campervan conversion

I am very very excited.  My sister is coming to stay in late September, and I have said she can sleep in Kevan while she is here.  (If you are wondering why she… Continue reading

Raised garden bed almost finished!

I managed to get all the sleepers cut to size that I needed.  :o  That was scary. However, no arms or legs were chopped off, and although I didn’t get the fit 100%… Continue reading