Friday, February 20, 2009

A little break

I'm going to be taking a little break. I have a hectic month coming up. This weekend I'm off to Sydney for a girls night out, then next weekend, the two boys and I are off to Western Australia to visit family and friends for a week. I then come back and we have 2 weeks until settlement on our new home and therefore the move and to add icing to the cake, my parents are visiting for 2 weeks too.

Hopefully I'll have a few minutes and some must share inspiration here and there to pop in though, but until then au revior!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The White Houses

I've been meaning to blog about theses two houses for a little while. I walk past them almost everyday on the way to the shops and they make me 'ahhh' everytime. They are actually next door to each other and the only two houses on a little side street. Each one of them has a monochhrome scheme but in a different way. I love the crispness of them and how the evening light hits them. These are my inspiration to paint our cottage white when it needs repainting as the front is southfacing so will not be struck by the sun and blind passersby and keeping the garden mostly deep green for contrast.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I want to thank everyone who has visited this little blog. If I'm completely honest, I blog for the attention so when I looked at my stats and noticed visitors from all over the world, I was very chuffed. To see visits from places where I don't know anyone, gave me such a buzz. Once again thankyou - you have made my day and I'd love it if you could leave me a comment.

Pink Petals from Red Bubble

Pink Petals by Lyn Evans via Red Bubble

I've just come across this amazing website for Australian artists - Red Bubble. There are some amazing pieces of art on there at realistic prices, from a card to a wall print. Go and have a look and I dare you not to buy something. They really do need a wishlist...

Love is

Embrace - Jack Vettriano

Today is the day of love - Valentines day. Unfortunately it has become commercialised and lost a lot of its significance. Why do we need a day to express our love? Lets express our love everyday in the little ways. Even those three little words, although sometimes trite, have such power.

I Love You - DaniB via Flickr

Whatever your plans are for today, have a lovely day.

Techno List

While I'm on the list writing, my husband and I started talking techno gadgets today. So our wish list includes:

USB receiver for the TV
Vista for the PC
Soundcard for the PC
Speakers for the PC
Relay to be able to use our pay TV and USB receiver on the other TV
.. see again I've got lots more but can't think of them.

I need to modify my list from yesterday because next week I'll be the owner of a DSLR!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Wish lists

Ok, I admit it - I am an eternal 'wanter'. I always have a wish list of things I would love to have. I'm sure if I did have them all I wouldn't be happy but it still doesn't stop me wishing. This is all aside from having children that sleep well mind you.

Currently on my wish list is:
DSLR camera ( while I have 2 perfectly good point and shoot cameras)
Well fitting jeans (to fit over my bum but still fit into the small of my back)
... of course I can never think of things when I want to can I?
An outdoor lounge that is a natural material - water hyacinth, cane or banana leaf for example
Photoshop software
... there must be more than that!

Then there is my wishlist of things to do to our new home.... that is for another day

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I'm It!

I've been tagged my Kirrily from Life as Kir in a game of Blogspot. The idea is to show everyone your blogging space. I'm really quite embarrassed about mine and even thought of not doing this until we had moved into our new home, but I've sucked it up and here it is.

I use an Indonesian sideboard which is about 50cm deep. It has 3 small drawers which are very hard to open. As you can see, I use a PC which seems to be rare nowdays. I've just made myself the cuppa in a chipped mug. I was only thinking this morning I'd like to get a new set of mugs for the new home. I have the monkey toy that my littlest monkey brought to me this morning, my mobile, a services guide to our town, a bill to pay, my ever present 'To Do' list, a hairbrush and a dummy. In the pinplate there is lipbalm, a pen lid, a stone pendant the kids found in an old jewellery box, a 1951 half penny our neighbour found in his yard the day we moved in that he gave to the kids and funnily enough - a pin! Next there is the phone, an energy saving plug which lets you turn off things on standby power and 2 camera's - well one camera because I'm taking the pic with the other one.

Hopefully I'll soon have a bit more of an inspiring place to blog from and I promise to post pics when I do.

So here are the official rules: Show Us Your Blog Spot!
1. Once you are tagged, post a picture of where you blog. This might mean a picture of your cozy bed, or your office at work (you naughty employee, you!) Feel free to be creative, but be honest--if your desk is usually covered in Ritz crackers and love letters to Brad Pitt, then show us!
2. Feel free to tell us a little about your space, or explain certain items in more detail. Or not.
3. Link back to this post. (I want to see how far this goes!)
4. Tag five other bloggers to show their blog spots.
5. If you are tagged and do not participate, you will become allergic to cabbage.

And now, Tag! you are it:
Inspired by Children
Glimpse of Style
Two Straight Lines
Sometimes I Think
Frills in the Hills

I always wonder if anyone 'tags' the celebrity bloggers like Martha or Shannon Fricke?

Monday, February 9, 2009


Image -

Bushfires are ravaging our state. It is now Australia's worst ever natural disaster with 750 homes lost and already over 100 lives lost and many more are missing in communities that the services have not been able to reach yet.

We unfortunately lost 50 houses in our town and one life. It is now thought that the fire was started by a lit cigarette thrown from a passing car.

As we plan to move into our new home, my heart sinks for all those who have lost their own homes and for some much much more.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I've just taken a call from our bank and our loan has been approved! We didn't really have any concerns over it being approved but its still nice to now know that it is all official. 5 weeks left now until settlement.

Speaking of having our new home, I have decided on a painting concept for the 'old' part of the house. This is the current scheme, which although traditional and matches the stained glass around the front door, it isn't my style.

I know at least two of my friends will consider what I want to do very boring but, well, that is me sometimes. I like things calm and serene, especially as this is the sleeping end of the house. I plan to paint below the rail (which is painted textured wallpaper - quite effective actually) a creamy tan, the wall above the rail a quarter strength of the colour below and the architraves, corbels at the archway and ceiling, white - architraves in gloss. All of the doors have been stripped back to their original wood as you can see on the front door, so this will all tone in lovely.

A photo gallery in dark wooden frames will be hung in the hallway which will tie in with the dark fireplace.

The fan and light fitting will be changed, including the one in the entrance, as will the window treatments, but I'm not sure what with yet. Suggestion would be appreciated! This will be my husbands study at the moment but will end up becoming the kids loungeroom in future years.

Now the hunt is on to find an eco friendly paint to use. Painted Earth might be the place. Their UltraSaten looks interesting and can be colour matched to any local colour charts. I think I've got some more research to do though. I'd better get on with it as I'd like to paint this room before moving in as I don't want to move my husbands 7ft x 4ft bookcases stuffed full of hardcovers any more than I have to.

I am falling more and more in love with our new home and can't wait to move in. Hopefully the last time we move for a long time.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Photo by Javiy

Something to cool everyone down.

I have to apologise for the
lack of blogging but this heatwave has sapped all of my energy. We have just had a record 4 days over 40°C and today is also forecast to be around the same. We have had a little relief overnight where the mercury dipped to 25°C, which was our warmest minimum this month, but it felt much cooler thanks to a strong breeze.