Tuesday, February 26, 2013

she's here...

i'm a tad excited, because my lovely cabinet arrived alot sooner than i had expected! she was all wrapped up waiting for me at the door yesterday afternoon.

i pottered all afternoon grabbing things from every corner of the house until i had it just right.
the inside got stuffed full with crochet, old sheets and tablecloths.
she's just the prettiest thing ever, and fits perfectly into the spot i had imagined her in.
the rain has been coming down in bucket loads again this week, so the photos are a little dark sorry.

have a great week all.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

i just HAVE to paint something!

hello lovelies! i hope you've all been enjoying the weekend. we have had brilliant weather up here in the usually sunny Brisbane- although it was initially forecast to be stormy and rainy. looking out the window, i think that storm is not too far away...

i took the above photo last weekend, and decided it had been waaay too long since i held a paintbrush and stuck it into a big tin of white paint. sooo, by 7am yesterday morning, i had the old towels out, the furniture lined up ready to go and the couch covers in the wash.
all these pieces were looking a little too tired for my liking, and were in need of a few coats of paint to freshen them up. 2 coats later, and they were lookin' much better!
then i tackled a favourite mirror- that one you can see to the right.
i was carrying it through the garage, and somehow dropped it. i screamed as a watched it break into about 75 pieces :( not one to cry over broken things, i'll admit i shed a tear on this one! the hubs is going to try and glue it back together... we'll see how it goes.
i swapped the cushions around and added in a bit more aqua.
Grandpa's tool box has come up a treat with a few coats of white.
this $3 thrifted wicker basket got a quick spray of paint and a bunch of gorgeous pink roses.
this nest of tables were a soft grey, now white.
my $5 suitcase, and $5 metal chest freshened up.

milk glass trio
looking onto the entry from the dining room.
i've moved the little blue table into the dining room, and created a sitting corner under the bay window. i potted up some plants i bought from this morning's market. hopefully they don't die in my care as most plants do ;)
i'm gonna make sure i have at least one morning coffee here before work this week!
we 're heading into week 5 of the school term...almost half way...WHAT?!
just crazy how the year flies on by.
i can't wait to show you my new purchase that will be arriving this week ;))
Kate x
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

a quilt for a baby boy

i've just arrived home from a special friend's baby shower.
she's having a boy, and i had the honour of making him a quilt. his mumma has great taste, and chose the most lovely fabrics for me to work with.
i made it large enough to fit over a single bed for when he's a big boy. in the meantime, it will tuck nicely into the sides of his cot, or be a cosy play quilt for the floor.
once i had finished piecing it all together, i still had quite a bit of fabric left.
so, i decided to try making a raggy cushion cover. i'm not one to follow a pattern. i just work it out as i go.
i was pretty chuffed with how it turned out! and i still had fabric left.....
i love a fabric challenge, and hate waste, so decided to see if i could squeeze out another quilt- a smaller one of course ;)
here's the cute travel/bassinette size quilt i came up with.
it felt so good to make the most of every last scrap!
i've only made pretty girly quilts so far (doilies always included haha), so it was lots of fun doing a cute boy quilt for a change.
you can see some of my other quilts here and here and here
the elephants were quite the theme across the other pressies and cards too!
love it when those unplanned 'theme' happen.
i even used some of the fabric to jazz up the gift wrapping
only about 5 weeks till the little man arrives :) can't wait to meet him!
Kate x
linked up at Scandi Coast
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

back in the fast lane

and so another school year begins. i can't quite believe my eldest is a Senior this year, and my baby is in Middle School! the holidays are long gone, and Term One is well under way.
working between 2 schools is well and truly keeping me out of mischief, and the days and flying by.

i've only been into the odd op shop here and there lately, but found this sweet retro mirror
(with my dream chair on it!)
and this cool topiary style holder of some sort. it's now holding succulents (the only plants i can keep alive) outside!
i have managed to score some fab linen as well- finding a $4 king sized white doona cover and a $4 king sized white sheet! love a great linen find!!
we had a long weekend to celebrate Australia Day a couple of weeks ago. Usually a weekend perfect for a beach getaway or at least a BBQ outdoors with friends, but instead we were hit with cyclonic winds and torrents of rain for 3 days straight!
we battened down the hatches, and only left the safety of our home for the essentials- food and wine lol!
the dark dreary weather bought wine o'clock around earlier than usual. yep still in my PJ's at 5pm!!
boredom eventaully set in, which saw me making clay tags for next Christmas (what the?!)
painting up a blackboard, vignetting with jugs and cutlery,
and generally foofing about the house. 
it was so great to get the sunshine back!!
i'm beginning to get withdrawals from lack of furniture painting, so hope to find a good chunk of time to get a piece done up soon! until then, i'd love you to come visit me on instagram ;)
have a happy week!
Kate x
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