2017 – In the beginning




Happy New Year friends

The holidays are slowly coming to an end, though I have to admit with these warm days I’m still sleepy and a little slow to kick into gear for 2017. After spending Christmas and New Year with my family the shop reopened this week, and coming back to my happy place has been lovely, even if most days I still have sand between my toes.

I have a big list of ideas for the year, and yes, some of them are things that I didn’t quite get to last year. And when I say quite get to, I mean I didn’t actually start them, though I spent quite a bit of time thinking about them. I hinted in January last year that my word for the year should be health, as it REALLY needs some attention…. and that lasted just about as long as it took me to hit publish and I didn’t commit. So I guess there’s that…. but I am also eating some pavlova whilst I type so you know, it’s not looking solid.

Business wise I’m at a point where I need to get serious about a few things; particularly expanding my product ranges and getting some help both strategically and physically in the store. That said, asking for help has never been my favourite , so we will see how that pans out! If you see me struggling on my own in October make sure you give me a block of chocolate and a serious talking to about getting help.

And overarching all this,  Harry is starting school and Emma starting Year Three, my husband Danny is taking Long Service Leave for first term (so you may see him around the store in February and March) and my sister is getting married… all fixed points to get the year started! I can hardly get past that first one, my baby starts school! You can bet there will be a few tears, and then, let’s face it, a huge sigh of relief. We’ve also booked a holiday; we’re off along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria in March which will be a brilliant family adventure.

While I’ve been thinking about all these things I’ve struggling with the idea of planning things out versus going with the flow. I can’t decide what works for me and where I should expend my energy. Some of that’s fear, some of it’s that holiday mood I mentioned above, and some of it’s indecisiveness. So right now there is no ‘To Do’ list. And while I’ve been thinking about all these things, I stumbled across this video. Because the one thing I can do, is just keep on doing my thing. Even when it’s weird, even when it’s different. In a big world of noise, this little bird is just going to keep doing what I can, in the way I do it best.

Here is is. I love it. Hope you do to.


a story about a bird.

We made a video. It’s a little story to encourage us all as we start this new year. Be sure to share with someone whose voice you believe in.

Posted by Montague Workshop on Tuesday, 3 January 2017



Catherine XXXX




Last month Harry turned four – he’s been waiting and not so patiently waiting all year and then finally it happened, and he has been reminding me almost everyday that he’s a big boy now!!

Harry is such an easy going little person, so bright and sun-shiny and gives an awesome cuddle.

selfie 2

And as I started with Emma last year, I wanted to share a letter to him here…

Oh Harry – Happy Birthday!

Do you know that when I look at you, I can’t help but smile? Even when you’re climbing the gates of Emma’s school. Or getting out of bed AGAIN instead of going to sleep. Or completely losing it because you’ve left your Mario and Luigi toys behind. There is a warmth that glows from your bright eyes and sweet smile that I just can’t help but melt for. You make me laugh even when I don’t want to, offering a bright optimism even on dark cloudy days.

And every day you’re changing; you’ve worked so hard this last year on your speech and your sweet voice is music to my ears. You’ve been frustrated and angry but never gave up… you’ve laughed at me when I got things wrong and kept trying to help me to understand. I’m proud of how far you’ve come, and your quiet bravery that meant you persisted even when it was horribly frustrating.

Everyday I see a little more of the young man you will become, the bright and boisterous little character who loves to make friends and play outside. You will join in with any group of kids we come across; whether they’re playing in the park or starting a game of cricket in the street, you have such an easy friendliness about you that somehow finds  a place wherever you go. And Harry, love, this amazing person that you are, exactly the way you are, is just perfect. You don’t ever have to be anyone other than you. You are enough; more than enough. With every day you’re becoming an ever more amazing version of you… and that’s exactly who you should be. Your family are proud of you. YOU. No matter what you achieve, what you win or who your friends are, your character and the person you are will truly shine through… and we will love you for it.

And when it doesn’t go right, as things sometimes don’t, you can always, ALWAYS, come home. The door is always open, whenever you need it. You will always be my son, always a part of our family, and no matter where you are or who you are with, the people in this family of yours will always be there quietly lifting you up whenever you need it. Even when you decide that you’re too old for a cuddle on the couch with Mummy, let me remind you, that you are never too old for a cuddle on the couch with Mum.

I love you

Happy Birthday xxx



Project Update, and a big step for Little Miss Paisley Vintage

First things first – my little girl started school yesterday! I can’t believe it – I still remember holding that tiny baby and wondering how on earth such a beautiful girl could be mine. (And the sleepless nights, nappy changes, and tantrums but lets leave those behind for a minute!) And watching her walk then run then head off to pre-school.


When I stood there yesterday at the Primary School it was completely surreal. I wanted to hold on and not let go. And tell her she is amazing and will have a wonderful time. And give her one last hug. And then she walked off and into her classroom. And I spent the day wondering when I could go back and pick her up! She had a lovely day; she likes her teacher and made a new friend. Couldn’t ask for more 🙂

So today I have a few updates on what I’ve been working on…

mirrors 2

I picked up these mirrors a few weeks ago from the local auction house. I’ve sold one, just about finished the one in the photos and the round one is still on the to do list.

I also talked about painting from the heart or the head this week on facebook… when I picked up the chest of drawers below my head told me to paint it white or a very pale grey. I know these colours sell quickly as they appeal to a larger number of people. My heart told me otherwise. You can see which won out!

Florence Drawers

This chest of drawers is turning out so lovely (if I do say so myself), just the colour makes me smile. I need to find the perfect drawer pulls and so far I’ve missed out on everything I’ve liked (either sold out, or don’t have enough for all the drawers), so it has stalled a little.

play oven

I’ve also been slowly chipping away at the play kitchen I thought I’d have a go at. Before Christmas. Yes, sometimes things take me a little while to get to! The stove rings aren’t in place yet, I’ve started painting a chalkboard on the side for the menu board, and I’ve started working on the oven door.

So that’s it from me. Head spinning and dying to go and pick up my girl!

Picking up from the conversation from my facebook page- do you choose colours with your heart or your head?

Thanks for stopping by…




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