Websters Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Kelly Isaacs, who is the winner of the Websters Chalk Paint Powder and L’Essentiel Beeswax Polish. Her mention of coral had me imagining bold coral pieces all day! AND thank you to everyone who entered ๐Ÿ™‚

STOP

Would you believe that months and months ago I created this ecard and shared it on Instagram and Facebook. Since them I’ve seen it absolutely everywhere, even some of my favourite bloggers have shared it! Next time I’ll remember to but my business name on it!

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Featured Post at Recycled Interiors!

Hello!

Just a quick post to say that I’m over at Recycled Interiors today, where Helen is very kindly featuring my most recent project. I’d love it if you’d pop over and say hello ๐Ÿ™‚

Meanwhile, I will try to sort out the backend issues I’m having with my site… hopefully a new post will go up tomorrow!

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Taking stock…

 

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This year has been rough. Survivable, but rough. Why? Oh, well… this.

And so I’ve been trying to look after myself, something that I haven’t really done a whole lot of before. And doing nice things for myself. One of those nice things is joining the Blog with Pip course – a course for bloggy people, or people who want to be bloggy kind of people, and who want to learn more. Something cool Pip has asked us to do is a taking stock exercise… and I thought I’d share mine. Pip provides the prompts, we provide the response. Here goes…

Making : Old stuff new again.
Cooking : Dinner drives me nuts. Neither of my children like anything I cook!
Drinking : More water. Must drink more water.
Reading: Fashionably Worn by Leigh-Ann Pow. All about filling your home with vintage treasures. Thank you MJ ๐Ÿ™‚
Wanting: A crystal ball… I’d like to know what’s gonna happen next!
Looking: For a job. And roadside treasures. And the silver lining.
Playing: Schools, scooter races and lego.
Deciding: That I CAN do it!
Wishing: That every little thing really IS gonna be alright.
Enjoying: Friends and family.
Waiting: Till December and then putting the house on the market ๐Ÿ™
Liking: My new bed.
Wondering: Where we will make our new home.
Loving: The little cards Emma makes me, and Harry’s happy face.
Pondering: Vacuuming.
Considering: Whether I can really justify another visit to the op shop!
Watching: House Rules.
Hoping: For the best for my little people.
Marveling: At the elaborate and complex explanations my daughter gives for not listening or doing as she’s asked.
Needing: To tidy up.
Smelling: Rain.
Wearing: Prints and colour. I need more of it.
Following: @sallyturbitt on Twitter. This person has given me more in so many areas of my life than I could ever return. Thanks Sal.
Noticing: Negative thoughts and trying to cut them off at the pass.
Knowing: There can never be too many paint projects.
Thinking: About my blog and where it’s going.
Feeling: Excited.
Admiring: Miss Mustard Seed… I could spend hours poking around her blog and would love to visit her market stall in the US one day.
Sorting: Through my garage and trying to decide whether there are some things that I should just pass on to the next person.
Buying: Paint. Always.
Getting: To bed way too late!
Bookmarking: Dining tables, looking for inspiration before painting mine.
Disliking: The lack of empathy displayed by the Australian Government.
Opening: The windows to let some cool night air in. Just for a minute ๐Ÿ˜‰
Giggling: At Emma doing Judo.
Feeling: Tired. Lucky. Hopeful.
Snacking: On ice cream with ice magic!! Don’t tell anyone.
Coveting: A sunnylife beach sounds radio. To listen to while I’m painting.
Wishing: For a sleep in.
Helping: Myself in order to help my children.
Hearing: My little man Harry snoring.

It was nice to think about all the things going on in my life, good and bad. And what about you? Do you take stock regularly?

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Grey and White Armoire Makeover

I’ve got a lovely new armoire makeover to share today!

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I found this armoire via Gumtree and jumped on it as soon as I saw the ad. I drove the 30 minutes to pick her up, only to find that I’d forgotten to check one little detail – her depth! Because she’s quite deep there was absolutely no way I was getting her in the car, and I’d forgotten all my ropes so I couldn’t get her on the roof either. Lucky for me, her owner was happy to wait for me to sort something else out rather than selling it to someone else. And let meย  tell you – she had so much interest, she was getting calls while I was there trying to wedge it into my car!

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That afternoon she came home on the roof of the car, though it has taken me a little while to get on with actually painting her. It was all those wooden bars! I thought they would be fiddly, and they were driving me nuts! It ended up being one of those pieces where I just painted a bit and then went on with something else, painted a bit and so on.

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I knew I wanted grey and white, so went with Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Pure White. I love this grey and will definitely use it again – it’s just enough colour, and of course it has a little blue in it which I always love. I have left the original hardware – I like the contrast and decided that if it’s new owner wanted something a little more bling they could do that!

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The lovely lady who owned her previously was using the armoire in her bedroom with a little TV and extra blankets stacked on the shelves. I love the idea of tucking the TV away if you do have one in your bedroom. I also imagined it as a great storage cupboard for linen, kids toys, or even in a nursery for all those little bits and pieces.

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I’ve had a run of larger pieces lately, and I think I need a little break from them! Moving this one in and our of the garage to work on was a nightmare! I do have a dresser with mirror in the garage, and the child’s wardrobe, but I think I might work on something a little smaller for a while!

I’d love to hear what you think ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m sharing at…

Miss Mustard Seed

Not Just a Housewife

Bedroom Makeover Update!

So… I had planned a big post on my bedroom makeover, and hoped to wow you with a beautifully completed accent wall. And then on Wednesday my house was broken in to, and Thursday morning I realised that my camera had gone.

UGH.

Luckily everyone is OK,