Monday, July 19, 2010


No, it's not what you think!

The apothecary jar in the powder room has been empty for almost 10 months, as I still hadn't decided what I was going to put in it. Originally, I would have loved to fill it with the gorgeously wrapped 'MOR' soaps, but I couldn't justify the $20 each price tag at the moment. Instead, I had a brilliant idea of making a small nest out of bits and pieces I had around, or left over from other things.

So, with a few white pebbles, a bundle of raffia, some left over moss and the small green eggs I bought last Easter, I made a nest.

I've also been very busy with my orders for butterfly frames, but I did manage to finish the large one for my Daughters' bedroom. Very girlie, and she loves it!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Plantations Are In!!

I had a very exciting day yesterday when the plantation shutters (all 17 of them!) were finally installed. 10 Months of paper Redi-Shades was just a bit much...but they did serve me well, and looked a lot better than multi coloured sheets!

Dining room:


Meals Bi-fold:

Meals with mess! It's a home, not display home, and I was busy making butterflies!

Lounge Room:

Master Bedroom:

I still haven't had a chance to put the furniture back in all the rooms (the buffet lives under the window), and I haven't taken photos of all of them. There are 17 windows in total.

I could almost have slept in this morning! The bedroom was so dark, it was wonderful! I even had to turn on the light to see after I had my shower, which I never had to do with the Redi-Shades!

Now I just need to get a few more things up on the wall, finish painting the shelves I've started, start on the buttoned ottoman, find the perfect dining table and chairs (that is within the budget!), get the study desk and built-ins built, fix the study nook in the family room, day it might be finished!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Time Has Come... turn on comment moderation!

I seem to be attracting more spam than geniune comments, so I have decided to turn on the comment moderation feature and see what happens!

Please continue to post comments as I love hearing from you, but they will just have to be 'approved' first!

...oh, and my plantation shutters are being installed tomorrow!!!Yay!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Landscaping begins.

Finally, we have had a few weekends free without places to go or people to see, and have been able to start on the landscaping. The soil (if you can call it that!) needs ALOT of work. It's very sandy, but with pockets of lumps of clay, not to mention demolition rubble AND builders rubble.

To start off, we've lined the bottom of the wooden fence with cement sheeting, as we've had to build the soil up a bit to make the garden beds. The fence is in very good condition (was new about 8-10 years ago), and didn't want the soil up against it to quicken the rotting process. We've removed weeds, bricks, lumps of clay, pebbles, broken roof tiles, old clay storm water pipes, smashed bathroom tiles and old tree roots and added dynamic lifter, mulch and 6 olive trees!

Just that small amount of work has made a huge difference, but there is still soooo much to do. At least it's a start!! No photos at this stage as I didn't get a chance to take any, and I'm on holidays at the moment!!

My Daughter's ballet canvases are up on her wall, as are my Son's. So their rooms are starting to take shape, but being school holidays at the moment, they are, of course, not tidy!

I've also completed another butterfly frame. This time it's in a brown frame I managed to find (but haven't seen since), and the butterflies are cut out of an old 1970's atlas I found at the Op Shop for $2! These butterflies include London, Paris, Provence, Italy, The Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps!

It will either live in the master bedroom or the ensuite...I haven't decided yet!

Busy times once school goes back next week! I have been asked to make 4 butterfly frames for a blog/forum reader, plus I'm still working on the large butterflies for my daughters room, plus her other 5 canvases...and I need to choose my 'white' paint for the small bookcase I primed a few weeks ago.....

...AND I have to clean all the windows and move furniture so the plantation shutters can be installed Wednesday week!!! Yay!!!! I'll have lots of photos then!!