Sunday, July 31, 2011

From the darkness...

Dear neglected blog,
Last week was a very hard week. I doubted my ability to mother three children on more than one occasion. Multiple illnesses came to visit our house and at all times there was someone needing something. Oh how I felt like a slave, a very overworked and under-appreciated slave. I burst into tears frequently and at one point even felt like I might be suffering from post-natal depression.

Then yesterday the sun came out. Wow what a difference that made! We had a lovely morning at the market, where I acquired a copy of Devo's Freedom of choice on vinyl (you know it, Whip It!) and a couple of saucy looking historical novels that I know I have no time to read. In the afternoon I headed over to the block with a tribe of kids and our soon to be neighbours and planted another five olive trees.
It felt so good to be out in the sunshine and fresh air, my hands covered in that beautiful red soil, my head full of dreams for my future garden and I realised I am not depressed at all, just really sick of winter! The kids were a million times happier, running around in the fresh air, playing on hay bales and catching crickets, they slept well and woke up all bright and shiny. 

I know winter's not over yet, but I can see the light at the end of the cold dark tunnel... 
Here's to an illness free week, filled with crafting and fun!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kitchen design...

 Ahh... my most favourite thing at the moment for sure, kitchen design! This is easily the most exciting and enjoyable part of the house planning process so far. We spent all weekend discussing (arguing), measuring, imagining, drawing and problem solving. Even the kids got in on it and drew up little kitchen plans :)

Our lovely friend and cabinet maker extraordinaire, Jen (who will be building our kitchen) came over and we got all excited and planned out the look and feel of the kitchen. It was very exciting to have my vision laid out and have Jen (and Mr Lovely) on the same page, coming up with ideas and getting crazy with it. Oooooooohhh yay.

So now that we've made some fundamental decisions it's time to get down to the nitty gritty and draft the plans in cad. Try to make everything fit and work the way it should work. Then on to the boring job of costing everything, so the bank will give us some money to do it all. Please bank, pretty please??

However we can also start on another of my favourite jobs... frequenting scrap yards and flea markets collecting old bits of wood and bits and bobs we can use in the design. Expect to see me hanging around the tip shop more often.

source- remodelista

Do you like the inspiration pics? Are you gettin the vibe? Can you imagine it.... polished concrete floor, pale rendered strawbale walls, recycled timber, plywood cabinetry, blackboard paint, white subway tiles, butler sink, huge reclaimed wood island bench.... lots of light... stools where friends will sit and drink wine and stare at the view while we cook and the children play happily off in the distance... Ah, lovely!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vintage eiderdown quilts...

I found these amazingly beautiful vintage eiderdown quilts at the op-shop last week- yes it's taken me that long to post them, damned precious tiny beautiful baby, sucking up all my blogging time!
I'm so totally in love with them.... and they were $5- each! 

How rad are the fabrics? In perfect condition too.
I think I have my op-shopping mojo back! Yep.
I'm gonna hit a few favourites tomorrow if the small people let me. What will I find?
I hope you've have uncovered some goodies recently :)