Friday, October 19, 2012

snippets from the last few weeks

good morning!
thought it was time to pop into the old blog and say hello.
i don't think i've ever gone this long between blog posts!
teaching and family and just keeping the house from turning into a down right tip is pretty much taking up all my time and energy.
so i thought i'd show a few pics (mainly from instagram) to show what we've been up to.
we were pretty house bound throughout the school holidays, as the hubs has been recovering from a pretty full on knee injury and surgery. as he improved, we managed some lunches out. my girls (like their Mum!) are real foodies!
here's my crispy duck salad. yum
i've been pottering around the house, moving things, chucking stuff, and had a market stall to sell off a whole stack of unwanted junk from around this place. i can now proudly say both cars fit in our garage lol.
scored myself this cool timber box which i'm loving.
i've indulged in the purchase of some more scented candles and the latest homey mags just to get me through! such a nice way to have a bit of time out.
there has been alot of cooking happening in our kitchen. Em whipped up this amazing vanilla slice from scratch. i hate cooking personally, but happy to get in there and clean up!
speaking of which, our dishwasher decided to give up the ghost yesterday (i'll admit it was 17 years old!) so there will be some dishwasher shopping/purchasing happening this weekend (if not today)!!
this working between 2 schools is well and truly keeping me out of trouble, but i'm loving it!
not work today, so off to get the hair done, and spend the arvo having lunch with the hubs- which is what we did last Friday too!
we enjoyed a gorgeous lunch at Vio's and had the Restaurant to ourselves!
i've had a few jars of these lovelies scattered throughout the house along with some daisies. might need to get some more today....
my shopping is list growing haha!
i got the sewing machine out for about an hour last Sunday, and threw together a shabby bunting for our bedroom. i think it adds just the right amount of vintage happy :)
Bed Bath n Table had a sale on their mugs (and lots of other lovely items) so i bought myself this one and another in chevron blue. they are SO nice to drink out of and hold! $4.45 each. what a bargain!
Sarah over at a Beach Cottage was sporting some great new hair dos, so i tried this multi bun style. i can tell, you it's gonna look alot better once i get my regrowth tended to this morning!
swimming lessons started this week at one school i work at, so this was my view on Tuesday for about 30 minutes :)
Stopped in at Spotlight on Wednesday, and what do i find? a complete copy of Cath Kidston's rosey bird fabric! gorgeous! had to get some of the blue!
i'm enjoying getting back into the morning walks too.
so that about sums up what's been going on. 
school lunches are calling, and there's washing up to be done... 
catch u soon, but i'll be on instagram before the day is out ;)
Kate x
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Antique White bookcase/cabinet

i've just finished this cabinet for a client. it got a light shabby this morning,
now it's all set to go off to it's new home.
it never ceases to amaze me what a few coats of paint can do to a piece of furniture.
wanna see how it slowly transforms coat by coat?
ok then!
here's the before....
after one coat of Zinsser- no before sanding needed either!
after 2 coats....
now onto the Antique White USA- 1st coat....
and the last coat. via instagram!
and here are a few more finished photos
so there you have it. so pleased it's finished. it's taken me all week to complete!

i'm doing a stall at the Ferny Grove Markets tomorrow morning. so off to price things and pack the car for a 4:50am start!
Kate x
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Friday, October 5, 2012

bedroom makeover

we are now almost at the end of 2 weeks of school holidays, and boy, have they flown by so fast!!i had no intention of making over our bedroom these holidays, but that's just what happened.
nothing too major, but i'll walk you through my choices and how they came to be!
a few weeks ago, i found these bedside tables at a church garage sale. i only bought them because i thought they would be easy to repaint and sell. little did i know they would inspire a beachy coastal bedroom makeover.
they got a couple of coats of Zinsser sealer, 2 coats of aqua, and a little shabbying.
once they were done, i decided they were a little on the 'bright' side, so rubbed some white paint over them with a rag.
you can see the end result above. they also got a coat of Porters Sealer.

no drawers are complete without scented draw liners. i found these pretties in Dollars and Sense.
this little stool was also a garage sale find.
here it is made over. it's also ended up in our bedroom.
my camera bag hangs above it now.
then came the bed head! i think it's difficult to find a really nice bed head in a king size that doesn't cost the earth. i've been dreaming of a gorgeous swirly whirly cane one for a while.
i was cruising around Pinterest last week and found the perfect bed head. AND it was a good price. AND they made it in King size. AND they shipped to my door in Brisbane from Melbourne for $50!
here's my new baby being unwrapped.
and in her new home
these vintage pillowcases (never used) give the bed just the right amount of happy colour.
here are a few shots of the rest of the room. i shopped the house for blue and aqua touches.
the divine timber cross is a new purchase :)
Kate x
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