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Beaded Bauble

Every surface in my house is currently buried under a pile of card, paper, bottles of glue, mounting tape, marker pens and ink.  So what would any sensible person do?  Tidy up?  Sort some things into neat piles?  Put everything away before starting something new?  Ha!  I scoff at your suggestions!  I am not sensible in any shape or form, so yesterday I decided to add to the mess by doing some beaded decorations inspired by some I had seen on Kelly Rae Roberts’ Instagram account.  I thought they were really lovely, and easy to do (the hardest part is choosing the beads) and wouldn’t take much time.

I bought some pretty glass baubles last week (they were on sale – bargain!) and chose some beads from my ridiculously large supply at home.  I went with blues, silvers and pearls for this one.  You simply bead a length of jewellery wire (the end looped and crimped through the loop on the bauble) and then loop and crimp the other end so it can be hung from whatever you want to hang it from!

KRR had hers hanging from a chandelier, but you could dangle one of these from a curtain rod (hanging in the window, catching the light) or from your Christmas tree, or decorating the banisters of a staircase.  I’ve seen them hooked on to drawer knobs on a dresser and hanging outside a front door from porch lights.  Lots of options.  They would make a quick and easy gift too.  I’m going to try and get some more finished before I move on to another messy project (might as well cover the entire house is chaos!).

Hope your day is shiny and bright 🙂

 

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Spring Finally Arrives…

This has been a weird Spring.  Many people have reported on the Spring Deficit experienced this year.  Everything from people feeling more moody due to the extended SAD we’ve been subjected to throughout September and October (where is the sun?!) to business experiencing a down-turn in revenue (you try selling ice creams in the middle of a freezing cold, wet and blustery day that goes on for weeks!).  Neighbourhood plants have been very confused too – never knowing from one day to the next as to what season it is.  My garden (such as it is at the new house) is a bit hit and miss, with things that should be flowering NOT flowering, and things that should have stopped flowering STARTING to flower.

But, as of this last week, Spring appears to making some effort to show up.  We’ve had some lovely sunny days and temperatures have started rising.  My garden is responding to the warmer conditions and beginning to look a bit more colourful and I, in turn, have been whinging less and dressing more like someone who lives in Australia, rather than a native of Antarctica.   My beautiful pelargonium is finally in flower – isn’t she a stunner?  I’ve had this plant for years and have had many cuttings from her, all of which have flowered prolifically.  She’s actually a little more purple than the picture shows, and I think she is a Spanish Angel, but don’t quote me on that – the label disintegrated a long time ago!

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been busily re-potting a lot of my poor plants that have been very neglected during my move (and the months preceding it, if I’m honest).  Even my cacti were feeling a bit sad and unloved.  I re-potted them and in a matter of days they started to look happier and less, well, dead.  My little bunny cactus is much more sprightly looking now (if a plant can be sprightly!).  He is an off-shoot of my original cactus from a few years back, and is only a couple of inches high.  Adorable.

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My much-loved aloe is doing really well (he never lets me down even when I treat him badly and forget he exists) and is even sprouting a flower spike, which I take to mean he is happy.  I have given him a bigger pot and he is going great guns.  If he could smile, he’d be giving me a big, toothy, cheeky grin.  Possibly a wink and a “How YOU doin;?”
He’s just that sort of guy 🙂

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I even have a couple of sad little lemons starting to develop on my potted lemon tree.  It desperately needs feeding but I keep forgetting…

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My white geranium is blossoming too.  Love a nice pristine, white flower.  I also bought this one at the same time as my original bunny cactus, and it has been a regular healthy bloomer ever since.  I love geraniums – they are essential in a low maintenance garden.  So pretty and prolific and easy to take cuttings from.  They don’t die very easily, which is a bonus when you’re a black thumb kind of gardener like me.

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The aeonium cuttings I pinched from my rental unit are doing nicely too.  They are all in flower and just so pretty.  I’m glad I managed to salvage a few pieces when I moved out – they are such great plants and so easy to look after and keep alive!  Plus they grow so quickly and are very water-wise.

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Also in my garden area, but not something I have potted or grown myself…this little guy.  I believe he is an Australian Jumping Peacock Spider .  Isn’t he cute?  I didn’t get the best photo because he was so teeny-tiny and my camera is pretty rubbish.  Also, because he wouldn’t keep still and kept leaping about (as jumping spiders do).  He is about 5mm long and has a bright red and blue pattern on his butt.  The blue is hard to see in this picture, but it is very striking.  I love jumping spiders – they’re awesome.  I’ve never seen one like this before – or maybe I just haven’t paid attention (more likely).  I hope he is good at eating mosquitoes…

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So, Spring has sprung and is working its magic, not only on the garden but on me as well.  I  just function so much better in the warm weather and get a lot more done.  I think my house is going to be pretty hot in Summer, so I may be regretting those words soon.  Until then, I am happy to see the sun shining every day and feeling its heat in these old bones.

Hope your day (or at least your heart) is full of sunshine today 🙂

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Decorating FTW

I’m finally getting sorted in my new house.  I have procrastinated long enough, waiting to have all the storage display furniture I need in order to put things away and stop living out of boxes.  But, having come to my senses, I have decided that if I wait until everything is perfect and I have everything I need (or want), I will never get tidy have a home that I can actually feel happy to have visitors in.

So, with that in mind, I did a big clean up today and proceeded with some serious nesting.  My new console table in the entrance is great – it will enable me to store lots of stuff and it’s light and easy for me to move (with removable shelves).  I had wanted a sideboard/buffet for this area but had been unable to find one I liked or could afford.  In the end, I figured an “open” storage item would be better in my little house, and make things feel less closed in. I want to get baskets for the bottom shelf but am having trouble finding just the right ones, so at the moment it has IKEA boxes in it (not shown)
– they’ll do for now.

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I am going to have the big mirror mounted on the wall but, for now, it will just sit on the table.  It’s heavy enough to stay put.  I’ve tried to make all the knick-knacks and decorative pieces in the same sort of colour scheme/tone.  There’s artwork by my brother, a vintage child’s suitcase (rescued from a rubbish bin!), some op-shop finds, a stone gargoyle from a visit to the UK, tarot cards and a teeny weeny little vintage ivory elephant my Mum gave me.  I kinda hope the elephant is actually bone, not ivory…but it’s really old so I’m thinking it’s the less-than-p.c ivory.

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I think it’s all come together well.  I just hope I can get the rest of the house sorted and fit for human habitation and guests.  I actually hoovered and mopped the floors today!  Like a grown up person!  I did laundry and weeding and dusted and generally acted like an adult.  Hopefully this will not just be a passing fad for me.  I’m trying to be more domesticated.  I need to get a smaller vacuum cleaner for the stairs and second floor – lugging my big Dyson up and down the stairs is not great for my back.  I’m still suffering with a sore rib (it’s Costochondritis which is very painful, but nothing serious – just gotta give it time to settle down) and so I’ve probably done more than I should today.  I’ve lifted lots of heavy boxes and not rested at all so am expecting to be a bit delicate tomorrow.

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My craft room is still in a terrible state (hence the crafting lull I find myself in currently) but I am hoping to tackle that next.  I am dying to get stuck into something creative.  At the moment, the most creative I am being is moving boxes from one end of the room to another and figuring out ways to stack them so they don’t collapse on me.

Hope your day has been productive and happy 🙂

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Cosy Corner

Still nesting… I swear my little crow gets moved around at least 400 times before I find a spot for him.  He’s very fussy about where he goes (or, at least, I am) and doesn’t like to be somewhere that’s not in full view.  So, he’s sitting atop my brand new butler’s trolley / display cabinet thingy.  I love it – it’s so cute.  Room for books and knick-knacks and other stuff (ie junk) that needs to be quickly shoved into a drawer when people come over.

I don’t always buy brand new things – normally I am a hunt-around-until-you-find-it-second-hand kind of girl, but I wanted to have a few new things for myself this time.  Especially this piece – it’s quirky and colourful and just a bit different.  It matches with everything else and yet stands out at the same time. And Mr Crow seems to like it 🙂

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I’m still in a mess everywhere, but am resigned to being in that state for quite some time.  Setting up a home takes a while and I want to get things right, not just chuck stuff around the rooms and say “that’ll do”.   So I am doing little bits at a time – that way it is less overwhelming.  I’m still struggling with motivation about life in general right now (got a lot going on and my brain has decided to just not deal with ANYTHING) so putting stuff away and being tidy is not exactly a priority (I say that like it is EVER a priority for me).  But the more little cosy corners I have, the happier I feel.  Eventually, my whole house will be one big cosy corner – I hope so, anyway.

May your home be happy today and always x

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Moving on…

So I have moved.  Moved away from my little unit and into a bigger (though still small by most people’s standards) townhouse.  The move itself was not too stressful.  The removalists I hired were WONDERFUL.  I thoroughly recommend PMA Removals if you’re in the Perth area. They were two young guys – a bit on the cheeky side but super nice and polite – who turned up on time (in fact, early) and got the job done in record time.  We started just after 7am and were done by 10:30 in the morning!  Nothing was too much trouble for them and they didn’t slack off or whine about having to go up stairs.  They were very respectful and quite charming 🙂  Cute too, truth be told, ha ha (but I’m old enough to be their mother…sigh…).  I was so anxious beforehand because I had had dodgy movers in the past, but these guys made it almost enjoyable and completely stress-free.  Very affordable too.  All in all, a great service and I would definitely use them again.

My new neighbour caused a bit of an issue because she refused to trim her shrubbery and trees around the common driveway (which makes it hard for anyone to get in or out).  In the end she let us cut back part of the tree which was growing very low near my car port, but wouldn’t allow us to prune the conifer trees which are extending about a metre into the driveway.  I didn’t want to argue.  There’s probably some clause I could cite re common areas and whatnot, but I had no desire to get into a debate with my brand new neighbours.  I just “accidentally” brush into the trees when I am backing out.  It’s kinda hard not to.

I like the house.  It has its issues and it is not perfect by any means, but neither am I so it’s a good fit 🙂   Unfortunately, on my week off, I injured my back and so I have been unable to move all the boxes and finish unpacking everything.  There’s stuff everywhere and I so want it to be tidy (unlike my last place…) but at the moment there is not a lot I can do about it.  My craft room is ENORMOUS and I might actually use it as a craft room (how novel!) and not bring all my junk into the dining room.  I’ve taken one of the smaller rooms as my bedroom – how much room do I need? – and so the craft room is very spacious and also bright, which is excellent as my unit was so dark and trying to do anything on overcast days or after 3pm was very difficult if you actually wanted to see what you were doing.

I miss my garden.  Being Spring, everything was in bloom and looking green and luscious and lush.  At the moment I have no garden – just sand – and, other than my own plants in pots, it is devoid of anything living.  I miss my lovely azaleas (cuttings were strategically taken before I moved out though!) and the general green-ness of my unit garden, but I will work on my own plot now and make it nice, hopefully.  There are plenty of birds around my new neighbourhood so I am hoping to attract them in with natives and flowering plants. My Mum has been busy potting up lots of suitable cuttings from her own very successful (and beautiful) garden, so that I have lots of plants to work with and don’t have to buy too many, which can end up being very costly.

I miss being by the water but, if I’m honest and sensible, it’s not like I went and took advantage of the River every day.  My walking regime had fallen by the wayside months ago so I can’t really say I miss walking by the water on a daily basis.  My new neighbourhood is hardly a slum and, if I take the time to investigate a bit, I’m sure I will find nice places to walk and soak up some sun and fresh air.  At the moment it is too flipping cold to do either of those things. Plus I am very lazy and feeling the need to hibernate and nest and generally just hide.

I have made a new friend.  A lovely black and white cat I have named Bernard.  Bernard may well be a Bernadette – we’re not that intimately acquainted yet for me to have found out – but he is so smoochy and friendly and seems intent on coming into my house.  I’m not sure who he belongs to but he seems to like hanging out in my non-existent garden and sleeping under the front hedges.  I was so pleased to meet him – a cat makes everything better.  Will have to watch him around my visiting birds, but hopefully they can keep out of his way.

The drive to and from work isn’t too heinous and, once I figured out where I was going without getting lost, seems to be comparable with my former commute.  Which is good because I am always running late in the mornings.

I have lots of nice shops nearby – not quite on my doorstop like before – including a great fruit and veg grocer who has lovely produce at VERY low prices.  I have a supermarket within walking distance plus a vet clinic just up the road (for when I get my kitties!).  There is a bus stop just outside my place which is handy if I am without my car, and I am only minutes away from a major shopping centre (and a really nice bead shop – score!).

So, I am getting settled.  I am relieved that the whole moving process is over, even if the unpacking saga is not.  I still have to buy a few extra bits of furniture – mostly storage items – and there is still some figuring out to do, in terms of where everything is going to go.  I have grand plans for the place but my imagination may be bigger than my budget.  We’ll see.  At the moment I just want to get everything cleared and tidy and habitable.  I want to be able to have friends and family over and not have them stepping over boxes.

I want my home to be happy and comfortable and cosy and colourful and a place where I feel safe and content.  I want visitors to feel the same.  I want to decorate to my own tastes and not be dictated to be fashion or trends.  I want it to be slightly cluttered (I don’t think there is much chance of it being anything else!) but in a good way.  I’m not into the whole open plan kind of living.  I don’t like the spartan or minimalist look.  Basically, if I could transport Kelly Rae Roberts’ décor into my own house, I’d be pretty happy 🙂

I am so very grateful to have my own home.  I still wake up sometimes and think “Wow – this is mine!” and it is very hard to get out of the rental mindset, that I can actually do what I want now and no one has a say in it except for me.  I also sometimes wake up and think “Oh God! I have to look after this on my own now and pay for everything!” which is a little scary.  But I guess the “new-home-owner” panic will subside eventually.

Sorry for the sporadic and not-very-interesting posts lately.  Haven’t had time for crafting or much of anything and it’s going to take me a while to get sorted and back into the swing of things.  But when I do, watch out! 🙂

Take care, everyone x

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Bright Lights…

Bright Lights…

It doesn’t take much to make me happy.  Actually, it does – I’m a miserable bugger – but small things do mean a lot to me.  One thing I think makes everything better, without fail, is fairy lights.  It is fair to say I would put them on everything if I could.  They’re twinkly and pretty – what’s not to love?

This weekend, when I was supposed to be cleaning up for rent inspection, I took some time out to add some fairy lights to my bathroom mirror.  As you do.  I had picked up these lights in the pre-Christmas sales and they were super cheap.  I don’t have a big Christmas tree or anywhere else really suitable for a large string of lights (I had considered over my bed head, but had visions of me entangled in them while I slept so put that idea on the back burner), plus these were plug-in ones, not battery operated, so they needed to be near a power source.  I also got some little adhesive hooks to attach the lights to.  I am fully expecting these to fall off in the near future, but we’ll wait and see…

So, an hour and a half later and a few scary minutes teetering on a chair in the bathroom, I had a lovely, sparkly and bright extravaganza around my mirror.  So pretty.  Makes me almost believe I am pretty and sparkly and bright too.  Well, let’s not get carried away…there’s only so much good lighting can do, after all!  But they’re fun and make my bathroom seem a little less pedestrian and unisex.  The only annoying thing is the settings keep resetting themselves each time I turn the lights off.  So I have to re-do the setting each time – otherwise I get an epileptic-fit-inducing strobe effect happening.  I just want them on static – no flickering or strobing, thank you.  This is not a disco.

Anyway, finally a project I completed and am happy with.  I am trying to get around to doing these little things around the house, instead of sitting on the idea for years, until I no longer want to do it.  For a mere $7.50 and a little bit of time and effort, I have prettied up my bathroom and made it look like I give a damn.  Next up – painting my coffee table and doll house!  Stay tuned!  (you might have to get comfortable…) 🙂

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Xmas Pimping

Xmas Pimping

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (or Chris-mess, as I call it in my house).  As I was feeling better in the last couple of days, I decided to get my Xmas butt into gear and do some decoratin’ as my place was looking decidedly un-Christmassy.  I don’t go all out – I don’t have the room for a huge tree or anything fancy – but I do like to have little Christmas vignettes here and there.  Wherever I can fit them.  If that’s on a shelf in the hallway, or a side table in the lounge, then that’s where it’s going.

I like the woodland theme – lots of stags and little trees and natural colours.  A little splash of red but not too much.  I adore my little Christmas scene painting I got last year in an op-shop.  I nearly had a conniption last night because I couldn’t find it (but then it turned up EXACTLY where it was supposed to be, despite me looking there several times throughout the evening, getting more and more anxious as time went on) and I couldn’t get things just right.  But in the end I guess it’s ok.  I’m trying not to be fussy this year.

Hope your festive season has gotten off to a bright and happy start 🙂

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