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Restyled Drawers

Hello everyone.  I have not posted for some time and, I must be honest, have thought about discontinuing my blog altogether.  I’m just not “feelin’ it” y’know?  But I will hang on to it for now and think about what I can do to make it better.

The last couple of months have been very busy and I’ve had a nasty bout of bronchitis which left me with a horrible sprained rib and zero energy.  The fortnight preceding that I had been very busy, redecorating my house and organising my stuff so that my living space looked somewhat more livable (and like a grown up lives there).  I was doing so well and getting HEAPS done and then I got sick and everything went to Hell.

One thing I managed to finish and be reasonably happy with was my little bedside drawers.  Old, daggy, chipped and a bit grotty, the drawers were purchased a million years ago at a garage sale for $25.  They’ve done their job and travelled from house to house with me and so there was really no reason to get rid of them, other than I felt like a change.  At first, I thought I would just give them a fresh coat of white paint and that would do.  Then I thought I would paint the individual drawers different colours, or maybe in an ombre style, and put new drawer pulls on.

In the end, I went for a rather dramatic glossy black (not my usual style at all) and covered the fronts of the drawers in a peacock feather pattered paper, before varnishing the whole thing in a satin finish spray varnish.  I re-coated the drawer pulls in gold paint (they were a bit chipped and cruddy looking) and, overall, I am pleased with the result.  The darker colour goes well with my newly painted bedroom wall (Dulux Ocean Trapeze) and has helped me to figure out what direction I’m going in, decorating-wise.  I don’t normally do dark colours and definitely don’t do gold but I feel that this combination looks good and gives the whole room an opulent feel.

I’ve still got heaps to do.  There are pictures to be hung and window treatments to be bought and eventually I want to replace the revolting carpet.  But these things take time and money and I am a bit short on both.

But, this little project was simple to do, very effective and didn’t take any special skills.  Which is basically the perfect project for me!  I am nothing if not lazy.

I will update as I go along.  Hopefully I won’t stall for too long and will get stuck back in to changing things and finishing the rooms and then starting on other areas.

Thank you for stopping in.  Sorry for tardy blog-posting 🙂

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Le Chop

So, I finally got my hair chopped off.  It usually takes me FOREVER to decide to do it and then I procrastinate because I hate spending the money, and there never seems to be any free time to get it done.  My hair really needed a trim though.  It was ratty and dry and I was starting to resemble something the proverbial cat had dragged in (through a hedge, backwards).  I present you with Exhibit A :

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Channelling Caveman Chic

 

…and most days I woke up like this : (Exhibit B)

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There is no paper bag big enough to cover this up…

So, I got it all cut off.  Well, about 5 inches anyway.FullSizeRender

Haircut 101 : Bobbed and Bouncy

I’m going to try and keep it short for a while and not just be slack and let it all grow back.  That is what I normally do.  I am starting to be aware of the fact that I am getting older and don’t want to be one of those women who keeps the same hairstyle for 50 years and ends up on a talk show having a makeover.  Although the makeover bit would be pretty awesome, I just don’t really want to be one of those people. You know the ones I mean.

I need to dye my hair as the ghost of grey hair past is starting to show through again.  Which sucks but is inevitable.  At least I have less hair to dye now and will be able to get it done quicker and with minimal swearing (and dye all over the place).

How do you prefer your hair?  Short or long, straight or wavy?  I am lucky, I suppose, in that my hair is very thick and strong and wavy.  But it does drive me nuts, because I am rubbish at doing anything with it.  I have no skills in this department.  Having it this shorter length means I have to be less lazy and not just tie it back but, by the same token, it is quicker to wash, looks ok if I just let it dry and do it’s own thing, and is definitely healthier.  Now that the weather is getting cooler (woe is me), I have less need to tie it back anyway, and shorter-messy is better than longer-messy.  I went to the beach on Monday night and even after being blown to bits by the wind, my hair looked ok.  Windswept, rather than tornado-whipped, which is how it would normally respond.

Thanks for dropping by – may all your days be good hair days 🙂  And if you have any tips for  “doing” your hair when you are completely useless at it, let me know.

High Tea Fun(d)raiser

High Tea Fun(d)raiser

Happy Sunday all!  Boy the weeks are flying by – I can’t believe it will be Christmas again in just over four months!  We’ve been in our new place for 8 months now and soon will have to think about whether we want to continue with the lease or find somewhere else to rent.  I can’t bear the thought of moving again so I am trying to just not think about it at all!  I haven’t even unpacked all my packing boxes yet…

This week at work we had a High Tea fundraiser.  Each of our departments had a separate day to come up with a theme and organise food to go along with it (as reported in my post here) and our Client Services team decided to have a High Tea, complete with “vintage” stalls, raffles and “Best Dressed” competitions.  Cupcakes and thrift-shopping during work hours?  Don’t mind if I do!  Such a lot of work went into organising it and setting it all up on the day.  It all looked beautiful – the food was gorgeous and so pretty with everything from dainty cupcakes to scones, pastries and sandwiches, lots of different teas and champagne.  The ladies all did an amazing job and deserve a pat on the back.  Client Services is one of our busiest departments and I have no idea how they managed to find time to put together such a wonderful afternoon of treats and fun.

Here’s a few pics of the lovely goodies on offer…..

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Everything was so tempting…but I’ve been on a diet this week and trying desperately hard to be good and not eat naughty things.  I had a couple of tiny things – so delicious – and spent the rest of my time wandering about, taking photos and perusing the “vintage stalls”.  I picked up quite a few bargains (and only spent about $5!) and had to control myself in terms of spending or seeming a bit overexcited – you know me and shopping, especially anything that resembles op-shopping/thrifting.  There were some gorgeous items for sale – brand new pairs of shoes and lovely jewellery and accessories.  I bought a few necklaces that had nice beads on them…they’ve already been pulled apart and stored in my bead boxes to turn into other things later on.  I got this lovely bracelet, which I thought I would alter and make into a pendant:

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I also got a couple of rings – the paler one is way to big for me but I really liked it and so I got it anyway.  Maybe I can change it or make it into a brooch or something… I like the darker one – it looks kinda like marcasite (which I love) and is adjustable so I can make it fit my teeny fingers.  It does have a little stone missing but I’m sure I’ve got one I can just glue in there:

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I also got this bracelet (purely for the beads – I liked the stripey ones!):

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I picked out a pretty pink scarf for Mum…

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…and this “pearl” bracelet (again for the beads) for me:

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When all was said and done and packed up, the department raised about $1000 for Alzheimer’s Australia, which was pretty awesome.  They deserved to do well because they really went all out (and put the rest of our departments to shame – even though EVERYONE did a great job in their themes, this one really took the (cup)cake!).  At the end of the afternoon the ladies on the thrift stall said I could rummage through and have whatever I wanted for free, as they really didn’t want to pack it all up again.  I felt a bit weird about doing that so I offered to take it all to an op-shop for them instead.  That way I could get to go through it (great for me!) and also do them a favour and save them some work.  So that’s what I did yesterday.  Four boxes of stuff I had to go through!  Lots of jewellery has now been dissected and separated into nice beads, charms and findings.  There were some lovely shoes – brand new – but not in my size, so I had to let them go but I’ve got a couple of people in mind who might like them.  I also nabbed a couple of accessories for myself, such as…

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…this green brooch.  It looks sort of vintage although I’m quite sure it’s not.  I just liked the green colour.  I would definitely wear this.

This cuff bracelet – a bit chunkier than what I would normally wear…I always wear my plain silver bangle that my cousin gave me for my 30th.  It never comes off.  The only time I have taken it off is when I was in hospital – and then my cousin wore it for two months to keep it safe until I was discharged.  Anyway, I liked this cuff – it will go with a lot of things I wear…

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I also picked up this brooch which is definitely not vintage and probably not something I would wear (as it features gold and I never wear gold) but I like to have a few brooches on hand for tizzying up presents when I want some glam wrapping.  This will be perfect….

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I did get a few other bits and pieces, but I won’t bore you with everything.  Let’s just say I am a magpie and leave it at that (in other words, I collected lots of stuff).  There were a couple of pairs of very expensive shoes that I did contemplate putting on Ebay (I know, I’m dreadful) but then thought it would be better if I gave them to the op-shop.  Better that a charity get some money for them than my wallet!

Anyway, I’ve done NO CRAFTING this week due to a horrible, horrible neck and equally horrible stress and depression this week.  Haven’t been eating much at all so no cooking to show you either.  I’m an epic failure at blogging this week!  Hope my round up of “what I bought” suffices for this weekend’s post.  I am going out with friends for brunch today and so I’m hoping they lift my spirits and take my mind off things.  Friends are amazing that way 🙂

Hope your weekend is fun and fabulous!  Thanks for visiting 🙂

What is Your Crafting Style?

What is Your Crafting Style?

What is you crafting style?

I could say I am neat and tidy, organised and orderly when I craft, but my pants would immediately catch on fire and my nose would grow about 6 inches longer.  As I have spoken about my hoarding tendencies and messiness ad nauseum in this blog, I won’t go on about it here but I thought, as a sort of connected subject, I could talk about my crafting “style”.  By which I mean my complete lack of any style while crafting.

When I am at home and not expecting company (other than hubby who doesn’t notice me any more and is very short-sighted anyway even if he did) I tend to gravitate towards comfort.
What does comfort mean to me?  Well, it usually involves baggy clothes, slipper socks, jeans I haven’t washed in a few weeks (oh come on – you all do it!) and hair that is pulled up and back and makes me attractive to no one.  I avoid mirrors on such days because I am interested only in paper, glue, fabric and scissors – I do not care about makeup or fussy hair or fashion.  I want to be comfortable and not worry about getting paint on my best shirt or accidentally glueing sequins to my dress.

My crafting day will typically involve many cups of tea.  Many.  There will be toast.  There will be music (and possibly daggy dancing when no one is looking) and there will be warmth – I am a cold morsel and although fresh air is nice some of the time, I mostly like to be ensconced in cocooned warmth and solitude.  I can’t do anything when it is cold.  My hands hurt, my neck aches and I feel decidedly un-creative because I am too cold to think about anything else.  So warmth is what I need.  In our old house this meant practically sitting on top of the small heater in the lounge and dressing like an eskimo.  In our newer house I am hoping to be slightly warmer this year and be able to craft comfortably without being wrapped in a blanket with a hot water bottle strapped to my back (yes, I have done that in the past – don’t judge me).

So how about you?  Do you like to be colourful and comfortable when creating, or is simple and plain more your style?  Do you wear jeans or track-pants, PJs or dresses?  Hair up or down? How ever you do it, I hope it makes you happy and brings out the real you.  Unfortunately for me, the real “me” is style-free and possibly not fit to be seen in public.  But that’s ok 🙂

 

Treasured Craft Creations

Treasured Craft Creations

Ah, weekend…is there any sweeter word?  Well, it’s a sweet word now that I don’t have to work on weekends!  Even sweeter when it’s combined with “Craft” and “Show”.  This particular weekend was host to the “Treasured Craft Creations” 3-in–1 market at the Claremont Show Grounds.  It is held several times a year and combines art’n’craft, vintage and antiques & collectables all under the one roof.  You could easily spend a whole day if you were to check out everything on display and go to each different section.  Mum and I (being seasoned TTC regulars) were only interested in the craft area this time so spent just a few (happy) hours wandering around the stalls and buying a few supplies and gifts.  We know which stalls we want to look at and which ones we don’t have a need for (there’s only so many times you can see crocheted peg holders or ironing board covers) but, this time, there were a few new stalls to check out which was a nice change and warranted further inspection and the taking home of business cards and flyers.

Anyway, here’s a selection of goodies on display…

Lots and lots of lavender – pretty purple everywhere! (I don’t remember seeing the
lavender sherbet lollies at the time otherwise I would have bought some!

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Pretty gypsy-inspired jewellery, bags and scarves…

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Love, love, loved this stall (Clay & Clasp) by local artist Lucy.  Such pretty pastel colours and cute designs.  I was so busy trying to get a photo,
I didn’t actually stop and buy something.  But I’m going to the website to see what takes my fancy.  Love the macaroon necklaces – how cute are they?
(sorry, photo is a bit blurry…hard to take a decent pic in jostling crowds!)

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Lots of lovely soaps – handmade with glorious scents…

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Cool little wooden plaques – like the colour scheme…beachy!

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Adorable bunny pendant – also had dogs, cats, koalas etc.  Super cute!

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Fabric and more fabric in every conceivable colour and pattern…

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Plenty of jewellery for all styles and budgets… (I always look at jewellery for its components…can I make
something else with these beads/charms etc?)

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We had a quick look at all the vintage clothes but we were really in more of a crafty mood so we moved on after a short while…

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Candles everywhere!  Lots of lovely soy-based ones with beautiful fragrances and colours (although I must admit I like the plain cream ones best).
Mum picked up a few 
tea lights for her oil burner and little candle holders.

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Loved these little owl pictures – isn’t he sweet, all sequinned and fluffy?

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Something to jazz up your plant pots – Flower Pot Fillies!

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I really must get into the cabochon trend – really like the jewellery and hair clips people are making…

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This was one of the new stalls – “With Love by Bec” – great stuff, very reasonably priced and such pretty things! Lots of stripes
and polka dots and bunting (three of my favourite things!).  I really wanted the polka dot satchel…I ummed and aahed about it too long and
when I went back it was gone 😦

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Gorgeous glass beads and steampunk jewellery…

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Quirky-but-beautiful pottery.  Loved these indigo-hued bowls and dishes. Some of them had little feet and wings!

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I have to admit my ultimate aim at these craft shows is to stock up on card blanks.  Boring I know but necessary.
P & K Craft Supplies always have awesome-quality blanks and I tend to come out with a big bagful of stuff…
I think the owner might think I am stalking him – he sees me at EVERY craft show he does.

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So, what did I buy?  Well…I was reasonably restrained and just got things I knew I would use….

Lots of cards and envelopes, some bookmarks and some glitter
(and some teeny little price tags for when I’m selling my jewellery etc)

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Some beautiful lace – Mum and I went halves on a 12 metre bundle – only $5.00!

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An awesome “seconds” bag of Twiddlybitz pieces.  All this for $5.00!  Most of it was in perfect condition and the bits
that weren’t were so minimally damaged it was barely even visible.  Bargain!

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So that was just a selection of the fine things on display.  My camera died very early on in proceedings so I couldn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked.  I did get fudge though and THAT is important!  Now I have a day at home to spend making cards and maybe tidying up a little bit (ha! unlikely!).  Then it’s back to work tomorrow…boo…but work equals pay packet and pay packet equals craft supplies so, y’know, it’s a necessity…  Happy crafting everyone – hope your weekend has been fun 🙂

Antidotes and Sofas

Antidotes and Sofas

Yesterday I spent a lovely day with my Mum who has finally bitten the bullet and decided to get herself some new furniture.  First, we went to IKEA, home of all things awesome and scandinavian/swedish-designed.  I love me some IKEA, I have to admit.  I was restrained and only bought a couple of little bits and pieces while Mum stocked up on some storage items and um, a lint roller.  We tried several couches on for size, measured cabinets, oohed and aahed over some pretty lamps and photo frames and basically just spent a lot of time wandering around.  We decided not to purchase any of the furniture – Mum needed to think more carefully and measure up at home a bit more before she actually bought anything.  But we’ll probably buy the pieces she likes, online, this weekend.  Yay for new stuff!  I should point out that my Mum NEVER has new stuff – she’s always had to make do with 2nd hand things and pieces mysteriously brought home by my Dad.  It’s time she had some new things.  She does, however, want to go retro-chic with her craft room so I foresee many forays into op-shops and 2nd-hand furniture places in my near future.

Afterwards we stopped in at a gorgeous gift shop in Mount Hawthorn.  Antidote is wall-to-wall fabulousness with everything from cute hand made dolls to beautiful ceramic plates, lovely soaps and decorating items.  We’d never been there before so we stayed quite awhile just looking at everything and wishing we were rich (ha ha).  I found some cute little boxes filled with mother-of-pearl buttons (Mum nabbed those immediately) and so many ideas for future presents for family and friends.  Mum decided to get me a voucher for my upcoming birthday so I can look forward to spending that!

I loved these trinket/cake stands:

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And these beautiful wrapped soaps (I like anything with birds on…):

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Look at this amazing dresser!  Isn’t it, well, amazing?! Just right for lots of bright textiles, toys and knick-knacks:

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I loved this sign too…although I’m not what you would call adventurous.  I like to go to places I HAVE been before so I know what I’m getting into!  Maybe I should change that this year…:

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The little tag on this item says it all : general eclectic…I’m thinking that’s what I should call all my stuff:

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Lots of lovely washi tape and baker’s twine and yummy crafty supplies made of brown kraft paper (my favourite):

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Beautiful little vintage-esque bottles of all shapes and sizes.  Just right for a single bloom or just as a decorative piece:

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So, if you’re ever out in Mount Hawthorn, near Perth in Western Australia, check out ANTIDOTE on Scarborough Beach Road.  It’s lovely!

Oh and Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie readers & friends!  Hope you have a great day celebrating the beautiful country we live in…