Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Juggling act

Well, the footy boys have a rest day today, which I know comes as a relief to both the players and spectators. After a good win in their first game yesterday, they had a narrow loss in their afternoon match. There were a few concussions and some very sore bodies, so I know having a day off today will be very welcome. Many of the boys have also just finished playing in the school First IV rugby union team, and I'm sure that fatigue has definitely set in. Thanks so much to everyone for the support, I know if the boys had time to read your comments they'd be thrilled!

So today, I was planning to catch up on some long-overdue housework, and getting stuck into some more painting for my upcoming webstore (more on that soon!) But that won't be happening, as I'm taking my youngest daughter back to the doctor for the third time this month. She's been suffering with terrible migraines, and we're having very little luck getting them under control. This is something that no-one in our family has any experience with, and unfortunately it's proving hard to find the right treatment. At fourteen, it's been really difficult for her to try to cope with school, sport and friends, while suffering with debilitating headaches. So fingers crossed, we find a solution and get her back to her normal, happy and pain-free self really soon.

Somewhere, in amongst all the happenings in the family, I'm trying to find the time to do all the things that need to be done - to be a mum, wife, and run a business. Of course, some things have fallen by the wayside, and the house looks like a bomb site! But, in the whole scheme of things, the housework is so unimportant, and I'm focusing on looking after my family first. So, I do apologise for my absence at the moment, I can assure you that I am reading each and every one of your wonderful comments, and I really appreciate that you take the time out of your busy day to visit my blog. I know I'm not alone, we all have our own juggling acts to perform, so thanks to each and every one of you.

On a positive note, my bff Bill toiled away tirelessly yesterday, to finish my ceiling. It was so nice to come home to see it looking all pretty and white. As soon as I get the time, I'll take some pics of the finished product. And as I can't possibly post without including some pretty pictures, here are a few, just because they're beautiful!

windsor smith

 carolyne roehm

Sorry for the long post, but that is my life at the moment. And if anyone out there has any experience with migraines, or some advice on what's worked for them, I'd be really grateful. I'm happy to try anything if it will help.

Have a great day everyone,

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Is this Australia's perfect house?

A few years ago, there was an article in the paper about a property that had been awarded Australia's best. There was a small picture of the house, and when I saw it, it literally took my breath away. Of course, that small pic only whet my appetite for more, and after some serious stalking, I found just what I was looking for. Take a look. Perfect location (Byron Bay hinterland - delicious!) and beautifully considered design. No wonder this home took out the top prize - I don't think it gets much better than this:

the home features a 100 year-old turret from Scots College, Warwick (A-M, this one's for you!)

 the dam is stocked with perch

I might just take a dip in the 21 metre infinity-edge pool

there's a section of rare rainforest on the 100 acre property

the home took five years to build - the 150 custom-made verandah posts were designed especially for the property

the attention to detail is amazing - look at those windows!

no, this isnt the main house - it's just the garage/games room/studio

the home was decorated by Coco Republic - nothing but the best

You can read more about this gorgeous home here and here. It was on the market for only $7.5 million. Worth every penny I think - if only I had enough of those pennies to snap it up for myself!

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, wishing my son luck with his football. They worked wonders - the boys won both games convincingly yesterday! Fingers crossed today will bring more of the same - they have one more pool match this morning, before heading into finals over the rest of the week.

Hope you all have a great day too,

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cabinet of curiosities

One of the advantages of living on acreage is having the space for a shed. A big shed. Big enough to hoard store all manner of vintage treasures, collected over years of thrift shop and garage sale stalking. Over the weekend, I managed to re-visit some of the pieces I have stashed away, and found these cabinets.

The blue hutch has the original, crazed painted finish, which is just gorgeous, so I'm looking for a new finish for the interior. I'm leaning towards painting, to complement the simple, rustic appearance:

...maybe something simple like this:

The second piece has been varnished a truly awful, streaky brown, which will soon be covered in a fresh coat of paint. So with that in mind, I'm thinking I might zhush this one up with a wallpapered interior:



...but I might just throw caution to the wind, and go for something like this gorgeous green chinoiserie paper, used here by Ruthie Sommers:

...or this vibrant yellow de gournay number...

So, what do you think? Do you have a preference for brightly coloured interiors, soft, subdued, chalky pastels - or maybe a dramatic black and white stripe? I'd love to know what you'd choose!

It's school holidays here in Queensland (yay!) but instead of leisurely sleep-ins, I'll be spending much of the first week watching my son compete in a state football carnival, so I may be a little scarce over the next few days. Fingers crossed the weather stays nice and dry! 

Have a great week everyone,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ceiling update - and a sneak peek!

Well, as expected, the painting of my ceiling ( remember my post here?) has taken a little longer than anticipated - of course - but I'm happy to report that all the yukky and annoying prep work has been done, and the first coat of fresh white paint is going on as we speak. And I LOVE IT! Already. Even though it's still a bit patchy, it looks soo much better than before. As I just can't help myself, here's where we're at so far:

The inspiration stage:

love this!

The reality (argh!)

...the undercoat - better already

...and the first coat of paint - yay!

say hi to Bill, my new bff!

So, looking good so far, what do you think? And after a small flirtation with painting the beams black, I settled on white (as I'm sure you all knew I would!) It's amazing how different the room looks already, much bigger, and of course brighter. And the brick wall you can see in the above photos is on my hit-list too - which is the last area of exposed brick in the whole house. Somehow I know I won't miss it one little bit!

Ok, so I'm off now to ply Bill with coffee and chocolate - fuel for champions! I'll be back soon (I hope) with the final reveal. Have a great day all,

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

George Michael's holiday shack

Hey, did you hear that George Michael has just snapped up new digs in Australia's very own Palm Beach? Just a modest little beach shack of course, to while away the days:

Nice huh? Oh to dream, to dream.....!

Oh, and thanks so much for all your lovely comments yesterday, about my run-in with the not-so-happy chopper. I really appreciate your concern, and one lovely lady even offered to send me another, safer piece of tupperware - to save me from myself, I'm sure!  I'm happy to report that I've managed to keep all of my remaining digits intact, although that may be due to the fact that it was toasted sandwiches for dinner last night. I've taken your advice and decided to make the most of my affliction by milking it for all it's worth!

By the way, my ceiling is getting its first coat of paint today, so pop back tomorrow and I'll show you all the progress to date.  Looks good so far!

all photos courtesy of

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Not-So-Happy-Chopper

Morning all,
I'm typing this post very awkwardly this morning, so please bear with me, it may be full of spelling mistakes and possibly not make sense at all! You see, on Sunday night, I had an altercation with one of these evil little devils:

 Tupperware Happy Chopper - yeah right!

And to add salt to my wounds, here's what Tupperware has to say: 

'The Happy Chopper totally revolutionises cooking! Chopping has never been this fast, this easy or this safe!' 

What? Safe? As if! Ok, well it probably might be marginally safer if you don't decide to race in the door after your son's rugby training, late and with hungry hoards to feed, and twist and twist away, until you twist the not-so-happy-chopper right off the kitchen bench onto the floor. Then, DO NOT angrily hurriedly bend down to scoop up the lid, without first scanning the pile of mess for the deadly double blade that lies lurking, waiting for poor flustered operators. Oh, and DO NOT accidentally grab the blade and push it through the top of your thumb. It smarts a bit. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you really like copious amounts of blood, a trip to the medical centre for stitches, oh, and tetanus shots.

So, Mr Tupperware, I suggest you change the name of this little contraption, stat!

Ok, enough of my boo-hooing, but please realise that I can, in fact, spell, so disregard any mistakes - I really can't be held responsible at this point in time. But, while convalescing, with my family waiting on me injured hand and foot (oops, sorry, must be halucinating) I did manage to trawl through some of my old computer files, and found these pretty pics to share with you:


above images all courtesy

Have a great day,


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