Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas

One of the best things about Christmas is the the excuse to craft. I always have a bit of a wrapping theme, and this year I found a sheet of wrapping paper with the alphabet on it, so each recipient gets their initial on a little tag. I have selected a bunch of the cheapest ribbons I could find (come on Spotlight, $4.99 for 2.7m is a bit steep!) but I could have gone crazy in there!


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I have been seeing tissue paper flowers around a bit this year so it was my aim to make a whole bunch and make a little garland to hang above the back bi fold door. Last night Dave and his also very masculine friend played around with the tissue paper with me trying to work out how on earth to make them for about an hour.. but we gave up and thankfully YouTube had our back. I could have sat there for hours making them, but this week is going to be a crazy busy one, I needed some sleep.


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If I don't get on here again, have a truly amazing festive break. Love and laugh xo

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lucky

I've always liked little ornaments of elephants.. they are so sweet and I have often given them to friends who need a little luck in their lives. Yesterday I snapped this little guy up from the plant store for $3.95, I thought maybe with some luck it would help me from having a breakdown over the next couple of weeks!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh em gee

I havent posted in weeks! How busy is this time of year?? We've had something huge on every weekend, and drank ridiculous amounts of alcohol, and.. um.. Christmas is in 17 days! We are having lunch at our place for the first time and I havent even began to think about it (thank God for mothers - pretty sure she'll organise the whole thing). I am yet to buy a present and our brand-spanking-new-super-expensive-but-oh-so-life-like-xmas-tree is lacking decorations of any sort. I guess I better start getting organised..

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Splurge

Ok, so I'm on my way to Wednesday morning brekky with my bestie, and I stop into Country Road just for a little squiz. There were about a gazillion people in there so I asked the chick if there was a sale... hmmm... 20% off. In my eyes what does that mean? I NEED to buy something. Its so cheap! How can I let this completely coincidental day of discount slip right by?!

I have blogged before about my struggle with bed linen, and I've had my eye on this blanket for a few weeks, so with 20% off - how could I deny?!

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It doesnt even fit in with my current set up. I guess ill have to buy all new stuff! Gosh I make myself laugh..

Anyhoo.. I have a job interview tomorrow.. eek! Actually, lets be honest.. I love job interviews! I dont even know if I want this job though.. but i'll see how I go. Wish me luck..

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shelf project

Even when we were planning our build, we knew that we wanted to cover an entire wall with shelving to have our 4 million CD's and books on display, along with little trinkets and the like which we have collected over the years. The only issue was the type of shelving we wanted. After searching high and low, we stumbled across Eco-Core White Birch Multiply in a house we went to have a look at.

Ok, ok, so maybe we didnt get it purely for its eco properties - although it does have a pretty low emission rate. It looks amazing and we received the massive (and expensive) sheets yesterday. They are just sitting in the garage waiting for Davey to cut them into sheets of 300 deep.. Im thinking this one will be a Friday night project, so watch this space..

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Hi! Its me! Sorry I've been MIA for a while. Thought I'd share a couple of things I am loving at the moment:










- Gorgeous leather 'Ralph Lounge' by Surround Interiors

- La Fiorentina fabric by David Hicks for Lee Jofa in the Grey/White colourwave, posted about on awesome blog Thirteen and South

- I've had my eye on this lamp by Beacon Lighting for a while now - might need a new shade though..

- Loving this Marimekko fabric available on Always Mod. Saw it stretched over a canvas in Real Living and it looked to die for

- Obsessed with finding the perfect retro flip clock for a particular wall in our house. I saw a gorgeous (expensive) one in a mag in the past few weeks and cannot find it again for the life of me!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What a week

Oh wow.. what a week.. well fortnight even. I am stressed, tired, frantic, and feeling pretty ordinary at the moment! With the end of the year nearing, exams and major assignments are peeping their head out from all angles, and I need a holiday!

One of the only exciting things that has happened since my last post is that we started our back deck. We are using Merbau and it looks amazing. I love the warmth..

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David wants to get a massive 3.6m long Tasmanian Oak outdoor table and Im not too sure about it. I said yes as long as the Ikea hater lets me get the 50 Urban Chairs we are going to need to fill it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

So cute!

Yesterday we were around at a friends place for a quick beer, and they were getting ready for little Darcy's 3rd birthday party today. I have to say, I was so freaking impressed with these ADORABLE tea cups super creative mum Kimmy was making! Gets me so excited about hosting little kiddies parties of my own one day.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Date night

This Friday, David and I are going on a date. We NEVER go on dates so Im seriously excited as hell. So we are going out to the Bowerbird Bazaar Markets which hit Adelaide on Friday arvo and run for the whole weekend. I went last year and was honestly gobsmacked at the amount of talented Aussies getting out there and making amazing stuff. My fave finds would have to be Printspace (which I have posted about on here before, and Able and Game who make some amazingly hilarious cards! I have been saving this one for my friend (well her husband actually - he will find it ridiculously funny) who is about to have a little bubba at the end of the month.

(too freaking funny)

Then we are going to head out for dinner at.. wait for it... East Taste. Yes, my friends, I am going across the road, leaving my fave Chinese place Ying Chow for one night only to check out the new guns in town.. haha.

Anyway, I went to Parklife on Monday and got to spend the whole day with my gorgeous bestie Feebs (which NEVER happens). We had so much fun together - We can def still partly like its 2001 lady! Haha Love your guts. And, highlight? CUT COPY! Of course :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Etsy find

Oh wow. I just stumbled upon artist Yellena on Etsy. Could these illustrations be any more beautiful? These are my fave:






Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blue lamps

Just like anyone who is reading this, I spend hours reading blogs, and for some reason, I keep coming across BLUE LAMPS.. Not just any blue, more of a light turquoise - but not too green.. So anyway.. I think I smell a new project.....





(Haha the last one is tucked away in a corner but thats the first thing I saw when I looked at this pic!)

White walls

The new house is exactly how I wanted it. Crisp white walls and dark floors. The windows are high, leaving more room to shove things up against the wall, but all of this blank space leaves a lack of depth throughout the entire house.

I know we just moved in and we dont have thousands of dollars to throw around on art, but I really want to invest in a few pieces. Back in August when Jess and I went to the SALA opening on Queen St, the work by local artist Sue Ninham really grabbed me. I LOVE colour, and anything a little bit fun and quirky. So for now its just drooling.. but I'm definitely adding her to my wish list!


Gaspard the Matador

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday arvo fun

This afternoon after a beautiful baby shower for the most stunning pregnant woman I have ever seen (I dont even look that good and Im NOT preggo!), I put together the bed head for our spare room. Here are the pics:


I got David put together this frame. I honestly thought it would be fine without the trimmers, but it "wasn't rigid enough" and now at least I can sleep at night knowing that if an earthquake happened to strike, the bed head would make it through. I pulled apart an old quilt to pad the outside.

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I covered it with this weird recycled felt material that is used as moving blankets (You know, for removalists to cover furniture with so it doesnt get scratched) I have no idea how we gained possession of this.

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I covered the frame with the fabric. This was surprisingly the easiest part.

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Excuse my terrible photography. Bad light + not knowing how to use my slr properly = this. But you get the idea.. Room is far from finished, but Im reasonably happy with the result. Being the perfectionist that I am, I wish I had pad all the way down to the floor, and the corners aren't perfect. But its not bad for 30 bucks and a couple hours work I guess!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

$4.95 scarf = new pillow case!

Saw these gorgeous scarves in Just Jeans at Harbour Town for $4.95 yesterday and Im sure the sales lady was thinking "This womans a freak" when I yelled out to Al, "OMG THIS WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME PILLOW CASE".. So I pulled out the sewing machine last night for the first time in a while and whipped this baby up.. cute huh?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

My sisters got style

My baby sister (who I absolutely ADORE) put together this little display on my temporary shelves before our built ins are installed. I wouldnt change one little part of it, shes got some seriously good styling skills dont you think?

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Step up

All the cupboards are too high! So I painted this $14.95 Ikea step stool thingo in Easyway waterbased enamel spray paint in Light Green.. ok so the paint cost about $5 more than the stool.. but I think it turned out cute.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

So pretty

I picked up this gorgeous purple corduroy fabric from Lincraft today to make a headboard for the spare room.. Not normally a big fan of the home made headboard, but im going to tweak it a little!


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Is it just me....

... or is every quilt cover set in the stores absolutely revolting? I have spent a good week on and off scouring Spotlight, Myer, DJ's, Target, even good old Kmart, and absolutely nothing! I am horrified at the amount of disgusting swirls and stripes that are available for people to vomit all over their sleeping haven with. I am not even totally sold on the $300+ sets in Country Road or Aura online.. I cant even find a decent throw rug for under $100.

So what on earth is going on? Can someone share some secret bedroom accessory store with me? I settled on a white waffle quilt with a dark grey fitted sheet.. looks like I'll be heading to the sewing machine! I need some colour in there! Maybe a bright geometric patterned headboard? Or some second hand bedside tables painted in yellow.. Here are a couple pics that have caught my eye..




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rebrand

So Dave got his company builders licence, meaning he can now legally build up to two storey dwellings no more than $330K. Pretty cool huh?!

So, its time for a rebrand. We want this name to be the first and final name for the business to enter the market with. They want to build residential houses, but specialise in additions, extensions and renovations.

A few weeks back I came up with Residence Building and Construction. I am obsessed with it and will not stop going on about it until they agree (ha). I came up with it when looking up "home" and "house" in the thesaurus - clever idea I thought! So its another name for home, its classic but still slightly cool, and it leaves them open to any residential work they want to do. From the beginning i've had this logo in my head - what do you think? If anyone can come up with a better name I'm interested to hear it!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sustainable House Day

Yesterday was Sustainable House Day in little old Adelaide - I'd say most people here wouldnt have had the fainest idea about it and probably dont give a shite anyway! But, being something David and I are, and are becoming even more, passionate about, we were lucky enough to have a tour of a property on Ada Street in the South-East of the city, by John and Maggie Maitland. John has his own architecture practice, Energy Architecture, which has been around for quite a few years now and after seeing the dvd of his home renovation and new extension, I had to see it in the flesh.

They concentrate on key elements in design - Insulation, thermal mass, orientation and ventilation, and their amazing extension incorporates all of these. They have created a space which is flooded with northery light, with no windows to the west. They have a massive water tank under their patio where they 'harvest' water, air is let out of the house through vents in the ceiling and floors, and these vents can be closed if necessary. They have used methods such as 'reverse brick veneer' which I find a fascinating concept - we as society in Australia build our houses with brick on the outside, a cavity in between and clad them with gyprock on the inside to look pretty but by reversing this, the thermal mass is on the inside, holding the heat in winter and keeping it cool in summer.

Well, I wont bore you with details - although this shouldnt be boring! Sustainable building methods really need to be the way of the future, and I hope that Im a part of that. Click here to read more about Ada Street.



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friends

This is just a little post to let you all know how lucky I am to have such an amazing friend. Well, I am lucky enough to say I have amazing FRIENDS, but this is more about one person in particular. My beautiful friend Hayley (and her boy) have kindly let us stay at their house while we wait for ours to be finished. They have welcomed us with opened arms, never snarled at Dave's messy habits, never gotten annoyed for us coming in and out at ridiculous hours. In fact, yesterday after I picked up a couple things from the grocery store for her, she tried to give me $10 (of course I yelled at her "You are letting us use your water and power and spare bedroom and you are trying to give me $10 for groceries!!!!!?"). I have just realised more than ever that friends are like diamonds. I dont know what we'd do without them right now, it really means the world..

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love ikea.

The new Ikea catalogue is out, so I thought I'd share a few of my faves!

PS Burse Coffee table - I'm thinking spray painted red trestle legs!


Blanda Matt Serving Bowl
- Im on the hunt for timber accessories!
Mjönäs tea light holders - I love pink, purple and red colour combo

Husön galv plant pot - will look awesome amongst all the coloured ones I will also be getting for my back yard

Kulla floor lamp - I have gone to buy this many times, but its never in stock :(

And last but not least.. the Hemmett rug - I want this baby BAD! It will be mine!