Dining Room Inspiration~ Room lust

Dining Room loving...

from the wonderful blog OH HAPPY DAY

As our architectural plans have almost reached completion, and are ready to submit to our local council,
I've begun to indulge in the *decorating-light-at-the-end-of-the-renovation-tunnel* already!

I know I'm premature by a looong shot, as the building hasn't even started...
but I'm a visual girl, and am tearing pages out of magazines and pinning like a crazy woman, whenever I get 10 mins to myself!

Part of our kitchen renovation will create a fabulous big dining area off the kitchen, overlooking our back garden and a wonderful jacaranda tree.

I'm especially excited about the prospect of all five of us, and extended family and friends, actually fitting around a big old dining table that is part of our everyday...the central focus of the room.

I'm hoping to indulge in a long held desire for a big round table.
{If you know of any amazing tables or sites or hidden secret round table makers in Sydney- please let me know!}


Until the time to decorate eventually arrives, I'm discovering and falling in love with new blogs all over the shop...

Today's love fest...

...this dining room will have you swooning!!

You MUST head over and take in this whole room- the picture wall is heaven and right up my alley.

AND it's a *before & after* - which we all love!!

Happy Friday...

I'll be sharing the new coolest wall in our house - the dark grey chalk board wall in my son's room
The best weekend Get-away outside of Sydney next week.




*Why I Live Where I Live*- Home Sweet Home

Happy Friday...Happy End Of The Week!

I've some weekend reading I'd love to share.

Join me in London, where I'm posting with my wonderful friend Simone.

Make a coffee and check out her inspiring series...*Why I Live Where I Live*.

Happy Days...




Enamel ware- my vintage jackpot

Do you collect stuff?
Stuff that really makes you smile when you find it by luck, as you're going about your day?

Do you rummage through car boot sales, second hand shops and garage sales with a mental list of what you wish you may serendipitously discover, by having just one last look...in one last corner...with *fingers crossed* just one last time!?

I have a mental list...

It consists of three things...

1. Enamel ware
2. Vintage China
3. Silver spoons

Enamel ware comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you really need to have your wits about you!
What can look ceramic from a distance, may actually be a simple, unusual piece of enamel ware.

See that soup tureen below- case in point!

I've collected a pretty fab stash of enamel ware over the years- especially on our travels whilst living in the countryside of England.

I discovered that English fishing shops hold huge secret corners of camping and cooking enamel ware!

I discovered that English bread bins can be found in friends garages full of junk!

I discovered that enamel French coffee pots, with no lids, sell for next to nothing in back street country brocantes!

My searching in Australia has also been pretty good so far.
Yesterday I finally hit, for me, the enamel jack pot!

A gorgeous morning wandering with three special girlfriends, through secondhand shops, coffee in hand, we celebrated a 40th birthday.

A second hand, vintage searching morning for a 40th.

Because that's how we roll.

Total rock.stars!

Anyway...that there ceramic-looking-but-actually-enamel-ware soup pot was my morning jack pot!

Yeah- we got cool vintage clothes...and handbags...and a sweet-as little country paddock painting...but the jack pot was this pot.

My girlfriends did not bat an eyelid at my happiness.

True girlfriends are like that.

My wonderful Swedish girlfriend even remarked that *a collection is a lovely thing to have in mind when wandering around isn't it*...she's sooo smart!

That jack pot set me back a whole $14

That's not too many coffee's in Sydney- like 3 1/2 if you're lucky!

there are other lovely ways to build up your enamel ware collection, from the comfort and warmth of your sofa...

Two heavenly on-line stores that I know you will get lost in, can help you out with that.

{The Lost + Found Department} and {Odgers & McClelland Exchange Stores}

Both divine and time consuming. Take a coffee to the sofa with that shopping hour!

Happy hunting- 
whether it's with girlfriends slurping coffee's
 quietly on your own, on the couch with a glass of red
Hope you hit the jackpot with your collection...



Country Life- our family life

I wrote this post sitting in our big old Country house in the UK on 23.06.2011...

Three years ago today!

To reflect back on *life moments* like this is one of the greatest blessings of blogging.

Grab a coffee and take a walk through our *other* life in the English countryside...

That I'm still sharing with you all, from our home by the coast here in Australia just makes me smile BIG and HAPPY....

Thanks for coming along on the journey! xx


i sometimes stop & *really* think about our life here in the english countryside...
we uprooted the kiddos for our adventure abroad over 3 years ago...
& yep...i moan talk about the weather A.L.O.T...
& yep...my mind often wanders back to seeing the kids with salty, sandy feet & having endless beach towels on the line...
i wouldn't change a moment of our life here...
the adventure is daily for us...we are so proud that we are doing it...kids in tow...

we have a true love of the countryside that would never have been part of our days in sydney...
we have seen our kids surround themselves with wonderful friends, sports commitments, country pursuits & a love of school -that had i known- i could have saved myself worrying for so long about before we took the plunge...
we travel to places that i know will be etched for ever in all our memories...
we live a village life that still seems like a storybook to me...
we, as a family, have an understanding of how others live that one can only gain through the experience of doing it oneself...

we regularly smile across the table to one another...
the hubster & i...
just a little moment between us both...
a little nod to the fact that we are *doing it...filling our dream*...
the dream we'd shared together for so long...
to live abroad...away from what we loved...to take our little family on the adventure of a life time...
to show them the world from a base that was so different to what we knew...
the beaches of sydney to the countryside of england...

with this enormous move...with all the excitement & anticipation & nerves & fun...
came other changes...
the kiddos got bigger...
we arrived with a 9, 7 & 2 year old-all with sandy feet & sun-kissed noses...
we now have a 13, 10 & 6 year old- all lovely, worldly & country-kissed...
they have what can only be termed as international accents...
i'm very proud of that...
aussie kids learning compassion for others through travel...& being pretty damn cool & calm about it!

for us two big kids...
the ones that had dreamed about adventures with little kiddos in tow...
it's been nothing but the experience of a lifetime...
we parent in perfect unison together- as there is no-one else to do it for us...
no long weekends at cousin's houses...
no sleep-overs at grandparents...
but we've embraced it as a blessing- when we are back in oz...the luxury of having these guys to ourselves won't exist...
but...we will always have had these times...just the five of us...

*a good life wednesday*
inspired by sarah from down under {here}

trying to see it in the everyday


A Rain Drop Cushion- *Craft for Kids*

With the school hols coming up in a week in my neck of the woods, and with many of my friends up in the Northern Hemisphere on Summer hols- I thought it perfect timing to share a quick lovely kids craft or two.

{Perfect is over-rated with kids craftiness!}

Simple fun projects that you can build on depending on the age of your child.
Basing them on the age of our youngest {she's primary school age} I'm sharing crafts that I do at home with the kids, and crafts that our eldest {year 10 High School} takes to a whole new level.

This *Rain Drop Cushion* takes no time at all- and is SUPER cute!
It can be easily sewn by hand, or on a machine {depending on the age of your kids}.

You can add sleeping eyes...a sweet little yawning mouth- or leave it as is.

The less perfect it is, the more your child has actually worked on this lovely project- us mama's who love a little craftiness ourselves, really truly need to let imperfect be the catch cry on this one!
Believe me,  your babies will love you more for letting them achieve at this...

{Wonky is super cute...in a true kids project}

what you need:

fabric swatches
needle & thread / sewing machine
toy stuffing

what ya need to do:

1. Draw a raindrop shape on your paper free hand and cut it out as your pattern.

2. Turn your chosen fabric/fabrics right side together and lay flat. Pin your pattern to this.

3. Cut around your pattern - it doesn't need to be perfect! {My year 10 of course will differ greatly in opinion to this- but she's yet to have children of her own! Bless her!}

4. Hand sew {or machine sew if your child is old enough. My 9 year old likes to do both- but for this project snuggling on the sofa and hand sewing together was pretty lovely!} around 4/5 of the tear drops edges, leaving a gap to *stuff* your sweet shape.

5. Turn your rain drop right sides out and iron flat. Stuff with toy stuffing {alternately we often cut open larger craft cushions to make smaller projects such as this}.

6. Hand sew the opening together and cut off all your threads {9 year olds have random threads I can assure you!}

7. Throw love and amazement on your child for such crafty-cleverness, and cut out as many as their little hands or friends can manage...you will want many - they are so divine!

The first tear drop may be the favourite, but you could sew enough to make the sweetest mobile for your child's room, a wall hanging of rain, or a larger one with a sleepy face for their beds.

It's a simple, achievable project that could be done in a morning...

Please introduce me to a mother who doesn't like that kinda project!

Happy crafting kiddos!



Instagram ~ You will become addicted to these feeds

Are you a {Instagram} addict?

I have many...many friends who are ~ so it's totally ok to own up here.

I can while away too many hours...like waaaaaay to many hours scrolling through the endless images of beautiful homes, D.I.Y and life images.

I love the {Fat Mum Slim} *Photo-a-Day* challenge.

I love making it through the entire month!

I feel kinda righteous in my own little IG way...see waaaay too many hours!

Want some IG inspiration ~ head over to these feeds and take coffee....!




You may take a while...


You can find me on IG {HERE}




D.I.Y~ Painting the beach house

I've come up for air...


I've had my head over a 20L bucket of paint, delightfully called *Stoneboard* for the last few days...

I have *Stoneboard* trackie pants, and a *Stoneboard* black tee and hoodie- {now my official paint gear}.

I have *Stoneboard* nails, and a sassy streak of *Stoneboard* in my hair...

My sweet husband, who finished the area's around the *too-high-for-me-to-reach-windows* dropped his Tom Baker glasses in *Stoneboard* this morning.

He momentarily lost any sign of D.I.Y proudness.

HE cursed the *Stoneboard*.

Anyway...it's been a few intense days- in terms of an arm work out and balancing life and a head cold.

But it's officially done, and I can return to blog-hopping and tea drinking, and clean nails.

As this is our year for renovating this little house by the coast, I figure I'm semi-project managing the whole gig by saving cash where I can.

I'll paint what I can and save hiring a painter...and that's more money for my windows out the back!

So, it's been head down and paint up here over the last week- and it's been soo crazy satisfying!

Instantaneous jobs always get me.

I change the sheets way to regularly because it's an *instant job well done*.
I wash towels way to often because I like *instant* piles of clean, fresh linen.

The house front also had an instant element to it. {Once I'd washed and readied it for painting}.
Soo satisfying!

There's been much tea drunk here this past week.
I've also indulged in good gourmet coffee for the machine here, and I've been baking bite sized cup cakes for the workers. ;-)

Job now done- TICK.
Next up~ painting the balcony floor and sorting all my pots around the front door.

Thinking the door may need a pop of something?
Is your front door a colour?
Happy {yellow}?
Dramatic {black}?

I'd also like a {cool house number} on it?

I'm on a roll people!

Happy long weekend if your from our 
neck of the woods!

 Happy Monday to the rest of you lovelies

Checkout this post from one of my Bloggy faves if you're craving a little reality and colour
{She is just too lovely}


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