Beach house & winter...Instagram & Iphone love

Morning from the Ark that has become our home here by the Coast...!

It seems the weather God's have blessed us well enough for one Winter.

{Manly Ferry- Manly Wharf}

Damn, I should have kept my "oh it's freezing and I'm still wearing sunscreen in winter" mouth firmly shut!

As it's now raining- as in bucketing down- and will continue to do so till at least the end of the week!

Kid's Athletics Carnivals and Book Week Parade's have been postponed till next week...
and the dryer is my new bestie...

I've also been hit with this dreaded head cold thingy that has been sweeping through Sydney all winter.

I'm dragging my feet to all things kids and extra-curricular.
Dragging through the supermarket.
And looking at piles of Christmas stockings ready to sew up for my IG pop-up shop, with a seriously I feel so sorry for myself, God I'm bad at doing nothing, grumpy face.

Lots of tea being made here.

{Beach House Sitting Room- Pre Reno's!!}

So...what to do whilst doing nothing productively...?

Sort photos.
Good idea now.
We'll see in an hour.

Here's the past few days of life here via my new Iphone 5C.
I know, everyone's apparently waiting for the 6.
Which is apparently being released in September.
But I'm no follower.
I'm a stickler when it comes to phones.
I love Apple.
But I'm not a chronic phone *up-grader*.

My brother is.
That's his thing apparently.
Go him, I say.
Smugly hugging my sweet blue 5C.

So...life by the Coast via my super loved up, blue as the sky, Iphone 5C...

{Shopping for tropical plants for the soon-to-be renovated garden beds} 
{Divine cafe- *SUB~STATION No.152*  McEvoy Street, Sydney.}
{Spoon Swoon- two from a sweet IG friend *thesnailmailcollective}
{A little Sunday morning Disco lighting thanks to moving stuff again & winter sun}
{Can I just say: I LOVE WEEKENDS}
{I shopped the house for front door wall art- a fresh wall- c'mon Spring!}
There's a FB giveaway in the making for the *Change of season* that we're all waiting for.
A little bunting love.

Head over & like the *MISS SEW & SO* Face book Page 
to be in it to win it!

Hope you're happy, healthy and love ya phone no matter what numero it has behind it's name!

{just for the record I love my bro BIG!}




Cool Ten-Minute D.I.Y Artwork

A quick...cool...fab looking D.I.Y for any room!

We are on the edge of leaping into the renovating pit...well an awesome big extension I hope!
And the house is being cleared of any *extra* stuff that apparently we can live without...hmmm!?

Can I really live without *stuff*?
This will be the making, or perhaps the undoing, of my Bower Bird ways.

We'll see.
So far I'm loving the empty walls.
But I'm keeping one feature wall of *stuff* above the sofa's. {I can't do total cold turkey decorating...}

You know empty walls reflect sooooooo much lovely light!
Yeah so did I...but I've been choosing to ignore that!
I'm loving that light!


As the sitting room and kitchen are starting to be stripped bare- I'm sorting all the bedrooms so the kids can spend more time in there, doing things they may have done at the dining table or kitchen bench- seeing as we'll be a few months without either.

We spent a very wet Sydney weekend re-aranging rooms, and completing quick little cool projects we'd been putting aside with the warm winter weather.
A weekend inside was just what we needed to do all our pre-reno *jobs*, and the rain sorted that!


Here's a D.I.Y that takes little time for lotsa punch!

A graphic print like artwork- two seconds with a spray can and a quick break in the weather!

What you need: D.I.Y Artwork

-Ikea frame - we used a poster sized frame from the NYTTJA range in black.

-Spray paint in black- we used Rust-Oleum in Canyon Black as we had a stash in the shed.

-Large sheet of paper- torn slightly smaller that the size of your chosen frame.
 We use sheets from the MALA  roll of kids paper, again from IKEA.


Simply unwrap the frame, and use the sheet of paper in the frame, to measure your *torn off sheet* of artwork paper from the MALA roll.

In an open area, spray a huge heart, or shape of your choice, onto the MALA paper and leave to dry.

Attach the artwork to the white side of the paper that came in the NYTTJA frame.

Put the frame back together. Bung a nail in the wall. And hang.



Happy D.I.Y-ing on a shoestring budget with no time!

This one is lotsa bang for your buck
as individual as you choose to make it!
The options are endless...

Melissa xx


A D.I.Y Blackboard Wall in Dark Grey

So...my son just outa the blue asked for something doing to his room!

He's 13...

I loved that moment!

He's never asked or requested, or even *not requested*, anything particular for his room before!

His request was a dark, dark, dark grey blackboard wall!

I loved that moment!

We took the bulls by the horns and used the hour we had left one Sunday afternoon to send the husband to the hardware store, with strict instructions on the darkest of dark greys...

He was a little worried about the open ended only one guideline direction of our request...but he went off on his mission focused on darkest of greys with a very small colour sample!

We moved the entire room to one side, lay drop sheets, brought up the ladder and made Sol up a spare bed for the night in his sister's room.

As a bit of a *one-hit-wonder* when it comes to wanting something done NOW...I actually acknowledged that this would take two coats, over two days to really look the part- blackboard paint needs to be even and heavy- done in layered coats, not all at once.

I did good. Two days. Three coats. Done.

The colour is a fabulous deep, dark tone that shows up the actual elements that make up his room in a way I didn't expect.

We loved the clean sharpness of the wall so so much- that even he couldn't bring himself to use it as a blackboard for a good week!

But the temptation proved to much in the end- and I returned home from a market shop to this fantastic wall of thought and creativity!

It's my favourite wall in the house at the moment!

I just smile every time I walk past his door.

Thirteen with a room you truly want...he's happy...I'm frigging delighted!

Dark grey is the new whatever in our house!

Happy Painting!
Believe me- EVERY home needs a chalkboard wall!



**We used Berger Interior Paint - the formula was IRONSTONE .01
** The colour Library was DULUX_W.LIB


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

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