old vintage chippy chests & lotsa kiddos...

morning all...
i am tucked up in bed before venturing down to the many kiddos & the breaky hour...
i was just thinking how, amongst the lovely business & major organisation pleasure of feeding & then moving 8 people through the days chosen events...
that it's vital just very special to have a little moment to oneself...creating...
bringing you back to a moment of a regular day...

so alongside our daily adventures with sandy sun-kissed cousins...i have sanded & moved an old chest...

a chest that was swapped for vintage bunting...
a chest that will hold my cups of tea, glasses of mulled wine & my treasured christmas cookbooks & magazines...
a chest that will sit in front of our fire as the weather gets cooler & i plan for christmas...

like so many of you...i constantly regularly need to move a room around...
or i love to add some changes alongside the changes in season...
with a lovely chaotic full house...this is about as big as the moving around & sanding's gonna get!

...just thought i'd share a little moment of me with you special bloggy friends...
...breakfast down stairs is getting louder as i type...
...we have an adventure to the birthplace of the beautiful Beatrix Potter books today...
...the gorgeous Lake District & Miss Potter are waiting for 5 very happy kiddos...
...see you soon...

p.s - do you remember this chest enjoyed by my gorgeous kiddos in *10 on 10*?


  1. And what a gorgeous moment you have shared:) Love the chest, love that it will hold your warm and cold beverages;) and just love your whole darn post!! Hope you have a wonderful day with all those gorgeous kiddos. Huge hugs as always my lovely friend ~ Txx

  2. What an awesome trunk. I love it!
    And the colour!

  3. How did you manage to find the time to fit that work in amidst all the action, Miss Melissa? Your organisational powers are stunning! J x

  4. That looks absolutely gorgeous, I love it! Well done you :)

    I continually move things around my rooms - too much probably! Have been doing a lot of that in my daytimes alone at home LOL!

    Have been thinking of you this week and wondering how you were doing with your visitors? The Lake District is so beautiful, it's been years since I visited, have a wonderful time.

    Have fun! xx

  5. Love your post, love your style :) and the chest is just gorgeous. Have a great time, I'd love to come too! Cheers x

  6. Hi lovely M!

    Wow, I think you are doing very well, blogging, sanding and having a house full! Enjoy the day, love to hear how it was, and yes, I would love to have that herbal tea together one day, maybe I can hop over the canal next year. My family are on their way now to stay with us, so in a couple of hours my house will be filled with cousins too! Big hugs, Maureen

  7. I love it that you fitted in a blog post before getting up! That is blogging in STYLE!

    I LOVE Christmassy-thinking. I bet thie chest will look (even more) gorgeous when it's Christmassed up!


  8. Ooh, you're heading up my way today! Looks like it going to be a good day here so far - have fun with all the kiddes in tow to see Beatrix Potter sites :)
    I love the chest and the beachy details you've added - is like a touch of home/Australia here in ole Blighty xx

  9. It looks ever so perfect...I love your arrangements too..so very homely and inviting. Hope you have been well darling girl x

  10. Sounds like the place to be!!
    Enjoy :)
    And I have tagged you if you want to play. See my latest post. (only if you want mind!)

  11. Love the chest... I could do with something like that in my living room, so I could sweep up the days detritus and hide it away until tomorrow... Enjoy the Lake District, it's beautiful up there... I've had a crazy week... and not in a good way! But hey ho! Lx

  12. OH I love that chest--anything vintage and distressed is great in my book! Your photos are wonderful too, as always :)

  13. what wonderful plans for your beautiful weather chest! hope you enjoyed your outing too. my English Nana gave me a collection of Beatrix Potter books when I was a little girl and they still sit on shelves in my childrens rooms. The illustrations are my favorite of all children's books.

  14. oh, i am in love with this chest and think i need one now. i just bought some apple wine and mulling spices and i'm going to make it this weekend...sounds so yummy. hope you are having a wonderful time and are getting a tiny bit of quiet! : )

  15. I have always had a very special place in my heart for old chests like this. When I was a little girl, I found the first photo (my first glimpse) of the mother I still don't know in my great-grandmother's trunk. I have that photo of her when she was a little girl. Still, she is an enigma to me...

  16. I DO remember that
    picture! Sounds like
    it will be in a lovely
    place, next to the fire : )
    I am a BIG Miss Potter
    fan and would so enjoy
    an outing like this!!!
    Can't wait for the pics.
    xx Suzanne

  17. Hope you will share some photos of your visit to Miss Potter's home!

  18. Hi Melissa, Lovely chest! so warm and rustic! beautiful! My mum went to visit the beatrix potter place last year on her trip to the uk and really loved it, as I am sure you will and your kiddos too! She showed me some gorgeous pics, wish I could go there too one day, cant wait to see your photos!
    hugs lovely girl,
    Laura xxx

  19. Hello Melissa
    That's such a gorgeous chest you found and it will look wonderful by the fireside!

    I wish I could tag along with you to the Lake district where Beatrix was inspired to write her beautiful stories.
    I have a lovely book that I look at often called "Beatrix Potter A Journal" and it has her drawings, old letters, photo albums, a map of the lake district and at the back her privately printed edition of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".

    If you're a fan it's a beautiful book to have.
    I love your blog!
    Please do come and visit me and I'll get out my prettiest teacups and make you very welcom!
    We could even have some camomile tea!!
    Take care

  20. Hi Melissa, I love that chest...such a gorgeous colour..will you bring it back to Oz! Hope all those little Aussies are having a blast and bringing their aunt some Aussie fun...you are amazing...not sure I could cope with a house full..no matter how much I loved them ;) Take care Kym X

  21. Have a great time in the Lake District! I would love to visit Beatrix Potter's home there. I think brilliant minds are so fascinating -

    I visited the exhibit of her work at the V&A Museum:

    Have a great weekend, my friend :)

  22. oh, i just love it...enjoy the family fun! x

  23. Hi Melissa
    Love the chest and your chippy word always makes me smile. Old pieces like this add instant character and warmth to a space. Brilliant for that mulled wine!
    Hope you're having fun with all the cousins. You are so right - a little moment to oneself is so important. Sorry I've been a little absent of late. I've so missed your lovely posts. Doing my best to catch up! Amanda xx

  24. Love the chest! Is it beside your bed right now? And I need to know what that fabulous picture is hanging above it. Are those your kiddos and then a design above it? I'm so intrigued!

    Enjoy your company...and your quiet time.

  25. What a gorgeous chest you have! OK That doesn't sound right :)
    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

  26. aww it's nice to be able to read your posts without feeling insanely envious about being in England now that i'm here! my mum recently checked out potter's place. it's a bit cute isn't it!? xx

  27. you worked really hard on that chest. It was worth the effort though. It's beautiful. That would be a great place to store lots of toys for your kids.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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