29.2.12

virtual coffee & vintage tea boxes found on the road side by the beaches...

are you ready for a *fly by the seat of your pants*...we're grabbing coffee's & trawling my 


local streets *virtual coffee* today...?


hoping these gorgeous wooden boxes i found may tempt you...




you see it's what we call *clean up* on our local beaches- which really just means local council allow

you to throw in a great huge pile pop out the front of your property, anything & everything you've

ever wanted to get rid of...

& they will, after a few days to allow scavengers vintage treasure hunters like myself a little time to

sort out the good from the actual rubbish, then collect these unwanted piles, free of charge & by

doing so free up your garage & your conscience...


i've had a lovely past week visiting many a *local clean up pile*, as i took the kiddos swimming .


..went for my morning hours walk along the harbour...or just spotted something from 


the car as i've been flying past...


i'll share all my goodies later...

there are a few that i may have paid very good money for within the haul,

had i found them in some favourite vintage shop here on the beaches, or in England...


i would have photographed them all - & blogged them to my hearts content...but i'm a little 


preoccupied with a phone call we recieved this morning stating that our very longed for- 


desperately missed container of *life* from the English countryside has landed & 


that we will be surrounded by all that is us soon...






so...enjoy these side-of-the-road-boxes i found..


.there will be sooo many more goodies to share...






have a wonderful few days gals...

i know i'm going to ...

melissa

xox


27.2.12

*make-it-monday*-a french cafe kitchen blackboard...

morning from the gorgeous beaches of Australia gals...


i've walked, grocery shopped, dropped back to school forgotten library bags & managed to get

a good *rant* in on the merits of homework to the three kiddos this morning- all before lunch...!

i'm on a roll...a monday morning roll...

so lets keep going with *make-it-monday* as i still have a puppy & a few holes in the garden dug


with pride that i need to discuss with her...!




*make-it-monday* kitchen styling by the beach...


in our big old house in the English countryside- we had many a blackboard...

i love to list write & quote write...& with three kiddos on the run, it seemed to work that everyone was

used to checking life reminders on my blackboards- especially the kitchen one...

so on moving home to the beaches of Oz...i set myself a plan to paint a *practical, big* kitchen wall with

some blackboard paint...

as the house has just been freshly painted for our return- i seriously didn't want to make a mistake on the

wall of choice, or the colour...

yep...gals...chalkboard paint comes in ALL colours- but the french putty ones are especially perfect!


so...


kitchen wall chosen...i searched for chalkboard paint as we had seen in little french restaurants 


when travelling with the kiddos in France, over our summers in England...


there was plenty of black...green & even brights like pink & purple chalkboard paint...

none of which i wanted, although black would have worked, as it did in England...


then...i came across The Society Inc Chalkboard Paint & it was looove at first sight...


my favourite new & gorgeous shop {check it out here Honey Bee Homewares} had painted an

entire, enormous wall in the enticingly gorgeous colour *ship chandler*...

it's french...putty coloured chalboard brown...exactly what i had been searching for...

so i grabbed me a big ol'pot of *ship chandler* & went home to slap it on our kitchen wall...

it is D.I.V.I.N.E ...

truly if you are a blackboard lover like myself- you will want to invest in this product...


& like all of my *make-it-monday* projects- 


it's a quick, satisfying, simple living, cool way to give your house- beach or mountain...

country or ocean based...a little simple styling...

simply tape with *painters tape* the shape of your blackboard & slap on two coats- giving an hour 


between each to touch dry...


i like to double up my tape to get a nice thick edge which is easier to peel off later...


give the board a good few hours before you do peel the edges off...

if you're anything like me...love is a french coloured kitchen blackboard...

done in an hour whilst putting the groceries away...after a long walk on the beach...


*make-it-monday*

a french cafe kitchen blackboard

L.O.V.E

see ya tomorrow for a *virtual coffee*

melissa

xoxox










24.2.12

friday pretties- a beach life...



a beach life....




sandy feet...

freckled noses...

bikini's on the line...

straw hats...

for me...I'm still in the *bring it all on* moment...


BUT....


i'm beginning to crazy desperately ridiculously miss our stuff from the English countryside that is


sailing it's way to these shores now...


i'm ready for foofing this little house by the beaches with a bit of country...balance up the influx

of shells, sand on the floor & smell of sunscreen...{which i must admit- i adore!}

so until then...like my wardrobe {see my rave here}, our house is on a simple rotation of the few goodies

i threw into storage here in Oz....

all the gaps are being filled by flowers...

it works for me...

it works for the simple, fresh, we-have-no-furniture-indoor-gourmet-kinda-camping that we seem to

be doing here at the moment...


friday pretties filling the *i-want-my-stuff-from-ol'Blighty* gap...


it ain't going to suffice forever gals- but it's buffeting some of the longing...


hope you have a wonderful weekend...whatever part of the globe your wandering through...

we're beaching...soccer-ing...socialising & some of us are waiting...

*it's all good Down Under*


see ya monday for a french putty coloured kitchen chalkboard

*make it monday* post

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

melissa

xoxox






22.2.12

virtual coffee-french plimsolls & cool takeaway coffee...

g'day gals...ready for our *virtual coffee*...in a *way* cool take away cup!?


this is my fave & best way of saving the planet...


you can use mine today & i know you'll go grab yourself one!


{check them out here}




now...*cool-aware-mamma-cup* in hand we are gonna chew the fat over shoes...!


hope you're up for it- as i'm needing to talk about my *lack of anything that didn't come home in my

luggage from the English countryside with me*- sort of mood...

i won't lie- it's tricky opening the cupboard to the same 10 things that fit in my suitcase...every day!


i basically left England & it was snowing...

so i had to allow room in our suitcases for the winter clothes for five that we were still wearing, whilst

packing up our lives there...

but i also had to pack for summer back here on the beaches of Oz...

hence- out went the amount of choice- & in kicked the practicalities of the move...!

i hadn't thought about a little boredom kicking in!




so...here you & i find ourselves- sharing our regular *virtual coffee* & me in the same 


very loved but very sick of wearing navy jersey H & M dress i threw in from ol'Blighty...


to make myself feel more *fashionable fresh* each day...i've been throwing on scarves, an array of

cool straw beach hats & swapping bags but the lack of shoe choices has been bugging me...

so i picked up these gorgeous little french lovelies...

divine colour...divine style...small hitch- waaay to tiny...

errr...like kiddo tiny...


anyhoo....i needed the fix, so little miss.6, who i must add is also probably boring of her small


wardrobe- scored herself a pair of french putty coloured canvas plimsolls- cause they didn't 


come in her mamma's size...


simple


as


that!




how cool is that *save-the-environment-but-look-hip* mug!!?


that's my way of looking like i have an interesting wardrobe- when really it's on a boat heading to our

shores now...

i rely on my cool coffee cup- sad but currently true...



also needless to say- i managed to buy these little bits of gorgeous a size too big for miss.6...


& so now we are both sitting & looking at them together till her feet grow or the boat docks in

Australia...

whichever happens first...

coffee over- i have a puppy to sort...a hedge to trim...a floor to sort & many other endless 


jobs that would have been so much nicer done in a pair of putty coloured french plimsolls...


at least the weather is heavenly...everything- even a limited wardrobe is do-able in heavenly weather...

don't ya think!?



thanks for popping past...


& letting me whinge chat about my lack of goodies in the wardrobe...


see ya next week...


promise i won't wear the navy dress if i can help it!




melissa

xoxox


~~~~~~~~~


as usual- head over to the divinely witty Miss.Amy's 
here

for more *virtual coffee* if you're still having some time to yourself...





20.2.12

*make it monday*...white clay doily bowls...

*make it monday*...

morning lovelies...here's one for your gorgeous teens...


 after a rocky few days to end our week last week- with my father-in-laws Memorial service...

this was a wonderful way for the lovely teenager in our house, to just switch off & hang out with her

gorgeous girlfriend...

Ella made a speech at her Grandfather's Memorial on behalf of 8 grandchildren...

she was AMAZING...

composed...eloquent...calm...funny & so sweet... 

there were tears....

so amongst all the weekend stuff that 3 kiddos need & love to fit in...we did a bit of nothing with

white clay & typeface stamps...doily's & empty wine bottles...

 i've used DAS with my kids forever- purely as it *air dries*...that suits me- it's inexpensive & 


uncomplicated...


we broke off chunks & rolled it flat with an empty wine bottle- sooo handy when one is waiting for

one's goodies from abroad...

our vintage English rolling pin is slowly rolling it's way to Oz across the oceans as i type...

& this is the essential part they i forgot to snap with my camera, as i was helping girls roll with an

old wine bottle ;)


so...i will endeavour to explain how *truly simple* & satisfying this craft is...without images!

1. roll the clay flat...to the rough size of the dish or bowl you would like to make...

{we were making little jewellery dishes- so used asian sauce bowls...}

2. place a cotton / linen doily over the flattened clay & roll again {not nec using an old vino bottle!}

3. peel the doily away & lay the chosen dish over the clay & cut to size...

4. gently place into the bowl & push into shape inside the dish...

 

the girls are sooo mad about type face...trained well ;)

so once the clay was in their chosen dishes they stamped letters & words inside...lovely...so lovely...

 

once the decorating...& stamping...& creating is done...

it's as simple as stepping back over night & letting them *air dry*... 


the girls created for hours- they made bowls,squares of clay for brooches & signs for their rooms

all whilst listening to I-Tunes & giggling...talking...creating together...

just what we needed after so much emotion over the last few days...


*make it monday*

clay creating with the gorgeous teens in your life

although our 6 year old is desperately keen on a slab of DAS to herself

i'll be the one kneading with the empty wine bottle...

enjoy...

melissa

xox  


14.2.12

happy *heart day* sweet bloggy friends...

a virtual coffee with hugs from me here on the beaches today- to wherever you are in this big wide 


world...



Valentines day with sunshine...from me to you...

thanks for always being there with me...

for moving with me from the English countryside to the beaches of Oz...

for sharing a virtual coffee...today with a little doily & some french ribbon...


hope you know how lovely it is to have you here...


each & every time you visit...


thankyou for waiting for me to answer emails & comments- moving countries is *bigger* than i 


remembered...


i still seem to be ticking lists...& sorting our life...


coming here keeps me calm...






hope someone you love spoils you today

cause i know *you're worth it*

xoxox


13.2.12

*make it monday*...french tote from an eco bag how to...

*make it monday* french style...


styling a supermarket eco bag into a gorgeous french-looking market tote...



an eco bag with good bones...a strong handle & lovely shape & size...

i am not a plastic bag person by any stretch of the imagination...

i can't stand to use them at the supermarket...i can't stand the kids to pack anything in them & take 

them to school...i can't stand that they have holes in the bottom of most & therefore cannot be 

justified even as bin liners...

so we just don't use them!

with all my experience of eco-bags...this one is a particularly great one!


so...

tote ready- any labels removed with a cotton picker or pair of scissors...

simple...

i have raved about these french letter stencils before- when i stencilled steel buckets {here}

& when i stencilled a vintage ladder from our village in England {here}

i have always wanted to stencil a tote-& as my sewing machine is still in transit- enjoying the 

sea air on it's voyage to Australia- i am using what i have to make what i want need...


i like to tape my number stencils to newspaper & then to the object so that there are 

no *gaps* which may end up slightly black anywhere else...

i also lined this tote with newspaper as i wasn't sure how the spray would seep through the weave...

& yep i used *fiddly bits* spray paint again that you can find {here}


instant frenchy-looking tote -made on a whim- with what i had at home...

like all the projects that are my *favourite & best*...this was super fast & sooo satisfying...

a leetle bit of the south of france markets to start out week...

hope you're inspired to sweeten up your eco-bags...



this is a little *moment* for a gorgeous new friend

that owns the most *scrumptious* shop on the beaches

french heaven

i'll be taking you all {here} soon

*Honey Bee Homewares*


introducing you to the lovely Tracey


Make it Monday

from the beaches

with a whallop of french market influence & Australian sunshine!

~~~

french stencils from etsy {here}- man i looove etsy!

xox



9.2.12

*instagram*-ing beach house style...

instagram luuurve....


yep eeeeeveryone is doing it!


i love it!


instant cool looking images from your day...


check out mine {here}



living room love


*BUSH* radio crush


silver birky's & french stripes


cafe-lunch styling *at home* with the kiddos


vintage wicker chairs & little girls in vintage tees


sweet smiles on a sunday morning


beach house- frangipanni's & picket fence


frangipanni carpet by the sea


harbour swimming in heaven


hibiscus pink & Greek jug= home

~~~
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if you are a photo loving-instant kinda gal


is soooo going to be your new passion

it's right up there for me with

{pinterest}

check my boards out

{here}

happy days!

xox






8.2.12

a *good life Wednesday*...-harbour beach love...



a good life wednesday...on Sydney Harbour...a place that *fills* my heart to the brim...


our kids learnt to swim at this beach...


we were married on an island on this- Sydney Harbour...

we have travelled to work across it on lovely old ferry's...

we have taken so many photos of it...in all kinds of weather...

we know it so well...& love it so much...



do you have a place like this...?

a piece of land or water that just feels like a friend...?

a place that calms you whenever you see it...?


the *harbour beaches* around Sydney often surprise travellers...

they are no surfers...no waves...no shops selling bikini's & smoothies...

just miles of glorious headland...secluded coves & lapping clean waters...

on a day of perfect sunshine- a piece of paradise on our doorstep...



we live on a wonderful stretch of coastline that offers both surf beaches & harbour beaches...


& yes we feel blessed...

as i said- much has happened on these waters for our little family...

we love them as we love our back garden...

do you have a place in this big wide world that you *know* as though it was your own garden...

it's our own little place, a place which we share with so many from around the world- but a place

that feels like it's just *a little bit* ours...

~~~~~

a *good life wednesday* here

go hang out at the beach with some of the *good life wednesday* gals & have a moment to escape to the beaches

xoxox





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