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Working for the (Wo)man

In Home Decor on August 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

We are not the type to renovate. We are not D.I.Y.ers. When our walls need painting or the carpet is tired, we move house. Well, I am sure this is not the only reason. We have  moved six times in twenty years. We have never painted a room, or ripped up carpet. you do the math.

We now have a need for some outdoor and indoor painting, and haven’t put our house on the market, we are actually paying someone to do it.  They have taken over my home faster than ants on a Tim Tam. Their painting gear and personal stuff litters the yard and the downstairs living room, and they haven’t even started on the interior painting yet! Well, we had ‘words’ about the invasion of the living room. My white tiled floor and new lounge were in grave danger and you don’t mess with me when I have been inhaling paint fumes for three days.Okay?!

They walk in and out of the house and use the bathroom as they please. This is the downstairs bathroom that I rush to clean each morning before they arrive- how messed up is that?  I have no privacy- I am as nervous as a cat! I think they had forgotten it is my home, not the mens’ room at the Caltex.

The job is running way over the time estimated, I see no end in sight. I also foresee a dispute over the invoice. No, I am not clairvoyant! It slipped their minds that they who pay the bills are ‘In Charge’. The ones who are ‘In Charge’ should be “pleased” and “thank you’d” and their doors should be knocked upon.

I see now in the midst of this, that it was not necessary to move house those other times, all we had to do was move into a hotel for the duration! Room sevice,anyone?!

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Seashell Swag- How to

In Home Decor on May 6, 2012 at 3:44 am

I wanted to add something decorative to the wall by my front door, I looked on Pinterest for ideas. I live near the coast and am using a coastal/natural theme in my home and searched for coastal wreaths. I pinned a few I liked and added the photos to my iPhone so I could take the inspiration with me.

At a floristry and basket warehouse I did not find a wreath that I liked, I wanted something in a dark,willow style that wasn’t too fussy. I did find a swag that was the right style so I changed my idea from using a wreath to a swag.

Next off to the bargain shop for shells and jute string, and then to a specialty decorating store that focuses on a nautical theme for some starfish,which are more difficult to come by.

In making the sway I positioned the shells and once I was happy with the layout I was ready to glue them down.Because the swag is woven and not flat I threaded a few inches of string on the swag where I wanted each shell. and after I hot glued the shell down, I tied a knot around the shell to secure it in place. I liked the rustic effect of this.

When all the shells were adhered and the glue was dried, I remembered I had bought some glass fish Christmas decorations at the post-Christmas sale. I tied these onto the swag with string so they dangled when the swag was hung.

The swag now decorates the bare wall by the front door and it is going to be at the mercy of the weather, but it already had a weathered,rustic look and cost only around $20 to make.

Op shop find

In Home Decor, Shopping on July 29, 2011 at 6:22 am


After a late lunch of fish and chips on Cronulla beach I only had ten minutes to have a quick look in St Vinnies. I almost didn’t bother going in because it is a tiny store and there were a lot of people blocking the aisles .
Luckily I did because I spotted an Indian pottery bowl with a lid for $1 ! The bottom of the bowl bears a mark ” Punjabi”, which doesn’t mean it is worth a lot but it is from India. It was fate that I found this in the push and shove of opshoppers because just minutes before I had picked up some shells off the beach to place in my blue Chinese sauce bowls and they look great next to my new find.
Love it when this happens !

Framed at Cronulla

In Home Decor, Shopping on June 27, 2011 at 4:51 am

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We have been in our new house for a year now and I still am in the process of working out what pictures and photos to hang on the walls.

Today I went to Cronulla and found 8 brand new black 4×6 frames for $1 each!

Then at a gift shop called Beluga  Homewares I picked up 2 frames in a distressed limed wood for $15 each. I have been looking for something like this to frame some postcards from Spain for my bedroom. Yay!

Also I took a few minutes to sit in the sun at the beach before it was back to the laundry basket  🙂

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