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Sunday, 20 April 2014

OUR EASTER WEEKEND

We had a fairly busy weekend but it was such a relaxing Easter weekend also. We did the Easter egg hunt and festivities at at our local town park for a few hours, we went to Mass and caught up with some of our wonderful friends. The main excitement for us was the new Chimenea I bought...  I saw that one of my fellow bloggers had found an old Chimenea and did it up, that enthused me to look for one, when I didn't have any luck finding anything second hand I got impatient and went and bought one! We had been meaning to get a fire pit last year but winter came and went and we didn't get around to it. I ended up with a Chimenea rather than a fire pit. I figured it would be less messy and well I just liked it, it comes with a handy cover and you can cook on it, we grilled a banana haha! which was lovely with ice-cream, otherwise Flynn burnt some sticks on it. Next time we're going to do roast potatoes in foil.
I absolutely love it, sitting by the fire on my new couch (details on that later) toasting marshmallows, poking the fire, and getting warm in this chillier weather. It was so lovely all of us sat around together for hours, the girls still had their electronics but it was so nice to be together laughing, chatting and listening to music with my Mum and Dad there also.

About the couch... on Saturday I snapped up an old cane lounge.... about 5 doors down the neighbours had an old red cane setting out on the nature strip for council pick up. I made Mark stop so I could check it out, mmmmm I thought a bit of a cleanup and spray paint it would come up well. I was surprised that my 2 gorgeous girls carried it all the way home for me while I loaded the chairs into the car! 4 cans of spray paint later and the couch piece is done finally in white! It is very comfy and we will get heaps of use out of it. Here are some snaps from our weekend!


Toasting marshmallows 

Nice and toasty as it got darker...

And the cane lounge make-over...

Before...

And after!
 I will endeavour to make some proper cushions but these are from my stash for now!

Bella and Flynn enjoying the fire in the Autumn sun that kept popping its head out!


Franklin enjoying the fire too!
 I hope everyone had a great Easter x
Carla



Sunday, 13 April 2014

HAPPY EASTER

Easter is nearly here, and this year I decided to decorate our home a little more than usual to get into the spirit of this special time. Over Easter we will have a lot of family time and celebrate with friends, go to Mass and celebrate the true meaning of Easter then I'm sure the Easter Bunny will deliver lots of Easter eggs!

I had been fiddling over the weekend with some bunnies and fake eggs and today decided to decorate our dining table (we eat round every night) and enjoy it for the week leading up to Easter.

I just did it on a whim and made it up as I went along… its my modern/vintage mixed-up style tablescape. It's just stuff I had in the house to decorate it really, the only thing I bought were the easter eggs! Actually Hubby was out at the shops so I called him to say grab me some Easter eggs please, I gave him a brief.. "small eggs in pastel colours, you now pastels right? and some cute small bunnies or something plain, you now my style? babe just do your best" he went to 3 shops and it totally stressed him out, he had a lot of trouble finding what he knows I like and came home with a bag full of stuff which I picked out just enough small eggs that were OK! (you can picture the rest… Easter bunnies with faces and big eggs with lovely pictures on them LOL!) love him though! The rest will come in handy for Sunday.

A cake stand comes in handy for a nest bed







I used recycled shredded brown paper for the nests

Beautiful Forsythia branches for the table centre

I love this little birdie, I have a few dotted around the house
Lavender from my garden - joy!



I used some linen to make napkins and frayed the edges

Little cake toppers in each bowl with initial

And a few other little Easter decs around the house…

My little moss bunnies
My trusty tree I use for Easter and Christmas every year






Do you decorate for Easter?
I hope everyone has a lovely Easter whatever you may be doing, travel safe and enjoy your time with Family and Friends
Carla x

Sunday, 30 March 2014

FEELING ORGANISED

Don't you just love it when your all organised? It would be nice if Sundays were actually a day off for me but not quite… nearly every Sunday I tidy over the house (I don't have a set routine for house cleaning so just do it as I see it), do all the clothes washing and the food shopping oh and a bit of cooking ready for the working week ahead. Hubby helps out too, so I'm a lucky gal!

I'm not that good really at running a tight ship or anything, but find myself so much happier when organised… funny that! Im sure you feel the same way.

Today I am feeling super organised after inspiring myself when I decided to move my glass notice board into the kitchen thoroughfare. I originally made this for my girls to keep track of their homework (see the post here) but seems that didn't last long and now they have laptops I can only hope they have everything under control... I doubt it!
Now that all the kids' sports have resumed for the year I will be busier than ever driving around for training and with our appointments, parties, meetings and dinners we can all see what's going on!


I don't pride myself highly on being organised at home. I'm no super working mum and don't want to be either, I never want to set myself up to fail 'that' standard so I keep it real! I can get myself into a messy situation just like anyone else by ignoring the house for days and send lunch boxes full of crap to school when I have no food in the house, but mostly I am on top of it because I get a little crazy and nasty when I'm not in control and that's no good for anyone living here! I'm not perfect and I'd prefer to be happy and have happy household and to do the things we like and take time for myself (often) than be mental about my house and stuff, that's why I pour a lot into Sundays so I can enjoy my week, I don't feel so guilty watching TV shows at night and playing on Instagram or Facebook and blogging, they are a way for me to be creative… I'd go mad without it I reckon.

Even if its just one thing to make you feel more organised its a good start… Today I came home from the supermarket and had this urge to make chicken soup as I was going through the vegetable crisper cleaning it out. So that's my work lunch for the week sorted! It was so easy I thought I'd share, here's the recipe…

Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hrs
INGREDIENTS
6 cups water with 2 chicken stock cubes
2 chicken thigh fillets
1 cup chopped celery with leaves
1 cup chopped onion
2 good sized chopped carrots
1 head of broccoli broken up
1 tin of corn kernals
1 large parsnip chopped
Salt
1 tsp minced garlic
1 bay leaf
10 peppercorns
1/2 cup broken spaghetti
PREPARATION
1. Put broth, chicken, celery, onion, carrots, parsnip, garlic, corn, broccoli, bay leaf and pepper in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and vegetables are tender. 
2. Discard bay leaf. Remove chicken to a plate to cool slightly. Add noodles to soup; cover and simmer until tender.
3. Meanwhile, shred chicken with fingers or 2 forks. Add to soup.




Well I'm going to grab a drink and go outside and see my husband, he has been busy outside mowing the lawn while I have been trying to get organised in here! I still have ironing to do and tea to make but it never ends does it!
Have a great week
Carla x















Tuesday, 25 March 2014

MY DIY WEEKEND


I had a very eventful weekend around the house doing lots of jobs. I got the re-decorating bug which isn't hard for me, it's been a few weeks since I last re-arranged something haha.... And a while since a DIY project. In one of my previous posts I said I was going to recover my ottoman in the family room, so one of my jobs this past weekend was to do this. I decided to go with a plain fabric, I just didn't  find a pattern to work, there are other patterned furniture in the room on the other side so it would probably have clashed and this way I can do patterned cushions and switch them out when I feel like it with others! I have ordered some new cushions I'll show you as well.
I should say that whilst my house has a traditional feel to it and I love the modern country/french style, I also love contemporary, modern classic and mid-century as well. When we renovated I chose colours, fixtures and fittings that would tie in with almost anything so that I could change my decorating style down the track. I am slowly going to change things over to a more modern look but still eclectic, I can't get rid of special things just to stay on trend and I think it makes a house a home having the things you love! We have been thinking about another house so this will tie my creative bones over until the next big thing is able to happen!

So here's the old ottoman... From an old modular, the colour just didn't go with my inherited mustard sofa...


I took the hardware off and cut the fabric to size, about half an inch bigger to staple down.



I laid the fabric out on the dining table and started stapling with my electric staple gun (love this thing)



I folded up the corners and stapled, once I was done all the way around I screwed the legs back on, this is pretty simple stuff hey?



I thought it needed something extra and found these upholstery studs I've had in my craft box for years and years, I had enough for 7 down each side, so took the punt and nailed them in! I'm happy I did, it just adds a nice finishing touch I think.


And here it is...






It looks a little purple in the photos... I can assure you it's not, I'm not going crazy!!! It's in the same tone as the grey/brown back cushions as the sofa. (Being closer to the camera is playing tricks and I can't fix it)
I've ordered these cushions for the room too


And bought these flowers for the kitchen or dining, I haven't found a home yet... to go with the yellow in the room. Both cushions and flowers from www.makeyourhouseahome.com.au


Do you like it? 
There are some more new things to come around here... Have been working on Flynn's room so keep in touch!

Oh and I've linked up to the 'Best of the nest' link party for my Ottoman DIY project, click the link below to see some other gorgeous DIY projects...


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Carla x
















Friday, 7 March 2014

I LOVE LINEN


Just before my post, you would recognise I have a new logo and banner, I thought it was time for a fresh new look! Hope you like it? 

OK...

I have been so inspired lately working with these beautiful linens. I would love to to put them in all our bedrooms at home but that would be bit extravagant right? I might start with the little fellas room first and absolutely love the crosses for him (pictured in green) but in charcoal I think.
Is linen your thing? How often do you splurge on a new Doona cover? I'm pretty good and stick with white for myself now days and change the cushions instead, it's cheaper and helps control my addiction to changing covers haha. White suits my traditional style room at the moment but as soon as I ever go modern again I'll be getting one of these for sure! For the kids I can be a bit more adventurous and maybe do a new one each year. Maybe it's time?? I feel a trip to the shops coming on... If your after a change up for Autumn these gorgeous ones are available from www.makeyourhouseahome.com.au








Have a great weekend guys
Carla x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

NEW LOOK LIVING ROOM

We were recently given these beautiful big sofas from my Mum and Dad. My first thoughts were 'they aren't my style' and I ummed and ahhed about whether I'd take them, I just wasn't sure how I was going to make them work in our house! They are such good quality and soooo comfy I would have been mad to say no to them, so I welcomed the comfort with an open mind. As a result I have had to go quite traditional with my styling which is not really the way I was heading (I was trying to pair back a bit and go a little more funky and colourful but not to be). My styling is eclectic luckily and they are a natural fit in this old house, the room seems to blend in well with the rest of the house so I am happy with the overall look. We had new carpet laid in here not so long ago and the room is sunken so it is a very inviting and comfy area for the whole family (including my little photo bomber our dog 'Franklin'). I do need to recover the ottoman, I realise the colour is not working so I am on the look out for some fabric, I have a few favourites below but not really sure yet. You might like to help be by telling me which one you like from the fabric swatches below from left to right 1-4?







Fabrics 1. 2. 3. 4.







I hope everyone had a great weekend, I'm pumped for the week ahead!

Carla x