Friday, February 25, 2011

Book bargain friday

I think I may have to eat my words!

Its seems they have adjusted their "ludicrous" prices ...ahem...

This is an absolute bargain for this awesome (I assume) new work of Atlanta Bartlett
I (along with much of the vintage design obsessed community) adore her work, If you have been living under a rock then you must go check her out here.
Just yesterday this was $32.
Be quick though, you know what the Book Depository  is like. 

Thank you everybody for your feedback on my sewing machine question it has given me lots of food for thought.
Im a little torn now about whether I should wait, save up and get a serious machine that will rock my world for another 20ys or buy something that I can afford right now because Im impatient and want everything yesterday.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I could really use your help!

My Sewing machine has decided its over.
I don't blame it for wanting to retire, it is 20 yrs old.

 Yep...My sewing machine is officially vintage, feeling old now.
This is one instance where vintage isn't the preferred option.

My poor old work horse has been good to me, it saw me through years of school, tafe and redecorating projects but now its time to say goodbye : (
In all honesty it has been wanting to retire for a few years but Ive been ignoring its whining and putting up with the dodgy finish and constant frustration that has turned sewing into high stress 'necessity only' activity instead of the fulfilling and satisfying hobby it once was. 

My over-locker stopped being efficient about 5 years ago too, it was always s#*t though, shouldn't have been it was a Husqvarna, I just got a lemon I think.

I pretty much completely stopped sewing when the first baby came along and my sewing room turned into a nursery then never returned, this needs to change, I want my room back and I need to sew again.

I need both machines but as Ive been out of the link for so long I have no idea what is good now?
 I'll be sewing pretty seriously (lounge covers, curtains, mid to heavy duty stuff and baby things - no im not pregnant) but I don't need anything too computerised (I wont be embroidering etc) just a really good quality standard machine.
I trust your recommendations as Ive seen what you guys do.

What should I buy?
 What shouldn't I buy?
What do you use?

Many hearts for your help.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Very serious question... for some it would seem.


Do you use it or do you detest it?
I just heard of a blogger that hates this so much she stopped following people that used it???
Seems extreme to me.
Personally Im completely indifferent but I am curious, what is it about it that riles people so much?

What is the general consensus on this one? 

And because im superstitious about posting without an image here's a pic that I used as my pc background all week in an attempt to subconsciously convince my other half that we really needed the old cinema seats I was bidding on on ebay even though we don't have any room for them...

It didn't work...

Probably not a bad thing because
I didn't win them anyway.
Shame... they were beautiful.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cath kidston styled kitchen

While were on the subject of kitchens.
Its Cath so I can't help myself. 
Im not always up for this much colour...truly... sometimes Im equally in love with brooding darks, but It does always make me smile when I see it done well.
Thank you  Cath

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My tiny Island bench is not yet finished.
Im searching for some timber capping strips that appear to be evading me.
Im heading back to bunnings now so Ill leave you with these images of other people's finished kitchens while you're waiting.

Unknown, Anyone??? 
These have something in common with mine.
Nope... not telling, you'll have to wait.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Im dreaming again

Of a big old house!
With room for the boys to play.

Riding the trike up and down the hallway (yes you heard right, there's no even ground outside to ride on and what room there is Ive junked up with 'projects') is starting to wear thin and has been causing some monster meltdowns, we are outgrowing at speed.

NOICE very very Noice.

This house is fun.
Fun is good.

I don't think spiral staircase's are fun though, Ive never really enjoyed them.

But that's fine because there is an alternative.
I really would use this.

The denim lounge is for the kids to trash.
Im finally over washing my white lounges!
Has anyone else come to their senses or are you still devoted to white slip covers, its ok I understand the addiction is strong?

Fun,  Dah...

Awww Melted heart... Kittens do that to me. Not convinced on letting it snuggle in the bassinet though, imagine the reprimanding you'd get from the visiting midwives.

Does anyone know where Id get one of these? (the bassinet not the kitten smart a's)

Via~ skonahem

I hope you're all enjoying this cooler weather I know I am, Im nearly back on track and its been very nice to return to the kitchen, the children like eating. I might even have some finished projects for you soon if this weather keeps up, Might...I said might.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Its too darn hot.

I have a couple of projects I intended to finish this week and post for you but nature had other plans.

It has been seriously hot here this week, between 35 and 45 degrees and back again since Monday which was also the first day back to school for us.

I had these images of slipping seamlessly back into our normal routine once school returned and I was more than ready, it hasn't quiet worked out that way.
The most frequented room's (the kitchen and study) are on the western side of the house and have no real protection from the sun, they heat up to an unbearable temp, I spent 10 mins in the blast furnace kitchen the other day and left in a lather of sweat, its not a pleasant place to be at the moment .
Needless to say there has been very little cooking even less blogging and absolutely no painting.

So here's a random image that Ive had in my files for ages,
I love this room.
It has so many elements that I adore, the industrial light, lots of suitably vintage pieces, the white panelled table, modern artwork and they appear to be having a tea party with pretty tea cups...Yep that's me right there.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

And breath out...

Thank you so much everyone for your concern about my Dad.
It was a scary time.

He said it was quite a terrifying experience but they are all safe and it seems his house got away relatively  unscathed with only minor damage.
Much relief for so many people.

My heart goes out to everyone that has not fared so well, we are all thinking of you.

Far north Queenslander's are a tough bunch, I asked him how they handle the very pissed off displaced Crocodiles that have made their way into town...Yep, it happens, that's no problem, you just stay out of their way... Riggghhht, fair enough, glad you're safe then!
Happy to see they kept their sense of humour too.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An anxious wait.

As you would all mostly be aware this is headed for Cairns.

My dad lives in Cairns...

Just outside of the city centre.
He and his family have taken shelter in a local shopping centre with thousands of others, he tells me they should be safe there, all the kids there think its a party, imagine sleeping at your local Westfield the night!
He said it was air conditioned..."Oh that's nice" I said, "for how much longer"?

"Oh... good point" he said.

That's when the reality of it all set in.

What about when the lights go out...?

Im sure its being well managed.

Its going to be a very long night for everyone in Cairns

All we can do is hope and pray for the best outcome.


Ok, so after trashing the book depository I stumble across this gem for only $8.01...
Yep $8 a saving of $24.
I have this book already 
As I recall I wasn't completely taken with it as far as it being helpful with colours etc (I could have just been in a bad mood) but the pictures are beautiful and inspirational, 
 and so for $8 I'd absolutely recommend it.
Might want to be quick though as they change the prices at a ridiculous rate.

Oh and previous post still applies, they still kinda suck, this doesn't make up for it... yet.