Just coming up for air now.
I had the weekend off work which resulted in the rest of the week off work because my daughter was sick.
Went to a gorgeous engagement party in a semi rural part of Sydney. I LOVED IT! I really want to live semi rural now, but I can’t afford it. I want the big land, rolling green lawns and the BIG house. No street noise, no chance of anyone crashing into my house. Plenty of room for my daughter/kids to run around and for me not to worry about her/them. I’ll tell you now, there is NO way I would let Audrey walk down the road to the park without an adult. Not in this part of Sydney. I work at a Court House and there is a lot of bad people out there and it would be naive to think bad things don’t happen. Maybe if I lived in the leafy suburbs of the north then I would think otherwise, but not where I live. But there is NO WHERE that I could go to get what I want for 800k! NO WHERE in Sydney.
Lots of gift wrapping. The navy one is wrapping paper I made with white ink calligraphy for an engagement present.
The pink one is Indian paper.
The bottom one is kraft and Japanese washi paper.
Gold calligraphy on the envelope. (Practice, practice, practice)
Got baby boy Ben some Polo.
And painted his name in turquoise and gold! Lush combo.
Made this sweet bunny for my friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday. I call it hug-a-bun! It LOVES hugs!! I really need to make Audrey one as she kept stealing this one. Even climbing up on the settee and into the bay window to grab it to hug it.
That was my first foray into doll making and I think it turned out okay. Far from perfect but ok. I told the parents that they don’t need to be precious about hug-a-bun. Throw it around and let it get dirty.
Then we headed off the Maitland (2 hours north) for a family reunion of sorts. I enjoyed myself and Audrey was a mega superstar with her dance moves. She was pushing past people to get into the centre and grabbing the microphone so she could say “Hi”
It was all fun and games until it came out later that someone stole money from the host. . . . Family huh?
That kind of put a dark cloud on it for me.
Then we spent the night in a hotel with my sister and my daughter decided to wake often and was very unsettled. I’m sure that was at least a years worth of contraception for my childless sister.
Then we set off 2 hours back to attend a christening. Audrey slept most of the way and when she awoke she was pulling up a blanket over her face as if she was playing peek a boo, but she wasn’t in a playing mood and I was wondering what she was doing. When we pulled up at the christening I saw a big green/yellow lump in the corner of her eye, my husband said it is just sleep and I new straight away that it was conjuntivitis. She did have red puffy eyes at breakfast but I just put that down to a crap night of sleep!
So we went to the reception of the Christening and we sat outside, away from everyone. My friend whose son was being baptised, is a nurse, she said it was probably conjuctivitis. So we left and went to the doctors where it was confirmed.
Putting the drops in her eyes is pretty harrowing. I am just being super cruel to be kind. Pinning her down, prying an eyelid open and squeezing the drops in while she is losing it.
It still hasn’t cleared up though
So I had 3 days at home and I utilised them to start and finish the BED HEAD!!!!!! (As well as tending to sick baby girl) It is up and finished.
Now we have to paint our bedroom wall colour. The wall colour looks off now. I want to wall paper the walls.
In October the husband and I are having a staycation because we are in DIRE need of a break! But no money (or unwilling to part with $$ for a holiday, every time I think ohh we could go there and that would cost several thousand dollars, I think No, I’d prefer a bathroom renovation)
So our plan is to rejuvenate our wardrobe in our bedroom. But I am directionless on this. Don’t know what to do and where to start. We just want to jazz up the wardrobe door fronts.
But want to do it cheaply but it look pretty spiff. New hardware and hinges add moulding and paint it in semi gloss enamel. But what trim. What colour? I thought about outsourcing and getting new doors made in the style I like, so we don’t have to give ours a facelift, but then we will still have to paint it all to match the uprights that will stay. . so may as well use the current doors. I want to do the bedroom from start to finish. Mood board it and just BUY everything in one go! One idea. But . . . just don’t know. I have done the head board at least. . . So I need to start on this now so that I can order everything so it is ready for us to ACTION come October, which will be here pretty soon.
I want to use a grass cloth wall paper on the walls and use the same colour to paint the wardroom doors and all the trim. Channel Meredith Heron. It is only a small room, but make it sexy and budior-y.
Not this colour. . . but something that will go with the bed head.
I also want to buy a DECENT light fitting. I am ALWAYS scrimping. SICK OF IT. At least the master bedroom could have a nice light fitting. . . . . . . I feel silly calling it a master bedroom because it is a 2 bedroom house. I want new curtain rods. New curtains. (even though these are only like 1.5 years old. I never liked them . . . because I made them of cheap material and cheap as cheap spotlight rods. When you buy shit, you get shit!) New rule. Just buy what you want! F*CK IT. life is short. Don’t scrimp if it means you won’t like it. What is the point? Go with out until you can get what you want.
This train of thought has come out of the bed head. I bought cheap material that I wasn’t completely sold on. Not the colour I wanted. Not the material I wanted. I wanted a VELVET. since forever. I want a VERY LIGHT misty/sea foam blue VELVET. but I have ended up with a duck egg chenille type fabric! not happy. I compromised because I didn’t have the conviction to believe I could nail this d.i.y! Say what ever you want about me . . . but making shit head boards is not one.
I nailed it! I knew I would. I should have bought the schumacher fabric. I was just a bit put off because of the banquette that I made, I had to go back and buy and more fabric and I was scared I wouldn’t have enough for the head board. But if I had put some proper planning into it I could have figured out how much I needed.
YOU LIVE AND YOU LEARN!
So the head board is done but I feel like going round it and pulling off all the fabric and staples and starting again! ARGHHH! But I won’t.
I’ll make a way cooler one in a couple of years . . .
Anyway, what has been going on with you guys?
In other news I quickly popped into King Furniture to check out what is new and they finally have a couch style that I like. It is called Sonata. More of a traditional look. I loved it. I took a spec sheet but everything is just bloody super-sized these days and won’t fit in my supremely modest home. The 3 seater is already way too long for the ONLY wall to put a couch on and that is without tiny side tables on each size. The 2.5 seater is also just a smidge too big, little to no room for side tables. So I am left with a 2 seater option. . . for a family home. . . . GAH.
Anyway, this is just a ranty McRant post. Sorry for being such a blah wah wah head.