The Recent events


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.


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.

Kitchen Renovation – Part THREE of three – reflections


The layout of the kitchen. I spent YEARS on this. I was always playing with the layout. I drew it to scale and moved everything around and in the end I believe I came up with the best solution. Having utilised the kitchen for about 9 months now, it is working nicely.

The knobs and handles!! They are so glamourous.

I like my down lights. They are pretty inconspicuous when turned off. And when turned on they give amazing light and I like the way we wired them. 2 sets of 4 on an individual switch.

The kitchen sink. I am so glad I swapped to a big single bowl! I can wash the tray from the high chair, the fridge shelves, the oven racks all with ease! I also have a small suspended drainer that acts like a small secondary sink/drainer without taking up any extra bench space. Thankfully I was able to get one from ikea for less then $40 as opposed to the the abey optional extra drainer that was ~$180 (from memory)


This is how my sink normally looks. I really try to avoid having the dish cloth hanging off the tap. When I want to quickly wash up a 1 or a few items I just place it in the drainer, if I washing up more, I just lay out a terry dish towel to drain everything that place it over the back of a dining table chair for the sun to dry it.

I love my pull out bins! SO HANDY!!!!!!!



I am not a fan of the bench top colour. It is a warm white. Obviously not what I wanted. I just wanted a white. I hate my range hood. It honestly serves no purpose. It does nothing. I couldn’t get anything else or would mean touching my cornices which I wanted to keep as is. I couldn’t duct it out through the wall behind, because that is a bedroom. If we are frying something on the cook top, all doors and windows are open . .  even in winter. . . I am constantly wiping the cabinets door fronts above too. To keep everything pristine. The 2 pac poly finished makes that easy. It honestly is driving me to the point that I want to make this kitchen a show kitchen and put a butlers pantry around the corner (where the current laundry is) in an extension. An induction cooktop, ducted quiet range hood and another fridge! HA!


The fridge. I wish it was built in. I hate the way it is just plonked there. Doesn’t look well resolved. We wanted to use the current fridge because it wasn’t that old and we were trying to keep costs down.

The grout colour of the backsplash tiles. I am not entirely happy with the grout colour of the back splash. It should have either been white or DARK grey. The grey we used just matches the tiles and blends in.

 Would have chosen fake stone tiles that look like slate. We spent a small fortune on sealer for the slate tiles and it doesn’t appear to be working and they are staining. Even though we are diligent with cleaning up spills straight away.


Art work for the wall between the windows. I would love a demi lune console table to go between those 2 windows.



And have a grand ginger jar or really nice ceramic on top OR this GORGEOUS lust-worthy candy dish I spotted the other day from on Juliska’s instagram.


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But I have visions of a rogue ball hitting it and smashing it to smithereens. Or kids bumping the table. I think this idea might have to go on the back burner until kids are moved outta home!

I am yet to make curtains for the dining area. I want to make curtains for that space to mark that it is a different zone or space from the rest of the kitchen as this house does not have a dining room!

(Ohh I wish!) I am going to make dreamy soft flowing white cotton curtains.


But with an aqua trim tape to pull in the colours of the bench seat and the back door. And also to just add some colour. Because I don’t want it to be too monochromatic. I am not that bold.




With the window above the banquette. I want to make a fake roman blind valance and use the same trim tape.


The windows need extensive work. They need some TL C and some painting. Then I can swap out all the old painted over hardware for shiny new brass hardware that I purchased. This is a big job and I can find people that will do the fixing up of the windows but also point out that they won’t paint the windows.

This is also a very dirty job! Probably should have been the first thing to be done.

Chandelier. If I can pick one! I keep going back and forth about what I want. I still like the original one I picked out from my mood board.


The French doors need to be painted white. Along with the laundry door. Lots of bits of trim painting here and there. As well as the architraves.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to return with the reveal of more finished projects.

Kitchen Renovation – Part TWO of three – Sources


Chinese slate natural split tiles 300 x 600


White 2 pac poly doors.

Stone bench top – Essa


Top knobs cabinet pulls and handles.



Marble splash back tiles – Bisanna


French doors – Doors Plus. I kick myself for this decision. The quality is SO POOR. Never again.


Ilve cooktop & rangehood. Fridge (from previous kitchen) – Fisher and Paykel

Dishwasher – Asko. LOVE IT!


Rugs – Overstock (was happy at first with these but the colour is turning to yellow because they are exposed to the sun)

Sink – Abey. Tap – Brodware


Paint – Dulux Limed white quarter. Whole house is painted in that colour

Back door – Sydney Woodworkers in Brookvale. This is a gorgeous door! I would love to use this company again! They were fantastic. I love the reeded glass. Back door paint colour. Dulux Meadow lane.


Bench seat – Designed and partly upholstered by me. See tutorial link here.


Brass handles. Domino or Superior Brass (Which is NOT AT ALL SUPERIOR. Made in India and the quality is terrible.)

Kitchen Renovation – Part ONE of three – Before and After

Lets face it. I can’t wait until the kitchen is completely finished to do this post, because I don’t know when that will be.

I thought I would just put the post up as is and WHEN we do finish the kitchen/dining room completely I can just add some more updated shots.

So let’s kick this off.


The kitchen/dining room is at the back of the house. You enter through these French doors from the living room. They aren’t painted yet and still have the protective film on the glass.















Audrey at 15 months

D’oh! Another month has passed


And naughty me didn’t keep my promise.

Forgive me?


The phone. . . not a fav thing to give her but a life buoy when you need her to be quiet or you just need a sitting still shot of her.


Audrey currently has 12 teeth.


And they snap down hard and fast like a crocodile if you are not quick!

I lost a pair of Audrey’s shoes. Hence why she isn’t wearing any. I am going to buy her some nice dress shoes today or tomorrow. Because it is party central this weekend. I took the weekend off work because I received invites to 3 events! THREE in the one weekend. And by George, I am going to them all! An afternoon tea engagement party, a family reunion in Newcastle on Saturday night (Christmas in July) and then back to Sydney for a Christening on Sunday! Plus I want to make a start on my bed head d.i.y.

No sleep for the wicked.

Finally I have a day off and time to spend with my Audrey. I didn’t really get a weekend last week. I had to do a freelance gig that meant working AND taking care of Audrey at the same time! It worked out ok in the end. I took Audrey to a nearby park at lunch, let her run riot and then she zonked out to Zeds ZZzzzZZ land in the pram on the walk back and she slept for 1.5 hours while I bashed out some work! When she awoke I left her to her own devices and I was working with my back to her, I turned to check on her and she had taken a corn fritter out of the take away container and smooshed it into the carpet and with a plastic knife and fork was trying to eat it! The colour drained from my face and I said a little prayer. “Dear God, don’t let anyone walk into this office until I can fix this.” The humble baby wipe saved the day and my caboose. Couldn’t even tell!

They wanted me to come back the next day, but that was just WAYYYYY too much. Just too much. I had to draw the line somewhere, so I have been working on it when I can. But that has all been wrapped up now. Thank goodness.

Then I had some intense days at my regular job too. I just need a breather. Or in other words and all expenses paid holiday to somewhere tropical and balmy.

Not going to happen? So instead I am spending some leisurely time at my dining table and bench seat bathing in the beautiful sunlight that enters this room! Speaking of this room. My kitchen posts will start shortly. . . .

Long time coming.

Audrey at 14 months

Gosh it seems these days that I just pop on here to put up the monthly pics of my daughter. Oi.

I’ve got some things in the pipeline though I assure you.

On Sunday we had a combined 1 year party for our babies from Mothers group. Audrey turned 14 months old on that day.


Teething hardcore.


This is the cake I made for the party. I guess you should use paper towel for the berries first. Learn something new everyday.

It was a 3 layer chocolate cake with whipped cream in the layers with strawberries. The outside icing is buttercream


These photos are by – Willow Art Company


Her hair is growing so fast.


And she is NOT interested in any clips or head bands.


Or staying STILL!


Well. . . maybe sometimes. Just enough to paparazzi snap a shot of her.


Another round of hide and go seek in the curtains. Sorry the photo is blurry as all get out, but couldn’t resist her little face. She was so ‘shocked’ that I found her LOL!!

So, yeah. Till next month! Adios.

NO WAY! I’ll be back shortly. I got 4.5 hours sleep last night. Nothing to do with the baby. I think I need to be stay up late person and a get up early person AT THE SAME TIME!

I went to bed at 11.30pm and awoke at 4am . . . KILL ME NOW.

I have got a lot done. but still loads more to do. I just cannot get on time of this cleaning gig and I only have 1 child!!!


Today is my Saturday My husband took a day off work to join me and the babe.





We had a lovely time!

Cooked breaky together and went to a cafe for lunch. Then did some gardening. Nothing too stressful.


Painted this new artwork for my Audrey.


I did a “v” Violet too.




I have been doing quite a few of these floral initial artworks! I even did 2 big A4 size ones! They are in the post right now! As well as a big “L” for a boy!

If you are interested in these. I have them in my etsy store right now!

I have also gone BOW mad!


One for a girl and one for a boy!


I re-did the “L” in the top corner as I wasn’t happy with it. It looked flat. I was so glad I changed things up. Different paint, different paper.

There are more bows! I am part way through a creamy/yellow floral one. I am addicted. Practice makes perfect.


Flowers from a friend! I helped her design her engagement party invites. Those lilies lasted for a long time! Great impact.


(Filthy windows! I’m getting to it)

This was Audrey and me on Mother’s day morning! Gee I had a lovely day. I had to go to work, but it was still lovely. My husband cooked baked eggs with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. Then drove me to work and then brought nice sandwiches and sweet tarts to me at work.

Then they hung around till I finished. We went to my parents house. Chatted. Dropped the babe off then Husband and I went to dinner and a movie. GOLD CLASS!!

WOW. I was knocked off my feet.

Hope you have all been well. Sorry for the lack of posts. Life has been challenging of late. Not sure why. Just seems a bit much. But I’m working through it. I’m trying to do everything. Oh except exercise. Can’t seem to make the time for that right now I don’t really care. WHICH IS BAD! ahahhahah oh well.

Cleaning is HIGH on my agenda at the moment. I mean, did you see my windows in that pic?? Clearly that is unacceptable. I have been positively PICKING the brains of some girls at work. They are on the verge of OCD with cleaning habits. They give me great advice. I tell them my HONEST habits without any shame. I told them without hesitation that I haven’t cleaned my oven and it was installed in October last year. I don’t think I even own oven cleaner. They nearly fainted. And I love my kitchen. I have been in the process of changing my cleaning habits ever since we moved into this house.

When I met my husband I was living at home in a shoe box bedroom. A double bed would have gone wall to wall to wall. The whole floor space would be 1 bed. So that room was always a mess because I just didn’t have space to store anything. Then I moved out of home to an apartment and shared with 2 other girls. So again, Just the one bedroom to house all my possessions. My husband was always at me about the tidiness of my rooms and I always rebutted with “It’s because I have no space!” He accepted that excuse (my lies) Then we moved to a 1 bedroom apartment, together. That is when he started cottoning on . . but still it was just a 1 bedroom apartment. Then we moved to our current house and my lie could not live on. No more excuses. I was completely found out!

I WANT a clean house more then most things in life. I get frustrated at myself when I am trying to take a picture and there is always something yuck in the background. I have really been trying to change my ways. I really wonder if there is hope for me.

Are you a clean freak? Tell me your secrets. Are there any secrets? Or just clean, clean, clean CONSTANTLY! IT NEVER ENDS?

Audrey at 13 months

I think I am just going to keep this up.

I really need to print out her 1 to 12 months and make a book for her. I have such grand plans. Gorgeous hand made paper for the end pages. Velvet ribbon.

ONE DAY. Or in the mean time I should just get one of those cheapy photo books done.


Playing with her softies in her room.

How chic is the moover pram? As well as the dolly cot. I am using it as storage for her toys until she is old enough for play. Like putting her dolly to bed, tucking her in, kissing her.

The cot is a micki cot from my parents.

Her dress was a gift from a friend.


She enjoyed pulling all her toys out and moving them all over the room.


This photo is so cute to me!


Getting off the chair is no drama. Getting on . . . well . . .  that is a different story and I for one am thankful that she is not quite there. She can get on the couch though.


I painted this little “a” for my Audrey. I am also doing them for the kids in my mums group as they turn one.

I have more artwork ideas too! Just need to get onto them.



I am part way through 19 days of work with only 2 separate days off. And 1 of those days off was spent with my husband! He actually took a day off, just for the sake of having a day off. I think people forget that we can have days off. Not just out of necessity. I certainly have forgotten that too.

So that was lovely. I of course crammed way too much into a day which is my usually fashion. My thought is, if I have managed to pack a baby bag and get thy self out the door, I ain’t coming back anytime soon. I don’t concern myself with the cost of petrol/tolls or driving kilometres.

We set off over the harbour bridge to one of my favourite places. The fabric shop. Because the banquette in my kitchen is finished I wanted to start on the next project. The bed head. Have been going back and forth at what I wanted to do for that. At one stage, diamond tufting came back into the mix, but I vetoed it again. I am going to do a fancy shape head board with a piped edge. D.I.Y!

Pray for me.

The only constant has been that I wanted a duckegg coloured velvet fabric. My dream was the Schumacher mohair velvet in mist


Which I received pricing from the lovely Heidi. It was what I was expecting. But because I am it, what if it is tragic? What a waste. And my boss at work said, no, go low spend, because if your taste changes you can just change it out and no feel any guilt because of the money put into it was low. That resonated with me more.

For me, high end fabric is just for throw pillows and the single chair I am afraid. (ONE DAY, CURTAINS. Because I am confident in my curtain making ability)

So I present to you $34 a metre fabric, that isn’t quite a velvet. But It is not directional so I can railroad it (lie it sideways) and it was the widest width I could find. 148cm. It is darker then I had hoped but I have to compromise somewhere.


I love one of the ladies in the shop there, she always gives me great advice. Enjoys seeing pictures of my finished projects made with their fabrics. She chatted to my husband to tell him that I SAVE him lots of money!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH because my husband certainly doesn’t see it that way.

I am heavily inspired by this hickory chair head board.


From my reading of diy head boards, the general consensus is to avoid curves. . . .  well um ya,. . about that!


All you can do is try and that is why I went low spend on the fabric. The fabric isn’t of low quality though. It is commercial grade, made for upholstery Zepel branded fabric.

When I walked out of the fabric shop it was quarter to two! So much for doing lunch. . . . I spent 2 hours in there.

I think I want to make 2 or 3 covers for European pillow/cushions that will lean against the head board at the back. With nice, indulgent fabric. Needs to tie in with the headboard and my bedding


This is where I allow myself some high end majesty!! So I am taking advice/recommendations!

I love this swallows fabric. Have done for a while, I am pretty sure that Coco Republic used this fabric and made up cushions with it. That was probably the first time I saw it.


I feel like remaking my curtains in my bedroom. So they look like this



Here’s a sketch of what my bedroom will look like.


My husband expressed great interest in this fabric!


He said he would love it in our lounge room for curtains. The colours are not really my colours, but the fabric is quite decadent. The orange in the fabric is like our settee.


and would tie in nicely. I have plains of re-upholstering the settee,  but there is nothing wrong with it. It is in fab condition, just not my colouring. But maybe it is a sign to just leave it. Remove myself out of it and do the room up as if it is for a client (aka my husband) and that is the brief to use that fabric and those colours. Would be a great exercise.

I think I should do that. I love the fabric too. (I am just a pastel girl at heart, but I have a young family, so maybe these darker colours for a communal room is a wiser direction to head)


Does navy blue go with this palette? I would love a navy blue couch.

Then we headed off to Palm Beach. Lunch turned into a 3.30pm affair. Thankfully my husband fed Audrey her lunch while I was perusing in the shop earlier.


Then we went to another favourite shop of mine. Palm beach home. Which has 3 locations. I haven’t been to this one yet and I picked up another Astier de Villatte product. This time the Adelaide bowl/platter thing. Perfect serving dish.

Then I wanted to go past Alfresco Emporium. They only have 1 shop in NSW. Didn’t rate it. I don’t have a costal house. So I am not their target market.

Then I just wanted to keep going. We went to Chatswood Chase. My husband wanted to take me to the phone shop. I am in need of a new mobile phone. I was bemused. I am not interested in this stuff, they all do what I need them to do. Not interested. LOL.

Then we browsed around. I FINALLY got my sister in law a birthday present. I am so crap at buying present. OVER THINKER over here! *waves* It is also very difficult to buy for her. She is travelling the world and working on a boat. Her possessions are limited to her suitcase and she shares are small room on a boat! WHAT ON EARTH DOES ONE GET FOR HER? I wanted to buy her 2 or 3 small copper sauce pans that you can do soufflés in or garlic prawns

And they are small enough for her to take with her or she can leave them here as the start of her glory box for when she settles down. Because she has become quite the cook and foodie. I thought she would love them.

But I ummed and ahhed too much and thought, would that be too cumbersome and unused.

Then I went to mimco and looked at a bracelet and it was $130 for some trendy faddy thing and I wasn’t even sure it was her style. . . So I just bought her a gorgeous top from Cameo the label. I am 90% sure she will love it. She is a party girl and I see her ripping up Antibes/Ibiza/Miami in it!!

Meanwhile I have been researching copper pots. They are actually objects of beauty and I want some. But they don’t work with induction. . . but I don’t have induction. . . but what about the future. . . Hmmm. LIFE IS HARD.

Here is a different present I enjoyed wrapping.

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Anyways, thanks for reading this far. I’ll let you go now. Let’s chat in the comments.

Feedback on head board and fabric choices?? THANKS.


Audrey at 12 months

a.k.a 1 YEAR OLD!

(this post is a bit late, but life goes on)


This is her on the morning of her birthday just before going to daycare.

As luck would have it, it was the day the reptile man came to visit the daycare centre!

She was born the day before my mum and sister in law. So we had a little group do at my in-laws place.

I made yet another cake.


This was a carrot cake requested by my sister in law.

She turned 20 something (count the candles LOL)


I didn’t get enough photos of her on her party day so I dress her up again and snapped some more.