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Another Geranium Dress

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

This it the third garment I have made with the geranium pattern.

I love the simple style of it.
I did the pleated version this time. And used Nani Iro double gauze fabric.

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I did my first modification to it. I did a high-low bodice. The front of the bodice curves up (ever so slightly) and the back bodice curves down.

This is the first time I have done pleats before. (Well I made the pleated cot skirt for Audrey’s room)

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It looks so beautiful on Audrey. I made it in size 2 and I am sure she will love wearing it over summer. So light and airy.

I really have been bitten by the sewing bug. Not enough time or room to sew though. This dress took me 6 uninterrupted hours to make.

Oh well, I enjoyed myself.

I have noticed that so many dresses Audrey owns are pretty much a version of this dress. So I want to try doing some more modifications to it.

Next up I want to try adding some piping detail to a garment. And making some more wearable separates. I am scared they will fall apart in the wash though!

That leads me to my next question – Do you pre-wash your fabric before you sew with it?

Wisdom teeth.

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Good golly I am glad I am getting this over and done with because it is not pleasant.

Yesterday I had 3 wisdom teeth extracted. I have already had one out because it was straight forward. That was in 2010 and I never went back to the dentist till May this year. I still remember the crunch sound and me whimpering as the male dentist kept telling me to stop being a girl!

I would like to have a second child so I thought it would be best to see a dentist in between babies (A new dentist that is). Well that was back in May and I have been seeing my (lovely) dentist once a month or fortnight since. I had something stupid like 10 fillings (sweet tooth) and a root canal, finally culminating in the extraction of 3 wisdom teeth.

Here is 2 pictures I took of Audrey before we left for the dentist.

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Looking very French/American

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I wanted to snap the pics as it is probably the last time the trench will get worn.

I had them taken out in the chair under sedation. I spent the rest of the day and night in bed icing my face. I found it very difficult to swallow the first lot of tablets. Dribbling everywhere and too scared to swallow but the pills were getting bitter in my mouth. Not pleasant.

My husband made me some dinner. Mashed potato and carrot with some garlic, rosemary, finely chopped smoked salmon and lots o’ butter! It was some top shelf mash.

My daughter had it for dinner as well. She knew something was up with me and was really lovely and gentle with me. It was the sweetest damn thing ever!! She was in her high chair and I was next to her and she ever so gently offered me her meal. “Here mumma, here” One spoon for me, one for her. She spoon fed me you guys and it was f**king beautiful!

And my husband went to all that effort to make that meal for me and I was just so in love with my little family!

In sickness and in health.

This morning I was not feeling great and took more pain killers and I got hot sweats, which is what I was getting yesterday but stayed really still and fought off the urge to vomit, today I was mid way through one (is this nausea?) and thought, the hell with it and called for the bucket and I had a pretty decent vomit (sorry) I couldn’t fight it anymore. (and it made me question the idea of a 2nd baby, but when they rub your forehead  so gently and spoon feed you, you convince yourself it will be worth it)

So that was the end of panadeine forte for me. Didn’t agree with me. So I have just been on panadol and nurofen. It was a lovely sunny day today. So I changed into shorts and a singlet and plonked myself down in the garden with some clippers and did the edges. It was not physical work. I went slow.

Meanwhile my husband cleared out our 3 raised vege beds ready for planting. We are a bit behind but that is how we have been feeling for a little bit. Better late then never.

Plus I get very little day time with my husband with our clashing work schedules. I forced myself to make the most of it and no wisdom teeth extraction was going to get in the way!

Anyone been out planting or doing garden maintenance? What about dentist stories?

Audrey at 17 months

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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Geez. . .  It wouldn’t hurt to crack a smile.

Taking these pics of her is the best thing I did to improve my photography skills. I get so frustrated trying to take them but I persevere, because it is for my own good.

I often want to hurl my camera across the room because of its shortcomings, but what do you expect of a 5 year old base grade camera?

(AND BECAUSE SHE WON’T STAY STILL, LOOK AT THE CAMERA & SMILE!)

I really want to upgrade but hooley dooley the camera I want it just too expensive for me. I am not a professional photographer and I don’t earn an income from it, so I can’t justify the cost. I just want the camera to take some nice pics here and there. But I don’t want to settle, I believe you should save up and just get what you want . . . . argh.

Never mind. One day.

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Father’s Day this year was a real bust.

I was at work. .  I was also at work for his birthday which was the day before.

#slackerwifeoftheyear

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I made him this card and envelope

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And put together a little scrapbook. Featuring pictures of them.

I made that little banner. On the morning of Father’s day I put it on the top of the fireplace for my husband to see it when he awoke.

I did a little photo shoot with Audrey to get some nice pics for her daddy.

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This is one from the cutting room floor! WAY TOO CUTE.

In other news. I have been meaning to put these pics in a blog post for a while now.

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This crayon roll was created by my friend. She nailed it with the fabric choices. Ummm TOILE and linen! YES PLEASE and purple too!

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Isn’t it fantastic???

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Audrey thinks so. Trying to steal it mid shot!

Want one for yourself? Handmade by kahli on Etsy and Facebook.

Meanwhile with my own sewing journey. I am trying to do eenie meanie minie moo on a few pdf patterns. Can’t decide.

Hope you are having a great day!

Birthday Cake

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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Happy Birthday to my Husband!

The gift category was sparse so I tried to fill the void with a knock out cake!

I’ve been thinking about this cake for months.

I wanted to d0 a semi-naked cake because my husband isn’t the biggest fan of icing. He also isn’t into sickly sweet anything. So regular buttercream is out for him.

So I made swiss meringue buttercream. Not too sweet at all! Lighter in colour then buttercream and silky looking.

The cake is very pretty. Rather feminine. Better suited for a cake for Audrey, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to try this cake.

I knew no matter what I made it would be a chocolate cake. Husband loves chocolate cake. He also loves whipped cream and strawberries, so I did that in the centre of the layers.

I decorated it with a yellow ranunculus from my garden. The ONLY ranunculus I’ve got so far, well that is what I thought when I went to cut it off I cut another bulb too! D’oh! That is what happens in haste.

The other flowers are violas and pansies (I think . . . )

Raspberries and blueberries.

And lastly mint leaves from my garden.

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It was a hit and I am beside myself with how it turned out!

I don’t want to toot my own horn (HA!) but this could be the front page of a food mag! Am I right?

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A simple card I made.

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Have you been baking anything?

What about craft? Any crafting?

Have a good day!

Sewing

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Hi Everyone! How are you?

I’m well. I have been sewing.

I also ordered some more fabric which is above. A nice bundle from Japan. For the red polka dots I am thinking of a Christmas day frock for Audrey

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Here is the top I sewed for Audrey. She loves it.

I tried again with the same pattern and made a dress for Audrey. This time things went smoother! I took my time. I used new scissors and I put sticky tape on my machine for the correct seam allowance and that made all the difference. Everything was so neat and lined up perfectly.

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The dress has pockets!!

** SQUEAL **

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A little notched neck line cut out and faux capped sleeves.

I even lined up that bunny so it would be in the middle of the bodice.

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I saw this fabric in a nearby quilt shop and took what was left on the bolt. It is Beatrix Potter toile.

Perfect considering I am having a love affair with toile right now!

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I finished this one off nicely with 3 buttons. I have never done button holes before and my machine doesn’t have an option for them so I taught myself how to do manual ones! 2 on a tester scrap and I was ready to go.

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The pattern even has an option for a pleated skirt. I need to try that next.

(And maybe do something NOT IN PINK!)

So what is new with you? I have, for the first time in m life, been LOVING the rain! My plants are going to be so great come spring!

Which is next week HURRAH!

Audrey at 16 months

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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No new teeth this month. At least the photo shoot was on time.

My poor darling made it all the way to 15 months of age and 11 months in daycare to be sick. She got conjunctivitis that was suppose to go away after 2 to 4 days on the eye drops. It ended up turning into a 2 week saga and then her first bout of antibiotics was prescribed. Whilst she was on the antibiotics she managed to come down with some other feral illness!  I blame myself for sending her to daycare ONE day because I wanted to go to work. Oh the guilt you feel calling in sick to work and guilt you feel leaving your sick child. It is not fair and I was not prepared for it.

The poor didums hasn’t been at daycare for 3 weeks (minus the one day I did send her)

A big thank you to businesses that are flexible and for family helping out when they can. Everyone still works full time except my father in law but he doesn’t have the confidence or physical ability to look after A for the whole day. So it was a tough few weeks trying to balance it all out.

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She is SO cheeky! Keeping me on my toes.

She has put crayon on the walls. Dulux wash and wear is a CROCK. So is their “non yellowing” enamel paint.
LIES I tell you LIESSS!!!!

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I have been meaning to make risotto for the longest time! Perfect meal for a toddler I think. Especially one that loves cheese!

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It was SO good!

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These flowers are SLAYING me!

Alice Mary Lynch – Custom Hare doll for Audrey

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I was browsing pinterest. . . like everyday of my life and came across the most gorgeous dolls. I fell in love with the flair and style of them.

Then I started following the creator on Instagram. A random comment from me at the right time saw an opportunity for me to commission a custom doll for my daughter – scratch that – me!! HAHAHA

I present to you Audrey Hare Princess from Alice Mary Lynch.

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Isn’t she SWOON-WORTHY?

Such a special gift for my daughter that I hope will get passed down.

I really want to get a boy fox now.

Alice Mary Lynch

And check out pinterest for more of her dolls.

D.I.Y Bed Head

Monday, July 28th, 2014

I did it!

I am so thrilled with this bed head. I took all progress pics and I can make a tutorial if need be. Let me know if you want a tutorial.

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Sneak peek!

I did a piped edge

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It is 50 mm deep and simply leaning against the wall with the weight of the mattress ensemble holding it in place.

I was going to do a piped edge on the back edge, but thought it didn’t need it.

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Tah Dah!

What do you think?

It is nearly 170 cms tall. (taller then me)

 I made it that tall to accommodate European pillows which I haven’t purchased yet. I want to make covers up for them in LUXE fabric. Embroidered etc. .  all the bells and whistles.

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My curtain rods that I want to replace. I want to have one single rod that has a right angle bend/curve to go around the corner and possibly bend back into the wall! I have found a brand that can do this for me.

Plus I want to make new curtains. Thick fabric, block out lining and wide trim tape!

And that is my ikea rast hack bed sides. I quite like them too.

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I’m really happy with the outcome.

The Recent events

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Woah!

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.

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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.

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Gold calligraphy on the envelope. (Practice, practice, practice)

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Got baby boy Ben some Polo.

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And painted his name in turquoise and gold! Lush combo.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kitchen Renovation – Part THREE of three – reflections

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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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)

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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!!!!!!!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.