Friday, February 25, 2011

Summer Flu....BOO!!!!

Its nearly the weekend and I have a summer flu - I feel miserable :(

And I feel even worse for making such a fuss when there are so many people in Christchurch in a worse state then me.

So in my misery I would like to wish everyone a lovely weekend, me a speedy recovery and loads of love and prayers to friends in Christchurch.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thinking of Christchurch

My best friend Angela moved to Christchurch mid last year - I miss her alot.

No more have I missed her than in the last few months - I want her to come home.

She is ok - thank goodness - and so is Baby Collins in her tum.

I'm thinking today of all of her new friends, neighbours and work mates - I hope that they find the strength to get through the next few days.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm a lucky lady....

because Husband owns his own window furnishing business and installs blinds, curtains AND shutters!!!

Our home in Melbourne was simply his showroom of blinds, motorised blinds, curtains and plantation shutters.

I miss my plantations shutters.

There is something very elegant about shutters - whether they be inside or outside, there is something about them that just makes everything look finished.

Husband & I were talking about My White Homestead over the weekend and he has stated that I will get internal shutters for my front windows.....I'm grinning from ear to ear!

I want to live here! What a great colour combo

One of our Melbourne bathrooms - Oooooo I miss my shutters!

Cup ot tea anyone??

Friday, February 18, 2011

Free prints - woohoo

Good afternoon everyone.

I was just browsing through old post of a new blog I have started to follow and happened come across a post about free downloadable prints!

Well my heart skipped a beat and I immediately went to the link and printed them all out!

So - for all of my ladies that might like some high quality black and white prints - here is the link Free Prints and a big thank you to Mel at Stripes by the seaside for making my Friday a even happier one!

Home Library.....seems to becoming back in vogue

A customer came into the Post Office today and exclaimed with much delight and relief "Annie, I've finally finished the library!"

To which I thought -
  1. Well you have an awful lot of money 
  2. I'm sure it is quite exquisite 
  3. I'm dying for a look

Which got me thinking about me having a home library.

A few of the ladies that I follow on their blogs have incorporated a home library into their homes, either sharing space in a room or standing alone as a peaceful and creative space.

I don't think husband will allow me to have "another unused room" in My White Homestead but a girl can dream and maybe I can incorporate a little space for my book collection to feel like a grand home library.

I love the look of a built-in bookcase rather than a standalone - what do you think looks better?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Collecting - a good or bad thing?

I have a few different things that I collect - some are starting to get out of hand though :)

The Little Fat Birds continue to swell but they still look happy to sit on our buffet without making a move to other parts of the post office residence.

A new thing that I have started to collect is old bottles.

I love the colour of the glass from days gone by - the way the bottles have writing worked into them and no matter how much you clean them - they still want to hold onto the dirt of years gone by.

I have three green bottle sitting on the window sill and I am hoping to fill them with blooms as the year passes although I think they may wilt from the warmth via the window.

Anway - there is another large clearance sale on in the Snowy Mountains this Friday and I am yet to seek permission from Husband to attend - he knows that I will come home with more stuff  - more bottles, more ammo boxes, more chairs and heaven help me if I come home with more fat birds.

Which leads me to ask you all - Is there something that you love to collect??

 Bottles, Bottles everywhere!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Study - work in progress

Lovely blogger Annette from Woodgate Beach has inspired me to get a wriggle on with our "study" area in the post office residence.

Over the weekend I finished my first coat of blackboard paint on the wall and will do a second later today!

Husband is all ready to cut out my framing materials and then I have a few things down at the local framers to then pop around my framed blackboard.

I hope by later this week everything will be done and thank you Annette for getting me to get a wriggle on!!

Valentine's Day - what a farce!!

Now - if you love today - I hope it is a magical day for you....

But for me it comes and it goes - I don't see what all the fuss is about (apart from florists and choccie shops making a killing).

I don't understand why people wait until today to buy an over the top declaration on their love - pity they don't do it on some random day - this I feel would be more special.

Husband and I don't do anything extra special today except to sell cards to husbands at the last minute - I don't understand why people get so upset not to get anything today.

So everyone - TOMORROW - do something nice for your loved one - THE DAY AFTER - tell them how much you love them - NEXT WEEK - give them a extra long hug - NEXT MONTH - go on a date! So much more of a suprise than today!

But anyway....Happy V Day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A very new blog

A friend of mine has just started her first blog - Kate Loves Clothes.

She only started it a couple of days ago - but so far I think she is doing a great job.

As the name suggest Kate loves clothes, knows how to put together an outfit and if I am ever in need of that something special to finish of an outfit for a wedding or special event, she's got it!

Check it out and I am really looking forward to seeing it all come together!

Good luck Kate, I'm thrilled you took the plunge! xoxo

Farmer Wants A Wife - Returns to tele tonight

WOOHOO - another season of watching boys and girls match up for life together on a "farm".

I use the term "farm" loosely due to the fact that the series seems now to be made purely for ratings, getting extremely good looking farmer to enter (???) and somehow glamourising the farming life - I think the show may have lost a little bit of its soul.

But - I will watch Natalie and her farmers - hopefully they will all find love and the wife/husband contestants haven't just entered for 15 minutes of fame, then go on and break a heart when the realise "farm life is not for me"

Farmer Nick  - Age 26 - Victoria

Farmer Charles - Age 32 - NSW (cute poochies)

Farmer Keiren - Age 24 - NSW

Farmer Ben - Age 33 - SA

Farmer Melia - Age 30 - WA

Farmer Mark - Age 27 - QLD

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

O Miss Scarlett - Why Didn't I Buy You??

A couple or years ago when Husband and I were still happily living in Melbourne town, a lovely little cottage came up for sale in our village aptly named Scarlett House.

My favourite movie is Gone With The Wind and I could easily see myself being the lady of the cottage and creating a beautiful cottage garden and planting the hugest of huge vegie gardens!

But alas - at that stage we had no intentions to move to the Snowy Mountains and the cottage sold.

I often go for a drive past and hope that the people there are miserable and sell it to me!! Is that terrible or what!! LOL

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Have I Told You All About My Secret Crush??

If you love home design you are sure to know about the man I am about to reveal.

Kevin McCloud.

Kevin and I first met a few years ago via the television and I have been in love with his show, Grand Designs, ever since.

If you don't know the show, HELLO!!! Firstly - what is wrong with you and secondly - go to your nearest tv guide and find out when he is next on the tele, you have simply been missing the most inspiring home design show on the planet.

Kevin's and the courageous home owners have created for me some of the most mind blowing renovations, additions and new home builds that inspire me with My White Homestead.

The human imagination and the way we can push ourselves past conventional design is really put to the test during each episode and time after time I find myself in the "build" with Kevin and his families - the show just brings out the most amazing designs.

One of the most amazing transformations I ever saw was the re built of Hellifield Peel Castle. This show was awe inspiring and every time I see it in reruns still has me sitting in wonderment! What Frances & Karen Shaw did to this ruin will get you through even the smallest of renovations.

The ruined Hellifield Peel Castle

The re build starts and so do the pennies leave their pockets!

As she is today - Hellifield Peel Castle

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is there any other way to display flowers so beautifully....

Then by putting them in a sterling silver vase.

I've been on the hunt for antique silver vases for some time and from time to time have found some beauties!

I don't know what it is but there is something very elegant about green foliage, blooms or roses displayed against a silver backdrop.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week and I hope all in Far North QLD are going to be OK.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A fellow fat bird lover

A favourite blog of mine - Rubie's Place - has just completed a little project on creating some beautiful little fat birds.

They look fabulous - I don't think there is anything that Tina has done that I haven't fallen in love with and her blog is a scensory delight, and I'm totally in love with these little white birds!!

I love the way that she took the time to paint them white - I would have just left them the way they were!! She is just a magician!!

Check out her little fat birdies here! Fat Bird Project