Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Items & Painting all done!

I apologise in advance for this extremely long my defense, it's made up of mainly photo's. I tried to take just a few, but got carried away, and couldn't bear to leave any out!
I've been so busy the last few days, trying to keep the kids entertained, swimming, friends over.... I've also managed to get in a little sewing.
Above are some fabric roses I made an attempt at, no stems lol, but I think they're cute!
I've spent the whole day today working on these diary / journal covers with matching mobile pouches / sunglasses case. I think they've turned out great!

Cameo Rose Stripe...

Rose Garden Tea...

These stunning retro red ones are a gift for my sister Kristy's 21st next Friday! She's gonna love them! I'm also making her a matching laptop case, still waiting to be completed!

This set I decided to keep for myself...

In a previous post, I explained that last weekend would be filled with painting, well it was! My arms were so sore I didn't think I'd be able to finish.
Below are some 'Before' pic's. These were taken by the real estate agent before we bought the house - not our furniture!

And here is how the house now looks... I'm sooo happy with the end result. Much more me! Below is the timber bookcase I just painted, it brightens up the room so much, and makes my little pretties look so much cuter! You can also see the mocha feature wall Hubby painted!

The entry also got a feature wall in the mocha...

And this is the door out of my dining room, my most favourite room in the house! I just love the white timber panels. They were just so dark before.

Now this picture is a bit dark, but I'm pretty sure you can still see the dramatic difference from the 'Before' pic's of the bathroom.

Above is my favourite shelves on the bookcase, and below is a corner of my daughters room...

And the wall behind my bed...

The soft blue in the boys rooms...

Well I hope you're still with me after all that! Thanks for looking at all my things!

Best wishes,


Friday, January 9, 2009

Calendar Quilt Challenge beginning...

Well as promised, here is the start of my quilt for the Calendar Quilt Challenge. I've decided to do a different block each month, with this month being small squares. Next month I'm thinking of strips, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself.
Yes I cheated, and I've done the 10th square, but hey, I won't have to add that tomorrow!
I'm planning on finishing the painting in the hall and lounge tomorrow and Sunday. I've used the colour 'Chintz' (half strength) throughout the house, with exception of the two boys bedrooms, which are a pale blue. All the trims & doors have been done in Antique White enamel. I also had timber panels half way up the wall in the dining room, which I painted white also, along with the timber panels in the bathroom & toilet.
We have now been in our house for just over 6 months - which has just flown! I did most of the painting myself, (hubby did a feature wall in the lounge) all the kitchen & dining, laundry, toilet, 4 bedrooms and entry. Just the hall and other 3 walls in the lounge to go - and the timber built in bookcase in the lounge will be going white too!
So this weekend will be a busy one for me! I can nearly feel those sore arms already! Bought the rest of the paint today, so I've got no more excuses. There has been about a 3 month gap between painting as I rediscovered the sewing machine & Ebay... Lol! But with our family arriving from Scotland in 9 sleeps, I'd better get a move on.
I promise once it's all finished, I will post some before and after photo's! Looks like a different house now, one that's so much more ME!
Best wishes all!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Calendar Quilt Challenge

Well I've just joined a Calendar Quilt challenge, which will probably be a major challenge for me! But sounds like so much fun, so I thought, why not? I joined a bit late so I have some catching up to do. I think I'll go with a basic charm quilt...

I've been so flat out since Christmas, trying to catch up on everything that I got behind on! We also have family arriving from Scotland on the 19th Jan, so there's alot to organise.

Finally got all the kids stuff for school the other day. I wanted to get it done early due to our visiters, and our trip to QLD at the end of the month. I have my eldest son starting year 7 at High School, my daughter will be in grade 1, and I have my son starting Prep.

So I was a bit frazzled with all this going on, but I think I'm in the swing of things now.

I've not had the sewing machine out - which I'm devastated about! But other things have had to come first. Hopefully I'll get it out today and finish some projects I've been working on.

As soon as I've caught up on the Calendar quilt, I'll post some pic's!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year!

Best wishes,