Category Archives: Family

For a king & a fairy princess

My last post got me a bit motivated to move things along another step in the kids bedroom. Actually it was less that, than the fact Miss E’s feet were hanging over the end of her toddler bed – a sure sign she was ready for a “proper big bed”!

So the last couple of weekends have been about furniture shuffling and a little shelf install. Fun times!

And version 4.6 of the kids room is…. here! And today it is tidy, which is as good as you’ll ever get from me. Styling to perfection is not going to happen despite my best intentions. So that creepy dark thing on the wall? It’s not a giant bug – it’s a peacock feather which looks perfectly charming in reality, it just doesn’t photograph well (or look particularly harmless in the middle of the night!).

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Here’s how it looks from the lofty heights of King W’s bed (a bit scary to be honest when I’m up there making the bed, but he’s fine with it!):
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And here’s my little fairy princess doing her best to untidy the room (which I totally am ok with because it tells me she loves hanging out in here!), and she’s super excited that Version 4.7 gets underway tomorrow with a “princess bed” pick up planned.

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Summer lovin’

What an absolutely stunning summer we are enjoying here in Auckland this year! It’s hot, dry and the locals will agree that it’s not even humid!

We were lucky to spend a few glorious days at a bach on Waiheke Island. So, this was our summer – beach fossicking, swimming, stunning views, and a few motorbike rides around the winding roads!

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But we are home now, and back into the DIY groove that has been off since our last big project. Of course this time of year lends itself to the outdoors, so we are tackling the backyard once again, with a pergola/playhouse in the pipeline. Pipeline – it’s a clue! Stand by…

Merry Christmas and a bit more

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I feel a bit of a fraud – writing on my own blog, after ignoring it for so long!

But I do have to check in and say Merry Christmas and thanks for being here. And in case you get all nostalgic at this time of year (who doesn’t… just a little bit?!) here’s how we did Christmas last year, the year before, and back in 2011. As the years go by it gets a little more… well… Christmassy!

It’s been a year and a half this one. Lots has happened that wasn’t supposed to happen, and not much has happened that we thought might happen! But we are looking forward to “big things” next year, and I have my fingers crossed for a little more time to myself, with one off to school and the other to kindy. I may even get back into blogging regularly?!

But for now, just have yourselves a merry little Christmas!

Thanks x

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Growing room

Our current project-du-jour (the master bedroom makeover) isn’t providing many photo-worthy opportunities just yet, so for today’s post we’re going back to the kids bedroom one last time.

A couple of months ago it was all about the layered look we seem to have stumbled upon in there, and then last month I shared a quick DIY curtain project. So the final piece in the puzzle is changing out the cot for a toddler bed. Miss E was happy enough in her cot, but we felt she was ready for the bed, and we needed every bit of space we could get in the spare room (where we’ve moved while our master bedroom gets trashed!).

So while her cot is packed down and standing in the corner of our lounge, the kids bedroom is looking a little more spacious, and colourful and fun and cosy!

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I did get a little sentimental packing up the cot – it’s a very definite end to the baby era – but I’m excited for the freedom that comes with the short time between babyhood and settling into school life.

We have a long weekend coming up, and plans to get some plastering underway. Of course if all goes to plan I’ll have photos to share next week!

Until then, adieu x

 

Time in the sun

I’ve just spent a week listening to waves rolling into shore, the chug of boat motors and the distant hum of sea planes… singing accompanied by ukelele, handmade brooms sweeping sand off front porches, and the odd pig grunting its way through the bush.

0526_1808 Which means you’ve been getting deathly silence from me. In my best pretend sincere voice – I’m ever so sorry!

But I was busy.

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Busy trying to tear myself from lazing on a lounger because I had a massage appointment to go to.

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I was there. Yesterday.

Today I am here. And the fire is roaring and my slippers are on (and the dryer is going on the third load of washing) but I’m still not getting that warm and sunny feeling.

It’s back to reality like a plane hitting the runway (something should be done about that inevitable bump – it’s pretty destroying!).

But the good news is that before we left we made big progress on the wallpaper in our bedroom and I have one wall left to sugar soap before plastering can get underway. So we’re nearly at the blank canvas stage before the good stuff can happen like fresh new paint and decor, decor, decor!

Also, while I was pretending life was all hammocks in the sun, our kids play kitchen got a write up on Design*Sponge! So exciting! To those of you who’ve come on over from there – welcome, and do have a look around. You might be interested in our kids bedroom, or the table we made for them. And I have to say our newly “completed” mid-century style deck is worth a look! Thanks, and enjoy.

Pin of the day: A crown for Mum

Well we all know Mother’s Day (down here on the upside-down-side of the world) is just around the corner. If you don’t know, I suggest you find out!

Judging by the junk mail flooding my mailbox at the moment (both the physical one and the email one) Mother’s Day is a BIG deal. iPad from the kids?! New silk pyjamas? How about some outdoor furniture?

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to an “oooh yes please!” in my mind, but it’s quickly replaced by an “are you serious?! No way!”

I’ll just have this crown thanks:

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Because Mother’s Day is all about making mums feel like princesses is it not? And grandmothers get to be queens for a day! Woohoo! Can’t wait!

 

A Friday fest

Following on from my Pin of the day on Monday, I’ve had the camera out all week and every now and again I’ve just picked it up and click click clicked until I got that “What are you doing? Can you just take that camera out of my face?!” look.

It’s holidays, and my housework has been a bit ignored and we’ve done more out and about than usual, so a few more moments of putting off making dinner or doing the washing and mucking about with the camera instead wasn’t going to add much to the chaos.

Although I must admit I’ve got off lightly, with last week being a short week, and this week offers from both sets of grandparents to have the kids for a day or a night… I’m not feeling that end of holidays insanity at all!

So, our week at home in pictures.

Forward rolls on messy beds, and pyjamas left on the floor all day…

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New spotty legs under the table…
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“Mum! Did you get the flowers I picked for you at the back door?”…0502_0896

“Oh I did! Thank you so much!”…

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Upside-down pizza picnic on the “new” deck0502_0910 0502_0937I’ve enjoyed my kids these holidays, and am enjoying enjoying that, because it’s not always that way!

And I’m glad for the odd little collection of photos I’ve got from this week, and the reminder that ISO matters. Playing with shutter speed and aperture is pretty straightforward, but somehow I always forget ISO. A few more weeks of the camera out on the desk and hopefully that’ll be a little more ingrained as well?!

But now, I better go tidy up while I have some peace and quiet. The end of the holidays is in sight and that obligation of getting back into routine is feeling closer. Too bad…!

By the way, if you follow me elsewhere you may know demolition has started in our bedroom, so I’ll have some less than pretty photos of that next week!