Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Some more rearranging...

Well, it's been a while and I have no real excuse other than that I've been feeling overwhelmed by everything lately. There's 13 1/2 days of school/work left and if I can just hang in there until that's over, I'll be fine.
I've done some more rearranging at home, just to keep things fresh and because my house is always so tidy I didn't have anything else to do. (Did you hear the heavy sarcasm?) Okay, I was cleaning so I could spray for insects but it's fun to get distracted.
I moved the dining table back into the kitchen so I could set up a cosy little reading nook in the lounge room with our awkward chair (does anyone else have a lounge chair that came with their set that they have trouble finding the right space for? It always just seems "left-over") and using the island table that used to be in the kitchen. (My family hate it when I rearrange because they can't find things. ("Mum, where's the paper bags that USED to be in the table drawer?) Well, I can't leave paper bags and freezer bags in a table that's now in the lounge room, right? That would be just silly. So they're now in the hutch and the things that were in the hutch are....oh, never mind. It's like musical chairs.

But it's my favourite space now.

If one of the cats doesn't get to it first.

And I revamped the dresser in our hallway, which was meant to be decorative but always ended up covered in mail and junk. Out with the dried wheat and rusty jug and in with the pretty pastel blues. And a new white laundry hamper. Oops, the photo's all blurry.

Do you recognise this tray from this post? Well, I haven't finished grouting it yet but I think it came up really pretty. Thanks Lisa for showing me how to mosaic. I'll show you a proper close-up when it's finished.

I love this shelf. My uncle made it for me for my 18th birthday from recycled timber from some army barracks that were being torn down. I think he said the cedar in it was over 100 years old. It's got some old family books on it and my Dad's toy car from when he was a boy. I'm kinda tempted to paint the shelf white though. What do you think? Would that be ruining it?


  1. some 'old family books' huh?

    don't paint the shelf white. i think it'd look a bit funny.

    everything looks good!

    I'm in envy of your reading corner. now that I've finished school I've got all this time, and I'm not sure what I should read first. I think I might reread all of Famous Five.

  2. I love your work Hunby J

  3. In this rainy weather, and the way I am feeling, (and to get away from my messy house), I would just love to come over and curl up in that cosy nook with a book, forever!
    Esther, it looks great. Hum! I can understand your dilemma about wanting to paint the shelf from Uncle Robert - I'm glad I don't have to make that decision because yes! it just would take away from the old fashioned charm it has, I think????? Maybe that type of crazed paint in white you did on the kitchen stools would keep the 'old fashioned look???

    Love you

  4. Love these photos of your home - it looks so cosy and beautiful!


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Get to know me

  • I love the smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
  • My favourite flowers are daisies.
  • My favourite trees are pine trees.
  • I always like to have the bickie jar full and a cake on the cake stand. I know...not that healthy, but so good to look at.
  • Autumn is my favourite month, although I do wish we had more of a change of colours up here in Queensland.
  • I love Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder. They started my love affair with "old-fashioned" stuff.
  • I'm a boots and jeans kind of girl, but also love vintage skirts and dresses.
  • I like sewing and am in love with quilts at the moment.
  • I love reading. (I have a weakness for archeological thrillers and historical romances, but not Mills and Boon-type ones.)
  • I love old houses with character. No new estate houses for me. (Sorry Rosie.)
  • I love vintage/cottage/farmhouse decorating and pretty pinks and blues, with a splash of red for colour.
  • Polka dots can make me sigh with delight.
  • I have 4 chooks. They are MY pets. Another tick on my dream-come-true chart.
  • I don't eat dessert much any more. I'm not dieting, I just don't want it. (Does that mean I'm growing up if I say no to an icecream cone?)
  • I'll still always say yes to chocolate though!
  • I like to sit on the front stairs in the sun, to drink my morning cup of tea, while I contemplate what to do in the garden.
  • I've got the gardening bug again recently. It comes and goes with the weather. I'm envisioning cottage flowers in pink, blue and white to go with my green picket fence.