Thursday, October 20, 2011

Before and After....

Morning all, I wanted to share some before and afters with you. Lets start with the kids bathroom. Since I have been so totally lost in my new bathroom (above) and yes I still walk in there and sigh......Well the kiddos room has been on a grungy scale of 1-10 ...91/2 aghhh. It was so bad that I just didn't go in the room. But when in Roma I thought this would make a great soap bar holder...I love this jar might have to get Jess to get me another one I think. How one little thing can influence you to redo a room...This jar did just that.
Are you ready for this?????
Below the kids bathroom
or room of grunge as I call it...
Now as I tend to be a little compulsive I decided yesterday after work was the day to revamp this room.(had to use my new jar) So out came the vinegar and washed walls and ceiling...Took the shelf down and put up some curtains...
What do you think???
Looks much better doesn't it?
I just need to paint it now.
This corner below has me stumped though.
I have so many towels but they are all old, I'm thinking if I just got plain white towels to start. Any ideas at all. I thought maybe a chair??
I love how putting up curtains and moving some furniture makes a cheap difference to a room, any room.
Below is the shelf next to the bath/shower..I used the enamel wear to pretty it up. The potty to hold shampoos and stuff and some flowers to give some color.
Yes I'm loving this cabinet in here...
I put glass wear in here to keep it all light and bright. So that's the kids bathroom face lift...
Now on to their bedrooms.
The boys room....
Why I ask myself did it take so long for me to get it painted?It is so much lighter and brighter now, and the floors..they make the room....If I could just leave it bare like this... But alas children need to move back in..This will be the week ends job...
we move right along to Cassie's bedroom...Time for it to get painted..
Say hello to Neville. I asked him if I could take a before photo with him in it to put on my blog?answer very dumb look with nodding of head.....hahaa I better explain when I get home what a blog is.(and yes I'm blogging at work)
This room will be the last to get redone...It has been 13 yrs since I have done any thing to this room, so the carpet will come up and it to will be painted white...
Also I'm thinking of giving the boys this bigger room and Cassie the other one....I wonder how she will take that????
I hope you enjoyed my before and afters...any ideas on that corner of the bathroom are very welcome..
Enjoy your day

Monday, October 17, 2011


My arms are already missing my little princess, and that sweet little nose that I have to kiss. Yes there will be lots of trips out to Roma from now on....But for now it is back home and back to work.
Above is some of the pretties I found in Roma...You'll have to wait and see what I am going to do with them.
We had some great rain while away and the garden is looking green and happy are the plants.
The boys room is coming along, floors sanded and varnished, the first coat of paint on the walls.
Yes coming home was nice.
Only 1 week left until Alanah and Chloe get home from there trip to Thailand...Goodness I have missed those 2 girls. I am feeling very lonely as I have only 3 of my 7 children here and I do not like it at all...
Well only a week and the girls will be back, now I have to work out how to get my big boy down here....I have it.....My mowers need servicing and he is the only one Dad would trust to do it...(a little guilt should work)
Have a great week all...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time to head home...

Out for lunch with the girls in Roma after a busy day shopping.

What a wonderful few days we have had in Roma...
I had a birthday here with my very favorite girl..

Went shopping and saw this shop below. There is no way Jess could get the pram through here. I have never seen such a awful shop in my life every thing was covered in dust...The photo dosn't show it really well though.
We did find some lovely shops here though.
I will share my finds with you when I get home.
I am heading home tomorrow, it is a good 4 hour trip out here so I need to get going early.
Now I have to go and have more cuddles as I won't see my girl for a few weeks..

Monday, October 10, 2011

Welcome Grace...

Our waiting is over...
Saturday Grace Ashleigh arrived.
My beautiful daughter has her own little daughter to love and cuddle.
She is the happiest little bundle ever and Grace looks just as her Mum did.
Jessica and Lachlan..
It took no time at all to get used to having a grand baby. Now you are wondering is Mandy going to start filling her posts with photos of her new grand daughter Grace?
What do you think??
Tomorrow I am heading out to Roma with Jess to help her settle in for a week..
Grace still has 2 aunties and 1 uncle to meet...She told me she can't wait to meet them so hurry home to see me.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hello all........ how is Thursday finding you?
It is actually raining here in my part of the world, and cold. I am all rugged up as the workshop is cold....really cold...
Yes I'm at work...dreaming about my garden at home and how lovely it is all looking at the moment...Well yesterday really when the sun was shinning and I took theses photos.
The very first photo is of my hippeastrums which I have had for years, I actually got them from my Mum's garden. They are looking stunning at this time of year when they flower..I almost forget they are there and then there they are in all there glory.
I love it when I have every thing in flower and I can pick vases of fresh flowers in the house.

Still waiting for my beautiful girl Jess to have here baby...Between you and me I am sure I was never pregnant this long it seems like years....
Well I had better get back to work
after a quick catch up of some blogs that is...
Blessings to all

Monday, October 3, 2011

Catching up...

I'm still here....a little insane maybe but still here.
School is back today and the house is quiet and clean!!! It has been a crazy 2 weeks here with the kids home and trying to get all the book work done at work. Work has been crazy busy which is good..Alanah leaves for Thailand this week so we have been getting every thing up to date.. Eldest daughter Jess is in from Roma waiting....waiting for her little bub to be born..Poor Jess she just hanging around waiting...We all are.
In between all this I have been spending any spare time out in the garden, above and below are photos of the mulberry tree that had to get a good hair cut as it was shading the solar panels to much.
Speaking of haircuts last Thursday I took the kiddos to town to get the school holidays haircuts.. Now let me set the scene for you.....All three children are sitting in chairs doing there thing and I am trying to tell Robbie that that no he can not have a Footy cut...Why ? is asked because they look stupid I say while wondering to myself what the hell is a Footy cut is...and being thank full for 8 year old that still thinks short back and side are cool ( cause Mum said so) Any way horrible 13 year old calls out from other side of room....Hey Mum you should get a hair cut too and get a colour cause I can see the gray from here....All eyes swing to me as Robbie continues you should see Mum's hair when she is at home it is wild and all fizzy....My response to this....give the brat short back and sides!!!!!!!
and yes I did get a hair cut as well and when I got home I also put a colour in...Kids and they wonder why I was happy to see them go to school today.
Back to the garden..the place I go to chill out and gather my thoughts. The artichokes are doing there job above and keeping the lettuce shaded...Below we are still digging potatoes and carrots.
I am going to have to find some recipes for artichokes are there is a lot on the bushes. If you have any ideas please let me know.
I have been enjoying my early morning walks with the most amazing sunrises. Below doesn't do the sky justice as the sun was a bright red ball coming up over the mountains...I think the smoke in the air made it so red.
Below are the solar panels getting lots of sun now..and we still have plenty of mulberry's on the tree.
Hmmmm I think those blinds need a good scrub...might be a good job for a smart mouth 13 year old I think...