Monday, November 18, 2013

Cassandra's Graduation.......................

My beautiful girl has all finished school.

Cassie I am so proud of you
 Every one was there to wish her well and take photos.
Arriving with Nuna her partner and the car they arrived in.
Looking stunning.
A cheering crowd.
I could show so many more.
Have a great Monday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A New Curtain...

In Spotlight last week I found this sweet shower curtain, that I knew would be great to give the kids bathroom a spruce up.
Once I hung it up  I knew I needed a new curtain in there as well....
  Lace of course, but I didn't have any...Hmmm Lace tablecloth that I don't use any more because of the holes in it.....Perfect..
A quick raid of the doily draw and 30mins later a new curtain...

Today I am making my grand daughters Christmas dresses. Below is the trail one for Grace.
I knew what I wanted and couldn't find a pattern...
It is called a Pillowcase Dress.....
So that's what I used a vintage pillow case.....
Their Mother is really going to love that......
Have a great Tuesday
I will
Alanah is arriving TONIGHT.....

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Slow Monday

Today is going to be a slow peaceful day.
We got a shower of rain overnight and the air and garden are fresh. Harrison is here with me today and we will spend time in the garden playing.

The rest of the week is going to be so busy, tonight I start my Jamie Oliver cooking classes at Queens Park.
Tomorrow we go to pick this beautiful girl up from the airport...
Yep my Alanah is coming home....
14 long months this girl has been gone and to say we are excited to see her is a under statement.

Friday my baby girl Cassandra graduates from year 12.
She has had a tough few months but I know this girl and she will grow and get stronger from all life's experiences.
All her sisters will be here to watch her graduate and cheer her on. So watch this space there will be photos.....

 On this slow Monday I will read some blogs, play with my grandson and rest up for the big week ahead.
Thank you for the great comments about my kitchen make over. I wish I could work out how to be able to answer comments like I see in other blogs but I can't seem to find out how, any hints.

Enjoy your Monday

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ktichen Reveal...............

Warning LONG post.(make a cuppa)
Below is the kitchen before, way before as it  still has the yellow trimmings.
 Above now,  you can the see the stove is gone and the island bench is in the middle as it should be. I have a shelf for my cookbooks and the big bench has been moved to the stoves place.
 My new chandeliers are installed, now you may think me crazy fore having chandeliers in the kitchen but I love they were not expensive..I also have done away with the table in the middle of the kitchen.
This wall before.

This is my main meal preparing area.
Same bench different place before it was a wasted bench as it was only ever used for coffee making and lunch making in the mornings.... Now it is earning it's keep.
I did and still do love the open shelves but a change was needed.
The kitchen sink before.
Nothing at all has changed here except the walls are painted and doesn't it look so much brighter and bigger.
This wall before

This wall isn't finished yet, this is where I am getting a unit built all along this back wall.
There will be a bench with wall cabinets above. It will look like one very big Kitchen Dresser. The wall cabinets will have glass doors so you will be able to see all of my china.
So until they come I am stuck with boring....The chairs will stay as in my kitchen this is were every one ends up, and it is nice to be cooking while chatting...
Now your probably wondering where the stove is....
Where a stove should be in the stove recess.
I am so happy with how this turned out. Now it took a lot of thought to take out the wood heater as in winter we need it. But I also know this is where the stove needed to go. As for the wood heater it will get a new home in the lounge room, I couldn't do with out it through Winter.

The meat safe fits one side and along the other Bruce made a bench to fit, I had 2 down lights put in here as well as a fan extractor which you can't see.
Bruce lined the whole back wall in pressed metal and we left it in its raw finish. I would have liked to take the 2 windows out and have one long window but that would have been major building due to the support beams, never mind I love looking out the window while I'm cooking.
Above is a close up of the pressed metal and also the tap Bruce put in for me to fill the kettle and big pots, this is the best idea ever.....
This layout works so much better I am in a smaller area working and it is not a walk way arranged this way. This is the main reason for redoing the kitchen, I was always tripping over some one.

 I am standing in one door way and you see now that traffic flow goes around the island and into the dinning room, not through the middle of my preparing area. Much better idea.
I kept my black board door.
 And behind blackboard is the butlers pantry with the fridge, coffee machine, dishwasher and all the other crap that one has....:)
Through to the dinning room. All one colour now and all just flows together.
And Harrison thinks the new kitchen is good cause Grandma has things he can play with...
I say it is a new kitchen which it is but I have used what I had....
Same stove that was moved and same benches which we moved, Bruce made the other bench out of a table we already had.
New things I got was
2 Chandeliers $240
2 Down lights  $40
I extractor fan $25
Pressed Metal $700
Painting $1200
Electrician $350
He had to move a light and install 3 new,
move phone plug,
 move 2 lots of light switches and fan switch,
 install extractor fan
Wire in stove
The rest of the work Bruce and I did..
Total Price $2555
Not bad for a new kitchen.
Yes I still have to get my long bench and floor covering these will be a big expense...But so far so good....
What do you think????
I'm linking up with
Linda from Coastal Charm
So drop by and visit..

Friday, November 1, 2013

Where Have I been?

No  where interesting
in fact no where at all, you see after 2 weeks into the new month our inter net is so slow
that I can't blog, read blogs in fact anything that has pictures is out.
So instead of blogging I have been going to some open gardens in my area.
Last weekend Bruce and I went to Oakey and  Ravensbourne, this garden in Ravensbourne Below had a dam so big it was more of a lake.
This is a working Avocado farm as well, they didn't have a lot of flowers but lots and lots of trees that made it seem like a park (with a lake sighhhhh)
You can see the different colours of the foliage is this photo.
We also went to an old homestead in Oakey called Dalmeny, lots of old trees and Oleanders and conifers. At the front you can see the rose garden.
For me though the most amazing garden I have ever seen was at Mulgowie.
Hilldale Estate Garden
This garden had it all, water features, vineyards, lagoons 7 of them no less.
The water feature below was in the sunken garden...
Below is the most amazing arch I've seen, my pictures don't do the work justice I'm sorry. In the corner you can see my poor MIL she was getting tired by this time.

 Below is one of the lagoons they all ran into each other with bridges going across. The thing that stuck me with all 3 gardens was there are very few flowers, it really showed that you don't need lots of flowers to make a magnificent garden.
OK I'm going to stop going on about them now, but I have enjoyed walking through and getting some ideas for my garden, mostly a lake would be good hahaha. You should have seen Bruce's face when I said that to him....
I have also been spending time with this little cutie pie...That is a healthy Chai cake he is eating too, Harrison and Grandma love this cake, our little secrete OK.

I am so looking forward to Christmas so I can spend time with all 4 of the grandies.
I just had to show you this photo we got taken of myself and the most beautiful babies.. I am going to get this photo framed I love it so much....I will share some more in another post.
The kitchen is coming along nicely, below is a sneak peak...It is painted, furniture moved to its new spot, lights all up, but no new floor coverings yet...Mostly I can't find any thing I like!!!!!!! So I can wait....The new built ins will go in, in the next week or 2 so I have some time yet to decide..

Well I'm sorry about the long rambling post....
Blessing to all