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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

10 Reasons Why I Dread Halloween in Australia!

So it's 5.30pm in Australia on 31 October, and fast is approaching what is an American celebration, now creeping into Australian homes, Halloween.

So, why am I dreading this evening.

1. Our Australian sun sets at 7.23pm, which coincides with my 3 and 5 year olds bedtimes, AND when all the ghouls and ghosts and witches come knocking.

2. Scarily dressed children will ring our bell and bang on our door for who knows how long, keeping my kids awake, and scaring the pants off them.  

3. I am forced to buy and give away yummy lollies and chocolate.  For those of you with a sweet tooth you know how faux par this is.  Its bad enough I have to share with my kids, but others' as well! 

4. I berate myself for being so worried about the judgements of both the children and their parents for not having goodies to give them.  Hence, I have a large stash waiting by the door.

5. It is super hot here and I have felt the necessity to dust and vacuum meticulously all areas of the house visible when you open the front door so I won't be judged by strangers. On the up side, I love a super clean house.

6. On a serious note, as a parent, it worries me to see young children knocking on strangers doors, especially when unaccompanied by an adult.  There are many not so nice people who could be saying, doing or giving their kids anything.  Unfortunately that is just the world we live in. Our kids are too precious.

7. I have "Halloween Decoration Envy" with our neighbours across the street.  They went all out this year.  As if I'm not already dreading being overshadowed by their amazing Christmas light display this year.  Love you guys, but grrr..

8. I can't relax in my pyjamas until ...., well, until an indeterminate time. 

9. My inner self is tempted to go up the shops and buy the now half price Halloween decorations and pretend we are part of it all.  Oh dear.

10. I've wasted an hour drafting this blog post. :(  


Hey my little American friends, does everyone love Halloween there, or is it not for everyone?  I'd really be interested to know.

UPDATED - 7.30pm -

11. And as darkness falls we are forced to  pathetically hide in our own homes with the lights off and blinds drawn, pretending we are not here.  Oh dear, oh dear....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ikea Shopping Trip!

I have not been to Ikea in over 3 years. Why?  Because there are only 2 Ikea stores in Sydney, Australia, and our closest is about 40 minutes away.  Plus it is always super duper busy.  It was only because I didn't have the kids yesterday that I decided to venture out.  

What did I buy?  

These delicious chair cushions.  They are a tan and white floral design, with a super thick cushion.  And the sides have cute little flaps of fabric. They also have a tan and white check print on the other side so you can reverse them. And for $14.95 each I bought 2 for our dining room end chairs.  Love them!

I also got 2 duck feather large cushion inserts for $9 each.  They are SO SOFT!  In fact, everything in Ikea is super soft.  I was in heaven feeling all their quilts and cushions!  I'm not sure which cases I'll use or if I'll make new ones, but either way, I feel spoilt just looking at them. :)

I also got this neutral brown rug which is perfect for the sunroom.  And for $30 I couldn't say no.

It compliments my big soft new cushions I got from Target a few weeks ago for 40% off (approx $16 each). :)

Oh yeah, and the new couch covers are a drop sheet I got for $10 at Bunnings and cut in half.  I haven't even bothered to sew it yet.  Love drop sheets!

I also picked up this super soft white throw for the bargain price of $4.95.

AND this really cute wall clock with a creamy green tin base was $30.  A bit out of budget, but I knew if I didn't buy it I would suffer thrifter's remorse for months to come.

This gorgeous lounge also caught my eye and was super comfy.

Now I just have to jump on our current lounge lots and lots so I bust the springs and we have to get one of Ikea's gorgeous new sofas. :)

And of course I'd have to have the matching foot stool ..., right? ;)

Actually, I'm considering doing a knock off of this foot stool.  If you break it down, I have rectangular chest I could pad and use for the base, and a foam cushion top. I could sew the covers in white upholstery fabric and there you have it.  I'll add it to the list. :)

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Restyle Relove Now Linked to Knot All That I Seam

Hi everyone,

I'm lucky enough to have an IT genius brother who has now linked or overlapped my new Blog "Restyle Relove" with Knot All That I Seam.  

So when you try to go to my old web address, you will automatically be redirected here, which contains all my followers and posts from KATIS.  

Which is in fact all too confusing to keep trying to explain. I'm still trying to figure it out!  

So you really don't need to do anything, other than not get as confused as me when you land on my new look, newly named blog site. :)  

Hope this all makes sense!  

Thanks for your continued support.

x Julie

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Friday, October 26, 2012

NEWS FLASH - I have a new Blog Site - "Restyle Relove"!

Hi Lovlies,

I initially started Knot All That I Seam as a personal DIY diary, and a spin off of my sewing endeavours, hence the "Knot" and "Seam" play on words.  

Now that my DIY has grown into a small business, I thought I would create a new blog with a name and feel that highlights what my blog is about and what I do. 

My new blog site called Restyle Relove 


I think this name sums it all up.  I love to take something old and restyle it into something new and beautiful that can be reloved.  

So, please pop over to Restyle Relove and say hi.  Let me know what you think of my new blog layout (which is still a work in progress), and don't forget to subscribe to my blog posts as I won't be posting much more on Knot All That I Seam going forward.   And of course, I'd love you to Like me on FaceBook. :)

Thanks so much for everyone's support.  

I wouldn't be here without you!

x Julie 

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cutlery Graphic Dining Table & Spindle Back Chairs

This is the first time I experimented with paper graphics on a table and I'm really pleased with the results.

This dining setting consisting of 6 spindle back chairs and table was a huge job, but one I am extremely proud of.

Here is the table when I purchased it.

Such a pretty table and who could resist those gorgeous spindle back chairs!

And after ...

Firstly I sanded the varnish off the entire table and all the chairs.  Then I applied a coat of White Knight Stain Stopper undercoat to prevent any tannin leaking through.  Finally I applied two coats of flat white.

I found the amazing vintage cutlery graphic on The Graphics Fairy, and was able to enlarge it dramatically using Block Posters.

After printing the graphic out spanning over 9 A4 pages, I cut it out and matched up all the pieces on the table.  Then I used Mod Podge to secure it to the table.

I then sealed the top of the graphic with another coat of Mod Podge.

  Finally I applied 3 coats of clear furniture wax to the top of the table.

The chairs were lightly sanded around the edges and sealed with 2 coats of clear furniture wax also.

I love the way it all turned out!  I'm adding this one to my favourites list! :)

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