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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Blue Dining Room Cabinet

Remember my dining room cabinet? Here it was last Christmas.

I loved the white, but I wanted a change.

After browsing Pinterest for ideas, I chose this gorgeous shade of deep blue from the Dulux range called Shindig.  I applied 2 coats, followed by a coat of clear varnish.  And kept the inside white.

When I restyled the inside, I grabbed all kitchen related items, instead of a mishmash of stuff. 
I decided to be really brave and add a bit more colour with the different kettles.

And of course I kept my wire inside the doors.

I also added a darker walnut stain to my Cafe de Paris artwork.

And while we are in the dining room, I found this cute little bluish grey vase yesterday that is perfect for our dining table.

And after a few days of looking at my new blue cabinet, I can say I'm very happy with it. I absolutely love the colour. It's not too bright and provides a great contrast against the white walls.

AND, I'm genuinely finding the blue additions, to my otherwise very white house, quite relaxing.

:) Julie

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blue Drop Front Secretary

We recently got back from a holiday up the Coast and I've been feeling very restless in our home.

All the beautiful shades of white are feeling like too much white. I know, crazy right? I love white.

I don't know. Maybe it is just a readjusting phase, or maybe I just need a change and to add a little bit of colour.

Previously I've leaned towards shades of green. This time I've decided to try blue. 
Or more of a grey blue to be exact. 

I decided to paint the drop front secretary in our entryway.

I mixed my own paint colour for this project. 
Starting with blue, adding black and then lightening it up with white. 

Remember it was white before ... (surprise, surprise).

The colour deepens throughout the day as the sun moves around to the back of the house.
But I really like the different shades.

I left the key holes silver ...

And also kept the original handles ...

I kept the inside white with the old music sheet pages.  

And I put my chalkboard sign above it and added one of my favourite sayings. :)

That cute orange wrapped candle I picked up on holidays at Target.
It is cranberry and orange scented and smells delicious so I wanted it in the entryway to the house. Maybe I'll be extra brave and incorporate some shades of orange too! 

So far I'm quite enjoying the pop of blue. 
The blue is actually quite relaxing, and not so stark white like before. 

Am I likely to change my mind and repaint it white again?
Most likely. LOL. 

But for now, go the blue!

:) Julie

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Strawberry Picking and a Vintage Cafe

Last weekend we headed up the Coast for a holiday. 

We called in to a place called Ricardoes in Port Macquarie to do some strawberry picking.

The strawberries are all hydroponically grown in large greenhouses.

You get to cut them fresh off large PVC pipe trellises. 

The kids loved it.

Afterwards we had scones at their cafe. Yummo!

The cafe had some really cute vintage touches, including this really cool desk.

And all these vintage goodies on display above their fresh produce!  

If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend dropping in.

:) Julie
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Monday, January 11, 2016

White Wreath Made From Sticks

I made this drop cloth rag wreath about 2 years ago. I was never really happy with it so I decided to re-invent it. :)

Firstly, I untied all the drop cloth knots. Don't worry, I'll be using the drop cloth strips for another project. ;)

Then I painted the tapestry hoop white.

I had been gathering sticks from our garden for a few weeks. I just needed to snap them to the desired size. (Note: Use gloves to avoid blisters. Wish I had taken my own advice!)

Then I grabbed my hot glue gun and was ready to go.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lego Mini Figure Display Boxes

It was a rainy day in January with the kids on school holidays ...

To alleviate the boredom we decided to make Lego display boxes for their mini figures.

We had seen a display box at ToysrUs for $60 which held 16 characters. This was no where near going to hold the amount of figures my kids have and there was no way I was paying that price.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Strawberry and Peach Trifle

Christmas family lunch was celebrated at our house as usual. And as usual, my husband cooked a yummy ham and turkey roast, with roast vegetables. He does the best roasts, although I might be a bit bias. ;)

And I made dessert. Strawberry and peach trifle.
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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year and My Favourite Posts from 2015

Happy 2016 everyone!

Before heading into the new year, I'd like to reflect on some of my favourite posts from 2015.

1. How To Restuff Ikea Ektorp Sofa Cushions Cheap, Easy and Quick

This post had a massive response and I can confirm that after almost a year, the stuffed cushions have held up wonderfully.
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