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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dining Room Botanical Wall Gallery

Hello friends and Happy 2017!

Here in Australia we have a 6 week school holiday break from Christmas to the end of January and I'm both sad and happy to say my kids went back to school today. And boy do I miss them! Really!  Anyway, during this 6 week break I have been making some changes around the house, but have had little time to blog them, so prepare yourself for an onslaught of posts and pictures. 

First, let's begin in the Dining Room. I made my Cafe de Paris sign 4 years ago and it has been one of those pieces that has stood the test of time.  In fact, it has hung on the same wall in the same spot for the last 4 years also. The great thing about this sign is that I created MDF inserts for each holiday that I just pop in and out when I'm doing seasonal decorating. 

This is my Dining Room last year, shortly after we planked the dining table.

Recently I decided I wanted a change over the dining table. So I did a bit of Pinterest purusing and found this idea at Delightfully Noted. Isn't it just dreamy.

Which lead me to create my own gallery. I began by Googling Botanical Prints and printed off a few that I thought looked good together. Then I framed them using frames I purchased from The Reject Shop for $3 each. 

Next I measured up my wall space and the size of the frames and drew out a plan of where I wanted them placed on the wall. I used a lead pencil, ruler and liquid level to position all my frames so that they were evenly spaced, straight, and looked pleasing to the eye. This process took a while, but I'm very happy with the result. 

And my Cafe sign found a new home over my Dining Room Sideboard, which also got a small restyle. 

Here was the before ...

And coming up soon, I'm super excited to be sharing my new look French Doors and new Ikea Curtains!

:) Julie

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year and My 5 Favourite Posts of 2016

Happy 2017 everyone! 

2016 was a pretty quiet year for DIY for me. I was undertaking a course most of the year to begin a new career path in Education Learning Support, which in turn lead to me returning to the workforce after 9 years as a stay at home mum.  This meant a lot less time, and energy, for DIY.  I love my new job and 2016 was definitely a year of positive change for me and my family. 

But DIY will always be a passion for me and I look forward to not only a productive but also creative 2017.

Looking back over my posts from 2016, I chose these as my favourite 5:

Happy Creative 2017!
😀   Julie

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