Friday, January 3, 2014

Welcome 2014

Hi folks

Since it is the start of the new year I thought it would be a good time to start up my blogging. After such a long break it is more than possible that no one visits me to read. Fair enough. But if only one person comes to reads it is worth it, and I know at least one of my dear daughters who lives away from us likes to check in to catch up on my news. 

The past few months have been intense to say the least. Firstly there was the preparation for the arrival of our second beautiful grandson. He arrived on the 1st December, very conveniently in the morning. He and his mum came home late on the same day. 
Patrick Thomas is as gorgeous as his older brother and we are all enjoying cuddles. 

Christmas was a low key affair again this year. We were fortunate to have all five of our daughters in town. We chose to have the hot Christmas lunch with baked, glazed ham and all the veggies to go with it. Of course as is the tradition, we all ate far more than usual and so lazed around the rest of the day.
I must admit that I am glad it's over now and I look forward to the brand new year ahead. I turn 50 mid year. I can hardly believe I wrote that. Fifty used to seem very old when I was a child, but of course now I am rapidly approaching that milestone, I'm thinking how lucky I am to be here to celebrate it. I reckon I will have a party, plenty of wine and food and laughs.

I find the days passing quickly, even when I don't seem to have much to do. I spend a lot of my time resting and thinking. I tire very easily and with ongoing health issues it is always a case of going with the flow, more simply put I work when I have the energy to do it and sit quietly when I don't. It can be a problem though as when I do have a boost of energy and enthusiasm I try to do many things and very soon my physical limitations stop me.

Some of the crafty things I have been doing the past couple of months include, sewing, quilting, making birthday cards and my newest and most favourite thing painting! More specifically furniture painting. Who knew I would be able to pick up a paint brush and slap it onto furniture and pimp it up. For a long time I have wanted to make over my dark furniture. I came across some blogs from people who were using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to revamp tired or work furniture. I knew this paint was made for me. Basically it is a chalky type paint that you slap on without preparation and then distress and wax for a beautiful finish. I am not good at explaining it so if your interested best Google it.
To date I have painted my console hall table, lamp table, numerous cane baskets, and the biggie-,y entire bedroom suite. Well I didn't actually paint all of it my daughters and even the bloke helped with that project, cos it was far too much for me to tackle on my own. I chose ASCP in Duck Egg Blue-it's gorgeous. The first photos show my first attempt at painting a lamp table. I used old white, which looks great.

The following photo is the cane chest I use in my bedroom to store excess stuff. It was an ugly dark colour, a fairly cheap piece from Target I think. One application of ASCP and it was transformed from the ugly duckling into the beautiful swan.

I love this paint. True statement. It has allowed me to use my basic painting abilities to achieve instant, satisfying results. Yeah- fulfilling my creative need.
Once I can upload my other pics of my bedroom suite I can show you how it looks.
Now the drought has been broken I hope to be back more often.
Take care,


  1. Beautiful, beautiful boy!
    Adore your table and your chest!
    Happy New Year Jan.



    1. Thanks Kimmie, hope you have a great new year.

  2. Looks like you have more than just one reader ; )
    Can’t wait to see what the bedroom suite looks like!
    A gorgeous grandson to add to the other gorgeous grandson! Wonderful news!

    1. Thanks Bri, lovely to see you visit.

  3. Nice blog mum, I love the pic with my kitty cat in it :)

    1. Glad you could find my blog. Yes your cat was photo bombing.

  4. Love the table and chest, looks awesome :)