Thrift Store Challenge

Hi all!  I’ve been asked to join a thrift store challenge with a wonderful and talented group of ladies so be sure to check out their finds and what they have done! I’ll add all their links at the end.

The rules are to find an item thrifted and show how you can use it in our home!

Anybody that know’s me well, will know how much I love thrift stores and believe me I will go to them everyday. I just LOVE! them so much!!

So myself and a good friend of mine went further afield to some new thrift stores and boy did I come home with lots of stuff..

I have no idea why I went for these three trays but how and ever I thought to myself yep! I can easily do something with these.. As you can see from the back of them I picked them up for little or nothing.. $4.50 for all three trays BARGIN!!! I also picked up this little wooden ribbon for 50c and a black family sign for 50c but I forgot to take a photo before I chalk painted it. I also picked up ten hard back books for $5.00 which I painted and got to stenciling my favourite scripture onto them! (I used them in a few of the photos)

So I get started on painting the trays and the ribbon or bow what ever one wishes to call it.. I used my favourite chalk paint!

When the paint dried I decided to stencil all around them with a metallic paint that I have on hand called Wattyl aged metal.. I love this product!!

The stenciling didn’t take me that long but as I moved along I seemed to be getting a little better at it!! I then decided to go over it in certain areas with my serenity blue Rust-oleum chalk paint, and I loved that idea!! For a change I also painted small strokes around the inside of the tray and around the edges with the serenity blue to give that shabby chic look rather than sand them.

Then I decided that I wanted to make them into a tier tray and I used some old table legs that I had been keeping for around 6 years!! I knew I wanted to use them one day but didn’t know what on! And whoopa now I have a reason to repurpose them!! I cannot throw away anything! So I get going on painting those also…

I used my chop saw to chop them down to the size I wanted. I also reused the tops which I painted white and used these for the four little feet for my bottom tier! I used my glue gun to glue them onto the bottom tier.. I tried my best to use the ends that would screw together to make it easier for myself.

I had pre measured the middle of each tray and drilled a small hole in the middle where I had marked.

I then screw it all together and got to styling it with some of my favourite stuff!

I loved adding some of my favourite items to the trays!

I love this scripture I stenciled on the books which will probable make it into my bedroom at some stage 🙂

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I think I’m pretty happy with the look I’ve achieved for my entry way for only $10.50 😊

Don’t forget to check out all the links below to see what these lovely ladies have come up with and happy thrifting to all the thrifters out there!!!

Tara, Stilettos and Shiplap

Shae, Sweet Southern Grace

Dori, This Full Life 5

Victoria, The Home Envy

Jodi, The House House Blog

Lindsay, Farmhouse Eclectic

Teresa, Through A Vintage Door

Emily, LeCultivateur

Through a Vintage Door

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by my page I’m Teresa Taylor AKA Through a Vintage Door. I’m an Irish gal Living in Australia and life is just so good over here we are just so spoiled.

Ive started this blog so that all our family and friends back home can follow us on our little journey in creating our new home, but saying that all are welcome to follow us and see what we are doing (Oh trust me, we are always doing something)

Im a DIY fanatic and a crazy christmas loving gal , which you will find out! I’m the type of gal that will put my hand to absolutely anything and my moto is, if it works it works! and if it doesn’t work ,don’t worry i’ll make it work!

Being in Australia for 6 years!, yes 6 whole years! I just cannot believe it, since we original only came for a 6 week holiday, wowser! Me and my one and only have decided its time to stop renting and time to buy our first home in Aussie land.

We just bought this little fixer upper and I’m so super excited to start renovations and styling my new nest in just the way I want it to look. This is a quick sneak peak of the outside before we sadly but happily rip it apart.

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I’LL BE POSTING MY CRAFTS AND DIY PROJECTS THAT I WILL BE PUTTING INTO MY NEW NEST AND ALSO OUR ROOM BY ROOM RENOVATIONS. WE ARE AIMING TO HAVE ALL THE RENOS DONE IN ONE YEAR 🙂

June Anthropologie Basket Challenge!

Hi everyone! Our beautiful and talented host Terrie atdecorateandmorewithtip.com asked me to team up in this months challenge  again with some amazing ladies to do an Anthropologie basket challenge. Make sure to check out the links below to see what they came up with!

The challenge So the challenge was to make our baskets resemble the one on the picture below. I have to say it looked easy but boy it ended up being hard from the very start, therefore this project certainly lived up to its name challenge! and challenge it was!! Well as you can see mine didn’t quite come out like it. From the very start I was unable to come across the jute rope and when I did finally find it, it was just far to expensive so plan A went out the door.. So plan B was actioned!

My project is my laundry basket which was heading for the shed for its retirement or heading for the trash then my mind was changed when I was asked to team up in the challenge! As you can see below it’s not a pretty site hey?

below is the one that we needed to replicate. Umm! Mine came out nothing like it but how and ever I continued on, after all I did start it and I was on a mission to finish it regardless how it was going to end up like!

Since I newly gutted and renovated the bathroom I needed something that would blend in with the look!

Making the lid The first thing it needed which it didn’t have , was a lid… I purchased some plywood for $7.00 and got my hubby to cut a circle shape with his jig saw to fit the right size of the basket.

I had this little wooden trim that I purchased from a craft shop for $3.00 and decided to use it in the centre of the lid so I could use around the handle. I also decided to only paint the middle section of the lid where the little wooden trim would go because the rest of the lid would have rope around it!

I placed the trim piece in the centre so I knew where to glue my first piece of rope. I once I had my first piece of rope glued I was able to remove the wooden trim to glue the remainder rope making sure I was glueing it tight together so I could see no gaps and continued in a circle till I wrapped all the plywood lid with rope.

I then glued on the wooden trim and drilled a hole in the centre and placed a little glass handle that I had left over from another project!

I got my hubby to make me some wooden pieces that I could glue underneath the lid so it would stop it from sliding off. That was the lid completed.

Painting the Laundry Basket

When I finished glueing the rope around the lid I gave it a quick coat of white linen chalk paint! I was already painting up some furniture pieces so why not give it a fresh coat right? Sorry about the painted hands but what’s a girl gotta do when she is working lol!

I then decided to paint the bottom part basket in the same colour as I painted my bathroom wall. I decided to spray paint the top half in chrome.

Weaving the wool/Macramme around the basketI decided to weaves one wool that I had around the top of the basket. I first glued a piece of rope around the top leaving some spaces so could insert the wool to start the weave. I simply just looped the wool around the glued rope. I used two pieces of wool for a thicker look and i doubled the length of the wool by the length of the basket so I wouldn’t run out, but I did!!!! I paid around $2.00 for the spool of wool in a thrift store around three years ago and this is the first time I used it , which I’m happy 🙂

I had no idea how to do this so I took an idea from you tube and wasn’t successful so I decided to just use the simple net look which is pretty easy to do and just use my head to work out the pattern I got here

I wanted the pattern to be on the top half of the basket so I glued a piece of rope around the center of the basket as a guide so I could work the pattern to the centre point.

Well as you can see from below my basket went in an opposite direction to what I wanted it to turn out like and that’s ok because with DIY projects sometimes they just take on a different dimension than you planned.

At the end of the day I’m happy with my achievement and I’m thinking it’s going to blend in very well with the decor in my bathroom .. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow.. And this was one of those times. (Plus I did already have a basket that looks like the one we were replicating!)

Products I used for the project.

Glue gun and glue rope, chrome spray , wool , wooden trim and glass handle. I used some left over paint from my bathroom wall colour, it was too big of a tub to fit in this photo! Therefore any water based paint will work ok!

The final look

This is how I’ve styled it

Don’t forget to check out the links to the other ladies challenges . You won’t be disappointed!!

Decorate and More with Tip ¦ Pandora’s box ¦LeCultivateur

This Full Life 5 ¦K’s Olympic Nest¦Barnhousemess

Uncommon Designs¦Savvy in the Suburbs¦Chasing Quaintness

Sweet Southern Grace¦Bluesky at Home¦Through a Vintage Door

Jessica Simmons

Terrie over at Decorate and More with Tip
Patti over at Pandora’s box
Emily over at LeCultivateur
Dori over at This Full Life 5
Kelli over at K’s Olympic Nest
Danya over at Barnhousemess
Trish over at Uncommon Designs
Sheri over at Savvy in the Suburbs
Benita over at Chasing Quaintness
Shae over at Sweet Southern Grace
Carol over at Bluesky at Home
Teresa over at Through a Vintage Door
Jessica over at Jessica Simmons

Spring Thrift Store Challenge.

You have heard it said that one mans junk is another mans treasure. Well let me tell you guys, truer words have never been spoken!

I’ve teamed up with some very talented ladies to come up with something that I could find in a thrift store and style it or repurpose it!! Well as most of my friends know that would just have me jumping with excitement (Happy dance going on right now) Yehaw!!!

Sorry let’s get back to the challenge item!!!

Who would ever think that one would spot something from a distance and the charge like a crazy lady whilst almost  knocking down any one that got in the way of my direct line of charge!

Well here is the item in its full glory!

As you can see it was very dark and gloomy and in its state I would never have used it in my home. When I found this item I was out thrift store shopping with a very good friend. While she shops for expensive vintage finds for resale for her shop, on the other hand I shop for items I can paint or repurpose and sell it on or in my case most times keep ( I have a hard time parting with stuff)

I purchased the the picture frame for a whopping $10 (Yay bargain) I already had the chalk paint and some dollor tree eggs that I purchased like 10 years ago, well ok not 10 but at least 4 and then I used some berry fonds that fell from my Alexander palm which I made the nest from!

Here is the finished product which took only a few hours to complete!

Nothing screams more spring than little bird eggs right!!!

I started off with chalk painting the whole frame and picture!

Here above is the berry fonds that fell from my tree.. I just dry these out in the sun for a short time and use them for multiple things in my home.

These are the items I used that I have in my home!

Paint of course 😊

Toothpicks for the eggs

Annie Sloan round paint brush

Glue gun

Styrofoam eggs

Styrofoam eggs which I painted with the wattyl aged metal effect bronze… Did I mention this product was on clearance two years ago!! Don’t believe when there is a use by date!! As you can see that my little bronze eggs came out perfect!

So I painted the frame and picture and then made the nest from the berry fonds by just cutting a length and tying it together with some gold thread. I then painted the eggs with rust-oleum chalk paint in serenity blue and the bronze metal effect colour. I then used the toothpicks so I could position it all the way I wanted and then used my glue gun to glue it all together!!

Now we can move on to see how I styled it and were I’m using it

So as you can see I’ve decided to use it mainly in my bathroom! Although I have some Easter pictures that I also made, I can take those away now that Easter is over and I can still use my little beauty for the remainder of Spring

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!

Happy thrifting to all my thrifting friends!!

Be sure to click on  my friends links below to check out their thrift store finds for some great inspiration. I promise you wont be sorry!

Trash Talk – Decorate & More with Tip
Thrift Treasure – LeCultivateur
You light up my life – Stilettos and Shiplap
The Thrift Store Challenge – The Home Envy
Brass Antique Lamp – The Farmhouse Eclectic
Thrifted Jewelry Case Makeover – This Full Life 5
Thrift Store Find – The House House Blog
Thrift store challenge – Through a Vintage Door
Pretty Bowling Ball – Shabby Queen
Thrift Store Challenge – The Collected Haven
April Thrift Store Challenge – Sweet Southern Grace

Room makeover

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I did a little make over on our bedroom this week and I have to say that I’m just loving the vibe it gives every time I walk in this room.. I had to try make it look a bit cosy for now. This room will get an addition onto it , well eventually, but definitely not before Christmas.

I will most likely change it up a bit for Christmas and do a little Christmas decorating. 😊 I know I just can’t help myself. Anyways this pic is really just a sneak peak as I’m thinking of changing out the louvre doors on either side of the bed. And need to get the curtains up , before Christmas I hope. Stay tuned for a new reveal soon

Finishing the bathroom renovation. Week 2

I can’t believe how fast this room is moving along. Feels like we have got so much done. The walls are up and plastered the new ceiling and coven is up and I love it , the tiles are half down and the shower has been put in. Today the plasterer comes back to sand the walls and tomorrow I’m off to pick out paint for the walls. Eventually the window will get changed but that will happen when we decide on what windows we want. I. Suppose it all just takes time and patience, which I’m not good at patience when it comes to home styling and decorating. I just want it all now haha!! Whose with me? Here are a few pics of this weeks progress.

Finishing the bathroom renovation. Week 1

This bathroom seems to go on for ever and ever and this gal is getting so fed up with the length of time it is taking. Between trying to get the back yard prepped for new grass and prepping the patio area, we decided to just leave everything else alone and finish this bathroom mess. I’m pretty pretty sure that the hold up was due to none of us wanting to rip up the floor tiles and remove the wall tiles , so , I got moving on it and that set the task in motion. Hubby started ripping down the walls once the tiles got removed , the plumber got moving on the plumbing and whoopa!! progress started again.. We decided on a mission impossible task to get this bathroom finished in 4 weeks but we do only have weekends to work on it so this will be a challenge for sure . I have to say that this was such a back breaking job, the floor tiles was those weeny weeny tiny old tiles that you just don’t see anymore and where we had taken the wall down between the bathroom and toilet had terracotta tiles on the other side and let me tell you , those tiles were concreted down I’m sure .. Anyways here is a few pics from week 1

Sneak peek at our new floors.

I’m kinda having a love hate relationship with our new floors and boy oh boy am I so undecided on wether to keep them or not. I’m questing that when all the furniture is in place and out new super gorgeous rug goes down I might just start loving them , if not I’ll lift them up and use them in the bedrooms. We got some temporary trims up around our windows which myself and hubby did and I just love them and when we replace the windows I definitely be doing the same trims .. We don’t see these trims much in Australia but so be it I love them none the less .

Bathroom

Hi all its been a while since I’ve posted anything because we came to a bit of a stand still because my hubby has been working so hard and not arriving home till after 7pm some evenings.

But YAY!! I’m so excited that our bathroom is under way. This week I ripped up all the tiles and that gave hubby a bit of kick start in getting our bathroom done..

Here are a few photo’s of the before pics and laying our first tile.. I’m hoping that in two weeks or maybe three weeks , we will have it finished , time permitting of course! I’m just so over the moon to get this room started purely because it’s the worst room in our little house.

Everything you see in these pics will be ripped out. It’s pretty hard when we only have 1 bathroom, but we are working around it. We have taken down the wall between the toilet and bathroom to make one big room or should I say 1 bigger room..

Stay tuned for the reveal 🙂

Standstill

Well everything here has come to a standstill . The Christmas was so busy and all I want to do is take a break before we start out next project .. it was so hard today to try motivate myself to do anything because today was such a scortcher of a day . Well I decided to just chill out and do scone computor stuff . Yep lol! That’s what I did for the whole day . I was checking out the room trying to decide where I’d hang the pictures and what drapes will o use etc well I ended up in a snap happy mood

Happy Wednesday guy”Ss

Lounge Wall Removal

We were debating wether or not to remove the wall in the lounge . It was kinda a bit of a will we won’t we , but when our electrician came out to do some work , well let me just say that will we won’t me led to another decision and we actually had to remove part of that wall so he could wire up stuff . Well that was it, decision was made and the whole wall came down. Here are a few before pics of the demo

Finally Bed Time

Well Guys its bed time all the way over here in Australia in the O’Connor house hold. It was a public holiday today which gave hubby a day off work, oh let me just clarify that guy’s , a day off work but not a day off in the O’Connor household work place . I mean comon how would the reno’s get done if my poor one and only took a rest.

Well let me get on with what we done this weekend. We were offered to a pool party and then my hubby forgot and ordered machinery and crusher dust and garden bark and so on so on. Well we decided to give the party a miss. After paying all that money out for skips and machines we just couldn’t justify not using it. All I can say now is that im so glad we decided to stay home and work on the renos because right now i can hear the sound of rain absolutely pouring down. earlier on in the day it began to rain which led us in and out of the house to to dodge the rain drops, but we seen time going on and decided to just get out and get the work done. Right now my arms and shoulders are aching like crazy from digging and shoveling ,oh, and planting, yep I do like that part.

Hubby had me wearing his nail bag so I could easily managing the nail and hammering and boy was it hot, especially yesterday.

Hubby got to digging and removing all the soil and pebbles from the back yard with hia new little rented stand up bob cat machine

I even got stuck in too and did a little bit of helping with pegging out for the shed slab.

Slab Prep

Well as I said at the start , I’m in bed now so I thought i’d give a little update. I’d like to spend a little bit more time but eyes wont allow it. Anyone got any matchsticks ? This gal need some lol!!

Good night all , hopefully ill get more pics up tomorrow.

Love to all

 

Morning cuppa with a happy face

Morning Cuppa

Good Morning guys 🙂 amongst all the chaos in our living room right now I can still have a little smile on my face and say yay! God is good which means life is good 🙂  , Im feeling thankful for even the smallest of changes that we are making day by day. Yesterday we had the tree removal guy’s work there their stuff to create some space for our sheds/garden seating area., (see photos below)  Im really happy with the guys we chose they were efficient fast and did a great job of cleaning the garden and also cleaning all out tree branches from where we had cut some back …And then there was me working on all our files and office paper works which has caused me to scroll through youtube on how to compact a huge supply of office works into a tiny space. Which leads me to thinking that I will need to put in a crafts /office area which wasn’t really planned but greatly needed. Hubby doesn’t know this yet,  but Im feeling it needs to happen. I’ve way to much material and craft stuff and i’m thinking i’ll need the space for when I start to launch all my tutorials on here , I mean comon guys were’s a girl gonna work ? ya know what I mean 🙂  Sooo back to the garden progress. Heres a few pics.

Remember that messy corner I posted yesterday

What a mess

WHOOPA!!!  Well guys here is the progress, we were going to keep the blue palm, but after it was trimmed back , it just didn’t look great, so it had to go. As you can see in the second photo its far more spacious. So now we just have to wait on the excavator to come and destroy all that bad patio work and remove all the tree stumps and boulders . Apparently this corner hosted some kind of a water feature and also a mosquito haven, oh yeh! glad its gone because I’ve got some great plans for this corner 🙂 Oh and guess what I found in this corner after the tree removals , a table tennis table yes that right and its a big one too , not one of those little ones ,oh no sir.  Anyways back to the pics

After we removed those Golden Canes , well , all I can say is wow you guy’s , the space just looks so amazingly big, it looks like we just got given a whole new garden. I know it may not look that big from the photos but believe me its a whole new space we didn’t even think we had , oh we found a car seat hiding in among all the tree stems , goes to show ya ,we didn’t even know that was there. Here is the space now and I am loving it.

Today we are waiting on the guy’s to come back and remove two more stumps for our shed slab to go in tomorrow.

I have to say I am happy with who we chose and as I said above it took us more than half a day’s work and a trip to the skip but these guy’s got in and did the job so good , they even took away the trees that we couldn’t fit in our trailer and we didn’t even ask them too. We will definitely use these guy’s again. See below who we decided to use.

Tree lopping company

Well guy’s thats todays update so stay tuned as hopefully i’ll have more at the weekend. Stay cool guy’s

Exhausted But Happy

Well guys its been quite a while since i’ve blogged about anything as this little nest of ours is proving to have its ups and downs. One of the problems is getting people to come out and do the work we need. I know I said id have pics of the Laundry up on the blog but unfortunately we are still awaiting an available plumber and electrician to come out at the same time to move our water tank outside ,  soooo this has led to a bit of a standstill on the O’Connor laundry reno. On a brighter note 🙂 tomorrow the tree guys come out to take down some of our Palms and canes that are in the way of us pouring the slab for the sheds.  So hopefully the slab will go down on wednesday or thursday and the sheds can go up at the weekend and we can finally get most of the  stuff out of our bedrooms and into the sheds and start  working on some rooms whoo whoo!! Oh and hubby removed the bathroom wall that separated the toilet. The toilet had no wash basin in it ,which I just hated that , so hubby removed that wall to make the space bigger and im loving it … Also my one and only removed some of that ugly brickwork at the end of the bath/shower  , why it was there is kind of a puzzle to us , and to anyone that visits us. That piece of ugliness made no sense at all, and to what purpose it served has had us flabbergasted to what it was and why it was ever built  LOL!!

So guys heres a few before pics of our messy garden and messy trees that will be gone tomorrow YAY!  And  a few pics of the bathroom/ toilet wall removal, the rest of the bathroom reno is a little while away but it has made life is a little tiny bit simpler 🙂

So below is our right hand corner tree mess which also hosts a water feature that cannot be seen and maybe host some snakes too . So tomorrow this gets cut back ready for the escavator to come in and do what it does best , and that would be to remove all the ugly bolders and cement

 

Below are the Golden canes that we spent most of the day cutting down and and two trips to the tip and got nowhere! So it was time to call in the professionals and let them have the headache. which is tomorrow 🙂 YAY!!

Below is that ugly brickwork at the end of our bath/shower which served absolutely no purpose at all.

 

Below you can see how small our toilet was and also how small our bathroom is , we will also be taking down the toilet door and extending the whole bathroom and maybe adding a new window, debate on this one wether we will replace it or not .. I want too, but hubby doesn’t , sooo folks stay tuned in a few months to see who wins 🙂

Well Guys Ill get around to posting some pics  of the tree removals  tomorrow cant wait to see all the open space.. Its gonna be amazing and some more sun in that right hand ugly overgrown corner. Stay cool you guy’s

All moved in

So we have finally moved in and handed back the keys to our rental property. Things around here have been pretty pretty hectic, I should say crazy hectic. its been a two week journey of very mixed feelings. Ive literally had to climb my way over furniture and boxes, trying to find places to store stuff before I find it a home has not been an easy task. At one point we had only one seat to sit on and at one stage I couldn’t even get into my bedroom. Hubby still working away and only home at weekends so it hasn’t been easy at all.  Ive found myself standing in the one spot just looking around the kaos wondering where oh where does one even begin..  But on a more delightful note the kaos has led us to start immediately on the renovations. Our fridge wouldn’t fit into the spot it needed to go .. So down came that wall which put a huge smile on my face.

So when we seen the difference that made we decided to take down another part of the wall so we could fit the dining room table in. I even got in on the action with taken down the wall one brick at a time, and of course I helped with the clean up too.  Our good friend Steve just happened to arrive to see what we were upto and he couldn’t resist but lend a helping hand.

Well I must say that this little quick fix job has made life so much easier around here. With that wall gone I finally feel I can breath in this little nest and just makes such a difference.

When I first viewed this property I just seen the word potential scream out at me and I just had this dream of what I could turn this little gem into. So as you guys can see there is no waiting around in the O’Connor household we got to work on making our dream happen straight away 🙂

make your dreams happen mug

We have decided that the first room to work on will be our Laundry which should be finished by next week. We just don’t have anywhere to store all my kitchen items such as wok pressure cooker slow cooker etc etc. Our kitchen right now is just way too small , so its best to get shelves up and use it as storage at this time. Later on this little laundry room will become our walk in kitchen pantry. As for now we will just have to do with what we have and make the best of it. until all our planning approval is passed. Heres a quick look at the Laundry now. Hopefully by next week or so it will look completely different.

Another great find for a DIY job I did a few months back

Well guys I picked up this beauty at a second hand shop and it was pretty much scratch up. It wasn’t as cheap as I would have liked but it certainly had potential. I knew it was a genuine piece and when I got it home there it was right in the drawer the stamp that I wasn’t expecting to see. I googled the maker and the item popped straight up, in fact one link took me straight onto gum tree and the item was for sale second hand and selling for $550, wow $550 how cool was that! . Im not sure if i’ll sell this or just hold onto it in the new house.. Oh dear,  what to do what to do. Decision time again I suppose folks. I have such hard time with deciding what pieces to keep and what pieces to let go and then theres what pieces am I going to use in our new nest, oh and then theres whats going to fit and whats not. Going from a four bedroomed one office two sitting rooms two dining areas and two bathrooms to a little three bed house with one bathroom is going to be a real game changer and a challenge for us. It will definitely be one step at a time and one room at a time. Well I suppose i’ll just go get a cuppa tea and think about this piece keep or let go.

Over excited

Ok guys! Happy Friday …. I need to share how  soooo super excited I am today that I am  beyond myself right now, why? because its only three days to move in YAY!!  I can’t explain how over whelmed  I am with happiness right now that I literally have to keep making myself a cuppa tea just to try calm myself down. Umm!! at that thought I suppose I just have to bring out one of my favourite mugs 🙂

Well I’m off to play tennis after  I finish my second cuppa tea , maybe that will keep my mind of the move for for a while or maybe not! I’m pretty sure that knowing myself so well that my move is most likely all I’ll talk about on court. Anyways for now its one step at at a time or should I say one cuppa at a time untill Monday comes and throws those new house keys at us.

Happy Friday friends , roll on happy Monday!

One cup at a time

Little DIY Project 

Isn’t this just adorable, I love this little printable that I got from littlevintagenest . I’m using it so much in various places in my home , I must say it does move around quite a bit. It just seems to want to fit in anywhere I place it . So if an item can do this for me then it’s a bonus 

Good Morning World

Well I’m now counting the weeks till our move in which is ummm!! 4 weeks and 3 days from now to be percise and things start to change as from today. Hubby goes on a new job site for four weeks. He left the house about an hr ago at 3am and I’m just not able to sleep. I don’t sleep well anyways but my problem this time is not that I can’t sleep, its purely from my head is just spinning and spinning with idea’s about this new blog. For the first time since we have entered into our winter months all the way across the other side of the world in what is called the land down under my flannette sheets are unable to hold me in their warmth and cosiness and boy is it hard to drag me away from those soft warmth sheets these days. Twisting and turning and thinking about this blog and oh boy! some of those thoughts are,  am I going to fail with this blog are people going to like my posts who am I that anyone would bother to follow my reno and styling journey and then reality kicks in … Im doing this because of that voice that has been gently speaking in my ear for months and months to start this blog journey. I’m thinking that obedience is better than fear right now. Well guy’s I know I cant stop going on about how super excited I am right now about the new house that we soon move into and all renovations and styling idea’s in my head right now and setting up this new blog and also my new facebook page that I have set up where I’m hoping to start selling some of my wreaths and crafts and chalk painted furniture, you can see my page Right here   I just feel like i’ve got a million and one things to do at the moment and yet I’m enjoying every moment of it because of the excitement 🙂 Well Im going to do what I do first before I get ready and head for a game of tennis and that is have my cuppa morning tea and read a bit of my favourite book ever , my bible .. By the way I just cannot function unless I have two cuppa’s in the morning , thats just a me thing. Well its gonna be a busy day packing for the week and then I drive up this evening to meet up with my hubby. God is so good too we even have somewhere to stay during the week while hubby works, then back home at the weekend .  Well its tea time folks happy Monday all

Tea cup and Bible

Seasonal Decor

I totaly fell in love with this little table when I saw it at the back of our friends dad’s house. I didn’t even know it at the time but it was destined for the Skip. I asked my friend  why its around the back of the yard and he said “I told my dad to paint it or get rid of it” Suddenly I just lit up as I do when I see something like this, I “said please don’t throw it out ill take it’ 🙂 What I love about this table the most is all the paint chippings etc. As much as a chalk paint fanatic that I am, I just felt this gem speaks for itself, I just couldn’t take its charactor away and  I love the rusty stand too. I used it at Christmas and I’m pretty sure i’ll fit it somewhere in the new house. Vintage table

I just love pine cones and at Christmas I just have to have them all over my home .. I found this cute pic on Pinterest and thought id save it here on the blog. This will be a DIY project in my new house this Christmas for sure

How to make a wreath from scratch

How to make a wreath from scratch.
Hi guys the first thing I do is buy as much flowers and folliage as I can when they are on clearance. Don’t worry about over load as you can use them all over the house and when you start making stuff , believe me they will disappear very quickly.
I bought a basket , chalk painted it then placed all my flowers and stems in the basket and just used that as decor on a table. ( I just take them out of the basket and use them as I go) Though you will find yourself wanting to replace them quickly, just so you don’t run out and this is a great way of storing them if you don’t have space , just use them this way , bonus they will brighten up the house too 🙂

Here is the basket I painted and used to store my flowers

You can store them in your display cabinet

Use an used bean can ,just wash it out and spray it with some DW 40 that way it will remove the sticky residue and add shine to the can
Try and buy flowers and stems that have good quality, these will look far better and will look more expensive especially if you are planning to sell the wreaths. You can see the quality of the Orchids i’ve used here in the photo below . You can pay anything from 5 bucks to 16 bucks on a stem depending on how well you want your arrangement to turn out. So keep your eyes peeled for clearance items.

             The quality is so good you can see the veins on the petals in the pic
Items you will need for this project.
Artificial Hydrangeas and their leaves , Orchids, Roses, and some sort of white flowers (name to follow)
Vine Screening
Glue Gun and glue
Tie wire
String
Wire cutters
Secateurs or pruner
Scissors
Cuppa tea or Coffee.
Lets begin the project 🙂
Unroll your vine screen so its laid out flat. depending on the thickness you want your vine wreath to be will depend on how you like it. I like it to be heavy and thick . I usually end up with four vines out of the roll. Get your wire cutters and start to cut the vine screen into sections of your choice.
  1. With one of the sections you just cut, start to roll it together , but don’t put pressure on it if you have decided to go for a more lighter weight wreath. (quick tip) > Sometimes the lighter the wreath then the easier to bend into shape , but I like them thick and heavy
2. Once you have rolled the vine grab your wire or string and tie from the centre first , then keep tieing towards the ends . You will use maybe 5 ties in total ( I used string in this project)
3. When its tied and secured with the string or wire just bend it into shape , but do this very gently or the vines will just snap. Then tie the two ends together making it into a circular shape . Your two ends should over lap. You can make this as small or as big as the you like by pulling it into shape and no need to worry if its thicker on one side than the other , the flowers will hide this. You may have to keep bending and squashing it into shape.

See how the wreath overlaps , Just pull it as small as you like or leave it this shape . The smaller you make it the thicker it will become , so my tip here is , if you want a small thick wreath , just cut your original vine a littler smaller , you may get 5 or more wreaths by doing this.
4. Shape it until you are happy and tie it securely

Secure the wreath by suing string or wire around the whole wreath
5. When you are happy with the look of the wreath get your flowers and arrange them to your hearts desire. (Quick tip) play around with this , you will be surprised at how many times you will change your mind so don’t just settle on your first arrangement.

Arrange your stems on your wreath , arrange a few times so you can acheive your desired look
6. When you like the look you have created start to glue your stems in place. If you don’t have a glue gun or don’t want to glue them, just tie them with wire or string , this will be a bit more time consuming because if your doing two matching and you tie them wrong, it means you have to keep redoing them till they match up the same . But the overall effect is the same wether glued or tied
7. Last thing to do is hold your wreath up and decide which angle you prefare , then centre a piece of string or wire in the centre of your wreath.
8. Finding a home to hang your project …..Hang it in your desired room 🙂

I chalk painted these old shutters a few weeks ago and they just needed a little flare to bring them to life. Mess around with your new wreath and you will soon find its perfect home. You will be surprised at how you will be inspired to make a few , With me it hard to make up my mind where I want to put my projects , but I was inspired with the old shutters that I already knew that these would go here
Happy days you guys , you just made your first wreath. 🙂 Enjoy using your project.