Tuesday, 9 October 2007


I went a bit Martha and made this invitation to email out for our birthday / housewarming party later this month. :)

Already wondering how 40 odd people are going to fit in our garden at one time...


We have a new gate!

Here you see it in progress...

and magically finished!

Thankyou Gord. He makes these things look so easy. Although I have to say that if you ever put a new gate on a house you should first check where the electricity metre is so you don't lock the meter man out with your new gate! We unfortunately didn't think of this and now maybe we have to get the electricity metre moved. Blah.

Also I came home from work the other day and he had installed downlights in out bedroom, loungeroom and dining room! 8 of them! On dimmers too. THEN he removed the ceiling roses, and re-plastered the ceiling... What can I say? I am very, very lucky. The downlights make such a difference! It's quite amazing... I was kind of in two minds about removing the old lighting because it's a period house and I worry about making it too modern, but it's such a narrow space and these lights just make the room feel so big and airy!

It's less exciting but I also finally finished painting the window frames, and we removed pretty much all of the masking tape. They look so much better!

So we're gradually getting through the little jobs... which means over summer it'll be on to the scary stuff! - Roof, Bathroom and kitchen... $$$ scary.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Unrelated to home improvements but I must link to a webpage I just discovered and am already obsessed with... It's the 'behind the curtain' section of Kate Spade's website. The layout and eclectic design is so gorgeous. Also love all the varied content - like the 'desktop profile' section.. love love.

I want a design business of my own just so I can have a webpage like this! seriously.

Actually I have made quite a few exciting webpage discoveries recently so will update my links section shortly :)

ps) hi Jess! I think you may be my only reader, and yours is the first and only comment to have been left here :) so thankyou and lots of love! x

Sunday, 16 September 2007

oh hello

...me in the vegie patch... doesn't look like much I know but allegedly (according to my mum) all these little green sprouts will turn into capsicums and tomatoes and zucchinis and beans! Amazing huh?

The garden (including toilet and shed!) Please excuse Gord's new BBQ which will not live permanently in that spot.

We made a long list of what needs doing today. A looong list. It's daunting but it felt good to prioritise things and decide what will happen first. It makes me motivated to get started.

The big stuff (bathroom, kitchen etc) is going to wait at least until late November when we'll be back from holiday. But hopefully we can knock off some more manageable projects in the next few weeks... like putting downlights in, and making a gate for the side of the house... and maybe Gord will have time to start the bookshelves! So exciting!

Some inspiration - I love these Zanotta shelves but they're a little crazy for our place... we're going all white... with a similar but slightly more simple configuration...

something like this?

working drawings...

Monday, 10 September 2007


have had a bit of a blogging hiatus...

House stuff has been squished into weekends between a million other things... it's slow going and the list always seems so long. But there have been 2 minor achievements -

1) Garden clean up and VEGIE patch! I don't know what came over me :) Photos to come.
2) we removed the ceiling in the lean-to kitchen :

See? Doesn't look like an improvement I know... but... this is step 1 in the exciting mission of raising and levelling out the kitchen/bathroom ceiling! Sounds crazy but Gord seems to think he/we can do it...

It was so messy. so so messy. Gord was a hero as usual.

Sunday, 22 July 2007

I am a bad blogger. I blame Optus. We still have no internet at home. :( Need to get onto that. Anyway, here are 2 quite boring pics, 1 is a blurry Gordon in our back garden. It needs a lot of love, but it's a cute garden, and I like the view of all the tiny rooftops. Also here is a shot of the houses across the road from us - our whole street is tiny single fronted victorian cottages pretty much... no tall buildings at all. Very cute.

Still lots more to do. Did nothing at all this weekend, it was Gord's big birthday party and the weekend quickly disappeared. Still need to paint those windowframes... maybe next weekend. I went to an old friend's place for dinner tonight. Haven't seen her for a long time, it was a bit of a re-union from my Spotlight days... 6 girls who I used to share every weekend with working in retail. Anyway, Siobhan has just bought a flat and did a total renovation before moving in, so it's very polished - new kitchen, new bathroom etc. Inspired me to get cracking on the bathroom... seems daunting but it's gotta be done! I am still dreaming about the possibility of raising the ceiling height somehow... it is so low in the bathroom... Just starting to worry about the money a bit.. need to plan a bit of a budget.

Am starting to get nervous about the lack of income after my current contract ends... scary stuff now that I have a mortgage to worry about. The more I think about it, the more I would like to try and start something up of my own... some kind of design/manufacturing thing that might help me tick over inbetween the film work. Gotta stop talking about it and just DO it. Seriously.

Monday, 9 July 2007

Finally moved my shelves from home and my books... starting to feel more like a home :) Some time soon we'll build shelves along that whole wall, right up to the ceiling and over the door. But for now this looks surprsingly ok!

Also check out the newly painted window frame (on the right) - white looks so much brighter and nicer than the dorky beige window frame (on the left, yet to be painted). Painting window frames takes longer than I realised.