Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dining Chairs and Happy New Year

Our custom-made French-style dining chairs have finally arrived! I thought I'd give you a little look-see of them. Unfortunately the table is still getting made due to a mistake they made in size. I'm very pleased with the way the chairs have turned out. I drew the design for the chairs and they have translated my design into carving very well. The upholstery I picked is "Classic Ticking" in blue and white. There are eight chairs altogether, including two carvers (with arms). We would have ten if we could, but the space we are having the dining suite is not spacious enough for a ten-seater. Will have more photos with the chairs against the table when it arrives, hopefully soon. One thing I know is they will go well with everything in our house, wink** In the mean time, I want to say Happy New Year to all of you kind bloggers and readers, may you have joy, peace, blessings and all good things in the year 2010.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rosy Picture

What is this? You might ask. One of my rosy pictures? Yes, you're right. With roses out of my garden? Yes, right again. But hang on, what's that behind the roses? (I'd better stop teasing you) Let's zoom out a little. Its a canvas. Yes, a canvas. Not just any canvas, but a canvas of my very own photo! I think it is so cool. I decided to have mine propped up against the wall on a hallway stool so everybody that enters our house can see it. It suits the stool so well.You can have one of these made from your favourite photo as well. Just go here (or Discover Personal Gifts under Lovely Websites in my sidebar) and you'll find all sorts of things that can be made from a digital copy of your photos. I'm very happy with mine and their service was wonderful, fast and fuss-free too. Have fun. This probably will be my last post before Christmas, So, I want to wish all of you lovely people a most lovely and blessed Christmas and I pray your 2010 will be fantabulous as well. Don't eat too much over the holidays, see you all soon.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Breeze-ful Christmas Decorating

My Christmas decoration has been kept simple this year, but after a bit of tweaking, this (below) became........... ......... this (below). I'm finally happy with it.Is it time to reflect on the year 2009? In the music room/ office, still a work-in-progress In the hallway, wreaths and bows oh-so-delightful! Added Christmasy charm to my laundry by hanging a stocking-ed pegged clothesline with pretty bows and sachet a-drying. It's really truly in the laundry (look at the taps)........Don't know about you, but I like to breeze through Christmas. Have a blissful week, my dear friends.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas, oh Christmas

It has been a thrill for me to get e-mails from you ladies telling me how much you appreciate this blog, I want to express my gratitude for that here and let you know how much your e-mails have encrouraged and touched me. You ladies are a great bunch. I also wonder how everyone is faring as you prepare for this special Christmas season, I hope you're not too stressed out trying to pick the perfect gifts for your loved ones. I love Christmas, except when I have to do the last minute shopping of course; I really don't like it when the shops get too crowded and the check-out lines are loooong. So the key for me is to get in early and do the shopping in January or June, right? But I know someone who likes that-- the rush, the buying presents with tinsels hanging in her hair, the crowd, the loooong check-out lines and the whole not-so-appealing-to-me scene ............ Mmm! Some people!
At dusk
Daylight At dusk Daylight
This year I opted for "no-tree-topper" for the tree! I can't believe it myself, I guess I thought it wasn't me. (The traditional girl at heart) But I actually really like the look! (After I tried it!) It's oh-so-natural and......... and ........... so chic, like a good hair-cut! Lol! Now you've seen the tree from all different angles, let's change the scene. Don't forget to take some time out for a sit down and a little break from all the busy-ness. and oh, roses too........... I haven't forgotten them! They are always so therapeutic, no doubt. Do you like my chalkboard creation? I painted a $2 canvas board. You know, the sort you get from the Two-buck shop. Then I put it on a $2 metal stand, and there you have it-- Your very important Message for the Season! Our bed needs a bit of Christmas "dress-up" too! And the kitchen/dining area. Simplicity is the key.Have a lovely lovely weekend everyone.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

What? December already?

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! Wow! It's the first day of December already, which means Christmas is going to be here before I know it. I've barely started decorating, although traditionally we don't start decorating until the first day of December. I've pulled out a few things from their boxes in the shed just to set the scene to celebrate Christmas early with some of my family who visited us two weeks ago, as they can't be here with us for Christmas. The Christmas tree won't be in the lounge room this year, the picture above and below show what a part of the lounge room looks like so far. It's going to be our office (quiet) and music room(noisy), with piano and electric drum kit, and PC and desk. (See the contrast? But we need music to stimulate work and study, right?) The walls have been painted "Coffee Cake" by Taubmans to replace the pink. I love love love that paint colour, it looks delicious enough to eat. Can you see the lampshade? (Read last post) I've also finally written words on one of these metal plaques I got ages ago, which I painted white and antiqued. I just love the word "Patisserie", the thought of cakes, pastries, puffs, tarts and things like that makes my mouth water. I told you the Christmas decoration has barely started. Often when my kids give me a pinch and a punch for the first day of the month, it will be followed by "a step on the toe for being so slow", and only ocassionally "a flick and a kick for being so quick", which means no matter what I do, I never win. But on this first day of December, I want to give you a big smile and send my regards your way to wish you all the best, have a beaut week.