Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Marlin: "So, just then, the sea cucumber looks over at the mollusc and says "With fronds like these, who needs anemones?"
Miss Chooken has her own version...
Miss Chooken: "So a sea urchin goes up to a mollusc and says "Why do you eat poo?" (insert hysterics of laughter here).
No idea where she got that from...scary really :)
And just for fun, coming soon to a cinema near you, Nemo 2:
Friday, February 20, 2009
(Where do they get this stuff from???)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I dream of refreshing our lounge room and have been collecting inspirational images to try and define what I want to achieve. I still have some decisions to make, but here are some of my ideas.
Image source unknown
I would love a fresh yet cosy palette of colours. I am leaning towards combing my two favourites, blue and green. Currently our lounge consists of two sofas, a 2 1/2 seater and 3 seater, covered in a dark blue. I dream of white or off-white slip covers, but am worried that my children are not yet at the "white sofa stage".
Lauren Liess - Pure Style Home
I guess there are two trains of thought with this: if you have white covers, you will always see the dirty finger marks etc, but if they are slip covers you can clean them to keep that fresh look. If anyone has any advice in regards to having slip covers made for their sofa (what material, choosing an upholsterer etc), I would love to hear from you! The main accents would certainly be blue and green - I think they look fab together. I would have to have some pattern in the cushions and possibly be a bit bolder and get an armchair covered in a more eye catching fabric.
Absolutely Beautiful Things
These from ABT are gorgeous, although I would search for one with more blue/green accents (with just splashes of other colours for fun).
I desire an ottoman for our coffee table, preferably with some magazine storage underneath. Covered in either a solid green or green dominated pattern, it would offer another chance to add some colour if I go for white slip covers on the sofas.
Image source unknown
This was the first image I found of an ottoman that would suit our needs. A firmly padded top with room for magazines or books underneath. This size and shape would also work well in our room - slightly rectangular and not very high.
Although Mary has positioned these as more stools than coffee tables, the same idea could be applied to a centred main table. I like the button tufting and am more taken with the white base than the dark wood in the first image. Mary's ottoman just needs to be the size and height of the coffee table behind it and I would be happy! I am also loving her choice of cushions - the color and patterns.
If I went down the bespoke route for our ottoman, I would certainly consider this fabric. I have quite the obsession with it. Could you see it as a large ottoman cover or would it be too much???
Our lounge room is entered immediately within the front entrance. In hindsight, I never knew how much this would annoy me - it gives you very little room to create either a) a welcoming and decorative entrance, or b) a practical utilitarian space, with room to dump keys, bags, mail, etc. However, one must work with what one has! The front door and a large window dominate the northern side of the room, with walls on the eastern and southern sides, and a short wall on the western side. The short wall is also along the main path from front door to the rest of the house, so I don't want too much protruding furniture in this area. If we planned on staying in the home for the long term, I would place a decorative fireplace here as it is the perfect position and size for a character adding fire. However, while we debate that possible addition, it will make a great transition area, with room for an attractive console table.
Catherine compiled a fantastic post on console options, here is my favourite:
Home Beautiful via Simply Natural
Alas, no drawers in a trestle table.
Secondly, it would provide the perfect vignette location, offering a chance to create a welcoming display of either mementos and props, a photograph wall or perhaps a great mirror to help reflect some light around the room.
We currently have our sofas positioned in front of the northern window and against the eastern wall, and due to the gorgeous northern sunlight we receive, we are happy with this layout.
What do need is a corner table between the sofas, in addition to the ottoman I described above. I am also loving the rug. I guess I would be thinking green or blue stripes or possibly a white and tea combination. This rug of course would be wonderful...
Something's Gotta Give house via Cote De Texas (one of the definitive posts on this house!).
We definitely need to review our options to house the television though. It sits against the southern wall,so is visible from the front door. I want something I can close the doors on, but that is not too bulky or awkward to use. I know hubby will not like the idea of covering the TV, but there are times when I just want it hidden away, so you can truly focus on the company and conversation ;).
Stanley Furniture for Coastal Living via Daisy Pink Cupcake
I am open to either white or possibly green dresser-type cabinet/armoire. If I went white, I would be after something with a slight country feel to it, without it getting cutesy. If we went with a colour instead, I would be interested in assessing some more eclectic options, maybe a slight Asian feel?
To help create a cosy feeling, I want to find some low and open sitting options to fit on the western side of the ottoman/coffee table. Possibly two stools - not the first choice of seating, but an option that provides some extra seating without physically or visually encumbering entering the sofa area.
There is also a corner near the front door which could provide an area to sit and remove shoes or hang a school bag/hat. It would have to be small, so I am thinking a small bench seat with either a lift-up lid or drawers underneath for storage. Above would be some hooks and shelf.
This shelf with hooks would be great and would be straight forward to recreate.
So there you have - a whole heap of ideas that I would love to incorporate into our lounge room given the time and resources. Like most things, it is a project best achieved over time. If I manage to achieve any of these elements, I will be sure to share with you all!
(Also, there were a few images I didn't record a source for - if anyone knows those sources, please speak up as I would appreciate acknowledging the owners/stylists etc).
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hubby returned home at nearly midnight and said I had a friend waiting to come inside. I looked out and saw this waiting on my front door mat!
I am a country girl and have seen/shooed/caught/squashed my fair share of creep-crawlies, but this one was freaky!! I know it is hard to gauge the scale, but those wood chips that had blown in from the garden are nearly as large as a 50 cent piece...so this mama is about as large a spider as I have ever seen.
If anyone knows what species of spider it is, I would love to know. It is definitely not a Huntsman, as I am quite familiar with them.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
5aa Bushfire Appeal
There are lots of drop-off points across the city.
Tune into Amanda Blair's 5aa (1395AM) 1-4pm weekday slot for more details.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I am fortunate enough to still have a grandmother in good health, who absolutely enjoys having a social life. Every year she hosts a large gathering of family and friends, many of whom are musicians. It becomes an absolute music extravaganza that I adore attending. These are some shots of the garden that Miss Chooken took while we were at the most recent gathering.
Most of the musicians are fold musicians, playing everything from Celtic, bluegrass, country and bush music. We either camp in the large back yard, stay with family and friends in the town or book out the local motels.
Love you Oma!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I really thought her bob haircut was short enough...apparently not.
But Miss Chooken likes it...kinda.
I should have seen it coming - many a doll lately has been to the "beautician".
I have two distinct memories of hair cutting at the same age.
1. Hiding behind the brown couch with my sister, "trimming" her hair.
2. Getting the Barbie curler stuck in the hair of my neighbour and cutting out a chunk from the top of her head. Her mum was furious with me. Sorry Sarah.
I hope Miss Chooken does not have similar aspirations ;).
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
For any overseas reader - this is not normal koala behaviour!! I have personally seen one koala drink from a creek when I was working in a very isolated area of the Adelaide Hills,but this little guy obviously needed a bigger cool down :). I hope it survived the heat.
Thanks Trudy for the email, I loved it :)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I adore the simplicity of this bathroom. Lovely shaped tub, simple planter stand for more texture and colour, telephone faucet, the sash windows and simple window treatment.
We struggled with the first back at Kindy for Miss Chooken, and Miss Sunshine has not been impressed at having to play so much inside. Very restrictive for a near-2 year old!
Wherever you are, I hope you are coping as best you can with the heat (or storms in northern Australia). Have a lovely Sunday :)