Thursday, April 23, 2015

A birthday party for ME!

At the end of last year I had a significant birthday!
Earlier this year I celebrated with friends and family.
Being a party planner (perhaps with control issues) I staged my own event in our backyard.

Here's the invitation...all hand made by me...but you knew that!

The invite pulled out of the front of the box.

The details were on the inside.
There's a little switch on the top of the box (I had to make the boxes from scratch).

Of course there had to be miniatures in there!
But what's the switch for you're wondering...

Well, that switch turns on a little flickering light!

And now the party...

 I wanted to create an outdoor lounge.
Fortunately we had a lovely summer evening for the party.

I found the old door in a roadside rubbish collection a few days before the party.
Hubby was away so Liberty and I had to load it in the car ourselves...I have no idea now how we managed it. That door weighs a tonne! 

I borrowed the little tables and chairs from a friend.

There's my tolerant husband standing. 
He kindly told me he would do whatever I asked to make my party perfect!

Those are all fake flowers I found at op shops.

A real life version of the invitation.

Liberty baked and decorated the cake...and cut it!

 The backyard lounge...we were out there until after midnight it was such a warm evening.

Of course I made take-home cookies for my guests!

The couch came from an op shop. In my haste to re-cover it I forgot to take a before pic. But you can see the old upholstery on the bottom of it there.
Hubby painted it for me and I covered it with fabric also found at an op shop...sometimes when you're op shopping things just fall into place!

After! Just what I envisaged for my outdoor lounge.

I hung some of my prettiest decorations inside the house. 
I was looking after my two little nieces that day and they helped by handing me the decorations while I was up the ladder.

Although they weren't coming to the party they were dancing with delight when they realised they were here for the starting of the party - the start of the decorating!

I used a photo of the outdoor lounge to make the Thank You card. 

I had a great time with many friends at my little celebration! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!
Just a little scene this year.
For the first time ever I'm willing to admit 'less is more'.
There's the book Pauline!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in the Farmhouse

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The fnished lounge

Well, it took a mammoth effort but this room is finally done!
 I never thought I'd get to the end of making that parquet floor...cutting one tiny piece of wood after another...can't say I'm in a hurry to do that again, especially in such a big room.

 I wanted tiles in the entrance hall.
But I was tired of making floors so I sat down and had a think about how I could make tiles with minimum effort.

 I remembered I had a very old piece of checked wrapping paper.
 VoilĂ ! A quick and easy tiled floor!
The fireplace looked like this before.
(this isn't my fireplace because I forgot to take a before pic but it's similar)

 And now!
I bought some electric flaming logs when I was in America with Kim and built a register for the fireplace with bits and pieces I had lying around.
I created a cloudy vintage mirror to finish it off.

I'm loving the light up flaming logs!
This room has required a lot of labour and
I really had to push myself to finish it but I'm thrilled with the result!