Aaah, there's nothing like a right royal knees-up to bring this Birdy out of the woodwork. I've just finished making the coronation chicken (thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's cheat's recipe) and the champagne is on ice, so I thought I'd pop in while the wee boy sleeps. The palace may have banned an official royal wedding tea towel, but that hasn't stopped some of Britain's designers whipping up their own version. I particularly love Gemma Correll's gorgeous corgie tea-towel (above), which is available from Lapin and Me.
I’ve been telling Roxy for ages that I am going to make a quilt for her bed, and on the long Easter weekend I finally made a start.
My finished block is a bit wonky – not all the squares line up – and it still needs a good press, but I’m happy with how it turned out. At least it will have a handmade feel. I keep telling myself to embrace the wonky and let go of perfectionism. I wanted to do a heart and the way I designed it means that my finished quilt block measures 16 inches. As far as I know (and I know nothing about quilting) blocks are supposed to measure 12 inches? Not to worry!
So that’s one down and 23 to go! Then I have to figure out backing, binding and lots of other things I know even less about. Ask me in a year if it’s finished… .
When I saw this photo it got me thinking about small living spaces and reminded me of the smallest apartment I’ve ever seen. Take a look at the clip below. Measuring just 12 x 7 feet this Manhattan studio really is tiny. But with a rent of just $700 a month it makes for affordable living in an expensive city.
While the idea of trying to live a more streamlined existence with less ‘stuff’ appeals to me, I think I’d go insane living somewhere like that. I have seen larger (read: normal) size studio apartments that have been very cleverly designed to maximise space with clever storage solutions, so although small, the spaces don’t have a cramped or cluttered feel.
At the other end of the spectrum, I’m I just can’t figure out the McMansion trend of recent years which is all about bigger being better: huge characterless 2 story homes built with the maximum allowable footprint, double garages out front and an excessive amount of huge rooms. It’s sad to see our suburb losing it’s lovely character when the older homes are bulldozed and replaced my these monoliths.
I love our perfectly comfortable and cosy single story 1940’s house. After all, the bigger your house the more space there is to keep clean and tidy! Even if I could afford a huge home I honestly don’t think I’d want one… unless I had 4 or 5 children of course. We are lucky to have a lot of built in storage as well as a big attic space which I couldn’t do without. I do have a lot of ‘stuff’ but it’s well stored, organised and arranged so that our space doesn’t look cluttered (I hope!).
Do you like to live in a streamlined way, or is clutter or controlled chaos more the order of the day? What about living space, could you live in the tiny Manhattan studio? Or would you like to have a sprawling home with more rooms than you could use? Do you think bigger = better? Or possibly, like me, just somewhere comfortable that’s in between… .
You might remember back in January I bought this fabulous vintage sideboard for a mere $80. I had a definite idea about what I wanted for a TV cabinet and this was exactly what I’d been looking for.
I painted the timber laminate top and sides in gloss white and the door and interior in semi gloss colours. I’m really thrilled with how it turned out. The aqua and orange bottles are mineral water bottles that I painted with the left over paint, and the two vintage stools are roadside finds which I covered using fabric from my stash. I framed vintage fabric in embroidery hoops as a bit of a stop gap until I work out what I’d like to hang on the wall. What do you think?
Sydney mum Janette Baker is the creative force behind My Sweet Prints. Janette, a graphic designer, started her business after the birth of her son as a creative outlet. Her range of prints are a whole lot of fun for children’s rooms.
I’m loving the personalised Puzzle Print and the Sleeptime poster is a sweet twist on the bus scroll concept.
The school holidays are in full swing and we just got back from a few days blissful break away from everything.
We had some friends staying with us last week and we spent the morning in our local park. National Park that is. We live less than 15 kms from the heart of Australia’s biggest city and we have a national park just 5 minutes drive from our house. You’ve gotta love that!
On Monday morning at the crack of dawn (or so it seemed) we headed south to Canberra. It was the most gorgeous autumnal day and after a visit to Shop Handmade we had a picnic lunch by the lake. Then we walked (I walked and Roxy ran!) across to Questacon for a few hours of fun.
Then back in the car to drive to Berry where we’d rented a gorgeous little cottage at Berry Orchard for a few nights. It was the most perfect place for chillaxin’ which is exactly what I needed.
The next day, after a leisurely walk to a cafe for brunch and a spot of shopping, Roxy and I spent a lazy afternoon laying on the daybed reading in the sun. My sweet girl is the best! I’m so lucky to have such a great little buddy who just loves to hang out with me.
This morning we met up with a friend that I studied design with at uni and hadn’t seen for years. It was lovely to renew our friendship, and for our girls (who are almost the same age) to play together.
We headed home via the coast and stopped in at Kiama for a paddle and a play.
We’ve only been away a few days, and although I did a lot of driving I had the best time relaxing and recharging.