21 June 2016

Opunake walkway

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20 June 2016

5 years and latest Blurb book offer

You guys, we've been in New Zealand for FIVE YEARS today! It has gone by so fast. I themed my shelf for the occasion:

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We've made so many memories in that time, and I'm so happy to have them in my Blurb books to look through whenever I want to. I am still working on my 2015 book, I have just been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to finish it, which I'm annoyed about because here is another great deal! If only I had my book ready to order! Maybe I'll complete it in time, as I have 2 more days. Hopefully you are more prepared than I am and have a book ready to order to grab this awesome deal of 40% off!

Offer: 40% off entire purchase 
Code: VIP40A
Valid: June 20 - June 22
Terms: *Offer valid from June 20 through June 22, 2016 (11:59 p.m. local time). A 40% discount is applied toward your product total with no minimum order or maximum discount. Valid for printed books made by you only. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

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17 June 2016

Fresh jams

On Monday we will celebrate our 5 year anniversary of moving to New Zealand, so of course when it came time to do a fresh jamicure I had to go with KiwiFlora nail wraps! You can buy them here (NZ peeps please contact me for free shipping).

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16 June 2016

One year later: the back yard

So a year down the line we have changed some things in the garden. You can see all of the before photos here; I'm just going to share the areas today that have changed. I'll post each before and after together so you can see the comparison.

The biggest change has been to the garage and sleepout - we now call it the guest house, as we've developed it somewhat inside (more on that later).

A year ago:

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I painted the walls and trim, Grant and I stained the deck, I made a rolling table for the deck, and I pulled up the old stone path and planted some perennials. The garden is actually looking very scruffy as I popped some tomato plants in and they are done now. Next spring I'll be concentrating on more plants, and we plan to move the daisy bush.

Another angle a year ago:

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This area is behind the guest house. It used to be a long falling down lean-to. We reduced the size of it to fit in an extension to the guest house, and plan to turn what remains into a greenhouse. I've shortened and stained the potting bench.

A year ago:

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A year ago:

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This is the view from the back gate. I added raised beds to the chicken run, and turned the inside of the chicken run into a berry garden.

A year ago:

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Standing next to the chicken run / berry cage a year ago:

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Other things we have done in the garden include a lot of pruning, having 2 huge gum trees removed, installing 3 sheds (2 for storage of bicycles, mowers, etc, and one for a workshop), and installing a washing line.

I'm just realising that I never shared photos of the inside of the guest house, but I'll save those for the grand reveal, which HOPEFULLY shouldn't be too far away. Watch this space ... you will be blown away!!

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11 June 2016

Before You Buy Your First Condo

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Fresh Jams

I felt like doing some gels with my jams - these are not Jamberry gels (although we do have a Jamberry gel system). The wrap is called Afternoon Tea and is available online (here) but not in the catalogue.

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10 June 2016

One year later: the bedrooms

Here are the last of the house photos. Noah's room has had very little change, we are still getting to it. Here is how it looked a year ago and how it looks now.

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What we've done:
- got chalkboard labels for all of the drawers
- bought new (temporary) bedside tables
- hung a pin board

What we plan to do:
- paint all woodwork
- paint the walls
- install curtain poles
- buy new curtains
- adapt the bedside tables
- accesorise

Daniel's room is finished! You can see the reveal post here. Here's how it looked a year ago and how it looks now.

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What we did:
- painted all of the woodwork (still need to roll the doors!)
- painted the walls
- made accessories and artwork
- made and hung a shelf
- installed a curtain rod
- bought new curtains
- installed a new light fitting (a black wire fruit bowl from Kmart!)

I think our bedroom has had the most dramatic makeover. It isn't quite finished yet, but here is how it looked a year ago and how it is looking now.

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What we've done:
- painted all of the woodwork (still need to roll the doors!)
- painted the walls
- hung artwork
- bought new lamps
- bought new bedding
- installed a new copper light fitting (two fruit bowls from Kmart!)
- accesorised

What we plan to do:
- paint the closet doors
- switch the door with the window in it for a plain door
- hang two floor length mirrors on either side of the drawers (I have them but want to frame them out to make jewellery storage behind them)
- get a couple of decorative cushions
- change the skirts on the nightstands to white (or buy new nightstands)
- change the headboard to a padded white faux leather tufted one (DIY)

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