30 November 2011

Is there a more pitiful sight?

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Poor Noah has been throwing up on and off since 2am.


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29 November 2011

Playdate invitations

My kids walk home from school by themselves so I don't get a chance to chat with other parents at the classroom door. Noah wanted to have some friends come over to play after school so I made him little invitations to give to them to pass onto their mothers. I wanted to have a picture of him on it so the other mother's would know which child it was inviting their's to play.

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28 November 2011

Horse cupcakes

I baked these for my friend R's little girl's birthday. She wanted horses so this is what I came up with.

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27 November 2011

Shells

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"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."
-George Lois


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26 November 2011

Roses

When we went to Hamilton Gardens we ended our visit at the rose garden. All of the rose bushes were in full bloom and it was completely extravagant, an abundance of exquisite beauty. Here are some of the blooms.

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25 November 2011

Laura's kitchen

Remember Laura's home? I did a little house tour last year - here it is if you missed it. Remember her tiny little kitchen? Well, it's had a makeover. The overhaul was more than just for cosmetic reasons; the original kitchen was very badly planned and executed, wasting a lot of storage space. There was hardly any counter space to work on, the corner base cabinets were blocked off and didn't provide storage, the far right wall cabinet was a false panel and not a functioning cupboard, etc. Now it not only suits Laura and Tim's taste more, but is so much more functional and provides more storage space.

Here's how it looked before:

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And here it is now:

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Laura says, "It is still a relatively small kitchen but doesn't seem so now we have made best use of the space. We still have to keep things very organised and minimalist to make it work but then that's half the fun."

Some of the changes made include:

1. Moved the oven so that they could fit a dishwasher where the old oven was.
2. Added extra tall wall cupboards giving extra storage space.
3. Didn't bother having an extractor fan as they never used it; this gave them an extra cupboard for storage.
4. Used the space in the corners of the cupboards (in the old kitchen the corners were blocked off).
5. Created extra work surface space by removing the tall glass cupboard that rested on the work surface and keeping the worktops clear - this last step aided by the fact they now have more cupboard space.
6. Fitted under-cabinet lighting to illuminate work surface.

I think the makeover is fabulous - thanks for sharing it, Laura!


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24 November 2011

Driftwood

I have this vase standing in the bathroom next to the shower:

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I had planned on putting some curly willow or something similar into it but of course I went the free route and scavenged some driftwood from the beach instead. I kind of adore driftwood so it makes me smile when I see it. And who doesn't love beachy bits in a bathroom?

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23 November 2011

Pebble mosaic

I absolutely adore this pebble mosaic at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. I would really like to try making something like this one day.

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22 November 2011

My boys

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Edited with my Simply Black and White Contrast conversion.


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21 November 2011

Hamilton Gardens

On Saturday my friend Taryn invited us to spend the day with her and her parents and aunt. We headed down to Hamilton Gardens, which is about an hour and ten minutes' drive away.

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We spent about four hours there and absolutely adored it. The weather was perfect. The gardens aren't like the Botanic Gardens, they are a series of literal gardens, walled or hedged. There are five collections, each of which contains several gardens. (Click here to check out the website.)

I know this post is picture-heavy but be thankful I only posted 32 photos as I took 129!

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I adored this walled garden of raised beds in which vegetables were growing. I'd love to replicate it one day, but with more paths between the beds.

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The veranda ceiling was painted with a pattern:

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You know me and splashing water ;)

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