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I love to decorate.... whether it be one style at a time or all at once...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

week end finds & latest creations..

Just a quick one today but I had to show you what I found this week end...

yep.. more mirrors! Aren't they pretty. But the funny thing was that hubby carried them to the car for me... LOL!! if you read  my previous post you'll know why I think that's soo funny! Not sure yet about incorporating them on my wall of mirrors as I think I need a few more small ones so I have a few to play with.

Finished a couple of lamps that were on order ..

and I'm finally working on a lamp to list on ebay. It's been ages since I made one to list. It's a lovely spring day today for the last day of winter... hope you have a great day too! take care, Maryann

Thursday, August 26, 2010

mirrors mirrors on the wall...

I have always loved the look of a collection of mirrors on a wall.


So I decided to start my own wall of mirrors in my family room. I have had the centre mirror on the wall for a while now but have had candelabras and even prints on either side. Since doing my extension the room has somewhat become a bit darker now so I thought the wall of mirrors would be the perfect solution in bouncing more light around. So I replaced the prints with 2 other mirrors which I have had for a while but were gold and painted them white over the week end.



It's a bit plain at the moment and I am hoping to add a few small mirrors inbetween. Or perhaps some pretty plates.. what do you think.. mirrors or plates?
Anyhow when hubby came home, as I was waiting for his reaction.. which I pretty much knew what it would be anyway.. he didn't notice it at first but later that day..... he said he absolutely hated it! quote..It looks like you're trying to sell mirrors!
I could only laugh as I knew this would be his reaction. Now hubby has been really good with all my pretty pink decorating.. he has never complained, but I think this is the one thing he doesn't get.
What do you think, do they look silly... personally I am liking them more and more each day, maybe because I can envisage the final look..


Well for now they are staying, I'm hoping they will grow on him...........ps. can you tell I like pink and green!
I am linking this post with Debra at Common Ground for her very first Vintage Inspiration Friday..
take care, Maryann

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

vintage pillow cover come cushion..

Have you ever come across those pretty vintage embroidered flat pillow covers? You may have bought some to use as a doily or table centre piece. Well the other day I came across a gorgeous pair of embroidered ones with lovely crocheted lace around the edge. I knew exactly what to do with these.




With spring just round the corner.. HALLELUAH!.. I thought I'd use these to make a couple of cushions. All they needed was a backing, so I quickly cut out 2 rectangles of white cotton, folded one side in, so at to form a pillowcase and attached them to the back .






Whala!! I just love them, definately the quickest cushions I've ever made.  Being white and so delicate and fresh they really sing spring to me!         I am linking this post to Faded Charm's White Wednesday     ... take care, maryann

Monday, August 16, 2010

Love at first sight....

Hi girls, I just have to show you what I stumbled upon whilst driving James to a friend's birthday party  a couple of weeks ago and have to tell you I'm in love!


It is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, certainly not the grandest, but to me it was calling my name.  The design, the colour, the features.. it was as if someone designed the house of my dreams!
Then I saw the garden.. I nearly fainted.. it was perfect. Even in winter when everything looks dead the garden looks beautiful. It has a winding driveway to the front of the house but also a pathway from the front fence to the front door. It is full of garden beds with roses, buxes hedges, conifers, stone edged paths.





Now I'm pretty happy with my house and really cannot see me moving. But I tell you, if THIS HOUSE ever came on the market I'd buy it in a flash! don't worry about the fact I might have to find 3 jobs, but who cares about that right? 
Who would have known my dream house was just a couple of streets away from where I live, and if there is such a thing as falling in love with a house.. this is definately it for me.


take care, Maryann




Thursday, August 12, 2010

Latest finds..

Hi Girls, thought I'd show you some of what I found over the weekend. Hubby and I went up to Cessnock swap meet and I found the cutest things.
I will definately be keeping the pink and gold vase, teapot and trio, for now atleast anyway. The pink vase is already in my bathroom.


The other things will be going on ebay at some stage.

The tall lamp base is definately a keeper. I have a habit of selling my prettiest finds so I am determined to keep this one for me!


Gorgeous wall sconce which I will paint up and add 2 chandelier shades to, I may have a buyer already for this, if not will be going on ebay too.

Also found 3 little vintage sewing machine drawers that will look great painted a pale pink.

I couldn't believe it when I saw this scrolly metal and glass shelf. I have been looking for one for ages to go in my bathroom and I finally found one.. yay! Ofcourse it will be white when I'm finished with it.
Ok ladies, gotta go.. take care, Maryann

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

food for thought... food for life..

Hi Ladies, today I thought I'd write about something I am becoming very passionate about other than my sewing.
I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago but didn't publish it in fear of being thought weird. Why I am even compelled to put it on my blog baffles me. But a part of me says that if it makes a difference to just one person then it's worth it.  Perhaps it's the teacher, the preacher, the nagger in me (as my kids put it).

Lately I have been very interested in food.. I mean healthy food. A few family members and friends have been having health issues and I have been asking myself alot, why do some people get sick and some people don't. Why did my best friend die at age 42 with breast cancer and some people live to the age of 100? There are lots of tv shows out there that talk about food, lots of information on the health benefits of all different types of food.  So many different diets. So much so that sometimes I find it very confusing.

 What SHOULD we be eating and what SHOULDN'T we be eating....does anyone know the right answer???

..and that's when it hit me like a brick,  .. to go ask the CREATOR HIMSELF.
Now ..I'm not a churchy person, but I do believe in God. I know bits and pieces from the Bible and I wasn't sure where to start looking.. so I went to my computer and googled  'food we can eat according to the Bible'  after all he is our Creator, and left us with a complete guide on how we should live. I was amazed at all the information that came up and I did find which passages to look up.. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy  14.  So I went directly to the source and was amazed and SHOCKED to learn of all the things I am eating that I shouldn't.

Now I am not going to go into all the details but if you go into this website HERE or HERE I found it very helpful or just go straight to your Bible if you have one.
But I will tell you a few things that according to God we should not be eating, things that are 'unclean', things that are eaten very frequently and are very popular.

PORK.. including bacon and ham, which is of course pork. I have never been a great fan of pork but I have of bacon and ham.  I rarely buy these 2 items now, nor pork sausages or anything pork derived.
SHELLFISH, CRUSTACEANS etc. This is where I was shocked, I LOVE  seafood and my favourite thing to order when dining out was a seafood platter. I no longer buy or eat prawns, crab, mussels oysters, actually the only thing we are meant to eat from the sea are fish, that have both fins and scales. All the rest are 'unclean' as stated in the Bible, or unhealthy in the long run.

You may be saying.. but I only have prawns once in a while.. that may be true, but you may also be having ham sandwiches for work, bacon and eggs on the weekend, seafood marinara or pork for dinner... so in reality you may be having more than you think!

Now I am sure there are a number of factors as to why we get sick, but this may be one piece of the puzzle.. one VERY IMPORTANT piece that we are not taking into account. Just the other day they said on the news that artificial food colour (especially 102,110,120) and flavours could be linked to cancer...is it any wonder?  There is so much CRAP added these days to the foods we eat, even to the ones that we think are healthy, its not funny.

 The other day I squeezed some oranges from my own tree. I gave some to my daughter and she said.. is this what real orange juice tastes like? I just stared at her for a moment for she totally shocked me....have we become so accustomed to the 'ready made' foods that we are forgetting what real food supposed to taste like? I think we just need to go back to basics, to natural, fresh, organic (if you can afford to) food that doesn't have to be a great concoction of loads of  ingredients, BUT ALSO follow a few simple guide lines as given to us by our Creator.

This post is about what I believe and I don't expect you to agree.  I also believe that a lot of people don't know about the foods that they shouldn't be eating.  Last Saturday I went out to dinner. Looking at the menu, that seafood pizza was a real temptation, but in the end I ordered atlantic salmon. Still just as yummy and I'm sure my body is all the better for it. It's not easy breaking bad habits or changing what we eat, it will always be a work in progress, but I'm hoping, eventually, I will get there..
 as always, take care, Maryann

Monday, August 2, 2010

Life isn't always sweet..

I have always considered myself a pretty friendly person. Easy to get along with, always giving people the benefit of the doubt. I have always thought myself to be a pretty patient person too trying to avoid unnessesary conflict.
But now I find myself in a situation where my happiness and sanity rests in the hands of one person.  I wasn't going to do this post, this is my problem, but if I don't let it out I may explode and do something silly I may regret.

As you all know I live on 5 acres and the one most absolute thing I love about living here is the peace and serenity. Waking up to the sound of sweet chirpy birds. Being outside in the garden with no-one but me and my thoughts.

Well a couple of years ago a new neighbour moved in. I tried to say hello the first time I saw her but I knew after a minute that she was the stand offish type. Ok then, that's fine. I can respect that.

She and her family moved in with a couple of dogs.  Now, just let me paint a picture for you. My house is set far back from the road. Her's isn't. So alot of her backyard is in alignment with my front yard. So? you may be saying. So in the couple of years she has lived her she has now 10-12 dogs, plus around 8 cats a couple of which come to eat at my place as they are always hungry. Yes, I admit I feed them. I feel sorry for them. So all her animals are basically to the side of my front yard.

So now instead of hearing chirpy birds in the morning all I can hear are her more often than not barking, high pitched dogs along with a very antogonising howl from a greyhound she has aswell. I have tried talking to her. She just slammed the door in my face. I have put in a written complaint to council. They have spoken with her but nothing much has changed.

I have been woken up at unGodly hours in the morning, forget about sleep ins on the weekend. I have tried ringing her but she now has an answering machine so she doesn't have to talk to me. So cut a long story short, my sanity, my happiness are in this woman's hands. I could think of a few words to call her right now but I won't. Sometimes I can't believe I am turning into (she has turned me into) a very bitter, angry person.

I know I shouldn't be putting this on my blog. But I have too, I just have to for my sanity's sake. I don't know what to do. Should I move? I have put so much blood, sweat and tears into this place. Why the hell should I? Yesterday I found myself looking at property on the net, 100 acres.. where my neighbours can do what they want. Have any of you ever been in a situation like this? I have never had problems with neighbours, not even when I lived on a normal block. I have been pretty lucky I suppose, up till now. So the saga continues and only time will tell what's to happen.....
 ok, back to my sewing to get my mind off it and cheer me up.. take care, Maryann     oh ps. I just purchased Julia Child's cook books and can't wait to get them to try out her recipes!!

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