Thursday, November 3, 2011

Say a little prayer....

Hi all....

I have a bit of a favour to ask you all....I was wondering if you may, if you have the time, spare a thought , make a wish or say a little prayer for my brother, Mark...

He was involved in a horrible accident on his way to work on Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car that was trying to make a turn and beat the oncoming traffic.... The other driver was turning against the lights and ploughed into the the side of my brother at quite a speed...

Unfortunately Mark was on his motorbike at the time...

The impact saw Mark's leg all but severed below the knee...

To date he has faced one lengthy surgery to try to repair the leg..and is set to face many more...including the loss of 2-3 toes on his left foot due to unrepairable damage from being thrown from his bike from the impact...

We are now hoping, praying and crossing everything that the surgery is successful and he is able to keep his leg...and this is what I hope you will share in your thoughts...

He has quite a battle ahead of him but we are so glad that he is alive as it could have ended a lot differently...

So please say a little prayer on his behalf ...if you are not religious please keep him close to your heart  or wish him well...

....and please all of you that drive any sort of vehicle, whether it be a car, bike, truck...whatever....please drive safely and remember that one decision made in haste to save a little time can change a life in a matter of seconds...

Till next time....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Barrows and blooms....

For months I have been reading everyone's posts and looking at pictures of their beautiful gardens.....loving them all...and drooling.....but too embarrassed to share pictures of mine as it was in dire need of a serious "spruce up".

Some years ago we had a beautiful neat garden (even held our wedding reception in our back yard!), however a large extension to the back of our house saw most of the manicured gardens removed and the venture into our own business seemed to swallow up what little time we had available, leaving us with no time to resurrect it.

This lack of time has seen our gardens (well...what was left of them) sadly neglected. I have for a long while wanted to get stuck into it, although as my hubby is always tied up with work it means little steps at a time as I would be doing most of it myself.

Finally I found myself in the position with a little time to get started on it but unfortunately I hit another snag....money has been tight over the past 12-18 months and my dream of making over my garden has always had to be put on the back-burner...making way for bills and other necessities....boring I know, but a part of everyday life I guess!!!...lol.

Well... I am pleased to say that I have finally been able to have a little splurge and have carried out a mini makeover of one of our front garden beds....woohoo!

So now I can join the gardening band wagon (or should I say barrow...lol)...

So....here are my before and after pics.....

 
Before......
What can I say...hideous!....

 

After....
A "bang up job" ...even if I do say so myself

As I said before...baby steps (and baby plants) but one has to start somewhere and although it looks a little plain at the moment I am sure I will be rightly pleased once the little dears establish themselves a bit more. (ooh and I still have to remove the dead clingy vine from the brick wall)

 

This is the first of my planned makeovers outdoors.

Next stop on the garden train is the garden that runs right across the other side of the front of the house. It is about 5 times longer than this bed (about 25-30 metres) and will require some serious digging. I plan to replicate the plants on that side...but that will be a job for another day.

Can I let you all in on a li'l secret???...I haven't done much of anything physical for a long time and my garden adventure today has left my back feelin' a bit "namby-pamby".

So...I am off to lay down in front of the movin' picture machine....probably fall asleep and dream of my new garden.....it's awful pretty ...don't ya think??

Til next time....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ahhh...the romance of roses...

What would your hubby say if your boyfriend gave you flowers???......

Well.... mine thought it was real sweet...
(considering my boyfriend is only three years old....lol)

These flowers were presented to me by my little mate Archie who comes to visit me with his mum in the shop that I work at. He is very very cute and most charming and presented them with a "hello darlin'....these are for you!"....(way too cute!)

He is a little blonde hair, blue eyed cutie and inspires to be "Fireman Sam" when he gets older...

He has been known to shout an "I love you Chris" from the car window as they leave and there are always plenty of hugs and kisses blown during his visits....

Who said romance is dead....lol.....

Now how could a hubby ever be jealous of a boyfriend like that!!!....obviously he couldn't...but it couldn't hurt to take a few pointers.....(just sayin'.....lol)

'Til next time....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Photos, photos and more photos...

Well hello all of you out there in "blogland"....high time I updated mine with another post isn't it???

Well here it is.....(hope it is worth the wait...lol)

There is nothing I like more than a day out with a like-minded friend... hitting the antique stores... and that is precisely what I did yesterday with my friend Karen.

Like my blog posts ...IT HAS BEEN A WHILE!!!...as a matter of fact over three months since our last day out!!....on the 2nd July.

How do I possibly remember the date I hear you ask?...easy-peasy....this was the date on the lay-by docket for a lay-by that I placed on our last day out and had totally forgotten about collecting...until yesterday!

Not like me at all I know.....but we have had a series of issues over the last few months...two of which were being without my car for an extended period and the serious lack of spending money...lol...so days out have been non-existant and the furthest thing from my mind.

Anyways....enough of the "who-hah"....
What was my layby you ask???? ...and was it still there after all that time???

Well the lovely shopkeeper was kind enough to have kept it aside for me and I eagerly paid the balance and collected it amid profuse apologies. As you will see it is quite "special" and I seriously don't know HOW I could have forgotten about this little beauty!!!!

Okay....well here it is.....

An antique photo album dated 19th May 1900
full of photo's!!!!

Yup....aah-huh you heard (oops....read) me correctly!!!!

What a find...and for not a bad price too... if I do say so mee-self!
The cover is very ornate and decorated...

The back is old worn velvet...

The first page is inscribed...
Burrumbuttock NSW
(quaint name isnt it?)

I had no idea where Burrumbuttock  is...so I googled it (as one does when wanting to find something out) and this is what I learned...

"Burrumbuttock is a small village 32 kilometres north west of Albury onthe Albury-Urana Road.


The early settlement began in 1839 at the "Burrumbuttock Station" which was at that time 30,000 acres on both sides of an unfenced track stretching from Jindera Gap towards Walbundrie.

The present town has a number of buildings including a General Store and Post Office, Primary School, Farmers Inn Hotel established in 1880 and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church dedicated in 1877. It has a population of 150 people.

The Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre is a 4 ha area featuring a large dam constructed in 1902 by Chinese labourers. The wetlands, bush and landscape are linked by walking tracks and showcase a great diversity of native plants and associated wildlife. The Centre has received international recognition".

Very interesting......
Here are a few shots of the photos in the album...

 Some of the pages are also very decorative...all embossed and coloured with different floral patterns

From what I can see I think the lady in these photos is Bertha "H" who along with her husband presented the album to their sister...


A large family...9 kids!





And finally....on the last page
It would seem that sadly Bertha "H" died in July, 1902 at only 39 years of age... only two years after presenting her sister with the album.

It appears that her sister popped her rememberance card into the back of the very album that I am sure she would have cherished so dearly....

What a piece of history!!!.....

I have been collecting old photos for a little while now with the vision of somehow using them in my crafting (copying not destroying...so dont freak out...lol)

I have also been lucky enough to have been given some from a dear friend for birthdays/christmas etc....and I thought I would share a few of them with you also..


 This one (given by my friend) bears an uncanny resemblance to my dear mum when she was younger. I showed it to my younger brother and he totally agreed....
I will have to show mum next time she comes over....maybe she had a long-lost relative that she knew nothing of.....or maybe she's older than she's been l;etting on...tee hee! (sorry mum...didn't mean it...lol...love ya!)


 Three old postcards...



I hope you have enjoyed sharing my old pics....

I have one more that I would like to share with you...
It is of my sweet pussycat Cassie taken some time ago while she was taking a drink from the little pond we used to have in our garden. She was fascinated with water and I would often find her sitting in a tub, wading through the pond or arm deep in her water bucket....


Sadly we had to say goodbye to Cassie recently after she became quite ill.....17 years she was with me and she was a joy for each and every one of them....Goodbye old girl...we sure miss you ...xxx

Until next time....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My hubby hates trees....

Well...not all trees...just MINE!...lol

I told you in my last post that I was going to try to get stuck into another craft project....

....well .... I had this idea...

I have some old table legs/bannisters in my craftshed and I have been looking at them and looking at them since I picked them up a few years back ...but wasn't certain exactly what I wanted to do with them..until I came up with this "great" idea!
Well...it WAS great until I couldn't get my initial attempt to work...so I changed the goalpost and came up with an easier alternative...."as we do!"....(but I swear I will be having another attempt at the elusive "great idea"...lol)

I made a tree....
...it's probably not very impressive as far as trees go ...but I really don't think it warranted the screwed up and disgusted face that hubby pulled when I showed it to him...followed by  the accompanying comment of "WHO on earth is going to want to buy THAT???"...I mean really was it necessary to be so rude???...lol

Well...I love my little scrawny tree and if no-one does buy it after I list it on my website for sale I am totally determined to find a VERY prominent possie in MY house to put it where Jeff can enjoy it every day!!!...or maybe I'll just put it away and wrap it up for him for Christmas...hee hee!- evil laugh (although you all know I'm not evil and would never do a thing like that- hee hee! - oops there I go again)

Anyways...that being said
....here is my scrawny tree...lol


  

...hope you do too...or are YOU a tree hater like my hubby...lol

Until next time ...


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dusted off the "old girl" and actually got some sewing done...


Well hiya all....
You can probably guess by my BLOG title that I did actually manage to get some sewing done as planned ...yippee!

I have a gazillion projects in my head that I want to get through, but this is what I managed to come up with this week....

Firstly a little prairie dress on a manequin for my Little House Primitives website...
(Thankyou ...this is already SOLD)

...and for my Countin' Crows Primitives website I came up with these gals...
"Springtime Annie"

....and 
"Winter Annie"

Not too bad for a days work if I do say so myself....lol

Well that's it from me...for this time. I'm off to get some orders packed and invoiced and then it's onto getting our dreaded business tax done for this quarter....eeek!

....wish me luck
Until next time...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A rainy day afternoon at home...

No work for me today or for the rest of the week as a matter of fact...

The antiques store I work for is in the process of changing hands and my days have been reduced from 3 a week to one day a week.....no matter though as I have more work lined up in the short term and I have been told that my days will be likely to increase again in the near future....

As I said...no matter as it is giving me some well earned "me" time to do whatever I want!!!....Well that's easier said than done in view of the nasty weather we have been experiencing for the last few days...

There is little that I can do pottering around the house (would love to get suck into the garden...or some more painting but this weather is only good for ducks...and this little black duck ain't gunna garden out in the pouring rain...lol)

....so guess what I did this afternoon????

Yep...you'll never believe it....I actually got some crafting done!!!...I know ...I hear ya Jackie...you had best sit down before you fall down!!!....it's definitely been a while hasn't it?

Anyways nothing too exciting....just decided to make up a few pinkeeps (baby steps at this stage as I will seriously HAVE to ease myself back into it...hee hee) and while I was at it I threw together a couple of little laundry gatherings.

I will be listing all of these for sale on my websites over the next few days...

Pinkeeeps...
I love the little boot one !
Yeah yeah...shock horror I hear y'all say...youno I can' resist
a cute little antique boot!

Laundry Gatherings...

The cute little "star soap" ditty bags were purchased from
Olde Time Gatherings in the USA...too cute. I simply popped with them some antique timber pegs and a piece of antique lye soap.

Well that's it for my day....wet, cold but above all most enjoyable. I am hoping to actually get stuck into a sewing project tomorrow....woohoo!!!!

Thanks for allowing me to share...

Until next time......

Added Note: 22nd July 2011
I have just ducked in and finally updated the shelves for my two selling blogs...Countin' Crows Primitives and Little House Primitives.  You will find the links to them both listed on the side bars at the top of the page...thanks x

Monday, July 4, 2011

Another nice day out...

Hi there one and all...I hope everyone is keeping well and surviving the nasty weather we have been having (for non-aussie readers...it's winter over here and we have been having lots of rain and wind and rain and rain and rain....lol)

This past Saturday I was  lucky enough to share a lovely day out with my dear friend Karen. We had been invited to Rick Rutherford's Christmas In July event at 3pm in his store at Lawson in the Blue Mountains, so we decided to do what we do best and make a day of it...visiting our favourite antique shops on the way up.

Well I have to say I was quite a good girl and minded my pennies a bit more carefully than usual, but did end up splurging on a pair of delightful little shoes that I have been eyeing off at one of the stores for quite some time. (it did help make my decision to get them easier when the shopkeeper discounted them considerably...lol).

Anyways...I thought I would share a few piccies with you... of my goodies

Those of you who know me well will know that they are not the normal type of li'l boots/shoes I collect....but I am sure when you see them you will understand why I fell in love with them...AND I found the perrrrfect possie to put them...so there!
...I'd say that just about justifies the purchase wouldn't you???





I also managed to find a nice cheap garden hoe. I wanted one  to use to hang a quilt on in my hallway (as you can see I haven't got round to doing that yet...lol)


A nice old jar that I have decorated inside with a small pip berrie wreath, cinnamon scented fixin's and a little grubby battery operated tealight candle.... It looks awesome of a night with it's flickering warm glow...just gotta find somewhere to put it now???
 
As a matter of fact I got inspired by my one and have made up some to list on my website...honestly these look awesome of a night time when they are lit up!


 ...and last but not least (well it was actually...cheap as chips really is this old Bon Ami carton that I have added in with one of my laundry displays.

Well as I said in my title..."another nice day out"... and a lovely day was had by all. We thoroughly enjoyed Ricks gathering and finished the day off by stopping off for an early dinner at another of our favourite haunts on the way back home.

Thanks Karen for another lovely "girlie" day... and as I raise my coffee cup I say "here's to good friends and happy times". I hope you all get to enjoy a little of the same.



Saturday, June 25, 2011

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!....I just had to share this with y'all !!!


Great news here!!!!....so good that I HAD to share it!

You may recall reading my last post about hubby and I having decided to sell our home...a decision that niether of us were comfortable with...and one that we thought was the only way around things.

Well ...after much consideration and some more real soul searching we have decided to struggle it out for another 12 months and look at refinancing wih a view to getting a lower interest rate. After sitting down and discussing it again we decided that we would be losing a considerable amount just on the fees to sell and buy again so we are going to look at refinancing and consolidating a few debts instead to make things a bit easier to manage.

OMG....I thought we were doomed to have to give it all up. Although the thought of starting again with my decorating was a little light at the end of the tunnel.....I cannot tell you how relieved I feel that we now do not have to do it. No more waking up ill just at the thought of it and no more panicking about where we were goinbg to put everything...lol. Geez...that was 2-3 months of anguish I could have seriously done without...lol

It's going to take a bit of budgeting on our behalf in the meantime, but looking at the end picture now we are going to be much better off in the long run...PLUS we get to keep our much loved house!!!!

Okay...so having shared our good news with y'all....I seem to recall that I promised you some pics of the revamp of our spare room......

It sure is amazing how much more of a "spring" I have in my step now. I started painting out the room (previously hubbys old office and most recently a bit of a junk room for the last 2 years) on my day off last Tuesday and couldn't wait to get it finished off today.

I am really pleased with how it has come out and I am keen to continue somewhere else now...hee hee! (No ...seriously!...our garden is disgusting and needs some serious TLC!!!...maybe it should be next on the list)

Okay....well here is what it looked like pre-makeover...pretty nasty huh?...complete with the remnants of Jeff's outdated office (his old computer and a cruddy old filing cabinet)...


and here is what I did with it...some of the pics are a bit dark...and in some the walls appear to be lemony/yellow, however they are a very soft cream...
 The stack in the corner are old suitcases that I "nicked" from around the house including two courtesy of a very welcome garage sale hubby happened across this arvo...lol. On top stands a jar lamp with a punched tin shade...
I have an antique prairie dress on it's way from the states that will be replacing the little dress (2nd from right, which is a bit of a "ring in" at the moment)...all the other items are vintage

 I plan to make a naive stitchery for the blank wall in the corner.
..just couldn't get round to it today..lol and I also need to sort out some kind of window dressings but will have to pop my thinking cap on for those...


The quilt on the bed  is a feedsack quilt from the US that dates back to the early 1900's
(as is the one folded on the pillow and also the one folded on the old metal trunk at the foot of the bed). The bed quilt is blue on white and all handstitched and handquilted in a "Jacobs Ladder" design...

Beside the bed....
A cupboard I took from one of my other displays....
and so my job tomorrow is to re-do the display in the room
that now has a big blank spot... oopsie!

Anyways...thats it for me...I hope you like my new spare room.

...and a huge big thanks to all of you who sent me lovely emails and comments in relation to my previous post....you guys are the best xxx

Until next time .......  
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