Saturday, June 25, 2011

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

Great news here!!!! 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 Geez...that was 2-3 months of anguish I could have seriously done

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Okay....well here is what it looked like pre-makeover...pretty nasty huh?...complete with the remnants of Jeff's outdated office (his old computer and a cruddy old filing cabinet)...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

Until next time .......  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

When life hands you brussel sprouts...

Most of you may have noticed that I havent been around too much of late to make comment on my BLOG or anyone elses for that matter.

I suppose its time for me to fess up...I haven't been feeling my usual jovial self for the last few months and to be honest have been finding it difficult to get motivated to do much of anything.

The crux of the problem is a decision that hubby and I have made to sell our beautiful home. Unfortunately although we know it is the best thing to do for us it is a decision that I am still struggling to come to terms with.

Having our own buisiness we are finding it increasingly difficult to be paid in a timely manner by customers in this current economic climate and are finding that we are more often than not struggling to make ends meet each week whilst waiting on that elusive cheque....despite hubby working longer and longer hours each week.

Our home is quite large (if I am totally honest... too large for just the two of us and our two furr-babies) so we have decided to sell, pay off all of our debts, invest the rest of our money and rent for a while whilst looking for our next "perfect place".... this time a little smaller.

I know that I should view this as a positive thing and I know that we are not the first to be faced with a decision like this but geez I'm struggling with letting go! Anyways it will all work out for the best in the longrun I am certain.

...So now begins the primping and preening and packing and downsizing that I have been dreading and putting off for the past few months ...hoping that it was just a bad wish me luck.

The first job this long weekend is to get the spare room (previously used as Jeff's office) painted and restored into a spare bedroom. I will go through the wardrobe (currently full of junk), paint and decorate the room. I am planning to put in the old wrought iron bed, braided rugs and vintage quilts I have had stored for some time, together with a few other pieces of furniture that I will pinch from around the rest of the house.

Hopefully as I do my clearing, primping and preening I will be able to share photos with y'all so you can see what I get up to....Tee hee....that is sure to make me get in and get it done as now I have made a promise...sorta-kinda

Okey dokey...all of that having been said the one constant that has been keeping me somewhat sane during all of this is having to get up and toddle off to work each day.

I just love my job and during my time back at the lovely little antiques store I work at I have formed friendships with many of my regular customers, some popping in on a regular basis simply to have a chat (something I am VERY good at...hee hee).

Today one of my lovely regulars (a dear old gentleman) popped in and surprised me with a homemade lunch. He walked up to the counter with his little insulated carry bag and announced that we were going to have lunch together.

From out of his carry bag came a small linen cloth that was laid on the counter, to which was added some lovely china and sliverware, serviettes and fresh bread rolls. Next out was his insulated soup tourine and a little dish of sour cream.......and what did the tourine hold I hear you say???......brussel sprout and potato soup, which to my surprise (not being a fan of brussel sprouts) was absolutely delightful!!!.

To say that I was touched is an thoughtful of him to bring in his handmade soup and to go to such an effort for me!....just lovely. It is only 14 degrees up here today and very a bowl of steaming hot soup was just the trick....thanks so very much "Mr K" made my week!

So to commemorate this "memorable lunch" I researched a Brussel Sprouts Soup recipe to share with you all. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
....and remember
....when life hands you Brussel Sprouts
....make soup!

4-6 servings

1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons butter
500g brussels sprouts or frozen brussels sprouts, thawed
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Sour cream and paprika, optional

In a large saucepan, saute onion and potato in butter until onion is tender. Add the brussels sprouts, broth, salt, curry powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool to room temperature.

Place the potato mixture, in small batches, in a blender, cover and process until blended. Return all to pan. Combine egg yolk and cream; stir into soup. Cook and stir for 4-5 minutes over medium heat (do not boil). Garnish with sour cream and paprika if desired.

Enjoy.....................'til next time....
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