Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Introducing Amy

After a long time away..

I can finally introduce our little angel


In this pic she's all of 3 months old. 
And we love her dearly!

The first 3 months were so hectic, morning and night, she certainly kept us on our toes.  We also had an unexpected extended hospital stay of two weeks, the poor little mite had jaundice then anemia.  So I have some very interesting photos of a very yellow looking baby.  It all took time to pass, thankfully we have a lovely healthy baby now.

I'm hoping to now continue with weekly posts to my blog - I've a fair bit in the archives now, so lots to chat about :)

Til then ...


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Baby Update

Well its finally time...

I'm off to hospital later this afternoon, and hoping all goes well.

A baby will no doubt shake up this ol' house!!

As a side note, the filing cabinet is all painted and ready for handles.  I did have a bit of a hiccup with colour for the draws (basically, it was yuk!), but with a bit of a colour update its all come together quite well.  I can't wait to show you, the power of paint really is amazing.

I will post the play-by-play when I get back.  Though it might take me a while to get into a routine with baby.

Please bear with me - I won't be gone for long :)
Catcha soon,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Filing Cabinet Project - Undercoat

Its slow going around here, but I've finally finished the undercoat for the filing cabinet.

Two coats of zinssers.. plus a bit of putty for filling in the holes from the old handles.
(my pregnant body can only do a little at a time!)

This room I'm painting in is our storage/rumpus room downstairs.  At the moment winter is just starting to take hold, and its too cold to paint outside now. 

I've finally settled on a plan for this here cabinet.  My plan is to paint the draw fronts a different colour, which I will detail more in my next post, and change up the handles too.

Now that I'm on maternity leave I finally feel able to finish off this pesky project - and stop the pile-up of paperwork around here.

So cheerio for now  
& look out for my next post over the next day or so :)


Monday, May 9, 2011

Learning about ISO

This weekend I'm learning about using ISO, so I thought I would share a few shots I've been experimenting with around home. This lovely yellow rose I received for mothers day.

f/4.0, 1/40

f/4.2, 1/80

f/5.0, 1/100

f/6.3, 1/160

Really is fascinating. If you're into that sort of thing. The higher the ISO the grainier the picture, each increase is twice as sensitive. With each photo I also noted the fstop and shutter speed whilst I only changed the ISO in Program mode.

Now... whats next on the list


Monday, May 2, 2011

Filing Cabinet Project

I've decided to drag this old dated thing upstairs for a facelift for our home office.  I'm hoping a splash of white paint and new handles is all it needs.

Its previous home was a little hidey-hole under the stairs.  But I really do need a filing cabinet upstairs for all our bits and pieces.

As you can see our home office area consists of just a small section of wall in our sitting room.

And I've decided to have a go at updating this little area myself - without buying anymore new furniture, and basically using what I have at home.  I just hope I'm successful!

The first step is to update the filing cabinet.  Then move onto the desk - more white paint I think!

So to work I go.

Cheerio for now!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Loungeroom Photo Update

Finally, an update on the progress of our loungeroom!

before we moved in, 2008
in progress, mid 2010
and now (April 2011)

Hubby worked so hard with the brush, and I tried to do as much as I could. And now I think we are both happy with how its turned out so far.

We will be looking at bringing in a footstool/pouffe too soon (possibly for my swollen ankles in the coming weeks), but I won't hold my breath! How I love these moroccan ones:

And some last finishing touches I would love to add are; artwork/mirror/photos on the walls, new cushions, side table makeover. All in good time (and money) I suppose :)


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Loving Saturday Club Mission 4

Last Saturday, I tried to fit in the 'Loving Saturday Club' mission for the week that Sarah has running from www.abeachcottage.com
I don't think I fulfilled all the requirements for this one, except the part about shopping for flowers.

Unfortunately I was in a such a hurry - it was an hour before guests would start arriving for the baby shower.

I decided to buy a small bunch for my baby shower, which already came packaged for display, which was really lovely.   So I could just plonk them on the table, as is!

Next time I hope to be able to foof a little with more flowers and have a few scattered around the house - they just give a room such a lovely feeling...

ps. apologies for the droopy flowers, it was a little while till I had the camera handy for a quick photo 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby Shower

My baby shower was on last Saturday afternoon, and it was all systems go... so much so that I am now kicking myself for not having time to bring out my camera! (needless to say, I suck!)
I would have loved a couple of memories from the day.

Anyhoo, I managed to get a photo taken of myself and my daughter

and a little corner of the room before it all got packed away...

It really was a delightful afternoon, with lovely company and delicious cake! All the gifts were so gorgeous (and much needed, I might add!). And here I thought I would show you one particular gift that received many oohh's and aaahh's from the guests. So, so tiny!!

So its now 8 weeks to go until 'D' day. I wish I could say I was looking forward to it :P.
There's always that saying 'no pain... no gain'!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Loving Saturday Club Mission

The mission... to indulge and relax!

with my camera along for the ride...

I'm learning about shutter speed this week - by following Darcy's '31 days to a better photo' series, I'm finally exploring the manual side of my dslr (I've been lazy and have always used auto)

We lounged in the sun, on a jetty, with boats lounging in mud (or silt, to be absolutely spot on)

with a very special person

... and gray ruffles to boot! (or should I say shoe :) )

what a lovely morning we had!!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Expecting change

Thanks to Sarah's blogging tips at abeachcottage - its time I fixed up my blog.

And it'll all start with organising my camera, take more photos & start writing!!

Oh, and I'll also be participating in the 'love' Saturday Club Mission Number Three
that Sarah has begun, so if I'm on the ball I'll be somewhere in ruffles delighting in something tasty and calorie laden (with my camera of course!!)
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