Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Family Time


When the husband took on his new job mid last year we knew it would involve being away at times. And that was fine whilst it was just the two of us. When Eliza entered the picture it got a little bit harder.

I was lucky that for the first 10 weeks of her life he was able to be home every night. But then that job ended and a new one started. Three hours from home. The first night was tough. The second a little easier, and eventually it became the norm.

However, it meant we started to really value weekend time as family time. It is the only time where the husband gets to see Eliza for more than 5 minutes as she is going to bed. We have had to decline many invitations recently as we prefer to be at home together, or it isn't plausible to take her out at night. We go visit local attractions, go for walks and generally just hang out. It also means that for two days of the week I can hand the baby over to someone else whilst I go to the toilet in peace.

Glamorous it is not, but it is lovely.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The girls

Our cat isn't the hugest fan of Eliza, I suspect it has something to do with how Eliza grabs her fur and yanks it.


Such a picture of innocence.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

What's left...

So, now the concrete is laid, we need to finish the front. On the list, there is

  • new guttering.
  • replace the roofing iron.
  • paint the veranda poles and the surrounding trim from blue to grey.
  • put the lattice work back up.
  • build garden beds for the front of the veranda and the front of the master bedroom.
Sad thing is that I want this done before Christmas - which is only a few short weeks away!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Post: Sweet Little Girl's Room Lighting

Hi, I'm Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful website and blog to get ideas for the best lighting fixtures for your home and for decorating projects. I love guest blogging for fabulous blogs like Bird's Eye View. My guest post today focuses on sweet and stylish little girl's rooms. These eight are some of my favorite. I hope you like them, too! Enjoy!

Girl Bedrooms

This sweet girl's room has great style in its details. Pretty fabric on the roman shades and pillows add a lively pattern. Sweet Babar artwork adds a nostalgic touch.

Girl Bedrooms

For a little girl's room that also doubles as a play room, this sofa style bed is a clever design idea. The canopy makes it feel like a girly room, but the patterns, colors and art are anything but princess style.

Girl Bedrooms

Stylish girls' rooms don't have to be all pink to be sweet. I love the gray walls with just a hint of lavender that makes the colors of the bedding and curtains pop in this stylish girl's bedroom.

Girl Bedrooms

A clever idea for making a grand statement: use fabric to create a dramatic headboard and add swing arm wall lamps. These canopies are simple valances hung above swaths of pretty fabric├│perfect for a girl's bedroom.

Girl Bedrooms

This romantic sleeping nook is perfect for a stylish and sweet girl's bedroom. Hang a curtain rod from the ceiling to create the nook with fabric curtains.

Girl Bedrooms

Twin beds dressed in white are a sweet option for a girl's bedroom. The bright pink walls give the room a modern style, while the beds add an old fashion touch.

Girl Bedrooms

Blue and white is not just for boys' bedrooms. This pretty blue and white bedroom features a modern floral pattern on both the walls and the bed that is stylish and girly. I love the hanging lantern and the chippy painted stool at the foot of the bed.

Girl Bedrooms

This room is almost over the top chic. I love the wallpaper's large scale Chinoiserie pattern and gorgeous color. What do you think of these darling little girl's rooms? For more decorating ideas for children's rooms and every room in your home, visit Arcadian Lighting's blog for fresh inspiration daily! (Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) Pin It

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eliza Wears


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's up Doc?

Eliza had her first food that wasn't milk recently. Such a proud moment (which I have no idea why I am proud of, she didn't do much)



 Yup, that was all the damage she did, she kinda mushed it a bit, nothing more.


I figured she wasn't interested. Clearly she preferred to chew on her mirror 2 minutes after I took her out of her highchair
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Concrete!

We finally have concrete!


It has been a little while since it was laid, and now it looks a little something like this. On one hand I kind of wish that we had it coloured, but it doesn't really matter.


There is a few things left to be done, but that's a post for another day.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Wall Art

On a recent trip to Ikea I picked up a Ung Drill frame. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just knew it was kinda cool and had potential. Slowly a plan formulated in my mind, and a transformation occured.

I started with said frame (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of my frame)

And started to spraypaint it pink (Squirts Fuchsia for those interested)
 It took a lot of coats (damn all those fiddly bits!) but just as my can needed replacing I had the right coverage to keep me happy (especially considering it took 8 light coats, each with an hours drying time in between, and the hardware store had since closed).

Eventually I ended up with this:

I did considering hanging it on the wall as is, but I wanted to finish my plan to see if it would work. So I took out the backing board and covered it with fabric. I had grand plans of using a bit of ply and stappling the fabric to it, but in the end good old sticky tape won.

Ta Da!


The next step was to affix the giant letter 'E' I had brought. This is where my plan came unstuck, as I didn't realise the letter would be so heavy. Double sided tape wouldn't hold it, so I turned to super glue.
 And realised afterwards it was no where near centred. Drat!

My new plan is to have 'Eliza' scripted and put in the centre, but in the mean time it hangs on her wall all pretty like.

One day I will get around to finishing her bunting. One day.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eliza Wears


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More Stockings

After a lot of searching, I decided I wanted a neutral stocking for Eliza, something that isn't red and adorned with Santa or a reindeer. Here's a few I found that were timeless and neutral.







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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mummy Uniform

I have never been an overly fashionable person, but I like to think I looked 'nice'. Lately though, I have become victim of the "Mummy Fashion" trend.

Cargo jeans - check. Birkenstock sandles - check. Non-descript t-shirt - check. lack of makeup and hair - check.

I really do need some new clothes!
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Getting My Sew on...

I don't get a lot of time to sew these days, so my machine has gone sadly neglected under the dining room table, however I did whip up this little blanket recently.


I made the flower out of two yo-yo's and a button. I thought it was pretty darn cute.


A friend of mine recently lost a baby late in her pregnancy, which was a terribly sad thing that happened to a lovely couple. I had brought this fabric for her months ago as she loves yellow. I felt it was fitting to still give her the blanket to remember her little one at this very hard time for her.
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