13 going on 40!

Why do teenagers think that they know EVERYTHING? My 13 year old niece knows everything and her opinion is the only one that counts. On a recent shopping trip, I held up a pair of jeans that I thought were quite cute, Jade turned to me with her little hand on her hip and politely said “Oh my word Aunty Cands, you can’t be serious, I would NEVER wear that!” I’ve gone from being the cool aunt, to the boring aunt who has no idea about anything. How sad is that? When she was 9 years old she told me that she wants to be just like me when she grows up…  Not anymore :(.

Years ago, Vince made Jade some beautiful plain white frames for her room, he made them in a way that the pictures in the frames could be replaced as she outgrew them. At the time I put in pictures of the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, which she loved, but now, not so much. Those old pics were way overdue for a makeover, and since Jade is redecorating her room, my timing couldn’t be more perfect. But I had no idea where to start, I had to find inspiration somewhere (eeeeeck), the pressure was on. How do I impress this all-knowing teenager?

And then it dawned on me, LOVE… that would be my inspiration. I love Jade, love her like she is my own daughter, she even calls me her “other mother”. So sweet, my heart melts when she introduces me to her friends.

So, with my new found inspiration (and a little help from Pinterest), I got busy designing! This is the end result 🙂

This artwork will look amazing with Jade’s new purple colour scheme, and hopefully she won’t outgrow it anytime soon.

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Winter, be gone!

It was such a cold weekend here in East London, South Africa. We froze!!! I don’t know exactly what the temperature was but it was fra-eeeezing. Apparently it was snowing on the mountains in Hogsback (about a 2 hour drive from us) and when it snows on those mountains, boy does it send us way into the lower temperatures. Winter is not my favourite season, AND we still have two cold months ahead of us!!! How will I ever survive? I wish I could hibernate, just like a bear. Oh what a life that would be…

My dogs were out on the deck lying in winter sun, desperate to warm their cold bones. Here are a few shots of them lazying about enjoying the warmth. Excuse my sausage dog, Peanut, he’s not much of a poser. I think he might be camera shy, he’s a very sensitive little chap.

As you can see, Tyson loves the camera. When he noticed that I was taking photo’s, he quickly ran inside, fetched his teddy and jumped straight back into position, ready for the next shot. He even managed to keep his tounge inside his mouth this time :). Notice in this next shot how his little tounge sticks out. It’s like that 99.9% of the time. So precious!!!

I love these two so much, they make our lives very interesting 🙂 and there’s nothing better than arriving home from work to see these two happy little creatures waiting for me at the gate. xxx

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Kitchen art

So, my kitchen is a work in progress. I am taking things one step at a time. This first step was totally unplanned and it turned out beautifully. Vince always gets a nervous look on his face when I turn to him and say “I’ve got the most brilliant idea!”. This usually involves work for him. Luckily, this time he could just sit back, relax and watch the magic happen.

I had a few blank canvasses tucked away in the back of my craft cupboard so I decided to haul them out and give them a new lease on life. It’s amazing what you can do with a blank canvas and a tin of red paint. I had some black and white prints I did for my cousin a while back and decided to cut stencils from them. Then I stenciled the two images onto the canvases in red paint. Easy as pie.

I really need a new camera but I’m sure you get the idea.  I totally adore how these art pieces look alongside my new red kettle and toaster set. More on that soon.

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A Beautiful Morning

I woke up to the most beautiful morning. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and everyone was in a great mood. I took my time getting ready for work, I pottered around the house doing washing and spending time with my two furry babies, until Peanut decided that sunning himself on the deck while enjoying the scenery was a way better idea than getting loves and cuddles from his mom.

I love my Peanut with all my heart. My special boy. xxx

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Way TOO Long

It’s been waaaaaaay too long since you guys have heard from me. I know, I’m bad. Life has been very hectic and I’ve had all these deadlines looming (I’m a graphic designer, well that’s my day job). Now that I have a gap in my oh-so-busy schedule, I thought I would fill you in on whats been going down lately.

Well, firstly, let me tell you that my life has become a whirlwind. If anybody is selling time, I would like to buy some please, because I am running out of it, FAST. I work for a communications company which is hectic, we are so busy! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. In these economic times it’s a privilege to work for a successful growing company who appreciates every single ounce of hard work that you put in on a daily basis. I thank God everyday that I work for such great company.

By the time I get home from work I am so tired, but then there is cleaning and ironing to be done. Eeeeek! Lucky for me I have a wonderful husband who helps with cooking and cleaning. He works super-hard too, he is my superman! He read my blog for the first time a few weeks ago and was so proud of me. I didn’t know if he would like it or not, but he loved it. Wow!!! Vince encourages me in everything I do and motivates me 24/7. He is always singing my praises, sometimes he makes me feel all shy.

Between all the working, cleaning, cooking and ironing, we actually do have a social life. I have a wonderful group of girl friends. We get together for an all-girls dinner once a month. This is our time to chat about girly stuff, you know decorating, shopping, clothes, shoes, children, food, pets, etc. Seriously, we talk the hind leg off a donkey. Some more than others (love you Shan). Sadly our group has been touched with some bad tidings lately. A little life was lost and a life was saved. I am grateful to the Lord for every single day I have on this earth. Never take anything for granted, life is too short. Below is a pic of us girls last Christmas, love these crazy chics.

Despite all the things happening in my life, I just wanted to let you all know that I have been doing a bit of DIY on the side and I do intend on sharing that with you. So please don’t stop reading my blog. I WILL BE BACK 🙂

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Kitchen Demo

One day, I said to my hubby “Lets open up the kitchen to the lounge, we can just take out the counter and cupboards, and knock down that funny wall and remove the arch. It will give us a lot more space”.

Easier said than done. The cupboards and counter were a piece of cake to remove, and we saved all the wood to use on a different project. Score!!! Wood is expensive in our parts. Now, I thought that the wall and arch would be just as easy to demo. I was wrong, so very very wrong. Like a good DIY wife I was there helping, and oh-my-word, it was such hard work! I spent the next few days in agony, my whole body hurt. Here are a few pics to show you how the whole deal went down. I should have taken more pics to illustrate the whole process but in the midst of it all, I forgot.

My hubby starting demo on the brick wall :). My job was to carry the bricks to the wheelbarrow waiting outside the backdoor. It sounds like an easy job but man oh man was it tough. Especially for a small girl like me.

As you can see, my house was in a mess. I don’t like mess, I should have been born with a dust cloth in my hand, I just loooove wiping things and making them sparkly clean.  I think I got that from my mother (love you Mom). As you can see from the pics below, we now have a lot of patching up to do, like tiling and painting and moving one or two cupboards. Sigh… it never seems to end…

I will post some updated pics of the kitchen. We have done a little bit of the touch-up work but there is still a long road ahead. Nobody said DIY was easy.

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Charlie Baby 2

In my previous post about my Charlie, I didn’t do him any justice. It was a rushed post just to get something online. Sorry my Charlie xxx. I will NEVER do that again, I am better than that and I’ll make an effort to put much more time and effort into my future posts. So now, more about my Charlie baby…

We adopted Charlie when he was seven years old, he was by no means a young man anymore. We loved the little guy from day one and he loved us too (he told me so, several times). He was this chubby little sausage dog with the most amazing little fat rolls on his paws. Too cute for words. I used to pick him up and squeeze him tight, he loved that. When little  Peanut arrived at our house, all fresh and new, Charlie was besotted with him. I mean TOTALLY obsessed. Peanut was wet for two solid weeks when he first arrived because Charlie would’nt stop licking him. They loved each other so much and used to cuddle in their little bed. Never you mind that they each had their own bed!!! They would squeeze into one just so that they could be together. So adorable.

Charlie hated squeaky toys. Anything that had a squeak was destroyed in seconds. And my Charlie used to hop when he was excited and he used to drag his blankie around wherever he went. I have so many beautiful memories, my Charlie still makes me smile and always will.

 

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Charlie baby

This is chubby little Charlie baby. Love him so very much.

My Charlie died two years ago from cancer and I miss him every single day. He was such a big part of our lives and will always hold a special place in my heart. I still have his blanket and his ball in my cupboard. Oh, my Charlie baby, I miss you so. xxx

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