Small changes make a difference

Every week I try to update something around the house. No matter how big or small the change is, it feels like I’m making progress. Also, change is good. Even moving a potted plant from one room to another can make a space feel different.

Last week I decided to spruce up the wall in our bathroom. It’s the wall right opposite the toilet. So if you’re sitting on the throne, this is the wall that you stare right into. Here is the before and after.

Excuse the ugly blue tiles. Yuck. A bathroom reno is definitely on our list!

The big family sign on the “after” wall is one of our Creative Living decor products. It fits beautifully in the space and adds some dimension to the wall. The other items are just things that I had around the house. The plan is to replace the two small dark box frames with something a little lighter. They are way too heavy for the space. I also need a little grey heart to fill the small gap under the family sign. I make cute moulded cement hearts that would fill the space perfectly.

All in all, it was a great way to update the bathroom. A small change can go a long way.

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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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Picture Picture on the Wall

A few years ago, I went to my cousin’s house for a visit. It was the first time Vince and I had been to visit her and her hubby in their new home. They have a beautiful old home with high ceilings and the most amazing wood details. Things I would love to have in my home. People with more modern boxy homes like myself have to add those details by scouring antique stores to find old wooden treasures (at a decent price)that add character to a home.

Anyway, to cut a (very) long story short, when we were served tea in their lounge with oh-so-gorgeous old hardwood floors, yummy, I couldn’t help but notice one glaringly UGLY painting on the wall. And when I say ugly, it was uuuuuggggllly. A lizard of some sort with bulging eyes. It was so ugly and I told my cousin so, I just couldn’t help myself, it just slipped out of my mouth. Vince just gave me a look as if to say “Did you really? Really?”. Well I did and she wasn’t offended. She thought it was ugly too. So being the great cousin that I am, I offered to take the ugly lizard home to make him more beautiful. So I made him more beautiful by making him disappear completely. I started to paint with no idea of what I was going to do, and then it suddenly came to me. Here is a tiny glimpse of what I have planned for this amazing work of art.

As you can see there is a lot of texture and detail involved. It should keep me busy for a while but I will post a pic of the complete artwork. 🙂

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