Monday, January 9, 2017

Simple Bedroom Edit

Thirteen years after treechanging (I omitted the nearly, adverb apparently), I have been updating the master bedroom.  As they say on Ezibuy, an edit, I am editing my bedroom.

I am also doing my fourth unit at uni during summer, so it is a little challenging, but biting off bits at a time, today is a bit cooler, or has turned out to be.  The reading for uni today was about blogging.  For all those who do it, don't let your skills wane, it might be valuable to you one day for work, that is what I am reading about.  Juggling uni and blogging sounds challenging, but really uni people only want to hear so much from me lol.

I have chosen units that give marks for talking, that works for me.  This time I just have to be quiet a little lol  So maybe I should say things are are more personal on the web in my little worlds and combine the two.

Annnywayy as Ellen says...

The idea was to get away from sleeping under the window, reduce the amount of furniture and clutter in the room and have a coherent look without repainting.  I needed a new doona cover last year but it was so bright and boho my daughter now owns it.  I had enjoyed boho decorating on houzz.  I realised after seeing my cedar look drawers in a Chrisco or similar furniture catalogue that it wasn't as dated as I thought.  My husband has a real cedar chest as well.  I didn't have the money for a new wardrobe this year, I am running out of space for clothes.

So I googled the colour of the furniture, and yellow walls and Shayna Blaze my favourite designer and came up with a page which I now know comes from a popular blog, The Interiors Addict.  So I may have interpreted it work but I was pleased with the results so far in the picture above.  Since then while cleaning out drawers and things I found two suitable artworks, and have bought some grey curtains on ebay and some poles from Spotlight.  My curtains had a watermark.  This is the second time this year I have bought custom curtains from ebay, my window is long and has sidelights, the curtains come from China and I am very happy with them.  The previous ones were from England for a short window.  I got a Hawkesbury set of poles and rings, I found the information on how many ring sets to buy from a curtain poles shop in the UK.  I had to adapt as my track, my pins and the heavy tape with no strings and less rows of string meant small pins, but the result is good, and perhaps how it was intended to be used.  The stiff tape holds the curtain in nice folds.

The blue cupboard is not ideal but still fits the theme loosely.  I had seen Freedom Furniture's pinterest page when editing or updating my daughter's room a few months ago.  There was a paint mixup and I needed to pull the room together.  A quick trip to Freedom while in the regional centre fixed it, just one fur cushion and a look on their page and I had it sorted.  I felt very blessed.  They have advise from memory on their site about bedrooms, and they said focal point work well for the bed.  That was the main reason I wanted to move the bed so it faced the door like a normal bedroom.  I had used a plaited leaf for my daughter the inspiration coming from an artwork we had.  That was also Freedom's idea.  They seem to value older types of art with frames.

So I found some artwork in the colours of lemon and grey and charcoal to suit the cedar on ebay but I had to make up a frame for the canvas.  My original idea was to look in an op-shop.  I ended up in that op-shop anyway with my Mum.  I overlooked a painting but thought it was big enough if I used it's frame for my canvas.  I went back by myself with a tape measure and brought the painting home.  It turns out to be from a famous artist as with another print I had found in a drawer.

The thing that got me started after putting everything off was I was reading an Ezibuy catalogue and happened to see a boho (according to them) doona cover in grey and white.  Shayna had said that mustard pulls the look together.  It had a splash of that, which is all I was supposed to have, a splash.  I searched everywhere on the net for a mustard light fitting as mine was homemade from my last house and the fittings had recently been rewired, my house is old.  So I got one from Bunnings, Akia pendant.  Ezibuy had a vase in the picture with the doona, and it turned out it matched the theme of the painting which was a farm in 1900 and the vase to me looked like it had been formed on chicken wire lol.

Anyway a lot has happened and still finishing up in here.

These are various stages, so not staged as such.

I also got a body pillow from Manchester Madness that matches the grey in the curtain so I am pleased with that. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

University and Reading

Last year I thought I didn't read a single thing for the year, which is not usual I used to be a regular borrower from the library.  This year after writing an essay for uni and having to read scholarly journals, I was happy I finally read a novel.  I did my essay on Christian fiction, I won't say any more until I hand it in again in case I self plagiarise or something.

Corinne Rodrigues

It was very interesting actually evangelical Christian fiction was a big thing in the past, more about that later.  In the process I came across new Christian and gentle read novels, and really got into the first book in the Butternut Creek book series by Jane Myers Perrine.  So I am waiting on book two of this gentle read series.  Like Philip Gulley and Jan Karon it is based on a church community.  But like many recent novels they seem to have new interesting twists.

I am going to try to do a Literature major with Griffith University through OUA, either that or English Literature with Macquarie.  I think I have passed the first unit on the humanities pathway with Curtin, there are four I have to pass with a grade point average of four, which is pass, harder than you think.  I chose literature because I was choosing literature courses the most in MOOCS which I did as a practise for university.  Or MOOCS chose me as my first was one about Laura Ingalls Wilder, a popular course on that is now starting its third course on the subject.

This is my first uni textbook and I think some printouts. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Village Preacher

The Village Preacher

by Oliver Goldsmith
Beside the bed where parting life was laid,
And sorrow, guilt, and pain by turns dismayed,
The reverend champion stood. At his control
Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul;
Comfort came down the trembling wretch to raise,
And his last faltering accents whispered praise.
At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorned the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.
The service past, around the pious man,
With steady zeal, each honest rustic ran;
Even children followed with endearing wile,
And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile.
His ready smile a parent's warmth expressed —
Their welfare pleased him, and their cares distressed.
To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given,
But all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven.
As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.   ~

My friend was saying some things about this poem that I really liked.  clouds are an analogy for the emotions
he always in bliss no matter what the world is doing.....he has empathy though never lets becomes a slave to emotions hence keeps his bliss, happiness

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Aussie Curves

Near the top of my newsfeed on facebook at the moment is a post TS14+ likes a photo.  How exciting for me that they did.  I haven't done many posts on my blog lately, so I am dipping my toe in again with some photos I did for facebook, to show my hair actually, my first experiment with the dye bottle.

photo taken by Jeanie from Inspired Wish,

I am really excited about TS14+.  I was there yesterday I got a pair of jeans the last pair that goes with the tops I am going to show you.  By now they are in the sale category lol.  I have been adding to my wardrobe that has been sadly lacking.  I had seen the shop before and didn't go in I don't think.  It is in Albury.  But I needed a longer top last winter to go under a jumper in case I had to unbutton it, and TS14+ has great length in tops.  I am 5' 11".

During this week I was also lucky enough to see TS14+ in Myer in Belconnen, their display is amazing, definitely worth a look.

I ended up buying a necklace from TS14+ but found I like the necklace and bracelet set from Target which is about $10.

Someone said I think I was a more earthly person not a bling person.  By now my other purchases, the rhubarb top and white skirt are on sale too, and mine is still on layby!  I bought it for Christmas, to wear on Christmas Day.  I wear a black singlet under the top pictured from Myer.  Myer jeans that were a very dark colour, and Diana Ferrari boots.  Since then I have had another style cut from Just Cuts.  Getting there I suppose.  I have not much in my wardrobe and I am trying to use things together for awhile until I get more things, like the black boots and singlet I also used with my winter outfit.  I was lucky enough to get a jacket in the winter as well, on sale, same with the boots from Fieldswoman from Myer. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How the year is panning out

I'm sorry to those with links to my blog, that have have been redirected.  A hacker put some code in one of the layout boxes in the recent comments, all better now, thanks to a fellow blogger Joyce.

In April my kids moved house.  This photo is of my eldest daughter on the day of a job interview from May.  She was looking to quit uni at the time, and had a big think about what kind of work she wanted to do.  She decided on Aged Care, and actually got the job that same day.  Things are going well for her.  It is challenging, but despite the cold weather and very early mornings where she lives she is doing well. 

She has been home since, fairly recently.  I got her off the bus, then we drove to the regional centre.  Last night she had an hour on facebook video chat for the first time.  She has fun with her brothers and is gradually changing her hobbies and things. 

I haven't seen their new flat at all.  I plan to go there at Halloween for a concert with my daughter.  My eldest son invited me to dinner out, and at the same time my daughter thought of the same thing, so we are doing lunch.