Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
What a sweetie she is, look at how prettily the parcels are wrapped, lots of lovely pink organza ribbon too.
Inside, one of Bek's own creations, a lovely pink rose air-freshener cuppie, with the most divine rose fragrance. More of Bek's goodies, her own sweet sugar cubes & hearts, just covered in pretty glass glitter, all inside a pretty organza bag. Plus a pretty pink sachet of Evening Tea & Sugar, Cath Kidston Bath Melts & the prettiest shopping list/pad to put on my fridge (it has magnets on the back) with the most gorgeous pink rose on each page. Oh, and there was also a little pressie for Shann. How sweet is that?
Thanks so much Bek, I love it.
You are so very sweet.
Hugs, Coll :-}
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
We just wanted to send our prayers, blessings & love to all our friends in the States who have been affected by the terrible storms over the last couple of days. We have been watching the news on TV & were overcome by the devastation & heartbreak, in particular we saw film of Oklahoma, which distressed us greatly. We can't begin to imagine how you all must be feeling at this terrible time. Our hearts go out to all the people, particularly our blogging friends, who are affected by these terrible storms. May the Lord watch over you all.
Love & Blessings
Coll & John
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Anyhoo, we all had a wonderful Mother's Day at my house. Unfortunately, my two eldest granddaughters couldn't come as they were both working at their part-time jobs. Alexandra, 17, is still in high school (her last year) & Rebecca (19) is at University studying Nursing. They are gorgeous, hard-working girls & I did miss them.
But, my lovely 15 yr old granddaughter Jessica (she prefers Jess) was with us & the twin terrors, Mr Sam & Miss Kaitlyn. My darling eldest daughter Tracey, Kaitlyn's Mum was here, my sweet SIL Todd was back from working in Darwin, and of course, Shannon & Shane.
We all had a great time, the weather was TERRIBLE, cold & wet, but who cares. Although, we were going to the lake to feed the ducks & the geese. Oh well, maybe sometime soon.
We ate a lot, drank some Champagne (just us Mums of course) & had a bit of a giggle. AND, I got some lovely pressies.
Shannon made me a gorgeous box for my bits-n-pieces, covered in beautiful papers, flowers, vintage buttons & the cutest lil birdie (can you see him). She also painted me a lovely sign to hang on my wall & I got CHOCOLATES TOO(yummm). Mr Sam made me a gorgeous tissue box cover (he knows Nanny can't ever be without tissues), with maybe a LITTLE help from Mum. Dont'cha love it?
Tracey & Todd & the girls gave me heaps of the MOST GORGEOUS teatowels for my new kitchen, all colour matched, pink-n-pretty, with cuppies & sodas & stripes & things. I don't think I want any of them to get dirty, they're just too pretty.
Not only that, they also gave me MICHAEL BUBLE'S latest CD. We are going to see him in exactly 10 days!! Am I excited? You betcha!!
12 rows from the front!! WOOHOO!! (oops, excuse me).
And, of course, Shannon & Tracey, when they get together, are just as bad as the littlies, always up to something.
Wonder what these two were up to while the grown ups weren't watching?
Hugs, Coll :-}
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Anyhoo, got to doing a bit of moving "stuff" around this week, now that the house is mostly back to normal & I realised that I have more "collections" than I thought.
First, there's my gravy/sauce boats. This is 3 of my favourites, but I'm fairly sure that at last count there was 26. But, in my defence, I have been collecting them for about 20 years. I'm a bit choosy now though, they really have to be worth it.
Then there's the cherubs. It wasn't until I started unpacking again after the reno that I realised how many I have. If you count the ones in pics & on boxes, I think it's about 18. That's not many, is it? I'll bet there's lots of you with more than that.
Gorgeous trios, well, I don't think they should be classified as a collection, you can never have too many. Who knows who might pop in for tea & scones. Oh, & teapots of course. Gotta have teapots to go with them.
Sadly, I have just discovered that I'm acquiring a couple more collections (giggle). Pretty little Prayer Ladies (ok, I admit it, I'm addicted), gorgeous footed egg vases (there's a couple more of both in transit) & divine rose display plates for my walls. And the sweetest teapot next to my prayer ladies that I just bought from the lovely Alicia at Time Worn Style. Isn't it gorgeous.
I'd better stop there, if I keep looking around I might find out that I really AM ADDICTED TO COLLECTING. I wonder if there's a name for the complaint? Do I need a doctor? A phsychiatrist? Or maybe just more room for more collections (hee hee).
Have a wonderful weekend. Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums.
Hugs, Coll :-}
PS: Please excuse the big spaces, the more I tried to fix it, the messier blogger made it. Aaarrgghh!!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Shannon very kindly informed me yesterday that "You need to do another pot Mum". Yeah, right!"
Various comments came to mind, but like a dutiful Mum I just said "yes darling, I know".
The last week has been (hang on, I'm searching for the right word here) - will FRANTIC do? Getting everything organised, including tradesmen, to co-ordinate. They don't call 'em tradesMEN for nothing, girls. Now, if they were tradeswomen, another story. But, I digress.
After NINE WEEKS of living in a disaster area, my old kitchen is being ripped out (OMG, that sounds awful) tomorrow, & the new one put in. I WILL FINALLY HAVE A DISHWASHER! Surely, that alone was worth the stress? You think?
Two days later the kitchen & family area floors will be done (I hope) & next Wednesday the new carpet will be laid (did I spell that right?)
Anyhoo, if I survive the workmen & the mess, I will post some pics tomorrow. Basically, I'm planning on locking myself & my Maddie dog in the computer room, (with a lamp I'm working on), & not coming out until they've gone. Wish me luck.
Hugs, Coll :-}
PS: Just wanted to add these photos (it's the next day, work already in progress). Poor old kitchen, RIP.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Well, today I found it. Or should I say, it found me. Rotten little blighters. Anyhoo, I fixed 'em. Burnt 'em out, hee hee. Teach them to sting me. Through gardening gloves too. Shows how safe they are. Just as well it wasn't a Funnel Web Spider.
Also got this gorgeous fabric in the mail today, called Toile de Versailles. Now, I'm not usually keen on this kind of thing, although I do like some Toile fabrics, but this is gorgeous, so much nicer than the pics. The white is lovely & crisp & the pattern looks like it has been drawn on.
So, I'm thinking outside the square (shabby chic square that is). I have a gorgeous lamp base, crystal base & 3 round diamond cut crystal inserts & I'm thinking very French. Going to get started on the shade tonight, but have to find some gorgeous fringe or something (also thought maybe pearls) to go on the bottom of the shade. Don't know what colurs though, any suggestions gals?
Hugs, Coll :-}
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We still haven't had anything done, the insurance company has sacked the kitchen person they nominated, so now we are picking our own, still waiting on one more quote.
The carpet is ready to go, but we can't get that done until the new kitchen is put in, so we are still living on cruddy, cold concrete. Ugh!!!! Shannon & Sam helped me pick out the carpet last week, although I think Sam was more interested in the forklift in the warehouse (hee hee). He's such a boy! It's green! Sounds hideous? It's not really, it is the softest green you can imagine, just beautiful. I'm quite surprised, I'm not usually a green person. But it goes beautifully with pink!
Anyhoo, today after I came home from work, I was soooo depressed looking at my messy house, no pretties around, well not many, so I took a walk in the garden. The roses are enjoying the gorgeous weather, we are finally getting some Summer & it's Autumn.
I put some in my little ginger jar, which has pretty birds on it & my little bluebird thought he'd come for a visit. And don't you just love the gorgeous pink rhinestone brooch I bought last week off ebay, I've got a special project in mind for it, thanks to Nancy from Fete et Fleur.
I bought this gorgeous sparkly pink silk scarf at a local market last week. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet, but I'll think of something. It was too pretty to resist & only $2.
There, I feel much more cheerful now. Amazing what some "pinkness" will do for you, isn't it.
Lots of Hugs, Coll :-}
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This is just a short post. A very dear friend of Shann's, from her school days, is very sick, with a life-threatening illness. Shann only found out tonight & she is very upset, as you can imagine.
A cheer-up message from you gals would sure help. Also some very special prayers for her friend Sharon, who is going to have some tough times ahead.
Hugs & thank you, Coll :-}
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The guy came today to finalise measurements for the kitchen & bring colour samples for the cupboards. I don't like any of them!! I want dusty rose pink benchtops!! He thought I was quite mad. How can they make sooo many colours & they're all yucky? Also, when I told him we had decided to put in a dishwasher & replace the oven & cooktop as well, it seemed to be a really big deal. Good grief! They have to change all their measurements (boo hoo). As someone close to me says (who you all know), "put on your big girl panties & get over it". Work round it guys, it's my kitchen & I'm the one working & living in the mess.
Oh well, at least the insurance company has been helpful, even if the tradespeople aren't.
I've been talking to a very sweet young lady at NRMA Insurance, I gave her the "poor old lady with arthritic knees" story & she was putty in my hands. She must have a nice Grandma - hee hee.
Anyhoo, enough whingeing!! Some sweet, happy stuff!!
I bought some gorgeous Easter bits & pieces on the weekend while I was out shopping with my clients (I WAS working, really I was). A bag of crystal glass eggs, proper egg-size glittery eggs with chooks on & pink ribbons to hang them by & shrink wrap thingys for real eggs. Apparently you put them on an egg, lower it into boiling water for 3 seconds & it wraps itself around the egg. I'll let you know if it works. Aren't they all just so pretty. I think I should start Easter decorating now , it might make this messy house look a bit prettier. Just gotta remember where I stashed the rest of my Easter goodies (lol).
Also, on Saturday, my parcel arrived from Rachel, my swap partner from Purple Flower's Fairy's (Debbie) Vintage Mug Swap. Such a boxfull of the prettiest things, I don't know where to begin.
The sweetest vintage mug, filled with vintage laces, buttons, pearls, vintage wooden pegs, old rhinestone jewellery, hankies, a lovely embroidered crinoline lady heart, just to mention a few. A lovely old key, shabbied & with a pretty pink bow added, some smaller keys AND the most gorgeous little plate, wrapped in a vintage hanky.
But I think my favourite is the little blue bird, & after looking at Amy's (Bunny Rose Cottage) blog, I know exactly where he is going. Thank you soooo much Rachel, it is all just beautiful, I can't thank you enough. You somehow got everything exactly right, all the things I love. I hope you will love yours too.
Before I go, here's a couple of things on my ebay this week. Finally got to list that gorgeous French lady you liked Stephanie.
Isn't that gown just the most divine thing. She's on artist's canvas, ready to hang & is quite a good size.
Another gorgeous sign, metal also. I am just lovin' the shabby vintage French thingy at the moment, I think my house might be getting a bit of a makeover when the mess is finished with.
Hugs to you all, Coll :-}
Friday, February 15, 2008
I kinda got a bit sidetracked for awhile, I guess because it get's sooo hard to sell on ebay sometimes, when there are so many other creative people out there.
It gets very disheartening when you know that your lamps are gorgeous and made with lots of love, not to mention hours. But, as another lovely lamp maker on ebay said to me, you gotta hang in there.
Don't get me wrong, I still love junkin' & looking out for pretty treasures for ebay ( & me), like vintage china, linens & stuff, but my lamps are what got me started on ebay & what I really enjoy doing.
I've also decided to do some more of the "crafty" things I used to do, seems like years ago. All sorts of stuff, photo albums, journals, frames & things & I don't think I've forgotten how. Bit like riding a bike, isn't it. You soon remember once you're up. So, hopefully, there will be a few more of my creations (time permitting) turning up. Having a job really does interfer with creating, doesn't it (lol).
Anyhoo, here is the pair of lamps I finally got listed this week. One has been finished for awhile & I just kept putting off doing the other one.
Rachel Ashwell roses, what more could a girl want. (Thanks for the great pics Shann)
Aren't those blue roses just dreamy.
This divine sugar bowl, which I'm sure just has to be Bavarian, has been listed too. I almost kept this one.
Gorgeous Shabby French Chic sign, on tin. I kinda like the Paris thing, don't you.
Two beautiful Victorian bone dishes. All that lovely gilding & just enough wear to make them sooo prettily shabby. Could be used for all sorts of things, trinkets, soaps, candy etc..
So, as you can see, I will still have lots of other pretties. In fact, I did some junkin' today on the way home from work, bought some lovely vintage linens. I'll show you next time.
Hugs, Coll :-}
PS: my boy's back home, I'm sure he's grown an inch or two (hee hee).
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Can you believe I miss them already, and they only went this morning - lol. It's not as though I see them every day, but..... I sure miss my little man.
They certainly need the break, they haven't had any time out since Shane was so ill and this is just what they need. And today the Gods smiled on us & the sun finally came out, so hopefully the weather will be nice for them too.
I was feeeling a little depressed about this (how did you guess), so I took the opportunity to get into the garden again. Our front garden has dried out enough to be able to work in it, but the back is still waterlogged, bit like a bog really, that's gonna have to wait. Hopefully we might get some more sunshine (pleeese, pleeese, pleeese).
I picked some of the few remaining roses that weren't ruined in the storms & brought them inside, so that brightened me up.
Isn't this the most glorious pink. It's a very old English rose called Olde Fragrance & it has that olde worlde musky perfume that, for me, is what makes a rose. Never can understand people who have roses with no perfume, it's just wrong.
I've put them on a little table between the dining room & the kitchen, so every time I walk through I can smell their beautiful perfume.
Now, if pink roses don't make me feel chirpier, nothing will.
Hugs, Coll :-}
PS: I wonder if Shann is having computer withdrawal yet - hee hee.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
(aarrgghh!! Blogger will not leave my pics where I want them. Grrr).