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).
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Got this lovely old shabby frame too, I think I will keep this one, maybe another coat of paint & then rub it back a bit.
These are some of my things on ebay at the moment.Gorgeous vintage cake plate just covered in the prettiest pink roses, daisies & tulips.
So, now I had better go do some blog hopping & see what all you other gals are up to.