Saturday, April 19, 2008

From Disaster, to Dynamic!

FROM THIS................................................................................................................TO THIS!! TA DA!!

So, after almost ten days of having non-stop tradesmen in the house, things are almost back to normal.

I love, love, love my new kitchen, timber flooring & my gorgeous new carpet. Everything goes beautifully together.

But what a nightmare. Girls, if you are thinking of renovating, I reckon you should just buy a new house (lol). Even though we had no choice in the matter, I would definately leave home next time & just leave 'em to it!

We've built a couple of times, but actually living in it & having most of your possessions piled up in one room all the time (almost 2-1/2 months) is not recommended.

Now anyone who has been through it knows that nothing ever goes right, eh.

The tradies didn't turn up on time, which is in the rules, I know.

The kitchen removal people banged on the wall so hard, that things on the bathroom wall (behind the kitchen) started jumping off into the bath. Luckily nothing broke.

The new cooktop, when unpacked, had a huge ding in it. New one delivered next day, after much yelling from me down the phone. Not like me at all really (hee hee).

The kitchen cabinet manufacturers forgot 2 doors (oops, we forgot to count them).

The flooring man arrived with the wrong colour timber - red oak! Can you imagine that with Raspberry coloured benchtops. ERK!!! So, more yelling down the phone (I'm getting good at this by now) & another express delivery, from the boss this time. I must be getting REALLY good at it. So, Pale Oak arrives & it's right.

At least the carpet was the right colour (lol).

Anyhoo, I'm pretty sure it's over, all the rubbish has been taken away & I've unpacked lots of my pretties, but still a way to go. Maybe I've got too much stuff? Nah, no way (giggle).

My shelving above the fridge, not finished decorating it yet, still needs more stuff (lol) & lovely timber flooring.

My dining area, don't ya just loooove the carpet.
No more concrete, oh happy day. My poor old arthritic knees are very thankful.
So, I hope you all like it. I know Raspberry coloured benchtops aren't for everyone, but they look gorgeous with all the white. And did you notice the Raspberry Roses on the cabinet handles, what more could a girl want.
Happy Weekend Everyone.
Hugs, Coll :-}

Thursday, April 10, 2008


OK, for all you girls who list on ebay & don't already know, ebay australia is evidently going to introduce in the next few months a pay by PayPal ONLY system, which means they get more of our money. I have only just heard about it, but I'm disgusted, if this is true.
Coll :-}

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tomorrow is NEW KITCHEN day!! Ta Da!!

This is going to be a really short post.

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

Gorgeous Men (one for Tracie & LeAnn)

Got to thinking about Alan Rickman this morning (as you do), well I do anyway & so do some other lovely ladies I could mention (Tracie, LeAnn, could it be you I mean - giggle).

Which led me to thinking about another gorgeous man, another actor & the French version of Alan. Oo La La! Or more to the point, WOW!! Alain Delon is his name, I think I was in love with him when I was quite young & impressionable.
He's a bit older now, of course (I think he's even a bit older than me), but oh boy, what a hunk!

Don't you agree ladies. Anyone remember him?

And speaking of gorgeous men, I almost forgot this photo. Mind you I had to sneak up on him, he was very intent on doing the washing up for me & was not in the frame of mind for messing around with cameras. No prizes for guessing who.

Hugs, Coll :-}