Wednesday, 24 October 2012

"Houses do not clean themselves"

“Houses do not clean themselves.”*
No, they do not!
Normally, a superficial wipe of surfaces and irregular vacuuming and mopping would be sufficient to keep our house in a comfortable (for us) state of ‘cleanliness’. But recently, following our decision to put our home up for sale, it has become patently clear that my interpretation of ‘clean’ does not fit the lifestyle and home living magazine ideal. Nor does it meet the expectations of a potential house buying public, and that’s why I have spent the last 6 weeks cleaning, decluttering and tidying our house, making up for the past 8 years of ‘near enough is good enough’.
Yesterday my interior designer sister arrived in a whirlwind to put into action the house dressing and styling plan we had drawn up a few weeks ago so that the house could be photographed ready for market. She took the items that we own, threw in a few extra pieces, rearranged everything and presented us with a home worthy of one of those magazines I mentioned earlier.
And the results?
Absolutely Amazing! My home is beautiful! Why did I wait 8 years for this?? (A rhetorical question, of course!)
My sister,, is Brilliant At Her Job!!
Sam xx




Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The things we do!

Guess who made cupcakes late last night for Miss M to take to her no-egg school, only to realise this morning that they had eggs in them?

And guess what I ended up doing first thing this morning??

The things we do!

Sam xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Miss E's beloved Perth Royal Show purchase, more coveted than the Barbie Showbag,
the perfect hat for windy occasions......
the 'Spinny Hat"!
Sam xx

Friday, 5 October 2012

Mara Shawl

Ta dah!
This is actually the second Mara Shawl that I started - the first has been waiting patiently in the knitting basket while I finished off this one.
Pattern::   Mara Shawl
Yarn::      Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Colour::   Posie (It's been sitting in my cupboard for 10 years, waiting...waiting...)
Needles::  5mm
Yardage::  approximately 900m
I love love love knitting this pattern!
I did make two changes to the original pattern, though. First, I knitted it in stocking stitch as I am not a garter stitch lover. Second, for the increases at the centre spine, I chose not to YO but instead used M1R and M1L as suggested in knitloon's project notes.
Now I love love love this shawl!!
The only problem is, it is going to a new home tomorrow. As a gift. To a beautiful buddie who certainly deserves it.
And that is why I have already ordered some more wool so I can make one for myself. Yay!! A new project!!!
What are your working on today?
Sam xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Owl and Pussycat

But the bathroom's not :(
Getting closer, though.
Sam xx