Colour swatch issues

Monday, October 31, 2011

 So sometimes the paint doesn't look like the colour swatch when you paint a whole wall of it. Nor does it look like the tester section you painted. It just looks slightly pink rather than steely grey, especially under lights. And thus we had to revert back to Whisper White (our ceiling white) after trying yet another grey that looked purple when painted on the wall. So long Polar Bear

We have now painted all the walls downstairs, apart from the skirting boards. With a bit of help from our friends, Nick pulled up the carpet and I've painted some feature walls. It's coming along nicely.

Here are a few progress snaps I captured on my iPhone:
The Chalkboard Wall

The green wall

A spot of orange, which I am still unsure about

Read more about our paint selection here


Friday, October 28, 2011

So I'm starting to rethink the wisdom of being 5 and a half months pregnant, renovating the house & working full time. My feet are swollen again and I am so tired I can't even think to finish this job application I'm working on. Plus I have to wrap an artwork to send to Melbourne tomorrow morning (I'm a contributing artist in this exhibition, nothing like leaving things to the last minute). Agh. 

The midwife says that everything is fine with the baby, but I'm sure that slowing down just a little wouldn't be a bad thing. My iron levels are down so I've been given the all clear to have lots of Milo - YUM!! 

How's your week been?

The Sunflowers

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On an early morning walk in Riberac, France, I came across this field that once contained sunflowers. Left along the edge of the field were these dying sunflowers which looked so beautiful, & at the same time heartbreaking, in the early morning light. The photos I took became the Sunflower Postcard Set.

This postcard set can be used as birthday cards or framed as collection.

Purchase the Sunflowers Postcard Set here.

Selecting Paint Colours

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nick loves bright colours and a few years ago he bought wooden cd boxes from Carey Potter at the Rose Street Markets. The cd boxes are in blue, green, orange and red. Using the colours of the cd boxes, we came up with a colour selection which would be the base point to start from.
Colour Selection
There was much debate as to whether or not we have white walls. I'm against them, having lived in the house before with white walls, it all tended to be a bit too white for my liking. Maybe because I tend to wear a lot of black, it's nice to have colour in my home? 

We selected two Dulux whites to try, natural white & whisper white. We painted a test patch & when we returned the next day, of course we'd forgotten what was what. The whites seemed to blend too much with what was already on the walls and we came to the conclusion that a greyish or brownish white was needed. 

A second trip to the paint store, while Nick began jackhammering up the tiles, and I returned with Haymes Sandstorm, Taupe Grey and Polar Bear. On the colour cards Taupe Grey looked a lot more like Polar Bear and Sandstorm was about three shades lighter.  
Polar Bear was the winner, the others would have made the space a little too dark against the grey tiles we're having put down. Whisper White will cover the ceiling & skirting boards.
Colour for feature wall in living room

 Recognising that at this stage we don't have a lot of colourful furniture nor artwork, we decided that a feature wall in the living area would add that little bit of colour. For the wall we've chosen Haymes Jade Lime
Colour for feature wall in bathroom
While we had the idea to accentuate white bathroom walls with colourful towels, it's hard to find towels in the right colours & much easier to find beige/brown towels & have a colourful wall instead. We chose Wattyl Tangella+ for the bathroom feature wall. The other walls in the bathroom will be either Whisper White or Polar Bear.
Colour for laundry
My Aunt has a laundry/toilet that is painted a Cobalt Blue & the more I thought about it the more I liked the colour. We opted for Haymes Ultra Blue. The whole laundry will be painted this colour, with the white basin, tiles, toilet & washing machine to break it up.

Now onto the hard part, prepping the walls & painting.

Tattooed Barbie

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mattel has released a limited edition tattooed Barbie called tokidoki Barbie. While the thing I think I like best about her is her leopard print leggings & bone top, it's also worth noting that her dog is wearing a halloween costume! 

Source - Daily Mail
Some parents are complaining that the doll gives girls the wrong idea about tattoos, but seriously, really? You're going to get a tattoo because your barbie has one? You're more likely to get a tattoo because your Uncle Craig has cool tattoos than because your barbie has them. Plus most of these were sold to collectors anyway. You're not going to see them on the shelves at K-Mart anytime soon. 

I'm just bummed because I found out about her too late. Tokidoki Barbie is sold out everywhere except ebay. Somehow $319 is not as tempting as $50!

See further article about tokidoki Barbie here

Baby Bump 21 Weeks

Saturday, October 22, 2011

21 Weeks - Photo taken by Nick

Frockin' Up - Sunday Arvo edition

Ok, so this photo is less than flattering, but all the other ones I took were blurry. Last Sunday was my friend Marni's baby shower. A fun afternoon which ended in us starting a sweep (betting) on when she'd be due & what sex the baby will be. Good Times. Due last Thursday the baby isn't here yet. I'm thinking it will be here next Friday (28th), but Marni is hoping it's here way, way, way before then.
Dress - Anthropologie
Shoes - Witchery
Beads - bead shop in Victoria, BC

The Renovators

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

While I haven't seen the show 'The Renovators' it has become my life at the moment. We had decided to re-paint my place before moving back in & put up some new curtains. From this 'simple' renovation, it has quickly turned into a host of other renos. 

As you can see in the above photo, the townhouse is open planned downstairs, with tiles in the kitchen & carpet in the living & dinning rooms. I've always wanted to rip up the carpet & tile through out. I figured it was something we could do later. But it did make more sense to do it now, before we move in. So new tiles here we come. 

While we're putting in new tiles, we might as well change the tapwear & install new toilets. It's going to be a busy few weeks.

Frockin' Up - Weekly Edition

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Last Saturday we attended a BBQ for a friend's 30th. It was a delightful afternoon, eating, drinking (me hitting the Perrier hard) and catching up. This is what I wore....
Top - Motherhood Maternity
Leggings - Kmart
Shoes - Witchery
Green Bracelet - Dinosaur Designs
Black Bracelet - Sportsgirl
Silver Bracelets - Mixed Lollies

The Mini Di

Friday, October 14, 2011

I love how the Diana Mini creates visual illusions through overlapping photos and a soft focus. 

The two photos in the first row were taken in Riberac, France. The first photo in the second row was taken in Bristol, England. The final photo was taken in Monbazillac, France.

Use this postcard set to tell a friend you're thinking of them. 

You can purchase the set here.

20 week ultrasound

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Today we have the 20 week ultrasound. I am so excited about seeing the baby again and this is the scan where we find out if it is a boy or a girl! 

I can't wait to find out. I couldn't imagine having to wait until it's born to find out. March is so far away! I love that everyone has strong opinions on this. What's your opinion? Did you/would you find out or did you/would you wait?  

Bushfire sunset

Monday, October 10, 2011

During our first two weeks back in Alice Springs there were numerous bushfires close to town. The air was filled with ash, making it seem cloudy when it wasn't. A lot of people had breathing difficulties and the fires are causing pneumonia in native animals (read more about that here). While the fires around town have calmed down somewhat, bushfires still rage out near the Plenty Highway. It is estimated that 20% of pastoral land south of Tennant Creek has burned and this figure doesn't include non-pastoral land. Scary stuff.

Crazy busy

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I knew life would get crazy busy when we moved back to Alice Springs but I think I completely underestimated how crazy busy it would get. Between starting a full time temp job, picking out items to begin renovating my place (new tiles! new taps! Paint!), doctors & hospital appointments for my pregnancy, catching up with friends (I have a social life again - yay!), and day to day living (grocery shopping, washing etc) it has been non-stop go. 

My body chucked a fit about this yesterday and today I'm taking it easy. Ticking off everything on my list of online jobs, doing some washing and then baking healthy biscuits (cookies) to take to work next week. What are you up to today? Taking it easy or super flat out?

PS I added a new postcard set to my etsy store this morning. In this set you get to choose 4 postcards from a selection of 8. Check it out here
I know it seems way too early for this, but I also added two sets of 3 Christmas gift tags, eccentric snowmen & gingerbread. Check them out here & here. Did you know it's only ten weeks until Christmas? ARG!
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