Here’s a cute idea for school starters.

A cute idea for school starters. At the beginning of each school year we take a photo with a sign documenting the year etc..

I love this idea and it creates great memories.

Take a look below.

Thanks for reading.

Good luck to all the parents out there experiencing their first day at school.

Get the tissues ready!

Jo xx

Let’s start with an IKEA Hack!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we recently sold our first home and bought a new one. The first room we decided needed the most help in styling, was our dining room.

After selling all our dining furniture consisting of dining table with 12 chairs (Italian families!!!!!) and a buffet, we started the search for replacement items.

We wanted to have the ‘Hamptons’ feel to it as the house already had beautiful design elements to it.

We picked our dining table, chairs (not 12!!!) and the final piece of furniture, the IKEA liatorp console table with glass top.  I wasn’t very excited about it at first, as I thought it was ‘too safe’ an option for the look I wanted, then came THE LIGHTBULB MOMENT.  What if I removed the glass insert and put my own timber insert?  Something like a chevron pattern or a herringbone design.

Off I went to my local Bunnings.  I picked up some mdf and the friendly staff at Bunnings cut it to size for me and some strips of balsa wood.  This is thin wood that is used in craft and can be cut with a Stanley knife.


Balsa wood

I chose a chevron design, cut all my pieces and placed them onto the mdf.  I then glued all the pieces of wood onto the mdf with wood glue and put some heavy books on top to make sure they all dried straight.  A couple of days later I stained the wood to match the dining table and we are done!

Here are the before and after pics.



I love the way this looks.  It came out exactly the way I had envisioned.


A Close up of the design

A bit more styling with some storage boxes on the bottom shelf and we are done!

Next… find a mirror for above the console table.  Once this is done I will show you the entire room.

Thanks for reading.

Jo xx

I’m back….

I’m back!

Ok, so I’ve been missing in action for a while. Well….. quite some time. Alright, it’s been around two years.

Life happened.

I am so glad to be back and even happier that you are coming along with me for the ride.  I’m changing things around a bit, so hold on.

We have quite a bit of catching up to do. So many things have happened during my break and I would love to share them with you.

Here’s just a short list to get started…

Son starts kindergarten
Someone turned 40, but don’t tell anyone
Son starts year one. Time flies before I know it he will be in high school.
Finished renovating our home
Sold our home
Bought a new home
Currently renovating new home
Son is about to start year two…..

Thats just the short list. Sigh!

Let’s start with my handsome little man starting kindergarten.

We were lucky enough to be picked by the Li’l Aussie Prems Foundation to appear on their Facebook page as new kindergarten starters for 2015 and as a result our local paper wanted to do an article about Max. Here’s the link to the article. 

This is the li’l Auusie Prems Foundation website also 

Jo xx