14 June 2010

i didn't know i needed one until i saw it . . .

Greetings all,
Well back from Sydney & we're unpacked, floors steamed, dishwasher on, washing machine done, children fed, fresh linen on beds, fridge stocked with left overs from my sister . . . plus a couple of children farmed out at friends' houses, 'twas a busy morning.  Not too busy to bypass Revolve & check out what they might have in the warehouse that came in over the long weekend & i didn't know i needed . . . like this beauty!!  Me thinks it was originally a fancy doll's house inspired bed head with cube storage from each side & the top shelf but for $20 & a strong man tossing it in the back of my Landcruiser with a smile, i took it without blinking.   
So my eldest bashed out the panels which we couldn't unscrew as they had those weird interlocking flat pack bolts holding it in, but we removed them the fun way instead!!  That's her great grandfather's hammer by the way!!
Just like that with a wipe over & rubber to erase the pencil scribbles, a gorgeous book case which isn't too heavy, so i can use it at markets or i might even loan it to Shop Handmade??!!  Pretty confident it will finish life in my twinnies bedroom in our new Qld home come the end of the year when we move interstate.
So this is how we wrapped up our stay with my father-in-law who i think secretly could not believe how low maintenance my children were, they don't like television or snack between meals, they shared a bedroom & well, acted like grateful orphans visiting a real home & were pretty fabulous.  They have been raised on my mantra of "only boring people get bored" & busied themselves with train sets & board games, going through my husband's old wardrobe & playing with his childhood toys!!
So in order of appearance in our lives - here are my children - aged 11 to 6.5 years.

Notice girl child number 3 with that fetching 1980's skinny tie??  She has worn it ALL weekend & quite frankly, rocks the fashion.  It's not leather, but my husband did sport a skinny grey leather tie in his teens which is best left back in the 80's if you ask me!! 
Had a fabulous birthday party in Bowral for my Mum, gorgeous weather, ahhhh, stunning day!!
Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend for those who got one, i should be sewing, hmmmm, should be.  Love Posie

30 comments:

Heidi said...

from the kids to the doll house all super cute!!!love your daughters red stripe jacket I'd love it for me!!

Posie Patchwork said...

Heidi - that was my eldest daughter's cardigan but my mother managed to boil it & shrink it to about the size of a 3 year old would need, it's stil cute though!! Love Posie

Leah (mummy made it) said...

wow that is a great bookcase, display stand etc. will be cool to see what you do with it! QLD rules!

Lizzie said...

Glad you enjoyed your 'getaway', it's always easier when you know the kidlets are not only well looked after but perfectly well behaved to boot!! LOL! Gives you the warm and fuzzies :o)
Lizzie
xxx

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

That really is a great find. You could use it in any of those places - home, shop, as a display, bookcase or dolls house. Cool.

They look and sound like beautiful children.

Corrie said...

grateful orphans - oh you do make me laugh! everyone is looking gorgeous as usual and oh the jealousy at the dolls house - it is oh so lovely! super jealous!

michelle b @ every little thing said...

gorgeous kiddies! girl #3 has great style fo sho!
stop by my blog for a jewelry giveaway this week!!

Piper + Lily said...

Wish I could find stuff like that(but I'm guessing that my husband is glad that I don't!!Great find xx

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Just lovely :)

The Handmaden said...

Love the doll house conversion - $20!! Lucky you.

Isn't it great when your children make you so proud, sounds like you all had a great weekend.

Posie Patchwork said...

Just showed the mummy who dropped off my twinnies & she's mightily impressed. It's taller than both of us, so a huge book case/ doll's house indeedy.
Also just got an email from sweet Tammy of Girls Wear Blue Too blog, saying she saw it first & hesitated, so now i have the guilts!! Goes to show, a 2nd hand find in your local area might quickly end up on someone else's blog hours later!! Sorry Tammy.
Love Posie

Miss Prudence said...

So glad you had a great trip.
Great find with the dolls house....I just love a bargain, I mean I get REALLY happy.
Skinny ties, well I guess we girls have a bit to leave back in the 80's hee hee

xxxxMiss Prudence

m.e (Cathie) said...

I opened up your blog & it has been sitting here awaiting my comment while I ducked to the kitchen to wash my mountain of dishes.
love your pics especially today Ms Posie, beautiful, beautiful smiles all around.
hope you get a chance to put your feet up real soon.
hugs ♥

yardage girl said...

Excellent house - the display possibilities are endless! Great pics of your kids too - even with the skinny tie (shocker! ;o)!! - we have a waistcoat from the same era - how it hasn't made it to Vinnies yet is beyond me!). Nic

bloombub said...

Hi Posie, Love your dollhouse bookshelf, I am coveting it for myself (oh, and for little Claire too!) Have had a good look through your blog for the first time too,and I love it! Best of luck for your northern move - make sure to bring your crafty genius to Brisbane to spice up our market scene. Love Belinda@Bloombub

V for Violet said...

I can't believe how much you get done in a morning!! You're inspirational!
And how fab is that dolls house? So jealous!
Your kids look beautiful and so lovely to hear they amuse themselves, it's what I've always tried to make our four do and works most of the time!!
xx

Wynona @ ivy designs said...

Your kids are just gorgeous J! You are one great mum xxx

picciolo said...

hi, thanks for the kind comment you left on my blog! Your new house bookcase looks great, I bet it would have cost a fortune if you had gone looking for something like that
: )

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

lovely to see you gorgeous kids - even better to hear such a proud mum! just looked through your other posts too.... what an absolutely PACKED market stall - looked like lots of fun!

Beach Vintage said...

I love that dollhouse/bookcase. Many many uses I think! Thanks so much for making a purchase from my online store yesterday. Your order will be on its way shortly!

Stacey said...

The skinny leather tie! I remember those. In fact, the husband wore one on our first date way back in 1988!!
Gorgeous children you have there Posie.

The Creative Beast said...

that dollhouse is FABULOUS! i saw something similar recently but i just haven't the space for it in my home =-(

love that your children are so well behaved and the mantra they have learned to live by is GREAT!!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Oh Bowral we have some friends there!

Happy days, glad your children are so brilliant and good at busying themselves, that is a serious achievement these days!!!

That dolls house, aaaahhhhhhhhhh...

love Sarah x

Kylie said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend - happy bithday to your mum - my your four have grown up and quickly too:) Loving the fashinister - she is so cool:)

Love the doll house.

Heidi said...

Congrats you won..email me your address and I will get it shipped off. heidilee68@yahoo.com

Thea said...

What a lovely post. Nice to see such grateful darlings in this day and age. Great score on the dollhouse/storage.

Claire said...

Lovely photos! I like that doll house shelf a lot. When I was little, I never had a doll house. Instead, I designated a shelf in my closet as "Barbie's House" using a box for her bed, a handkerchief as a bed sheet and some string to hold the tiny hangers with her clothes. This would've been perfect!

Gilly said...

Oh I just love the dolls house - what a great find!

Megan said...

loved seeing all your little kiddliwinks! they are a good looking bunch indeed :)

that dolls house works just fantastic as a bookcase, very nice indeed and what an excellent bargain! yay!

Posie Patchwork said...

Awesome comments, thanks everyone!! I'm taking this book case to Mathilda's Market next Sunday in Canberra, check it out, very shoppy, love Posie