28 September 2010

snippets of my living space - handmade makes it a home

Greetings all,
So while i find myself husbandless tonight, i thought i'd take a quick tour around my living area (kitchen/ dining/ lounge) & show snippets of the things i love.  Of course i should be pressing our funeral clothes but this was more colourful & less morbid. 
I was meant to do this kind of blog post with Tania McCartney ages ago, so here goes . . .
i won't shock you with my complete decade long Tupperware addiction/ collection, but i thought i might share with you the scary fact that i have a very large kitchen drawer dedicated to storing the lids not-in-use.  I once told a Tupperware lady i had a Tupperware storage cupboard & she scolded me for not using all my Tupperware all the time.  Geesh, i placed my smallest order ever at that party!!  The shame for me & well, lost commission for her!!
I like this area as there are photos of my children when they were babies, trinkets from our travels, craft books, our only wedding photo & well, it's practically the only part of our home which doesn't look like a serviced apartment without a soul.  It's hard to decorated your 6th Army house with any passion, so it's all here in one IKEA bookcase with big doses of Handmade.  Sorry it's a night photo!! 
These fridge magnets are from Lark (hi Allison) & represent my love for Alice in Wonderful, Clint Eastwood, flying, Noddy & cricket, what a score!!  The Kikki-K mushroom purse holds the spare digital camera, a Prim&Pretty ribbon brooch & a wooden love spoon i bought in Wales 20 years ago ('tis a bit dusty). 
LOVE pears from Red Stitch Designs (hi Brenda) & a wooden crocodile from Darwin where my 4 babies were born. 
A stacking pinnocchio from Italy, Babushka dolls from My Poppet (hi Cintia), toadstall from Gifts Created (hi Sarah) & a Red Stitch Designs owl, he's called 'hooter'.
These little collections sit in the wooden shelves on the King Furniture Jasper lounge - we wanted one for 10 years & saved up forever to buy one, on sale.  It seats 10 & that is pure leather luxury & i condition it like a prize cow!!
Due to my over loaded luggage in Europe, my husband had to bring back the snowdomes (via Afghanistan) which i collected from Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik, Athens & Katakolon in July.  I wish i got one in Munich too.  The children LOVE them too, actually they keep going missing - into their rooms. 
I also love this little area of the lounge, i really enjoy television - although - can not sit & watch, must be doing something with my hands, i have craft ADD.  I don't like to waste money so when i buy the children hair accessories, i like quality ones & beg them not to lose them, from Grace Designs (hi Rosalind) & Plushka (hi Katia).  They also each have a Mason Pearson hair brush, i still have the one i got in the 1980's.  The children don't watch a lot of television but on cold Winter Canberra days, the Wii is a great substitute for outdoor place.  If you HAVE to have such things in your living space, don't they look nice & neat in baskets?? 
So i've shown you mine, will you show me yours??  Love Posie

14 comments:

Tracy said...

I have a loving spoon too. My grandmother who is Welsh sent me one when I got married. :) A little bit of a tradition. My grandmother didn't learn English until she was 14 and was sent to Liverpool to be in service at a big house.

mrssewandsos said...

I have a Tupperware drawer too! And I arrange the lids like that as well! Freaky...but oh so clever:) Did you accumulate most of your collection when you were in Darwin? Most of mine came from when we lived in Mount Isa and there wasn't anywhere really to go shopping. Lou x

Heidi said...

I love your living space....and all your cuties!!

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely home you have! I like the I Love You Pears most especially. Enjoy a beautiful day, Kellie xx

Jennie said...

Great to see what surrounds you there! (All our stuff is packed away to sell the house - so looking very bland around here!)x

Brenda said...

I think I'll clean up my tupperware drawer before I show it to anyone.....it's a total disaster!

I'm like you of a evening.....I can't sit and not be doing anything, I have a stash of hand stitching ready to go while I watch the box. We also have ( just like you do ) a basket full of the Wii gadgets nice and tidy next to the TV.

yardage girl said...

Excellent tupperware drawer! Thanks for the tour. Nic

parisapartment said...

Hope you have a great night to yourself! Thanks for inviting us over!

Amanda said...

I like to do something while sitting in front of the television too :) I love your 'love' pears and as for Tupperware, I'm yet to find a place or method of storing mine tidily.

Gillian said...

I went to my first ever Tupperware party a few weeks ago. I was THE ONLY PERSON there with NO Tupperware.

Ha.

I horrified everyone by saying: Yes that is a nice plastic box... or you could just roll the top of the packet down and put a peg on it.

I wont begin to tell you what my pantry looks like. I'm not showing you either. : )

Posie Patchwork said...

Hmmm, seems like we have some Tupperware virgins around, welcome to the plastic fantastic cult. I was mainly addicted as we were living in Darwin (twice for total of 6.5 years) & you need everything locked away from bugs. Love Posie

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh I love getting peeks into other bloggers spaces-

Lovely to meet you and thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

I have a tupperware cupboard that is basically a stand back and throw affair - the shut the door really quickly before anything falls out! I won't be sharing that!!
I love the snow domes. They are such a nice keepsake.

Rosalind said...

ha ha thanks love!