18 January 2011

a typical school holiday kind of day

Greetings all,
Well there is no doubt i LOVE the school holidays.  I get a lot done each day, the days are unscheduled & relaxing.  I'm often in my jammies until it's time to jump into a swimsuit, ahhhh . . . Summer!!  I managed to feed & water the children 3 times, as well as making homemade yoghurt & hanging laundry in the glorious sunshine today along with . . .
cleaning out the fish bowls . . .
 pebbles & plastic plants waiting for the next fish bowl renovation!!
 Picked up this tool box for $10 at Revolve for my agaves, potted them, now grow . . .
 they say due to the floods in Qld lettuce will be in short supply, but not for us, our collection of cos, butter & coral lettuce are coming along nicely.
 I spent the morning sewing up 12.5" squares for the Quilts for Qld project . . .
 i made 10 of these stripey goodies . . .
& 5 of these pretty piecey squares, there will be more!!
 Also picked up this ugly pine glossy chair at Revolve for $10 & started sanding it back . . .
 i went to the hardware store for paint (i already had a tin of chalky white), i was thinking orange but who can argue with a $4 'stone' paint tin when experimenting with techniques, also proof something on special can completely sway my choices . . .
 my helper was quickly distracted with roller blades & collecting daisies from the neighbourhood while i painted on the driveway, yes she roller blades with feathers in her hair, houndstooth socks & a tutu, don't you??!!
The stone top coat was used as the under coat . . .
 oh back to the agaves, look, a preying mantis (this end of the handle, trying squinting) . . . the children told me i must see & blog about, i know, how incredibly interesting (i don't do insects) . . .
then off to the pool at the local Army barracks for a couple of hours - the children swam while i chatted & flicked through my new cookbooks (i'd love to say i picked them up from a quaint book shop while i was out at the hardware store, toy shop, supermarket & bakery this morning, alas, they're from  Big W, all these for $55) . . . more on Poh's Kitchen later, the book is a sheer delight!!
 & because the sky still looked like this at 7.30p.m. . . .  
 the white under coat was used as the top coat, then got a sanding to reveal the stone colour on the faux warn edges . . . i think i like it??
 oh after this dinner was devoured at 6p.m. of mashed potato surprise (chives & crispy salami) a recipe my 3rd daughter concocted, she LOVES potatoes, as per her very Irish name would suggest; fresh home grown herb leafy salad & chocolate mousse made by my eldest daughter as a treat . . . i had a lick of a spoon, ok a dessert spoon, um, a heavily loaded heaped dessert spoon . . . off to walk the dog an extra block!!
 back to the chair, finally, distressed/ aged/ shabby chic/ faux vintage, whatever you want to call it, i think it's done.  I can imagine a pretty Cath Kidston seat cushion but then you won't see the bottom-rub-marks i went to the trouble of breaking finger nails to sand back with a block to fake.
Now where to put it, i know my husband will be reading this thinking good GOD no, not another bloody chair, he only just realised Revolve is not some swanky 2nd hand shop but the recycled furniture end of the local tip!!  Anyway, i think it might look quaint in the bedroom next to my tall ball, in a void??  I shall experiement & let you know.  That was my day!!  Love Posie

28 comments:

Blocks and Knocks said...

Posie I can't accomplish all that in a whole month! Well done! The chair looks great, better with a cushion made out of your quilting material. Yes! My favourite is the pic of your beautiful daughter, how sweet. Oh and that tool box is a gem. Your so talented. I think I say that in every comment but you are!
Ness

Janette said...

Boy oh boy, I agree with Blocks and Knocks, I couldn't accomplish all of that in a month either!
You really are amazing! I love rectangular patch work and the chair looks 100 x's better with your painting, sanding efforts. Well done,
Jxx

Lou @ Little Green Shed said...

Oh wow! That looks ace! I have the very fish bowl, just recently caved in to the boys requests for a pet. I might put the fish in the bowl along with a crazy scene of some sort! Have a great day, thanks for your comment! Lou x

Maxabella said...

You are such a productive person, Posie. I am always just AMAZED at all you accomplish each and every day. I can't imagine you idle. x

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Posie...what a lovely variety of holiday pursuits! Though knowing Canberra well I hope you get to eat all your lettuces before Mr Frost descends, still you have got half of summer to go. I actually love that 'stone' colour that you got cheap...that was a bargain...your chair will look a treat with a lovely little cushion on it...brighten the blackest void.

My Love is..... said...

Ohhhh I love it PJ's to swimmers and back again totally perfect :)

My Love is..... said...

Ohhhh I love it PJ's to swimmers and back again totally perfect :)

Leonie said...

Wow!! what a lot you do in a day.
I love the rollerblading in a tutu..of course I would, if I had rollerblades .lol..
And love all the great things you find at Resolve! awesome.
keep showing them -- its inspiring!!

Gifts Created said...

You Rock! I love your style miss you babe Christmas break much to long....lol!

Sindy said...

Hilarious - my crafty day involved looking out the window of my office in Amsterdam watching the planes land, and thinking about visiting Newfoundland. It is grey and misty here today, and the sun in Canberra looks very tempting (never thought I would write that sentence!!)
T x

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW posie, you are busy busy busy!!!
The chair is gorgeous my friend!!!!
Have a great day!
XO
Kristin

Serendipity Chic Design said...

The chair is perfect....I have one almost just like it that I use as a bedside table....These vintage chairs are perfect for so many different uses...

Take care,
Lisa

rSharon @ Roses and Rust said...

The chair looks great and homemade yoghurt - I am impressed!!

Little Messy Missy said...

Very pretty! I wish it was warm enough here to be outside!

Brenda said...

I'm in love with the fabrics you are usng on the quilts, they look amazing!
I'm impressed with the fact that you can stitch up so many quilts in no time at all. I just bought some fabric to make my first big one for Megan.....I'm actually frightened to cut into the fabric incase I stuff it up!

The Handmaden said...

Revolve sounds great - wish we had one here!
I'm loving the holidays too, but I do have the return to schooling looming over me - timetables to be written, more books to be ordered, piles of stuff to organise. Then we start and that is when the hard work really begins! I'll enjoy what is left of the holidays anyway.
What do you mean you don't "do" insects, insects are great! I won't mention a little book my husband picked up at the oppy recently entitled "Why eat insects?"

Kylie said...

Hehe - love the reference for DH at the end. I think it would look great in the bedroom - it needs a cushion - maybe display it sitting up and pop it down when you use it:)

You have been busy - it is our last week before scool starts here and I am starting to get teary just thinking about it - I know I am a sook!

Tina said...

Love Revolve, love your chair, love your quilt blocks and really love that photo of your blossom! Yep, love it all :D Happy Wednesday dear Posie ~ Tina xx

Raine and Sage said...

Those agaves in the wooden tool box look fabulous - love! Cacti and succulents I collect (it's been 11 yrs now). Fantastic to have fresh lettuce. Wonderful job on the chair... you can never have too many! Love a skate in a tutu!!:)

Joni Llanora said...

Umm, I suddenly feel like a loser after reading this.(You may want to pop over my blog for my latest giveaway).

Off The Peg said...

Wow! Another big day in the Posie household.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

i absolutley love your day and how productive you are!! that chair - amazing, those agaves - gorgeous and that dinner - superb! What an amazing collection of cookery books too!!

such fun stopping past xx

Mon Alisa Design said...

Wowsers! What a busy day! It's inspired me to be more productive with my time :) Loving the chair and quilts! x

Cate said...

See, this is just the kind of inspiration I was hoping for when I started my blog!! thx Posie!!
xxxCate

Tammi said...

Love the box and chair...so ME!
The chair makeover looks fab. I am amazed at how much you manage to squeeze into a day.

The Clip Cafe said...

I love your chair! Enjoyed reading :-)

Jess said...

Wow! What a day..!

I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I really appreciate the advice you gave me re: Guilt Monster. What you said was exactly what I needed to hear. I have thought about it alot.

Women such as yourself are a true inspiration. Thank you x

Lea said...

Gosh you are a busy beaver and you have such a lovely blog.