Thursday, November 4, 2010

A very productive Melbourne Cup Day

I cannot believe I have just typed half my blog post and looked up and realised there is nothing there because the keyboard USB fell out......

So I shall calmly and purposefully start again without screeching too loudly and waking up the children who are finally asleep.......

For the life of me I can't remember when I last picked the winner of the Melbourne Cup, which is what I did yesterday. I love the races and having a bet but over the years I have had less and less time to indulge myself, as well as having a husband who indulges himself to the max at this time of year (easily indulges himself enough for twenty people) so I don't really bother much anymore. I had $5 each way on the winner Americain, and what a fabulouly exciting race it was, and I cheered that horse all the way down the straight to the finish line for my $5 each way. So I did have a win yesterday, and Adam collected my winnings for me today. But it all pales into insignificance compared with what I achieved yesterday - my sister Barbara and I reupholstered my hideously, disgustingly filthy kitchen chairs!!!

Those friends that know me know that I have a large light timbered, extendable kitchen table which was originally in the dining room in this house. We bought a new dining setting several years ago and moved the large extendable table into the kitchen. The chairs have ALWAYS been horrible. they were upholstered with this urky creamy beige colour (so not me) and were always intended to be recovered but it was one of those things that never happened and they just got murkier and more and more hideously disgusting until I could bare it no longer, and now they are brilliant, in bright canvas stripes of turquoise, navy, lime and white! I will upload photos as soon as I get the chance.  And to say we reupholstered them is making it sound a grander task than it was as my kitchen chairs only have fabric on the seats so that is actually all we had to do but it still took us all afternoon to complete them all. Sam, my son, was chatting to me this morning and informed me that he thought the chairs looked fantastic but of course that they don't go with the light fittings anymore so what am I going to do about that now!!! I was so pleased that he liked them and then utterly deflated by the end of his statement when I realised that he was right and I had made a new problem for myself but at least the chairs look fabulous and amzingly, really lift the spirit of the room! I suppose this all seems very small and insignificant but to me completing anything these days is a major achievement, let alone having the motivation to get moving and do it, hence my reason for bragging about it here!

And so on Friday night, when I have some friends over for the first of many Friday crop nights I hope  - my scrapping buddies will be able to put their bottoms down on these gorgeous new seats instead of worrying about what diseases might be lurking on the old ones!!!

And today I even scotchguarded them - oh happy day!

This is Georgie dressed up for book character day at school. Thank God for chipboard letters! And yes, of course, she is Goldilocks!

It really has been such a busy, busy week. I finally had an overdue order of Glue Glider Pro Permatac cartridges arrive early in the week, contacted all my previous customers about them, and they have been going like hotcakes on ebay! My etsy shop has had more views this week than it has ever had, thanks to the facebook and blog crosslinking I think, and I've managed to upload sime extras into there as well. Lots more lace and trims and ribbons have arrived to be sorted for the shop in a box, a bag and a basket so everything seems to be just humming along. Why does all of this seem to be falling into place lately? It doesn't feel all over the place and itty bitty like it used to, it really is all coming together. Is it the blog that's helping me to sort all this out? I shall have to ponder this all a bit more I think.

And to any of my friends reading this post if you are planning on coming over on this Friday night to scrap can you please let me know by email!

And here are my gorgeous three, Sam 13, Sebastian, 10 and Georgia 7 all ready to go to the footy with their Dad a couple of months ago. Sadly, they have no taste, so they barrack for Carlton, but you can't have everything!
Do you think they are used to their mad mother photographing them all the time?


  1. Despite their poor tast in footy teams they do look cute and I can't wait to see the dining chairs at your next scrap

  2. SAm said "Thanks a lot and I'm going to tell DAD that!" I bet you're absolutely quaking in your boots now - NOT!