Friday, 10 January 2014

summer hiatus.

I absolutely love summer, so much so that it has been a very long time between posts. I didn't plan on taking a break from blogging but with the wonderfully long summer days spent largely at the beach, in the garden, catching up on Breaking Bad with several marathon viewing sessions, combined with hosting Christmas for the very first time (so very grown up), I've been busy! However I am slowly getting back into the swing of things which means regular posts and more profiles on talented designers and all the lovely things I am currently inspired by, coveting and creating.

Here's a quick instagram snapshot of what I've enjoyed over the last month or two. You can checkout the other things I've been snapping here.

# Making a DIY Christmas tree with old timber scraps I found behind my Dad's shed - the timber is actually old veranda boards. A lot of people have asked me if I painted them, but no I can't take credit for the perfectly peeling aqua paint, that is exactly how I found them.

# I also enjoyed making this wreath with banksia seeds, collected from nearby trees and sprigs of coastal rosemary from my garden. Quite a bit of engineering went into the wreath, as the pods are quite heavy. I used a Makita drill to create several holes in each seed so I could thread wire through it and affix it to a round wire frame and then for further structural integrity, I affixed a disc of thick white cardboard on the back with a hot glue gun.

# I was very spoilt this Christmas and couldn't believe it when this shiny new Electra Cruiser appeared on my deck Christmas morning. I enjoy looking at it almost as much as I enjoy riding it. With a hat and a towel in the basket it is very beachy and with a bagette and a small white dog in the basket it immediately becomes 'so frenchy so chic'. - I haven't actually put a small dog in the basket, but I'd like to.

 # A heat wave with 40+ degree temperatures has meant plenty of Beach time.

 # Summer fruit need I say more - yum, yum, yum.

# Plenty of time has been spent in the garden. I decided to take the plunge and paint the fence . It seemed to take forever to complete and required numerous 4L tins of Feast Watson's Wet Look stain, but I was really happy with the end result and it was well worth the effort. While wedged between plants painting I noticed  one of my banksias I have nurtured since it was a tiny seedling had decided to flower for the very first time. I was like a proud parent and took a lot of photos.