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November 2014

A fabric day

Today was an exciting day in our renovation.  The curtain company was installing all the curtains and blinds.  We are taking three sets of curtains with us from our current house. They are all in fabrics I love so much I couldn't bare to leave them behind - Will's study, our formal sitting room and our bedroom.

In between visits to site today and lots of running around to hardware stores and upholsterers I dropped in to one of my favourite fabric suppliers. I was very excited to pull together this selection:

Playroom fabric 1

This will go into the children's retreat or playroom upstairs. The herringbone fabric in the natural colour is for the cushions that will go on the bench seats. The three green fabrics - the plain, the print and the textured weave - are for scatter cushions for the children to pile up and recline against. There's the carpet sample in there too. The fabric with the white spots is going to cover 4 fabric cubes that will go in the centre of the room to work as an ottoman or footrests. I thought they'd be practical in the space as they can easily be moved out of the way for some serious Lego play or other activity on the floor.

Playroom before reno

This is the room as it was when the house was for sale.

Playroom in progress

This is the same room from a different angle taken a month ago. Since then the carpet has gone down, the windows have been cleaned and the handles have been put on the drawers under the bench seating.

Those wide angle lenses the real estate agents use always make rooms look so much bigger than they are. It's hard to recognise it as the same space.

Eight more sleeps.

Sewing withdrawals

It's desperate times around here.  I packed up my entire sewing room back in August to get our house ready for the September auction. I knew I'd be too busy to sew before we moved house so all my fabrics and other sewing possessions got put into storage across town until we move house later this month.

But I'm seriously missing my fabrics.  I'm pining for them.  I don't even have needle and thread to sew on a missing button or take up a hem.

Liberty Aquas 1

My favourite children's shop in Melbourne is Jacadi.  They make beautiful, sweet children's wear that I adore.  I particularly love their cardigans.  Each season I visit the store to stock up on these very handy garments for Adelaide.  The beauty of a cardigan is that it fits for more than one season - unlike a jumper - and can still be worn even when on the small side.  Adelaide has a better knitwear collection than I do.

I justify these expensive cardigans by rounding out her wardrobe with homemade coordinates to go with them.

Liberty Pinks

I've been topping up my Liberty stash of late and can't wait to be reunited with my industrial sewing machine (the removalists are going to have fun getting that beast up two flights of stairs).  As soon as my sewing room is set up I will be madly cutting into these pretty Liberty lawns to make dresses, skirts and tops for Adelaide.

Liberty Purple

On the To Do list is this top pattern, at least one top and dress from this pattern, definitely one of these favourite dresses and maybe some Oliver + S Puppetshow Shorts.

I'm going to be a busy seamstress between now and Christmas.

Decadent yet healthy

I've forgotten how much I enjoy to get out my camera and play with different lenses.  I've also practically forgotten how to use my camera.  My skills are very rusty.  That's what you get when you don't blog regularly.

Lately I have been making an attempt to eat a more healthy diet.  With the stress of organising our renovation all year I had lapsed into eating far too much chocolate, drinking far too much tea and perhaps snacking on potato chips too close to bedtime.  Not the end of the world but my body was objecting.

Healthy choc bar 1

Last night I made these from a recipe found here on my healthy recipes Pinterest pinboard.  These are seriously rich and definitely satisfy any chocolate cravings. But they are organic and don't use any refined sugars - only dates and one tablespoon of maple syrup.

I love the way all these home made paleo and granola bars are wrapped in baking paper and tied with kitchen string.  I didn't have the kitchen string but found some waxed twine that was used on my Townmouse swing tags.  I rather like the chocolate brown colour with all the chocolate.

Healthy choc bar 2

The recipe called for cocoa powder but I used raw cacao powder.  I'm not sure what the difference is to be honest, but I think it made my recipe extra rich.  Nobody is complaining though.