Stripping, glittering, selling, enjoying, oiling, gardening, cooking… the works.

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May 11 2014
My Mothers Day High Tea offering: Buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta all dressed up with my raspberry and strawberry balsamic vinegar topping

I know it’s been a a couple of weeks since I last wrote. This time, I haven’t been unmotivated or working on coding for this blog. I’ve been super busy with projects. Here’s a peek into what I’ve been doing:

Wedding invites

My cousin’s wedding is being planned and it’s merely a month away. Due to ever-changing logistics, the invites were only completed last week! The package of printed cards arrived soon after the ordered envelopes and other bits.

The invites getting glittered in our living room while baby sitting my own little Jasmine

The invites getting glittered in our living room while baby sitting my own little Jasmine

I used a long side table for the actual work and commandeered my dining table for drying space. After a mad few days of painstaking glittering and glueing, they were shoved into the mailboxes.

I loved the feedback of “Oooh! I see the hidden dinosaur!!” (They’re having it at the Melbourne Museum where they are dinosaurs and my cousin’s quirky like that.) And the “glittered spots makes all the difference.” I worked hard at making sure the spots were glittered randomly. Feedback like that makes the later squinty cross-eyed issue worthwhile.

Stripping

I’d also embarked on an ambitious project, to strip and then spray paint my faux bamboo entryway hall table a luscious green with my new Bosch portable paint sprayer. More on that in the next blogpost.

The plywood top of the hall table lifting due to moisture and bad paint job.

The plywood top of the hall table lifting due to moisture and bad paint job.

Moving Jasmine out

Nearly two weeks ago, I woke up one morning determined that it would be the last day Jasmine slept with us. Her cot was way too near and it was time to start training her to self settle (but NOT the controlled crying way). She turns one in a few weeks. So she wasn’t a newborn any more (boo-hoo) and the room next door was hers. Till then, it functioned temporarily as my home office space.

The plan for Jasmine's new bedroom

More on that in the next few days.

Enjoying Jasmine and last days of summer

The last few days of summer and into the real bite of Autumn… so I’ve been taking time to enjoy Jasmine’s last few weeks as an under-a-year old. I have truly enjoyed being a newborn-one year old mother. This is our last baby so this was one to truly savour, remember.

Jasmine and Milly, sleeping

Jasmine and Milly, sleeping

Jasmine enjoying Granddad and Nanna's expensive turf

Jasmine enjoying Granddad and Nanna’s expensive turf

Gardening

When we moved into this rental almost exactly a year ago, I despaired at the ratty daisy plantation going on in the front garden. Over the next few months I de-daisied our front garden. Meanwhile, I’d grew some hydrangea cuttings from some of my beloved potted hydrangeas. They grew well into small bushes in smaller pots. Then after leaving the garden beds for a few weeks, I replanted those small hydrangeas.

Then we attacked the upper ledge of this garden bed. The previous renters saw fit to just grow anything. And the result was a hodge podge of stuff. In a small garden with uninspiring layout, uniformity becomes a thing of beauty. So we ripped out most plants and left it another few months. This past week, I dragged my mother in law out to a favourite nursery of ours and came back $60 poorer and 4 lilly pillies. (The Lilly Pilly is a native Australian shrub which is a bird attractant. It is a hardy bush, producing sweet shaped leaves that are green. The new leaves at the top are red and after a period of flowering, the small red berries are highly attractive to birds.)

We planted them evenly spaced out within a 3 metre area and they fill the void nicely. We need another 4. Soon.

Selling stuff

I started to include some good quality antiques into our home, amongst the new, the glossy and the white. This is why I chose an antique wooden side table so sit between our two lounges.

But to change some things to antique means to sell off a few things. And so I’ve been busy digging up and emptying the furniture pieces I’d need to sell and replace with something else. So far, so good. The local Facebook garage sale page has been wonderful to aid this drive.

Moving Hannah out of our room gives us the chance to sell that large and cumbersome chest of drawers

Moving Hannah out of our room gives us the chance to sell that large and cumbersome chest of drawers

Cooking

Today was Mothers’ Day (Happy Mothers’ Day!). So yesterday I made little buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta cups ready for today’s Mothers Day High Tea at our place for our family. Just before serving, I concocted a mix of frozen raspberries with my treasured strawberry balsamic vinegar and icing sugar. They made the pannacotta extra spesh!

My buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta cup babies setting in the fridge

My buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta cup babies setting in the fridge

My Mothers Day High Tea offering: Buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta all dressed up with my raspberry and strawberry balsamic vinegar topping

My Mothers Day High Tea offering: Buttermilk and vanilla pannacotta all dressed up with my raspberry and strawberry balsamic vinegar topping

Recently I’ve been cooking heaps. Trying to make large dinners so that they last a few lunches too.

All kinds of things we’ve been doing here, keeping me so busy!

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