All well rested and ready to face another week out there in the big wide world? Yes? I had a very relaxing weekend, which mainly involved straightening up the house while the boys sailed. They won their division and complained when they got home that the girls didn't make it down to the yacht club to see them off. My excuse.....I lost track of time and was happy to have some down time. When left at home to my own devices, I love nothing more than to just swan from room to room with no interruptions, apart from my sweet little side kick of course, whom you have seen many times on this blog. I usually have a cup of tea on hand in my travels and I just plonk myself down and imagine the possibilities in each room. Very cathartic and restful indeed. I did manage to steel 2 hours to myself on Saturday morning whilst the kiddos were at soccer and birthday parties. And boy did I make it count. I had a look at some gorgeous properties for sale. I loved this little beach cottage kitchen....industrial style. I also attended part of Australia's biggest garage sale and hauled myself some fabulous bargains. I have trend tip on the back of that little exercise as well ladies, but I make it a little further down.
I also got up to a little crafting in the sun too. I love these luggage tags in all their forms and I wanted a way to be able to re use them. It dawned on me that chalk board paint was a way to easily achieve that. These tags can be quite pricey at stationary stores and I am yet to see them in the $2 stores near me, so I thought I'd create my own wash and wear coastal variety, that I can use over again.
This was a card I made to go with my coastal toothpicks and I just washed it with a baby wipe and it was ready to use again.
I wanted a few different combinations so for one card I made a little love heart with tiny shells.
and tied up the cutlery with hemp twine.
I also used a coral chip that I found on the beach far from these parts and then I stood it up in another piece of coral.
I love the details on this piece
I have a thing for black and neutrals right now.
And my porch is heading in that direction as well. The stripes there were part of my garage sale haul.
And now for my trend tip. We are finally through with red. Why? because all this stuff was at throw away prices. No matter what, I still like it in a coastal palette. In fact if something is off trend, I usually like it all the more. I'm so looking forward to making some more art for the Beach House Brat's bedroom gallery wall using the red frame and the old kettles will do very nicely as vases at some point in the future.
Over all a productive and happy weekend for me mooching around the Beach House and environs. Have a good week everybody. I'll be having lots of fun with my slower cooker. Yes it's very exciting here up in paradise. I am loving the way it's getting me thinking about dinner early in the morning. It's adding about another hour to my day. Dinner is on and cooking by 8.30am and I don't have to think about it again until it's serving time. I could kiss the person who invented this little gem. Mothers little helpers no longer come the in the form of small red pills, but rather an appliance that genuinely lessens the load. Bliss!!!!! And Mr Beach House's review of tonight's slow cooked lamb shoulder "perfect". Yes ladies, it's mission accomplished for yet another week. All's well at the Beach House!!!! Be seeing you soon!!!!!
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