Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Heart of the Home

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home and that is just so true.  My kitchen is the place where visitors sit at the island bench and get served with a hot coffee and something freshly baked, It is the place where my children congregate when they are at home and it is my favourite room in the house.  I am the happiest when I am baking.

 When I first had the environmental health officer from the council come out to visit to tell me what modifications I would require to allow my daughter to commercially cook from our kitchen I was expecting a list of changes but to be honest not to the extent that was required.  That called for a BIG decision to be made.

 I do not cope well with change or things being out of place in my home.  It's my own kind of OCD I think.  Everything has to be neat and tidy and then I am a happy chappy.  So the decision to renovate or not was not only down to can we afford to do a massive renovation but also can I cope with the upheaval it would cause ?

 So after drawing up plans, talking to tradies and working out if we had enough money the decision was made to begin.  The ripping out of the heart of my home began last Monday.  We have so many happy memories in this kitchen, Christmases shared with loved ones, Birthdays, Friends, Visitors .....  Just so much that I felt quite emotional as each piece was ripped from it's foundations and removed.

 Now we am living in a storage unit as such - The entire contents of the kitchen are spread throughout the house ensuring that just about every room is affected.  How am I coping ?  Just .........  Today's job is to try and make one room "normal"again in some way.  I'm not sure how I am going to do that to be honest.  My hall way is full, the spare rooms are full as is my front foyer and dining room as well as the invasion in my craft studio and so on .........

But it will be worth it in the end.  I keep reminding myself of that.  A commercial stainless steel whale of a sink will be the centre piece of the kitchen.  I am still getting used to the industrial look as each day the kitchen begins to come together.  I am taking daily progress shots so I can look back on it and hopefully smile and tell myself that yes it was all worth it.  Well here's hoping anyhow.

Have a great day.

Love and Hugs,

Monday, July 3, 2017


Welcome to my brand new blog.  I have blogged for over 7 years as a quilter, sewer and designer but there is more to me than that.

I cook, I renovate, I garden and I upcycle.  Everything these days revolves around my heart and my home. I think it is time to re-invent myself and get back to blogging about my life and my adventures.  I thought it was much better to do this with a whole new blog and a clean page.  I want to share my day to day life and some of my projects with you.

I am currently having a commercial kitchen installed in our home for our oldest daughter to run her business from which will also give me the equipment and platform to share some baking tips and recipes along with the ongoing renovation of our home which always seems to have a project on the go.

I have a massive current list of To Do's which includes giving our kitchen dining setting a makeover, upholstery painting, frosting the glass in our front foyer, doing something with the ugly dark slate tiles in our back mud room, setting up our guest room and so on - You get the drift ?  I have heaps of projects to do and I am hoping that by sharing with you all it will keep me motivated.

I hope you enjoy following my new blog and I hope that in some way I can inspire you.

Love and hugs,