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Wednesday, 7 April 2010
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009
I have missed making pretty things but am slowly getting back in gear with my crafting now that the little one is more settled. I got my arty farty brain and hands working a few weeks ago to celebrate his first birthday. I can't believe my little prince is now One, walking, loves rummaging through my pantry and is able to say the word Star! So so proud of his achievements.
Without futher a do, here are a few pictures from his birthday. Because mummy is a little pattern crazy, I decided to go with spots and stripes with the colours red and blue in mind. I found some lovely accessories from the paper eskimo range too. I blew balloons to match and made lots of food and baked a cake. Games were played and prizes were won. It was a wonderful first birthday to say the least. Now that one party is over , I'm planning next years hehehe. On that note, wishing everyone who stumbles on Vintage Delights a Happy 2010, may the year be filled with much prosperity, good health, love and creativity.
Posted by Adla at 21.10.09
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Labour now seems like a walk in the park which I assure you wasn't.I had to be induced because my waters broke before I dilated which had me in the labour theatre for 24 hours (on official papers they said 10, I don't know how they calculate labour but I know right then it seemed like forever). Ofcourse when bubby arrived , the pain of that excruciating long labour was lifted as they placed him in my arms, don't all mummies say the same thing. The feeling is surreal!
This new mummy wishes she had more time to blog and dilly dally on the internet but I now understand the meaning of 'precious time" :)Hope to get back into a routine soon enough to visit some of my favourite blogs. Thank you to you girls who remembered me and sent me emails. I apologize for not replying to them but I hope these pictures of my little prince will make up for it. Do Enjoy.
Much Mommy Love,
Friday, 19 September 2008
I woke up this morning and told myself I should spare some minutes and blog the happenings of the past month or I’ll never get to it. I know it’s been that long since I last blogged. I miss clicking away on the keyboard and sharing my thoughts on screen, Blogging is actually helpful as in way it acts like a checklist of what I’ve done and accomplished and a reminder of what else needs doing.
I am currently 8 months plus along, time flies doesn’t it? I am experiencing a fruit salad of mixed emotions. I am anticipating the birth with excitement but feeling scared and anxious at the same time. I am also NESTING like crazy. I am sure I am not the only one, the girls at my antenatal classes seem to agree. I’ve gone on a mad rampage, vacuuming, dettol-ing(disinfecting) my furniture, washing the cushion covers and rugs like I will never ever get the opportunity to clean the house once the baby is around. Don’t talk about shopping, that’s even worst coz I’ve stocked up like the shops will go bankrupt tomorrow and I will never ever get to go shopping again once the bub arrives. Mum thinks I ‘m mad like that, she say’s I’ll get bored the first few weeks and will so go shopping soon after bub is born so this theory playing with me right now are just pregnancy hormones taking me on a wild ride. I have been washing the baby clothes with napisan and have learnt that there are some baby brands that are just terrible, they look cute and all but actually stretch in the first wash. I guess the Aussie girls would be familiar with bonds and I can't help but praise them to the sky just wished they had more cuter choices for clothes. The nurse at the obgyn and I were just agreeing that babys look so clean and pure in white. It's also so much easier to wash whites and I shall treasure the time I can dress the baby in white while it lasts, afterall I am having a boy and friends have prepared me with Little Boy stories filled with a whole loadful of dirty laundry :)
Many of you girls know that I moved into our new place a few months back, moving plus getting organized plus minor renovations here and there is something I do not recommend to anyone Pregnant!!! Instead of narrowing my focus on the pregnancy and baby projects alone , I have all of these wild ideas for the house too. But enough about what I recommend or don’t recommend, Decorating for a new house is just too much fun. I have been inspired by a lot of black lately after having changed the ugliest venetian blinds to black timber ones. Had no intention of choosing black as my choice of window covering but I was pretty happy to find the timber blinds in black coz they are not the usual suspect. Timber blinds usually come in shades of browns or white but very hardly black. So so happy with my buy and it must be some sort of coincidence that a lot of the French decor shops here are playing with black and white this season. I am looking for a louise chair that I can upholster for the family room. Yet to do my rounds in search of the perfect chair. I am slowly putting together and accessorizing my new “ blaque “ room. My new best friend is a can of Wattyl Jet black acrylic paint which has had me paint my mantle console, mirror and desk thus far...totally in love with black at the moment and am glad that I haven’t had any hiccups with this choice of risky colour. I will definitely upload pictures of the befores and afters soon.
The baby nursery is finally in place, the painting pros at Bunnings couldn’t figure out why the sample pot and actual colour didn’t match, there was something weird going on with the computing calculations. Trust technology to mess things up! We ended up getting 6 sample pots to solve the problem and I got busy finishing the room. We’ve put up the furniture, I‘ve washed the baby linen but am waiting closer to my due date to put them on. A little overdue but here’s a sneak peek of the room. I know I will be adding to it as the baby grows...
Till my next addition, who knows when that will be at the rate I'm going, I have to say Thank You for all the warm thoughts and lovely girl to girl advice many of you have shared with me through email, really appreciate it.
Much Hugs and blogging Love,
Posted by Adla at 19.9.08
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Time for an update, if I was a library book, I would have been long overdue.
The pregnancy is going alright I’m just a little over 6 months. I have my days where I worry a little coz bub tends to play a little hide and seek with me. There have been occasions where he doesn’t move and then there are days when he does summersaults and back flips like an athlete preparing for the Olympics. The midwives over at the obgyns surgery have been super wonderful and entertain my silly queries and worries. I wish my mum lived around the corner but she doesn’t ( she’s in Singapore) so I have to make do with phone calls, it’d be nice to have her and my sister around to prepare for the baby’ s arrival but I’m coping none the less. They’ll come visit closer to my due date so I’m looking forward to that. I’ve been doing my shopping despite the advances I have received from some regarding it being a little too early. La dee da I say. As my personality reveals, the panic queen that I am, I live by the guiding motto that is to “Be Prepared”. Wouldn’t know how to leave the necessary things to the last minute ( blogging is a super exception), Ill end up with a massive panic attack if I did. I am looking forward to motherhood and this pregnancy has been the focus of my morning, day and night and I’m sure many of you beautiful ladies have experienced the same feeling. I am attending just about every pre natal class the hospital offers, the aqua natal classes tops it. I get to meet other mums to be and its helps relief the aches that I get, the physiotherapist who leads the class is great too. I love the water so it’s just soothing being in it, highly recommend it to anyone expecting.
I’ve started on the baby’s room too. There was a little hiccup with the paint colour. I had gone to get the right colour mixed, the so called duck egg blue I was after. So I had them mix me a sample pot at Bunnings. Came home, splashed the paint on the wall ( well not literally), left it to dry to see how the colour would work out in the day time with natural sunlight coming through the room and in the evening when I’ve got the lights on. It turned out as I hoped, so happy with the sample colour so I sent hubby to the same Bunnings to have them mix up that same colour in a bigger pot while I busied myself on this tree silhouette I’ve decided to implement in the nursery , not to waste the paint from the sample pot, I fill in the gaps with it and heres where we insert the prelude to phantom of the opera. Hubby comes home with my pot of paint, we dip the rollers in. At first glance it looked pretty similar to my sample pot colour so I happily continued filling in the gaps of my silhouette only to find out that the two colours were different. Same name but different concoction and the problem is I don’t like the second colour, It’s just the wrong colour. I have yet to get into Bunnings and get my paint colour fixed arghhhhhhh so much for trusting the paint mixing experts so there goes my baby nursery on hold!
This is what I'm talking about, can you spot the difference?
On a happier blue note,I have to share pictures of these gorgeous embroidered pillowcases made by the sweet Lisa Tutman. I was elated to have won them in her giveaway. Lisa has to be one of the sweetest people I’ve gotten to know through blog land. Thank you Lisa for your generosity. Lisa’s blog is a must visit, it’s called Celebrate Creativity in all its form and is filled with fantastic ideas, she works magic with her hands, you’ll have to check it out to understand what I’m on about. I say ‘Cheers’ to such wonderful blogging friendships!
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Last but not least, I thought of reminding our Aussie girls that it's Jeans for Genes day tomorrow so be sure to be wearing your favourite denim tomorrow. To find out more and how you can support this cause , head down to their website.
Much blogging Love, Adla
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Well to make matters worse, my dear dear hubby had to undergo surgery last week to remove a cyst. He has half of his right arm in a cast so there goes my very handy and only man I’ve been relying on. It’ll be another 6 weeks before he’ll be able to get back into action so for now the house is a shipwreck. Boxes , furniture most things in its wrong place. I try to see the brighter light in it all, that there shouldn’t be a rush to madly organize things around here but come on who am I kidding, my targeted dateline to spruce things around here is a month before the baby arrives, That should be sufficient! Talking about the baby, the pregnancy has been going ok. I do have a little trouble finding the right position sleeping as my body has just ballooned. I went for my fetal anatomy scan and found out the baby's gender. Well Chuga chuga...toot toot...
For those who guessed Boy, you are soooo correct. Well I had that gut feeling from the beginning but because everyone in my family has been having boys lately, secretly we all thought it was going to be a girl! So out with the floral and dancing ballerinas I had in mind . I’m still in love with duck blue and found a little more inspiration from the vintage red school chair above to accent the baby nursery with.So duck blue and red , thats the colour scheme out of the way. I’ve taken this time away from House cleaning to do some baby shopping , there are soo many cute things out there and everytime I wander around the shops I chuckle to myself and whisper not at how cute things are for babies. I don’t see other shoppers doing such, they must really think I'm a bit off! So far I’ve found the quilt that makes me happy, it’s a combination of patterned fabrics and nothing makes me more happy than that. I see spots and ginghams of sorts and have gone crazy shopping for the coordinates.
The next couple of weeks shall see my crafty hands doing some work for the nursery. In the meanwhile I hope everyone is keeping well and I Thank you for coming back and checking on me often. Do excuse my lack of blogging and remember that I wear a t-shirt that reads," I can't work too hard cause I'm preggers!".
Till my next episode,
Much Blogging Love,
Posted by Adla at 29.6.08
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
By the way on another note, seeing that many of you have participated in the I saw red week hosted by Sadie Olive. I thought of joining in the fun and doing red Perth style.
Driving in Perth is pretty much traffic free, the only thing you don't want to get stuck in is one of these railway crossings. It takes like forever for the trains to pass by and I really mean forever.
When the weathers lovely, I love driving to the Perth foreshore to say hello to these Swan River inhabitants. Red is so the colour for the lips!
Friday, 16 May 2008
Clean cut minimalism just isn't my style. I love Bohemian flare so my sense of style has partly to be blamed for most of my clutter. I am going to give myself a pat on the back though for decluttering this past week. " Letting go' has been the phrase of the week, I shall thrive to get rid of as much things as possible before we move. Hate it when I place sentimental value on an object coz it doesn't make it any easier. I am on a trial motto that if I bring something new into the house then I have to let go of one already in possession. Does that sound balance enough? The new house has to be a clutter free zone for all sanity and easy cleaning and remembering that there is a baby on the way. Hooray I say, lets hope the motto stays grounded. Biting nails in fear that I might go against this motto. I better get back to work, packing is the least over.
Friday, 9 May 2008
I have always enjoyed decorating and if I recall, I began moving the furniture around my room before I could learn to spell. The elements of Decor is like food and water to me.( Food and water is simply just food and water now that I am pregnant, since registering this theory I am happy to say that I have gained a few pounds) When I think back , where did my love for pretty Laura Ashley floral patterns and shabby rustic things derive from. Nope no English, no French blood in me . Having lived in South East Asia the earlier part of my life, there were dashes of Colonial English and French decor but they pretty much had an Oriental finish to it. More on the concept of British India designs. Having thought really hard I guess it must have been the House and Garden magazines my mother bought by the truckload. My mums love for design magazines is like no other person I know and she introduced me to a sense of style that I've come to admire immensely . Well as a little girl 9 ish- tenish flipping through the pages of those UK editions was a serious thing, I’d call on my younger sister ( who laughs donkeys whenever I remind her of this) and we’d play a game of lets flip through the pages and choose our favourite houses. Who ever had their hand placed first on the page meant that the house or furniture was awarded to her .While we did this for hours on end the other children on the block were happily playing hopscotch in the playground . When I think of it now , boy was I a boring child and I think Alia my sister ,who many would attest is the total opposite of me will blame me for life for introducing her to such dull childhood games. Don’t get me started on the real tea time sessions we had. When I was studying to be a teacher, I learnt about the importance of pretend play and it struck me how I took pretend play to another level that was no longer pretend. Super serious I was. Rummaging through my mothers’ linen closet was one of my other favourite past times and changing the valance and comforters in my bedroom were a weekly affair .I am happiest when I am decorating.One of my fondest decorating memory was when I saved gift coupons , you know the kind you get from doing grocery shopping, The deal was to collect enough so that you could redeem anything of a certain value from the shop. It took me a whole year, I had collected enough coupons to redeem a set of ceramic collectibles for my dresser . I was 13, I should have bought cool clothes , a pair of sunnies or something. When I say I’m going shopping , it really actually means I’m out looking for stuff to decorate with. Where decorating is concerned I’ve gone through the motion of having purple walls to stencilling sunflowers all over my room, painting my wardrobe yellow, stripping off my floor, sewing curtains and silk screening cushions. Decorating at weddings and for friends homes. I’ve done it all!When it finally sunk inside of me that I was getting married, the first thing that popped into my head was not ‘ Hmmm what kind of dress am I going to wear’... it was more like ‘ hmmm what shall the wedding quilt look like’. When I retell the story I laugh but sometimes I do think I’m a bit way off. Of course the wedding quilt story was a mad rush to fabric stores just to find the perfect silk fabric, then the mad search for the perfect quilter.It was crazy, I was lucky enough though that a lovely designer friend took the bulk of the madness and had the wedding quilt organized for me which gave me a breather to think about what I was going to wear instead. Decorating has just been on a role for me ever since. Many would not believe this but I actually moved to Perth with a container load of decorating knick knacks I bought during my stint in Indonesia. Indonesia is a decorating haven for the decorating enthusiast, you can get anything and everything custom made for you and should I add for dirt cheap. That’s the only good enough reason I like Indonesia.For the moment, when I think decorating, I’m thinking of my new home. I'm feeling inspired by an eclectic mix of French design, Italian ornate frames and shabby white furniture. I want it all.Of course there are a few things to be done. Taking one project at a time. The one that tops the list has to be the baby room. I am drawing out the to do’s . Choosing a colour palette, falling in love with duck egg blue .Nope I don’t know the gender of the baby yet . Oh this is so fun and its making my tummy rumble or is it the little one kicking. I hope you stay tuned as I might take you on this decorating journey with me
Flowers- the fresh kind, scented is a bonus. Love bringing a little of nature inside the house.
Lighting –warm, no no to fluorescent. Lamps , every room needs one.
Fabric- I go wild for textured or uniquely patterned fabric. Fabric for cushions, drapes, and anything else that needs upholstering.The pictures above are the work of Carolyn Quartermaine. Love her fabric designs. Truly inspirational, takes me flying to a decorating wonderland.Hope you enjoyed this meme as much as I enjoyed sharing. Cheers to Decorating!
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
My favourite shopping place here in Perth is located in Guildford.The town centre of Guildford speaks colonial charm in ways that will take you back to the era of Captain Stirling. When I'm not shopping, I love taking a drive around the suburb admiring the pretilly painted quaint atmosphere .Beautiful character homes line the shaded streets and many have turned into tea rooms and shops that cater for the vintage enthusiast. These are two of my favourite shops.