24 January 2015

Laundry Renovations

Years ago we bought a very old & tired home that needed everything done to it... and many years later (8 to be exact) in amongst life with 4 kids, we are nearly finished!

I cried when we first moved in - I'm not a visionary like my husband who can look at an old house and overgrown section and see a beautiful property with an awesome renovated bungalow... I'm a maintainer, and all I could see was mess, work and more work.  I was also heavily pregnant with our 4th child, so maybe some of those pregnancy hormones were involved with the crying too... but finally the work has paid off!

This laundry room used to be the enclosed back porch of our bungalow.  Our washing machine and dryer were in with our kitchen (renovation post here) and this back porch was where we would sit, the kids would play and once we even kept some lambs we were babysitting in it!


The bearded visionary behind it all...

Here are the after pics!  Symon did all the hard work and lots of painting, and I did a heap of painting and the decorating.  We love this space!!  

Yaaaaay for laundry and ironing! (wait... did I just say that!?!?!)

Hopefully I'll get around to posting some of the other "before and afters" of our house.  To check out some of our other renovation projects, go here.  

18 January 2015

Softie for Summer

My niece is due to have her first little baby soon - a girl names Summer!  We celebrated with a lovely baby shower yesterday, with tonnes of delicious goodies to eat and drink and lots of fun games - my two girls were very excited to be able to come along and take part (I don't think I've ever seen a 7 year old so engrossed in trying to win baby bingo!).

I made Aimee this pink softie for Summer, and cute icy pink fabric I found with raised spots/dimples.

Looking forward to meeting this precious baby girl.

For more crafty makings, click here.

14 January 2015

Holiday Fun...


We've been trying to squeeze in as much holiday fun as we can this last week before Symon heads back to work.  

Being a family of 6, big travel trips or camping expeditions aren't usually on the holiday agenda for us, but we usually try to make use of the free playground that God has given us here in New Zealand - beaches, parks, walks etc.  There are so many great places to travel and explore, and mostly all for free or a very small cost (like Auckland Museum and the North Head tunnels).

There has been a beautiful beach wedding to attend...

We also visited a beach church service last Sunday at Sandy Bay,  followed by the first family surf in a long while!  Massive thanks to Poppa who did a fine job teaching the girls how to stand up on their first surf lesson ever - he taught me many years ago!  A couple of clips here and here of them surfing.

Symon & I even got a surf in, although Symon caught way more waves than me.  I reckon it was the beard that helped him...

We also took the kids on a road trip to Auckland yesterday, making the most of the free parks, North Head tunnel's, cheap Museum trip and more.  I even got to sneak into Little & Friday for a coffee and treats and made sure that I took my crochet along with me on the trip.

Some of the goodies at Little & Friday

It's been so good making the most of what we have around us - so many beautiful beaches and bush tracks to explore - no excuse not to get out and about in this lovely weather (sorry for you Northern Hemisphere folks reading this while you are freezing cold and in the middle of winter!).

Romantic selfie photobombed

We have a few more adventures planned for the family before we get back into work and school! Hope you are enjoying God's playground wherever you live.

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