Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another little restoration...

I'm almost completely over the "bug" I had and am back into painting and restoring a few bits and pieces that have been sitting around and getting in the way

I bought this on eBay for a song a few weeks back and thought I'd paint it and add some new knobs and either sell it or use it.

As you can see, it has a nice little feature on the back

At the moment, I'm leaning towards using it as a bedside cabinet but will have to wait and see how it looks in the space. I don't want our new bedroom to look too crowded, if you know what I mean.

If it does fit in it'll be terrific because it'll give me a little more storage space and we can't have too much of that can we?

Actually, I bought two chests of drawers on eBay. (both were very cheap and in keeping with my Dottie Angel Challenge). They're similar but not identical and I think will look rather nice all painted and spruced up. This one might be for MONT if it looks OK beside the bed

I haven't touched this one yet...but I'll get around to him eventually

Ooh....I just got a delivery in the post and that means a great giveaway coming soon...and of course it's gorgeous!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

An easy chicken recipe

Poached chicken with a home made tuna mayonnaise and potato salad may not sound too inviting, but believe me, it is!

You can find the recipe over here

It's a great dish for a lazy Sunday lunch....and it's also pretty healthy.

Hope you like it

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Life as a newspaper editor

Hi all...I'm slowly on the mend. Still not 100% but feeling a little better each day.

I mentioned that I was going to read Bruce Guthrie's book, Man Bites Murdoch...
It's all about his life as a reporter, international correspondent and editor and his  time at the Age Newspaper and the Herald Sun.

I'm no book reviewer but I will say it was an extremely entertaining read.

Bruce grew up in the housing commission homes of Broadmeadows in Melbourne and eventually went on to work for Time Inc.....editing the Herald Sun, Age newspaper and Who Weekly, the Australian equivalent of People magazine

He details his life with the various employers and his falling out with News Limited and the hatred directed towards him by former Victorian premier, Jeff Kennett. That little episode is extremely interesting.

If you get a chance, have a look at this very entertaining account of Bruce's professional life in the newspaper game

I really enjoyed it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Hi all.

I'll be back in  a few days. I've got a dreaded bug. AGAIN!!!

Can't believe I've caught something else after last year's swine flu and whooping cough


So darn annoying!!

So. I'll be spending a lot of time in bed with my new book. Man Bites Murdoch.

It's a great read actually. It's by Bruce Guthrie, the former Editor of Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper who got sacked and took them to court for unfair dismissal.

Well worth a read

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Searching searching....

OK, I've been hunting something out for ages and now concede I need your help

A little while ago, maybe a couple of months, I was checking out how an extremely talented person was painting an old brown basket in a greyish colour, like the Ikea Boholma baskets below

They had a browny tan basket, sort of this colour

...and they painted it to look like this

I thought I saved all the info...but I didn't.

Anyone with any idea who that person/blog may be?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Measure twice, cut once

I was reading with some amusement, April's blog post  about her husband's apparent inability to measure something accurately and therefore causing more work for her in their new nursery

It got me thinking about the couple of times MONT and I have had bitter debate (read tantrums on my part) when he failed to measure something accurately.

Case 1: Our bedroom window.

Number 10 was built back in the 1950s and still had the original windows when I bought it in the late 90's. The front bedroom window was in three parts, with a large pane of glass in the centre. I had bought pale grey awnings for outside and had custom made blockout holland blinds for inside. The actual windows on each end were hard to open so we decided to replace it. My stipulation was, make sure all the measurements are the same so I don't have to buy new blinds, which were NOT CHEAP!
I don't know what happened but, not only is the window a different size to the original but the three sections are also different, which meant I had to buy a new window awning and a new internal blind.

When the new window was delivered I rang MONT to tell him they'd delivered the wrong one as it was the wrong size. He mentioned that they thought the measurement's were a bit strange, but he said they were right and go ahead and make it.


Case 2: MONT has a boat so we decided to build a carport/boatshed to house it.

He measured the boat to make sure it would fit. The carport was built. He put the boat in there and lo and behold, it was about a metre short! The trouble? He only measured the boat and NOT the outboard motor of the back.

He's been at me to extend the carport but I've dug my heels in. If you can't measure correctly in the first place, bad luck

But it's not just MONT or April's husband who have problems finding their way around a tape measure

I recently bought a chest of drawers on eBay and had asked the seller for the measurements as they weren't mentioned in the listing. It sounded good, but when I went to collect it, the measurements were way out!! It's so darn big it won't fit where I had planned to put it, so will have to be sold on...oh and this guy was a builder!

Take heart April, we've all been there.