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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Don't label me...

....because I'm perfectly capable of labeling myself. I suffer from a moderate case of anal retentiveness. There... I said it! It's not something I am very proud of. I fact, I am definitely envious of people who have a more casual approach to the stuff of life. I wish I could just put something in a cupboard and be done with it, or, even better, just leave things lying around and not let them bother me. But I have a compelling need for order which means that the said item does not just get put in a cupboard or on a shelf, it gets placed in a container in the cupboard with other same or similar items and, more often than not, the container will have a label which categorizes the contents. So very sad, I know!

 I said that I "suffer" from this condition, but the real suffering is probably done by my family. Exhibit A above - each child has their own basket for the various items that, in other homes, with better adjusted mothers, would just lie around.

Here are further examples of my love for labeling. I won't show you any more evidence from my own home lest you decide to have me committed. However,  when doing some research for my post, I noticed that I am not the only one with a love for labeling. There is a whole world full of people like me....take a look...

 These pictures make my heart sing!

I am envious of those people who can just shove something in a cupboard without a second thought. But if you are one of those, don't feel too smug, because apparently the opposite of anal retentive is anal expulsive and that doesn't sound so great either.

 Maybe I'll stick with my label!

If you are one of us, you might be in need of some storage containers or baskets.... why not visit NetDecor to see their wonderful range.

 and also visit  Block and Chisel here.

Have a happy week ahead. School holiday's are fast approaching YAY!

Till next time

Sharon x

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I have everything I need except....

First let me say that this week has been a lot better than the last! When I looked back on that post, I decided I was a bit whingy! Apologies!


But I think whingeing might be my special skill (def: to complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner), because I have found something else to whinge about.... I don't own a French bed! 
 I have a perfectly fine bed, but it isn't a French bed! 
I don't know why I feel the compelling need to go to sleep surrounded by French perfection? I think my husband should be relieved that it's not a Frenchman I am after, just a French bed!
I would love it to be upholstered in natural linen and it would need to be dressed in 1000 thread count bed linen to do justice to its beauty.
I'm sure that I would sleep a lot better  in such a bed, and then I would be a lot nicer to my children and husband and really, it is in everyone's best interests.

So hopefully there will be French bed somewhere in my future.

But till then, I will be content with looking at these pictures.

And take comfort in the fact that if I am tired enough, I should be able to sleep anywhere!

I wish you a happy week ahead.

Till next time

Sharon x

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time Out

I had such a great blog post planned for this week. I was going to wow you with my wit, delight you with my humour, impress you with my intellect and transport you with my visuals.... but you're just going to have to wait for another time, because I can't, for the life of me, remember what I was going to say.  (I'm sure it was going to be quite spectacular though!)

It has been a challenging week, to say the least. While battling a bout of persistent flu, I had to go to my aunt's funeral earlier in the week- so sad to see her husband and children so bereft, then yesterday had take a hasty trip to the hospital emergency after my oldest son suffered a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting which resulted in an overnight hospital stay, then later that day, my 13 year old closed his thumb in a car door, so now I'm feeling like a bit of time out is in order. Since the words seem to have left my brain, I will rely on these pictures to illustrate where I would like to be right now. Any of these will do.

 goes to go I will see you in the traffic on Monday morning!
Have a good week. Mine can only be an improvement on the last one!

Till next time

Sharon x

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Le Weekend

My weekend started off on a good note on Friday morning when I went to an open day at a home in Noordhoek. Some time ago I was invited by the charming Robin, owner of the online shop  LIVE LOVE HOME to come and view her gorgeous selection of homewear. I roped in my friend Niki and we had a morning of coffee, eats, chatting and shopping. (♬ ♪ These are a few of my favourite things ♪ ♫). She stocks the most beautiful cushions, as well as table napkins, table runners, ceramics, bags and a whole lot more. So if you are looking for a unique gift for someone or to spruce up your home, go and visit 

Friday afternoon was a bit of a rush fetching kids from school, going to pick up a little table I found on Gumtree (see more about that later), heading off to watch a hockey match, followed by a concert at St Georges Cathedral where my 15 year old was playing in the SACS concert band. It was an evening of beautiful music by all the bands and the proceeds went to the Fikelela Aids Project

Saturday morning was spent watching my 13 year old play his very last rugby match of the season, though much of the time was spent on the phone to the washing machine repair guy who was at my house - apparently my washing machine needs a new gear box?!? Who knew? It's also costing the price of a small car! Then coming home to paint my 18 year old's new bedroom which I am busy fixing up, managing to get paint on my favourite jeans (anyone know how to get paint out of denim??)  I am now going to be without a washing machine for a few day which is a tragedy of epic proportions. I cannot tell you how much I love my washing machine. It is up there along with my husband, children and dogs!

I did manage to have a little nap on the sofa with some company, while waiting for the paint to dry.

I then had to find some "get up and go" as well as an outfit to wear for a nautical themed party that evening. I found a white blazer with gold buttons in the archives from my "corporate" day. Hoarding can be a good thing!

I woke up with a headache on Sunday morning which I'm sure was more to do with the paint fumes than the few glasses of wine consumed the night before! I bravely fought through the pain and carried on painting the walls in Matt's room and then decided to tackle the little table I bought on Gumtree that I mentioned previously. I wanted a table in my study near my easel to hold my art equipment, and this one was the perfect size.


 It was in good condition but was painted in a ghastly black and gold combo. (I hope the previous owner doesn't read my blog). I decided Annie Sloan was the way to go so started off with a layer of Paris Grey, followed by a layer of Chateau Grey, then followed by a dark wax. Using Annie Sloan is pretty idiot proof which is a good thing because my brain was still a little cloudy! (Paint fumes can really bring a girl down!)  Go here to find an Annie Sloan stockist in South Africa.

I think it turned out quite well. To reward myself , I did consider another nap on the sofa, but resisted the temptation....

 ....and moved onto my next project which was to paint the inside of a cupboard that is going into Matt's room.

The first coat is on and I am now seriously considering the nap option, but I thought I would do a quick blog post first because I know you are all dying to know what I did on my weekend. I do lead a very exciting life, I know! 

By the way, because of all the room switching around and the bit of redecorating I'm doing, I have a whole host of accessories and a few small bits of furniture that I am selling. If you are in the Cape Town area, I will be at the car boot sale at SARDA on Saturday 19 September. I've never done this before so I hope it will be worthwhile - need to fund the redecorating. Here are a few of the things that will be on sale at bargain prices!

Sadly, le weekend is  now drawing to a close. It has been quite productive though. Do you think I earned another nap?

Till next time.

x Sharon