update #10 - 12.12.16

christmas time...mistletoe and wine...children singing christian rhyme....don't mind me, just singing my fave cliff richard christmas song ;) the silly season is well upon us and my christmas decorations are up...well mostly...here is my tree...

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this year i have only decorated it with my unbreakable decorations in case it falls over, this is because the tree keeps being attacked by the naughtiest cat in new zealand who is having his first christmas. he literally climbs to the top of the tree and i have to pull him out :-/ the tree is out in my sunroom, so now i'm mostly just keeping the door closed so he can't go out there because really how can he be expected to control himself when i have apparently provided an adventure tree for his amusement?

these two cuties below are new decorations, i always buy a couple of new ones per year, its one of my favourite christmas traditions. in the photos underneath these are my breakable decorations which i have displayed up on my coat rack shelf out of the way of furry paws. 

how gorgeous is my christmas angel! i commissioned her off my very clever friend julie of my threadbear life after she posted on her blog about a couple she had made. i love her and after christmas i will just take off her "christmas is here" sign and have her up all year round. 

some more decorations sprinkled about...

my mum and dad have new rescue kittens and a couple of weeks ago mum had to bring them into town to the vets and then i "kitten-sat" for her at my house for the afternoon while she was doing other jobs. they really are very adorable and very wee. below are photos of when they finally fell asleep after an afternoon of high jinks...tom is the chocolate one and louis is the tabby who proves that kittens can sleep anywhere including on a glass coffee table with their head waterfalling off the side.

a few weeks ago i acquired the below day bed (left) from an op shop intending to do it up. i had been looking for one for a while for my "book room" as a comfy place to curl up and read, and as an extra bed for guests. the book room used to have my desk in it but thats since been moved to another room and i was left with a room filled with odd bits of furniture and other things i just dumped in there (like a hoarder, i've been watching hoarders and to be honest it is worrying) and closed the door on. you can see the state it was in, in the other pics...in case you were thinking they were just more photos of the op shop, ahem. 

this week i finally got around to recovering the daybed squab in some vintage fabric i found on trade me. i was going to paint the wood too but with the new fabric i don't mind the brown so much, maybe one day... the woodland pillow cases were made for me for my birthday by my wonderful aunty clare who purchased the fabric in the uk. i also got a third bookshelf to match my other two and now i have all of my books neatly put away on matching shelves (bliss). the shelves are full, so now the rule is: one book in and one book out. there will not be a fourth book shelf! oh and i moved out all the crap! i'm totally in love with this room now and love spending time in there. it has such lovely natural light too. 

i'm going to be very busy in the next two weeks leading up to christmas so probably won't post again, i say this as if i have created some expectation of posting regularly (you may have noticed my post titles have gone from "weekly update" to just "update", i feel this is more reflective of reality, ahem) so i'd like to wish you all a wonderfully happy and fun christmas and new year!! bring on 2017! :) 

xxxxx

weekly update #9 - 13.11.16

hello and happy weekend! this week i wanted to share with you my recent buying trip to the hawkes bay.  i went down with a friend and we stayed in her bach where all the gorgeous beach flowers were out and the weather was a summery 26 degrees! it was lovely. oh my goodness i think we went to every op shop and second hand store in the hawkes bay and on the road in between from the waikato! it was actually pretty exhausting but i got some really great stuff both to keep and to sell, because as we all know i have a "keep one, sell one" policy ;) 

on the way down we stopped in taupo for lunch and visited the salvation army family store at 77 spa road. they have a whole section set up with vintage bits and bobs, it was very cool. well worth a visit if you live there or are passing through...

in napier we toured around the op shops and picked up lots of bits and pieces but the highlight for me was an antique store called finders keepers at 94 dickens street...i thought i'd died and gone to heaven as soon as i walked in. this is a HUGE shop filled with just about everything vintage item you could wish for, all beautifully displayed. the prices here were also very reasonable. i've found with a lot of op shops these days they have a vintage items for a ridiculously high prices just because they're old but regardless of condition. in this shop everything is priced sensibly, and in good condition. 

i love the sign for the knox op shop below. the teacup lamp i thought was gorgeously done, it was in a vintage shop called elegance in clive that had lots of lovely things to look at. its on the main road and you can't miss it as it has bunting hanging outside and lots of bits and pieces displayed out on the street. 

the gorgeous yummies above are at picnic at 12 mahia st, napier. they have the cutest packaging too which you can see on my instagram.

we spent one whole day visiting ALL the op shops in hastings...there are so many and there were plenty of treasures to be had. below is my haul, some of these things are keepers and some are for the store. there were even a few bits and pieces i found after i took this pic, on the way home!

i also wanted to share these pics of my finished coat rack make over, this is one of the things i snaffled from my sisters garage, you can see it 'before' leaning up against the chair in the photo of everything out in my sunroom in this post.  

on a final note, sadly i have lost my beloved boy sebastian (aka seb, sebby, sea-bass, kitty, "that great ginger article") this last week, he would have been 19 years old in december so he has been a huge part of my adult life. he really was such a cool cat, a real character, a smoocher and just all round a funny wee soul who i've been so lucky to have had in my life. he has been laid to rest in our pet cemetery at my parents farm where he lived most of his life. i will maintain until my own dying day that he was champagne coloured not ginger and that he should have been a cat model. i will miss him heaps xx