Last weekend we headed to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney for a weekend escape! It was the start of the school holidays and we felt a "treat" was in order before Taylor soends a few weeks with her head in books preparing for the HSC exams....
Enroute we made a stop in the quaint town of Glenbook at the base of the mountains where we discovered a local craft market (some eye rolling DID occur!!), an amzing homewares store and florist called Ebony & Ivy which we loved (we will be back to visit for sure!)....and this wonderful little cafe called 2773
The Blue Mountains were abuzz with beautiful gardens and the spring blossoms are just starting to show off. We stayed at the Fairmont Resort in lovely Leura and enjoyed the spectacular scenery that Leura, Katooma and the famous Three Sisters has to offer before our 'afternoon surprise'.
Next stop was the stunning Lilianfels Hotel where I had booked "High Tea"...very posh and oh so yummy!!!
A wonderful weekend filled with love and laughter....just what we all needed!
There has been a lot of talk of late about repurposing furniture and quick furniture makeovers...Pinterest is full of inspiration along with the endless blogs that inspire and get the creative juices flowing. So, when we rearranged some furniture recently and no longer needed this old chest/coffee table I got to thinking...why not give it a go!
Armed with nothing more than a painting sheet, electric sander, white paint I found lurking in the garden shed) and some newly purchased furniture wax from my local Bunnings I set to work. After a quick sand and dust off I slapped some paint on (the rougher the better) followed by an even rougher second coat, then it was back to the sander this time with some extra fine sandpaper to just rough it up a little. Finally after another dust off I got to work with the furniture wax and an old cloth, it was easy to rub on and left the table with a layer of protection and feeling silky smooth.
Love, love the new table and it makes a great addition to our outdoor space...what do you think??
A special Monday Mantra today as Taylors begins her very last week of school....(graduation this Thursday then is study time until the HSC begins in a month)...sadness as school officially comes to an end....
Today I thought I'd share with you a couple of presents I recently pulled together...
The first a "Pirate Kit" for a special little man who lives interstate...last time I spoke with his mum she told me about the "Pirate Party" she was planning for his Birthday and I couldn't resist putting together this loot package for him.
The "2 dollar shops" are filled with lots of pirate treasures including mandatory swords and eye patches, plenty of coins and even an earring or two....I downloaded a Treasure map for the Birthday Boy to colour in (gotta love Pinterest) and even managed to find a "pirate" t-shirt at K-Mart...it all came together and I recycled a paper bag with another Pinterest find "WORK LIKE A CAPTAIN AND PLAY LIKE A PIRATE"...love it, I am sure the recipient will too!
Next up a box filled with lots of yummies, yes its another ice-cream kit! I have made a few of these now, the girls love to give them as presents to their friends and the girls LOVE to receive them. We started with the ice cream dish then added lots of goodies perfect to make an ice cream treat, finishing a 'personalised' spoon.