Nothing like a coat of paint to jazz up a new space and leave it feeling renewed and refreshed! That is exactly what we did a few weeks back to revamp our main bathroom...what do you think?
There was nothing wrong with the 'bones' of the bathroom it just needed a little revamp...one can of dark grey pain later and a few new cedar accessories and we have a brand new bathroom for very little cost.
We had a big night last night organising a school fundraiser so our reward...A LAZY SUNDAY!
There is nothing better after a leisurely day at home to go for a long walk late in the afternoon, Manly is always busy with locals and tourists on the weekends...but ahhh oh so special too, I never get tired of this walk along the beach or these amazing views #solucky #grateful
We wandered around the coastline to Shelly Beach and the site of the new Boathouse, it is looking amazing, I LOVED the new lighting both in the garden and on the balcony and the old boats on the side wall looked fabulous!
Yes, I can see us down here on a Sunday afternoon when it is open...and just check out the view!!!!
Last week was a creative one for me....it wasn't planned that way but sometimes the unplanned ones are the best! I have been eagerly awaiting my class at Coco Chocolate which was a gift from my Birthday last year...the class I signed up for was "Tempering Chocolate"..Master Chef here I come!
Wow, I have been making home made chocolate treats for years and I had NO idea the process involved to 'temper' the chocolate...amazing...now I get why hand made chocolates can seem hideously expensive...after being part of the traditional french process from start to finish I can see the value!
We tempered the chocolate...its 'real' chocolate, that is chocolate with high cacao content and all of the expensive & delicious cacao butter and real vanilla...then created our own treats...a chocolate bar with cinnamon and cardamon spices, chocolate freckles and chocolate flakes which we then created the most delicious hot chocolate I have ever tasted!
The Sydney Chocolate School has an array of classes or if you don't want to spend a lazy few hours surrounded by chocolate and eating as much as you desire than just pop in to either their Mosman or Kirribilli flagship store and you can purchase these special chocolates.
My next overload of creativity was not planned....catching up on some favourite blog reading over a cuppa I read about the Finders Keepers Markets being held over the Mothers Day weekend. Lucky for me everyone was busy on Saturday and had no problems with me disappearing for a few hours...the venue The Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh. I arrived handed over my $2 entry (what a bargain) grabbed myself a coffee and wandered.....
Oh my being surrounded by so many talented creative people is exhausting and a little overwhelming! Had I known the 'inspiration overload' that was to occur I definitely would have insisted some of my creative friends to share the experience...my ramblings when I returned home to my family were kinda wasted LOL...next year perhaps, the old news is they are on again in December...woo hoo I am already planning a day out, perhaps even Christmas shopping??
Happy Mothers Day...I have had a wonderful day and been throughly spoiled by my beautiful family! I started the day with breakfast in bed and some great pressies and cards then enjoyed a relaxing lunch with my mum and dad....xox
I discovered a wonderful idea on a favourite blog recently...Briar from Sunday Collector posted about a very worthwhile cause called "One Mother To Another" which started with an organisation in Melbourne called St Kilda Mums.
Basically it is about giving another mother a gift this Mothers Day....let another mother know you are thinking of her this Mothers Day - she may be living in a shelter, recently lost her home, perhaps she is homeless...she needs YOUR Help!
Step One Make up a gift bag of new women’s toiletries. Choose a nice toiletry bag and fill it with everything you would need if you had nothing
Step Two Include a note for another mother to let her know you care
Step Three Take a photo of your gift pack and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the #onemothertoanother
Step Four Pack in a small box and include your name and address so that we can send you a thank you note.
Step Five If you’d like to help a Sydney Mum post the box to:
MANLY WOMENS SHELTER / COMMUNITY CNETRE
Attention: Anona Lepage
12 Wentworth Street, Manly NSW 2095
or in Melbourne:
ST KILDA MUMS
5 Vale Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
Briar noted on her blog:
Note: I spoke to Anona, who helps women Sydney-wide, not only in Manly. She described that giving a gift like this would be giving a Mum a hug, which I thought was lovely.