Clare Kinsey


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Almost finished!!!!

I wasn’t going to put anymore pictures up of the house until it was finished, and then I was going to use the professional photos to show you all the final result……

BUT…….

I can’t help myself!!!!! The garden is finally looking like a garden after years of looking like a tip! Steve took some lovely pictures today while we were hard at it and so I thought you might like a peek of our work in progress.

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Just to remind you of what we started with down the side of the house……

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The pebbles were delivered this morning. At first we thought…..”hope we have enough”!

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Now after hours of moving them its more like “OMG we haven’t even got half way through!!!”

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Bit of planting! I’m well hidden and absolutely filthy……

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And the (almost) finished result!!!! What a difference….. It’s all looking so lovely. I can’t wait to show you the whole house finished.


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7 vignettes

Well not a great deal happening on the home front at the moment with regards to the reno’s! I kind of decided that on the days that I wasn’t working I was going to have a bit of down time and do nothing and that is pretty much what I have done. Almost…….

You see I found a new obsession!! Instagram!!! I know it’s been around for ages but I’m just a bit slow. Mr uses it all the time and takes some amazing pictures but up until now I’ve never bothered. Now I am completely addicted!

This past week I have been taking part in a challenge by Jen Bishop from interiors addict called 7 vignettes in 7 days. Firstly I had to clarify what a vignette actually was because although I had an idea, I really didn’t, if you know what I mean. Turns out a vignette is a small collection of things…..

Each day there was a different topic and your picture was your interpretation of that topic. Pictures were posted on Instagram and tagged #7vignettes. There were over 2000 pictures posted in the 7 days and some were absolutely outstanding.

I had so much fun doing this and can’t wait for the next challenge in February. Here are my 7 days!!

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Day 2 was tough because as you know there isn’t a whole lot of color going on in my house being the white loving girl I am! Luckily I had begun a painting for my daughter……

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The picture frame was empty, awaiting a print, so I put one of my tops in there for a bit of color….pretty clever hey?

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Day 5 I enjoyed the most! In these pictures are my very first shoes, my hand written hospital band, silver baby bracelet & my baby health record. How lucky am I to have all these precious things?

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Day 6 I used our bedside tables, not just my pretty side but also the “man” side. My bedroom is my most favourite place.

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There is another “photo a day” challenge I am doing too, but more about that on another day!

Thinking I might have to put an Instagram button on my blog…….. Just have to work out how!

Till next time πŸ™‚


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flower love

There is plenty happening around here – the front verandah is pretty much finished. Right now I am painting the front door with some beautiful glossy blue paint!! That takes some time to dry, even though we have had these hot days, so while I waited I found another little project to do.

I bought some tin cans from ikea which were quite nice as they were but I decided to give the big one a little makeover anyway!!

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To begin with I gave it a bit of a rough brush over with some white paint, really rough and barely any paint on the brush. Next I slopped a bit of crackle medium on it in a few spots here and there. A little blue paint (from the sample pot for the front door!) over the top and a few cracks begin to appear. I finished off with a little antiquing rub and a bit of a sand here and there………..

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Very happy with the finished result!!

Keep an eye out for my new blue door! It’s coming soon and I just LOVE it!!!!!