Saturday, January 17, 2015

~Pinterest.....a Hoarders Dream~


~I am a hoarder.....there I said it out loud!   
       I grew up in a time where we didnt have much, and what we did have was either a gift or a family hand me down.  We had bought stuff too but it was chosen with great care for durability more than looks.  Christmas and birthdays were a one gift item and often of the pratical nature and not for fun.  Nothing was thrown out if it was still usuable...often passed along to the next person to get their use from it.  Thats how I became the family hoarder......from the time I moved out of home my mother would pass things onto me with the words......   "don't you throw that out!"  So here I am ...50 something still hanging onto all the "Don't you throw it outs"  I did learn at a young age that all those pieces often came with a story of how they became in mums pocession, so as well as becoming a hoarder I also learned to love those vintage pieces and the history that went with them.  
    Thats what  started my buying of lovely old pretty pieces of other peoples history....no longer content with my own I wanted more....and so it continued until cupboards were brimming over with pretty vintage china, , linens, cutlery, pictures, dolls, sewing machines........you name it...I probably have it.  With each of these pieces my love for all things old grew and a new appreciation of a bygone era was formed.  I not only bought pieces but researched them as well so that I could look at each item with a new found love of its beauty and craftsmanship but with imaginations of who had used it before me and how lovingly cared for it was to have survived being around for how ever many years it had before it was added to my ever growing collections.  
     Then I discovered Pinterest and a whole new love affair with collecting began.  It was perfect....no money outlay, no storage issues, no washing or cleaning and  I could change my collections on a daily basis.  I could share my collections or I could could just lose hours looking and pinning.  It is perhaps the perfect place for all hoarders........so if you get a chance pop over to my Pinterest boards and pin what ever you like.....no limits just help yourself....you don't even have to follow...just enjoy!
      
PS Your also welcome to pin any and all pictures from this blog...all I ask is you don't claim ownership of my images.  Happy Pinning!


You will find my Pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/shabbydelights/


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~33 Days~



         ~Whats happening in 33 days.......life changing events.  In 33 days I will be hopping on a plane (scary) and flying to Melbourne with hubby and friends...where I will be meeting all my birth siblings (5)..........3 of them for the very first time and 2 of them for the second time.  I will be spending the day with them, hoping to get to know them a little and them me.  I have so many questions to ask but more than likely I will forget them all.  How does one put a lifetime of getting to know someone into one afternoon.   It is a start and one I am looking forward to in a scary kind of way~
           ~The second part of this trip is we a doing a mini cruise with 10 friends from Melbourne back to Adelaide to see if we can all cope,  so that in the future we can perhaps do bigger more exciting ones.  Me and water just dont go together...I cannot swim and I am terrified of anything water related thats deeper than waist height.  Then there is the whole sea sickness thing.......I dont do getting ill at all.....worse patient ever.  So while these two things are big negatives in my life (Water and sea sickness) I am def going to try to overcome them.  I cant do much about the water thingy but an appointment with the docs before we go is on the cards~
        ~If anyone has some tried true methods of avoiding sea sickness I would love to hear them~




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Friday, January 2, 2015

~New Year New Look Blog~

I done it again, although this time quite accidently.......I deleted by template without backing it up so I have lost all my gadgets...well everything...hopefully all back to normal soon ♥.








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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~HAPPY NEW YEAR~


~Its New Years Eve in Oz....and I sit here refelecting on the year that has gone.
           This year I have spent time learning more about my birth family and talking with another of my sisters Tammy......and while all of this is still a bit like a dream,  I am actually starting to feel more connected with them.  I lost an aunt I had never met,....she was the first person I ever spoke to from my birth family and I will never forget her kindness and compassion towards me at one of the scariest points of my life.  RIP sweet Aunt Rosa ♥
          I had to put my mum in a nursing home this year as she just wasn't coping at home any more.  Its not easy to pack up someones life and downsize it to not much more than a few boxes and a couple of suitcases.  There was alot of memories to deal with and we had to pack up the last of my dads things and give them to charity (that was possibly the hardest thing), and while another chapter in my mums life is over she is now living in a beautiful nursing home that is like a 4 star hotel, with lots of lovely caring people around her and a social calender like she has never had before.   All of that has taken alot of pressure off of myself and my brother, so we are breathing a little easier.
          Its been a tough year with my furbabies having to say good bye to two of them.  First Charlie girl lost her battle with cancer....and then dear little Molly succumbed to the pain of brittle joints and old age. 
          One of the best highs this yeas is I got to watch my son marry his childhood sweetheart and also finding out I am to be a nanny again.  
  Well next year promises to be full of highs and lows again I am sure, and every day I am thankful for those around me, and that I can get out of bed and greet each day with a smile.
      I dont do New Years Resolutions because I think life is tough enough without adding to it....instead I just try to be a better version of myself.
      So from my family to yours......I hope you have a


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

~Goodbye Sweet Molly~



I had to say goodbye to another of my furbabies a couple of weeks ago.....dear sweet little Molly was in so much pain and nothing was helping I had to make the hardest choice to euthenaize.  This has been a horrible year in that I have now had to say good bye to two of my precious pets.  It never gets easier but I wouldnt change a minute of the time I had with them.



~Goodbye Molly...Always Loved....Never Forgotten~
November  6th  2002 - November 12th  2014
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Friday, November 28, 2014

~Kris Kringle Gifts~



Before you know it Christmas will be here.  I participate in a  Kris Kringle each each year with a lovely group of ladies called DAGS (Doily Addicts Group)  One of the ladies mentioned earlier in the year wanting a lace hanger....funnily enough she was my KK so I though what better than to make her what she wanted.  As with all first made items they take planning and thinking and more planning and thinking and then some drawing....and loads of procrastinating too....but I am really pleased with the finished product...not to mention the fun I had making it.  I have even done a tutorial for you to make your own.  (look for the tab at the top of the page)

~HAPPY PINK SATURDAY~

Thanks to Beverley from How sweet The Sound for being our gracious host each week.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

~A Beautiful Gift~


I have been very fortunate to have the nicest neighbours around me.  While we don't live in each others pockets nor do we socialise with them, we do often have friendly chats over the fence or water their gardens if they are away and generally just keep an eye out on each others property.
One set of my neighbours is forever changing her decor and always offers me her cast offs before she throws them out or gives them to charity.  To say I have been very fortunate is an understaement....her taste is amazing and her home is full of very beautiful pieces, both vintage and new.  This week she has given me a beautiful Aubusson rug........her kindness and generosity is beyond measure.....so I thought this rug is perfect for sharing on  Pink Saturday .










Thankyou to Beverley from How Sweet The Sound for hosting each and every week.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

~Saturday Pinks~


Saturdays come around so fast and every week I plan on being organised for ~Pink Saturday~ and before I realise it.....its been and gone and its Sunday.  
I will keep this short and sweet and just share some of my china from around my home.
Thank you to Beverley from How Sweet The Sound for hosting.












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