Monday, 11 December 2017

Shabby Chic Caravan

Hello Peeps, 

Today I am revealing the Mother's completed caravan. The pre-photos can be viewed HERE! 

Notes: 1. The Mother had a very small budget to do up the caravan. 2. The caravan is rotting underneath and is slowly falling into decay - quite literally irreparable - so the Mother hasn't don't any structural work as it isn't worth it. 

And now the reveal....

Doesn't the original orange look lovely once all the mold is scrubbed off?  

And when all the fungi is gone! 
The Mother and Miss H are rather fond of the originalpeachy colour. 

And inside...

 Yep, that's me - looking good in front of those now gorgeous drawers!

The table folds out so the Mother can sew away happily for the weekends now she has a lovely sweet shabby chic caravan to get away to.

Miss H had the task of recovering the drawer fronts. 
Pink polka dots, of course!

Stitchery designed by Jenny of Elefantz
Breakfast tea tray for breakfast in bed. With a stitchery from Jenny of Elephanz to make your morning special.

 Er....are you sure the Boss will be okay with me being up on the beds? Because I may claim this one for me...

Changed my mind - this one is the best bed in the caravan! You will share with me, right Mother?

My fluffy bed is pretty soft though... 
Can you spot my masculine blue dog bowls? 
The Mother wanted everything to be matchy matchy - but being a boy I insisted on dog bowls that aren't pink - even though Miss H said that I am colourblind and would not notice if they were. I am pretty sure I would, so I am pleased they got me blue bowls. 

 The Mother brought Baa and I some friends to play with - not chew though! 

Family photo guys - smile!

Shabby chic perfection!!!

It even looks amazing from the outside! 

Slobbery Kisses,
From Snowy. xxx

PS - The Mother's budget was 115 dollars mostly spent on fabric!!!!  She made curtains and all the lovely cushions etc. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent with Pallets

Hello Paw-Pals,

The Mother works at a community centre/church not far from home.  A week or so ago the boss and Pastor of the community centre/church said "Karen we need something creative for Advent - we usually just have a little wreath and 4 small candles on the Altar table. You can do something better, can't you? Oh, and as usual - no budget! Ha!"

A night on Pinterest and TA DA...! ( The Mother does love Pinterest )

Yep, pallets are free down at the industrial area.  We brought them home and the Boss chopped a few up so the Mother could paint them white shabby chic style and then stencil the words on.

That's me!  The Mother says I bring her Joy!

And here they are all displayed in church.  Pastor Jo was very happy!

Joy and Love.

Hope and Peace.  One candle is lit each week - starting with hope.

Doesn't Luna (affectionately known as Loony, Lunatic, the Loon) look beautiful against the pretty blue flowers?

Slobbery kisses,
From Snowy! Woof!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

2017 Christmas Theme

Hello Peeps,

The Christmas theme for this year is...

The Nutcracker!

Isn't he a handsome fellow? 

Do you know how the Nutcracker came to be? 
Miss H found the original version (translated into English) of E. T. A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker" which also contains the story of the "Hard Nut" that tells how the Nutcracker came to be. 

Here is a hint. 
Miss H is planning to have the Christmas themed dinner on Christmas Eve and will tell the story. But first she needs to rewrite it to make it shorter as it is quite looooog. 

Oh, and here is a sneaky peeky of the Mother's Nutcracker themed wallhanging. Miss H made one too. They just need binding put on. 
I think Snowy is in trouble - look at him snuggling up with the wallhanging! I hope he isn't get it dirty!!! 
Love From,
Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Made for this...

Hello Peeps,


What do a flamingo, vintage telephone, and a cheeseburger have in common? 

(Apart from being handstitched...)

Well, it goes back a couple of weeks ago...

Miss H was looking through her numerous projects for something to whip up quickly. She couldn't find anything though, so she looked in the stitchery jar...

This is the stitchery jar where most of the stitcheries go to wait for the Mother or Miss H to make them into something - some have waited for years... 

Inside the jar Miss H found an assortment of stitcheries (including the above ones). Then she remembered some fabric she had found that would go perfectly with the stitcheries. 

This poor fabric was once a jelly roll which Miss H was going to use to make a quilt for the Mother. But then the plan was changed, and instead the Mother was given the fabric. Once again, ideas changed and it was given back to Miss H where it sat until she thought of something to do with it. By that time it was already cut into smaller pieces.

And now, at last, she has! 

Originally Miss H was going to surround a few stitcheries to make into smaller projects...

...but then she thought, "Why not make them into a quilt? Then they will all have a use!"

Unfortunately her next thought was that if she is making a quilt out of all the stitcheries that she thinks are cute, funny, or weird that she will need to make even more!!!

So instead of designing something to quickly whip up, she created another big project for herself... oops!

Hand stitching makes her happy though! Plus, she is choosing all sorts of quirky stitcheries to do that she really wanted to stitch but had no use for. 

Like this sword, hanging terrarium, and mouse with a cuppa.

These stitcheries have truly been made (and are being made) for this quilt. 

Love from
Baa. xxx

P.S. Did you know that Fiji has only ever won 1 Olympic medal. Only one! It was a gold (wow!) in the Rugby 7's at the 2016 Summer Olympics. As you can imagine they were sooooo proud and happy that they decided to print $7 commemorative notes!

 How coolio is this note? It has the whole team on it. 

It is legal tender in Fiji. The Mother asked at every shop if they had one when she went on her cruise to Fiji. 
So next time you are buying something for $7 and have to use coins or get change, remember that in Fiji they have a convenient note you can use. 

P.P.S  Pop by this weekend to find out Miss H's Christmas theme for this year!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Woof! Woof! Ruff!

Hello Paw-Pals,

Is anyone still out there?

We have all be taking a break from blogging the last couple months, but Christmas is quickly approaching so we decided to start blogging again before the end of the year. Plus Baa and Miss H LURVE Christmas and are very excited for the theme that they have chosen this year.

But, it is still only November and my favourite human in the whole world has their birthday in November - the Mother! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Friends of the Mother and Boss have a bach (holiday house) on the Coromandel and every New Year's - well, every holiday no matter the season - that is where we go. Unfortunately, they do not allow the four legged kind inside the house (woof!) and so we have to sleep in a tent or the converted garage.

But there is also this caravan which is usually used by Miss H and her friend Kit Kat. The Mother had an idea to shabby chic it and then it would look nice enough for her to use when she goes down to the beach. 

The caravan was put on the property 11 years ago and hasn't moved or had a warrant of fitness since. 

This tree grew up and trapped the caravan in. It will never leave again. 

The curtains are raggedy and ripped. Miss H and Kit Kat put up with it as it was a place where they could get away from everyone and relax. 

The beds are quite comfy! 

As you can see, it is very dated and old. 

A few years ago the Boss built this double bed. It gets my stamp of softness!

At some point in the last eleven years, the kitchen was taken out - but it wasn't until recently that they decided to cover the giant hole in the floor (under the blue mat). Yes, Miss H and Kit Kat had to use -4 degree Celsius sleeping bags to stay warm!!!

Here I am hard at work helping the Boss take the handles off the drawers. 

Zzzzzzzzzz... it was a loooooooooong day. 

The Mother, Boss, Miss H and I have given it a complete make-over and I hope to show you in the next couple of weeks once it is all finished. 

Love From
Snowy. Woof!