The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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Here we go again, writing these weekly posts highlights how quickly the weeks go by. Its been over two weeks since I started this blog and already I feel like I’ve had so much support for someone who’s new to this world.

I feel like this is going to be a rather short Sunday Summary, as I look back on my week not much has happened. I wrote my last post from a hotel room as I was away for work. I’m trying to be a little more organised this time and I have to confess, I’m writing some of this on a Friday (sshh don’t tell). My days off, have fallen in the week, which therefore means I have to get my butt to work on the weekend, whilst everyone else parties and relaxes.

I guess I’ll start with my visual summary of the week, as you can probably tell by now I’m always watching something on TV. It’s in my blood, the rest of my family are all the same. We’re about half way through The Returned and my oh my it just gets better and better. It has really blown the US one out of the water. I think I said this in my last Sunday post but it’s so much darker and gritty. The French are really not afraid to get down to the nitty gritty. Another show I’ve just finished is ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ about the Australian band INXS. I guess you’d call it more of a TV movie, rather than a show. I like to pop something on in the background whilst I’m in the kitchen, however with this I ended up sitting down and not doing what I was intending to do in the kitchen. I wasn’t overly familiar with INXS and was very surprised to know more of their songs than I originally  thought. I was however, familiar with Michael Hutchence, who was undeniably a bit of a babe. I was always a sucker for these types of dramas, especially about musicians, I remember being obsessed with the one that was made about Karen Carpenter and another about The Temptations, so when I saw they were doing this I was all over it. This was an intriguing story, that had me truly captivated. It certainly lives up to the tales of sex, drugs and rock and roll and I thought they handled Michael Hutchence’s premature death, really sensitively, as there was lots of controversy surrounding this. The acting was pretty decent, especially the actor who played Hutchence and considering many of the actors were playing well known celebrities of our time, like Bono and Kylie Minogue. The part I loved and always love, when it comes to these types of shows is when they do the montage at the end consisting of real footage of the band or singers. This one was done really well. It ends with a performance by the real INXS meshed together with clips from their time on the road. It’s definitely got me adding the odd INXS tune to my google playlist.

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Talking of music I just have to say I’ve been obsessed with listening to the pop bands of the late 90s. Yes, Yes I do realise this is really sad, but this was my hey day people and I felt like reliving it. In fact my Aunty often says I’m stuck in a time warp, when it comes to my taste in music. I couldn’t even tell you who’s popular in the charts at the moment (is there even a chart anymore??). However I can tell you about my revived love for Westlife, Steps, Early Enrique, Britney, Christina, Blue the list goes on and on.It takes me back to being 13, watching Top of the Pops and recording all my favourite performances on the video player, the good old days. It’s also what’s been helping the creative juices flow, when writing these posts, so you can blame the dodgy cheesy 90s music if the posts aren’t up to parr. I’m hoping adding INXS in there brings the street cred up.

We had our friends over for dinner Friday night, which was lovely. I went full on housewife mode and made most of the dishes from scratch. Including one Banoffee Pie and one Lemon Drizzle cake. We did a clean eating beef stew and everything went down a treat. I was super excited because I’d just purchased some uber cool Gatsby style champagne saucers, so I got to crack those beauties out. As we have very much indulged this weekend, Chris and I didn’t feel much like going for brunch Saturday Morning, so I’m sorry but unfortunately this week there’s no new cafe to review in this summary. I promise the next one will be way more interesting.

On the D.I.Y front, you may have seen this post already but I finished the lamp. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, even if it was testing on our relationship haha. Make sure you check it out. I went and met up with my aunty during the week, who helped me pick out some fabric for my next project… A headboard, I also got some really cool upholstery pins to use as a trim. Keep your beady eyes on the look out for that. I’m so excited to get that one underway as I really think it’ll transform our room.

Sebastian has been a little strange this week, I’m thinking it’s the weather. We’ve been having highs of 21 degrees and it’s mid winter. I think he just doesn’t know what to do with himself, but to throw a strop and not eat. In order to entice him back, we popped over to Animates to get some treats. We came out with some chicken jerky and another cat…in my dreams. I have a love hate relationship with that place. I love it, because I could just sit there all day looking at the puppies and kittens up for adoption. I hate it because I want to free them and take them all home with me. Today sadly I left with just treats for little monkey but, maybe one day we’ll make the family bigger.

Well that’s really about it for our week in a nutshell. Sorry it’s been rather boring, it’s all probably really boring if you’re not my family. Next week might be a little light on the post front. I have a huge week at work with a really important check that I need to get my a into g and get studying for. However we’ve got some cool things coming up, including going to see a play for our date night, a first for the both of us and Chris is going away with working for fancy awards evening, we even had to hire a suit for the event today.

Once again thank you so much for reading, even though I know it’s mostly you, Mum! All of your support is so greatly appreciated.
Have a lovely, beautiful enjoyable week ahead.
Stay cool,
Bailey xox

 

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D.I.Y Fridays

D.I.Y Friday; Let There Be Light

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Yay! I actually have a D.I.Y for this Friday, this one was much harder than anticipated. I’m trying to slowly add new D.I.Y pieces for our bedroom and the first on the agenda was this lamp. We purchased the lamp from The Warehouse, over a year ago when we moved into our first place. I liked it at the time, but like a lot of things for me I became a little bored of it. It’s been on my mind for a while now to update it, firstly I was going to get faux flowers and cover the whole shade, but after pondering it, I thought that this idea could end up being a little costly and time consuming. Then I was at work and one of the beautiful ladies Belinda was telling me how she’d just finished making lampshades with fabric from Bolt of Cloth (any excuse for me to go into that shop). She had made her lampshade from scratch however, to keep costs down I wanted to reuse my lampshade and just cover it with fabric. I would recommend  getting an extra pair of hands to help you with this D.I.Y as it can get very fiddly and I’m not going to lie, I had to out of frustration but it down and come back to it.

Anyway lets get started,

Here’s what you’ll need:

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An old lamp, this ones from The Warehouse here

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Glossy Spray Paint of your choice, we went for black available here at Mitre 10. Fine Sandpaper again Mitre10

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Calaveras Algeres in natural and Calaveras se mi Qeerida in natural; Bolt of Cloth Fabric here and here

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Mod Podge from spotlight, Double sided tape also from spotlight and a sewing kit, which we didn’t end up using

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You’ll also need;

Masking Tape, Scissors, an Iron, Pencil or Fabric Chalk and a Laquer Coat (optional)

*So, once you’ve got all your required items, you can get stuck in. Firstly you need to pull the lamp apart and then you sadly need to get sanding (we all know how much I love this). Thankfully not too much sanding is needed. When we popped into Mitre 10 to get the spray paint and sandpaper the guy in the Paint Department, who also helped us last time, gave us some great advice. He suggested to sand the lamp with a really fine sandpaper, and then grab a clean cloth and wipe the dust up and away from the lamp. To ensure that we weren’t rubbing it back into the lamp and creating an uneven texture. So that’s what I did.

IMG_2555IMG_2559*You then need to take some vinegar, we only had apple cider. Just to clean the lamp shade really well. This is to ensure all the dust is gone and you have an even base for your spray paint to adhere to.

IMG_2571*Next requires masking tape. Take your tape and cover any parts of the lamp you do not wish to be covered in black spray paint. I went ahead and covered the top part where the lightbulb sits, the bottom and the cord with the switch.

IMG_2580IMG_2577*Once you’re satisfied with your tape placement, the fun can begin. Grab your spray paint and spray away. Make sure to read the instructions on the can before applying, for example; at what distance you need to hold the can. I would also advise wearing gloves and either doing this outdoors or in your garage or shed if its too cold out. I got Chris to hold and turn the lamp whilst I sprayed, to ensure and even coat. The lamp needed two coats, for a glossy opaque look. We also added a lacquer coat on top to maintain the colour and protect against wear and tear. This is optional as it did take away a lot of the original gloss from the spray paint.

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*Now to move on to the lampshade. As I said, next time I do a project like this I’m going to make the lampshade from scratch. But to keep costs down I decided to go ahead and use the original shade. The only downside to this was that because the fabric I chose is so light there is a green tinge when the light is on, which I actually don’t mind too much.

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 * Once you’ve got your chosen fabric. I went for this really cool Mexican, Sugar Skull fabric, again from Bolt of Cloth. I just loved the bright colours and the birds mixed in with the skulls. You then need to measure out the amount you will need. I’d recommend getting a larger piece cut at the store, my philosophy is ‘better too much, than not enough’. You can alway use the left over fabric for other projects. The easiest way to measure this is to get someone else to roll the lampshade across the fabric, whilst you trace the line with a pencil. Make sure you have a reference point on the lampshade as to where you started tracing from.

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Just trying to figure out how to attack this. Excuse my pjs.

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*Next is pretty self explanatory, get those scissors out and start cutting away. Ensure to leave enough of a gap, so that you can fold the fabric over the lampshade, at least 1cm. Same for both ends, so you are able to make a neat fold.

IMG_2925*Once you’ve cut out your fabric, you then need to make a crisp fold at one end of the fabric. This will require a iron. The line needs to be nice and neat as it will be on show.

IMG_2932*Now’s the time to get your double sided tape out. Is it just me or does anyone else find this stuff really frustrating?? I can never ever get my nails underneath the corners to pull the tape away. It really gets my knickers in a twist. Anyway take your tape and place it around the top and bottom edge. The tape I’d purchased was a little small so I had to go back in and put more take on the inside of the shade. You then just need to make small cuts in the tape, in order for you to fold the tape over. Repeat the process on the other end.

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IMG_2944IMG_2946*Now comes the glue. I went for this Multi Purpose glue by Modge Podge. You could also use a spray adhesive. You firstly need to glue the fold that you created earlier together. The next part needs two pairs of hands. The basic technique for this is that one person glues, whilst the other one places the fabric on top of the glue, making sure to rub out any bubbles. You do have to work quite fast with this as the glue sets quickly. Once you get to the end you just need to over lap the fabric and ensure that fold you created is visible on the outside.

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IMG_2985So there you have it. The finished product. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I love the black against the bright colours. I once again have to give a huge massive thank you to my right hand man and partner in the D.I.Y project Christopher, for putting up with my little frustrated strop. Also thanks to the unnamed man in the paint department at Mitre 10, you’re awesome and to lovely Belinda from work for giving me this bright idea (no pun intended). This piece has brightened up, what is quite a bland room and I can’t wait to get started with another one.

Thanks again for reading!

Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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So here we are again. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, you creep up on me like a champion ‘what’s the time Mr wolf’ player. Yet I feel as if I haven’t really achieved much this week.

This has certainly been the week of work and blogging. I’ve been feeling so inspired, with loads of ideas buzzing around my head , that I almost feel as if there’s not enough days to fit it all in. I’ve also been hugely overwhelmed by the support I’ve been getting. I know I’ve said this previously, but it was so daunting putting myself out there. Not to get into a thing , but I’m actually quite shy, especially when it comes to expressing my thoughts and feelings.So I’d just like to quickly say a huge, massive thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read this and put up with me waffling on and on.

In the spare few hours I’ve had where I haven’t had to work on this blog or my day job, I have turned to the tv. We started watching ‘The Returned’ and although we’re only a few episodes in, we are both already hooked. I know in my last Sunday Summary I said I loved the American version called ‘Resurrection’ I have to sadly eat my words, as the French have done it far far better. It’s much darker and way more sinister than its American counterpart and that in large part is why we both prefer it. It is subtitled and that may put some off but don’t let it, because to be honest it’s pretty darn awesome.

This week my baby brother and his girlfriend have come to stay, which is always lovely. Although it was a whirlwind of a visit its always a joy seeing them both and catching up. Laura my brothers girlfriend, bought me some new beauty goodies, that I can not wait to try.

Speaking of beauty, my big shout out for the week needs to go to Tanya Burr and her absolutely, friggin amazing lip glosses. I have 4 or maybe 5 of these beautys and they never EVER fail to impress me. I don’t want to speak about them too much as a future post is most definitely on its way but I would like to say that they are most probably what is on my lips all the time.

If I have a Saturday morning where I’m not at work, Chris and I will usually try somewhere new for brunch. This weekend was no expection to the rule and we went and checked out a little cafe called ‘Hello Sunday’. It’s located on Elgin St near the Colombo st mall. I’m so pleased that we tried it out. Again we both opted for a chai latte and it was pretty up to standard. Chris had the hash stack, which must have been amazing as he didn’t even come up for air once it arrived. I went for the fried brioche with mascarpone, stewed apples and maple syrup (as pictured below). It was divine, but so filling I couldn’t finish it all. The staff were really friendly and service was pretty prompt. What I did love about other than the great food was the decor. They’ve gone for a shabby chic kind of vibe, that I was very much feeling. Also the cabinet food looked incredible, especially the cakes. The only downside was that it’s pretty small inside, which would be fine if it wasn’t the middle of winter, as they have plenty of outdoor seating. I’d recommend either going really early to ensure you get a table or if you don’t mind sharing you can always pull up a pew with someone else.

I’ve also made a few pay day purchases this week (as pictured) all from Countdown. I’m super excited to give these a try over the week and see if they all live up to the hype and expectations. Talking of purchases I’ve also been into my local bolt of cloth again, along with spotlight and mitre 10, gathering bits and bobs for a current D.I.Y project. I’m really excited to get it completed and up here!

Sebastians weeks been pretty same old. Once again he’s mostly been snoozing, eating and attacking us, out of love we hope. Although he has been venturing outside a little more, we think he’s slowly becoming not so scared of the giant grey cat next door.


And finally our week ended last night with a trip to see my oldest and bestest friend Alyx compete in a pole competition. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she put in. I had only been to one event like this in the past and again I was blown away with the skill and ability that the girls and 1 boy showed on the night. Chris was pretty excited too when I asked him to come along with me ( I think he thought it was going to be a different kind of show). My hightlight of the evening had to be, when one of the competitors took her jacket off and tossed it into the crowd landing in Chris’ face, I really wish I’d filmed that it certainly was priceless. I also did Alyx’s hair and make up for the event and had Chris take pictures so a post on this will be up shortly.
To sum up the weeks events it’s not been all that eventful but it’s definitely had a few highlights here and there. As I write this I’m actually away for work. So I’m really sorry if it’s a little disjointed and muddled. Also our Sunday Selfie was a little bit rushed as it was literally taken just before I rushed out the door for work (the joys of doing shift work). So thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far.
The week ahead again is pretty busy, I’ve got a few D.I.Y projects on the go and a few beauty posts that I can’t wait to get up. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner and my dad is here from the UK. Once again thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read these little post, it honestly means so much!
Stay cool and keep reading,
Bailey xox

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D.I.Y Fridays

D.I.Y Friday… A Chair So I Can Sit And Do My Haiirrr

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As the title suggests, I’ve decided that Fridays are going to become the day that I post my latest D.I.Y conquests. This is the very first D.I.Y  I’ve attempted since year 12 art class (don’t ask).  I love custom furniture. However, the price tag that comes along with these one off pieces you’ll find on sites like this, don’t really fit into our ‘supposed to be saving for a house’ budget. So I thought to myself it can’t be that difficult, can it? I’d also seen my friend in real life Stace do this on her blog here. So go grab yourself a cuppa as this is a long one.

After consulting with my Mum, who had numerous D.I.Y projects on the go when I was little. She suggested that I start small and work my way up. I’m not much of a whizz with the sewing machine (unlike my amazing Grandmother) so I wanted to avoid sewing anything. I trawled through Trade Me (NZ version of Ebay) for the right chair. I managed to win this one for a mere $10 NZD and it went to Nurse Maude Hospice, a charity shop and organisation very dear to my heart, so it felt like fate.

I completed this project nearly a month ago and I hadn’t completely decided I was going to start a blog, which means I haven’t photographed the process very well (sorry). So with the photos that Chris; my other half took on my phone and some pictures I’ve managed to scrape together I’m going to try and explain how I achieved this.

First things first, Mum you were right!. This was the easiest way to start my journey into D.I.Y and upholstery. Sadly, like I said earlier, silly old me didn’t take a picture of what the chair looked like before I ripped it apart. But trust me when I say it wasn’t pretty or that interesting.

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Fabric; Bolt Of Cloth, RRP $40 NZD

I knew that I wanted a bright fabric and that I wanted the top half of the chair to be white, to match the little table Chris had made me. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate a bright colour on the legs to add a little je ne sais quoi. I headed to my local Bolt Of Cloth. I could spend all day in that shop, the fabrics and other little bits and bobs they stock make me all tingly with D.I.Y excitement. Check them out here . I found this fabric pictured above in the $40 fabric bin and knew straight away it was perfect. It’s called Birdlife in Purple and Pink by a Japanese designer called Echino, I’ve managed to find the link here to the exact fabric.

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Dulux Paint in Napier (Test Pot size) and Dulux Wash and Wear in Vivid White (Left Over from Chris’ Desk Project) Both available in store at Mitre 10

Next Step was to match the paint. That part was easy because we still had some leftover white paint from the desk Chris had made for me. I’d recommend using a low sheen acrylic paint like this, especially if you’re going to add another brighter colour on top. The Legs were a little harder. I knew I wanted to go with a colour that was already within the fabric to tie everything together. Off to the local hardware shop we went and as if by magic, I took one look at the colour sample cards and there it was. The perfect match for the hot pink in the fabric. This Dulux paint in the shade Napier. The guy in the paint department recommended just getting a test pot size and that was more than enough.

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Heavy Duty Staple gun Aprox. RRP $29.80 NZD, Mitre 10 and Rapid Staples 10mm

This item didn’t excite me that much, but boy did Chris get excited when he heard I required a staple gun for this project. We sussed out we needed a heavy duty gun in order to fasten the fabric to the wooden seat securely. This one was reasonably priced and did the trick. We also went for 10mm staples but maybe could’ve opted for something a little thicker as, a few of the staples did bend out of shape. We also purchased some more Sandpaper, which I haven’t bothered taking a picture of as we all know what that looks like. But I used a fine and medium sandpaper for this project.

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Me, Sanding the chair by hand. Please ignore our messy garage!

On to the actual process and I’ll stop bleating on. I, unscrewed the seat from the chair by using a screw driver, which was really easy. Once that was off I then took a pair of pliers and a flat headed screw driver (is that what they’re even called?) and went about taking out the existing staples. I say I but Chris was a massive help with removing and attaching the fabric. I then used the existing seat cover as a pattern for my fabric, as pictured below.

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This photo was taken after I’d finished, but you get the drift. Plus here’s a shot of the ugly green velvet.

The foam that was under the old fabric was in great condition so there was no need to replace this. The next step was much easier than I anticipated (especially as I has an extra pair of hands) the easiest way to describe this without photos is that you basically approach it as if you were wrapping a present. We took it side by side. So, I held the fabric taught as Chris stapled. When we reached the front corners of the seat, this was a little more difficult and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take pictures as an aid to show you. As the front two legs of the chair sit higher, the seat cover had indents where the seat would slot in around the legs. I’ll insert a picture below of what I’m talking about.

IMG_2070.jpgThe way to approach this one is by folding and stapling and keeping it really tight. I really do recommend getting someone to help you with this as it can get a little tricky. After that I the used the same piece of hessian type fabric that came with the chair (as pictured above) to cover the inside of the chair and make it look a little neater. This was really easy as, it was already a part of the original chair so, all I needed to do was reattach it.

IMAG0989On to the sanding, my Favourite part…NOT. I hated this part as I’m a real instant gratification kinda gal and I just wanted to get painting. I even tried to convince Chris that we needed to invest in an electric sander. Anyhow I did it. I really only sanded it back to get the top layer of varnish off. If you are going to sand by hand, I would recommend investing in an electric sander… no just kidding, I’d recommend getting one of those sanding blocks just to save your poor little hands. I used the medium paper first and then went over it with the finer one to make the base more even for the paint to be applied.

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After the second coat of white paint

My Granddad is a Painter by trade and therefore my mother, his daughter didn’t really let us touch paint when I was younger. This means that whenever I can get my hands on paint, I get super excited. This part is pretty self explanatory. Only little piece of advice I would have would be light layers and build on them, to avoid the dreaded drip of paint mark. I ended up only applying two coats of the white base. I made sure to sand lightly with a fine sandpaper in between coats.

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First coat of pink on the legs

The next part was even more fun. I couldn’t wait to get the pink on. This again is pretty self explanatory. The only little hiccup I had here was that,  Sebastian likes to follow me around and see what I’m doing, ALL THE TIME. You know the whole ‘curiosity killed the cat’ saying. Well in this case it should be ‘curiosity painted the cat pink’. Sebastian decided when I wasn’t looking to make his way into the garage and jump up on the wooden horses the chair was on and rub up against it. Which then resulted in me chucking him into the sink and dousing him in lukewarm water. He certainly learnt his lesson, especially as he had to rock pink tinged whiskers around the neighbourhood. Thankfully both the chair and Sebastian managed to survive this ordeal. Back to the chair, I was going back and forth between whether or not to take the pink right up the back of the rear legs. However, I wanted to keep the majority of the chair white and in hindsight I’m happy I did leave it. The pink paint did need two coats again as it was quite sheer.  Again I sanded (Joy) between coats of paint.

Once they were dry it was time to pop everything back together which was super easy. In terms of drying time, it was really quick each layer probably only took an hour max to dry. I decided to to put a top coat on the chair and keep it matte as I just prefer that look personally.

So, here it is the final product. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s definitely given me a taste of D.I.Y and I’ve already purchased my next chair, so watch this space. I’m also thinking I’ll either attempt to make a lampshade with the left over fabric or some cushions if I can brave the sewing machine.

I hope this was helpful, I know it was probably a little long, but hey that’s my style. Let me know what you think and any suggestions or ideas or projects you’ve got on the go now!

Bailey xox

Once again Sebastian was really helpful

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Oh to be a Cat, That’s A Life That’s Good!

 

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