It's been beachy weather. Hot, hot and hotter. We look for any way to keep cool.
We've stayed close to home. It's a busy time work-wise for PK and we have family coming and going all summer, so we do day trips and pretend to be tourists.
There's still time for coffee. Take-away while I'm on my own...
...and a proper sit-down when my friend returns from down south.
Peregian markets... gypsy caravan, above, and soon-to-be-opened dumpling bar in the Square, below...
The girls have moved in together so I can clean and paint Stella's room. In order for this to happen I had to take about five giant steps backwards. First, Ruby's room needed to be fully de-cluttered and cleaned...this took about, oh, three days. She's my little hoarder, collector of all things large and small.
So far, so good. One neat bedroom, above; and one half of another converted into a playroom.
And then finally, to paint...
I've been absent this past month. Absent from this little space, I mean. I've been very much present on the home front, discarding all crafty projects in order to be there with my family. I needed a rest. My sewing machine waits to be serviced and my knitting needles sit idle. It's too hot to knit, anyway.
Although my blog has remained silent, I've been visiting blog-land most nights. Reading, exploring, delving into other people's spaces and lives...It's been fun and relaxing after busy full holiday-days. I'm looking for new inspiration; I've signed up for one; which looks like fun. And will prompt me to get that sewing machine up and running again once the kids are back at school.
I've been re-reading blogs I like. Looking at styles...writing styles, photography; trying to analyse why I like what I like, what rings true, what inspires me, what makes me smile. How much people put in, and looking at what gets left out. This is my life diary, but some things are private. I don't want my blog to be shallow, but I don't want to use it as a space for ranting and negativity.
I like blogs that open little windows into private lives. You can see a bit, read a little, but you're not left overwhelmed. It's a snapshot of time.
What do you like?
Lots, or a little?
omgosh look at that granny square afghan on the bed - drool -ReplyDelete
Salvaged from the RSPCA.. Can you imagine donating it for the animals??? I simply couldn't allow that to happen!Delete
Welcome back Deb...I've missed you! What fun for the girls to be sharing a room :) xxReplyDelete
Thanks Cass! The room sharing is mostly good...😊Delete
Oh the little caravan coffee shop is lovely. and the new dumpling shop looks amazing. those white subway tiles and dark grout get me every time.ReplyDelete
It's something I struggle a bit with two.. the balance of sharing enough but not too much on my blog.
I love your blog, Zara.. It's one of my favourites. I think you achieve the perfect balance.. It's the snapshot effect I was talking about.. Plus your photography is just lovely..always inspiring xxxReplyDelete
I think you nailed it! I look for bits that inspire and tell a story! And there is just so much creativity out there! Love that shot of the gypsy caravan and boy are your views stunning! Beautiful bedroom transformation as well! You take care lady and stay cool! Ha...we are in for negative digits this week with more snow! Nicole xoReplyDelete
Thanks, Nicole. I've been looking at your snow with a touch of envy. I'd love my kids to have a proper White Christmas, just once!Delete
I think I like some of each in blogs. In my own blogging, I sometimes share too much but often not enough. I notice that I'll get comments about how I seem "less guarded lately" or something like that, and it makes me want to pull back, but after awhile, I might share too much again. :)ReplyDelete
Hello! It's always nice to see your smiling girls. It's hard to know how much to share sometimes. I feel the same about the ranting and negativity, that's what Facebook is for, ha! I also would like my kids to be able to read my blog in years to come and see how great their childhood was xo P.S. the crafty swaps are a great way to get motivated. I work well when given a deadline xoReplyDelete
Hi Jen, I think you're so right about making the blog something your kids can read in the future. My first year of blogging seems to be mainly about them, thanks to the 52 project but this year I'm branching out!Delete