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Sprucing up the kids room

This is the my eldest girl's side of the room. Complete with plastic bag for those nights when her nose goes a bit crazy and she sneezes a billion times before she falls asleep. I wanted to sew up something so I decided to make up a cushion for her. I used some fat quarters from Spotlight (bought when they were on sale) which is very useful and a great size. 


I couldn't resist those ballerina's. They are too cute. I have a matching ballerina shoes fabric which is next on the cushion list. That cushion goes to the other daughter. I followed Martha Stewarts cushion instructions (with zipper) but I rushed so there's a tiny bit of ripple at the end.

At least the Thai basil is growing in the bath garden, if not much else apart from grass. The mint is growing too but not in abundance as I'd like. I have some Italian basil just waiting to be made into pesto and some parsley is growing kindly for me too.

 Oh and a few weeks back when Ikea were having a sale on these drawers I snatched up a set of these Malm 6 drawer units. I had to enlist the help of the staff as I had my 20mth old boy trying to escape the confines of the shopping trolley. Interestingly enough, the two boxes fit into the Kluger plus a Kilby bookshelf! One of the boxes had to go into the front passenger seat. The poor guy had to stop and take a breath because it was 60kgs but I helped him Tetris it into the front seat. Hubby helped put the frame together and I made up the drawers the next day. I love it. For the great price of $239 I love how the drawers slide smoothly and they are pretty spacious enough to hold the clothes for both the older two children. You can call me flat pack queen!


On top of more bargain hunting, I picked up these shoes from K-mart. From far left there are the navy canvas shoes for the 20month old which fit really well. You know how hard it is to find shoes that will accommodate his wide and high instep feet. Then the white ones were on sale for the 6yr old and then a $5 pair of teal eyelet shoes for me. Yes, $5!!!

I've had some really interesting times of late which includes a trip to the private hospital to have a bead extracted from 3yr olds right ear, a bout of mild tonsilitis myself, the great poo cleanup after the youngest got in there with a hair brush ( trust me; it was ugly) and then he decided to face plant on the cement at the in-laws with lots of blood to boot. So, clearly, I'm looking forward to some quiet time and a lot less drama.

A cup of tea? Yes please.

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