Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pretty Singlets

I am a firm believer in the singlet! Especially with children, they are invaluble during spring and autumn when it is chilly and the children take off their jumpers when running about and playing.
As you can see above I buy the traditional bonds singlets for both the girls and boys, the ones pictured are the girls style. I prefer these as they are simple, practical( they are quite long and tuck into pants and stockings well) well made and warm. Unlike some other examples I've seen in department stores that are aimed at little girls and tweens but are SO inappropriate! It is difficult to tell which ones belong to which child after a few washes because the size tag fades, so for the last few years this is what I do.
For each of the girls I stitch a grub rose on the front of each one in a different colour for each girl. Gracie has Blue, Bella-Clare has lemon and Lilly has pink. I also buy plain white knickers and do the same so they have matching sets.

Traditional, pretty and practical!
And when sorting the laundry it easy to see who's is who's at a glance!
Obviously the boys dont have roses! When they were little I put their first initial in red for Josh, Yellow for Stevie and Navy for Pat.
I have found the best place to buy childrens underwear is at "Best & Less" You can buy both the singlets and knickers individually for around $5.00 a singlet and from $3.00 for each pair of knickers, I haven't found anywhere else that sells plain white knickers for girls. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A little tip...

Just a tip for today, If you have a formal dining table that is not used terribly often. Keep it set, it only needs to be done simply, with some nice china and a vase of flowers from the supermarket( or your garden if you  are lucky enough to have them) I makes the room feel "polished"and if certain family members see any free surface as fair game for spreading their homework, colouring, craft etc about this is an excellent deterent! Giving you time to issue a gentle reminder of the correct place that these things should be done!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Warming up my decor...


Hello everyone! I havn't been posting much lately, as Shane has been away for a few months and I was really busy! So I need to catch up. Even though we are in Queensland it is still fairly cold now that its winter, and if this week's anything to go by, very wet and grey too!
I have decided to warm up my decor a little by storing away all of my blue accessories, in favor of a little deep red and soft greens. I LOVE this doona cover, its Laura Ashley and just so pretty!


These hang in the childrens bathroom


What do you think of my new couch in the family room? It needs a side table, I thought a lovely old singer treadle machine would be perfect, I just have to find one! If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them...

On the lounge in the good room I changed from the wedgewood blue and cream embroidered  cushion, to this one it's a favorite of mine. The book is called "Velvet Pears"by Susan Southham. It is truly beautiful filled with stories, photos etc from the 30 years of journals she kept whilst she and her husband renovated their 100year old cottage and created a most spectacular english cottage garden in  country SE New South Wales,  just beautiful...