Wednesday 3 September 2008

Hello Spring!!!

Loving spring, it hasn't rained in 3 whole days, nothing short of a miracle. I have had ALL my windows open every day and have pegged laundry on the clothes line every day. Sweet!!!

The air smells so fresh, its given me spring fever, been cleaning up a storm, gardening and cooking yummy dinners to have with salad every night.

Did I tell you I love spring!!!

I have started buying a few little goodies for my house makeover. Its bye bye to Shabby Chic and clutter, still love it but the reality is we live in a modern apartment type thingy. So hello to a more sophisticated, less cluttered and more calming look!

I bought this iron cross for one of the walls, its heavy and I love the weathered look of it.

Also this plate rack which I am going to paint so that it looks more aged like the cross (and me!).

And a sweet treat, two delicious American mags, I won't tell you the crazy prices I paid for them but so worth every gorgeous glossy page!

I have been so lucky to be given a new lot of awards.

Pat at Just Between Us Girls gave me this one.

I'm passing this one on to

Barb at 123 lavender lollipop lane
Sherry at Espirt * d'Art
Brittany at Adelines Shabby Cottage
Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage
Natasha at Artistic Creations by Natasha Burns

The rules are:
  • If you pass this award on please link back to the person who gave you the award which is me!
  • Four of the people must be dedicated followers of your blog.
  • One person must a blogger from another country.
Thanks Pat!

Barb at 123 lavender lollipop lane gave me this award. How cute is this!

I would like to pass it on to:

June at Bye Bye, Pie
Felicity at Fluffy Flowers
Kal at [i] LoveLife
Katrina at Katrina Chambers
Karla at Sugar Bear Designs

Thanks Barb!

And then Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique awarded me with this one!

The Smile Award - here are the rules:

1. The recipient must link back to the Awards Creator.

2. You must post the rules if you receive an award.

3. You must choose 5 people to receive the award after you receive it yourself.

4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award (see below).

5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.

6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.

7. You must thank your giver.

Characteristics for the Smile Award

1. Must display a cheerful attitude (not necessarily at all times - we are all human).

2. Must love one another.

3. Must make mistakes.

4. Must learn from others.

5. Must be a positive contributor to Blog world.

6. Must love life.

7. Must love kids.

I pass this award on to:

Barb at 123 lavender lollipop lane
Alison at Creative Arts and Crafts
Amy at Not So long Ago
Catie at Catiean & Co
Cheryl at Confections

Today is Babes birthday, Happy Birthday gorgeous Man!!! Babes is my toy boy, I am so excited, next year he will be in my decade!!!!

Happy Spring!



Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Isn't it great to feel the first Spring rays of one hope that summer will return again.

Congrats on all the awards little Miss Popularity...LOL You deserve each and every one.

Have fun with your house makeover...oh, and those mags look divine.

Katrina said...

Congrats on all your awards! And thanks for passing one on to me. I feel very special - shucks!!

Can't wait to see what you are doing with your house!

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

YAYE for the warmer weather
Love your cross :)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I like the new direction you are going with in decorating!

Congrats on all of the awards.

LiLi M. said...

Congrats on your awards!

Yep I know all about crazy prices for american magazines, but I know too how happy you can be when you just received one!! Or finally located a store!
Have fun again and again reading them!

Aimz said...

Hasn't it been lovely outside? My dh mowed the lawns today and for once the lawnmower didn't sink in the mud and my spring bulbs are blooming - yay!

Felicia said...

Alright! Thanks Rachael! I heart your blog too :)

Sherry said...

Oh happy birthday to your toy boy...and I'm laughing that he will be in your decade soon...Rachael...age is nothing it is who we are that matters and I believe you know that to your soul. How blessed you are!!

And thank you so much for this award...I've been so negligent about posting these on my own blog and must get to that. You are such a sweetie ♥

Enjoy every moment of your spring...and I love the new decor -- I have much the same taste these days and you can still throw in the odd shabby chic with this works well!!!

CIELO said...

It always amazes me to hear people in the Southern Hemisphere talk about Spring when everthing here is starting to cozy up, awaiting for the sleeping season.... :)

ps: Hope you can participate in our window party.... :)


Anonymous said...

Girl, I was so confused. I'm like, is this an old post? Then I realized you were in Australia and that the water flushes down the toilet the opposite way and that it's spring there. How odd! My birthday would be in winter there! Wow.

Okay, I am over the geographical shock and now I wish to say THANK YOU for my award!!

Anonymous said...


I am not at all surprised to see your lovely blog and you raking in the awards over here!

I am surprised and delighted that you have awarded me the Smile award :)! Thank you so much! I will post it in the next few days.

Also, we are cozying up here, as you throw open the windows! Fall is almost here and the trees are just tipping with orange. Enjoy your spring!

I LOVE the two things you have bought for your home. shabby chic is a favorite of mine too, and my home is quite modern in the style it was built in, so I have to move more in that direction too. Still, its always fun to decorate! Looking forward to seeing what you do!

Tricia said...

Lovely pictures of you and the princess! The wedding was pretty.

Unknown said...

Oh Rachael, you are so sweet, thank you so much for the award! Congratulations on yours, you derserve each one and more!

I am so jealous that you are coming in to spring!! It is my most favorite season of all!!

Love you,

karin said...

feels like i've entered the blog of the year with all your awards.
Well done!
have a blessed day

Lori said...

Rachael, congratulations on all of your awards:) i love the cross you found...and i can't wait to see what you do with the plate rack!!!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I notice a lot of people are doing away with their shabby must have come full circle!
I love the photos of that wedding Rachael!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Lots of deserving awards for you! The magazines look wonderful. I'm such a magazine addict! Lucky you, spring is on it's way...for me the cold is coming:(

Sugar Bear said...

Thanks for the award Rachael! I love spring too - it won't be coming for quite some time here though!

Cheryl Ensom said...

Oh my're making me teary! I feel so flattered that you would pick me for that award, Rachael! Thank you putting a smile on MY face! :)

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I love your blog banner!!!
too cute!
and I love spring too! but were going into our fall over here in the US
I love fall as well but spring is still tops!
Sometimes I think of giving up the shabby chic,china and pillows all over because im with you at times to clean and maintain all that stuff is for the birds but I cant seem to let it go yet.
thanks so much for your sweet words on my blog about fruffie Marie Antoinette bottle I was a little nearvous about it.

Muriel said...

Wow! congrats on all the awards!

I just love your cross! I'm addicted to magazines, it's my drug of choice! he he