Thursday, 9 January 2014

a new year, and looking back

Sorry for the blog silence. Things were a bit crazy here for awhile, with work being full on, family health issues, commitments and a general need to retreat and rest and recover. Last year was insane-both of us work massive hours, we planned a wedding, we lived and socialised, we painted and built and decorated and I think we were both worn out. House improvements and blogging very much took a back seat for awhile, and even when we started up again it seemed as though it was just long, dirty, boring projects, like digging out retaining walls!. I almost considered shutting it down. Things seem ok at the moment, so I'm back and I missed you!

We've started up on some improvements again, inside and outside, and I can't wait to show you!

I'll be a little more gentle with myself, and not push myself to blog or force myself to do things to put on the blog. Sometimes when pressure makes me dig my heels in-even when it's my own pressure!

Anyway, this was our list from the start of last year. We got through most of it, but life happens, priorities change, and things pop up. 
-Blinds for 2 upstairs bedrooms-Nope, still blankets in the blue room and none in ours. I love waking up naturally to the sun, and they aren't clear glass so privacy isn't an issue. 
-Blinds for sunroom-Nope. 
-Refinish french doors-We did the front one, and the others are on the cards soon. 
-Paint lounge room and dining room (and maybe kitchen?), including trims and ceiling

-Nope, but we did paint all of downstairs, so we will count that as done :) 
-Paint the railings on the veranda white - Yes, the front verandah anyway!
-Re-cover the outdoor furniture-nope
-Sand the decks, and oil-another tick!
-Kill the awful plants in the side garden, and do something with it - we are well on the way
-Varnish the outdoor chairs-nope

Things we did that weren't on the list:
-painted the built-in doors in the bedrooms
-built a fence for the side garden and a gate
-built a pot veggie patch
-fixed the leak in the front verandah, and repaired the hole
-fixed the leak in the back verandah (but didn't repair the hole)
-added more solar panels
-had a wedding
-made some wedding DIYs-a guestbook, bunting, favours
-built some garage storage
-hosted Christmas


  1. You just have to take each day at a time! Renovating is a slow process. Also, you had a wedding, so there's your excuse right there!

    1. Thanks! We're ok with what we got done. We ticked off all the big things. Everything takes longer than you expect anyway :) x

  2. Welcome back! I woudn't mind seeing a blog post of digging out a retaining wall ;-)

    1. It's not that exciting-a lot of dirt and hard work! :) Thanks for coming by! x

  3. Ohh I have been in the darkness of blogger silence too! I hear ya on the crazy-hectic biz.

    Your year looks super productive! Great work. I've loved seeing your DIY's on your blog. Happy new year :)

    1. Thanks so much! I love your blog too-hope you find some time to come back! x

  4. Good luck with the list. My best friend is renovating a QLDer. So much work! Has taken her 5 years to do about 30% of planned changes. The list keeps growing :)

    1. I know-they are big jobs, and the work is never-ending, but I love ours! They have so much character! x


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