Monday, 3 May 2010

Scrappy Storage, Funky Paint Shades & some new toys for all my efforts!






The great trek {all 5 kilometres of it!} is about to take place this Saturday {8th May 2010} & while only good things await us one real *bummer* is the fact that we need to disconnect here on Friday & "who knows when" we will get reconnected at the new place. It can take up to 6 weeks for Telkom {network service provider that has the monopoly in this country} to reconnect us. The previous owners had dial-up {hard to believe but true...} & of course we want {NEED} ADSL {Fast Internet}...well, should I say, SA's version of "fast", which means extra cabling which most likely equates to extra delay! In a nutshell, "Au Revoir" until we meet again ;-D Or in simple English, when I'm eventually back on line I'll be back here {& on your blogs too}.

Have popped in to all my old faithfuls of late & left you comments. Actually may have missed a few of you but need to get to bed soon so will try to complete the list tomorrow if you haven't heard from me since my last post a while back.
Scrappy-wise I have designed what is set to be an AWESOME scrap-space. It will only be installed towards the end of the month so right now I am busy boxing up all my supplies & they will have to remain boxed up for the next month, until I can get them into my new craft room.

The room was previously the hall & I have had to drywall over the charming french door that led to the outside, but I still have a nice big window so lots of light & a lovely white wooden trellis is in the process of being made to cover up the french door on the outside. My intention is to place a few pretty pots below it & grow something gorgeous like several Petrea {climbing plants} over it, to conceal the doorway & detract from the fact that it is no longer functional.
The room is newly painted white & all the fitted units are white woodgrain "foil" so better than melamine but not as good as solid wood. Of course we are already "over budget" on "doing up" the house so this is the best I could get & just the fact that I am finally going to get custom-made storage for my crafty bits is SURREAL & FANTASTIC!

To say that I am excited about moving in to our OWN HOME after 4.5 of the longest years of my life is an absolute understatement. I have been happy as a pig in mud these last few weeks! All the curtains are up & have been BEAUTIFULLY made & look outstanding. We haven't repainted ALL the walls as good paint don't come cheap here but all the kids have their colour of choice {with a bit of gentle (read HEAVY) persuasion in the right direction from moi...} & my white bedroom now has a dark brown accent wall awaiting a myriad of white framed photos. The painter presumed I had given him the wrong colour & hubs nearly keeled over when he saw it but I am delighted with it. Ultra, ultra cool...

Have another "accent" wall waiting to be painted but as DH reads my blog I better not say anymore about it...I love to surprise the poor man! Heehee...

So - not sure if I'll be able to stop by here again - if I can manage I certainly will - may even be able to get online away from home if I get to DH's workplace, but that IS a really long commute so no promises there. Finally he is back from China & his stopover in Hong Kong made up for the 2 weeks without him! He outdid himself as far as goodies went & I am now the proud owner of a *squeal* Nikon D5ooo {still in the box & can't stop STARING at it every time I open the cupboard} complete with SEPARATE 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens {Karen Russell fans will appreciate the importance of NOT buying the lens as a set with the camera but insisting on BODY ONLY!} AND a Tamron AFS f2.8 zoom lens, AND {that's not all folks!} a PINK INSTAX!!!

Haven't had time to play with the "real" {Nikon} stuff but have had a blast with the Instax (Fuji's new version of the Polaroid - the photos pop out of the top & develop in minutes!}. To say I was spoilt is a serious understatement. Prices in Hong Kong equate to HALF of what they are here & that is INCLUDING the duty, so it really is worth getting what you need if you're close by.
I have been running around in circles getting our house ready to move in & my "Mr. Handsome" appreciates that! Good thing too!!!





13 comments:

Vicki said...

Good luck with the big move Helen. Even I'm getting excited for you! LOL. Would love to see the "after" photos of all you have been doing to the new house and especially your scrappy space.

topkatnz said...

Sounds like everything is going well and you are having fun - good luck for this weekend. Sending good thoughts and wishes your way:)

Penny said...

Oh wow, lucky you on all counts! Now you're really set to do Karen's course!!! Can't wait to see pics/the real thing after you move, I so envy you being able to design your scrap room. Good luck, hope all goes well, we'll chat again soon :)

Stefanie said...

Wishing you all the best for your move. great weather and all that. can't wait to see all the after pics.

brigitte said...

good luck with the move!

Helen Tilbury said...

Thanks everyone! Have been to busy to even THINK about taking photos but am going to take tonnes when we are in & post them here. Will need my pc back online for that though so pray Telkom do the job quick {haha...}

teacher jessy said...

OMG!! You are making me anxious to see that scrap room and the color of the paint! Just curious... LOL!! I am glad that your "Mr Handsome" is pleased with all your hardwork organizing everything in the house. Oooo... come on share with us what you took with the lil polaroid!! I missed seeing photos now... LOL!!

Lynette said...

You sound so excited that it is contagious...happy moving and I hope you will be back online soon.

Cathy said...

Good luck for the move... and enjoy playing with your new toys too.

Andrea said...

Good luck for your move, look forward to seeing lovely photos of your new home.
xxx
A

Pearl said...

Hi hun ,

sorry I have come over sooner but that's not to say you haven't been thought of at all !

All the best with the move & reno & everything ! understandnably busy there for sure !!!

I spy great new toys you have alrite ! do show us when you can the results ! ;)

韋于倫成 said...

Better late than never. ........................................

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