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Adventure Awaits – a baby boy nursery

Adventure Awaits - a baby boy nursery


Adventure Awaits – a baby boy nursery by monaandolive featuring word wall art

Word wall art
140 AUD –

Wall art
18 AUD –

Canvas home decor

Peek-A-Boo Cloud Wallpaper (Blue)
120 AUD –

IKEA HENSVIK Crib, white
130 AUD –

Upholstered arm chair
975 AUD –

Wilko Coloured Bunting 3.6m
2.18 AUD –

645 AUD –

What do you do when you have the grumps?

Roald Dahl Quote

Yesterday afternoon I had a bad case of serious grumpy pants, serious.  There wasn’t one thing in particular that got me bothered it was a general case of “I have the shits with the world”  for no real good reason – and I knew it.  I was tired, cold, had a sore belly and just plain grumpy, and I really want to go to Vegas in our winter holidays to sit in the sun but that looks like a far off dream at the moment.  So just GRUMPYYYYY.  Then there was an accident on the highway so CJ was an hour later getting home.

So you can imagine how I was feeling by the time poor CJ came home!

Anyway we ate dinner straight away and in an effort for me not to inflict poor CJ with my grumpy’s I had a very long bath.  In that bath I also had a bowl of maltesers, so that helped ease the imaginary pain.  I then had a long had think to myself in the bath… I am very lucky, i have a baby in my belly (in case you haven’t heard :-)) and lovely husband and a job that pays the bills and sometimes I don’t hate.  So you know LUCKY…

So I stalked inspirational pinterest quotes to lift my spirits and it worked, somewhat.  This is what I found

Roald Dahl Quote
Life enthusiast quote

So I decided to become a Life Enthusiast, sometimes it is the small things that work for me. This helped, but by bed time my emotions had got the better of me. CJ tried to make me laugh, but someone had just died on the TV in a movie so that pushed my hormonal pregnant self over the edge – I then cried and laughed simultaneously for about 20 minutes.  That act of weirdness then pushed me over the edge of how funny it was and I went to sleep happy and content.

It worked for me this time but at this time of year I get grumpy pretty easily – I am not a winter lover…  So any tips of how you get rid of the grumps? I would love to know!




photo is from here

So I don’t want to be too boastful but CJ and I have already checked that off our list. We saw lots and lots of this

southern QLD
Somewhere in Southern QLD
South queensland
Somewhere in the middle of Northern NSW

And some of this…

The Big Apple

It was not magical exciting fun and probably not a trip we will take again or talk about or pine over. But it was a very exciting trip for one main reason!

We picked up Penny the Beagle our new puppy!

Penny the Beagle
Penny on her way home

She is quite the country puppy, hence the long drive, when we got there Stacy (the breeder) yells out ‘baby beagles’ and all these beautiful puppies ran from no where to greet us. So after a VERY long 9 hours drive home (with lots of puppy stops), we let her out into her new home.

All the new things for a puppy to discover – weird flat rocks (pavers), clear barriers everywhere (our glass pool fence that she walked into repeatedly – don’t worry she is absolutely fine!) and giant clear dam (pool).

Penny the Beagle
Penny with her new chew toy after she demolished the plant, and filled Cam’s shoes with soil!

CJ decided that since she was an outside dog she will stay that way…. Until 7:15pm and the sun went down and so he brought her and her 2 beds inside. I went to bed about 9, and Cam (who will not let the puppy get the better of him!) slept on the couch just in case Penny needed anything!

One wee inside on the floor about midnight and Cam thought she had the sleeping thing worked out and moved her outside, where he and she stayed until 5 am. Then Cam moved his bed to the sun lounge outside and she played happily! Talk about not letting puppy get the better of you! Go Cam… You nailed it haha

But before I laugh too hard I have spent most of my day with Penny sleeping on my feet or thinking my new polished toenails are her own moving chew toys! I did make break for it and went to the shops for some dog shampoo, 3 chew toys and a puppy collar. She hated the bath and jumped into my arms wet, only likes one of her chew toys and has already chewed off her new collar! So I’m not much of a winner either.

Penny enjoying her new backyard

And tonight is my turn at Penny Patrol! Looking forward to it – do you have any puppy handling tips???


I know I’m a little late on the New Year’s Resolutions but I’ve been thinking long and hard.  For a while now I have been thinking about giving up sewing – I know that sounds drastic given that I am a sewing teacher.  But I mean I would still teach just give up on the sewing for myself and for Mona and Olive.  For quite a while I just haven’t been feeling it, so I thought that was decided… Until I looked at all my fabric.  If I stopped sewing what would I do with all that fabric – 5, 80 ltr tubs of fabric… I sorted through it, what I thought my mum would use I gave to my mum, that was about 5 pieces.  My mum and I have VERY different taste!     So then I gave my Mother In Law a couple of pieces because she wanted to practice and slowly get back into it, so another 5 pieces gone.

Leaving me with 4 3/4 boxes… Of fabric that I really liked!  So I have decided to sew it all!! So then I though all was a big ask for 2015 so I want to get down to 2 boxes at the end of 2015.  2 boxes!  Some I may donate to school but the rest I have to sew!

So then CJ decided that he would build me a desk and do up the study – maybe that was the reason I didn’t want to sew was the room!  (my new sewing room/office is a lot smaller than my old one so it gets very crowded very easily.) So we brought a 16 cube shelf from ikea and  CJ has built new a beautiful new trestle table for a desk and I’m hoping my mojo will return!

So i guess my resolution of 2014 not to buy fabric is helpful for my 2015 resolution to reduce my fabric stash by half! So be prepared for a ton of “look what i made today posts!”

My other 2015 resolution is to drink 1 ltr of water every morning before I drink anything else.  Any by anything else I mean Coke! For those who have ever met me – generally it will be with a coke in my hand.  I am an addict by the very sense of the world – if it’s in the house it will be drunk!  In the past i had been a 2 ltr a day drinker but at the moment I’m down to 1 or 2 a day, generally one in the morning and one at lunch.  So now I’m older and wiser i have decided that coke first thing in the morning can’t be good for me! (clever aren’t I!) I doubt i will be able to completely give up and as I don’t drink alcohol or coffee/tea I’m OK with that. But I started this 1 ltr of water before coke about Christmas and so far so good!!!

Did you make any resolutions? Or have you failed previously???  I would love to know

madonna xx

Home Office Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration


Home Office Inspiration by monaandolive featuring ESSEY

OKA floral decor
$53 –

ESSEY office accessory
$18 –

Trestle kitchen table

Home storage furniture
$465 –

Moroccan leather ottoman
$135 –

Gemstone pendant
$485 –

Plain Wrapping Paper – 3 ways

Washi Tape wrapping paper

Today I experimented with wrapping in plain paper – just in time for christmas!  So go from plain paper to something pretty and specialised in seconds!

So today I have for you plain wrapping paper – 3 WAYS! All you need is plain paper like brown kraft paper or butchers paper.  And however you are going to decorate the paper

– waterpaints

– washi tape

– stamps

supplies for decorating wrapping paper
Supplies for decorating wrapping paper

I bought my paper and washi tape from K-Mart. And the waterpaints, crayons, and stamps from Big W.

1. Stamps.

This one is great – easy, relatively mess free and would be good with kids.

So you just need to work out how big the gift will be wrapped and stamp out a design that will fit – I did it in the middle of the paper. EASY!  From memory these stamps were $10, so I think that’s a good deal for the heaps of projects you could do with these!

I stamped these once the present was wrapped but I think before or after would be fine!

I wiped down these with damp paper towel after use.

Stamped wrapping paper
Ready to stamp
stamped wrapping paper
Finished – Stamped wrapping paper

2. Watercolours.

I LOVE this one! If you take yourself back to kindy you might remember this one – it is always a hit at playgroup. It has just grown up a little.

First you need to write your message in crayon – I chose white, because it makes it neat but it’s entirely up to you. “Merry Christmas” Happy Birthday” “Be my Valentine” whatever takes your fancy – the best thing is you can personalise so no gift tag required!  Make sure you estimate the size of the gift before you start getting creative – so you know the size of the area to work on and your wrapped present looks well placed, once finished!

watercolour wrapping paper
Watercolour equipment

Then in your watercolour paint – add water to your brush and mix. Paint over your secret message. Just a tip make sure you have added a good amount of water so you get good coverage. – Would be great done with the kids for personalised wrapping paper!  Dark coloured paints work best as you can see with the pale pink isn’t as affective as the darker blues and greens.

watercolour wrapping paper
Watercolour wrapping paper – revealing the secret message


3. Washi Tape.

Probably the cleanest out of the three options! But takes a little bit more vision of how you want the end result to look like.  You can spell out words or make designs – what ever you like but once the tape is down on Kraft paper is pretty much there – so just have plan going first!  Washi Tape is pretty and it does stick but in my experience if you are using a thick wrapping paper – it is not a substitute for sticky tape.  This I did after the present was wrapped but I don’t think it would matter if you did it before or after.

Washi Tape wrapping paper
Washi Tape Christmas Tree

Hope you have fun experimenting with your wrapping! xx



DIY buffet – how I made this!

How I updated this buffet…

The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Since moving into our new house, there has been a couple of things that we have wanted to do. But as most people we don’t have endless money but also CJ and I have very different tastes, which makes agreeing on stuff very time consuming! So we decided to have a wall off! Cam gets one wall and I get one wall to style and buy things for, in a budget. More about our “wall off” later but today I’m going to show you how I painted and updated this wooden buffet I bought from EBay. I paid $200 which CJ thought was excessive but once we picked it up he agreed it was a pretty good price for the size and quality of the piece!

Buffet diy
Buffet before makeover

So first step was I to pull it apart. The drawers and doors came off. The drawer pulls also came off so I could paint easily around them. We left the hinges on because they were brass coloured and so I sprayed with black with the paint/primer.

Next we needed to sand it back – we had brought a primer and paint in one. But the buffet still needed a light sand so we sanded it back with 80 grit sand paper by hand. The top of the buffet was only going to be varnished not primed and painted so for that I got out the electric sander with 80 grit sand paper and sanded it back until no shine was left – it took a couple of goes but otherwise the stain would never of took.

Buffet top
I used an electric sander to get as much varnish off as I could.

I then used the spray paint/primer to spray the sides and the front of the buffet ready for the turquoise paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in black and used 2 cans for the whole project. (at this stage I was contemplating leaving it black, I really liked it, but thought it would blend int the wall too much)

DIY buffet half way
The buffet primed and ready to go!

I mixed 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. make sure its smooth before you add the paint.

DIY Buffet paint
Chalk paint being mixed

Next I added about 1/2 cup of paint (I used Dulux Riveria Sea) mix well – it makes the paint a lighter shade so just be aware.

Aqua Chalk Paint
The paint mixed with the chalk mixture

Next I finished painting the buffet – but I left the top with out any paint or primer!

The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done
The buffet nearly finished, aqua paint done.

Allow to dry!

Stir the stain for the top – I used a brush to apply and did two coats – making sure all brush strokes were going with the wood grain. The instructions on the the tin said to leave for 5 mins, but I left it on a lot longer – like 4 hours. I think this is because I didn’t sand the top back enough! Once the top stain was set to touch I sealed with a clear sealant.

Cam then helped me re-assemble it and screw the door back on etc and move into the front lounge room! I am still deciding on if I will sand back parts of the buffet to let the undercoat come through – what do you think? The wall behind is still a work in progress, I need to update our photos with some new ones and add some things to the top of the buffet to dress it more but so far I am really happy with how the buffet turned out!

The buffet completed - maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet completed – maybe still deciding on the sanding?
The buffet before and after
The before and after buffet

Family Room Fresh

Family Room Fresh

Family Room Fresh by monaandolive featuring a cowskin rug

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge

Casa outdoor lounge by monaandolive featuring plastic outdoor chairs

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