Monday, December 15, 2014

Decorating...Christmas and Photo Gallery

In the last two weeks I have managed to both print and hang 33 photos for my wall gallery and buy and assemble a Christmas tree and decorations. Reasonably productive I'd say.

You may remember I spoke about my travel photo wall gallery plans here. I really wanted to fit the maximum number of photos I could manage onto our walls, while still looking organised of course.

Well they're up and I love every one.

Looking from the hallway
The hallway wall (hard to fit them all in)
Looking from the living room
The living room wall (ignore the mottled look, that's the chandelier)
Looking from the corner of the living room (ignore the fuzzy pile to the left, it's a cover for the piano in it's temporary location)
You can also tell from the last shot that I've gone with a red and white theme for the Christmas tree. It sort of happened by accident (though I do love red) we bought the first box of baubles with the tree from myer (buying them gave us a 40% discount on the tree!). The rest are just cheap ones from Woolworths/Target/Lincraft until we fill out our collection more. I'm excited for our first Christmas tree, we didn't have one that counted while living in Melbourne (you can see our makeshift tree here).

Our first 'real' Christmas tree
I'm also excited about the Christmas baubles I have and will make for the tree. While in Europe last year, I collected 'red' things, mainly key rings, with the idea that I'd do something with them eventually. I saw photo insert baubles in Officeworks and realised they'd be perfect for displaying my little collection on the tree. I still need to do more with them (glue them for a start, not blue tac) and I'd like to include a b&w photograph of the city they represent, or something. I also have empty shatterproof baubles to decorate/paint/fill/something. But finishing both projects will have to wait until after Christmas as I appear to already have run out of time.

My Christmas travel memento baubles

Thursday, November 27, 2014


I've been struggling for blog post inspiration lately. We haven't worked that much on the house (a combination of attempting to have a life and helping my parents with a big cull and house move) and I've also been really tired and lazy lately. So much so, I don't even feel the need to apologise for it. I have been thinking a lot lately and want to start a new series to help me stay motivated to blog.

If you’re anything like me sometimes you can’t help but wonder that time keeps passing and you don’t seem to have much to show for it. If you’re really like me, then you’d be wishing you documented more of the little things so you DID have something to show for it. I mean really, life is all about those little things and we never seem to remember them or we take them for granted all too frequently.

The phrase ‘you learn something new every day’ is one I live by. I believe that to learn is to grow and I’d go mad if I lost my capacity to learn. I am always reading up on things and finding out about things and planning things and thinking an awful lot…and I selfishly want to be able to blog about that. Hopefully, having to find one little thing about each of my days will put me back into the blogging mind frame. It may not be that interesting for readers, but I'll bore you with more renovation posts soon enough.

I'm calling my series ABCD. Just because I managed to make 4 words fit the first four letters of the alphabet. Obviously.

 Appreciate, Begin, Change and Discover. Most of my inspiring thoughts each day (not the ones about work/home/food) fit into one of these categories. I’ll be aiming to find at least one thing each day worth making a note of. I know I won’t post every day, but a weekly round-up is more than likely. Hopefully I'll remember to write in my bedside journal to keep track.

Appreciate – To be grateful for something I usually take for granted. Not to be confused for the things I am always thankful for (family, my niece’s laughter, SJ cooking dinner every night). I want to notice more about my life, so to appreciate something I didn’t notice yesterday.

Begin – To start a new project or routine. Anything I can start today that I will be proud of or hold myself accountable to tomorrow.

Change – To alter my opinions or fix a habit and change myself. Or to be a positive influence to change the world around me. 

Discover – To gain knowledge I didn’t possess yesterday, all those little 'I never knew that' things. The more random the fact/theory the better for this one, hopefully I'll remember it long enough to record it!

As it happens, I have 330 days until I turn 30, so consider this a ‘30 before 30’ list on steroids. When I turn 30 I should have at least 330 documented thoughts about how I have changed, learnt and grown through the year. Or I'll have 10-20 and will have forgotten all about it.

Either way, if I'm still blogging at 30 I'll count it as a win.

Friday, November 7, 2014

G20 Cultural Celebrations

SJ and I took a break from working on the house last week to head into the city to see the lights and displays for the G20 Cultural Celebrations.

I signed up to 'design' one of the Colour Me lights displays online, so I was camera ready at 7:08pm when my purple and green design lit up the city. I don't think there any slots left now to submit designs but you can still have a play here:

We were out on a weeknight and there were few people around so we had plenty of opportunities to play with the interactive displays which include lasers and projections. We followed the 'Colour Me Brisbane Trail Map' through the city and spent about 2 hours walking around taking photos and taking it all in.

It was a good night and I've recommended it to family, if you're in Brisbane check it out before next weekend. We walked about 5-6km including getting to/from the car at Southbank so I probably wouldn't do the whole trail with kids, but the highlights were:
- the Colour Me city lights viewed from Southbank, lots of different colour combinations plus the B.R.I.S.B.A.N.E sign
- The Changing Face of Brisbane display in Queens Park, stories told through music (Queensland Symphone Orchestra and Opera Queensland) and projected images on the Treasury Hotel.
- The interactive 'where the forest meets the sea' display on the Commissariat Store

If you're interested check out

This isn't a sponsored post, I'm just very excited that Brisbane finally has some amazing lights displays. I've always been jealous of those in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne...and when I was living in Melbourne I always seemed to miss it. I have to admit though, there was a distinct lack of crowds in Brisbane compared to what I know turns up at the other events, so if you're in Brisbane it's definitely worth a night out!
G20 Colour Me Brisbane lights...I think my design is top right, but it could be bottom left...I've lost track
The B.R.I.S.B.A.N.E sign, it's amazingly detailed up close. I hope it stays on after the G20!
Light displays through the city including interactive lasers on City Hall

Law Courts Lawn, Queens Park and Commissariat Store projection displays

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