Monday, April 26, 2010

family and the start of a project

Day 3 of a long weekend which alas must be spent doing some real work...but that's ok...the last two days were lovely with my grown-up kids both here and their dad (my ex) visiting with his family. His daughter stayed over with her big brother and sister last night as well so that was nice. And for those who've been wondering...yes, our dinner on saturday night was a great success...but no...they wouldn't let me post photos of them...well the first-born wouldn't and she's not one to be messed with I can tell you!! Love you Jess :) So a few photos of the table setting will have to you can see I didn't actually go was casual after all...didn't want to look like I was trying too hard...obviously achieved that. In my defence, I did use the good china and crystal!
The soon to be 22 year old sang us some of the music he writes after dinner...he's very clever and very talented.  Strictly speaking he didn't say I couldn't post a photo of him (probably because I may not have actually asked) so if this photo disappears at some'll know I've been caught out!
and of course it's not an event without the vampire slayer now is it...looking docile...ha!
Sorry about the slight fuzziness of the pictures, although I am amazed that my new camera takes indoor night time shots without the flash on!
Next day, as promised...I made ANZAC biscuits. They're easy to make, but honestly it would have been just as easy to pop down to the shops and buy some from Woollies...but a bit of guilt tripping goes a loooong way (i.e. mum, whenever my friends go home for a visit their mothers bake for them...sigh) here they are cooling...
...and here they are being carried to the table by the first born...this I was allowed to post because you can't really see her...she's so beautiful too. day!
Yesterday I started on this project and wished I hadn't...

This is...without doubt...the...most...tedious project I've been dumb, confident brave enough to try.  Why oh why didn't I go for something with flat surfaces for my first attempt at silver leafing hmmm??? It may be a while before you see this finished dear bloggy people...but I'm banking on it being pretty flash once it is!

Ok, must must must go off now and do some work. Hope you all have a lovely start to your week.
all images good, bad and indifferent by me.


  1. What a wonderful weekend Kerry! How lovely to spend time with your family and catch up! Good luck on your project! I have so many of those that are still waiting to be finished! xx

  2. biccies were yummo! and buffy only attempted to bite me once.

  3. Perhaps you could take her home with you next time you visit Jess?! She'd love it!! And so would I.

  4. Great post! And what's with the vampire slayer looking so placid???
    The Anzacs look so yummy!
    Have a great week :)

  5. Sounds like you had a great night, and I still don't believe sweet little Miss Buffy would hurt a fly - maybe she's a product of her environment. After all, what's a girl gonna do with a name like that, she has to live up to it somehow! K xx

  6. What a warm and wonderful, welcoming place you have created for your family. I feel like being there myself... so comforting and encompassing x o Tracey at Velvetine Lily blogspot

  7. What a lovely dinner. Buffy doesn't look too bad. Your anzacs looked much better than my burnt ones. I cant wait for the big reveal of that chair when it is finished.

  8. Hi Kerri and thank you for your sweet comment!
    Yep I didn't buy anything because I want to move in first of all, and then I will "listen" to my new home in order to understand what she really needs.
    This may sound weird, but I think that every house has a soul and that you have to listen to it and understand it, so that you can decorate the house in the perfect way!

    Have a wonderful day!

  9. What a lovely setting for a dinner with your family. I love the yellow rose plate. Wishing you happiness and many more wonderful weekends. Katherine

  10. Kerry, your dinner table looks superb, so glad you had a wonderful time.
    Keep going with the silver leafing, it looks like it's coming along nicely.

  11. Sounds like a fun evening, with music to enliven the little party. As well as Buffy's appearance of course!

  12. Kerry
    Thank you for your visit over at her nest...My daughter thanks you for your very loving words about her and her room.

    I love your sense of style and will be back very soon.

    PS. would love one of those cookies :)

  13. Oh, I love this post & your blog! So happy to have found you via The Diversion project...lovely, lovely, lovely!

  14. Great to hear that the dinner was a success Kerry! Your table is beautifully set and aren't you lucky that your son's photo is still there:)
    I am hopeless at projects like the one you are undertaking. I switch into ADHD mode within the first 2-3 hours and go looking for another project. Could this be why I have 4 blogs???

    Have a great week!

    Jeanne :)

  15. Dear Kerry,
    Your table looks wonderful. It's perfect. Never over-egg the pudding is what I've always been told. I would be very happy to have a table laid like that.
    Your son looks rather handsome, your daughter really pretty (what we can see of her !!) and your ANZAC biscuits delicious.
    Your silver leafed chairs are going to look brilliant when they are finished. I think that you will be pleased with them when you complete the project.
    All in all, that was a very busy weekend for you and, I can imagine that it's a little stressful to have your ex husband and his new family coming over for dinner.
    I high five you for what looks like a beautiful dinner party and a lot of hard work. XXXX

  16. Looks like you had a great family weekend. Can't wait to see the finished project!

    Drop me an email if you would like a litle feature on my new blog - I would love it!

    Katrina :)

  17. What a fab weekend. I love your tablescape and the old meatsafe in the background caught my eye too. Can't wait to see your chair, it sounds like a great project.


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