Blogger v WordPress

I am not, nor do I claim to be, any sort of web development/design expert. Even after having spent the better part of a year building this new blog I still consider myself a reasonably clueless amateur equipped with just enough foolhardy stubbornness to avoid defeat. As such, although I did consider writing a detailed...…READ MORE

Hello WordPress!

I almost can’t believe it! After what feels like for-ev-er (though was actually more like the better part of a year – yes people, a whole year!) my newly designed blog is finally live! If Charlotte wasn’t asleep right now I would literally scream…very loudly! Though in the interest of napping infants (and perhaps more...…READ MORE

A Magazine Feature!

Turn the March/April issue of Australian Country Collections magazine to page 72 and you’ll be welcomed into what might be a familiar toile papered entryway…. Yep, it’s my little ol’ hive! A nine page spread of it! Including some little sneak peeks of spaces I haven’t even managed to blog about yet! Here’s just a...…READ MORE

It’s a Girl!

Finally introducing little Charlotte Mae Franklin. Arrived safely on the 23 June 2011 at 2.30pm weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb). The most adorable creature I have ever seen. Thank you to everyone for all the encouraging comments, lovely well-wishes and thoughtful enquiries leading up to the long-awaited arrival! I’ll be in touch over the next few weeks and months as I...…READ MORE

Baby Bumps

Yes, as in plural, though no, I’m not expecting twins. There’s the literal ‘bump’ in my belly and then there’s that unforeseen ‘bump’ in the road. Over the past few days I’ve learned a few things; babies truly ARE unpredictable (even when they’re still in the womb) and hospital food’s not all that bad (if you’re really,...…READ MORE

This and That

Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who sent me concerned comments and emails due to my little hiatus over the past few days. You guys are just too sweet :-) I assure you all I’m perfectly fine, just trying to kick a ‘would-rather-be-in-bed’ bug. Anyways, on a different note, this weekend spells ONE YEAR since this day…...…READ MORE

Linen Grain Sack Pillow Giveaway Winner!

As chosen by the lucky winner is number 123. Congratulations to Jill of The Virginia House. Your prize will be headed your way shortly. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I was truly overwhelmed by the response – you guys totally rock!

Linen Grain Sack Pillow Giveaway!

As a way of saying THANK YOU to all my more-awesome-than-rhubarb-pie readers (trust me, that’s a big compliment – I really, really, really love rhubarb pie) I’m giving away this gorgeous grain sack inspired pillow cover! Hand-crafted from 100% natural linen it has a simple envelope back and is adorned with subtle hand-painted charcoal stripes. It fits a 40cm/16inch insert. To be in...…READ MORE

Some More New Old Stuff

You know how sometimes you just kinda get on a roll? Well, I’m on a bit of one at the moment and have managed to finish off a tonne (okay, not quite) of ‘new-old’ stuff for sale on eBay starting with this grain-sack inspired armchair and stool complete with cushions. I love the relaxed provincial feel of it. It’s unpretentious yet...…READ MORE

Well, I Wasn’t Expecting That

Whilst roaming around Blogland earlier, I decided to pop in here… …for a quick visit, where I was thrilled to see this… …very familiar photo of a certain dining room vignette, which led me on to this… BUDGET FRIENDLY DINING ROOM UPDATES …great HGTV article, which also included this… …other very familiar photo! Well, what a lovely mid-day surprise!