Guest Book

Have something you’d like to say?

Sometimes a comment might not apply to a particular post, or perhaps you just want to ask a quick question or simply say ‘hi’.

I created this Guest Book for just that reason.

It sure would be lonesome here all on my own so please feel free to leave a virtual note knowing it is truly appreciated.

Along with being published here, all Guest Book entries are sent directly to my inbox so I do read (and try to respond) to them all.

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  1. Tangi says:

    Hello! Your DIY canisters are some of the first things I repinned, back in my apartment days. We just moved in to our first house almost two months ago and your ideas are TRULY inspiring! Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world!

    Sincerely, Artistically Challenged People like myself. :)

    • He, he. Thanks so much Tangi.
      Congrats on moving into your very first house – so exciting! Have fun making it yours :-)

  2. Loretta says:

    Hello Kristine, justed wanted to say I love your blog !! I enjoy revamping second hand furniture & you have given me so much inspiration – your home is beautiful. I’d love to know what colour you have painted your walls ?

    • Hi Loretta
      Thanks so much.
      My walls are painted a Dulux colour called Chalk USA. It’s a great warm white/cream though do be careful with it if you have dark rooms and are after something cool as it can throw quite a bit of yellow.

    • Loretta says:

      Thanks Kristine, yes the room is dark. Yesterday I put 1 coat of 1/4 strength china white and it looks a little green. I do want a warm yellow white that’s not too yellow. Might try Stowe white. Once again I’m so happy to have found your blog the other day – I’ve been buried in it !

  3. Tina Minehart says:

    Hi there! I just recently stumbled onto your site & I couldn’t be happier about it! You’ve done a great job. I really enjoy the time I spend here, information I receive and I’m always excited to find a new post. I’ll definitely keep reading & pass your site along. Thanks for your hard work!
    Good luck & God Bless, Tina

    • Thanks so much Tina. It is always lovely and motivating to hear that the time I put into my articles is appreciated :-)
      I have a heap of new ideas, projects and decorating freebies I am really looking forward to sharing once my kids give me a bit more free time!

  4. Alice says:

    Dear Kristine, I’ve found you blog by accident. The only thing I can say is that’s amazing! I really like your style, your ideas, you’re writing. You’re inspiring! So many new ideas just came up into my mind after visiting you blog!Thanks for that!


    • Thanks so much Alice. One of the things I love most about blogging is being able to help inspire and motivate others.

  5. Lois Brown says:

    I am in awe of your creativity! So many lovely and cost-efficient ideas for personalizing your home decor. I’m so glad I discovered this site – I’ve already bookmarked a half dozen projects!

    • Thanks so much Lois. I’m honestly totally thrilled to have helped inspire you. I have a heap of new projects I can’t wait to share once my new little baby gives me some spare time :-)

  6. Karen L says:

    Came across your blog today and I have been inspired by your projects. Thanks for being here, will be looking forward to visiting your site again!

  7. JUDY IN TEXAS says:

    Enjoyed your blog — have to go back a second time and possibly more than that to finish reading everything. Thanks for the free printables.

    • Thanks Judy. I hope you got my reply to your question on my decal post :-)

  8. Inés says:

    Excelente página. Gracias

  9. Sandy says:

    Hi Kristine,
    I have just discovered the wonderful world of diy bloggers, it’s amazing! I am happy to say that your blog is my definite favorite, I come and drool at least once a week. You are just so clever and creative. :)

    • Thanks so much Sandy. I can’t wait to post some fresh content for you. I’m sloooowly working on some new articles (in between changing nappies and making playdough dinosaurs!) which I’m looking forward to publishing in the next week or so.

  10. nessye says:

    so glad i’ve discovered your blog …. via pinterest. love your style and admire your talent. thank you so much for sharing.

    wishing you many triumphs

    • Thanks Nessye. I think I need to give Pinterest a big hug…it has guided so many lovely new people over to my little slice of the web. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a message :-)

  11. Louise says:

    I love your home office retreat! I don’t follow many blogs but I really enjoy yours. You have so many great and inexpensive ideas. And I love your step by step instructions. I am inspired (now if I can get motivated too!). PS Congratulations on your new little addition!

    • Thanks Louise. My absolute fave thing about blogging is having the ability to share ideas which will hopefully help enlighten and empower others!

  12. Tonya says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

    • You’re welcome Tonya :-) Thanks for leaving me a message.

  13. Kristen says:

    I stumbled across your site when looking for Chinese Chippendale chair ideas. And then I spent close to an hour checking out all your pages. I find our style, and personality, to be strangely similar. Freaky!
    I love all your ideas and can’t wait to try some out on projects for my own website. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Kristen
      Thanks so much for leaving me such a lovely message :-)
      Just checked out your site…you’re right, we do seem to be very similar! I love your refinished dual pedestal table and am looking forward to seeing how you refinish those IKEA drawers!

  14. Nancy says:

    What a great site, and terrific information. Thank you for sharing all of your work and passion.

    nancy in seattle, washington, usa

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a message Nancy.

  15. Carol says:

    Really love your decorating taste, expecially your living room.
    In fact, I’m trying to copy it! Just bought a dark brown couch
    that looks like leather. Keep your blog coming!

    • Thanks so much Carol. So happy to have helped inspire you and am incredibly flattered you think my living room is even close to copy-worthy.

  16. Bonnie Sayre says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog
    Thank you for sharing very informative
    Loved the bedside chest of drawers amazing

  17. Lauri says:

    Love the ideas on your site!

    • Thanks for letting me know Lauri :-) Hopefully I can continue to share helpful content. There are zillions of ideas buzzing around my brain at the mo’ – just need to find some space to grab them outta there!

  18. Diane says:

    Thank you very much for your clear directions for how to cover a drop-in seat with a frame. I’ve spent several hours googling how to reupholster my Victorian dining chairs, and everything seems to refer to seats using a board for the base. Now I just need to decide about the padding, since I still haven’t identified what the old stuffing is.

    • Hi Diane. Thanks so much for letting me know my post helped you. Perhaps the original padding is a combination of horse hair, coir and cotton flock, which is what was traditionally used. Either way, replacing any existing stuffing with foam should be fine.
      Good luck!

  19. Mary Lloyd says:

    Hello & Congrats so far on running for the award! I went and voted for you, and wanted to let you know! I love your blog, and loved the decals I purchased from you for my kitchen cannisters. I especially adore the ones I requested you customize for me that are not on your regular list, as I know no one else has those! Good luck in winning the best blogger award – you deserve it…glad you’re in1st place now!

    • Thanks so much Mary :-)
      I’m so glad to hear that you love the labels. It’s truly humbling to know that my simple little labels help put smiles on people’s faces.

  20. Libby says:

    Hi Kristine, Iv been reading blogs for years and but only just discovered yours. Wow where have you been all my life haha. Its so wonderful to find awesome Australian blogs. Your house is gorgeous, I’m going to spend some time looking through your archives.

    Looking forward to following along from now on :-)

    • Hi Libby
      Thanks so much.
      Don’t delve back too far into my archives – some of my earlier posts are pretty average/tragic! I’m even kinda embarrassed when I look back on some of them now. Though they are what got me to where I am today (where ever that is). I guess in the future I’ll probably look back at my current posts and be embarrassed by them too :-)
      Anyhoo, just popped by and e-visited you. Good luck with your first home – so exciting! And thanks for leaving me a comment – always love meeting fellow Aussies.

  21. Rita Lane says:

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you for sharing all your inspiring ideas & tips. You are very talented and I share your enthusiasm for home decorating.

    • Hi Rita
      You are so very welcome. I love that this blog provides a platform for me to share some ideas which might help others achieve things they may have thought were otherwise out of their reach.
      Thanks so much for leaving a comment :-)

  22. Louise says:

    I just finished a table following your dining room table rehab. It turned out wonderful. Finding the “prick punch” was a challenge but I persevered. The folks at Home Depot were stumped sending me from one department to another (lighting dept, paint dept) until someone decided it must be in the tool dept (yea!!). I just love your instructions because they are easy to follow and easy to do. I am so excited about the results that I can’t wait to start another project, and can’t wait to see what you will post next. Thanks for the inspiration. Your fan in California!

    • Thanks so much Louise :-) I’m truly thrilled to have helped inspire you (and am glad you finally managed to find that punch – he, he!).

  23. Patty Webb says:

    Hi Kristine, another THANK YOU!!! I am in the process of upholstering 6 chairs and your tutorial on corners was extremely helpful. Your blog is loaded with great tips!

    • Hi again Patty. Thanks so much. Glad my post was of some use to you. How did you end up going with the link party via social media? Did it work?

  24. Vicki Saenz says:

    Hi, Kristine!
    I’ve just been enjoying your site so much! Happened upon it
    by accident, and very happy that I did. Lovely pictures and
    great ideas and tutorials. Like you I love to decorate and re-
    decorate. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

    • Thanks Vicki. It’s so lovely you chose to let me know that you enjoyed reading my blog :-)

  25. colette shannon says:

    Just wanted to say hi Kristine,
    Just like you i have been browsing the internet, and came across your site.
    I am looking to do something similar myself, so all your help is really appreciated.
    Just dont know where to start, its so exiciting!!
    By the way i am from Liverpool, England so your blog really has come a long way.


    • Hi Colette
      Thanks so much for leaving me a message.
      It’s always lovely hearing from someone based in the UK. Makes me feel very continental :-)
      By “looking to do something similar” do you mean start a decorating blog? If so, if you ever need any advice, I’m happy to try and help so don’t hesitate to contact me (disclaimer: I am NOT an expert, I just pretend to be :-)
      Good luck – it IS very exciting!

  26. lisa says:

    found you through pinterest via myfm 104.3 in California. Love your blog and just wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas ! :)

  27. Claire says:

    Okay – I know I am late to the party – just discovered your website and absolutely adore your imagination and craftiness!! So happy you are willing to share; especially like the “on a budget” concept.

    Thank you – I am one happy camper with this new discover.

    • Hi Claire
      Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know :-)
      Hope I can keep you happy with some of my upcoming posts.

  28. Libby Boyle says:

    Hi Kristine
    I recently spent a week in Cairns making over my Great-nieces’ bedrooms. Since you have your little Charlotte, I thought you might be interested. I had great fun but it was hard work. The girls were very excited when they came home and found new bedrooms.

    • Thanks so much for letting me know Libby. I just popped over and left a comment for you on the actual post. Beautiful work!

  29. Coleman Kitchens says:

    Love your website. I was on Pinterest, and saw some furniture. I am a woodworker love old furniture.

  30. Patty Reed-Pederson says:

    Love, love, love your woodwork projects. Thanks for the tutorials. Will be trying soon!

  31. Martha (Marty) Traxler says:

    Having an insomnia bout at 1:15 a.m., I found you online as I am looking to create some VERY unique lap blankets made from fleece, ones I can apply beautiful lace to and to make them very “Martha” ….. Your manner of speaking, your optimism, your joy in life, your values of home, wife, mother, perfectionist, creator as well as creative, are all characteristics of my own personality, and it is a delight to read your site. I shall check in often and become inspired. Thank you for being you. I am in the State of Illinois in the USA, live in the City of Bloomington, which is surrounded by corn fields! It will be my pleasure to follow your site.

    • Hi Marty
      Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet message (even if it was perhaps written in a state of sleep-deprived delirium :-) and sharing some of you with me. It is lovely to know who my readers are and heartening to read that you identify with me.
      Good luck with your lap blanket. It sounds like a fun and beautiful project. If you get a chance, don’t hesitate to send me a photo – I’d love to see it!

  32. Linda says:

    Hi discovered your site by accident, looking up ideas on how to “distress” a coffee table, i was pleasantly surprised to find out that you are an Aussie, like me. Will check out your ideas from now on. PS: You are very talented, and appreciate you sharing your clever ideas.

    • Hi Linda
      Thanks so much. I always love hearing from fellow Aussies :-)
      Looking forward to sharing as much as I can.

  33. So pleased to have found you and the labels I have been searching for! Have been searching the shops and even the latest ‘Christmas Home Fair’ in London and trying to explain what I was looking for – to no avail I might add. As a last resort I typed in ‘looking for clear typography style kitchen labels and your site popped up. I love it!

    • That’s awesome Pamela. Thanks so much for letting me know – so glad my site helped you out :)

  34. Jane Perkins says:

    I was looking for Christmas ideas using Google images and found your magnificent sunburst wreath made of sticks. I’ve been using sticks to decorate for about 15 years and never saw anything like your sunburst. Of course, I’m making one immediately! I bought a round woodish circle at Michaels for $1 and will go out and start collecting my sticks this afternoon. Thanks for posting this wonderful idea!


    • Thanks for stopping by to let me know Jane. That post is an oldie but a goldie! I have no idea what inspired me to make a twig wreath (probably the fact I loved all the starburst mirrors that were super popular at the time though couldn’t justify the expense of buying one) though I still frequently get people commenting on that project.

  35. COLLEEN says:

    Love your website, very inspirational. Love that the internet allows creative people from all over the world (i am from all beautiful Cape Town, South Africa) to connect.

    • Me too Colleen! If not for the internet I don’t know what I’d do with all this nonsense floating around in my brain!

  36. Stella says:

    Glad you posted your ‘little’ wreath. Fortunately, I also have a renewable supply of twigs, pine needles, pine cones, bark, etc. I’m gonna follow your example and make one, hopefully, just like yours. Now, I’m gonna see what else you have for me to read/copy. Thanks!

    • Awesome Stella. It’s such a quick, easy and affordable little wreath to make. Have fun!

  37. Patrick says:

    Was searching for a rug over carpet solution and happened on your site. My wife is a ASID interior designer ( I like to say she’s ‘certified’ which has a certain double meaning here) and have observed the challenges of the home design businesses at close range.
    Love what you have done here, doing your home and sharing it AND making it something you can earn with. As I learned to say when working with a number of Aussies, good on you!
    Will be experimenting with your MDF solution on a bigger and less anchored space.
    Am figuring that your the queen bee in your hive, even though you are making a home for honey, and not honey for your tribe.
    Best of luck with making this passion a profitable pastime!

  38. Francesca says:

    beautiful website, beautiful ideas, beautiful everything!

    Thank you for sharing it!

    • Thanks Francesca. I really appreciate it when someone takes some time out of their undoubtedly busy day to leave me a sweet little message :-)

  39. Walescka says:

    Hi I love your decal DIY project/idea …. it is so awesome, I been looking for ideas for my kitchen… WOW

  40. Pia Ojera says:

    Dear Kristine,
    I love your website. Thanks much for “organization” tips and the labels. Can’t wait to use them in organizing my scrapbooking embellishments! I am so happy having checked on your website. All the best to you!

    • Thanks so much Pia. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

  41. Mary Kennedy says:

    Just a quick note of thanks!! Great ideas I plan to try :)

    • Thanks so much Mary. It’s sweet of you to take the time to leave a little message for me.

  42. kahlie says:

    Hi Kristine,
    Can you pleeeaaassee stop apologising for not writing new blogs. Seriously your site is just awesome and has enough inspiration on there to last a life time! I follow quite a few blogs and yours is by far my fav, and the best! Some of the sites I follow rarely put new content up, they just link to old stuff so you could always do that if you want to connect more often. You did inspire me to start my own blog a few years back cause I am a bit like you – but I only ever posted 2 updates and I have no followers so I do truly understand the effort it takes to maintain a blog! I too have 2 small children and it really is consuming. You are amazing so please know that you blog is super and you have no reason to apologise for anything :) Plus you post just enough for me to read, much more and I wouldnt have time!!

    • He, he, I know Kahlie, it’s getting kinda pathetic, hey? It’s just that I’m really passionate about my blog and want it to be my ‘thing’ once the kids are older. I kinda feel like I need to capitalise on the work I’m putting in now as best I can to save it from being wasted (in a way). Part of that means letting readers know it will be worth their while to stick around, this is only a momentary lull.
      All I can say is thank you for reading along. Like I said in my post, you (my reader) are the reason I keep publishing content :-)

  43. Vietta Brown says:

    Hello Kristine I too come across your blog on Pinterest. So love your many projects as well as tutorials. I have probably been on it for well over 3 hours. I’m redoing the looks of my home definately on a budget. I do a lot of dark tones through out the house. Love the idea of bringing it out with white. I myself am also a stay at home mom whose mind constantly brainstorm on new projects. Like your idea of writing down the many ideas. I guess I could say i’m a self taught interior decorater least if I don’t think so everyone else does. I myself love the second hand stores and lord only no we have many of them in Texas. I love garage sales and I live on clearance racks. And I to buy things not really knowing what will become of them. The saying is someones trash is someone elses’ treasure. Really and truly love your blogs.

    • Vietta, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you’re enjoying my blog :-)
      We sound like birds of a feather. There is just something so rewarding and exhilarating about being creative on a super-duper tight budget and re-purposing items that would otherwise be trash.

      • Vietta Brown says:

        Hello Kristine yes we do indeed sound like birds of a feather. You most def have me beat I must say. I went out today pricing the black ceramic side table that you painted white. We have a store here called Marshalls its affliated with TJMaxx/Homegoods not sure if you have them Australia there very resonably priced at $39.99. And basically in any color you like. Teal blue, white, black , lime green you name it. We do have other stores who does carry them a little pricier. This are the go to chains I start at. If its not in my budget I definately will look until I find it are find something similar. Have a great day. Keep the blogs rolling and never worry about the time frame. Your awesome..

        • Sadly we don’t have those stores. I often hear about them on the American blogs I occasionally read and am always a little jealous. Finding stuff here can be pretty tricky. I only recently managed to track down some Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint (I know, I know, I’m a year or two late to that party!). It is only available through special order and one can is $17! I noticed it for around $5 on the Lowes website. Oh well.

  44. julieann oldman says:

    Hi Kristine, just stumbled onto your page by accident, or fate!, after being on Pinterest. Wow! I have been to Paris & back! So many talented people out there doing the things that I love to do. It’s a whole new world!! Love your labels for the pantry. I have been looking for them for ages, so a big thankyou for sharing. Off to do that now, regards, julieann

    • Hi Julieann
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a message.
      Have fun with the labels :-)

  45. Gillian says:

    You clever clever talented girl! I have a small store in southern NZ selling home decor accents, (staged in colour/theme coordinated rooms), my customers frequently share their decor delemas…..I refer them to design blogs especially yours. As I also recommend ‘heritage’ peices your site is a very handy resource showcasing timeless style but yet reflecting here and now …taking a collection of desparate peices and combing using a clever graduated paint palette.
    My favourite day in Winton is coming up end of February…Garage Sale Sunday. Up to 60 sales all around town and on the surrounding lifestyle blocks and farms. Can you get a sponsor to pay your way and come on over?

    • He, he, I wish Gillian. Sounds like amazing fun!
      Do you have a website or Facebook page (etc.) for your little store? I’d love to check it out and perhaps consider promoting it here on my blog – I get quite a few NZ based visits and am always keen to help out small businesses.
      Thank you so much for choosing to recommend little ol’ me as a source of inspiration and ideas for some of your customers.

  46. Ann McMains says:

    Just found your blog via pinterest! Very nice work! I will be keeping touch with your blog!

    • Thanks Ann. Always lovely to have a new reader.
      I’ll try my bestest not to disappoint :-)

  47. Barbara says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading some of your painting techniques. You have sparked an idea for one of my projects I’ve been having trouble with. Thank you so very much!!

  48. Kathy says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I couldn’t get connected to enter your contest for the labels, but I hope to find that type of paper at Michaels (?) Craft store; unless you have a better alternative! Thank you so much! I would do “Memory” Jars for my project on the labels…Great Work!

    • Hi Kathy
      Not sure what you mean by you couldn’t get connected to enter my giveaway. The giveaway is being hosted on my blog and you just need to leave a comment to be in the running. Here’s the link to the giveaway post – good luck!
      Waterslide decal paper can be found in quite a few craft/hobby stores though the magic coating is trickier to find. You can use clear acrylic spray sealer in its place though it’s not quite as durable and can yellow a little over time. There are some links to online stores that sell the decal paper complete with the magic coating at the end of my original post (here).

  49. Judy H. says:

    I accidentally happened upon your blog while on pinterest, so thought I’d come by to see what you were all about. I found all that and more. I had a delightful and inspirational time. I visited your pinterest board and founds loads more inspiration. My e-mail is so full of blogs I follow, sometimes I can’t get to all of them, but, after visiting here, I’m going back over the daily blogs I receive and find one that I can exchange for yours. Thank you for such an enjoyable visit!

  50. Dorothy R says:

    When I read you had some grungy fans, I wanted to see what kinds you had. I expected them to be on a wall, like I at one time used my collection as an informal headboard, so imagine my surprise when I realized you had real electrical fans! Not hand held air movers, like women use in church, or geishas hide their smiles behind! But your fans made me realize I could use all of my parent’s oil lamps in the same way. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    • That’d look awesome Dorothy! Great idea. Glad my little fan collection helped inspire you :-)