Time Management and New Ticking Sheets

Check out pics of my updated bedroom here.

I pretty much never publish posts like this (with potentially boring ‘real life stuff’). I know many of you visit purely for decorating inspiration, so if you’re simply interested in seeing some pretty pictures then scroll straight to the bottom where you can read more about this….

Anyhoo, in non-decorating related news, at the moment my days kinda go like this….

….get up and pull on the same t-shirt and trackpants I was wearing yesterday (and probably the day before too). Feed Charlotte, play with Charlotte, put her back to bed (hopefully). Wander around the house looking at everything that needs doing, making mental lists though not actually achieving much. Pile all the dishes in the sink (though don’t actually wash them). Grab everything that’s lying around the house and pile that somewhere too (because, clearly, one ridiculously large mess is better than several small ones?). Sweep the carpet so the grain is all running in the same direction because I have some weird obsession with the grain all running in the same direction (remind myself to buy loop pile next time so there is no need to worry about “grain direction”). Think of twenty things to blog about though don’t actually manage to blog about anything because taking pretty pictures and compiling meaningful posts takes way too long for part-time perfectionists. Feed Charlotte, play with Charlotte, carry her around all afternoon because there’s no way she’s going back to bed this time. Consider doing some laundry though just end up making more piles; washing, ironing, things to put away. Kiss my husband on the cheek when he gets home from work. Cook dinner, eat dinner, feed Charlotte, bath Charlotte. Sit on the couch for five minutes. Feed Charlotte (again), put her to bed (hopefully). Sit in front of the computer for five minutes. Fall into bed way too late, turn off the light and sleep until a crying baby wakes you up.

Somewhere in there, if I’m lucky, I might also find time for breakfast and lunch and perhaps eating too much ice-cream. Going to the supermarket, taking the poor neglected dog for a walk, taking a shower, having a conversation with someone other than a four month old, checking my emails, buying my nephew a long overdue birthday present, working on some client consultations, working on some furniture refurbishments, working on some decorating projects for my own home. Baking choc chip cookies, paying bills, making my bed, cleaning my car (yeah, right), tackling my jungle of a garden (yeah, even bigger right!), visiting the doctor, doing fifty sit ups and making lists of things to do that never seem to get done.

And I only have ONE kid. Holy cow, women (clearly not including me!) are awesome.

Seriously though, of course I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not complaining and am super grateful for, well, pretty much everything! It’s just at the moment I feel like the epitome of inefficiency. With every one thing I do get done there are a million other things I wan’t to get done. Anyone relate? More than half the world’s population I’m sure.

Anyhoo, on to some decorating stuff!

Along with my weird obsession with carpet grain I also have a less weird love for ticking stripes.

And when I was in hospital for two months recently I did what any other bored in-patient with wireless internet might do – shopped online!

I must have been craving the comfort of my own distant bed because when I stumbled upon this gorgeous black and white ticking sheet set on EziBuy I bought it without much hesitation (which is very rare for me).

They are 100% cotton though feel much softer (almost like a flannel). I love them paired with my quilted doona cover and gilt headboard frame.

They just add that little extra something plain white bedding can sometimes lack.

Oh, and on a different side not, sorry for all my long vertical photos lately. The rooms in my house are just all so small that I have to shoot a lot of my photos through doorways then crop them down.

And now, just cause I’m loving it so much at the moment, here’s some more ticking inspiration….


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hard work being a mummy. Love your new sheet set and keep up the great work :)

  2. I love your sheets and your headboard is amazing! I have a 5 and 7 year old- it will get easier – hang in there. This post brings back lots of memories for me. Oh and being scatter brained never goes away – it’s part of being a mom. ;)

  3. NanaDiana says:

    Kristine- I soooo remember those days. I had 4 kids and 3 of them were under 4 years at one time! yeah…good old family planning!;>)

    Love what you do share here – I know it is a “job” sometimes. Enjoy every single moment of that baby cuz blogging can wait! xo Diana

  4. First of all, Love the sheets. Makes me want to come steal it all and take it home with me. Second, I completely get how you feel. I have 4 kiddos, 21, 13, 12 and 2, and the 12 and 13 year old are involved in every sport they can be. I work full-time and to say that I am exhausted most of the time is an understatement. But the hardest part is when they were babies. They literally take up all your time. You never want to put them down and let me tell you, and I’m sure you have heard it before, but it goes by SO fast, treasure it while you can!

  5. Andrea says:

    I’m due with my 3rd child in March, and I’m scared to death lol. I have a nice routine now with the two (although my routine is eerily similar to yours, but still, I declare it a routine). My saving grace is that by next Sept, I’ll have the eldest both in school =)

  6. Deanne says:

    Just as you get it all organised with one child and you go and have another and you are back to square one, though it does get easier the more kids you have.
    Love the ticking!

  7. Oh I so relate! Welcome to the craziness that we wouldn’t change for anything! You’ll hit your stride. Great inspiration photos.

  8. Kiri says:

    Your little girl is soo cute! Love her name too! The photos of your home seriosly look like they are straight out of a magazine! Soo pretty! I am totally obsessed with your dining table. If you ever need to get rid of it, I would be more than willing to take it off your hands ;).

  9. Sharyn says:

    Your post made me laugh because I remember that time so well and yet my children are now 13 and 11!

    And, I love your ticking sheets – I’ve looked at them lots of times on the Ezibuy website and always wondered what they were like. So I’m glad that your pleased with them.

  10. stormygirl says:

    Isn’t Charlotte just beautiful!!

    It does get a little easier, and you will find time again to do all the things you want to do. If you can acheive just one thing in a day (such as washing the dishes) it is a milestone! I have learnt that children and perfectly tidy and organised houses do not go hand in hand! If it’s not baby toys, it’s toddler toys everywhere (especially once they become mobile!), then it’s craft stuff everywhere, then missing Barbie shoes…and the list goes on!

    You are doing an amazing job, enjoy every precious moment!

  11. I related to everything and I’m sad to say that my children are 22, 20 and 9! Eeeek!!! Love the sheets and the pickies. Beautiful! – and congrats on a great post!
    x KL

  12. Lori says:

    Have you been following me around?…Surely, 2 strangers could not live the same life! I was trying to post my fabulous lamp transformation…really good stuff, and I just couldn’t get the right words on the page, so no post yesterday:(….The house is a wreck and today…I’m still in my pjs. Nice to know that I am not alone, I needed that…Thanks, Lori

  13. Holly Austin says:

    This sounds suspiciously like me in a few weeks… my first baby is due Jan. 13th and I don’t even have the bumper pads for the crib made yet! There are SO many things to do, yet here I lay on the couch with swollen ankles. I’m certain it’s all worth it though :) Charlotte is adorable, her chubby cheeks are so cute!

  14. Doda says:

    I love a bit of ticking too!

  15. Amy says:

    You need a baby carrier! Being able to wear my babe(ies) on my back WAS LIFE-CHANGING! Laundry? Done. Cooking? No problem. Dishes? With ease. Seriously. If you need a starting place, head to http://www.thebabywearer.com . It can be a bit overwhelming when you start, so look me up if you need help. I’m Amy&Peter. Almost every other culture in the world babywears and keeps their babies close SO THEY CAN GET STUFF DONE. :)

  16. its so comforting to learn that I’m not the only person on pulls on yesterday’s clothes at the start of the day, and the thinking of blogging stuff but never getting around to it..yes me to,
    found you via Pinterest, (they are going made for your jar tutorial) lovely blog you have here.

  17. i love those sheets! beautiful!

  18. This post of yours was long ago…but I must say that I love how real you are. REAL in a sea of wannabe perfectionists. Kudos to you. Love your style, sense of humor, and grounded-ness. Best to you always!!

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