Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wedding Countdown

Yes it has been a while since our last post. There are lots of things happening at the moment, not that that is an excuse. It is three weeks to go to Lee-Anns daughters wedding and she has been very busy at the sewing machine creating beautiful dresses and wedding accessories.

"A wedding shower was planned, so any bad weather be damned,
a celebration we would make, for the brides to be sake.
An afternoon of family and friends,
Happy times, love and laughter."

After Lee-ann had transformed her lounge room into a temporary tea house, 22 ladies came together for a delightful afternoon of delicious High Teas, starting off with a welcome of Champagne and three tiers of choc-coated strawberries for everyone to indulge!!! delicious....

Each guest had a very pretty place card to set off their tea setting and alongside sat a pretty Tussie Mussie hand made by me and filled with pretty pink cocnut ice and Turkish Delight..... We had to keep the pink theme going.

To start the afternoon off chatter boxes were the order of the day to the let the ladies relax and mingle. What a wonderful way to start the countdown for the wedding.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Another long weekend was upon us and I didn't have to work, so I set off to visit my brothers farm "Pekeri" at Haden near Toowoomba. Saturday I caught up with my two nieces and their partners who all happened to be visiting that day. We all joined in and did various farm chores, sorted weaners and cattle. took a tractor ride up the back mountain to chop fire wood, rode SOME horses and finished off the afternoon with a visit to A local winery and olive grove down the road Called "Bunnyconnellen". We tasted a couple of their light live oils with bread and all ended up purchasing a bottle of 'Molly' extra virgin oil to use for dipping and lightly drizzling on soup etc, also a couple of bottles of white wine to go as well.

Sunday we took a road trip across to Dalby to the historical Jimbour Homestead where you can take the living history walk, unfortunately you can't go inside. It is truly magnificent looking out over the downs. We had lunch at the Water Tower restaurant and purchased a couple of bottles of their wine as well. Off to Maclagen with a short stop at Bell where we stopped at Cowbelles Patchwork shop and cafe (of course we had to stop) left the men in the car. Just couldn't resist and purchased a couple of pieces of pretty pink material and some delicious choc slice for afternoon tea. On to Maclagen to "Rimfire Winery" which has some beautiful red wines. And of course had to bring home some of those also.

Home to feed the animals, organise dinner and finish off a wonderful day with a bonfire just after sunset on the mountains where we said goodbye to the old pear tree that had given up and died.

Home on Monday and back to trying to re-organise our web boutique, we will have some new things coming soon, this week hopefully.

These are a couple of the gorgeous pin or broach cushions that will be appearing along with some gorgeous handbag style doorstops and other pretties, so stop by next week and have a browse. We are also clearing out our padded coat hanger sets at a reduced price.
It has been a very busy week but to finish it off yesterday Lee-ann took her daughter Tamara and myself on a secret excursion for our birthdays, we went to a truly magnificent place and felt very special.....I will let her tell you all about it on her next blog.

Till next time stay happy.......Lyn

Monday, April 21, 2008



This is quite exciting - my first blog on our new updated page. I just love the look and listening to the soothing music. It has given me the inspiration I needed to get myself organised and back in action.
There is also a little girl who is putting the sunshine back into my life and her name is Tara. She is a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is now 12 weeks old.

I didn't know if I was ever going to have another dog after my beautiful Bella passed away at the age of 11 years. But 15 months later here I am with a gorgeous little girl who has stolen every ones heart. She is already a favourite with Aunty Lyn who drops in on her way home from work for a cuddle.

The only one who isn't too happy about the arrival of Tara is my Daughter's little dog named Indi. She has had 'Grandma' to herself for a while so sharing isn't on her agenda at the moment but she is slowly coming around. Tara doesn't help when she jumps all over her and tries to bite her ears.

I feel guilty saying this but I found Tara on the internet - it seems a harsh way to buy a precious little puppy. Tara was born in Inverell so our journey to collect her turned into a short 4 day holiday. We drove through Kyogle, Casino, Grafton, Armidale and then on to Inverell. My Husband and I had never driven down that way before so it was all new and interesting. We actually got to see the start of the Autumn colours - really lovely as we don't see too much of that on Bribie.

We picked up Tara early in the morning and drove back home in one day. She travelled perfectly. Frequent stops in parks along the way meant that we talked to a lot of people. It is amazing what effect a puppy has on people - they open up and tell stories of their own pets and then strangers become friends for a short time.

I realize now how much I have been missing Bella but I couldn't be happier with the way Tara is fitting into our family. Tara will never take Bella's place in my heart but she has already found a new place in my heart which is just for her.


I promise next time to blog about something other than my puppy but I will keep you updated with her progress.

Something to make you smile to finish off my ramblings for tonight.

eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a receipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honoured.

Till next time -Live, Laugh, Love

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Some Boutique Items & Lyn's Shabby Bedroom!!!!

Inspiration For 2008


Lyn & Lee-Ann have been having a time out from blogging and shabby web boutique business lately, however the time has come to get back on track. Our blog has had a makeover and we hope you get a wow reaction as you are visiting.

Even though we haven't been posting, I have still been reading all my favourites and lots more. There are so many lovely and inspiring blogs out there I decided to enlist the help of my daughter and her talented computer skills to redesign our blog and this is it. I hope you enjoy.

Lee-Ann is busy at the moment house training their newest member to the family, Tara. You will meet the very sweet Tara when she blogs next.

We both went to the local Caboolture Markets last Sunday morning and both acquired a couple of finds. The green lustre vase I may put into the vintage category in sweet tea and roses. Stay tuned and see.

A paint brush seems to have taken control of my hand and is currently creating magic with white paint. Some furniture items are getting a new look to go with the shabby transformation of my little cottage "Sunrise Cottage".

I am slowly getting the creative spirit back and can curl up on my new sofa and stitch, scheme up new ideas, and generally spread mags, craft gear, the odd biscuit or sweet thing around and before you know it there is a mess, but as we all know thats how the best creations happen.

I am wanting to start a couple of altered books, that is something I really love to do the one in the photo is one I did for my daughter Megan for Xmas before last.

I did 3 actually one each for Lee-Ann's daughters as well -all different and in their favourite colour theme. A great challenge but worth it.

Anyway must dash, a big thank you to Megs for such a great job, especially when she has Lily and Bailey to keep her busy, but you know what they say give a job to a busy person and it will happen.

Thanks heaps - love Mum
Bye for now, stay happy......Lyn

Monday, April 7, 2008


My Name is Lily Eva and this is me asleep in my highchair after a hard day. I am Lyn's darling grand daughter and I love it when she comes up to Mount Isa and visits us. My brother Bailey and I have lots of fun with Nanny.
We can't wait until we see her again.
Lots of Love

Monday, February 11, 2008

Aiming for Motivation

Hello to all of our Shabby Chic Friends,

I don't know about everyone else but it seems to be taking us a while to get motivated this year.
My time out is over (Oh! no I say) and it is back into work mode. It was lovely while it lasted just being able to do what I wanted when I wanted. I am now back working in a real job as a receptionist at the lovely 4 star Caboolture Riverlakes Motel. I am meeting lots of interesting people. However starting and learning a new job has not given me much time to be creative.
I bought some new fabrics while away so need to come up with some ideas.
Lee-Ann and Danny have been up to the Sunshine Coast for a couple of days and despite the rain had a good time.
We are hoping to have a couple of new things on the website shortly so stay tuned, just need to take some good photos.
Anyway I have made a start by updating our blog, that makes me feel good.

Wishes to

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The New Year brings New Promise

Christmas and the New Year are quickly fading into the background and I told myself this morning that it is now time to embrace 2008 and get the creative juices flowing.
I enjoy Christmas and the weeks leading up to it so much that it is hard to leave it behind , but I will remember the old saying of Keep Christmas in your heart and hold it there the whole year through.

So far today has been a nice fine day without any rain which is a nice change as we have been wet since before Christmas, but we need the rain in South-East Queensland to fill the dams so we are not complaining. I have a few projects for my Husband in the garden this year so I think he is very happy that it is wet - he keeps telling me that the ground is too wet to put in posts but I think that is just an excuse as he is busy building model aeroplanes which he flies on Sunday mornings.

Lyn is heading back to Townsville from Mt Isa tomorrow and should be back in Brisbane about the 21st January so I hope to have a few creative projects on the go by then.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year as much as I did and good luck to everyone for all their hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

Love Lee-Ann