Quietly …

…. procrastinating.
That’s what I’ve been doing a lot of lately!

I have actually got a couple of projects happening right now, but the one I am sharing today, I just finished on Friday. A friend and I undercoated it last year, but silly me, I forgot to take a ‘before’ pic *sigh*
I struggled with too many colour choices and ideas … Which wasn’t a bad thing this time, because a friend recently gave me some leftover Dulux Concrete Effect paint which I used on the top! (If you would like some info on this paint, email me. I sell it and have used it a couple of times) I finally settled on a gorgeous turquoise for the rest.
It fits beautifully in our entryway and now Mr Manic is asking me to paint the little table we have there in a similar colour!! Which is quite a turn about for him – usually he prefers timber finishes πŸ™‚How gorgeous is that Concrete Effect top?! So much texture, and I love the colour.For the carcass I made my own chalk paint using regular low sheen paint.
And I love the dainty crystal drawer pull I added.I finished this piece with a Matt varnish on the top and wax on the chalk paint.

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I am now working on (and almost finished) a TV cabinet for my lounge room.
Sorry, no sneak peeks of it tho, I am entering it in a category of the
Feast Watson Re-Love Project!
I’m entering a special category for my workplace only. The projects themselves are under auction right now! You can check out this year’s pieces HERE!!!

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I also want to share a new product with you. *This is NOT a paid post (but if you want me to review your products and pay me to write a post, by all means = contact me! πŸ˜‰ As always, all opinions expressed on Manic Mumdays are mine and mine alone!)
As long time readers will know, for my day job I am a paint expert (Yes – I work at one of my all time favourite stores!!)
Anyhow, we had some training last week which included info on these “3M SandBlaster” sanding sheets pictured below. They are available in 100, 150, 220, and 320 grit. Since I am doing final and between coats sanding I tried the 320 grit.

My verdict : I absolutely LOVE them!
They are a bit more expensive than ‘regular’ sandpaper, but they also last a whooole lot longer than it too. Check out the pic below :
Pictured above is the same piece of sandpaper.
The left is the BEFORE!! It’s full of chalk paint after I sanded my latest piece … the right one is AFTER I rinsed it out under the tap!!
That’s right! You can rinse these off and use it again, and again, and again!
It’s bendable, fold-able, flexible and best yet – you get 4 pieces in the pack.
I am a convert.

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I have been on a bit of a hiatus from sewing. But I am back into it this week, so might have something to show for myself next time πŸ™‚Above are pics of my first two roses from my gorgeous new rose bushes πŸ™‚
Hope you are all happy and well,

X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

What a fantastic idea!!

Bert Fulks

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.Β  Yes.Β  Young people.Β  I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions.Β  I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand.Β  This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children.

Recently I asked these kids a simple question:Β  β€œHow many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’t comfortable with, but you stuck around, mainly because you felt like you didn’t have a way out?”

They all raised their hands.

Every single…

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Wassup?

Well, today is officially my last day of school holidays. I work all weekend and the babies go back to school on Monday. Which means today was my last sleep in *waahhhhh And I can’t see any possibility for a sleep in for the next month or so either! *double waahhhhh! I do SO love my sleep ins – can you tell? And more to the point, I love my late nights before the sleep ins. So I guess I have to go to bed earlier. Which encroaches on my ‘me time’. Which often includes my sewing time.
My boys aren’t very happy to be going back to school either. especially Mstr 10. It is his last year of primary school and he senses the effort required is about to go up haha
He is going to be school captain this year!!
We are incredibly proud πŸ™‚

Anyhow. Here is a little of what I have been up to over the school holidays. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of these.
img_1365^ I have a loooong way to go with these cute Granny Squares. I think I’m going to sash with cornerstones to add to the size a little. I love it so far πŸ™‚
img_1530^I have joined in with Molli Sparkle‘s Honey Pot Bee! Here are my versions of the Starflower Block. Molli’s January block choice (via this Ellison Lane tute). I could totally see myself making a whole quilt with this block. It’s so easy and effective!
img_1528-2^Here is my version of the Strawberry. It’s Angie from Gnome Angel‘s January block choice (via this Skyberries tute) I couldn’t resist including the cute little fussy cut strawberry.
img_1516-2img_1518-2^These two X Blocks are for Kate over at talltalesfromchiconia
Kate is making a quilt out of heaps of different Teal X blocks to raise money for Ovarian Cancer.

I think I’m kinda up to date with sharing. I hope to do some paint-y furniture things once the kids go back and I get some spare time (haha what’s that?? πŸ˜‰ )
Do you play on Pintrest? There is a world of inspiration on there! You can find and follow me HERE if you’re interested. Forewarned tho, you might literally lose hours of your life browsing Pintrest πŸ˜‰
Anyhow, hope you have a great day, see you soon!
KATE Sig for Manic MumdaysP.S. I am trying to sew without buying this year! So all of these were in my stash, a bundle I’ve had for a while for the Granny Squares and scraps mainly for the rest.

A New Year …

… Means a chance to start over, yeah?

I know so many people have been looking forward to end of 2016. I guess it was pretty rough for us too. But then again, 2015 was a shit one no walk in the park either *sigh.

I have seen some great sayings online today. Here’s a mash-up I made for myself πŸ™‚
2017Brad Paisley is credited for a similar quote. I mashed his and another couple for this. It just makes sense to me. We make our own story … MAKE IT AMAZING!

Do you choose a Word of the Year for yourself? #onelittleword
I have done it the last 2 years.
2015 was “BALANCE”2016 was “POSITIVE”
2017’s word was easy to choose. It was the first word that sprung to mind when I first pondered and it stuck! It is :
moderationAs in … everything in MODERATION.
I think I have a somewhat obsessive or addictive personality. I’ve always been a bit ‘all or nothing’. In some ways it’s a blessing, but in others a curse.
My weight and health (MOST importantly my HEALTH!)Β  is one aspect of my life where I need to exercise moderation. “Moderation” covers that like a vow to eat better, exercise more, etc. without making a ‘resolution’.
I need to stop over-thinking everything!
I need to do a few of the un-fun things like chores (and exercise) every day instead of a huge day or two and then nothing for a few days and wonder why the place is a mess! Same with the fun stuff … a little each day instead of 3 days sewing, and then have to catch up on everything else.
I also have to start doing a little study EVERY day.
Even blogging seems to feel a little all or nothing – I will often post 4 times in 6 days and then not again for a month … Hopefully I’ll have a little more to say in 2017! πŸ™‚
Anyhow … I will be back soon for another chat.
Happy New Year!
I wish only fantastic, amazing, joyful things for you in 2017 ❀

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Sleep is Overrated

Today is my first weekend day off in nearly a month.
And my first opportunity for a sleep-in in almost 2 months.
So, to say I was looking forward to today would be an understatement!
My body however, is clearly used to rising at sparrow-fart and I woke only slightly later than usual but with a headache from hell and hay fever.
So a slight sleep in, but D’oh! I really paid for it!

Anyhow … A catch up since my last post?
I’ve been working (at work) a lot and not working (at home) as much. Except for the dreaded housework *sigh*
I do have one finish tho! The front :
triangle-frontThe Back :
triangle-backI love the Star of David pattern that occured with the SLQ :
triangle-star-1Tagged! :Β triangles-taggedThis was a custom order and is already tucked in on a handsome little man’s bed!
triangle-on-bedGorgeous hey!

If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen me share a couple of square cutting sessions yesterday – I am working on a Granny Square quilt with them! It has been on my bucket list since I made some for my last Quilting Bee. I thought it might be a quick, mindless project to fit a little sewing in here and there. Stay tuned for a finish tho, because I want it done quick!

I also found a couple of cute bundles to enlarge my Tula quilt with. So I hope to do a bit more work on her soon as well …

Have a great weekend!
KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

Time to Bite the Bullet

Well, she’s been sitting round for most of the year now … waiting.
And taunting … and waiting some more …
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Waiting to be finished …
Waiting for me to take action …
Waiting for a decision …
The reason she’s been waiting is because I want to keep her for myself. But she’s too small for what I now want her for. I was originally going to make a couch throw out of her. But I fell in love! ❀ Now I want her for my bedroom.

*sigh* But what to do without any more charm squares???
You see, this gorgeous baby was the product of my “Ms Midge’s Aussie Tula Pink Charm Swap” charms! And I only got the one bundle this time round! *kicks myself*

Basically I want to bump her up from a single size to a generous queen size.
So I’ve been keeping half an eye out for some charm squares to use but we have been broke as hell this year eeeekkk! Anyhow, I just got a little tax back and decided to treat myself to some pretties! And what better pretties are there than some Tula???
(I thought and thought what I was going to do with my tax return this year and I have wrung just about all I can from that little baby! haha)

Enter : this gorgeous bundle of Slow and Steady that just landed on my doorstep!!!
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So … now comes the “Bite the Bullet” part!

I need to bite the bullet and take her apart to add some of these beauties!! I might have a quick look for a Chipper Charm pack to add in if the prices arent too ludicrous. I’ve also stashed away a small bundle of True Colours which I will use too.

Anyhow, it’s school holidays at the moment so who knows how much time I’ll have to sew lol! Plus, I have another project on the boil that must be finished first!

Catch you all later! xx

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Yes?

So then you guys must be VERY fond of me then, hey? haha

How are you?
I am still plodding along.
It’s been an extremely busy and tiring few months here … We have 2 weeks of school holidays coming up and I have some time off work booked and we are just going to do NOTHING! I am working the weekends, but otherwise PJ days is the plan πŸ™‚ Oh, and we might go to the movies one day and see Finding Dory {I wouldn’t be able to wait for the DVD. Yes, me not the kids haha}

I love Dory! Crush and Squirt are firm favourites πŸ™‚

This is probably going to be my last ever raggy quilt. It’s just getting too hard to find quality flannel here these days. Oh well … I enjoy regular quilting more anyway these days I guess πŸ™‚ This one is for my little niece! It’s a large single bed size and I am a little bit in love with it!IMG_8320Front.IMG_8317Back.
I have a brand new nephew! He was born last month on Star Wars Day {Mother of boys info I never knew I needed to know! haha}
May the 4th be with youHe is the most precious little bundle! I have started nearly finished a quilt for him. Then I need to get cracking on one each for my elder two nephews.
They have been waiting long enough so patient!
A sneak peek :IMG_8522It’s a simple square patchwork with meandering quilting. But it’s very cute πŸ™‚

I also have another top-secret project on the burner. As well as trying to get a bit of furniture painting in somewhere. I did do some painting a couple of weeks ago –
IMG_9257This is chalk board paint around my pantry entrance {… and this is the tidiest it’s been since we started using it haha The boys LOVE it!} There’s usually a small canvas covering the yellow phone point because we don’t use it and it annoys me to see it there. But I need to sand the spot for the hook …
Anyhow, I am about to crash!
Cya next time ❀

KATE Sig for Manic Mumdays