Friday, 22 April 2016


Well hello there. I don’t know if anyone even reads this blog any more, but every once in a while I feel the need to document what I’ve been up to.

Almost four years have passed since the sudden and tragic passing of my sister, and in that time we also lost her son to tragic circumstances, and then my beloved Mum passed. It was just after losing my sister that my life started sliding downhill. Oh, I still got up and went to work, and cooked and cleaned (sort of LOL), and got things done that had to be done, but inside I was shrivelling up. As my world started going darker, the weight of my sadness manifested itself in my physical being, slowly I gained a lot of weight. A couple of months ago I finally broke, I reached my bottom, I knew that I needed to get some help. I am now crawling back out and can see the light and I’m so grateful.

While my get up and go got up and left, I still managed to muster up the energy to do some crafty stuff, such as these wooden signs that I made for my co-workers for Christmas. Family name signs

With the arrival of spring and a spring in my step, I made some new cushions with this Swaying Palms outdoor fabric from Tommy Bahama.

And I’ve bought some great pieces of furniture, some of which have now been sold and others that will live with me for a while, or maybe even forever Ha ha.

The countdown is on, 20 more days until I get to be in Cuba again. This time I’m taking my youngest sister, who has never been outside of the country, nor has she ever been on an airplane. It’s going to be epic!

So that’s what’s going on over here…life


  1. Hi. I still check your blog from time to time. Your projects give me ideas for my own refurbs. Glad to hear things are starting to look up for you. Keep at it :)

  2. Awww thank you Staz, it's nice to see that I'm not talking to myself :)

  3. Sooo nice to you are back online again - I find your decorating style inspiring, and am glad your spirits are up.. Please enjoy your beach time!

  4. Hi Mel, so glad you are working through things, depression is a sneaky thing that likes to eat up your life. I've struggled on and off most of my life. I'm glad you posted, I still check on you at least once a week and am always excited to see the great finds and your design flair. I hope you have the most fabulous time in Cuba with your baby sis. hugs

  5. SO nice to see a new post from you! I'm very sorry for all your losses. Your spirit, creativity and talent are so special. You always inspire me. The palm pillows are fantastic and I love those family signs! I admire my monogram that I won from you every single day. My thoughts are with you and I hope you have a trip! Joy

  6. Hi Mel,
    As you know I've been MIA for awhile...but I'm finally catching up now and checking in on you! You have had a lot to deal with, that's for much sadness and it is more than most people could bare! I am just so glad that you are on the way up and out! Your blog was one of the first that I found and enjoy reading still so much! Your creativity always inspires me! Your furniture scores always amaze me! And those pillows - so beautiful!
    You'll have to tell us about that epic plane ride to Cuba now...I'm curious! We visited Cuba a few years ago and loved it there, beautiful beaches!
    Big Hugs, Kimberley

  7. I have been MIA as well due to several family members passin in the last 10 months. I can relate to that awful black hole. I think of you often and send love and positive vibes from sunny Arizona where fall has yet to get us below the 100 degree temperatures. Loving your finds! I passed on a set earlier this year and have been kicking myself repeatedly since. Hoping not to make that mistake again. Wishing you love and light and an enjoyable fall.

  8. Hi Mel. I was just referencing an old blog post of mine and saw a comment from you and wanted to reach out. How are you? I'm so sorry about all you have been through. I hope things are going better for you these days.

  9. Bless you.
    I hope you are doing better and come back to blogging some day. I admire all that you've done on such a small budget! You go Girl!!!!

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