Good Intentions

January 6th, 2011 — 9:23am, 6 comments »

I think I remember why I haven’t (yet) developed my regular outside yoga practice – my new (year) disciplined approach to better health…  Leaving the house is too bloody tiring… unless it’s to visit the local antique/junk shop of course.  That’s different.

What do you think?

Happiness

November 1st, 2010 — 8:50pm, 8 comments »

We all know that shopping doesn’t make us happy, right?  Well not really happy in a long term, meaningful way.  But what if it’s loads of fun, and can make us happy even for a little while, in a superficial way?  I’ll buy that.   Sounds like retail therapy…

For my money, online shopping has to be the most fun – and the most convenient way to do it. But not only is it fun and convenient, it’s exciting.   Apart from the thrill of buying something you know not everyone else has – like something hand made and unique from Etsy (especially fabulous because everything is always wrapped so beautifully and sent with personal hand written well wishes) – it’s the anticipation …  Waiting for that package, that special thing that will change your life, to arrive. I like to think that given my maturity, I appreciate the factor of delayed gratification.  For an international purchase (and they are very exciting) you have to wait at least a whole week before it actually arrives.  Then there’s the risk involved.   Oh yes, there are huge risks.  Will I like it, will it fit, will it even resemble the photograph of whatever I fell in love with? 

Well two out of three ain’t bad…  Today in the post I received this lovely package – from Anthropologie

Want to see inside? I know you do…

Are they not the sweetest, cutest shoes you have ever seen?  I just love them – the detail – look at that inner sole …

I’m not very good at taking self portraits…

but, the good news is they’re really really comfy,

the bad news is – that’s ’cause they’re too big!

While I wait for my feet to grow, I think they look pretty good in my bedroom. 

Alternatively, if you need a little ‘happiness’ in your life and you’re a size 39, (a largish 8 I think) – you can contact me by leaving a message after the post or send me an email at My Pink Door.

Decorating Blues – in a good way!

September 29th, 2010 — 12:46pm, 8 comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve re-arranged the living room – at least a few weeks or so.   The other day I decided it needed to be a bit more cheerful, so I hung a couple of my paintings which had been earmarked for the guest room. 

Of course the problem is, or should I say the fun begins, when you change one thing and it affects everything else.  Changing the paintings meant I needed to throw in some blue.  Good thing I always have a ‘few’ extra cushions on hand.  I also brought out the cane coffee table I had in storage.  I love it in here, now that I’ve taken out the persian rug.

Of couse then I had to find somewhere for the painting that had been hanging in the living room, and the guest room was the obvious place.  I mean, that is where it had come from originally, and it goes so well with the magenta goat hair carpet.  Don’t you think?

While I was in the guest room I also decided to change the position of the bed.  It was as if a light bulb suddenly came on - although it is a pity it hadn’t come on before the hallogen downlights were installed – strategically positioned as reading lights over the bed.   Anyway, I can’t tell you how much better the room looks now.  It opens it right up.  I wish I had some ‘before’ photos to show you.  You can also see – just – the cane table I sweet talked my husband into painting.  I want to make it very clear that I usually do all the painting, but I think it’s only fair to give credit where it’s due.  It wasn’t as deep a blue as I envisaged but it’s a happy blue and it works.

Then just because I felt like it,  I also introduced blue into my hallway.  It’s not the greatest photo, but you get the idea.  The artwork, titled “Blues for Jenny’  was a gift from my friend Sue, a talented artist.  I also hung the mosaic mirror I made as a tribute to my grandmother, who loved blue and white china and also decorated in pink and blue (I’m not original).   Would you believe I found a little blue and white plate with “I love you Grandma” that I smashed and then used in the mosaic?

The funny thing is, I then realised that the  mirror tied in so nicely with the painting on the other side of the hallway. 

This was painted by my friend Rose, based on a photo of me taken 3o years ago.  I’m drinking tea in my favourite cup, clearly a life long passion.  The cup, by the way,  is from the range of Calico china which I abolutely adored.  It’s still available, in fact, I saw a few pieces in Mel Martin’s shop the other day.  I almost bought one for old times sake, but resisted. I have Rose’s gorgeous painting instead.  Isn’t it amazing how the things we love all tie together, when we least expect it?  Decorating is so much fun.