Feeling the Love.

So once again, another post about how much I’m enjoying this place.

I feel like at the moment, I can’t wipe the smile off my face. Today so far I have taken the dog for a walk, done a few loads of washing, weeded the lawn and well maybe a little ‘internet research’. (hey, facebook can be very informative). So nothing too exciting but it’s everything I want to do and never had time to.

Amoung my facestalking, I have also been looking for inspiration. I’m a hairdresser by trade and am starting up my own home based business, here in Quilpie, which has just taken off. While I was living and working full time in south east Queensland, there was inspiration everywhere, from clients coming in, to the awesome girls I worked with, there were always new magazines around and even just going on a retail therepy trip. I guess I never noticed how much I was aware of my suroundings and took inspiration from different looks and styles.

So now that I’m a little more isolated, I’m finding I have to be a bit more pursuent of inspiration. So, I have started by purchasing a few of the gossip mags, for celebrity inspiration (which I have never before done in my life!) and have spent the morning oggaling over the gorgeous styles on http://graceloveslace.com.au/. They are oh so fantastic! So now that I am aptly inspired, I’m off to make some choc chip cookies before my handsome husband gets home for lunch. Yes, that’s right I get to have lunch with hime daily. 50’s house wives, eat your heart out!!!

Cheers, Suzy.

P.S. Curtousy of the new Who magazine, loving Guy Sebastian, his gorgous wife and there little boy, Jules and Hudson James. What a gorgous family, and some fantastic hair too!


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Feeling @ Home.

Well last night was a great night, not only because we were celebrating our friend Annie’s birthday but when we sat down, she announced that she had just gotten engaged!!!!!

So there was plenty to celebrate last night and celebrate we did. It really is a great group of people we have befriended out here and though I am still missing my besties a little, I can’t help but fall in love with this place.

I know it’s a little early in the relationship to say the big L word, but really it’s been so great. And I now want them to come out here with us. I really had this feeling even if I did like it here, I would always feel this pull to go back ‘home’ and see everyone, now all I want is to show this place off to everyone. hahaha

Really enjoyinng it and MUST TAKE MORE PHOTOS to share the beauty out here.

But for now I’m off to eat the yummy home made pies and chips I have been pottering over all day.

Ahhhhh, bliss!

Cheers, Suzy.


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Were Here.

We have arrived safe and well in Quilpie and have been here for 2 whole weeks now.

That time has gone so quickly!

But i have settled in really well and loving it. I’ve even done some baking and the highlight so far……. BINGO.

No, really we played bingo today. Hahaha.

At the local club (as in sports club, not night club) they have bingo on every Saturday. It was pretty fun, didn’t win anything but that’s ok, it was fun and something to keep the housewives of this town occupied. lol.

Well I’m off now to enjoy some birthday celebrations for a friend. That means getting dressed up to go out on the town. Wranglers and all. Yes, I have my first pair of wranglers, rinestones, and pink stitching and all.

Should be a great night, I will have to show some picks of my trendy threads. Maybe tomorrow…….afternoon.

Night all.

Cheers, Suzy.

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The photographic evidance.

So here are the pictures, a little delayed I know but better late then never, right? Well, I’ll get right to it.

The Before……..

And the after!

This is looking to the right as you walk into our front door. We have what is known as an old Queenslander. Houses built in early to mid 1900’s of timber. They are very well suited to our climate in times when there were no such thing as airconditioners! But as the years roll on, you will seldom find an original that isn’t adapted in some form or another.

Example? The room your looking at would have originally been a verandah to the existing house. Built on the northern side to give the house protection from the harsh summer elements, yet allow for easy flow of air through the doors and windows. Generally the process goes a little like this. They add some side verandahs, just to catch a little more breeze and to really enjoy some good old Aussie out door time. Then comes the indoor kitchen and bathroom, WOW could you imagine the LUXURY! So they build in part of the side verandahs, just enough to not lose that barrier from the elements but with easy access out the side door. I mean the depression was starting to come to an end so people could afford improvements on the house. Really? What else would they do with their riches? haha. Then maybe an extra bedroom or two in front of that, for those growing families of the 60’s and 70’s. And finally the front verandah gets built in, for a little extra storage room.  Then, it comes about time to add another verandah on the front to get back to that good old aussie entertaining. What you end up with is a bit of every era all rolled into one and a home with a history and a story to be discovered! Well, I’m sure you would have all figured by now I have a keen interest in Australian history and how places like this are built from the ground up, by many different hands.

But back to more modern times and what these two hands have done!

Before ………


These are looking left from our front door. Yep that’s a big entry.

Now for my favourite room. This one, I always thought would make a great space for …..well alot of things. I imagined setting up a small studio in here. The light is fantastic, and how could those colourful windows not imspire you to create great things! Also in the years to come, it could be a great nursery, it is such a dear little room and I can just picture the Bentwood rocking chair, white wash bassinett, the bunting and quilts …………… oh sorry, back to reality.

So this is kind of why it took me a few days to show you these photos, I had to find the right time of day to capture the light that adorns this little niech in our home.

Before I worked my magic………

And the awesome end result.

I guess I didn’t realise how much the time of day made a difference to the look of a room in a photo. But even reading other blogs for inspiration, it is something that can make a real differance!

Well, one last pic of our front door, just love how it finally looks at home. I painted it some time back but it always looked somewhat out of place from the inside as the rest of the room was incomplete.

Our Front Door. Looking very at home.

Aaahhhhh. Finally!

Cheers. Suzy.

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Nearly There.

So close, but no cigar!

I may have had a bit of a slow start this morning, well? It is sunday! So after a mammoth day Friday and a full day babysitting yesterday, I only had the arcitraves, skirting boards, windows and 1 door to paint. But I am talking two rooms worth and thats; around 7 windows, 6 doorways, 3 pairs of bay windows and a door! Yeah that’s right, what was I thinking, haha. Well I am nearly there and am seeing the light! Just one more coat on the skirting boards and some arcs. Then I promise I’ll celebrate with some great after photos. Of coarse, I don’t have to worry about redressing the room as the house is pretty much empty now. No spare room furniture, no office furniture. But, our house in Quilpie is getting quite full! Before I go on, I’ll share some before pics with you I took the other day.

Our front entry.

Front Entry Towards Bed 4.

Bedroom 4/ Ofiice.


Don’t mind the bulky furniture in centre shot, I’m a little lacking in man power so moving things to the middle of the room is about the best I can manage. But you can see what I’m talking about. Sooooo many windows and doors!

Enough about this place, I’m starting to get really excitied about our new house! While it may only be a rental property, so no renovating for a little while. There are still plenty of homly touches I am looking forward to making around the place. But before I get there, I am entrusting James with placing out all our furniture. Well, except the “pretty stuff”, so he calls it, which pretty much entails anything that weights less then 10kg and isn’t furniture or whitegoods. Gotta love him. But normally when I am going to do something like moving into a new place, I just walk around the empty space picturing where eveything might go. I’m not the only one who does this right? It’s all part of getting the feeling of the place and how your going to make it into your home. So, due to the fact that James was already living some 888km’s away with friends while he started his new job. And I had work here until last week. When we got our new house in Quilpie about a month ago, James was able to move in straight away. With his job allowing him to have RDO’s he was also able to come back and forth getting loads of furniture and making the move smoother rather then rushed. But the point I am really trying to get to is……… James lives our new house in Quilpie which now has 80-ish-% of our furniture in it AND I have never even seen it!

It’s really a bit strange, I don’t know where to call home anymore? Once I have finsihed all this painting and given the place a good sprucing up. We will once again reside in the same house! Yay! AND…. have a home again! Double YAY!

So to rap up, I finished work a week ago now and I have missed the girls from work abit but I feel like I am experiencing the outside world. I have baby sat my nephew and my best friends little girl, been shopping, painting and done some baking. I loved every minute of it! Maybe I could get used to this not working full time thing. (wink-wink)

Before I get too carried away in my day dreams, I’ll leave you with a picture of the Yummy cupcakes I made with my best friends little 4 year old, Georgia yesterday. We had a ball making them and her mum loved them!

Yummy Cupcakes!

Cheers. Suzy.


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Yay, we have undercoat!

After having the morning off yesterday and then running some erands this morning, making it only 2 half days or lets just say one big day of work. And we are well and truly on the way. It doesnt sound like much but I can tell you, old houses are much more fun then new houses. First you have to undo what everyone else has done, before you can start a fresh. But that’s what it’s all about really isn’t it.

I think that’s what really intrigues me with old house. It’s like they have this story they want to tell but you really have to take the time to look around and litterally take back the layers, one by one. We found this when we completely overhauled our bathroom, not long after we bought the house. It was a team project, me, my hubby and his dad. Also James but known as Jim. So, me, all keen to get started and learn eveything there was to know. James, not really all that convinced that it was actually going to ever be livable again. And Jim, ever the optimist, It’ll be right, we’ll get it done, he would say. Luckily he at least knew what he was doing!

So under the watchful guidence of Jim, we ripped it all down and looked…….. At the colours, the way the walls were built, the old water damage. We then found out, our house had not always been where it is. But some 800 metres away, not far from the restructured water coarse that runs through our town. We’re not exactly sure when it was moved but there were big floods through the town in the 50’s and the 70’s and after having water through the house, the Fornby family decided to pick up and move along to the closest high ground they could see. Of coarse, I’m sure aside from the water, I don’t think they would have stayed there much longer as the whole area was redeveloped into the town racecoarse and later into the sports/recreation fields that are now the heart of the town.

But back to our old beauty, so as we are pulling off the old wall and the linen cupboards with swirly green contact still intact. We find this blue/green turquoise, which was once the colour of the exterior of the original structure. AND water marks, half way up the walls. It is hard to see in photos, but it was clearly visable to us there had been water waste deep through this house! I must also mention that when moved to this site is was actually put on 6ft high stumps. So we were pretty certain this water damage wasn’t recent!

We also found how the room had originally been connected through to what is now the kitchen. It’s quite amazing to see the original studs and even old weather boards as the bathroom is not inside the original house itself. Of coarse there weren’t such dramatic discoveries this time as the rooms we are working on now had previously been pulled down and rebuilt.

So my next endevour, if I can ever convince James to buy another renovater, is to buy one that is untouched. I’m sure it’ll be pretty bad but just think about what could be hiding in those wall cavitities, or that atic……….?

Well I shall leave you with some pics of our bathroom when it was just an empty room and finsihed. Unfortuatly in my haste, I forgot to get before photos. Sorry, but rest asured, it wasn’t pretty. A mixture of rippeled glass screens and a beige vanity!

Cheers. Suzy.

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Checking off that list.

So it seemed like today was quite a successful one! After posting some no-longer needed items for sale yesterday, One of them had already found a new home! Only about 15 more to go. But after looking after my little nephew all morning, as he was not feeling well enough for day care. My work has begun….. I finished emptying out the cupboards in out sunroom and the prep has started. Not that it was really great weather for it as it was quite FREEZING here today. Maybe not to some but I’m a girl that likes my sunshine and cheery days. Not when it’s blowing a gail, and it’s got a really icy note to it. Though I’m thinking that’s something I’m going to have to get used to with the impending winter and our move increasingly west!

As I’m writing this, I may be having slight regret about moving  I’m thinking I am just going to have to get used to drinking endless cups of tea and get cracking on sharpening my knitting skills. You can never have too many scalves! I will have to show you my very first kniting project when it’s finished,

So back to my busy day, it’s looking improved on since this morning so I’m happy. Won’t share any pics yet, you’ll have to wait ’til I’m finished.

But i will share a cute pic of my little nephew on one of his  better days, when it wasnt too cold to enjoy the sunshine and some pool activities.

On Australia Day.


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