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Easter started early here in the Archer household. Brandt was up and off to work by 6.30am after only arriving home after midnight as he had been to his friend's 21st.
The Easter Bunny had been and left a lover-ley Elegant Rabbit on my side table!! And there was an Elegant Rabbit gracing Ken's side table too!
The Easter Bunny had also been very busy out in the family room, leaving an Elegant Rabbit (obviously a popular choice)plus a Humpty Dumpty and some Smarties spelling out each kid's initial (so they knew who owned what)...all left on the coffee table.
Capri was up and about by about 7.30am. She came in to tell me that the Easter Bunny hadn't left as much for Brandt compared to her and Jamison. Huh? I was SURE the Easter Bunny had been very fair with her deliveries and so I went to investigate.
It seems a SECOND Easter Bunny had visited us late, late last night and left some extra goodies!!!
There was an extra box for each of the kids and two chocolate rabbits sitting there with an "m" and a "d" for mum and dad spelt out in Smarties!! I realised the original LARGE pile of Smarties spelling out a "B", "J" and a "C" was somewhat smaller than I remembered so it seems the second Easter Bunny utilised the Smarties on hand to create some extra initials!!!!
So it's been chocolate and croissants for breakfast here and now I am back into the painting BUT I have a helper!!!! Yay. Ken's helping me today. I hope to have our bedroom all finished very, very soon...
We have a few hours up our sleeve before we head off for an Easter Sunday BBQ at my parent's house!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.
This year we celebrated Easter and my sister's Anzac Day birthday a little earlier and got together yesterday - Good Friday.
More pics to come but wanted to share these...the kids are getting SO BIG! We try and line them up, youngest to oldest, for a photo each Easter we are together. They used to be so cooperative. These days - not so much!!
Here they are Easter 2006
and oh my goodness they don't even FIT in the doorway anymore..Easter 2011
Yes, smiling faces - you would think they all cooperatively joined in and got their photo taken with no fuss and no bother. Believe me they DIDN'T. The whole lot of them were horrors!
All grown up. But not too grown up for the annual Easter Egg Hunt though. More pics once I edit them:)
Yesterday Lisa and I headed back to Pages 2 Scrap in Tuggerah for another arty, painty class, this time with Nathalie Kalbach who had travelled all the way from Germany to be with us.
Nathalie works for Tattered Angels and as I only own ONE SOLITARY SINGLE bottle of their Glimmer Mist and KNOW I don't use it to it's full potential, I thought it would be good to get to see what all the glimmer mist fuss was about.
We only had a lovely small group of ladies which was good for us as it meant lots of teacher attention and free reign of all the pretty bottles of Glimmer Mist and chalks and glazes, screens etc that Nathalie had with her.
And we got inky and messy as we layered and gesso-ed and sprayed and painted and embedded Vintaj bits and inked and stamped. And Lisa and I also chomped our way through a packet of mini chocolate caramel Easter eggs...yummo...
I wasn't at all happy with how my canvas was evolving during the class and felt a bit like the needy student up the back struggling with the spray bottles!!!!! but I figured I was learning a bunch of cool things I can use on other projects and I was enjoying the company and the break away from work....I was looking enviously around at all the other TOTALLY COOL canvases from the other girls and feeling so sad that mine looked so blah!
BUT once I grabbed a paintbrush toward the end of the class and some glimmer glaze, I felt instantly more at home with the paintbrush compared to handling the spray bottles, and I was able to "fix" my little canvas and some shine and glimmer and a more painter-ly finish and now I am pleased to admit...I LOVE it. Phew.
I don't get to be a student very often but it was nice to settle back and learn a few new things with Nathalie who was such a lovely lady. And there's certainly a few ideas she showed us that I look forward to trying out on other canvases...
Am I now a glimmer mist convert?
Um, not really. I love the pretty colours and the effects other people achieve with the glimmer mists but I am much more at home with my paints, inks and a paintbrush:) Although I do like a little spritz here and there of beautiful glimmery colour ..just now and then.
Our family photo was taken by the lovely Rachel Greig several years ago now..these days - Brandt's curls are now gone, my hair is shorter and blonder, Capri's hair is straighter, Kens hair is a bit thinner and Jamison is now 6'3" tall!!!
Well I can't believe SIX days have gone by since I last blogged. I was being so good there with my daily little posts and thought maybe one or possibly two days had gone by but the times flown and I was shocked when I checked and realised its almost been a full week.
Its been busy here in the Archer household.
Brandt's well and truly moved back in. We're all settling back quite nicely into a routine for a family of five again. Term 1 has finished already and we have officially kicked off school holidays. We're getting measured up for carpets tomorrow morning and I am *almost* finished painting the bedrooms - just some glossy white trim to go in Brandt's room. AND our new leather lounge is arriving on Tuesday. Its been a LOOOONG wait and I hope the sofas are as nice as I remember way back in February when we ordered them!
And I bought this little guy.
Meet Dex. He's on his way to us from Mardi's lovey new Etsy shop Dudley and Grace
He moved back home late yesterday. I didn't *quite* get that last bedroom painted before he arrived home...so he moved in around all my painting stuff!!! And I do intend to have it all finished by the end of the weekend.
But it feels good to have all my chickens back home under the one roof again. Although we did adapt quite well as a family of four there for several months so having him home again will take some adjustments from all of us.
For one thing - Jammo took up residence in Brandt's old (and bigger) room just last weekend. So Brandt's moved back into Jamison's old room at the back of the house. Not that he minded at all. He was quite happy to move in there.
So we are back to being a full time family of five. Until Brandt gets the moving out bug again.
So how was your weekend?
Ours was good.
I dived back into the painting of the house. I'm determined to get all the bedrooms painted so we can get new carpets ordered! So I've been busy. I'm painting the whole house in Dulux Sandy Day with Dulux Natural White gloss trim. And we've chosen a charcoal coloured twist pile carpet.
My plan is to move Jamison into Brandt's old room (it's much bigger than the little room Jammo has at the back of the house) and to use the back room as a guest room.
I tackled Capri's room firstly though. And also painted one side of our very long hallway!
It was a disgrace. She's not the tidiest of girls and for someone who is so organised with her school work and assignments, she lives in the biggest amount of chaos you could imagine. She is just SO MESSY. I won't scare you all with a before shot. It's just too bad to share. Not that Capri even minds her room being so messy - as long as that path to her bed is there then she's right!
It took some time to clear away and sort out the mess. And then I started painting. She already has her aqua feature wall which we left as was but I painted the other walls and added the gloss trim.
I also transformed her table lamp and a noticeboard but they aren't quite finished yet. I'll share after photos once I have finished.
Capri's room is *not quite* done so there's furniture everywhere still but I am getting there. And we need to give her shelves a good clean out too.
The walls are all done now but I need to add the final coat on the skirting boards. Ken installed the white venetian blinds we bought from Freedom Furniture for all the bedrooms and once I move all the furniture back I can tick this room off my painting list.
And I want to paint her bookcase, tallboy and desk in glossy white but that will have to wait for now.
Jammo moved himself into the big room late Sunday. I painted that room ages ago and the blinds were already installed so it was ready to go and we were waiting for Jamison to decide whether he wanted to move in or not.. He seems pretty chuffed with his new, bigger room now he's all moved in. And it means I can now tackle the last bedroom and it get it painted and the blinds installed..
And my goal of ordering the carpets is getting closer.
I must admit that I do start painting with great gusto and then half way through I remember that I hate painting. But I also hate things half done so I push on and then need a break before tackling the next room or section of the house.
I'll share some "after" photos when I have some!
Last weekend a school friend of Brandt's died in a racing accident. It was sudden and horrific and so so sad. All of his mates were in shock. He was only twenty years old.
Also last weekend a lady I used to work with and who my mum later went on to work with for many, many years also died suddenly. Of a heart attack. It was instant, unexpected and also so sad.
Yesterday both of their funerals were held, ironically at the same place, several hours apart. Yesterday morning Mum emailed me through the funeral notice of both people and just reading the notices and seeing their loved ones left behind listed in the notice really struck a chord.
One so young who had had his whole life ahead of him and the other, newly retired from her work and excitedly planning a trip around Australia with her partner in June, also with her whole life ahead of her.
Both lives cut short.
Anyway, I didn't go to either funeral. Mum went to her work friend's funeral in the morning and Brandt went with all of their school friends to his mates funeral in the afternoon.
I lit a candle for each of them yesterday morning after feeling sad but also after receiving an email from Ken..it was one of those forwards..you know the type - live each day to the full, use the good cutlery instead of saving it for a rainy day etc etc..and there was a line in there, I have read it before, about using those pretty candles you collect instead of just letting them sit there gathering dust..
So I did.
And this time there were no mishaps ;) You can still see the melted mess from last time on the edge of my lantern! But I don't care. The candles looked and smelled beautiful all day!