Living My Real Life

Happy weekend my friend! It’s been a crazy few weeks which is why last weekend I didn’t post a weekly roundup.  Instead, I revealed my newly renovated front porch.

It was also ANZAC Day here in New Zealand - we get up at 4.30am to attend the dawn service remembering our servicemen and women.  Last year we were in lockdown so stood on our porch and listened on the radio. So good to be able to attend this year. 

Thank You

I’ve had so many great comments about my front porch. Thank you all so much for your support, I really appreciate it. Knowing that I can share my projects actually inspires me to do more, so thank you all so much for reading and participating in the renovation of my home.

On the Blog

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared quite a lot on my blog.  Obviously, there was the front porch which was the foundation for other posts (more to come in the following weeks too). I’ve also shared a couple of jewellery projects. I’ve been concentrating more on beginner projects so why not jump in and get started making jewellery.

Butterfly Dangle Earrings

It feels like a long time since I shared this post – these butterfly dangle earrings would be a beautiful addition to your accessories wardrobe. They are also a beginner project so it’s a great place to start.

Butterfly Dangle Earrings Tutorial

How To Use a Bead Design Board

My next jewellery project was this green and silver twist necklace.  I walked you through what goes on in my head (it’s a scary place!) when I design a necklace. We finished the necklace with a toggle clasp so there were lots of great techniques covered in this one for beginners.

Green and Silver Twist Necklace Tutorial

My Not So Summer Wreath

As part of my porch makeover, I wanted to include a wreath for the door.  I wanted something soft but with a pop of colour so I designed this wreath. The reason I called it ‘My Not So Summer Wreath’ is because my friends on the front porch makeover challenge all live in the USA and so they are going into summer.  I kind of pretended I was going into summer when I did my porch makeover so that I was on theme.  If you would like to see the other porches in the challenge you can check them out at the bottom of my front porch renovation post. My Not So Summer Wreath was actually really easy to make, and bonus, I recycled some flowers that I already had – you know how I love recycling.

My Not So Summer Wreath

Front Porch Makeover

I’ve already mentioned this one above, but I just can’t stop talking about it because I’m so happy with the outcome. The front porch was a disaster before, and it had been very neglected in the three and a half years since we moved here. Now, everyone’s talking about how fabulous it looks.  It’s so lovely to get that kind of feed back on a project.

Front Porch Makeover

How to Paint an Aluminium Door or Window

I wrote this post because some of my readers had asked questions about howI got such a great result when I painted my aluminium door. Lots of houses in New Zealand have aluminium doors and windows and lots of them are really ugly colours so this post was especially relevant to my fellow Kiwi homeowners.

Next week, I’ll be sharing how I frosted the windows so stay tuned for that.

How to Paint an Aluminium Door or Window Tutorial

So that’s the roundup of the last couple of weeks.  

Happy weekend, have a fantastic one and I’ll see you all next week.

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May 1, 2021