Living My Real Life

Happy weekend my friend! My family and I created a long weekend by taking Friday off.  I mentioned a few weeks back that this is the dry spell for public holidays (none between June and October) so it just felt like we all needed to take a day.Jenna has actually been on holiday all week and Jesse managed to get Friday night off (he works in a restaurant so hours are long).  Andy has been working lots of long hours so we managed to convince him to take the day as well.  What did we do with our day off? We drove up the Kapiti (pronounced car-pit-e) coast for lunch (seen here on a better day).  You can't really see it in the picture below but the road meanders along the coast line at the bottom of the hill.

It was raining so wasn’t a great day to be outside but I’ll try and share some photos, etc next week.

On the Blog

All About Jump Rings

After doing my live workshop with Wardrobe Toolbox the other week, I went back to basics in this week’s tutorial, talking all about jump rings – what they are, when and how you would use them.  If you’re new to jewellery making, this one is especially for you.

All About Jump Rings Tutorial


Five Things You Won’t Find in New Zealand

I was wondering if anyone would find this interesting, but I’ve had great feedback on this post.  There are pros and cons of living anywhere so I thought I’d share this. Let me know what you think.

5 Things You Won't Find in New Zealand

Around the Web

Here’s some random things I found this week that I thought you might enjoy.

Make Your Own Sideboard

This is an amazing post about how Juliet made this sideboard – you won’t believe what she used. Read this post and find out.

A Loverly Life

Casual Table Setting

I follow Bushel and a Pickle blog and I’m always amazed at how many beautiful table arrangements Linda comes up with.  This one is very casual but very elegant.  If you like recipes, Linda’s blog is full of amazing ones so check it out.

Bushel and a Pickle


Morning Glory Muffins

If you’re setting your table, why not serve these amazing Morning Glory Muffins.  Don’t they look scrumptious?

Gathered in the Kitchen

BBQ Spice Rub

Here’s another recipe you could use – the ultimate spice rub for your meat!  I can imagine the aroma of this –yum – makes me dream of hot summer days - sigh! I also love how Jayne has displayed this photo – I’d visit this site just for the photo!

Chalking Up Success

Cucumber and Onion Salad

Here’s another recipe for your table. Stacey has made this gorgeous cucumber and onion salad which sounds so delicious.

Stacey Lives


Well, that went in a different direction than I thought it would – it turned out not to be so random after all.  Now you have everything you need for a late summer barbeque – a lovely table setting, a spice to add to your meat, a salad and dessert. And after the barbecue’s finished, you can retreat indoors to watch TV on the your new sideboard.


Well, that’s all from me this week. I hope you have a super stunning weekend.


Have fun – till next week …

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August 7, 2021