Living My Real Life

Happy weekend my friend! Do you believe it’s September already.  I feel like I blinked and missed the last month.  It’s been a crazy month with all that’s happened.  Now it’s Father’s Day tomorrow.  In other parts of the world Father’s Day is celebrated in June but here in New Zealand we celebrate it on the first Sunday of September.

Of course, now that it’s September, the weather is slowly starting to warm up.  It’s been cold in the mornings but we’ve had some stunning days. I’m hoping to spend some time today in my very neglected garden and start my spring clean-up and planting. I took the picture above one morning a few weeks ago from the deck outside our bedroom.  Isn’t it beautiful with the fog hanging in the valley.

On the Blog

It was a fairly masculine week on the blog this week with me sharing a men’s bracelet tutorial and a visit to a car museum that happened about a month ago.

Men’s Bracelet

In honour of Father’s Day, this week I shared this men’s bracelet tutorial. Andy has been asking me for ages to make him something so I did.  I used some rough black lava beads which I ordered in especially, and some Tibetan Silver tubes.  It was such a departure from the pretty things I’ve been making recently. I really enjoyed it.

Men's Bracelet Tutorial

Southwards Car Museum

At the beginning of August, my family and I took a day off to drive up the coast. When we originally planned it, we hadn’t intended to visit Southwards, but it was a really great decision to do so. It was such fun and there was so much to see that I couldn’t possibly write about it all.

Visit to Southwards Car Museum

Around the Web

As I browse the web, I’ve still been seeing mostly fall projects but today, I thought I’d honour my fellow Southern Hemisphere residents and feature some spring projects. When you’re thinking about spring in the Southern Hemisphere you don’t want to be thinking about Easter so stay away from the rabbits and Easter eggs.

Spring Cushion

I love this spring cushion from Feet Under My Table.  I love most that it’s not typically spring.  Most spring projects are bright or pastel colours – I love the muted colours used here. If you would like to make this, then check out this excellent tutorial.

Feet Under My Table

Spring Hat Wreath

I fell in love with this hat wreath as soon as I saw it.  The way that Maria has made these flowers is really unique and interesting.  I would happily put this one on my door.

Simple Nature Decor Blog

Spring Décor Ideas

Of course adding spring flowers to your house is a quick way to bring in the feeling of spring and some wonderful colour.  In this post, Kim has shared some wonderful ideas for adding quick easy touches of spring.

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Chalkboard Pots

If the weather is good enough to get outside, you could plant some herbs in these wonderful chalkboard pots. What a fun idea.

Virginia Sweet Pea

What about you? What do you do to bring in the spring?  Let me a comment down below and if you have a blog post about Spring décor, I’d love you to leave me a link so I can check it out.


Have a great week! Stay safe and have fun!

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September 4, 2021