Monthly Archives: February 2014

When life gives you lemons, make gin and tonics :)


So I was thinking about that bit of land that was not “THE ONE” and maybe how I could make it “THE ONE”. (and that’s not my aforementioned super sneaky plan btw). A kind friend who understands my addiction obsession with building my house recently sent me a link to a site about earthships. First I thought she might have been taking the piss and subtly stating that perhaps I needed a tin foil hat but no, it’s a thing. I’m still not entirely sure why it’s got the word ship in it as it’s nothing ship-like at all but I guess it’s a quicker way to describe the thing than “half buried house that is usually fronted by glass” (see no shipness (shipiocity?)).

You know come to think of it I think I’ve seen one of these built out of tyres on Grand Designs (another obsession along with the current season of The Block). It’s basically a house which is sometimes built into a hillside but is made of environmentally friendly or recycled materials and is well insulated and solar passive. It recycles just about everything (water/air) and is generally fronted by a wall of glass which acts as a greenhouse for your veggie plot

Anyway it’s an interesting concept and certainly in line with my whole sustainable, don’t pay the utilities pirates merchants for services house thing that I’m trying to do. AND I could build it into the side of a hill as that would help with the insulating properties. I really like the idea of the pretty glass bottle walls like the below too (especially the Bombay Sapphire bottles!).

glasswalls            glasswalls1 glasswalls2

(Plundered from here)  soooo pretttttyyyyyy

BUT as much as I like earthships and the concept behind them I can’t help but feel that it’s not what I want. I like to wake up to a lot of light in the house. And if I built it set into the hill then the likely spot for the bedrooms would be at the back… and then I’d almost never wake up because it would be too dark and I’d become Sleeping Beauty without the aid of a prince to wake her up with a kiss. I am, however, considering the use of the glass walls… somewhere, somehow. Not sure if I’ll be able to incorporate it into the house exactly but maybe in the entertainment area outside or something.

Now… for those gin and tonics! cheers to my 40th post 🙂

Am I addicted to porn??


Surely there’s a website I can go to to find out… one with a poll or multiple choice questionnaire?? Is there therapy for this??? Trawling through the lunchtime blogs today and I came across this lil article:

I was snickering in anticipation as the page loaded up but as I read on I realised this does actually kinda sounds like me in my current state of impatiently-patient-waiting-for-the-right-piece-of-land-so-I-can-build-a-house. The little selection of blogs you see to your right somewhere in the handy widget is but a sprinkling of the interiors blogs I have bookmarked… and sorted into categories, in folders…. which I keep synched between my work and home computers… hmm.

I feel like addiction’s probably too strong a word for it. I’m not jonesin’ for a fix if I don’t get a daily jab of glossy magazine inspiration or wracked with the shakes if haven’t clicked on my top ten fave blog sites for the day. Yes I maaayyy think about the house and what it will look like every 5-23 seconds of the day and get random furniture ideas which make me spring out of bed at 2:45am to search bleary eyed through the interwebs to see if there’s a YouTube tutorial that shows me how I can make it so I can exorcise the thought out of my head. But that’s just an investment in my future home comforts is it not? Hmmmm.

The fact that I was a little miffed at reading the section on “style files” and that I might just have a little folder of magazine cuttings which I intend to put in a “style file” of my own (not to mention this blog which in a way is one giant “style file”) But to say that they’re *GASP*  “regularly containing too much information to be meaningful” and that “clients are encouraged to cull (!!!) their images down to two types – those that they really love, and those they really hate” wtfuckery?? I can only cull down my cherished image collection down to “those I really love” and those “

And did I click on ALL of the links at the bottom of the article with anticipated glee at the new styley goodness awaiting my eyeballs?? um yesss… but but but… the writer, how can she write an article on house porn addiction and then FEED the reader’s alleged addiction with SEVENTEEN sugar coated enticing neon lighted linkages. That’s just mean and cruel and unusual punishment. *sigh*

Maybe there’s a smattering of addiction there. I was in a furniture shop on the weekend and discovered that they had wishbone chairs. I’d never seen one in the fleshy flesh. I was doing a little jig around it (no salaaming and claiming I wasn’t worthy, I promise) and pointing them out to my Mum who just looked at me blankly… as did the overly aggressive sales lady. I felt like standing on the seat and yelling at the top of my lungs “but they’re WISHBONE CHAIRS!!! HANS WEGNER???!! a design classic you heathens!” but I just settled for some quiet eye rolling instead.

Addiction feels like such a dirty word, I don’t like it. Addiction, no. Obsession yes 🙂

Becky says things about … reasons to be cheerful


If by now you haven’t already worked out that I have a really odd sense of humour and that I love a good laugh, you will now. Sharing this with you because a) it’s Monday and we all need a laugh on Mondays and 3) because I sat here giggling at my desk the whole way through it 🙂 Happy Monday folks!


Oh, brave Listener. We’ve all had a bit of a rough time recently.

There are several reasons why we are all feeling a bit peeved, irked, and somewhat vexed:

1) It is February. February is an obnoxiously depressing month, it knows it, and it doesn’t care. February is insufferable.

2) We are still paying off our Christmas credit card bills. This is intolerable.

3) Our New Year’s resolution diet and exercise regimes have failed miserably and we are eating more doughnuts, peanut butter, and full fat milk than ever before to cope with the depression of February and Christmas credit card bills.


4) The couples amongst us have had a relationship-busting argument on Valentine’s Day, and the singletons amongst us have just been reminded that they are SINGLE and ALONE and destined to remain that way for the rest of their sorry lives.

5) There is nothing to look forward…

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Well I went to go check out that property on Saturday and it’s not “THE ONE”. Bloody Google Earth getting my hopes up. Well it’s not really their fault but I feel like I need to blame someone hahaha. Anyway it’s a gorgeous spot, really top notch and in the right price range (tick) and exactly in the area I want to be (tick), it’s got the river (tick) and is mostly bush (tick)… BUT the one negative is a pretty big one to get over and not something I really expected. But let me start from the start.

Off I trekked (35 mins exactly from work so ummm not exactly a trek but shoosh I’m telling the story here) on a fine and sunny Saturday morning. I always find it so odd when I’ve obsessively looked at some land from the air via Google Maps and Google Earth for so long that when I actually see the place from the road, I know it so well despite never having been there. It’s a very odd sensation. So I found the turn off, drove through the gate and down the reasonably potholeless road (tick). Passed this cute lil fella and a few dozen of his mates: (he turned at the last minute to give me his good side, he sat there staring at me for a while when I stopped. Probably as if to say “whatchoo lookin at starebear, take a photo it lasts longer”… so I did) :


And there, exactly where the agent said it would be, was the gate to my block. Gorgeous spot. SO quiet as I got out of the car… just the birds and the locusts/crickety type things clicking away in the grass. So I ignored the faded “Trespassers will be prosecuted” sign and strolled on in. I did have the agent’s permission to be there by the way… just makin that clear before the lawyers are called.  Strolling up the hill, further up the hill…. the hill that’s slowly getting steeper….. til I get to this:


Hmmmmm… The spot that I was thinking of building after looking at it from the google maps is at the top of that… And on the other side of that hill is also the river. There is NO WAY that a concrete truck is going to be able to get up there to lay the foundations for the house….. BUGGER!! And once I get up there and find the area I’d looked at so many times on Maps, it’s not actually flat, it just doesn’t have any trees and is rocky and hilly. DOUBLE BUGGER!!!! There are suitable building spots on the other side of the hill but the concrete truck thing just makes that all impossible. And the only other real spot to build is roughly here which is about 5 mins from the gate:


but that means you’ve got to proper trek up the hill and down again to get to the river… which is not exactly what I had in mind. Pity because I really liked this spot. How’s the serenity? 😉


(this is actually taken from the highway gate)

I did actually have a bit of a cheeky idea about another bit of land as I was driving home from my expedition but I don’t think I can quite tell you about it until I’ve done it (nothing illegal). I’ll certainly let you know if it pans out!





You need to click this link

so fkn coolness.

3. – gonna try and make this
5. – if I had stairs oh hell yes
8. – this is happening outside with an aquaponics setup but oh yessy yess
9.- I’ve seen these advertised and if I could afford one it would be in my floor plan *insert drools here*
10. – great idea for the “flooring” of my firepit, hadn’t thought of that but I LOVE sand underfoot… so consider it done
11. – LOVE love love this idea… will be sourcing projector and screen to make it happen 🙂
12. – Love this too… idea for future ;}
14. I love this BUT where did they find those square shaped bottles in those pretty colours eh?
22. I’m loving this but if I ever get cats I can imagine this being one giant kitty litter tray…. 😦
23. hells yes 😉
24. even more oh hells yes + adults… aka me… 🙂

Modern country… who knew?!


Doing a little lunchtime drooling over the latest offerings from Temple & Webster (yes yes I may have ACCIDENTALLY bought something… my finger slipped I swear!) and was just browsing their site and they have a Find your Style section… with Modern Country! I didn’t even know that that was a thing… just thought it was me being finicky.

I found myself nodding along to the post agreeing with the style definition EXCEPT when it came to the “ongoing love affair with timber” part. I must confess, I’m really not a wood fan. It’s probably the main thing that bugs me about the country themed decor, wood on wood on wood. Bleeeeh. I’d be okay with it if it was whitewashed wood or painted wood. But au naturale… pass. Just not my thing… hope that doesn’t stop me joining the “proper bumpkin club”!

I also wanted to share this with you too:

Be sure to check out the video. Freaking AMAZING! I really want to make the door in the video. It looks relatively simple but to me is just so mind blowingly beautiful in it’s simplicity. A true cleverclogs door. I’ve been thinking about where I could put it in my house. Speaking of the house, a friend suggested I draw up my house plan in MS Visio to help “see” it, stroke of fkn brilliance there! So I have… wanna see?



sas houseplan

(clicky clicky if you want to view it in it’s full glory)

This is probably what I’d call houseplan 1.0 because there are already tweaks in my mind going on. And all the windows haven’t been added in etc etc etc… it’s a very rough first draft modification of Viva Homes’ Ants Pants design (linkage in the blogroll). I’ve already bombarded them with a whole stack of questions and they’ve been brilliant so far so I can’t wait to actually start building with them 😉

Been really busy this week so I haven’t had much time to post but I am brewing a couple more decor type posts for you, hope you can wait til next time!

Chestnuts roasting on an open…firepit


So today’s thrilling episode is all about my latest plan for DIY awesomeness. I’ve been reading about building with earthbags lately. Looks like a fairly simple process – fill long tube bags with a sand mix, sandwich with a few strands of barbed wire, tamp down then render.  Et voila! a solid construction for just about anything. There’s lots of websites with tutorials explaining how to do it in detail so have a google if you’re interested in learning.

I was thinking I could apply it to one of the outdoor features I really want in my new garden which is a round sunken firepit. I saw this image ages ago when I was thinking about firepits and this is what I want to base my design around. Although obviously outside, without the flue and with earthbagged rendered curves.


The below image gave me the idea to make my firepit out of earthbags:

firepit earthbag

I can’t find the original article that I snaffled the image from but it’s this lady’s entertainment area (love the hot pink!):

The original article showed them building their garden area step by step and they actually have a little firepit in the structure. That gave me the idea to apply it to what I had in mind with my sunken firepit to be able to create the lovely soft curves (although mine won’t be hot pink haha). Just add some comfy pillows and a cold beverage and it sounds like bliss to me.

And just because I want to get the word out there about making fires upside down (ie properly!) – which results in a cleaner, hotter fire – have a read of this:

And of course if I had a massive lake like dam on the property I’d do something like the below. Isn’t it gorgeous!


How’s the serenity 😉

All these ideas bulging out of my brain…. just need that land! *sigh*



I was talking with my Mum last night and she asked what my understanding of my life’s purpose is and I have to admit I don’t know yet (apart from learn what I can in the time that I have). I’m still trying to work out where my life is heading and what I’m sposed to be doing and I don’t have a clue. That scares the cack out of me because time keeps ticking by at a furious rate and I’m hitting a big milestone next year AKA 40 and this is totally not where I thought my life would be at this age.

Right now I’m focusing on finding my land so I can build my house and grow my veg and I have a feeling that that is a step in the right direction. I’ve had a few “signs” that it is so I can only assume that I’m traveling on the right path and that things will be revealed to me when I need to know. But you know how patient I am…. (ie NOT AT ALL)

That being said, a friend sent me this today:
if you're not doing what you love


And that struck quite a chord with me today particularly in light of my convo last night and my resulting melancholy mood. Basically because I feel like I’ve been wasting my time in what I’ve been doing with my life for the last 20 or so years. I don’t feel like I’ve actually achieved anything or done anything GREAT* and I’m not sure whether that’s because of the societal peer pressure on what a “normal” life is supposed to look like and how mine measures up or whether it’s the standard that I use to measure life. And as I’ve previously ranted about I feel like I’m wasting my time every single day being a desk jockey (although not the last couple of weeks as I’ve been doing house research while at work heheh… shhhh don’t tell the boss!).

The problem is, what is the remedy? I know the things I love to do but unfortunately the way the world is structured I need money to pay the bills and my future mortgage. It’s the old platitude of “do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. And that’s the trick. So very few people get to that point in their lives. I don’t lack for creativity or bravery to take a giant leap and pursue my loves but they’re not things that could sustain my financial life, only my “love” life if you will. And I don’t want to build this house only to lose it but I don’t want to be chained to the desk to maintain it. Damn you filthy lucre -.-

I don’t like feeling like I’m not the master of my destiny. I’m in control of me, I’m the driver of this bus. And yet I don’t have the directions to steer myself down the way I want to go. Part of the reason I love to read other people’s blogs, the ones who are living the life I aspire to, is to work out how they did it and are doing it. And then try and work out how I can too (and not be an underpants gnome*) and see if I can divine their secret road map.

So it’s a lesson in patience at the moment. And try not to feel like I’m in limbo. Keep doing what I’m doing and wait and see. Keep dreaming my dream, keep the laser focus on creating the life I want to live. Baby steps eh? I never was really good at that 🙂

More housey goodness and less of the pensive ramblings next time I promise.

*Great as in Big, Major, Important, Significant not fun, wonderful, very good because I have had those kind of great times.

*Underpants Gnome –