16/52- 100 blog posts

Before I started this blog I wrote on blogspot and on the smidapaper blog, I moved over here, to wordpress, somewhere in the middle of 2011. I suppose I’ve been blogging for about ten years and I’m no clearer on why I continue to write & post, except maybe the fact that I like telling... Read More


15/52- Week in the life

I must have started on this project in previous years and probably abandoned the idea along the way. This year something about documenting a week of my life in detail took hold of me. I think Ali has been inviting people to join her on this journey for about seven or eight years now, and week in the... Read More


14/52-November regroup

Regrouping this week as November comes into full swing, realising that as the year comes to a close there are a whole bunch of intentions set in January that are going to be left behind without a hope of getting finished. There is a little pressure here to get on with it on some accounts and to let... Read More


13/52- paying attention to details

One of my intentions for this 52 week project was to pay attention to details. All projects start with the best of intentions. The excitement of something new. The promise of change and maybe a life changing outcome. Or at least a positive one. Probably the main reason New Year’s resolutions... Read More


12/52- creating order in my scrap space


I’ve been thinking of ways to create systems that work around the house and I’m going to write a post on that soon. Since my creative space, or scrap room as I call it, is in need of immediate attention it is probably the best place to start. In any plan to organize , there... Read More


11/52- vintage fair treasures

It’s been a little frustrating around here. After meeting with the architect, I thought that things would proceed quickly. I even had hopes of seeing my new kitchen emerging before the Christmas holidays. Three weeks later they have not been able to locate the plans nor have they made an appointment... Read More

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10/52 – stronger

Ten weeks into this 52 week project! So far it’s been a journey of re-discovery. Going back to the things that were a big part of my life thirty years ago. Like exercise. Hands up if you’ve written “Lose weight” as one of your intentions or goals on January 1st. For me it’s... Read More


9/52 ~ working the kitchen

While planning for our kitchen re do, there was a lot of thinking to do. A lot of questions that needed to be asked and answered. The existing kitchen is entirely too small and lacks storage. On two walls there are doors that lead to the wet kitchen and dining room respectively, another wall is fitted... Read More


8/52- space

Every time we go to the apartment , there is a feeling of space. Space around us. And space in my head. It feels like you can do more when you have less. All we have there is a couple of sets of clothes. Stuff to go to the gym. There is no food except cereal and milk, coffee and tea. Each time we... Read More


8/52- Unfinished Projects

This was going to be a post about  function in the home. I was procrastinating the start. The getting down to writing. In the most common way. Smartphone. While procrastinating with my smartphone I came across a post by Jeff Goins. About how our life’s work is always unfinished. This struck... Read More


7/52- Simplifying

I’ve been struggling this week with what to write in this post. While week 6 was a rush of excitement and activity, week 7 was wrought with less than positive thoughts. I asked myself why I was doing this. Why the self imposed challenge to write these posts regularly, to document everything... Read More


6/52 – inside our house

It seemed like a good idea at the time. An editor of an online magazine found my blog. “Would you like  your home to be featured?”

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5/52-still loving Project Life

Part of this 52 week project is to... Read More


5/52 – random monday thoughts

Monday morning blues.

Sometimes fantastic things that happen to you that require more effort and energy than you can muster. There is the valley and the mountain and maybe a rainbow beyond. In the valley it is sometimes dark and muddy, sometimes your shoes get stuck and you have to yank  a... Read More


4/52- details, details

Interior decorator.

Interior stylist.

A perfect occupation for one with OCD tendencies. Someone who leans toward micro management. Maybe someone who sometimes needs to straighten the rug, align it with the sofa. Oh, but now it isn’t at a right angle with the other chair. Now where’s... Read More


3/52- sunday at home

Loving the way the light comes in from the too many windows. Less walls and more windows makes it hard to hang art and place bookshelves but there is a plus side, lots of yummy light drifting in from the courtyards. Love that!

Couldn’t resist the photo op.

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