Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mums Place - Part 3

If you've been popping in for a while you may have already seen the previous posts l've done on Mums place...(if not you can check them out  HERE  and HERE). The kitchen's had a recent makover so we thought you might enjoy a looksee. It used to be bright yellow like her bedroom but it's quite dark in here in Winter so she wanted to try and lighten it a little. Of course a tin of paint wasn't gonna cut it....and as always her aim is reuse, recycle and recreate.....so this is what she did....

Now when most people have paid their utility bills, they throw them out after a certain length of time but NOT mum...Some of the ones she's pasted here date back to 1977 and are actually handwritten.

There weren't quite enough bills to do the four walls, so for a while we all wondering what she'd come up with to finish it off....Eventually she decided on pages torn from vintage botanical books....their pretty pages adding interest and intrigue. They look great above the mosaiced fireplace. 

You can see here where the gas bills meet up with the botanical pages. Its all pretty random but thats what's so fascinating...it somehow seems to work:-))
Fairies and goblins are scattered throughout the house.....characters from childrens story books that are collected for their beautiful illustrations.  

This world map adds educational:-)) viewing....beside it you can see the handwritten gas bills. Bits of lace and doilies are strung in doorways and over curtains...why store them in cupboards when they can displayed and enjoyed by everybody.

Oblong doilies have been stitched loosely together to add privacy to her little kitchen window....and safety pinned to a length of string. The mummade tassle is used as a blind pull and has been blinged up with beads.

 The old butter churn was a gift from a friend and is a reminder of her childhood when she lived on a farm and her mother used to bring the cows down from the paddock to milk them and she'd use one like this to turn the milk to butter.

This beautiful mosaiced bottle was found at trash a couple of months ago....it captured her heart and imagination at first sight...and although she hummed and hahed cos the price tag was a little hefty at  $50.00 (and the stall holder wasn't budging)....in the end the bottle won and home it went with her. It's smothered in gems and jewels, buttons and baubles, all meticulously stuck on with clear silicon and is a fantastic work of art. It sits perfectly in any room of the house and looks like it was made for it.

The head of the house............beloved (prince) Fergus.

One of the things l've always found amazing about Mum is her ability to forge her own path...whether it's losing her husband at 36 and raising 3 kids on her own (and remaining alone), or being diagnosed with cancer and being told she has 12 months to live (more than 3 years ago), or even how to decorate her home....she defies anyone to tell her how to
live...continuing instead to be positive, caring, generous and best of all, completely HERSELF.

 l know Mum would love to blog but thinks it's a bit late for her to start blogging now......however she's so excited to have this opportunity to share her home and ideas with you all and hopes it inspires some (or all) of you to let loose in your own surroundings....

Have a fantastic rest of your week and thanks heaps for popping on over.

Til next time,



  1. Such a beautiful post bron - lovely photography too.
    x michelle

  2. Your mum is certainly inspirational. What a lot of effort she has gone to. Those pics are amazing!
    Beth x

  3. Hi Bron, YAY!!!! I love seeing more of your mums house! You know I think she is amazing, and the latest makeover is no exception. What a fantastic idea and so unique. My fav part is the utility bills. My mum only threw away their old bills last year, some were from the 70's.

    The bottle is amazing, and fits right in. It looks like a piece your mum would have made, I can see why she loves it. Please say hello to your lovely mum from me too. I hope you are all well, Tam x

  4. Tam...so lovely you could stop by.... l can't believe your parents have kept all their old bills too...that's amazing, must be something the older generations did, anyway if they're looking for something to do with them haha!! At least the Winter is half over Tam...and things are starting to sprout around here...still bloody cold though.l'll definitely say hi to Mum for you...she just loves that she might have some fellow supporters in blogland and is even thinking of getting a (smart)phone so she can look at blogs at her house...at the moment she doesn't even have a mobile so wouldn't that be something...
    Have a fantastic week, hope the pressure's easing off a little there for you.

  5. Bron, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing the link to your post about your mom's kitchen. And, thank you for the most inspiring post in regards to your mom's life and her lovely decision to live to the fullest ALWAYS being herself!! It certainly works!!!! I am still so enamored over this project. It really is very pretty and creative! This will forever be in my heart and mind (so will your mother, as you described her here)! I hope you don't mind if I share this story in the future!? xoxox