– Simple foods are the very best. Veggies? They’re choice. More please.
– 9 times out of 10, you should follow the recipe (if it’s your first time trying something). Otherwise your marmalade will not set. There’s a time for experimenting and time for sticking to facts. Its science!
– And sometime you should screw that recipe up in a ball and do a crazy dance in your kitchen and be the scientist. Sometimes (lots of times) it won’t work. When it does, its pure magic. Nothing is as satisfying.
– Chilli’s aren’t as expensive as they seem. Good quality eggs are ace for all involved (and worth the price). There are more kinds of grains that I can count on my hands. I make a good pack horse (carrying all of the veggies home) should probably get a donkey. Fresh herbs are bril (grow some!). Cooking elaborate food when you’re tired ruins what you love, just make scrambled eggs. You can’t take a good photo of something brown, in the dark. Breakfast is pretty superb after all.
– Just make some damn food! Don’t know how to poach eggs? Poach some. Don’t know to make pita’s? Get kneading some dough. Failure is only a necessary step on the path to enlightenment. You learn by doing. Truest fact ever. This year I have made about 60 things that I never ever thought I could make. Pizza dough? Embarrassingly easy. Muesli? Same boat.
– Doing the dishes is about 50 billion times better if you’re listening to Meat Loaf. Or Journey. Or basically any power ballad. I would not lie to you. (In other news, apparently I have all of the best ideas while scrubbing. I think someone is trying to tell me something).
So, I’m going to ramble about my home for approximately 756 words. But you’re cool with that, right? It started with a shelf. A few months ago, Rowan started a new project (yeah, we’re two peas alright) and set out to make an aquarium. You know, with fish. This required the buying of a new shelf to house said tank. The shelf we bought (from Warehouse Stationary for cheap, that we reinforced and gave a new top – this is relevant later, I swear) had 6 cubby holes. This excited me greatly, more storage in a small house is always THE BEST. Plus, I was given free reign to do what I wanted to do with the cubbies. This led to HOURS of trawling through Etsy, Iko Iko, Your Home & Garden magazine and on and on. I fell in love, with big love heart shaped eyes, with so many things. Things! Wonderful, pretty things. But I didn’t buy anything. It was weird. I kept finding things, bookmarking, making little lists. But my debit plus card stayed firmly tucked in my purse.
Then (are you still here? It gets good) one day, Rowan alerted me to the fact that Spaces was at the supermarket. I basically ran there (its at the bottom of our road). Do you read Frankie? (You should). Well Spaces is produced by Frankie and I love it the most. Its really wonderful. Its huge, and full of wonderful pictures of peoples homes and workspaces and has interviews with these people about their homes. I’m obsessed with that sort of thing. So, for a few days, I was totally immersed in Spaces. These homes in Spaces are not flashy: they’re full of love and character and personality. Several interviews in, I had a sudden realisation: I don’t buy new ‘things’. I don’t buy things for the sake of buying things. If you came and checked out our swanky abode, you’d notice (that we need to vacuum) that basically nothing is new – I’m talking furniture, home decor, soft furnishings (even most of my clothes). Our couch, our enormous, ugly couch, that I wholeheartedly love, is my Dad’s. He has the other one in the set and he bought them from a recycling centre (it has great bones and one day I’ll have it reupholstered). We collected our things slowly and I remember each day that we brought something home. I remember, the lovely home that we went to on a cold, sunny July day last year to pick up my new mismatched armchairs that I bought off Trade Me. I remember when we spent an hour looking through a second hand furniture store for the perfect coffee table when we moved into our current home. We left, disappointed, but passing the window we saw the corner of something tucked away and rushed back inside to see my DREAM coffee table. I think I paid $100 for it.Reading Spaces, I realised that I absolutely love this. I love this about our home. And I wasn’t going to be able to buy ‘things’ for our new shelf. Nope. I love looking through Your Home and Garden, and I love browsing the webs for cute stuff. But mostly, I love our home and the odd collection of stuff that we have. Its perfect in its own weird way. betnesol tablet price
(It might help to know that the house I grew up in is more than 100 years old, used to be doctors, has a resident ghost (she’s relatively friendly) and is a mishmash of my parents travels and friendships from over the years. Being old, its also a full-scale DIY and every centimetre of it tells a story. Its awfully cold in the winter, but I love the heck out of that place and know that its the very best kind of house and the exact kind of house that I will end up living in (hopefully minus the plumbing issues).
So, my shelf is coming along. We decided early on that we wanted three of the cubbies to have some sort of boxes or baskets for storage. (I looked high and low for these too). In the end, my dad made us three wooden crates (what a lovely birthday present!!). Of course my small set of Frankie mags lives there too, along with the cat, which I made from this tute, the postcard I bought on our first trip to Brisbane in 2012, the pom pom flowers I made, the swan I bought from a hodge-podge antique shop (is it Crown Lynn?), And so it goes. It will change with us. But I love my little shelf and its more us than anything out of a magazine ever could be.