Archive | February, 2016

Vinyl is Back!

Vinyl Flooring

I remember my grandparents’ kitchen had these teal green vinyl floor tiles. Highly fashionable in its hay day I guess, along with its cousin the avocado bathroom. The floor did not really bother me at the time, but once I became a bit more aesthetically aware of my surroundings, I thought it was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen.  I guess they also deserved their season in the design spotlight, along with the mullet, perm, white court shoes and neon wire bangles…… How things have changed. I think I could be quite happy with that vinyl floor now…..

I did not fall. The floor just needed a hug.

Yes, I’ve got vinyl on the mind. Our Colonial Revival house has got the cutest little enclosed back porch. Now trust me, you need for it to be enclosed – I’ve never seen bigger mosquitos as I’ve seen here and without that, there is just no way to enjoy an evening sitting outside or leaving a door open. Probably my South African spirit calling, for in my mind that should be mandatory – with a G&T in hand, just to be sure you deal with the mosquitos in the most humane way. The little back porch is a gem, but the flooring absolutely revolting. Something that would need to change – pronto. Or at least before summer hits in all its glory in Georgia. Now ripping up the existing flooring is a no-go (rental, budget) and I think painting the existing floor would just be throwing good cash after bad. I was stuck……. and then I remembered my good old friend, Vinyl!

Vinyl has really come along way from just its association with school hallways, hospitals and 1980’s fashion statements. No longer just available in green, cream, black & pink…… you now have choice in the matter. What you think of these ones? I’m smitten……..

 

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring

I found a local company, Spicher & Co. – these are the designs I’ve got my eye on. Be still my fluttering little heart!

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Pattern 15 White on Blue 70x102          Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring          Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl Flooring          Vinyl Flooring

 

These ones are all from the UK-based company, Harvey Maria – what I love about theirs,  is that they come in tile format – so you can go as big as your heart pleases! I think these would be just dandy in a kids’ playroom.

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Finding Beauty in a Hot Glue Mess…….

Craft, Hot Glue Mess

I’ve never been more up-to-date with the special days…… Easter, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. The school seems to make it their duty to remind me of them, along with a forced craft project-assignment. And seeing I’ve got two little birds, it normally means double trouble.

Why pay $7 when you can make it yourself with $92 of craft supplies

So, after a quick Pinterest trawl, we decided on making paper mache birdhouse post boxes, with cute heart-shaped roof tiles. It seemed totally do-able, but 2 hours later, spray glue on the floor, kids and dachshund, it turned into a proper hot-glue-mess. I regretted my over-enthusiastic plan and the extra work I’ve created for myself. Halfway through, the kids abandoned the craft session, leaving me to finish my mess. I could kick myself. The dog was ready to kick me – luckily he was stuck to the floor. So in short, I will not be posting our craft creations, but I will post hers! One thing for sure, I’m super glad that I don’t have to compete with this mom in the craft category. Can you even imagine what their Valentine’s post boxes would look like? I guess each to his own – she might be good with a pair of scissors, but I clean a mean floor. Happy weekend – thank God one event that does not require any glue or scissors, just a mandatory glass of wine. 

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Craft, Hot Glue Mess

Craft, Hot glue mess

Craft, Hot Glue Mess Craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

craft, hot glue mess

Craft, hot glue mess

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