Ikea have these really pretty ‘lace’ pots at the moment, but they’re all in green, red or white. I’ve seen similar pots around other shops too. Love the design, not so keen on Christmas all year round. So I did a little DIY custom paint job on them, which you could easily do too.
I didn’t have stairs in my home growing up, but I remember tobogganing down my friends stairs on foam mattresses. On your bottom, on your back, on your stomach… stairs were a multitude of fun… until someone got a carpet burn or landed too hard on a particularly pointy stair. Trisha Cleveland on Quirky has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs. SlideRider turns an indoor staircase into an indoor slide.
Don’t you wish you could live in a house that was outside the ordinary?
Well here’s one we prepared earlier… in 2007.
The Nautilus is an incredible house designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain.
A fascinating story that regularly does the internet rounds is Victorian Post Mortem Photography.
Literally: Photos with people after they’ve died.
It often goes like this:
In the nineteenth century, it was a custom to take photos with recently deceased people, especially if a photograph has not been taken whilst they were still alive. These photos were called ”Post Mortem,” coming from Latin, meaning after death. Sometimes also called memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait.
In one version of the story, it originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she could keep as a souvenir.
Soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on. These photographs served as keepsakes to remember the deceased, helping in mourning and grieving.
The local classifieds are always an amazing place for unique finds, and as I’m on the prowl for things for my new house I’m seeing more and more gothic items on Gumtree, the Australian version of Craig’s List/Classifieds.
But since I only have so much space in my house, I thought I’d share some of these finds with you in case you might want to take some of the pretties home.
My Gentleman and I bought a house!
It’s our very own! Words cannot convey my excitement and happiness that it’s finally happened.
We can do whatever we want to it. No more rental inspections or removable stick-on picture hooks for us. No more bland walls or neutral coloured carpets.
But I’m so excited by all the possibilities that it’s literally paralysed me from doing anything to customise it.
Purely because I can do EVERYTHING, I’ve done nothing.
9-5 corporate goth? Use your weekends to go on microadventures!
There’s a lot to be said for the “Laptop Lifestyle” that every social media/blogger wants to sell you, but the reality is that many of us work 9-5 Monday to Friday and that’s the way we like it. Clock off for the day, go home and put our feet up without having to worry about checking our emails till we’re back at work the next day.
But because of our routine, when we think about ‘adventures’ we assume they are impossible because we’ve only a weekend before we have to be back at work again on Monday.
Viewed like that, finding the time off to check out the great outdoors or just go camping can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible– that’s where “micro-adventures” come in.