Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I hear the rain.........lots of blah ahead

and it's lovely.
Everyone is in bed and I thought I would take this 'quiet time' to write a post.

The price of silver......well, those of you who read my blog probably already know about it. I almost feel as though my hobby will be over before it's barely begun....and I shudder to think about what the price will be a few months from now. I don't need any silver right now, but I feel pressured to buy some, before it gets seriously out of control. It's so depressing. I can only imagine how it feels for those who do silver work for a living.

I wanted to get a repousse set and a rolling mill, but I'm no longer sure that would be a wise investment. Working with copper is obviously an option, or brass as many are starting to do and I feel that if I were to work with those metals more, I would need a rolling mill and repousse set to keep things interesting. It's so hard to know what route to take. Right now I think one thing I can do is work with smaller stones and designs. That way I can continue to work in Silver....for the time being.

As I wrote in my previous post, we had the inspection and all went well. The owners were quite nice and that afternoon, the new lease was in the letterbox, which we weren't yet expecting. And the nice surprise was, they only increased the weekly rent by $5. It doesn't get much better than that. Oh and there is an airconditioning quote guy coming tomorrow morning. So hubs and I have mulled it over and decided that if they are going to put in the airconditioning, we will stay here for another year. I was originally all for moving, but as we only just did that 10 months ago, I don't really fancy doing it again now......I think I will just try and make this place more like a home and put my own stamp on it, as far as I can anyways seeing as we only rent it.

We finally got my little deco cabinet finished. I will put up a piccie next post and we are half way through our new dining chairs and almost done with the dining table. I cannot wait to get it all together and brighten this place up. I have been buying up little things here and there to decorate the house with. Today we went to Freedom (a big furniture store) and I impulse bought a new big clock and a lovely green vase kinda thing. And a couple of weeks ago I was at Target and I picked up a gorgeous big white picture frame, with places for about 6 photos, which I will most likely fill with pictures of Summer. And I have a few other things I've bought too. The revamped deco cabinets colour now means that we will need new cushions (or cushion covers) and a new rug in the lounge room. If I had my way I would get a new lounge suite. I hate the one we have...and I mean HATE lol.

On the jewellery front, I haven't really gotten much made. I have a few pieces I am working on, but since all this painting and moving business, I haven't had much space in my head for creating.

Well that's enough for now. It's nice n cool and I very much want a hot hot hot cup of tea now :) Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I hate renting.

Yesterday I was getting myself and Summer ready to go to the shops to buy some things for Winter, when there was a knock at the front door.

It was the Manager of the Real Estate we rent our home through. And he had an older couple with him. To cut a long story short, he was here to show them through the house and he made out that there had been a letter (notice of entry) sent out to us. But I haven't had any such letter. So I basically said they couldn't come through because I wasn't ready for any 'inspection'. So they are coming back on Thursday morning. Turns out, if I didn't get 1 weeks written notice, I didn't have to let anyone in at all this week. But I didn't know that either.

I figure that he never sent a letter out at all. (The couple were here from the UK and only were going to be down here for a few more days) And I think he was hoping I wasn't going to be home or that he could just push his way in here thinking I wouldn't say anything.

I originally thought he was bringing a couple through the house because he had put the house up for sale. When my husband called him to find out what was happening, the Manager said that it was the actual Owners of the property coming to do an inspection and apparently they do it every year!!!! Well in all the 9+ years my husband and I have been renting, we haven't ever heard of such a thing!!! I am furious to say the least. I think when the renter is still in the property it's rude and intimidating for them and the manager to come through and pick on everything!!!!!!! Besides only a couple of months ago (if that) we had our quarterly inspection with the real estate. So I am stressed out since that visit as I know that they are going to be super fussy and forget that this house was left in an absolute state when we moved in.

The lawn was not mowed and the manager at the time didn't send anyone out to do it till weeks later. The house was covered in fleas the day we moved in and it had to be sorted by pest control. The window panes were filthy, the security screens were filthy, the window tracks were caked in black gunk. The floors were filthy, there were cobwebs everywhere all over the house in every room. I could go on and on with what state this place was like...but I'm sure you get the picture.

I can just see tomorrow morning when they come, they are going to gang up on me and start questioning things and picking on things. And if they do...they'd better watch out. I'm ready for them...picture proof and all!


Boring post, I know...but I had to get it off my chest a bit more. Only cause I am so frustrated and wary of the visit ahead.

So aside from all that drama, below is a picture of our dining setting we are trying to sell....It's not gross. It's just boring and too big. On Saturday we picked up our new dining table (thanks Ebay) and on Sunday morning we got our new dining chairs (thanks Gumtree). The table and chairs need doing up and I want to paint the setting too. I still haven't painted my little deco cabinet. But I at least have decided on a colour now :) I can't wait to get this inspection done with so I can spend the Easter holidays making over the new furniture.Again, if you got this far..great!! :)
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Things to do...things to do....long post ahead.

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, not a whole lot has been going on.
I have rejoined 'Twitter' this past week...I tried a long time ago, but didn't really click with it, so I'm trying again under 'littlecherryhil'.

I have a busy weekend ahead of me. My hubby and FIL are clearing out 'stuff' from our garage and we are having a bit of a 'throw out' session and taking some rubbish to the dump. Then we are going to reorganise the garage and then I want to start on my new antique/deco cabinet (pictured below)

I have no idea what colour I am going to do it yet....I am leaning towards a duck egg grey kind of colour. I'm not one for making quick decisions :(

I am getting a new table today that I want to do up. I will do a post on that another time. And then I have to find some new dining chairs to go with it...I sometimes love Ebay!

Only 2 months now till our lease here is up. That will go quickly! So in the meantime I have to pack and replace some furniture and have big clear outs and find a new place to move to!! Some of the reasons we want to move are, it's a 2 story house and there are only 3 of us...it's too big. It's high maintenance because of it's size...and I just don't want to waste time looking after space we don't use, I can think of many things I would rather be doing :)
I hate the tiles!
I hate the carpet!
And because we rent, we cannot change those things. (I'm not fussy, I just want both the tiles and carpet to look clean...and they don't.....ever....no matter how many times a week I clean them)
And last but not least, the main reason is money. I don't think we have ever had a year since we have been married that rent hasn't gone up. And I'm sure this year will be no exception. So we want to downsize and save some money to boot! Trouble is...I'm kinda picky with lots of things, like I said before, I'm not fussy, but I do like things to be a certain way. So it's not going to be easy to tick all the boxes for the price we want to pay. Another reason we need to move is petrol. Petrol is going up allll the time and we live out of town. Not super far out, but far out enough that if we moved closer, we could save more money just from not using so much petrol.
I will miss it here. I love the high ceilings and the ensuite and the indoor laundry and the bush/rainforest across the street and the space we have downstairs and many other things, but I would be happier to simplify my life.

Below are a few things I have made this past fortnight...I'm not sure of the second piece...I think I might scrap it, I'm undecided. And the last picture is of some of the cabochons I just received yesterday. I have a few more to come and I want to buy more again, but am going to wait....

Well I guess I will leave it here for now. If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading :)
Have a great weekend everyone!