Thursday, December 24, 2009


Santa came early for us this year.  We won this gorgeous fireplace off ebay for a bargain price of $872.00.  The guy bought it over 17 years ago to install in his house but he never got around to doing it so now it's going to live at our house.  We priced it at Agnews for over $3,000.00 so we got a bargain. 

We are going to install it in the study which my hubby has finally got around to doing.  I posted about him starting the renovations back in April but he got too busy with work but now he has finally decided to start......yippeee!!!!!  He says by the end of January it will be finished...............mmmmmm heard that before.

I finished the cushions for my friend for Christmas.  She loved them and they look gorgeous on her bed.  They are alot different from what I'm used to making with all the shabby chic and vintage decor I make but I must say I really love them and I think I will be making more to sell.  I did them patchwork style and quilted them.  One I quilted with straight lines and the other I quilted in squares.  You can click on the photos to see close ups.

I'm also happy to tell you about my weight loss.  About 8 weeks ago I was told by my doctor that my sugar levels were too high and if I didn't lose some weight I could end up with diabetes so I decided to see a doctor who designed a low carb diet for me.  I started on the diet 5 weeks ago which I didn't post about incase I failed but now I am happy to shout it from the roof tops.  I had my first weigh in today and I have lost 5.5kg to date.  I'm pretty happy with that and my sugar levels are ok now.  My next weigh in is in 6 weeks I will post my results then.  It will be hard with Christmas and all the yummy food around but I'm going to stick with it.  I need to for my health. 

It has been a great year and since I started blogging back in March this year I have received some really nice comments and made some really nice friends.  I thank you all for visiting my blog and for your friendship.  We are going away to our beach house over the break and I will be taking the laptop with me so I will try and visit your blogs when I'm not lying on the beach.........aaaahhhhh!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2010.


Eileen said...

Well, first, congratulations on getting healthy! You may just be an incentive for me!

And I hope you get lots of enjoyment from your new found treasure (and such a bargain!).
I love your pillows, I have always admired your beautiful talent!

Have a very Blessed Christmas and I wish you many Blessings in the New Year!
All the best,

our shabby cottage said...

Hi Carol, WELL DONE on your weight loss. It is so hard losing weight isn't it? I think anyone who does needs a big pat on the back!!!
Happy Christmas to you and your family. I hope it is a fun and safe time for you all, Kathryn. XX

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Carol

Good on you for the weight loss, I bet you feel so much better in yourself

Love your early Christmas Present, did you hang the stockings up on it?

Happy Christmas to you!

Yes it would be good to catch up at Red Hill, not sure if we'll get in for January, still waiting to hear


The Handmaden said...

Happy new year Carol, seems like things are going well for you (beach house - lucky you!)
The fireplace is stunning, no wonder you're happy with the price. The cushions look great, you should do more in that style.

we must have been losing weight at the same time, I've lost 6kg recently too, it's hard work alright, but doesn't it feel great? I'm hoping to lose another 7kg to get back to pre pregnancy weight.

Enjoy your holidays.


Alison Gibbs said...

What a bargain the fireplace was.
Love the colours in the cushions you made for your friend.
Congrats on the weight loss.