Friday, 11 January 2008


Sit back with your cup or glass of preferred beverage and have a read.
for giving me the You Make my Day Award.
The award rules are to
“Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on.
I will pass this award on to Gail from Originals by Gail & Tony McCormack, Shannon from Paint Mine Pink, Siobhan from Vintage Mosaics ,Natasha from Artistic Creations by Natasha Burns ,Kim from Daisy Cottage ,Mel from Mels Rose Place ,Karin from creative chaos, Karla from Karla’s Cottage and Deena from Can I be Pretty in Pink


When is a chandelier not a chandelier??
When it looks like this!

I have this light fitting in my bathroom. When I bought it I got a couple as they were on sale and I thought I might use them somewhere.
So… I was thinking I would put it outside in the new pergola!!!!

I also bought some of these cute little paper lanterns. I have 4 pale pink and 4 white/pink/green ones. They are run by a couple of AAA batteries. I thought that I could just hang them up when I want to entertain and that way they will stay in good condition

Love these photos that
Max took of Lachlan and Chloe on Tuesday night.
Walking on the beach at Mt Martha
Walking on the jetty at Balcombe Creek

It is always fun having them stay over

Now I will have to get creative as Dolly has sent us our partners details.
My partner is Missy of ablissfulmama.
It is going to be so much fun

Our guidelines are~
1. fill a container with heart goodies keep the color scheme pink, red and white
2. include at least one vintage heart item
3. all of the items have to be heart shaped or have hearts on them!
4. make sure your partner receives their goodies before valentines day February 14th!
5. Most importantly Have Fun!!!!

Amy from Crafting by Candlelight has given me the Spread the Love Award.
She gave me this award for being such a devoted reader and always leaving her supportive comments
How sweet – thanks Amy.
I would like to give this award to all of my readers and blog friends but to these people in particular: Rachael The Rose Room, Joy from the joy of my life and work, Christi of altered ambitions, Laura from katydiddys, Sarah from joy for the journey.
So any of you girls out there that would like to have and pass this award along then please do.
Thank you to everyone for their advice on prolonging the life of my rose blooms. I will eventually try them all


Lori said...

congrats on your awards!!! and the pictures of the littles on the beach are so sweet:)

Gail McCormack said...

Thanks for the award Alison, I'm very proud to have received it. Love your outside lanterns, good thinking just put them out on special occasions. Now I'm wondering if I've seen that beach before (only joking) aren't we lucky, only trouble is you can't get near it during the day at this time of the year, never mind we'll have it all to ourselves soon. said...

Thanks, that is awful nice of you!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Alison!!! That just made my night! I just love the picture of the kids on the dock.....It reminds me sooo much of where I grew up in Michigan at my grandparents house on the lake and the dock we had....such great memories!!

Joy Zaczyk said...

Awwhhh, you are sooo sweet! Thanks so much for this wonderful award sweetie!

p.s LOVE the chandelier!


Anonymous said...

Wow loads of awards big congrats to you!!
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Anna T said...

Awesome is the word! Way to go girl!Tipping my glass of wine to you!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Congratulations on your much deserved awards!!! Love the chandeliers!!!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Thank you for your sweet words on my new blog post! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your paper lanterns. I am a fan of paper lanterns, too, but I have yet to find any pale pink or pink/white/green lanterns! I hang mine in my trees and over my front porch. Easy decor and so charming!

12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

Alison, oh yes, I swear that my Vets over the years have their travel agents poised, ready to book some exotic holiday on `me'!
Love your lanterns, so frivolous and such fun -great to sit under with a nice glass or two!
Hugs from N.Z.
Liz said...

Congratulations on your awards and thank you so much for mine. Its funny really how they do mean so much:) Its so humid here, we have put up a pool in the yard to sit in:) Love your lights. Sitting up watching a TV special tribute to Sir Edmund Hilary . . . Take Care, Rachaelxo

cherished*vintage said...

Great chandelier for your new pergola! Aren't you glad you bought more then one! I love your summertime pictures especially since we're having our typical cold and rainy Winter. What a sweet picture of the kids on the dock!

Adla said...

Dear Alison,

I think the beach huts are a unique characteristic of the beaches in your neck of the woods :) They are beautiful and so are the pictures of the children.

By the way , the lanterns look great in your new pergola . How clever that it runs on batteries. Adding the chandelier is going to sparkle the outdoor area more.

chat soon, Adla

Christi said...

Thank you so much, Alison! You are too sweet!!! I LOVE your chandlier and your lanterns...both soooo gorgeous! smiles...

Deb said...

Congratulations on the Award Alison. I love the chandelier!

Anonymous said...

And congratulations to YOU on your award - you are so deserving.


Anna T said...

Good morning Alison.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments.
Amy says Hi from California.
Love the pretties on your blog!

Sweet Remembrance said...

Good job on the awards!
I love paper lanterns...
so very chic!

Laura Bray said...

Thanks so much Alison! I'm honored that you think so highly of me & that I'm in a list with so many other wonderful blogs! You are a loyal & supportive friend!

Fete et Fleur said...

The chandelier is going to be wonderful in the pergola! I love your blog!

You Make My Day Award is perfect for you!

Hugs! Nancy

Cindy said...

Congrats! Well deserved. That chandi is sooo cute and I know will look cute whereever you decide to put it. Lovely awards, congrats again.


Sugar Bear said...

Congratulations on all of your awards. You are definitely very deserving. I love the chandelier and the lanterns. Gorgeous!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The crystal chandy is beautiful! I love things like that! Good idea to buy two! I like the paper lanterns too!

Cute little kiddies!


love.boxes said...

I love both of your lighting ideas so much! I couldn't decide if it were me.

Rosemary said...

Congrats on your awards!!
Love the chandelier and the paper lanterns. Love all of the pictures too.
Have a great weekend!

Bristol said...

Great awards. Love the beach and kids pictures, such fun~

SweetAnnee said...

Thanks so much for the award!! and congrats on yours.

I love your chandelier..yummy!!

I am in the Valentine swap too and Dolly of My Cherry Heart is my partner!!

smiles and hugs, deena

Michelle said...


Congratulations on your awards.. very well deserved. I really have enjoyed my visits to your blog.


Unknown said...

Hi Alison,love the lights for your new outdoor area!
What lovely photos on the beach.They look so cute with their hats! I like seeing photos of people from a different perspective like that, my hubby thinks I just cant take good photos cause I dont always get faces!

Debbie Egizio said...

Congratulations on your awards!! You are very deserving! Love the chandelier and your fun paper lanterns!!

Anonymous said...

Love the lights!

Congrats on your awards!

Happy day,


bluemuf said...

I absolutely love your paper lanterns.


Susan Tuttle said...

I love that chandelier!!-it's so delicate and the shape is heavenly.

Beautiful beachy shots as well.


Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Gorgeous chandelier and I would hang it in the pergola in a heartbeat. Love the pink and green lanterns too.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

congrats on the awards!! :-) love the chandelier fixture and the paper lanterns!! The kiddos look sooo cute on the dock!! xo Britt

Dee said...

Hi Alison,
I love the chandelier..and the paper lanterns are precious. Alexandra's room is pink and green just like that.
I am participating in the swap too. So much first swap.
Hope all is well in the land down under!
Cheers -
Dee Dee

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Congrats on your awards!! Love the chandeliers and lighting!

kari and kijsa said...

Congrats on your awards!! Mmmm- we sipped our diet cokes as we enjoyed the beach walk (sweet!) and two fabulous light fixtures, and wonderful awards! congratulations!

kari & kijsa

Kathleen Grace said...

I love those little lanterns, I use some similar ones in my garden and hanging in my pergola when we have guests over for barbeques in the summer, they look so festive:>) Congratulations on your awards too!

wanderlustandpixiedust said...

That beautiful chandelier made me swoon. I've always wanted one. Someday!

What a very lovely blog you have. Really enjoyed my first visit...

Unknown said...

Love the chandeliers and congrats on the awards! Thank for stopping by!
Jen R

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi Alison, thanks for checking in on my blog! I haven't missed any of your posts, just haven't had a moment to comment. Can you believe all of my boys are asleep right now??? I am in heaven! Haha. I just love that chandelier! I was only looking on ebay about 10 mins ago for a new one. And where did you find those gorgeous lanterns??

Glad you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Chat soon, Katrina :)

Whimsy Pink said...

I love the lanterns! I am swapin in dollys swap too! It's going to be fun:)

Kingswood Food and Craft Market said...

Thankyou sweetie for the award :)
Im tickled pink (of course).

I love the paper lanterns, they will look fantastic out in the new deck area.



Hi Alison, havn't been to your bog for ages, luv the photos of the kids walking away, just luv those sort of photos you know just in the moment not actually posed for. I would definately go with the chandelier on your new back deck, I have a crystal candelabra on mine and its just lovely at night time. Also luv your little lanterns what a great idea would look great for BBQ's...
<3 Sharon

Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Alison,
OOOh you do deserve these awards for being so kind and thoughtful and always leaving the sweetest comments. Thank you. I will list this darling image on Etsy and Ebay soon. I can list it as a print or a fabric block that way you can have different choices and yes I think it is absolutely perfect for a sister project. Have a grand week and enjoy your awards.

Joy for the Journey said...

Alison, thank you so much, that is really sweet of you. That little guy looks just adorable, too! It couldn't have come at a better time; I had my gallbladder out on Friday, and was in need of a little love, if you know what I mean! Thanks again!
Sarah :)

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Alison, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

I absolutely adore your pink paper lanterns...they look like a party, no matter where you put!


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

congrats on your award! The pictures of the children are so sweet! I am in Dolly's swap too! It will be fun.

Linda said...

Alison, congratulations on your awards.
Love the beach pictures, I would love to visit such a lovely spot. Linda

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

The kids are adorable and the sunshine looks so inviting right now!!

Pretty chandelier and I think it is wonderful hanging where you have it. Great paper lanterns, too. Very fun and colorful. Good job! You deserve the award, my dear! Congrats!


dawn said...

those children are beee-utiful!

i just love this post.

Siobhan said...

Hello sweet Alison,
I just wnated to thankyou for the wonderful award you gave me! You are too kind!!!

Siobhan xoxo

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Congrats on the awards, Alison! You are always so sweet to leave thoughtful comments!

Where did you get the pretty chandeliers? My friend Amy is looking for one of these for her kitchen over her sink!

Angelic Accents

Pineapple Villa said...

Thank you so much Alison for the award, it was very kind of you. Always love reading your blog and all the warmth that glows out from it. Mel xxx