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Circle of Friends Award

This post is dedicated to my long-time school friend Chris (AKA Twirling Betty http://www.twirlingbetty.com.au). She has been twirling away on her blog for many more months than I have… and was in fact the reason I started Hey Bernice! five months ago. Over coffee one day (whilst discussing her new blog) she said to me ‘you should start a blog’ which was all that was required to get me started.

I had a few mental hurdles to overcome before I took the plunge into the blogshere….

I didn’t know what to write about (I have never been short of a word, so not sure why I thought I would be short of something to write!)
If I started a blog, what was I going to call it (not a good enough reason not to do it)
I didn’t think I was a writer (I soon worked out that if I talked in my head, then typed it down I could overcome that hurdle)
Not only was I not a writer, how could I be sure anyone would want to read what I wrote (I also realised it didn’t matter, as long as I was still enjoying it)

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A first class renovation: Interior design showcase

house in our street is up for sale by auction next weekend, and as a nosey supportive neighbour I naturally tip-toed next door to have a look inside (twice!).

Why twice? Because there was so much to take in – the interior design particulars, and smart renovation techniques needed more than one visit to absorb. I was particularly interested because the house was exactly the same layout as our house (originally).

Some of the key features to look out for:

Use of natural light via internal courtyards
Beautiful bathroom (I can picture myself in that bath, oils burning, music playing…)
Creative interior design features
Neutral colour scheme complimented by the chosen decor.

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Everyone needs a wall of fond memories

This is my wall of fond memories…

Over the last 10 years I have collected artwork from trips to Nicaragua, France and London. Accompanied by images from holidays in Tasmania, Guatemala, Fiji, Broome, our Easter road trip and our Wedding day. Naturally Jack (our staffy X heeler) features in one way or another. I change it frequently, which makes it a focal point for visitors.

I love the small artworks I have collected (and carted in my backpack for months!). Let me share some of the stories with you…

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I love an old bike… located in a cafe with a quirky style

During our recent holiday we went exploring (a day trip planned by my sister).

She had been recommended a hidden little gem called Cafe Espace. It is off the coats of Gippsland in Eastern Victoria, waterfront dining situated on Raymond Island with stunning views overlooking Mcmillan Strait to the Paynesville township. So, five of us set off in the car, took the ferry across (in the car) about 100m to arrive on Raymond Island. Map of Location

The word island has a habit of conjuring up a mental image of blue skies and sunshine, white sand, palm trees, crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline – there was none of that.

But Raymomd island was unique in it’s own way.

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I have completed my Kitchenalia wall [collection of red vintage cooking utensils]

I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog a quirky habit of mine… collecting antique (or they could be better described as ‘vintage’), red cooking utensils.

I had been talking up the great finds I had made over the Christmas break, and have found it necessary to share with you the finished product.

How do you know when you have finished collecting something? Quite simply, when you run out of wall space in the kitchen! I am very happy with the variety I was able to find. There are some rather unique pieces in the collection.

Ta Da…. here it is!

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Wall discs – try some circular decor in your home!

Have you ever stopped to notice that almost everything we put on our wall is either square or rectangular?

I love these wall discs, simply because they’re circles … and also because you can change the material if you get sick of it (which is perfect for me – I change my decor with the seasons).

These are ideal for all ages – I gave a set of 3 to 2 nieces for Christmas, one who is 6 months old and the other is a teenager.