Open Letter to Anyone Thinking of Adopting An Abandoned Cat

Dear Fellow Humans, Recently someone uplifted my cat and drove it away. Well-meaning but misguided people may feel sorry for cats who wander into their back yards supposedly meowing for food and company. They may rationalise that the cat has been abandoned. Domestic cats do not respect property boundaries. They negotiate with surrounding animals and landscape impediments... Continue Reading →

I’ve Caned It: Repair Cane Barstools

Ever wanted to repair cane mesh furniture? Follow me on my journey as I learn about hand caning (a chair). Part 1: Repair a Cane Bar Stool I brought this pair of Bentwood style cane bar stools second hand for $5 each. That's hundreds of dollars cheaper than they cost new.  Only problem was one of them had a... Continue Reading →

Tr0ub4dor&3 is not a good password

The Trouble with Troubadour:  One of the things that really annoys me when I sign up for things on the Internet is some of the really silly password rules that web sites make you use. I must have hundreds of passwords. In fact I currently have 347 passwords in my password bank and this month... Continue Reading →

Interview with Lindsay Hill

Today I interviewed expert blogger Lindsay Hill in the hope of gleaning some useful tips about blogging.  Lindsay has a stylish writer’s voice and a penchant for thought provoking editorial pieces. Interviewed by Ally McCormick Lindsay Hill is an established and respected blogger in the IT sphere at He regularly posts a variety of technical topics... Continue Reading →

Stencil Style

I made these gorgeous stencilled backings for floating shelves when I redecorated my eldest daughter’s bedroom last year. For the purpose of this blog, I'll call them the Mark-I version though they may as well be called the Holy Grail, because my attempts at recapturing the look was far more difficult than it should have been. The burnt orange... Continue Reading →

Charity Art Exhibition!  Strength: Paired Photos and Illustrations Last night I had the privilege to attend an exhibition of Strength in pictorial pairings. Let me explain ... Professional portrait and wedding photographer, Emma Hartley teamed up with the very talented Kayra Yιldιz, a 14 year old illustrator. Emma says she watched one of her own family... Continue Reading →

Day 5 Challenge

Goal: Give myself an Online Presence. Course of Action: Take the Daily Challenge created by Robert Lee Brewer of Writers Digest. Day 5: Create a Facebook Page. Problem is ... I have a secret. Four years ago I was a Facebook addict. It was about that time that I found the courage to run away... Continue Reading →

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