ebay auction!

Have you ever placed a bid for an item on eBay and forgotten about it only to discover that you’ve won the auction?

Well that’s what happened to me recently.  I saw a painting that I kind of liked and decided to place a bid…. for 99 cents.  It turns out I was the only person to place a bid on the painting and I won!!!

The painting was in New South Wales so freight to Brisbane was $40.00.  I figured if it’s not quite my ‘cup of tea’ I could either relist it or take it to an Op shop.  It arrived a few days before Christmas and I had no idea that it was going to be so HUGE!!!

old pearly jenkinsThe auction description did say that it was 130cm x 170cm but I obviously didn’t  notice the size.  The following picture shows two of my sons standing next to it.

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Here is the painting unwrapped.  I can’t find a signature on it but the previous owner said it’s by an artist called Victoria Lobregat .

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Mr F wasn’t so sure of it and initially  offered to hang it on the wall in the cupboard under the stairs.  I’m planning on hanging it in the hallway by the front door until I can afford a Wendy Chenoweth.  I like it and Mr F has told me that he’s warming to it.

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I know not everyone is going to like it but I’m actually quite happy with this particular eBay experience.

Fabric for the downstairs windows.

For the past year or so I’ve had my heart set on using some beautiful fabric that I saw hanging in the window of Brisbane Fabric Market, East Brisbane. The fabric is called Harlequin Delphine.

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But… for $128 AUD a metre and we needed 20 metres!!!! it just wasn’t an option.  I’ve spent the past few months looking for something special.  I was looking for something fun, fresh and colourful but not too twee!

Wow wee, I’ve found some great fabrics but when I showed them to the family I received funny looks.

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In the end I remembered that I had some odd bits of fabric that I’ve bought at op shops over the years sitting  in a box in the wardrobe.  It was exciting to dig through and I discovered that I had over seven metres of the fabric below.

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Please excuse the poor quality of the photo.  I believe the fabric is Barkcloth but I haven’t got a clue how old it would be.  Anyway… I thought it would make perfect roman blinds for the kitchen, dining and lounge area.  Mr F liked it but it was a little harder to convince my mother, who would be making the blinds for us.

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We’re really happy with them and now that they’re up I think that they’ve got the ‘seal of approval’ from mum.  I’m also really happy because of the money we’ve been able to save.