For those of you who have followed my blogs for a while, you’ll know that I’ve just finished (well almost finished) the longest ever bathroom renovation. The last 5 months of my life have been lost in chaos, as I battled tradies, builders and a never-ending pile of plaster dust!
So you can imagine my sheer panic when my Mother in law decided to pay us a visit … from the West … for 6 nights!
It’s not my mother in law I’m afraid of! It’s the fact that she hasn’t seen any of us for at least 6 months and is desperate to fill her waking moments with all things family & household since her last sleepover. This inadvertently leads her to strolling around my (recently renovated) home absorbing changes in minor detail … new marks on the height chart … new throws on the couches … recent knitted additions … the clean bits … the not-so-clean bits … the latest garden casualty … you get the idea! Suddenly the idea of exploring Blackburn’s vibrancy became insignificant compared to the amount of cleaning & decluttering that I still had left to do.
Lucky for me, I almost made it! The toy room finally looked so good I took a photo (it hasn’t looked that way for a while). The laundry blew her socks off (literally) and I had a kitchen bench that sparkled (well 80% of it did).
Mission success? Well not quite – I still had plenty of household sins to keep hidden. Mission-in-law required distraction … and lots of it. So this is what we did! Fabric, Brunch & Wool!
A revisit to our favourite fabric shop = 2.5hours distraction. It was fun watching Nana potter her way through this labyrinth of fabric. She was enthralled, excited, overwhelmed, indecisive and then inspired all in the course of one visit!
Brunch at The Mailing Room = 2hours distraction. By the time we’d ordered & consumed a spread of coffee, hot chocolate, smashed avocado on gluten free toast PLUS an egg & bacon brekkie roll – we rolled ourselves out the 2 door hours later. Our full tummy’s didn’t stop us from visiting Xocolatl though. Those balsamic infused strawberry hearts were simply too good to leave behind.
Saving the best for last was Sunspun = mission complete and my final distraction for the tour. Escaping the rain we dragged ourselves into my favourite wool shop in Melbourne. The yarn here is not cheap (it ranges between $11-$14 per 50g) but it is super soft, super snuggly and mostly Australian made. Amy and her staff were kind & friendly as we chatted all things knitting. It was a wonderful way to get warm, keep distracted and refill a suitcase for the trip home.
With mission-in-law complete, we came home and began planning all her projects. In a few months, it will be my turn to Mission-in-law at her house as I absorb the minor changes … those new cushions … that knitted addition … the clean bits … the not-so-clean bits … you get the idea.