an urban farm girl (part 1)

If I had to describe my friend Ali I think I would call her an urban farm girl. She bakes and sews and crafts and cleans and volunteers. I am 100% sure she irons. She’s a prolific cook.  She has chooks and fish.  She used to have a duck.   Last year she had a guide dog puppy. And she also adopts stray people.

I went around to her house and she had a new house guest, a roast in the oven … that was going to turn on automatically (she’s the only person I know who owns and NEEDS two ovens), carrots cut ready to go for dinner, bread dough rising by the fire (yes, she has a Coonara to heat her living room) and a multitude of crafty projects out … and all at 2 pm.

Sometimes I’ve known her to comment that she’s baked two cakes before school drop off. I’m lucky to have done my hair!

She is ACTUALLY a farm girl. And Norm is a farm boy … but now they live in the city. I think that explains it.

Ali’s house is a warm and friendly place. It is full of things she’s made and things she loves. At her front door there’s a great collection of stuff. Plants, metal boxes, a trolley, an old church pew. It’s all placed thoughtfully, and there’s a story behind it all. 20140715-224433-81873672.jpg
Her hall is lined with art work by her kids, all framed. And then there is a pile of suitcases. And a doorway decorated with a birdcage and fake flowers.

Did I mention Ali loves craft? In her house she’s made great cushions, recovered chairs and has taken her yoyo thing to a new level with this yoyo lampshade. I really like it. It looks super cute in Emma’s room. 20140715-230508-83108911.jpg 20140715-224434-81874274.jpg
And she shares her crafty skills with her kids – check out the glove people Emma made.

A couple of years ago when she did her extension (which is when the two ovens arrived on the scene) she also put in an ensuite. I like the rustic bench the basin now sits on in there. And how cool to have a shower that you can comfortably fit an old wooden stool in as decoration (you can barely turn around in our mini bath with shower overhead). 20140716-175531-64531859.jpg
The dresser in her dining area is packed with interesting cups and saucers and platters that she actually uses … and then there’s a bit of a collection of stuff on the top … 20140715-224433-81873983.jpg
And in her more formal area I like how she’s combined the ghost chair with the old hospital screen. I do like it when people mix unusual pieces of furniture.

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There’s heaps more second hand inspiration outside. But it’s too good. I’ll save the garden for another post … look out for part 2.

9 comments

  1. Yes that’s my sister.!! We a family of 5 invaded her beautiful home last year for a week and had a great time. You can come and do my house now Ali x But you cant take my old stuff!!
    A great blog Leanne ( don’t think I have met you)

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  2. Your organisation and your house are an inspiration Ali! Is that the final resting place for your number 10?

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    1. Leanne just dropped the “10” off a couple of days, a I popped it there, but I think I will put it on the front of house. Thanks Leanne I love it when you share your ideas & treasures x

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  3. And she wears flowers in her hair! She’s an inspiration and makes me feel so lazy. I don’t think a I get done in a day what Ali gets done before school drop off! Great blog Leanne, loved your bean recipe too and isn’t it a great restaurant?!

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    1. Aww. Thanks girls you are all treasures & I love crafting, chatting & coffee-ing ( if that’s a word) with you all. Merryn you must visit more often, we are happy to share!! 🙂

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  4. I LOVE SPENDING MANY HOURS WITH ALI IN HER WARM INVITING HOUSE – I SEE LOTS OF THINGS WE FOUND WHEN OUT AND ABOUT TOGETHER – MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY – SHE IS A GREAT FRIEND TO ME AND MANY OTHERS…. .SO GLAD I READ THIS POST TODAY BEFORE I HEAD OFF FOR FOUR DAYS….. IT RECEIVED PRIORITY OVER SOOOO MANY OTHER THINGS I SHOULD ATTEND TO BEFORE I GO BUT THE POSTS ALWAYS MAKE MY DAY HAPPIER…..

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