Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

On being creative (and why it's good for you) | Life

A little while ago a Facebook friend shared an article from Business Insider titled "7 science-backed reasons you should make art, even if you're bad at it". If you want to read the full article I highly recommend it, but to paraphrase, the 7 reasons were thus...

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Shooting through 2017 {July} | #52weekproject

Oh July, what a gloriously beautiful month you were. Busy, as always, but filled with some beautiful winter weather, notwithstanding that freak 28 degree day on Zee's birthday! It's only 5 weeks now until we head off on our 10 night cruise to the South Pacific to celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday. We are all beyond excited, and I can't quite believe it's come around so fast.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Birthdays & Bubbles {Zee turns four} | Life

Zee turned four on Sunday. FOUR! How did that happen. It feels like only yesterday I was cuddling her in the hospital, enjoying the feel of her warm little body snuggled in to mine, searching her face for similarities to her sister's, wondering what kind of person this new little human was going to be.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Slowing Down {and finding clarity} | Life

We've had quite a busy week this last, getting the girls settled back in to the routine of school & preschool, and working on a couple of jobs that I've been staring down the barrel of a deadline on. When it comes to work, it never rains but it pours, and right now, there's a bit of rain coming my way.

We're going on a family cruise in September. 10 nights in the South Pacific to celebrate my Mum's 60th birthday. To say I'm excited would be an understatement! The girls are even more excited than that, if it's possible. They ask me every day if we'll be going on the 'big boat' tomorrow and are always disappointed when I say no. I remind them that we will be soon enough though, and we talk about all the fun things we'll do on our holiday.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Lasts {that you don't know are lasts} | Life

I remember the last time I saw my Grandma alive. She'd been very sick in the ICU for the previous two weeks, suffering from a golden staph infection that was causing other complications. She was already fighting leaukemia, and as any kind of infection can be extremely serious for someone undergoing cancer treatment, we knew this was probably a fight she wasn't going to win.

Still, we kept up hope, but when they moved her to the palliative care ward we all knew it was only a matter of time. I remember that Saturday afternoon. She was lying in the bed and Mum was sitting beside her, holding her hand. She hadn't been conscious for most of the last two weeks, and I remember when it was time to leave I didn't want to say goodbye.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Shooting through 2017 {June} | #52weekproject

What a month June was! We had so much happening, from kitchen renovations to my birthday to the end of term 2, it's been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. It also hasn't helped that the last week I've been quite unwell and so didn't really have any energy to do all the little things that still need doing in the kitchen, but I'm sure we'll get there eventually.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How to transform your kitchen {in just 4 days!} | Life

If you've come here looking for tips on how to really transform your kitchen you might be a little disappointed, I'm sorry! Much like my post back in 2014 about our bathroom renovation, the title of this post is more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. Because honestly, even after the last week, I still would have no idea how to renovate a kitchen, I was mostly just a very grateful observer who moved things about when asked and vacuumed up some dust!

The real hard work was done by Dave and his parents. Seriously, between the 3 of them (and my sister-in-law, who not only designed & project-managed but donated the kitchen!) they managed to demolish the old kitchen and install the new one in 4 days. Less really, if you consider that the 4th day was the day the bench was installed, and that was done by a professional!

But let me start at the beginning...