What I did during the holidays

My five-week summer/Christmas holiday is nearly over so I thought I’d do a quick summary of what I did with all that time. Spoiler alert – I totally smashed my to-do list, like, out-of-the-park!

IMG_0863Before the holidays started I wrote out a list of the jobs I wanted to get done and got things ready (like reserving library books in time for the Christmas break). This got me all fired up and motivated.



First things first, I bought myself a new drill. Here she is, isn’t she beautiful?


After 10 years the charger/battery on my old drill had finally given up. On my dad’s advice I invested in a non-cordless drill (my old one was cordless and I had to keep recharging it every hour which was so frustrating). And, oh my, it is so powerful. I feel like a serious DIY-er with this baby.

Armed with my new drill I was able to upcycle my ratty old bookcase into a much needed media console.

A week before Christmas I decided to swap rooms with my son who is much bigger than me and has more stuff. He moved into the master bedroom and I moved in to a tiny 2 x 3 metre room.

First though, I painted the room white using leftover paint from my recent kitchen renovation. My drill came in handy too for removing screws and fittings.


Doing this at one of the most stressful times of the year might seem crazy but let me tell you, there’s nothing like a Christmas deadline for lighting a fire under your butt to make sure it gets done.

I finally replaced the runner on my chest of drawers (I repurposed a piece of kindling) so now I don’t have a fight on my hands every time I want to close the drawer. Again, big ups to my new drill for helping me out.


New curtains were sewn for the freshly painted bedroom (spots). I also made curtains for the living room (teal linen). I lined them with old sheets (yay for recycling).

I used dress fabric rather than upholstery fabric because I prefer the lighter texture and the range of colours and patterns is better if you can only afford mid-priced fabrics.


I’m tempted to make some clothes with the leftover fabric but I’m just a bit nervous that I’ll feel like one of the Von Trapp kids from The Sound of Music if I do that so I might go with cushion covers instead.

Some of my old towels got made into cleaning/painting rags and the rest were taken to the SPCA. Plus I mended some clothes.


Tidying and organising

The garden got a bit of a tidy up and I cleaned out the shed and the spare room. This meant a trip to the tip to offload the junk that couldn’t be recycled or donated.



Food was prepped for the freezer – for those evenings when I get home after a long day at work and I’m just too tired to cook. I’m predicting quite a few of those in the first couple of weeks.



DVD marathons were definitely enjoyed.


I can’t help it. I just love Midsomer Murders.

I also managed to watch a few films and I rejoined my local film club after a five-month hiatus.

This year I’m aiming to read more books. I’m pleased to say that I’ve read two since Christmas and am just about to finish another two.


 And finally…

I started this blog. Oh yeah, can I get a ‘whoop whoop’?


Writing a blog was something I’d been thinking about doing for a couple of years (I know, I can be such a procrastinator sometimes). Now that its finally underway I’m interested to see how it evolves.

The one that got away

I still have one task that I haven’t crossed off my list. It’s a video on how to paint a plywood floor. I recorded the process when I did my renovation because after hours of research I couldn’t find anything of the kind online. I thought a ‘how-to’ video might be useful if anyone else was thinking of doing it.


However, I haven’t gotten around to editing all the footage and figuring out how to post it on my blog. I’m planning on bribing my son to help me with that. Stand by for the future release.

So that’s what I got up to over the holidays. Hopefully it was interesting and perhaps (if you’ve got some jobs hanging out on your to-do list) a little bit motivating.





Author: homemade and humble

Hi, I'm Ana. Welcome to my blog. I live in Wellington, New Zealand with my partner in a little cottage on a hill. We are working to build a life free from the rat-race, where we get to design our days around spending time together, enjoying good food and hunting for treasures for our home. We are both homebodies and prefer homemaking and cooking to outdoor pursuits and sport. This is where I share stories of our experiences as we set our course for a life full of warmth, comfort and beauty. I hope you enjoy it.

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