Internal Courtyards

The black - courtyard


So back to my dream house plans that I was telling you about a few weeks ago, I am focusing on Internal Courtyards today. Now this would be a dream! Actually, we already have an internal courtyard, which we use to store our bikes (see – I told you we have a storage problem). It’s a shame, really, because this area could be quite nice with a little table and chairs and some pot plants. If we weren’t worried about our bikes getting nicked (it’s inner-city living) and if I was okay with having cat litter in the house (it’s also in the courtyard) then we would have a chance of utilizing this space in a more aesthetic and pleasurable way. But the new house plans have a bike shed and the cat litter – ugh! We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.


I did dress up our courtyard a few years back before we got our Christmas bikes from Santa – way back when I had just written Little Things for Busy Hands and the Herald Sun Home mag came round to do a feature on me. Our house looked so good that a friend admitted she had shrieked with laughter upon seeing my bedroom in the paper because it had NEVER looked that tidy when we were roommates back in the day. But let’s not harp on about that. Quickly back to the internal courtyard . . .


Because we live in a single-fronted Victorian terrace situated quite close to our neighbours on both sides, our courtyard acts as a fabulous light well for our living room, which would be quite dark if the light well wasn’t there. It could also give you a lovely aspect from the living-room window (if you had some perfectly positioned pot plants).


I would like to extend our internal courtyard and make it even bigger so that it doubles as an entertaining space as well as providing an abundance of light into the main living area (which would actually become the kitchen). My dream would be to plant a little tree in the centre with miniature roots that didn’t screw up our storm water drains like the last tree in the courtyard (god rest its photosynthesized soul).


Check out these amazing internal courtyard ideas or go to my Pinterest board for more inspiration: - courtyard - courtyard


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Manuscript Appraisal Competition


Don’t forget to get your submissions in for the Manuscript Appraisal Competition. The deadline is tomorrow @ 12 a.m.

I’ll be notifying everyone of the winner on November 10 after I have read all of the lovely stories that have been flooding in. It’s a tough decision!

Thank you to all the talented writers out there who have applied and worked hard on their wonderful texts.

Remember that the comp is open to all types of manuscripts from picture books to adult stories to non-fiction. You must subscribe to this website to be eligible (just click the link above and remember to to approve your subscription when you receive an email) and email your manuscript to me:

K x


All That Glitters DIY


I’ve been quite taken by glitter today. Glittery fashion, homewares and the sort of make-up that you could never really wear out and about, but that looks super couture and a little bit arty. Maybe it’s the build-up to Halloween. Maybe it’s just that I need to get out of my jeans.

Today’s project is all about adding a little glitter into your day. Try it with this glitter cutlery. A good way to spruce up an old set (but not your great grandmother’s!) or a cheap set from Woolies.

You will need:

Some old or cheap cutlery

Masking tape

Some coloured spray paint

2 plastic or paper bowls

Some glitter in the same colour as your paint


Clear spray paint

What to do:

Place a bit of masking tape around the top of your cutlery to form a line where the paint will stop (preferably before the bits that touch your mouth).

One utensil at a time, spray the piece of cutlery with the coloured spray paint.

While the paint is still wet, hold the cutlery piece over the bowl and pour the glitter over the wet section of the cutlery. Flip the cutlery and hold over the other bowl and pour the remaining glitter from your first bowl over the other side of the cutlery piece.

Place your glittery utensil on the newspaper to dry and repeat with the other cutlery pieces.

Once the cutlery is dry, spray with a coat of clear spray paint and leave to dry again.


Check out these pics for some more glittery inspiration or go to my Pinterest board.

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