Katie and Reuben

About Katie and Reuben

We are a twenty-something couple persuing a simple, mindful, beautiful life. We like crafty thing making, yummy thing baking and picture taking.
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Lately…

Dear Delilah Tea Necklace and Easter Eggs

Daisy and Vintage Sheets

Roald Dahl Quote and Fantail

Craft and Dogs

Dogs and Custom Dear Delilah Necklace

Pumpkins and Latte and Vintage Fabric

Op-Shop Find and Clover with Book

We have celebrated Easter with our annual picnic with friends. (We almost didn’t make it this year but we’re so glad we did in the end. The Easter picnic is one of our very favourite traditions!)

Reuben has extended our veggie patch and begun planting seeds for winter.

Katie has been writing some blog posts for Kidspot, like this one and this one.

Clover has eaten two books!

We have bought a dwarf lemon tree to plant by our gate.

We’ve been listening to Vampire Weekend on repeat.

We have had some visits from family including a whole lovely spent week with Katie’s brother. (We so wish our family wasn’t so scattered.)

We have been eating a lot of kale and drinking a lot of herbal tea.

We have found some lovely vintage linens in op-shops.

We’ve been thinking a lot about exercise and setting ourselves a big challenge to get ourselves moving…

What’s been happening in your part of the world lately? We hope those of you who celebrate Easter had a lovely holiday and you all had a wonderful weekend!

Katie and Reuben x

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10 Good Things Right Now

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Little pumpkins growing in our garden.

Taking Dear Delilah to The Square handmade market. (We always have such a fun day there!)

Homegrown blackberries.

Having a go at brewing beer.

Finally getting prints of some of our favourite instragram pictures, from Origrami.

A surprise visit from a special friend.

The roses we planted a few months ago bursting with blooms.

Tiny pears bought at the farmers market. (So sweet and crunchy!)

Finding a cute little bench with an embroidered seat in an op-shop.

Having a long weekend!

What good things are happening in your world right now?

Katie and Reuben x

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Lessons from our First Year as Home Owners

It’s been a little over a year since we bought our first home. As is always the case, in some ways it seems like we’ve been here forever and in other ways it feels like we’ve only just moved in. We had grand plans for this sad old house when we first moved in and, though we’ve made some progress, there is still so much to do.

Hall Before

Our hall in January 2013.

Hall

Our hall now!

Living Room Before

The fluoro lights in our lounge room in January 2013.

Living Room Lights

The lights in our lounge room now.

Oven Before

Our old, dead oven.

Oven

Our new oven (and the hole we had to bang in the wall to squeeze it in!)

Bedroom Before

Our bedroom in January 2013.

Bedroom After

Our bedroom now.

Though we haven’t achieved as much as we’d have liked, we have learnt many, many lessons in our first year of home ownership. If we could go back in time and give Katie and Reuben a year ago some advice, we would tell ourselves…

There is so much more to do than you ever imagined.

Even when you DIY, doing any kind of work on a house costs money. More money than you think.

Similarly, everything will take much longer to do than you thought it would. Sometimes twice as long. Sometimes five times as long!

Scraping the paint off skirting boards, windows and doorframes, and stripping floors is not fun. Not even a tiny bit fun.

There is no smell in the world more horrible than you will experience if you rip up 50 year old carpets that have been soaked in cat’s pee.

Sometimes you will wish you could just call a real estate agent or landlord and let them take care of things.

Houses seem a lot bigger when you are painting them than they do when you are living in them.

Old things in old houses (like ovens, gas heaters, hot water systems and air conditioners) need replacing. This is very expensive.

There will be times when you look around you and feel utterly overwhelmed. You will wonder why you ever thought buying such a mess of a house was a good idea and you will fantasise about giving in and running away to a nice, comfortable rental…

But! Despite all the difficulties, every single day you will be grateful for your home.

You will feel so glad that you are building your own future, rather than paying off a landlord’s mortgage.

You will be so happy to have the freedom to do whatever you like to your space.

You will feel so much pride and ownership over every little task completed and every small renovating victory.

And though you’ll probably never really “finish” working on your house and at times it will drive you crazy, you will love it more than any place you could ever rent.

Because it is yours.

Katie and Reuben x

PS Sorry for the lack of post last week! We were having internet connection issues.

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Lately…

Poppy and Lemons

Semi Dried Tomatoes and Sebby

Dogs and Tomatoes and Basil

Tea and Clover

Daisy and Home

Iced Coffee and Poppy

Clover and Dear Delilah Necklace

We have been hot. Very hot. We’ve had a string of days well over 40°C and it’s been pretty horrible in our old, uninsulated house, so we have spent a lot of time hibernating in our lounge room (which is the only room in our house with an airconditioner) and dreaming of autumn.

We have been eating homegrown cherry tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We have been thinking we need to plant a lemon tree.

We have been grateful that our little family has adjusted so well to our latest addition and have been so pleased to see Daisy and Clover quickly become great friends.

We have been watching Indiana Jones movies and series one and two of Call the Midwife. (Is there anything better than a BBC period drama?!)

We have been living on homemade pesto, feta, semi dried tomatoes and lemon cordial.

We have gotten a few little jobs done around the house. We finally got the old fluorescent lights in the lounge room replaced with nice pendants and we finished painting the hall. Now we are just wishing for some cooler weather so we can start painting the loungeroom!

We have been talking a lot about our big trip later this year. (So exciting!)

We have been hoping for rain…

What’s been happening in your world lately?

Katie and Reuben x

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Lately…

Poppy and Dear Delilah Necklaces

Garage Sale Finds and Chick

Vintage Sheets and Tomato Plants

Strawberries and Sebby

Daisy, Chocolate and Juice

Birdie Jar and Chicken

Coffee and Upcycled Plates

Reuben has gotten a great new job, closer to home! (We are so grateful.)

Katie has been making lots of jewellery and birdie jars in prepation for The Square handmade market next Sunday and has been really busy with the Dear Delilah Etsy shop. (We are so grateful for that too!)

We have planted some elderberry and tea plants.

We have been playing with Katie’s mum’s adorable baby chicks. (We’re planning to bring a couple of these little ones to live with us when they’re older!)

We have been drinking a lot of fresh watermelon juice and banana smoothies and, thanks to a drama with our oven, have been eating a lot of stuff on toast.

Reuben has crocheted a ninja turtle for his nephew’s first birthday (he’s planning to share the pattern on Ravelry soon) and was featured in a Sydney Morning Herald article about men who craft!

Katie has found some lovely vintage sheets after a lengthy treasure drought. (Yay!)

We have eaten 8 homegrown strawberries.

We have been thinking a lot about this space. About us blogging. About blogging in general. About what it all means to us and what we want for our little corner of the internet. We haven’t figured it out yet, but we might be getting closer.

We hope all is well with you guys! What’s been happening in your world lately?

Katie and Reuben x

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