Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Block Triple Threat Auction Winners

Congratulations to Dea & Darren for their amazing win! After completing 2 seasons of The Block in a row it has sure paid off with a huge winning of $935,000!! A block record!
My jaw was on the ground for all auctions. What an mind blowing amount of money to win with each couple all winning over $600k. That it life changing,, thats an entire mortgage paid off (plus extra for some).

I am so happy for that everyone walked away with a huge profit (all though I still dont think T & A should have but it's done). Looking forward to seeing Ayden & Jess in Reno Rumble which starts next Tuesday night!


Dea and Darren Reserve: 1,455,000
Final bid: 2,290,000
Profit: 835,000 + $100,000 prize money

Josh and Charlotte
Reserve: $1,390,000
Final bid: $2,200,000
Profit: $810,000

Tim and Anastasia
Reserve: $1,420,000
Final bid: 2,175,000
Profit: 755,000

Jess and Ayden
Reserve: 1,335,00.
Final bid: 2,000,000
Profit: $665,000

One final look through the winning apartment!

Were you happy the winners and the overall outcome?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Colour Pop: Classic Grey & White

This week my good friend Rebecca has created a classic grey and white colour pop. I love what she has come up with, its great to see other people's taste and choices. The fun artwork and the pretty flowers are my favourite. What great additions!

If you would like share your style and create a colour pop to be shared here on Lime & Mortar feel free to email me or message on facebook. You will get full credit so if you are a blogger I will also include link for you. This is open to anyone! It could be a selection of homewares you love, something for your own home, kids bedrooms, outdoors and more. The choice is up to you!
a) Myer - Chevron Storage Basket
b) Matt Blatt - Dog in Car Print
c) Zanui - Lace Clock
d) Adairs - Archer Towel Range
e) Zanui - Banksia Table Lamp
f) Matt Blatt - 6ixty armchair
g) Zanui - Bazin Modern Rug
h) Target - Faceted Candle
i) Target - Brooklyn Pillar
j) Myer - Molten Vase Cube
k) Zanui - Harley Gloss Table
l) Freedom - Cruz Mirror
m) Matt Blatt - Nelson Grey Cushion

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Block: Week 10 Terraces

Tonight was the last room reveal, the final piece of the puzzle.... the terraces. We saw Tim & Anastasia return after their tantrum which I'm sure was hard to do. I kind of feel they don't really deserve it now but I guess they were very close to the end.

Dea & Darren had the largest and only outdoor terrace. They were able to create different zones. I loved all the different textures as it's what I envision for our back garden. I do wonder what you do with the cushions and the pretties when it's bad weather though?

Charlotte & Josh had a lovely spacious terrace. I really liked the lights they had on their wooden wall. I would love to see them lit up at night time. I have a thing for lights that create patterns (as you may have noticed in my home)

Ayden & Jess managed to create another lounge space. The judges called this their 'summer lounge'. I didn't think the space looked very inviting or comfortable though.

Tim & Anastasia presented a finished space. It felt very small but to be fair their choice of furniture would have been very limited when using only vouchers. Hopefully they take the judges suggestions on board.

Next the contestants will have 72 hours to fix up their apartments ready for auction. One team will also win a car to sell with the apartment. Following that the buyers advocates and judges will give their final scores of each apartment with prize money to be won. First place will get $20k, second place $15k and third place $10k.

Wednesday night is auction night. It's the one night I'm sure to stay off all social media so I can watch without having any idea what the outcome will be. I'll be sure to come do my final The Block Triple Threat post on Thursday

FIRST PLACE: Dea & Darren

SECOND PLACE: Josh & Charlotte

THIRD PLACE: Ayden & Jess

LAST PLACE: Tim & Anastasia

Which one was your favourite terrace?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lime And Mortar Etsy Shop - Big Sale Coming

You may remember I mentioned I started selling planner stickers in my etsy shop (read post here). It has now been just over 4 months and business is going well. I now have registered my business name 'Lime And Mortar'.
I now have over 125 sticker listings with more designs to come (my head is full of them). The collage below shows just a few of my most recent designs.

I'm happy to do custom work - whether it is stickers for your planner, party favour labels, labels for your home and more! Feel free to message me on etsy to discuss your ideas.

Tomorrow is my birthday... I will be releasing a discount code on my Lime & Mortar Etsy facebook page to celebrate. It will be my biggest sale this year and even includes a free gift. Come join in the fun!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recipe: Choc Chip Anzac Slice

I decided to make anzac slice for Anzac Day instead of cookies as I only like soft chewwy cookies but when I bake cookies I tend to make them crunchy. This way I knew I would be getting that soft texture I wanted. I added choc chips for extra yumminess.

1 1/4 cup Plain Flour
1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 cup Choc Chips
150g Butter (chopped)
2 TBS Rice Malt Syrup (or Golden Syrup)
1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
2 TBS Boiling Water

1) Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and line a slice pan with baking paper.
2) Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
3) Place butter and syrup in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until smooth. Combine the bicarb soda and boiling water in a jug.
4) Remove butter mixture from heat. Stir in bicarb soda mixture. Add to flour mixture and combine. Stir in choc chips.
5) Poor the mixture into the prepared slice pan. Using the back of a spoon or your hands, press mixture evenly into pan.
6) Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan. Slice and serve.

TIPS: Slice will feel soft when remove from oven. It will firm as it cools down
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