A New Chapter

11 May

A lot has changed since my last post… We’ve planned and had an incredibe wedding, lost loved ones and started new journeys.

That said, it’s time for a new chapter in our lives.  The new chapter comes in the form of a new blog – one we’ve started together.  It was originally our wedding website to give everyone information about the big day and had morphed, as planned, into our somewhat infrequent diary of our lives.

We hope you enjoy it and continue to follow our journey with us, as this will be the last post on Spank the Plastic – it’s been fun!

See you over at www.rosandmatt.com

R x



7 Months Later…

18 Mar

My how time flys when you’re having fun!

First off, apologies for the terrible blogging frequency – or lack there of.  As they say in the online world ‘content is king’… not sure what that makes us, perhaps the court jester?

Anyway, a quick run down of what has happend since I wrote last…

  • WE’RE ENGAGED!  That’s pretty much the most exciting thing that’s come out of our pad lately.  It’s a super exciting time for us and althogh bride-zilla hasn’t reared her ugly head yet there is definitly time for her to make an appearance…  Watch this space!
  • We have another dog!  Yeup that’s right, our clan grew by another furry little body who (sometimes) answers to the name Radar.  We knew it was love when we first saw him… We found him on the same day we got engaged (we saw him first), and when he looked at us with those familiar little eyes – yes him and Ralph could almost be blood brothers (almost).  He’s 1/2 Australian Terrier , 1/4 Maltese and 1/4 Shitz-tzu and will no doubt have a few posts dedicated to him in the not too distant future.
  • We both (Matt & I) have new jobs – I know it’s all go!  Matt is still working his abicus only this time at Infratil and I’m still in the world of online advertising – this time at Trade Me!
  • We’ve seen through Christmas Eve at Matt’s parents’ house in Whitby and Christmas day at my mum and dad’s in the Wairarapa.
  • New Years was spent at my friend Jen and Dave’s for Dave’s 30th birthday and Matt was with his mates destroying our old flat in Hataitai.

So it seems that this year any blog posts that we get around to will no doubt be focused on the palava that is palanning our wedding – so hold on tight and enjoy!

R x

PS: I have to make a special mention of my friend Jen who has entered the world of blogging (due to her brother nagging her) which has inspired me to get back on the blogging band wagon, and to freshen up the look and feel of Spank The Plastic – so thanks Jen x

Bathroom Diaries – Part 5

20 Aug

The time has come… After all of this I hope we haven’t built it up too much, it is just a bathroom after all!

We’re not going to go into too much detail for this post as it’s mainly about the photos, so they’ll be nice and big).  There will be another post following this (no promises how soon after) which will give the detail of what we’ve used and of course the amount we ended up spending.

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Bathroom Diaries – Part 4

5 Aug

Since we seemed to have so much interest in our last post, it seemed only fair to reward all our lovely loyal readers with more more more (lucky you!).

We’re getting down to the fun part now, where everything begins to come together… But before we do that (always a but), we’ve got a little video for you.  Some may very well find this boring, but some (like nosey old me) appreciate this kind of thing.  It lets you see the space we’re working with, which is 2m x 1.8m (i.e. small)

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Bathroom Diaries – Part 3

4 Aug

Ok so we’re taking a while to get to the point here, we’re aware of it… especially since so many of you keep hitting us up for the final, finished photos, which is why this post will be a bit shorter and hopefully sweeter!

When we left you last time it was demo time, now that the messy part (or one of at least) is done and dusted it’s time for everything to start coming together.  First off, one of the most important parts… we need to decide where everything is going to go while the wall linings are off i.e. taps, lights, fan, plugs (you get the point).  We also needed to make sure that our builder knew where we were putting shelving so we could make sure there were dwangs in the right place behind the wall.  (For the non-builders amongst us, me included a dwang is a bit of wood behind the gib for stuff to screw into!).

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Bathroom Diaries – Part 2

19 Jul

Luckily for us one of Matt’s friends is a builder and he agreed to help us out in his weekends and after work to get our bathroom done. This was awesome as it would keep the renovation costs way down and the workmanship way up! So with him on board, a long with the plumber and sparkey he’s organised for us it was all on!!

First things first though… the pink had to go…

One of the funnest, messiest and satisfying part of any renovation is surely the demolition stage! For me though, this was one of the parts that I overlooked when I was organising everything for our renovation… rubbish disposal. It didn’t really cross my mind about where we were going to dump all the old stuff we were ripping out! Thank goodness it was one of the first questions our builder asked!

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Bathroom Diaries – Part 1

17 Jul

As many of you know (since I’ve been banging on about it for SO long now) our bathroom is in desperate need of a bit of TLC, and when I say TLC I more mean a total and utter face lift!

The  time has finally come, after about a year of planning (with a few breaks in between) to get started, but before we get down to the nitty gritty it’s only fair for me to share with you the way we were.  This is probably the most important step, because without it, it would be difficult to really appreciate the final result now, wouldn’t it?!

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