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The search for –

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a better lamp/naked woman arrangement

To clear that up for those who have not read previous, I bought a beautifully painted figure from jlon7197 on eBay and wanted to marry it to a lamp.  The one I’d got (a table lamp) looked monstrous next to her and so I’ve been looking for a more ‘torch’ shaped lamp, preferably LED.  I’ve bought a bronze coloured oil lamp and am working on a possible matching together at the moment.

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Now how to fix it so the lamp is handleable – working on it

and a crisper linoleum

New lino for old

Gone back to the kitchen at last.  All worked stopped ‘cos was brooding about the lino yet again.  Loved the pattern but not the fuzziness. I’d built it up from a web photo of a piece of original old lino of the time but our colour printer is not really up to anything that needs crispness of print and this design needed some crispness.

Then on Poppets Dolly Bits I came across the actual lino pattern beautifully printed out.  But, of course I found it too bright so I’ve stained it and messed it about.

Now for the removable larder and the walls

 

 

 

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Curved window cill and straightened newel

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Was moving on with the landing and, despite my wonder system of storing all my prepared sets of things, in this case a couple of newel posts to go with the rest of the bannisters, I just can’t find them.  In a bit of a moody I decided to straighten out the newel at the top of the stairs as it’s was a long way off from upright.  Feel better now for doing that and have fiddled on with the landing window cill, adding a home-made air drying clay pot.  The flowers need replacing with something a little jollier perhaps, but for the moment they do the job as it were.

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Now I need to cut out more posts – I’ve pre-painted the wood and may have a go in the next few days perhaps.

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Quite like the curved look for the window cill; gives it a little more interest.

What fun and games

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Curved stuff
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making a mess and sticking with it

 

Why?  I mean, “why?”

Lots of ‘why­s’ really:

  • There’s the basic one of why insist on a pelmet for an asymmetrical bay window just because I think it makes a room look cozier?
  • Why, as there’s definitely a need for some sort of skirting board to stop the walls fraying at the bottom edge, didn’t I buy some foam or just use foamboard strips?

I shall never know.  But this is what I’ve got and it looks like I’m sticking with it…

The curtains and pelmet?  Well… hopefully they may end up looking like a side issue to the rest of the room.

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This sort of asymmetrical bay often has curtains hanging from a bare pole (as has been fashionable now) or,  in more up-market accommodation, have the hanging paraphernalia sunk into the ceiling so that the drapes seem to flow into the room; but, for my idea of a standard, domestic 30s – 50s house it did look rather ‘non-homely’.

That, for the present, covers the excuse for the havoc of the pelmet I think.

And for the skirt?

At least the skirting will be hiding behind as much furniture as can be crammed into the bay, so that’s one comfort.

Yes there’s coving to go up too and another bay above – what to do, what to do?

I should just put my head in a bucket until any phase of this sort of thinking passes, but I never learn.

Back with you when the curve debacle has passed.

Pottering in all directions

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The Trombone Clip

(if you’ve clicked the trombone link above, tell me that doesn’t look just like a giant paperclip)

Been having some glorious sunshine (though horribly windy) and spent loads of time ‘autumnising’ the garden and thinking big thoughts around mini-ing.

Just got back to working with the players in the band and roughing up a trombone for the other part of the brass section.  Then I realised the second figure (for whom it was intended) couldn’t possibly play it as his cheeks stick out too far and he’d never get it over his shoulder.  He’s Mr Oval and he’ll have to go with the hose pipe horn instead which is all in front as it were, whilst Mr P has the trombone.  Such as it is.

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I do love paperclips.   This ones pretty big.  The miniature funnel for the bell of the trombone needs building up a little towards the back and is generally not fully attached  yet so if you blink it may well fall off, but his hands are not too bad for holding the paperclip in place.

And the big thoughts?

I’ve said I’d not build another house but there’s this ‘thing’ that’s a-growing-of and won’t go away, so I might, just might end up doing it anyway.  Sort of UK 1930s styling, but as it’s still festering away in my head I’ll let it grow a little more before I blab too much 😉