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Sneaked a little time

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and putt in the hallway ceiling light in

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A view of the larger slice of house with hallway through to kitchen plus a little of the landing above, the dining room and the children’s bedroom above that.

Couldn’t find a light I fancied for the hallways so am going with a flush-fitting warm oblong otherwise this house will never get done  😉

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Finishings off downstairs (1)

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Kitchen

Some time ago I bought a ceiling airer kit from Sussex Crafts but not put it up.  It has lovely pulleys that need inserting into the ceiling of the room and then threading with the ‘rope’.  The whole kit is great and easy to assemble but I didn’t want to have it dangling from the loose ceiling while trying to fix said ceiling in place – reckoned I’d end up wrapping it around everything that was already set out in there.  I’d held off doing it after that as wasn’t sure of the best way to align the pulleys in the fixed ceiling and then fit my arms and head into the small space while the threading the pulleys etc.

Thought about using magnets and a piece of card/wood but the magnets wouldn’t stay up.  In the end I’ve used a strip of mount board the same colour as the ceiling paper so could assemble all the pulley/rope work on the work bench and am pretending the lump of card is an obliging piece of timber that’s been painted to match and to take the weight of the clothes airer as it hangs from the ceiling.

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The remains of the ironing

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and a long corridor view of ironing already done and sitting on the kitchen table. Bought the pile of ironing and iron as one piece from eBay.

Dining room

Entrance hall

There should be a (2) in the finishings off soon for the sitting room, where the dog sits patiently on the sofa waiting for attention.  Think I’ve got everything to hand now so that should be sorted soon-ish and the dog will then be able to have his cup of tea in peace.

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The hopefully completed view of dining room from side door of house.

 

Sorting out that lighting problem

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and more from the Jane Harrop catalogue

The small things in life

Had been going to make any photo frames or magazine rack needed myself but am still ‘infected’ with kit mania so treated room to bought-in ones.

Magazine rack – the first piece

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I sanded it, I stained it and I broke it. Here trying to fix it with wood strips over break at sides of handle. Just looking at this photo makes me cringe with embarrassment over how crudely I’m trying to fix it

Being me, the klutz, the magazine rack is the first one that I’ve manage to break before it’s even made up and I had a bit of a fight with myself to get it to square up too.  Sort of fixed the break and used a total wrap square jig to keep the little item steady while it dried.  I think I got in a mess with it from the start and wasn’t handling it properly.

There’s nothing difficult about the magazine rack, the instructions, as with the other kits, are very good indeed but, obviously this was not my morning for some of the little things.  How did I break it?  The central piece has a handle cut into the wood and the top corners needed sanding.  After reading the instruction, I thought about it and was very careful in picking it up and in rounding off the top outer corners and then I put it down.  Later went to pick it up to stick to the base and left the handle end behind.  I must have strained it while handling it earlier and hadn’t noticed.

As you can see from the top very embarrassing photo, the handle sits across the piece, understandably giving the grain over to the long cut of the slot.  Unfortunately a klutz like me could strain along the grain too and, at some point, snap the handle off.  Any other klutzs out there, I hope you hear this.

One of the good things that did came out of it – the wood strip each side, added to keep the broken pieces together, provided a much wider base and side edge for gluing the base and side pieces.  On the down side they reduce the width/holding capacity of the rack.  The main good thing is an almost finished magazine rack – now must find suitable newspaper and possibly a thin book to go with it 😉

Photo frames with photos

The photo frames kit is a little darling of a laser cut item – should make that plural as there’s the two in a pack.  I’m thinking one for the fireplace and possibly one on sideboard or low cupboard, or even the sitting room – oh so many more places they could go.  I would suggest that a pin or similar might be useful when applying the glue, as these pieces are very small and fine edged.  And I didn’t break anything!

Lighting

Compare and contrast – not enough light in there

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With full-sized table lamp parked on the work bench and shining down and inwards to the mini room, and still dark in the china cabinet corner

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Set a little high but now we have some light over there

Most of the previous photos taken of the dining room have involved external lighting and often with a high ISO setting.  This last photo has the normal workroom lighting and auto ISO and with the new set up of lights (forgot the fire, sorry) most things can be seen and it hasn’t gone muddy and dark.

What’s changed

Bought a wired and a battery version of this wall light and had hoped to get away with the battery one.  Found it too heavy on the chimney breast return wall – it fell off onto the dining chair below it more than once and would insist on twisting so that the lampshade end was sticking out into the room.

Thankfully not yet stuck down the ceiling in this room so could get at the area and add the wired version, which, so far shows no inclination to fall off or turn through 45° into the room.  We can’t see much of the lamp itself clearly, which is good, as feel it’s a bit chunky-looking in this room, but it does seem to be doing the job and the bird perched on top of the china cabinet seems to be enjoying it.

Link to Jane Harrop 30s and 40s era kits

 

A better fruit dish, better doily and a better foot rest too

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Autumn comes

It really must be autumn as am getting maudlin and looking at old work.  Don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoy autumn; the smells, the light, the colours etc.  But I do not get on with the winds that blow and howl.  Round here we specialise in them – I’m not talking about the horrendous speeds hitting the Caribbean and US at the moment, but for example tonight, we’ve a forecast of gusts of up to 70+ mph.  Batten down the tomatoes!

Colours, pattern, size

Putting aside all of that, I pointed my maudlin state down memory lane, looking for a suitable pattern and height for the”leather” footstool.  Something more geometric, perhaps.

The overwhelmed fruit dish and tatty doily