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Only a little bit today

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Mostly touching up bits of woodwork and cleaning off any debris.

Sorted out a few things though

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The lamp is a Heidi Ott pink shade but I painted it yellow and is, at present just running on a square battery until it gets fully wired in.
Does help make the room look cheery and, when the ceiling light goes in they should work nicely together.

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Hiding somewhere else

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because I’m all blue-d out

Hiding in the entrance hall

I’ve finally sorted some lighting in the downstairs hallway

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.

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