Monday, October 12, 2020

Finishing Up

This weekend, despite my best intentions, I didn't get a lot really organized or cleaned.  Instead I decided to finish up a project that I've had on the backburner for a while.

I have to be in a certain mood to make furniture (meaning from scratch not a kit) and until lately I haven't been.

But I managed to make a chair, a bed, a table and lamp.

I had a hard time deciding on how to place the bed.  Ultimately I glued it down but in a position that I forgot to take a picture of.

But it still looks festive.  So I'm pretty happy with it.

I also broke out the spray on adhesive and my fine 'snow' glitter and added it to the outside.  This was the other thing I'd been meaning to do for a while.

It is much more sparkly in person I promise.

I'll try to get some better pictures soon.  But that's it for my accomplishments this weekend.  

Hope you're all staying safe and healthy and having a good week so far.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Cleaning & Organizing

I didn't do much mini-ing this weekend.  Unless you count organizing my minis.

I got a new set of cube shelves for very cheap (so cheap they squeaked 'cheep cheep') and put then together. Since my workroom doubles as the cat climbing space I didn't have enough room to put them together in one big shelf. 

Instead I have a shelf of six cubes and a shelf of five.  But that's fine. No biggie.

The tough part was going through all of the boxes I have and sorting. Then putting things away. Breaking down boxes.  Dusting and vacuuming...

Taking the vacuum apart to fix it when it got jammed.

And continuing the whole shebang on Sunday.

It was a lot of standing on a vinyl floor with a concrete foundation under it. Barefoot.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ache.

I still have a bit more to do.  One more container to go through. (I don't even know what's in this one.) And I need to clean up my table and figure out a place to put the music room until I start to work on the garden.  I promised to bring it to work to show them so first I need a box to accommodate it.

If I work on some of this stuff in the evening this week I should have pictures to show you soon.

And by that I mean pictures that don't embarrass me with the plethora of boxes and junk piled everywhere.

In the mean time, here's a picture of the cats. Before they began the ongoing attempts to destroy the couch and make me crazy.

Oh, I don't know if I mentioned, but the other project I was thinking of doing is a roombox of this:

I have the roombox with the arches at the front and with some work on the Cricut I could make more arches for the back walls.  Print pictures to go in them for background and get the map printed for the floor?

My husband is a big Game Of Thrones fan and I think he'd get a kick out of this.

And with that... 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Stay safe, stay healthy and if we have to stay home at least we have an interesting hobby to keep us busy.

And if you're like me, you always have something to clean.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Trying To Get Organized

 I haven't posted because I haven't really gotten much done since my last post.  I've been trying to get my space organized, clean my house some, and other hobbies have taken up some of my time.

I have a bad habit of buying things and then not putting them in their proper place.  So I put things away and relocated a few things so I could find them. Hopefully.

I've been debating my next project still.  I'm debating redoing the Gothic Victorian because I'm a little bored with it and there's so much I could do better with it.

But I'm also excited that I've got a couple more out of the norm containers for some little laundry rooms.

So that'll be a lot of fun.  

And I found on Ebay, the cutest little buffalo horn chair.  This is exciting because my grandparents had a buffalo horn chair in their basement and my mom has it now.  I've wanted one forever.

I've been trying to remember that my hobbies are meant to be enjoyed.  They're not something I should be putting pressure on myself to do.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Nearly Done

 I've got one more instrument coming and then the music room is done.  The flowering vines have been added to the pergola.

The curtains are finished and on the windows.

I used Kris's method for making the curtain cord and tassels.  

I added some books to the shelves and a few other horns. And a bust of Beethoven.  I need to do a little rearranging.

I got some old staircase spindles from a spiral staircase kit.  They have pre-drilled holes in the tops to thread the railing through metal loops.  With some corner molding and woodsies and some ends of the wooden fans I made sheet music holders.  I printed sheet music from images I found on the internet.

Once the glue dried I painted them black and then did a wash of dark brown over it.

They need a coat of poly and then they'll be done.

I didn't want the shelves to look too symmetrical so I got an old plastic vase and some of the roses from my stash and made a flower arrangement.

I'm still working on the arrangement of instruments, I have one more coming.  The double bass in the corner needs it's bridge repaired.  But the cello looks nice and the guitar works.

With the sheet music on the shelves and one of the stands I think it looks nice.

I should have put one of the filters on the camera. The lights are very bright and they don't look quite that bright in person.

But once my zither arrives the music room will be done.  I might work on the garden next or maybe I'll go back to the Downtown Loft.

Either way, I'm pleased with how it looks so far.  

I hope you're all safe and healthy and happy.  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Roof, Drapes & a Cricut

So the first order of business for the weekend was hooking up my new Cricut and figuring out how to use it.

For your amusement I've included pictures of the Building Inspector and her sister Miho as the Cricut worked.  They were highly suspicious.  Miho actually tried to swipe at the mat when it was going back and forth.


I'm pleased to say that after a couple of false starts I was able to make the pieces for my roof out of chipboard.  Because the largest measurement was 14 1/2 I had to divide the pieces in half and tape them together.

The roof only has a one inch rise so I looked up shallow slope roofing and apparently flat roof material is recommended for shallow sloping roofs.  So of course in the interests of accuracy I had to use that.

I love Gorilla tape!  Cheap and it looks good and it's going to be so easy to dust.

Once I got the roof on I used a magazine to weigh it down.  It flattened it a little more than was strictly needed but I still like how it looks.

I took a little bit and figured out how to make arches in the Design Space.  And that let me cut out my cornices out of chipboard.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of them before I glued them together and covered them with fabric.

This is the same fabric I used for the WQRC bed curtains. 

I wanted to have a couple of chairs too, so I hunted up some of the extras I had.

I was already in the process of prying up the cushion when I took the picture.  But I used the same fabric for the cushions.

I didn't have any cotton fabric for sheers so I made do with a synthetic for them.  I had to use a lot more glue than normal but eventually I got them done and attached to the cornices.

Once the glue was mostly dry I turned them over and made sure they looked good.

I found some embroidery thread that matches the cornices so once it's safe to move the sheers I'll make cord and tassels for hold backs. 

Since I had to let everything dry for a while I got out all my musical instruments and tested how they'd look in the room with the rugs.

My shelves look so empty.  I have stuff arriving tomorrow.  Of course with the post office these could be a week from tomorrow.  I'll just keep my fingers crossed.


I like the harpsichord and the piano, but I'm not sold on the spinet in the far corner.  I might look for something like a cello and a music stand for that corner instead.  It's just a little too big for the room.

I fitted the front wall on and opened the doors.

See what I mean about the spinet and harpsichord?  The spinet pretty much pushes the harpsichord out the door.

I'm still thinking about the flowering vine I want for the pergola but I definitely want one.  And I'm considering the layout and how big I want my patio.  I'd love to try and do a water feature but I don't know how ambitious I'm feeling. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!