Sunday, December 27, 2020

Gluing Walls and Starting To Add Décor

We had a quiet at home Christmas... 

Of course, for us, that's par for the course.  We don't have any family in our area so holidays are just the two of us.  I like it.  We both deal with people at work. It's nice to have a break at home.

But it gave me plenty of time to work on the book nook since with just the two of us we don't do a huge meal. I had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off of work, and then the weekend.

Since this is a wizard's workroom I made a crystal ball.

Then the sideboard.  I'd previously glued the drawers shut. But I managed to pry two of them open and built up the sides.

The drawers are going to be filled up so the seams won't matter so much.  Then I added dividers.

I added some semi-precious stones from my bead hoard.

Next step was to get the magical cauldron glued to the sideboard.  I braced it against something tall enough to keep the weight of the kettle from pulling it loose.

Once the glue was dry I added some other things.  Jars of ingredients, an open book, a collection of amethyst, more books, a mortar and pestle, a hematite sphere to represent a speaking stone and some crushed malachite along with one of the wands and a spell page.

Then I had to add things to the lower shelf.  I painted a container I got from Shapeways, used some of the gallery glass paint I got on sale a while back.  It gives the plastic a nice sheen.

It fills in some space nicely and looks appropriate in the room.  I added some glass beads to some more jars

Another mortar and pestle, more amethyst, a box of Coke and a cats eye crystal also helps.

While the glue was drying I added maps to the wall and glued the shelf and sconce on.

I ended up moving the smaller map up a bit so it showed more.  In the books Dresden built a 'Little Chicago' which was essentially a table top representation of the city.  I didn't have the room for that so the maps will have to do.

I figured out the placement of my candelabra and glued two of the walls together after I made a little holder for the batteries I'll need for the lights.

While I waited for the glue to dry (again) I made a circle of gold, bronze and silver wire. 

I had to glue it down to the floor and while I waited for the glue to dry (so much waiting!) I made a coat to hang next to the hat on the wall.

Then it was a matter of gluing the floor to the walls and the rest of the walls together.  Since the sideboard didn't have any lights on it, I glued it in place and the candle holder on the stool next to it.

Once I got the other two walls glued I could add the rest of the shelves, the coat and my other items.

Then I added the ceiling and got the lights wired to the batteries and tested them out.

Next weekend I'll start to add the trim around the front of the box and something to cover the wires on the outside of the nook.

So far I like how it looks.  Hopefully my old friend will too.

I hope you all had a safe and Merry Christmas!


  1. It's all magic! Wonderful details!
    Hugs, Drora

  2. It all looks gorgeous, Sheila, your high speed of work always amazes me.
    I'm sure your old friend will like it, no, he will be ove the moon!!
    Here we had also an at home Christmas, safe and well, we made the best of it and saw our kids online by skype or video chat. Hopefully 2021 will be better in the second half, first vaccinations ;).
    Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, and good health.
    Stay safe, take care, dear Sheila.
    Hugs, Ilona

  3. This is wonderful! So many details.

  4. Amazing project! I really like everything you are doing, seems like loads of fun!

  5. Wow! Sheila, this is looking Fantastic! You have accomplished a lot on your Holiday time! I love the magical feeling and the mysterious "cave-like" feeling this space has! There is so much to look at! You are really good with the magical stuff! I am sure your friend will be amazed!
    Stay safe and Happy New Year! :)
    (Sorry I have not kept up with comments recently!)