Hanging Plates

The dogwood plates add a touch of ochre (kitchen color) and green (conservatory color to the adjoining dining room.
The dogwood plates add a touch of ochre (kitchen color) and green (conservatory color to the adjoining dining room.

Thanks for your opinions on hanging my dogwoods plates in the dining room.

Plates mocked-up on the window wall.
Plates mocked-up on the window wall.

The consensus was to hang the hand-painted plates on either side of the double dining room window.

I have a box of plate hangers
I have a box of plate hangers and hooks.

I have six plates and five identical plate hangers.   The odd hanger made measuring for placement a little challenging but it worked out.

I used a sharp matte knife to cut a tiny tepee in the wallpaper.
I used a sharp matte knife to cut a tiny tepee in the wallpaper.

Rather then put a nail (or six of them) in my newly hung wallpaper, I cut a small tepee and peeled back the paper.

Peel back the paper.
Peel back the paper.

If in the future if I decide to take the plates down I can cover the hole by gluing the wedge back over the hole.

The plates continue the line of the window frame.
The plates continue the line of the window frame.

I hung the top plates first almost even with window frame.

Plates in the dining room.
Plates in the dining room.

The bottom plates form a triangle.

The plates brighten up the denim-blue wallpaper.
The plates brighten up the denim-blue wallpaper.

The placement looks remarkably like the mock up but a little better I hope.

Plates in the dining room -- above the rail.
Plates in the dining room — above the rail.

It’s difficult to find artwork to hang above the high judge’s rail.

What small but exact project are you getting around to this week?

 

A Window Sill Vignette

At the end of January I was anticipating our orchid plants reblooming.

All the orchids will be blooming at the same time.
All the orchids will be blooming at the same time.

They were all budding then.

A delicate pink orchid with more buds on the verge of blooming.
A delicate pink orchid with more buds on the verge of blooming.

Since then the one in the kitchen window has started to bloom.

The orchid grows with little help from me.
The orchid grows with little help from me.

And I received 2 cards with pink flowers, one a cut-out of an orchid similar to the one I’m cultivating.

Spring is here, the birds and flowers.
Spring is here, the birds and flowers.

I’ve arranged them in the kitchen window together with a wooden bunny.

This pink vignette warms up my mainly blue-toned décor.
This pink vignette warms up my mainly blue-toned décor.

It’s funny how things seem to relate to each other unintentionally.

Do you have a favorite spring pairing?

Back to Trim Painting

Weather-wise this has been a beautiful week.

This was the first round of trim painting in May, 2015.
This was the first round of trim painting in May, 2015.

Today is supposed to be in the 60s and partly cloudy which suits me perfectly because I’m going to drag out the paint sprayer and paint more uninstalled trim.

I don't want to forget the snap-on grilles that came with the windows.
I don’t want to forget the snap-on grilles that came with the windows.

Number 1 on the list is the face trim and jambs for the round shower windows.

Both new bathrooms have this round window which is inside the shower area.
Both new bathrooms have this round window which is inside the shower area.

Parts of the jamb must be painted with a brush.  I’ve been soaking my good brushes in brush cleaner and took a little time to get them back into shape earlier in the week.

The plan is to paint all this trim white to get it ready for the baseboard in the house.
The plan is to paint all this trim white to get it ready for the baseboard in the house.

The second pile of items is the baseboard trim piled in the Cottage. I’m determined to get the Cottage back in shape so we must use up the building materials we’ve been storing there for the past few years. I feel a Craigslist post coming on.

The first round of spray painting has left a few nooks and crannies uncovered.
The first round of spray painting has left a few nooks and crannies uncovered.

Finally I want to finish painting these little darlings so I can decorate them a la Sharpie shells or Herend porcelain figurines.

This Herend duck will be my inspiration.
This Herend duck will be my inspiration.

They’re not at all valuable so if I fail it will be no great loss.

The paint gun has a lot of small parts in addition to the necessary long air hose and compressor.
The paint gun has a lot of small parts in addition to the necessary long air hose and compressor.

I pulled together the paint and sprayer yesterday so I wouldn’t spend half the day looking for equipment like I did here.

Do you have a spring road trip planned?

Finishing Touches on the Saw Blade Sign

I thought I was totally finished my saw blade project back here.

We spent much of Saturday using "bespoke" in a sentence.
We spent much of Saturday using “bespoke” in a sentence.

But after it dried it still needed something so I used a silver Sharpie to make dots on the word “bespoke”.

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And when I bought my regular Sharpies I also purchased a two-pack of Sharpie white paint pens.

The paint pen brightened up the lines.
The paint pen brightened up the lines and made them more opaque.

I traced over all the white lines with the paint pen.  Next time I would use the paint pen for the entire project.

The pictures don't look much different but the project is really finished this time.
The pictures don’t look much different but the project is really finished this time.

It’s ready to be delivered to the belt maker.  I wonder where he’ll hang it.

What did your Valentine give you? A saw blade sign?

Iris Art

Irises
Irises

My mother’s favorite flower was the iris.

We have a pair of these iris lamps.
We have a pair of these iris lamps.

I inherited from her lots of items with irises like the Limoges lamps we use in the master bedroom.

Iris prints in the pink bedroom -- only the large one remains.
Iris prints in the pink bedroom — only the large one remains there.

She also had some framed irises which I have decided to hang in the master suite.

I've had piles of framed photos on the bedroom floor while waiting to hang them in the upstairs hall.
I’ve had piles of framed photos on the bedroom floor while waiting to hang them in the upstairs hall.

Actually I forgot I had them until I started to go through a pile of photos on the floor in the bedroom.

Iris prints.
Iris prints.

Two gold-framed irises are hanging near the French doors out to the porch.

The blue iris watercolor print was the perfect size in the hallway.
The blue iris watercolor print was the perfect size in the hallway.

A vertically-oriented single blue iris that I had personally framed for my mother is in the master suite hallway between the closet doors and the bathroom.

Looks straight to me.
Looks straight to me.
A small level is a handy tool.
A small level is a handy tool.

I have a handy little lightweight level that helps me to hang artwork straight.

What have you found in your “forgot-all-about-it” pile?

Castle Restoration – 1 in a Series

I have recently uncovered in the attic the dollhouse-size castle made for our son when he was a little boy.

The dollhouse is in 3 sections which can be easily reassembled.
The castle was made in assemblable pieces.

It’s been in the attic for 20 years. Now that I’ve rediscovered it I’m going to try and refurbish it in a series of steps since it is in rough shape.

The castle sits on a grassy base on which has been painted a watery mote.
The castle sits on a grassy base on which has been painted a watery mote.

I started with the plywood base which is painted blue and mostly unseen except for the “water” in the mote and the grassy border.

Edge of the castle's plywood base with the splintered trim removed.
Edge of the castle’s plywood base with the splintered trim removed.

The edge of the base had splintered so I removed it.

The slender strips are castle trim.
The slender strips are castle trim.

I cut (mitered) and painted screen door bead to replace the trim.

I used small nails to attach the trim -- a tacker gun would also work.
I used small nails to attach the trim — a tacker gun would also work.
The edge of the base is trimmed with painted screen door bead.
The edge of the base is trimmed with painted screen door bead.

The trim was painted on all sides then nailed around the entire edge with wire nails.

The castle erected on the dining room table.
The front of the castle erected on the dining room table.

Once the base was cleaned and trimmed I decided to set up the entire castle.

The drawbridge actually lowers over the mote.
The drawbridge actually lowers over the mote.

The water in the mote is just visible at the entrance.

Back of the castle with openings for decorating play.
Back of the castle with openings for decorating play.

I am not sure this is the correct set-up although I don’t know how else it would go together.

The tower have a room lined in gold where the crown jewels are kept.
The tower has a room lined in gold where the crown jewels are kept.

I’m sure I have an old photo in the albums in the attic that would help.

Do you start whimsical projects to keep you from progressing on real work?