Yesterday I changed the bedclothes, mowed the lawn, colored my hair and hung a picture on the wall. Charlie cleaned up the recyclable metal in the yard.
I was immediately attracted to this photo.
I started early in the morning opening a
large framed photograph I bought at Ikea.
The bright blue bedroom walls are relieved with a wall of grey shelves and a large black and white photo.
We have had a large blue expanse over the bed while waiting for me to refinish the bedframe. This photo is black and white except for the golden Eiffel Tower.
A coil of hanging wire came attached to the photo.
I followed the diagram directions carefully.
The Vilshult comes with wire and hanging tabs and a diagram for their use.
The wire is carefully wrapped around itself after passing through the hole in the hanging hardware.
I wrapped the wire around the hanging tabs with a little help from needle-nosed pliers.
The picture may move up when the bedframe is installed.
I used 2 screws driven into studs on the wall to hang the picture.
The grey frame is an added benefit.
At 55″ by 39″ it makes a grand presence on the wall.
Do you have a favorite city?
I’m going to try to get a lot done today because next Saturday we’ll be at our daughter’s wedding.
Our Honda mower has been a good purchase.
I always change the bedclothes on Saturday and recently have started cutting the grass with our
new ride-on mower.
eSalon has formulated color especially for me.
And I need to color my hair. For the first time I’m going to try a color kit from eSalon made especially for me.
Pendant lights will hang over the dual sinks on either side of the window.
I’m also going to try to hang and electrify our bathroom lighting fixtures by enlisting the aid of a helper.
We need some decoration over the king-sized bed.
My final chore is to hang a new picture over our bed. I want to measure carefully because ultimately we will have our bedframe back in place after it is refinished so the artwork might look a little high to start.
Charlie is going to recycle the old metal.
I hope Charlie will be on the metal sorting project.
Are you having a good summer?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I hung the top plates first almost even with window frame.
Plates in the dining room.
The bottom plates form a triangle.
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.
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?
At the end of January I was anticipating
our orchid plants reblooming.
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.
Since then the one in the kitchen window has started to bloom.
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.
I’ve arranged them in the kitchen window together with a wooden bunny.
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?
Weather-wise this has been a beautiful week.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I pulled together the paint and sprayer yesterday so I wouldn’t spend half the day looking for equipment like I did
Do you have a spring road trip planned?
here I was framing a few photos.
Typical 8 by 10.
I was caught between cutting a photo of Charlie and me down to a square or leaving it in the original 8 by 10 ratio.
The original photo file — cropped.
We all agree.
Same photo — different orientation.
I cut the photo down to a square and put it in the frame.
Are your income taxes finished?
I thought I was totally finished my saw blade project back
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”.
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 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.
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?