Archive for the ‘tools’ Category

September 18th, 2010 - 10:50 am § in bath, tools

not goofing off

What I’m working on right now is getting paint off the tiles in the bathroom, in the long process of getting ready to paint, which is taking far longer than the actual painting job will. We have a decorative frieze of tiles at the top of the tiles on the lower half of the walls. [...][...]

September 18th, 2010 - 2:19 am § in kitchen, tools

oo, shiny objects!

The Maas polishes finally arrived! They’d been backordered, and the Maas UK office very kindly refunded my postage fee for the delay. But I was very happy to see them, and began the grand brass cleanup immediately. Knobs and pulls first! The knobs and pulls on the kitchen cabinets, along with [...]

September 17th, 2010 - 10:01 pm § in library/dining, tools

Farrow & Ball planters

Yep, it’s been a while. This is because we’ve been having houseguests over, mainly, plus lots of other social activity, and while I’ve been slowed down on the home front, I haven’t been inactive, so now I’m going to play catch-up on the blog. So, I’ll just jump ri[...]

August 28th, 2010 - 2:19 pm § in guest, tools

what color is a mink?

I’ve just bought a small wardrobe for our guestroom. Not an exciting purchase, but a practical one, and a necessary one. It’s described as “mink and chocolate brown,” which confused me for a second. This was because to me as an American, minks are chocolate brown, as on the r[...]

August 16th, 2010 - 10:21 am § in thinking, tools

trendy? me?

You know what I really dislike? I really dislike when you’re imagining your new room, and you think…”ooh, I have that zebra fabric remnant I got that one time years ago…I’ll cover the chair seats with that, that’ll be original and fun!”… only to discov[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:41 pm § in DIY, tools

lookit, i DIM*.

*Did It Myself. Of course. Never one to let a minor defect get in the way, that’s me. In fact, sometimes minor defects are good, because then you can be the pushy broad who walks up to the counter carrying said article with said minor defects in your sweaty paws and ask if you can [...][...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:06 pm § in DIY, library/dining, tools

diy anaglypta repair

After a lovely but quick dinner out between J’s working hours, I spent a slightly boring but meditative hour repairing anaglypta with filler (UK)/spackle (US). I discovered that an unbent paper clip with a loop on one end makes an excellent tiny little sculpting tool. However, afterwards, I go[...]

August 7th, 2010 - 12:00 am § in flowers, thinking, tools

stop and smell the roses

I always think that taking a bit of time out in a protracted move like this is really important. So yesterday I stopped in the market and took half an hour out to buy and arrange some flowers in our half-furnished flat. Roses (they’re slightly deeper red than the pic shows) in a cream vase [..[...]

August 6th, 2010 - 10:35 pm § in library/dining, tools

anaglypta touchups

Anaglypta is kind of like “Kleenex” or “Xerox”, in that all three companies are so closely associated with their products that even products that are made by competitors are sometimes known as “xeroxes”, “kleenex” or “anaglypta.” Educationa[...]

August 4th, 2010 - 9:58 pm § in bedroom, tools

little luxuries

So this afternoon, I needed to get some of the clothes put away. This meant that I needed to put some clothes into the wardrobe, which we got second hand. I wiped out the two drawers in the middle of the shelf section of the wardrobe, and while they look pretty clean…there’s just somethi[...]