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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 11th, 2010 - 10:07 pm § in sitting room, thinking

living & evolving

As time goes by, ideas start evolving…the bedroom has been going through its own evolving, and the living room is as well. The living room is starting to go all blank-canvas, with the plan for the furniture going whiter and whiter…the whole thing still grounded by the ┬áleather armchair [...]

August 10th, 2010 - 11:00 pm § in bedroom

bedroom eyes

I’ve been concentrating mainly on the bedroom lately. (I find that if I try to actively decorate more than one room at a time, the room starts losing focus. That doesn’t mean I won’t buy or make anything for another room if I find a bargain or something that’s perfect, it jus[...]

August 10th, 2010 - 9:44 pm § in sitting room

class hand-me-downs

One of the things I’ve always envied is when you look at some gorgeous home magazine or website, and the owners say things like, “my mother gave us that armchair” or “my cousin was throwing out that artwork”. My sisters and I tend not to give each other furniture. Eithe[...]

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 - 11:30 pm § in bedroom, thinking

sweet dreams redux

Okay, pics of the bedroom. You’ll have to pardon the inclusion of the enormous desk that was in here. I spent an evening upside down under the desk with an Allen wrench (US)/key (UK), taking it apart, having given up on the landlord ever coming to get it out of the room. Of course, the [...][...]

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 5th, 2010 - 12:23 am § in kitchen, thinking

mama’s in the kitchen & she’s confused

On to the kitchen. Actually, this is probably the room that has most of the stuff that belongs in it, actually in it, at this point, since I’ve moved quite a bit of the kitchen stuff over to the flat now. But let’s pretend I haven’t done that yet. Here’s some pics of the empt[...]

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[...]