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March 3, 2015 – Spring arrangement on open shelves –

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It is really difficult to get a clear picture of this shelf – the angles and lighting make it tricky – but I enjoy re-arranging once a season or so, as time and inclination permit, and took time this spring to make a cheerful set-up, full of birds, flowers, and easily-accessible teas and accessories. It has made the rest of the work this spring seem easier.

My next project is wallpaper on the north wall:

Birds of Versailles wallpaper

My mother is going to help me hang this, as I’ve never done it before. It is a pattern from Sherwin Williams, called “Birds of Versailles,” with shiny silver leaf highlights, creating pleasant glimmers in the sunlight.

 

August 18, 2015 – Insulating Curtain –

I needed a large, insulated curtain for my dining room bay windows. I wanted something that was not a dark color, and it couldn’t be too weighty, velvety (attracting dog hair), or hard to clean. It had to stand up well to being opened and closed often, and be suitable as a summer heat shield, even during our fly infestations (common to rural properties near pig farms).

I found an unexpected solution in the form of a bedspread, which had belonged to a friend many years ago, and had subsequently been packed away in a wooden box. I loved the pattern, which was the same as my favorite set of sheets, recently deceased. The lighting is unhelpful for taking pictures, but I get an “E” for Effort:

The pattern is sweet pea flowers on a white ground, and I’m afraid it looks a bit washed out in the photos. In life, it compliments all the main colors in the room, and is a cheering reminder that spring will come again, even though the winter does seem perpetually dim.

I have since re-arranged the mint-green over-curtains (per the second two photos), and am much happier with the effect.

 

August 25, 2015 – Wallpaper –

The wallpaper is installed! And I am even more pleased with it than I anticipated being. Here it is:

My dad came to help, too – and Mom and I were glad he did, because it took three people to properly handle, apply, and smooth the longest strips. Dad was also much better at cutting good edges than either of us, though I’ve had plenty of practice with a utility knife.

Billy didn’t get to help much, but he’s proud anyway.

Will is the only one who’s not too sure that he loves the wallpaper. But he likes the brightening effect in the room.

 

November 2, 2015 – Heat Shield for Wood Burning Stove –

Before using the dining room heating stove in earnest, we needed to install a heat shield. We chose to go with sheet metal from a company my husband has worked with several times, and bought enough to do the heat shield and also most of two walls in the kitchen, in the corner with the cookstove. Here it is:

We simply installed 2X4 boards behind the metal, attaching them with screws through the wallpaper into the studs. I painted them the same robin’s egg blue as the wall behind the display shelves, and everything pulls together very nicely.

I was afraid the metal sheet would take a horrible gap out of the vibrancy of the wallpaper, but it did no such thing. It looks as if it belongs, and frames the stove, rather than allowing it to appear random.

 

November 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving Decorations –

Decorative shelf in living room, Thanksgiving 2015For Thanksgiving, we had a few members of Will’s family to dine. My garden work had shut down earlier this year than normal, so I had time to give the house a thorough going-over (which it dreadfully needed). Of course, I decorated the piano-top shelf in the living room with various nature objects and figures of animals, in keeping with my woodsy-themed house.

Next, I asked my son  Billy to make himself handy with a drill, and create candle-light holes in a pumpkin for the dining room:

They are not as evenly spaced as I would have liked, but I am pleased enough. (We later fed the pumpkin to the chickens, who loved it. The  buttercup squashes, we ate ourselves.)

I had time to fix up a small table for some of us, using my Currier and Ives (reproduction) plates, and a tablecloth I had found when we moved into this house:

I confess to having loved mushrooms ever since I can remember, and this whimsical embroidery was just what I wanted. How often do things like that work out, I ask you?

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March 1, 2013 –

My dining room is cluttered, but shaping up:

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I recently got my copper molds hung and my shelves newly cleaned and arranged (though this corner definitely needs a light, and it is difficult to see what is arranged. The file box belongs elsewhere, but is necessary to some of my daily projects just now. Finally, the cabinets cluttering the foreground are washed, inspected, and ready to go to the attic, to my slowly-developing craft area. (I need Will’s help to move them. Things are generally cheerful, if very cluttered, and I feel that definite progress has been made.

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This shelf is made from a piano top, and bears the makers inscription in gold lettering on the underside. (Will’s mother is a piano technician, and he grew up seeing and thinking of all kinds of uses for piano parts. Lead key weights make excellent sling-shot missiles, for instance.)

Well, the place looks like our lives – too full, but creative and well-loved.

October 15, 2013 –

Will and I finally got in agreement on how and where to install a main heating stove in the upstairs. This stove is the Gatling 45, or Colorado 45, model which we had had for a time in the basement in our previous house.

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We had considered the idea of putting this in the living room, and running the pipe through the attic nook…but ultimately decided that it would serve more and better purposes in the dining room. So I moved my desk and display shelf into the living room, and made way for the stove.

K-10 the German Shepherd enjoys the radiant warmth, as does everyone else who lives here. This stove is a good, efficient model, which will burn a variety of woods, in scrap lumber or logs, well and warmly. It has enough of a platform on top to be able to cook things, and we frequently use it instead of the official cookstove in the kitchen. Making coffee, cooking roasts, and even baking fry-pan biscuits is pleasant on this stove.

Breakfast can now be taken in usually comfortable temperatures, and formal school times are much nicer, too.

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Within 12-24 hours of putting up my Projects Examples page (I haven’t even gotten my lists all posted in my various rooms yet), my husband approached me and suggested we get busy – that day and the next – on some of the projects I had listed. He knew nothing about the list, and I had not mentioned to him most of the projects on it.

 

We:

 

1)      Built a set of shelves in my cellar room (which suited my expectations perfectly)…

2)      Arranged items on them and cleaned up the mess from building them…

Before the shelves. I ripped down buckets of molding drywall from off this wall, and swept up much ancient dirt which had leaked in over the years. (The corner, where basement meets dirt, is only sealed by a strip of yellow cotton cloth.)

Before the shelves. I ripped down bucketfuls of molding drywall from off this wall, and swept up much ancient dirt which had leaked in over the years. (The corner, where basement meets dirt, is only sealed by a strip of yellow cotton cloth.)

The shelves after their first arranging. I am sure this is the first of several evolutions, as my thoughts on the subject are cloudy just now.

The shelves after their first arranging. I am sure this is the first of several evolutions, as my thoughts on the subject are cloudy just now.

A messier view, as this is still a work in progress. Many of these things are still waiting for their own homes to be fixed. They belong on the opposite side of the room, where neglect still reigns (hopefully not for long).

A messier view, as this is still a work in progress. Many of these things are still waiting for their own homes to be fixed. They belong on the opposite side of the room, where neglect still reigns (hopefully not for long).

3)   Planned another set in the stove room, to make use of an unused corner…

4)      Extended my counter space in the kitchen, with a rustic arrangement of pre-used 2X4’s and 2X6’s, and got it painted (and cleaned up the mess from sawing again…the kids kept slipping on the sawdust in the laundry room)…

My hard-working husband putting in the first boards.

My hard-working husband putting in the first boards.

The finished product, which may not be fancy, but it suits my purposes, and leaves room underneath to stack firewood for the cookstove.

The laundry room as a skating rink, with hazards (sawdust can be great fun when you're in socks).

5)      Bought foam to fill in the cracks in the walls downstairs…

 

…plus I got a sewing project settled (more on that later)…

…got the wood stove ash and dust bunnies removed from the surfaces in my bedroom (with the kids’ help)…

…and experimented with milk-based paint. This was something I had been meaning to do for at least three months. My experimenting took a quart of goat milk, and a lot of shaking of the jar to mix the ingredients, before I was happy with the proportions of oil, milk, lime and washing soda, but I am getting satisfactory results on one of the worst walls downstairs. It doesn’t look like much yet, but at least the paint has stopped the constant crumbling of the 50+-year-old original paint, and the cement underneath.

 

I am not sure why things finally snapped so effortlessly into place, but I thought this idea was worth throwing out: Did the public announcement of my list help it happen?

 

Other possibilities include 1) much subconscious prayer to God (I have woken up several times recently in the early morning hours, in conversation with Him), and, 2) a conversation with my husband, regarding a commitment to tell each other about things in our hearts and minds in a straight-forward, yet generous way…before they become issues.

 

So, let me know if this concept of publicizing intentions seems to be effective in your own life. I aim to find answers, and confirm or disprove this hypothesis. You have my invitation to post your own projects lists here, and see if you don’t get exciting results, or link to them, so the rest of us can wish you well and encourage your endeavors.

As always, walk in Yahweh’s grace.

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