This post is a little blog buffet of a bit of this and that of my day. Enjoy the randomness…
As I’ve mentioned the past few days, I have a lot of big projects coming up for freelance tutorials. Some of those projects are tied to others. (Remember the “decorating is like dominoes” thing?) For example, two of the tutorials I’m making are on installing a plank ceiling and crown molding, so I’m going to remove the ceiling fan, move the junction box and hang the new chandelier as a part of that project. So, today, I worked on getting the chandelier ready and while I was working on one chandelier, I might as well work on the other one, right?
This small chandelier above my vanity had sleeves that were too short and they were shiny plastic. Two things that weren’t working for me. I bought new candle sleeves that were the right size, but they were still shiny plastic. So, I pulled out an old trick I used way back when my blog was just a little baby blog… I used a glue gun to make “drips” on the candle sleeves…
…and then painted them with white satin spray paint. The sleeves on the larger chandelier were black, so I spray painted all of those as well.
I threaded them onto a thin piece of wood, spray painted them and let them dry.
Of course, I was holding the chandelier up in my room to get a visual. (Or maybe I just can’t wait to see it hanging and holding it up was as good as I was going to get today.)
I also added some vintage crystals I bought off of e-Bay. It was missing about 30 of them and I found some that were the perfect size and shape for a nice price. I was short one wire connector, so I used some florist wire. I doubt anyone will ever notice.
I also had to use a little packing tape and super glue to get a decorative arm back on. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. It really looks great, though. Now I need to find white shades and make cord covers for both.
I also worked on my boxwood topiary and wreath tutorials….
This little one was just for me…
…the wreath was for the tutorial and I love how it turned out. I decided to keep it a little bushy, so it’s not as nicely groomed as my store-bought ones. It has a little attitude.
As a funny side note, I had the TV on while I was working on the topiaries and wreath. It is a simple, repetitive project, so it was nice to have some entertainment. My TV has some kind of sensor to make sure someone is watching it. If it doesn’t sense any movement, it will shut off the picture. I was sitting off to the side, so the sensor couldn’t see me. This meant every 30 minutes or so, I had to get up and wave at my TV to let it know I was still there. Really?! I’m sure there’s some setting to change it, but I figured it was good exercise.
For those of you who have lived a long time with hardwood floors and wool rugs, this will not be a surprise to you. I, however, am learning the true meaning of “dust bunny.” Everything I thought was a dust bunny up to this point was just a little bit of fuzz. I really could make a pet bunny with everything that’s floating around on my floor…
Yes. That’s a picture of a dust bunny. And I watermarked it.
Yeah, it’s a little annoying to have to vacuum daily, but I’m okay with it. Some women walk around on 7″ high heels all day and think that the agony they are putting their feet through is worth it. I am not one of those women. I am a woman, though, who will have wool rugs that shed on dark hardwood floors and will chase tumbleweed-sized fluff around all day, because I think it’s worth it.
At some point the rugs have got to stop shedding, right? There is not an indefinite amount of fibers woven into them and, as far as I know, wool does not reproduce…
See that pink chair and the fabric, trim and cording sitting on top?
Yeah. I see it, too. It’s staring at me as I type.
I wish the materials would just jump on the chair, right where I want it all to go. Maybe if I leave the two sitting together like that long enough, some sort of magic will take place. But then I won’t get to make my video tutorial series on upholstery that I’ve been promising to make. So, if you’re waiting for that, just know that I have the chair waiting for me, the stuff sitting neatly on it, staring at me, and I’m just waiting for the day when I’m ready to do it.
Lastly, I moved my favorite antique alarm clock to my bedside table. I don’t need a digital alarm clock anymore, because I just use my iPhone now, so now I can have a purely decorative alarm clock in its place.
There you have it. Chandeliers, boxwood, fluff and stuff.
How was your day?