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Insects in the living room

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t alone just so something would move or happen when it wasn’t me doing it. An elf would be handy.

A month before I started on the room of hell downstairs, I decided something had to be done about the buffet. This cabinet/buffet/console,  whatever you like to call it, was the garage sale find of my life. Having missed out on one for $120 that needed a LOT of work,  when I asked the price of this one at a sale I only called into on the spur of the moment, I wasn’t expecting a price tag of $60. And they had a ute and delivered (it was only a suburb away). It then sat in the carport for months  because I really wanted to stain it darker to get rid of the 80’s pine look. (And I will one day, especially when I pull up the carpet and reveal the light Tas Oak floors under it. Meanwhile last Christmas I decided it was good enough to use while it waited for it’s makeover so it came inside.

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The problem was it sat empty all year because everything I wanted to store inside looked messy behind clear glass. (I really wanted to store the tablecloths and mats and assorted decor. So in September I lifted the glass out of the doors and searched   for my glass paints (a story in itself –  note to self: Don’t move things without leaving a note of where I’ve stored them)

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I drew up a couple of designs and started outlining them with the leading paint.This was hard on the hands, and I ended up peeling one entire lot off and starting again for various reasons. Between total exhaustion from painting and filling downstairs and lack of good lighting it wasn’t until a week ago that I actually started laying in the colours.

I had a party here on Wednesday night, and true to form, I finished the glass painting about 2am on Wed morning….

Now the photos are not the greatest – I taped a torch in the cupboard for some light. Eventually I’ll get some LED strips and insert them around the door for a better backlight. Unfortunately where the cupboard sits, without backlighting they are barely visible designs.

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Ready for the big reveal? Here they are in their (poorly) lit glory.

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Panel 1

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Panel 2

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Now to start filling the cupboard!

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5 minute mantle

I’ve seen a lot of posts of some very intricate Christmas decorating on line. Lots of mantlepieces too, mostly a very different style to my 1950s modern house.  Most years I’m very into Christmas, but this year it just seems too hard. I did drag a few decorations out for a meeting last night so I thought I’d share my 2 minute mantle (or mantel if you’re American)

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Yes, just a tangle of lime green tinsel with some silver,  teal blue and lime green balls and bells sitting on it.I love it, especially at night.

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And absolutely no one who knows me is surprised it has lights in it (or that they have a remote control so I can turn them on before I get to the room 🙂

What’s your favourite piece of decorating this year?

 

 

 

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