Friday, January 8, 2016

A Bit Of The Boring With A Sprinkle Of Tedium...

I was emailing with an internet friend and telling her that I was working on Alki Point doing really boring stuff and that I probably wasn't going to blog about it. She reminded me that even in the mundane, there are warnings, tricks and lessons for others. So okay - hope someone gets something out of this!

Remember the wall that I made to separate the bedroom and bathroom? You know, the one I purposely left a channel in so that I could run the wires for the Shapeways lamps through it to the outside wall where it would be hidden by the siding and tie into the roof piece containing all of the wiring that will be removable? Whuuuuuuuuuuuaaa (deep breath in). Well, I glued the dang wall in thinking I could fish the wires through to the outside. No problem, right? Optimism is often my downfall...

It was not going to work, so, after gently ripping out the wall and scraping off the glue residue, I used a piece of 20 gauge copper wire with the electrical wire tied to the end and forced it through to the end for both lamps before I had to re-glue the wall in place (now tethered with wires) and get it clamped before it misaligned and left glue in all the wrong places. Whhhhhhuuuuuaaaa (another deep breath in)...

Wires through, taped in place, lamp bulbs checked, lit up nicely, crisis managed, all is well that ends well! Thank goodness!

Now for baseboards... Measured, cut (used this saw I got for my birthday - it's awesome) sanded, painted, sanded, painted, sanded, painted, rubbed with paper lunch bag, installed (all but front wall, more on that later).

Installed "net art" which is a leftover net painted white to represent monotone texture/sculpture kind of thing although I am nearly completely uneducated about what "art" is so I am guessing here that it actually is art or at least in my mini world it can be. Whhhhhhuuuuuaaaa (another deep breath in). Notice the tape holding it in place while drying because it is not flat on the back and there were very few actual points of contact where the glue met the wall.

Bed, nightstands, lamps, baskets glued in place now (still trying to muster "pillow courage"). Baseboards visible...

Glass buoy on coffee table recovered in hemp twine (didn't like the look of the fish net. If it bothers you, get rid of it!). Rug and sofa "permanently" installed. Baseboards visible...

Over the weekend, hope to get plexi and trim installed on the front wall, then affix to structure... Or maybe lie in bed with the hubs and catch all of the NFL playoff games with naps in between. We'll see... It's the weekend - do what you like!

Happy Friday my friends!


  1. Great post, Jodi. I take courage from your courage. One day I will try lighting and have to rip out a mistake or two. I will be brave because I will know that it can be done successfully. Thank you. Don't worry about the pillows, I have an idea, but I am still working on it. So, don't worry, be happy. Everything is looking great.
    "The juxtaposition of the curvilinear form with the rectangular matrix is a expression of the constant struggle of Man to become one with the Universal Ethos." That is all you have to say if anyone asks why you have a leftover net on the wall.

    1. You WILL have to try wiring - one of your surprises is depending on it!
      An idea, huh? Intriguing!
      Thank you! Ha ha! I will try saying that, but will probably forget all the words and end up sticking my tongue out instead!

  2. Hello Jodi,
    thank you for posting your tips and tricks. There are always surprises down the road no matte rhow well you plan ahead. I'm glad you were able to fix it without damaging your pieces too badly. Every picture looks awesome. I LOVE the bed.
    Big hug

    1. Thank you, Giac! You should give 3d designing and printing a try! You could make some fabulous friezes for your rooms! Furniture, too!

  3. I have to say that it is quite true that the mundane has lots of interesting lessons for the miniaturist. I've done so much reading of blog posts before I even started my house construction, that I made far fewer mistakes than I might have done. So many thanks to you and the many others who do blog about the mundane and the mistakes and fixes therefor!

    1. It is very good to hear that it has been helpful! Thanks so much for the comment!

  4. Jodi, a brief question: why did you use a one-hole bead for that glass buoy and not a clear glass marble? I collect those (various sizes), they can double as a crystal ball as well.

    1. Hello Hermanna~
      I think that you are right - a clear glass marble would probably have worked out very well. I think my concern was that since the buoys are hollow (so they can float I think), I wanted mine to look hollow, too. Great question! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!