on the shelf

Someone once told me that, if you don’t do the things you plan to do within the first six months of moving into a new house, you never will.  For the most part he’s been right but this time round, happily, I’m proving him wrong.

I was left with a piece of pine flooring from a temporary work-around (so that no-one would fall through the floor when they came in at the front door!); I painted it grey, gave it a sand, had a friend drill four holes in it and then hang it up with rope and the help of reef knots. It’s probably high time I got my own drill and learned to use it properly, but in the meanwhile, well, I’ll just have to take advantage of clever friends….

wall for shelf

Blank wall above. Now this:

shelf 2shelf 1

I’m particularly pleased with the addition of a bracket for a hanging plant (I’ve been following the Instagram ‘boho’ accounts very carefully – plants are key!)

New cross stitch project underway, ‘Guatamalan dogs’ by Mary Norden. Originally stitched with wool on canvas as a cushion cover, but goodness knows I don’t need any  more needlepoint in my life. Cross-stitch is making me very happy right now.

Happy weekend, everyone :)

21 thoughts on “on the shelf

  1. katechiconi

    That’s a clever and interesting way to hang a shelf, and it looks lovely. You have to love a hanging plant, just minding its own business and looking beautiful. Enjoy admiring your handiwork, and a great weekend yourself!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I had originally wanted a single rope hanging from a hook so that it would form a triangular shape, but A said the shelf would be less stable that way because it’s quite long. I’m very happy with this. Also happy that a piece of new wood didn’t go to waste.

  2. Going Batty in Wales

    So nice to see you settling in and making your new house home! The shelf looks great and you remind m that I promised myself I would get some indoor plants this year.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I’ve gone a bit nuts with the plants lately – I’ve always done stuff in the garden, but never bothered with indoors before. Now I’m turning into a funny old plant/cat lady …!

  3. insearchofitall

    The shelf and hanging plant seem to bring balance to that area. Brings the eye up. Well done and I’m sure it makes you feel happy. If I had to choose, needlepoint would lose. I never could figure it out. My mother was quite good at it. Loved cross stitch until I could no longer see to do it. Nice that you can use the pattern to suit your needs. It’s going to be so cute.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I can’t actually see that well any more, Marlene. I had a wonderful pair of multifocals but I left them on a train nearly a year ago and never got around to replacing them (or coughing up the cash required!) so I’m wearing a really old crappy pair that belonged to Philip that he got over the counter – not exactly the best. I do have prescription sunglasses and glasses for night driving, but I can’t see to read or embroider without anything. Just one of the many joys of getting older :(

      1. insearchofitall

        I really hear you on the glasses. I need a new pair enough that I take mine off to see better. I can’t cough up the cash right now either. ;) Other priorities. Hang in there.

  4. Rachell

    Well done!

    One quibble however though: Next time please zoom in on the books and rotate the photo for me! I have to know what’s on people’s bookshelves!


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