Saturday, September 13, 2008

Looking Down From The Second Floor

All three views are looking down from the 2nd floor. The photos looking up were fairly dark and you couldn't see much. The carpet runner is a simple flannel, cut to 1 3/4" wide with a satin ribbon on each edge. The color matches the blues on the 1st floor and the walls in the hallway on the 2nd floor ( but they're not yet painted. ) I did add newel post caps, except on the 2nd floor itself. I'm waiting to add the walls first. I know I'll knock them off if I don't wait. In one of the photos, you can barely see a brass ornament between the stair and the post cap. I'll take better photos of the 2nd floor staircase and hope they'll show up.
One of the 2nd story floors ( the part over the Dining room is done and ready to install. I had some problems with the ceiling of the 1st floor side and had to do it twice. I'm waiting until I get the main floor section done and installed before I show the photos. It won't be long.
I've been pretty busy with other things that indirectly affect the Garfield. I cleaned up my dust bunny covered computer area and installed USB pots so that I can connect both the photo printer and the camera. The dust bunnies were the hard part. Some of them could have carried off my cat! After doing that, I realized I need to be brutal and clear out some spare wood parts and other things around my work area.
I'm also getting out my winter clothes and putting up's snowed in some parts of Colorado and it's getting down in the 40's at night, so it's time.( How that affects the Garfield is easy. The clothes are in storage boxes under the twin bed in this room and I had to move supplies that are blocking the way to get under the bed.....I told you, it's a small house. )
One day this week, I'm going to a scrapping party at my friend, Angie's, house and my Garfield scrapbook will get caught up. I've printed out many photos and I want to get it up to date or it'll get carried away from me. Plus, I need to print out some pages from this fun blog and keep that up to date too. When I die, whoever gets Garfield will get these books telling it's story. ( While he's way too young right now, I'm secretly hoping my grandson, Mark, will one day have a little girl and it can be hers. )
Something else that I must do, but has nothing to do with Garfield, is to cut down some foliage in the garden and I'd best do it now!!! It's a mess and I need to clean it up so the Autumn plants will look better, so I'm putting the Garfield work aside for a few days. ( I can't play dollhouse ALL the time, though I wish .............................)
Well, off to act like I'm doing all those things.


smehreen said...

The staircase looks gorgeous! The varnish stain you picked is so classy! Where did you buy the post caps from?

I am working on my tower room right now. Hope to have photos up next week.


Kathy Calhoun said...

Thank you, Sumaiya, I'm feeling very good about it. The stain is (always) the Cabernet by Varathane. Except for the Parlor floor, it will be the staple throughout the Garfield. The finish is 50/50 Bullseye shellac and denatured alcohol...a trick Larry Marshall of Woodnbits taught me. I bought most of the post cap setup at Hobby Lobby. The kit provided those silly little square things you, you know. I found small mushroom type caps that got the standard stain/shellac treatment. There's a small brass fitting between the cap and the square thing. I'll take another photo to show you and will post it tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to the tower room, but that's still a long way away for me. I'm cleaning up and getting ready to decorate the 2nd floor partitions. I kind of know what I want for the hall/stairway, just not the actual rooms yet. I do know I need to decorate the hall before I attach these partions.
Sometimes, I feel like I'm building this Garfield from the inside out!!
I was good to hear from you, my dear.It sounds like you are safe today...getting wet????

smehreen said...

we got a bit of rain in Dallas...not too much though :D