A first studio peek and a mini how-to 2013

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2013 2013 2013 <center><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IbIazhNi_eQ/UfZKyHAX_lI/AAAAAAAAGAM/W6Cwuw7RH4Y/s1600/Nkuku+vintage+wire+hooks+HomeImprovementHero.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IbIazhNi_eQ/UfZKyHAX_lI/AAAAAAAAGAM/W6Cwuw7RH4Y/s1600/Nkuku+vintage+wire+hooks+HomeImprovementHero.jpg" /></a></center></br>I love my little studio, I really do ... I have the elusive 'room of one's own', how could I not be delighted. But truth is, using the space has been proving less than straightforward (and ditto photographing it, as I've mentioned before). </br></br>The door has been minus its handle since the revamp of the old box room began ... there was a problem with its 'internal gubbins' apparently, but you'd have to ask the Mr. about that. Mind you, when I asked him about the whereabouts of the 'also missing' doorstop - doorstops being an absolute necessity in this house as our doors all have minds of their own* - he denied knowing anything. </br></br>Seeking a replacement I set off to the annual village 'car boot', and promptly snaffled an old flat iron for a trifling 50p! Add to my good fortune the irresistible offer of <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.moneysupermarket.com/loans/competitions/home-improvement-hero/">£50 to be spent on a spot of home improvement</a>, and there's truly been no stopping me. In just a few days the studio door has finally acquired a new door knob, and the wall by the door now has some much needed hooks. And there's a floor lamp with a paper shade, because the light in that corner wasn't great. Just <a target = "_blank" href="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif">follow this link</a> for a look-see, but be warned, the photos aren't up to much, they were taken during a thunderstorm! </br></br>It's the hooks (from <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.nkuku.com/Item/House_-AND-_Home~View_All/VI26/Vintage_Wire_Hooks.html">Nkuku</a>) that I'm most excited about. I'm sure they'll see all sorts of use but right now they're functioning as a kind of 3D pinboard**. </br></br>The pic above is full of clues to something I'm working on, but I'm guessing you'd most like to know about the wall vases and such. They're made from empty honey jars - we get through rather a lot of honey! - and loops of narrow velvet ribbon, which I secured around the necks of the jars by passing one end of the loop through the other (arrow 4) and pulling gently until tight. If you're using similar jars as vases be careful not to overfill them, and be sure to hang them straight enough to keep the water from spilling out (arrow 3). I've also popped my washi tape into one jar - useful for the temporary fixing of roughs and swatches to the wall - and a length of vintage lace into another, just because. </br></br>The bulldog clips are hanging not from ribbon but from simple twisted cords - made from two strands of DMC Perle Cotton #5 - that I've passed through one of the clip's two handle holes and tied together tightly into a loop (arrows 1 and 2). I made a fair few of these in different lengths and two complementary colours, to cover all eventualities! </br></br>What I bought/spent:</br></br>Vintage flat iron to use as doorstop: 50p</br>White porcelain door knob and fittings: £16.95</br>IKEA Holmӧ floor lamp: £7.00</br>3 wire wall hooks, total: £14.85</br>Box small bulldog clips: £2.50</br>2 meters narrow velvet ribbon: £2.78</br>2 skeins DMC Perle 5 thread, total: £2.38</br>Roll washi tape: £2.99</br></br>Total spend: £49.95</br></br>I'm really happy with my improved studio corner ... thank you <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.moneysupermarket.com/">Money Supermarket</a>. </br></br>* Our three storey house has fire doors that close automatically, as required by building regulations here in the UK. And it's lovely to know we'd be safe if there was a fire. But it is totally impractical to go about one's day unable to leave a door open for even a few minutes! </br></br>** This is such a versatile idea ... if you substituted something unbreakable for the glass jars - plastic peanut butter jars perhaps? - a 3D 'pinboard' like this would be a fabulous addition to a child's room. </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><center><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IbIazhNi_eQ/UfZKyHAX_lI/AAAAAAAAGAM/W6Cwuw7RH4Y/s1600/Nkuku+vintage+wire+hooks+HomeImprovementHero.jpg" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IbIazhNi_eQ/UfZKyHAX_lI/AAAAAAAAGAM/W6Cwuw7RH4Y/s1600/Nkuku+vintage+wire+hooks+HomeImprovementHero.jpg" /></a></center></br>I love my little studio, I really do ... I have the elusive 'room of one's own', how could I not be delighted. But truth is, using the space has been proving less than straightforward (and ditto photographing it, as I've mentioned before). </br></br>The door has been minus its handle since the revamp of the old box room began ... there was a problem with its 'internal gubbins' apparently, but you'd have to ask the Mr. about that. Mind you, when I asked him about the whereabouts of the 'also missing' doorstop - doorstops being an absolute necessity in this house as our doors all have minds of their own* - he denied knowing anything. </br></br>Seeking a replacement I set off to the annual village 'car boot', and promptly snaffled an old flat iron for a trifling 50p! Add to my good fortune the irresistible offer of <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.moneysupermarket.com/loans/competitions/home-improvement-hero/">£50 to be spent on a spot of home improvement</a>, and there's truly been no stopping me. In just a few days the studio door has finally acquired a new door knob, and the wall by the door now has some much needed hooks. And there's a floor lamp with a paper shade, because the light in that corner wasn't great. Just <a target = "_blank" href="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif">follow this link</a> for a look-see, but be warned, the photos aren't up to much, they were taken during a thunderstorm! </br></br>It's the hooks (from <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.nkuku.com/Item/House_-AND-_Home~View_All/VI26/Vintage_Wire_Hooks.html">Nkuku</a>) that I'm most excited about. I'm sure they'll see all sorts of use but right now they're functioning as a kind of 3D pinboard**. </br></br>The pic above is full of clues to something I'm working on, but I'm guessing you'd most like to know about the wall vases and such. They're made from empty honey jars - we get through rather a lot of honey! - and loops of narrow velvet ribbon, which I secured around the necks of the jars by passing one end of the loop through the other (arrow 4) and pulling gently until tight. If you're using similar jars as vases be careful not to overfill them, and be sure to hang them straight enough to keep the water from spilling out (arrow 3). I've also popped my washi tape into one jar - useful for the temporary fixing of roughs and swatches to the wall - and a length of vintage lace into another, just because. </br></br>The bulldog clips are hanging not from ribbon but from simple twisted cords - made from two strands of DMC Perle Cotton #5 - that I've passed through one of the clip's two handle holes and tied together tightly into a loop (arrows 1 and 2). I made a fair few of these in different lengths and two complementary colours, to cover all eventualities! </br></br>What I bought/spent:</br></br>Vintage flat iron to use as doorstop: 50p</br>White porcelain door knob and fittings: £16.95</br>IKEA Holmӧ floor lamp: £7.00</br>3 wire wall hooks, total: £14.85</br>Box small bulldog clips: £2.50</br>2 meters narrow velvet ribbon: £2.78</br>2 skeins DMC Perle 5 thread, total: £2.38</br>Roll washi tape: £2.99</br></br>Total spend: £49.95</br></br>I'm really happy with my improved studio corner ... thank you <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.moneysupermarket.com/">Money Supermarket</a>. </br></br>* Our three storey house has fire doors that close automatically, as required by building regulations here in the UK. And it's lovely to know we'd be safe if there was a fire. But it is totally impractical to go about one's day unable to leave a door open for even a few minutes! </br></br>** This is such a versatile idea ... if you substituted something unbreakable for the glass jars - plastic peanut butter jars perhaps? - a 3D 'pinboard' like this would be a fabulous addition to a child's room. </br></br><center>♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥</center></br><center>Follow the links below to subscribe to free updates via ...</br><a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Add to Feedly" /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.feedly.com/home#subscription/feed/http://feeds.feedburner.com/knitsofacto"><span style="font-size:84%;">Feedly</span></a> </a><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="Follow with Bloglovin" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3234656"><span style="font-size:84%;">Bloglovin</a></span> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif" title="New posts via email" /></a> <a target="_blank" href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=knitsofacto&amp;loc=en_US"><span style="font-size:78%;">Email</span></a></br></br>You can also now join us on <a target = "_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitsofacto/179844712081480">Facebook</a> and on <a target = "_blank" href="http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitsofacto">Ravelry</a>!</center><br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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