Bolsters and Hinges.....
There was a brief moment of Sunlight on Saturday, Dear Readers, that illuminated all my work in such a way as to make it Clear to See.... even in the dark corners! Inviting us to come closer and spend some time in the window seat on a sunny morning! You might not notice, but I have sewn a matching pair of bolsters for the window seat.... tucked in behind the curtain.
Perhaps you can see it a little better from this angle?
It is large and solid enough to lean against while reading.
And perhaps you will not mind seeing the Living room
also bathed in morning sunshine....
Allowing a clear view of all those unfinished parts!
But we will not dwell on that...
come have a look in the Kitchen too!
Nothing is finished or attached...
but being tested for space and placement.
It always amazes me how much the sunlight reveals!
But we are getting ahead of ourselves....
the Attic is where I am working!
I only had enough time on Saturday
to make the second of the pair of bolsters.
But by then it was too dark to get any pictures until Sunday morning,
and even then it was no longer sunny but starting to snow...
Even with some artificial light added, it is difficult to see.
But you can see the bolsters tucked into the corners
if I pull the curtains aside!
And you can also see one of the Tiny Dolls visiting....
her name is Heather, and she hasn't yet caught up
with her sisters Little Rose and Sweet Pea....
but more on that another time!
Because what I really want
to show you, Dear Readers,
is the Hinges!
You may have noticed that this Attic
also has two smaller window alcoves on the side walls,
and they also are Begging for window seats!
Here you can see one of the alcoves with the bench seat just begun.
These alcoves are much smaller than the one in the back of the room,
and the windows are lower too.
Which means the bench seat has to be lower as well.
I really wanted to make use of the area
under the window seat for storage...
and debated for the longest time
whether to build a drawer under the seat,
or hinge the seat to make a "storage chest" under the seat.
Well, if you know me, Dear Readers,
you will know that the hinges won!
(I do love hinges!)
I needed to construct the framework that the lid hinges on,
which needed to be fairly sturdy
and also allow for the lid to swing up
with out scraping against the side walls.
Above you can see I am attaching the hinges....
tiny nails and a dab of superglue.
Here I am testing it for fit in the alcove prior to attaching it.
(I know, it is really dark again!)
These kits never go together squarely...
so the fit was a little bit off....
But extra cracks in an old house are to be expected!
And the hinges work!!!
I know it is really dark....
I hope you can see that the seat is open!
And while I was building those hinged bench seats,
I was also adding all the trim
that covers all those horrid tabs
and the cracks in all the corners.....
It is really challenging to get these tabbed sections to go together right...
the gaps are really large in places!
If you are not papering the walls,
all these corners need to be covered somehow!
Here you can see it with the spotlight on...
The trim on the facing wall will be added when the bookshelves are built.
See... it opens!
What a perfect place for storing extra blankets or cushions....
or hiding things you want to keep secret!
Because with the seat covered by a cushion....
you might never see there are hinges.....
But I will know they are there!
I have been Dreaming about these
window benches for a Long Time Dear Readers!
And whether there is sunlight or not....
I will be playing with bolsters and Hinges!
(I can't tell you how much I Love Hinges!!!)