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Friday, March 2, 2007

Shelf Project in Studio/Bedroom Completed



In WIP Wednesday, last week, one of my projects was adding a new 4 shelf unit to the bookcases in my bedroom/quilt studio. It didn't take me nearly as long as I expected to assemble the basic shelf unit (see photo). Tee hee! Since this unit had to go beneath the existing 3 shelf unit, the major time and effort went into moving all the books and needlepoint yarn drawers from the affected sections, restacking the units (I had male help with the higher units), and then replacing the books and drawers; not to mention the stuffed animals and doll.





Books are heavy, and I find it daunting to climb up and down stepladders (even short ones) these days. My oxygen tubing has been added since I painted the walls in this house, before we moved in 4 years ago. It's amazing how often that tubing gets under or around my feet, or snags on something. My monkey muscles have gone downhill, also. Since I've been falling down on flat ground recently, my daughter, Kat, told me I should wear a football helmet while doing this project. Unfortunately, I never played football and don't have a helmet. I used to have a white Strategic Air Command pilot's helmet, given to me by a former secretary who had been married to a SAC pilot, but I gave it to my pilot son to decorate his plane hangar. I also didn't have enough bubble wrap to fit me, so I did the job without safety equipment, very carefully.




I finished the job about 9:30 tonight and am I glad; sore but glad! Most of the east wall of my bedroom/studio is now floor to ceiling bookcases and I have a convenient place for all the quiltmaking related books I've purchased the last couple of years. Four additional 2 foot shelves make a big difference.





I've always been a bookworm and my virtual house has walls and walls of bookcases, the walls that aren't bookcases are floor to ceiling glass in the form of windows and french doors onto decks and courtyard gardens. Well, there have to be a few walls for hanging stuff, such as art, collectibles and quilts. My virtual house is in a virtual world where the weather is always just right for indoor/outdoor living. I think my virtual house is probably located where there are streets of gold. I'm also thinking of adding a hot tub and a live-in masseuse to my virtual house plans.

8 comments:

Deb Geyer said...

Looks great, Fran. I'd like to have such shelves. I think the books reproduce somehow!!

Rian said...

Yippee! One can never have too many shelves. I have precious few shelves here; don't know what I'll do. You are lucky to have a handy husband. Give him a hug for me.

Try a bicycle helmet. Very lightweight and airy. You can get one at WalMart for not a lot of $.

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

Congratulations on getting your things organized. We need to add some more shelves, too -- we have too many books!

Susan C. said...

Lots of work! Congratulations. I know you're happy that it's finished. Look good. --Susan C.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Your virtual house reminds me of the wonderful library in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"...the animated movie. If you haven't seen it, you must!

QuiltingFitzy said...

You would LOVE the hottub. I can't live without ours! It's great for the aches and pains.

Debra Spincic said...

What's a house without bookshelves?

Norma said...

This looks terrific--just like the programs I like to watch on HGTV! We've the same age, so I'm going to link to you.