A new view on things

You know, sometimes you just run the same way, you come from the same angle and you always see the same picture. Nothing new to be discovered, is there?

Well, today I approached one of the places I pass on my running tour from a different direction. And guess what happens? I realised that I have been running through a mini park like a dozen of times, yet I never noticed the old benches surrounding it, making it a perfect quiet little place to take a break in the sunshine.

Another runner joined me just then, surrounding the small park on the very narrow gravel path, which I never noticed before either.

I suppose one should transfer this experience to other parts of one’s life. Approach the same thing from a different direction, and simply see what happens. What new there is to be discovered.

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Renovating an old Swedish railway station

Today I blogged on Grythyttanstation.com about our ongoing project with renovating an old Swedish railway station from 1875. (The railway station’s blog has a Google-translate plugin, which works quite well with translation to English. So you are welcome to try and read the full article there.)

Last year we were lucly enough to collect some money with help of our friends, family and other people equally nice/crazy/nerdy like us. That helps us now renovating the totally broken water and heating system of the house.

Last weekend it was time to slow-start the renovation season 2016. In order to see where the different pipes are going, we mounted an inspection flap in the ceiling of the old waiting room. We discovered that there are not only one but two additional layers behind the current one, that one sees in the actual waiting room. It is always very exciting to discover more history of the house:

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Upholstery….

… must not be underestimated in terms of being an athletic activity.

I’d like to suggest a new olympical discipline – “coil spring tying”. Then one can have it splitted into several classes: one-armed, two-armed, three-armed and four-armed.

Yesterday evening I went for training in coil spring tying with four arms, and I’d like to thank my teacher Agneta for her kind assistance (and her two hands) and her patience 😉 .

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Scrubs

This is one of the days where watching a favourite tv-series after work is a necessity. In my case, conveniently enough the box-set with Scrubs arrived in the mail today. (Yes, I am still pre-Netflix etc. – I watch DVDs.)

I am not a lover of hospital series’, however, Scrubs does it for me. Maybe since it is more about the characters than the actual hospital surroundings.

Happy Monday night!

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Lynda Woodruff! And Melodifestivalen.

Lynda Woodruff is a comedy character played by Swedish singer and actress Sarah Dawn Finer. Lynda appears in connection with the Swedish pre-competition to the Eurovision song contest, Melodifestivalen. In Melodifestivalen, Swedish artists compete against each other, and the public as well as an international jury (in the final only) votes for their favourites.

Lynda Woodruff explains Sweden and Swedish tradition to non-Swedes, acting as a gorgeously funny british-inspired character. Sarah is half British, half American, however born and bred in Sweden. A fresh breeze on the screen, not only as Lynda Woodruff.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here she is, the one and only, the amazing Lynda Woodruff!!

Featuring, among others, Måns Sell Me Love!!!

The competition itself and especially the final this year wasn’t bad at all either. I think this is the first time where the majority of the competitors actually could sing and hit the right keys, and there was no songs that classified as “ear-rapists”. A definite improvement!

You guys in Europe, this is the 17 year old Swede your singers will have to compete with – this is FRANS from Ystad!

He wasn’t my super favorite, but I admit that he isn’t bad and actually might have quite a good chance in the Eurovision final on 14th of May!

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The importance of good tools

Regardless which crafts project, I found that it is always worth investing in good tools. Maybe you do not need the absolute top of the line professional version, but it is worth in investing in decent quality. You get what you pay for proves to be true in almost any case. Means if you buy too cheap stuff, you almost always have to buy the same again pretty soon. It is therefore better to invest something proper from the start.

Therefore, when buying new tools for a crafts project, think about:
– what tool you need
– how sturdy does it have to be
– which material(s) will you be working with
– how often do you use it (every day, every week, every month)
– can you buy something that is suitable not only for the current project, but that fills several purposes

If you can, do not only thoroughly research via the internet (blogs, YouTube, forums) about your project and tools needed. Go and and describe what you plan to do to friends, relatives, neighbours and staff in different shops. You’ll learn about more options and methods, which will make your choice easy. If you can, take some time for finding the right stuff. Maybe you even get a chance to test the tool you are after. It is important that it feels right and makes the job easier.

Remember, if you do not like using your tools because they don’t work the way they should, you will not enjoy working with them. Your project will most likely not come out the way you want it to be, you will be disappointed and might think you cannot get anything right. Which most likely is not true!  

If you do not have the time, and need something urgently, it is almost always worth investing into the best non-professional choice of tools, if you don’t have to use a tool on a professional basis, means every day. And never forget to ask for help and advice in operating your new “toy” – once seen and shown is better than any book! If you cannot ask someone personally, try to find good videos on YouTube about it. Sometimes you can even do a day or weekend course close to where you live.

One option to consider when buying more expensive stuff, is to see if you can find it second hand. However – be sure that it works! Go there, get a demonstration, or (better) try it yourself, before buying. Also, ask why the person is selling.

I got lucky once buying a high quality grinding machine second hand for a very decent price. I bought it from an old person who moved house and had to give up his work shop. Sad for him, good for me, in this case.

I think it is fun building tool cases. I have one for upholstery, a general one for carpentry and everything else, one for the grinding machine tools, and the loved one has one for window renovating. Yep, I might be a nerd, but being the daughter of a cabinet maker master, I grew up with it and learnt the importance of good tools ;-).

Wishing you a very happy DIY-weekend!

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Getting lost, exploring

Running again. Friday afterwork run. A short one, I thought. Max 5k. It was great weather outside, with some early spring sunshine and warmth, blue sky and a few centigrades on the plus side.

Yep, and I really blame the weather. After about 3 kilometres it was so nice outside that I got the idea that one could try and see where this other way leads to, the turn I didn’t take the other day.

And then it happened. I took a turn which made that I ran far longer than expected. 5k were so out of the window, but it was a very pleasant feeling!

Back home I mapped out my way on Runkeeper, and yep, just over 10k it became. Very unexpected, and very enjoyable. longrun

That’s what I like about Norrköping, there are still new running routes to explore, and you know you are lost when you are out of town almost ;-).

Happy weekend, everyone, and do like the duckies I met at Motala Ström – enjoy the sunshine!

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Japanese!

The fun part with ordering motorcycle parts directly in Japan is that you also get fun stuff on top – like Japanese newspapers!

The interesting part is that the structure of the paper we got in the packet is very similar to the Western newspapers that we are used to. Even though we cannot read a single word, we understand the structure of the paper. See for yourself:

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Therefore, last but not least – anybody turning Japanese? 😉

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Project completed!

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One of the chairs that I wrote about in my last post is now actually renovated!
Yesterday evening the chair got a few nice layers of Shellac. Shellac is great to work with, because it dries very quickly. One has to be careful, though, not to apply the next layer too fast. Otherwise the first layer might dissolve again, resulting in the surface not being as shiny and smooth as it should be.

After that, the glue pistol got some work to do. It is an almost meditative, highly focussed work to get the furniture ribbon in the right place and straight, and no glue in places where there shouldn’t be any. Especially in the places that are not as easily accessible, like  where the armrests join the backrest.

Anyway, now everything is done, and the chair will move back to it’s home soon.

Here are some more pictures of this week’s masterpiece 🙂 . 

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Before                                                                        After

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The entire series you’ll find on Flickr!

 

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A new life for an old chair

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In my upholstery class, I am known for that having quite a stock of old chairs in the family heritage, that are in need of renovation. I am one of the few students who never has to worry about a lack of projects. In our garage and on the loft, there have been sleeping a number of sofa chairs who got a new life during the past years.

Actually, this was how I got started with upholstery. I saw the potential of the chairs – they are built of a quality you no longer find these days.

The current project are two similar chairs of the Jugendstil epoche. They got an entirely new inner construction, as well as a new outer fabric. The pattern is a design by William Morris, a famous English textile designer and artist of the same epoche (follow the link to read more about him). Morris’ many designs and patterns for wall papers, fabrics are much loved even these days.

The pattern of my fabric is a variation of his design “Willow Bough”, dated from 1887.

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Today I will hopefully be able to finish one of the two chairs, and then we can take it to our house in Grythyttan. I hope that both chairs at some point will find their place in our railway station in Grythyttan. They might fit well into the old station master’s flat, or in the first class waiting room.

Here are more pictures of the restauration progress on Flickr. 

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