Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Few Baubles for Tilley

While Pat was performing his manly and practical alterations to Tilley, and other than the practical (and beautiful) painting of the wheels, there were some lovely adornments bought for Tilley that have now been added to her interior.

Some more practical than others, we purchased a few kitchen items to make cooking more enjoyable and our table arrangements more beautiful.
The serving dish and green pitcher in the back are unbreakable, the spoon is bamboo, the pan is by Kitchenaide (one of my favourite brands).  The goblets have green stems for a very special reason...
When we were first married, I found these antique green stem liqueur glasses (only one in the photo but we have 6 in total) and fell in love with them.  They were one of our first major, decorative purchases as a couple. The unbreakable goblets were bought as an ode to these little beauties.  We also purchased tumblers in the same green.

We enjoy lovely cutlery and so a new set was purchased just for Tilley.
If you look closely you can see that the handles are shaped like inverted hearts. Tilley is, after all, our Anniversary gift to each other.

Another wee piece we purchased to make Tilley just a little more posh was this lovely brass foot from one of our favourite shops, Lee Valley Tools. It has been added to cover the rubber tip on the table leg.  Much nicer than rubber.
We were finally able to add in a lovely lamp/candle holder we purchased a while back.  It is from Lee Valley Tools as well and is a Victorian reproduction. One good thing about the lamp/candle holder is that it comes in two parts
The first part attaches to the surface of your choice.  We have chosen to attach it to the side of the kitchen area cupboards.  This is wonderful, because when traveling, we can remove the heaviest part of the holder and store it away.  When put together...
...We have a lovely piece of artwork on its own and a practical holder for lamps and small candles (in the photo there is a porcelain dish and a flameless candle.  The other lovely thing about this holder is that it swivels and so can be moved out of the way for guests sitting on the couch below.

Finally, I have saved the best for last. 
"What?!" you say, "strips of velcro, how is that decorative, artistic or even worthy of the title 'bauble'?".  Well, it is the first part of an art installation.  When one is traveling with a trailer, everything must be stored securely so as not to be jostled and broken.  We bought some lovely original art for Tilley and this way we can have them away and safe when moving her and then displayed when we are set and still.
And here they are, attached to the velcro.  They actually came with velcro already attached on their backs, which gave us the idea on how to hang them in Tilley.
They are done by a wonderful artist named Daniel Martelock.  He is a local Ottawa artist and his steampunk works are fabulous.  Here is a close up of his wonderful art that we will be proudly displaying in Tilley.
Trust me, there is more to come.  I have more luxurious plans for Tilley.


  1. Hi, guys, Taras here.

    I had no idea, when I first laid eyes on Tilley at Thornhaven, that this was what was in store for her. She looks *gorgeous.* Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing Tilley in person. Will there be guided tours?

    Now, as to the reason I researched y'all on the Internet: I am interested in reading a good steampunk novel or two, without magic for preference. And I figured who better to ask for recommendations than you two?

    So if you have the time and inclination to bend my ear (eyes?) on this subject, it would be much appreciated: bakerstwelve gmail.



  2. Looking good - one comment you may like to think about.... Please take it with good grace, I think a Victorian Caravan would not have white units - but dark brown (wood) coloured units.

    You may want to test this out with a strip of wallpaper or Sticky-Back plastic.

    This weekend we visited my Brother-in-Law who has just taken delivery of a second-hand four berth Hymer motor home. I was very envious.