Thursday, January 28, 2016

Downton Worthy: Danni's Bell for Bates

*This is a post from a few years ago, when I was still Kirb Appeal. Danni graciously did it for me while I was busy with real-life stuff. As I am busy with real life stuff again, I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I re-post. She is one creative chick, that Danni!*

Hello Kirb Appeal fans! Danni here from Silo Hill Farm guest posting for Kirby and just a little nervous about it.  My blog is mostly a craft blog and Kirby is not a crafter.  She keeps threatening to do a craft, but so far, since I've been following her, I'm not seeing a whole lot of crafting.  She does awesome stuff....great furniture makeovers, decorating, writing (such fabulous writing) and of course some very cool videos.  I do none of those things, so when Kirby was asking for guest posters and I volunteered, I hadn't really thought about what I would do for a project. 
I'm also kind of freakin out because she's a teacher and I probably have dangling participles, run on sentences and gross misuse of semi colons.  Having said all of that, I figured I could do a project about something near and dear to Kirby's heart, Downton Abbey and maybe she would forgive the grammatical errors.
I made a little bell.  You know the servant's bells at the beginning of the show?  Well, I decided to make one.
It was really pretty easy and I spent zero dollars on it.  Here's the skinny...
I used a piece of pallet wood, a wooden spool, a wooden circle thingy (total technical craft term), a couple of buttons, some plumbers tape and a seriously ugly plastic shiny bell from a Christmas decoration.  Oh and some electrical tape that didn't make it to the first photo shoot on time.
I painted the pallet board one coat of grey. I painted the little thread spool black and the flat round one grey.
I screwed the two wooden pieces on to the pallet board, then glued a couple of buttons together and fastened them to the spool to hide the screw head and cute it all up a little.
I couldn't figure out how to make that coil.  It baffled me for a little while and then it occured to me that plumbers tape was probably flexible enough to coil, yet firm enough to hold a shape.
I didn't love the silver color that plumbers tape comes in, so I covered both sides with electrical tape, which also hid those weird holes.  I wrapped it around a craft paint bottle to get the coil shape, bent the end so that it pointed down, then fastened it to the spool with some glue dots.

The bell was too shiny for my taste, so I painted some antiquing gel on it and then wiped most of it back off to make it a little less soI attached the bell to the bent portion of the coil.
I made a little label on it just like the ones on Downton Abbey, except this one says Kirby's Bar.
The next time Kirby wants a drink, all she has to do is ring the bell and hope that Mr. Carson shows up with something wonderful on a silver tray.  
Maybe he'll bring her something totally British, like Pimm's on the rocks.
Pimm's is a gin based liquor.  The recipe is a major British secret and only 6 people know exactly how it is made.  Just that fact alone makes you want to try some right?
Or, perhaps Mr. Carson will recommend one of these British treasures...
Maybe a pint of Boddingtons, in a beautiful crystal glass.

 Possibly he'll recommend she have a glass of this....
 ......oh, that's probably meant for Violet. 

Thank you Kirby for letting me guest post here today and for trusting me not to make something out of popsicle sticks.  Thank you as well for the many morning laughs your blog provides me with!  It's been a pleasure to be here today.    


Kathleen George said...

What a fabulous DA bell Danni made! Love it! Kathleen in Az

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I know this post has been around the block but I don't think I read it the first time because I wasn't watching DA at the time. Did Danni send you the bell? I mean if you don't have it, how will Carson ever hear?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

The bell is beyond adorable! How clever.

Have a wonderful, sunny weekend!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

This is so creative! I would love one that really summoned my maid!

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