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Busy, busy... Oct. 23rd, 2016 @ 05:41 pm
Let's see.....ALL the fiber has been moved into the Studio. The Pie Safe was emptied, moved, scrubbed, repainted, scrubbed again, then set into place and filled. All the spinning kates have been scrubbed and waxed.....:whew:

Yesterday we went hunting for the last 3 bead board panels. Home Depot had some, but we also hit the Salvage place. They had bead board.....and we had a great idea for the top of my cutting table.

The original plan had been a table 6' x 4'. SG talked me into changing it to 5' x 6'...until yesterday. I had been going to buy 2 30" doors for the top; metal plates to screw them together, sand and paint the top. The Salvage place was too expensive, door-wise; the salesman suggested a countertop. However...a countertop the size I wanted (even mis-matched)...was going to be MORE than the cabinets were. Hmmm....SG asked about laminate, they had some.....for $15/sheet. $15 for a sheet of MDF.....and I'm back to a 6' x 4' top.

Only.....we went to Home Depot today to pick up the bead board (they were $1/sheet cheaper)....and they had a 3/4" MDF board with laminate on BOTH sides...for $35. No paint, so seams....just a lovely, slick 1 piece top. :lol: Yes, we bought it....and SG is building the shelves right now. :rofl:

I also knocked out a futon cover - 2 Queen-sized sheets and 30 minutes of sewing, and voila! A pretty, easy to remove, cover.

It was busy, but a good weekend. I'm hoping to get the loom uncovered and moved this week....the electrician is supposed to be out on Wednesday...we'll see. :lol:

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Happy Friday! Oct. 21st, 2016 @ 08:28 am
Yesterday was a PJ day - we were all tired from the State Fair. Today is a lazy day - at least we're dressed? :lol:

I managed to move my weaving shuttles and stuffed critters out to the Studio. Today I want to see if I can find some of the Command Strips hanging things so I can get some stuff on the walls. The 3rd quilted hanging is all sewn; I just need to add the embroidered details, the binding, and quilt it up.

I'm going to make a semi-permanant slipcover for the Studio couch - I was going to use painter's drop cloths, but found 10 oz duck online for LESS, so....guess what I ordered? :lol: I've figured out how to do it, I just need the fabric and the space to get it done. I'm going to leave it natural - that will go with any color. I'm also going to make a cover for the mattress.....fun stuff!

My sock drawer exploded (seriously!), so I need to figure out how to get the thing OUT of the closet so I can glue it back together. I can't figure out how to get the drawer off the metal tracks.....:sigh:

Have a great Shabbat!

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Our State Fair is a... Oct. 19th, 2016 @ 04:01 pm
decent Fair. Good, maybe. But. :sigh:

We went today. Normal gate price is $16/each; on Wednesday if you bring 4 canned goods you get a voucher for $12/off. Guess what we did? :lol: So. $4/each - not too bad, honestly.

One of the things *I* was excited about was this year's special exhibit. It was Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel - it's the first International tour, and Dallas was the 1st stop on said tour. The news was all aflutter about it, and it *looked* wonderful. Um.....yeah.

Before anyone else gets excited, let me tell you about it. It has a separate charge from the fair entry (which, honestly, isn't too abnormal.) - here, it was $8. I do NOT think it is worth the $8! I grumbled, but paid - $32 + $0.50 fee for the 4 of us. SG paid $6 for the souvenir book. We went on in.....

It consists of SCREEN PRINTS of the frescos. SCREEN PRINTS. Set up so that the flow is broken - they've divided up the frescos and set them up...but there is a lot of space in between them, and.....well, it kinda ruins the exhibit, IMNSHO. You start out IN the exhibit...there is a semi-educational video that runs constantly; the host tries to be hip, but fails. Miserably. And he mispronounces Michelangelo's name (MIKE instead of MICK), and de Medici (Medichee) becomes Medisy. :bangs head: I quit listening at that point......he mentions La Pieta, but doesn't EXPLAIN it - which.......would have upped the educational value of the video immensely. :sigh:

i wanted to enjoy it....but I didn't. And I can't really recommend it, either. I mean......OK, it was cool to see the frescos at life-size, and close up (because they are at ground-level instead of on the ceiling), but.....it's choppy, it's cheap screen prints (the altar piece.......whoever took the photos didn't move the candlesticks from in front of the frescos.....so there are candles. With shadows. It...kind of ruins the mood, y'know?)....VERY disappointing.

If you do get to go, please - do some research on the frescos first (so you'll know what you're seeing! And how it fits, historically!), and don't get too fired up. The Great Courses "How to Look At and Understand Great Art" goes into a lot of detail on Michelangelo and his works; it would be well worth it to try and find that before you go. iTunes U has a course on the History of Architecture that has a few lessons on him and his art which is also a good resource. (The Great Courses is my first choice).

The Fair itself was OK. Herself got a jellyfish encased in resin that's kind of cool; the midway was a waste of time. So were the auto exhibits....the Arts and Crafts were kind of neat, but.......I'm glad we got in for $4. :lol:

The electrician was here when we got home, which was surprising. Hopefully he'll get a lot done...I want to move the rest of my stuff in so Herself can get HER space set up!

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Happy Sukkot! Oct. 18th, 2016 @ 08:03 am
Sukkot began Sunday evening; we spent it in the Studio. Um. Yeah. The air mattress sprung a leak, the dogs would NOT shut up - because the people! Were! Gone! And the A/C cycles on and off...so I got very little sleep.

Last night, we moved to the living room. New air mattress......which the dogs managed to pull the plug on. Twice. (I can laugh, now - and it'll be a hysterical story next year! - but it wasn't fun at 10:30 to have to scramble to find the pump to re-fill the rapidly collapsing mattress.) I slept better, though....

Let's see.....Sunday I started moving stuff into the Studio. SG's plant officially closed on Friday (he's there until December), so this week looks to be clean-up. He brought home a bookcase for me, and surprised me with a lovely display cabinet. He said "I'm not sure IF you can use this, but.....I've always liked it and it was slated to go to the dumpster, so.....". I said "SOCK YARN STASH!!!!" and giggled as we moved it in. :lol: God is indeed Good!

Today's goal: Fill the case with my sock yarn (and probably most/all of my knitting yarn. Contrary to popular belief, I really DO NOT have that much knitting yarn. Honest! Most of my stash is fiber........that needs to be converted to yarn. :lol: I also want to try to move the weaving/spinning books out there...and maybe the knitting books, too. That might be tomorrow's job, though. We'll see. I need to organize the books as I shelve them - which is a job in and of itself!

Yesterday was FIL's day. I went with him to do errands - we got a LOT done. I also brought home a few quilting books so I can start learning how to finish that quilt.....I'll take 'em back in the next few weeks (until he and my SIL say I can have them, I'm only borrowing them. Do I want them? Yes - they're books! But I want them honestly, not taken piecemeal. If that makes sense.) Got home to find no electrician...:sigh: He's going to have a lot to work around if he keeps putting us off. :lol:

Gotta skitter - I need to start moving yarn!

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Is this thing on? Oct. 16th, 2016 @ 08:36 am
Sorry for the radio silence - we've been on the run almost constantly. :sigh: Guess it's our new normal? Hope not..... Anyway.

1. The Lord REALLY wanted me to fast - He had Wednesday's Doc appt rescheduled for Thursday. So, I fasted. And stayed home all day. :lol:

2. FIL is better - both docs say so. Hopefully he'll take that to heart.......we (SIL and me) are trying to gently convince him he needs a dog for companionship. I told him I'd cover any vet costs - because, after all, we'd be the ones with the dog if anything happens to him. We're going over again tomorrow, and are planning on bringing the Riley for him to interact with.....we'll see how that goes.

3. The electrician came out Monday evening (after telling me he'd be out Tuesday, since Monday was a holiday), installed 1.5 lights, and left. He's supposed to come out tomorrow.......we'll see. I have moved almost all the sewing books out there - my books are stacked on top of each other in the current shelves and are falling/getting damaged.......so, he can move around my stuff. The serger desk is in there, too - and in a little bit, Herself's sewing desk will be in there. SG needed to get to some of his tools to do finish work in the Studio, so.....:shrug: We're still missing 3 ceiling panels....so I can't move the loom out there yet.......but SG says as soon as we get those in and installed, he will work AROUND the loom to finish the ceiling/walls. :taps fingers impatiently:

4. I had an awesome idea for 1 more quilted wall-hanging.......and I have a confession to make. Know how I keep saying I HATE quilting? Well......I had an idea last week for a "fiber critter" hanging; I already had templates for sheep and goats, and found a pattern for Llamas and Alpacas. I went into the garage Studio (soon to be Herself's) and started digging for the goats pattern........

If I hate quilting so much, please explain to me how come I have *14* quilted wall hanging patterns in my stash? Some of which already have fabric matched up to them???? :lol:

I have to admit, I like quilted wall hangings - they're cute, they're different, they're handmade....but I honestly do not like *making* them so much. Back when we bought this house (in 2013), I had *plans* - I was going to be like MIL, and decorate for each season and holiday.....which explains the multitude of patterns. I made 1 with stacked jack-o-lanterns (fun!), then made 1 with 4 turkeys....that one made me dislike quilting. Each turkey has 9 tail feathers that you sew together, then appliqué on the square, then you appliqué the body and details on top of them.......:shudder: I put them aside for a while.

Then we started homeschooling, so I made one for that......we put it up each Monday AM (to start our week), then pulled it down every Friday and replaced it with one I made for Shabbat. That routine got old, though...so I made 1 with goats (matching the fabric for each goat with 1 of our goats :lol:)......:sigh: and :lol:

But. :sigh: MIL told me (shortly after she went to the Rehab) that she had a box of feed sack fabric that had my name on it, and I was to go GET it. I didn't.......until Thursday (because I want to use some of that for my critter quilt). While I was digging for that box, I found a basket with a TON of quilt squares in it. FIL didn't recognize it, so I said :gulp!: that I would assemble them and see what we had....and I would do my best to FINISH the quilt.

Now, most of what MIL had been doing was small lap-quilts, or twin-sized quilts.....and that's what I figured I had. Um......nope. SIL sent me a photo of MIL's friend's finished (matching)quilt (they were working on them together - MIL put hers aside to start on Herself's quilt)...this thing is KING-sized, it's a BEDSPREAD...it's HUGE. And she's missing 3 appliquéd squares. :gulp: It'll be gorgeous....and I'm going to try to work on it next year. I need to up my game, first.......I want to do it justice. Guess I need to work on appliqué work now......I figure my hand-sewing will be a LOT better by the time that thing is quilted! :lol:

Need to get moving.......

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» Happy Monday!!
1. Busy weekend. Got the Studio ceiling *almost* done - we needed 12 panels; we had 10. Due to a mis-cut, we ended up with 9. Lowe's is out of stock on them....so I have an ugly gap. Ah, well - the hard part is *done*!

2. Finished the first of 2 wall quilts, and am about to cut out the 2nd. It turned out *cute*! Yes, pics - later. Probably when I do a Studio reveal.....:lol:

3. Have to take FIL to the doc tomorrow AND Wednesday. Yom Kippur begins tomorrow evening....um. Fasting + driving =/= work.....I get dizzy, shaky, and prone to black outs when I fast. So....I will deny myself "good" stuff - no desserts, no high-calorie stuff, just sustenance. It's the best I can do under the circumstances (if I didn't have to take FIL, I would gladly fast....the consequences aren't as bad when I am home. :sigh:)

Hopefully I will have pics to share soon....:fingers crossed:. The electrician started on the lights today.....we'll see how long it takes him. :lol:

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» Shabbat Shalom!
FIL was discharged yesterday afternoon. We had to leave before; I dropped Herself off at his house and Himself and I ran home - it was SG's "retirement" dinner. Got home in time for Himself and I to feed critters, then I got ready.

Dinner was nice. It was held at III Forks, an upscale steak house. I am STILL stuffed....:lol:

After school today I'll run Himself out to FIL's to stay the weekend. Sunday we'll evaluate and see who stays/comes home.

I have a LOT of catching up to do......H, I have your book, but I haven't read it yet. Hopefully soon.....:sigh:

Hope y'all have a great Shabbat!

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» Update thingy...
We went to the hospital today to see FIL. He's in the observation unit; he has a UTI and as of this AM fluid in the lungs. :bangs head: He's very very very wheezy, and tired. We saw the Doc; he said that he *might* be discharged tomorrow.

So. We're back on the treadmill. :fun times: Hopefully we can take him home tomorrow.....we'll have to see if the kids stay, or not. :sigh:

In other news, we have 2 chicks now. One of the silkies decided she wanted to go broody, and 2 survived. They are too, too cute. :lol: The other silkie hen is broody now...we'll see if she gets lucky, too.

And....I am halfway thru a wall quilt. Have I mentioned I hate quilting? Because....I do. But this is cute...and I have 1 more in the queue. :lol: They're for the Studio, of course....and they are sheep-themed. Of course. :snicker: Since I currently can't do any apparel sewing (because I don't have the room to cut out things right now), this has to do.

Work on the Studio is stalled...because we're at the hard part, yo. It's just too ~hard~ to put the ceiling panels up! :/whine: :bangs head: *I* can't move anything out there until the electric is done, and the electrician can't proceed until the ceiling is finished. VERY frustrating. (And no, the kids and I can't do it - they don't know what to do, and I can't physically hold the panels up for nailing. And Himself isn't too sure about the jigsaw.....so we're at a standstill.) :grrrrrrrr:

Ah well. It'll get done when it gets done. Yesterday we found a CraigsList ad......and scored a desk (for MIL's machine....MUCH better than the cabinet!) with chair, AND a small sleeper sofa. It's smaller than a modern loveseat....and it looks untouched. Seriously - except for dust, it looks brand-spankin' new! Brown/cream/black/rust plaid...slightly ugly, but FREE. :lol: I am researching slipcovers......because the colors don't really fit my color scheme. :rofl: I'm not really sure how to Tetris it in.....but I'll make it work. I need someplace to curl up and read, after all.

The wall quilt is calling........what have I gotten myself into? :snicker:

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» :sigh: I thought we were back to normal....
but, alas, we are NOT. Didn't I FIRE 2016? Because...yeah, it needs to vacate the premises NOW. :sigh:

Last week was good - FIL was doing OK, kids had settled back into the routine...then DH threw a fit, FIL started coughing again...and he's now in the hospital. Again.

This is getting old, y'all.

I dried up the does yesterday. I just...can't keep milking. We've gone non-stop since 2014; this batch of does freshened in early 2015. Except Zoey, who has been milking since 2014. We need the break...I'll just buy milk. Or learn to drink frozen and thawed milk. :sigh:

Anyway. Hope y'all are doing well.

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» Sorry for the radio silence...
but we brought the kids home last Saturday, and we've been a bit busy ever since. We got the kids home and settled, then started panelling the Studio. We got...well, part of it done - we had to, because the carpet was installed Tuesday morning. We've been working on it all week - as of right now, the walls are about 80% done (it takes forever....because you have to rest at least a half-hour after installing each panel. :sigh:); we have the panels for the ceiling, but no telling HOW long that's gonna take. :grumble:

We eased back into school. Herself has been obsessively churning out jewelry (she has to Make Things when she's stressed.) - MIL had given her a lot of loose gem stones, and she's finally started using them. I have a lovely ring with one of MIL's amethysts set between 2 small pink sapphires. Amethyst was her favorite....now I have something to remind me of her. (I also have a bunch of new earrings, and she's working on a necklace for me. :lol:) Himself has been working with the Replicator....it keeps jamming, and he keeps UN-jamming it. :lol: and :sigh: It's new tech, so it's to be expected, but it's frustrating, too.

Think that brings us up to date......I need to do a grocery run, so later!

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