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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Midas touch = gold, my touch seems to = total chaos and crap

So...I've spent the majority of the day trying to do nothing that would end up with craptastic results.  Got the Girl Scouts in a tizzy because, since I'm doing the cake for the awards ceremony, I gave them a deadline to get a headcount to me....guess what....ceremony is on Friday and email JUST went out yesterday....I can see this might not be good {sigh}. I  have decoration designs and most of the colors I need for tinting frosting, so that's all good, but what size cake??!!???

In addition to all that (by all that I mean the frustration from last minute notification, no head count, etc.) one of the leaders decided to resign because of comments made on my post venting my frustration about not knowing when and how many people.....yeah, people she didn't even know were stating their opinions and such and she decided to use them to quit the troop....then again, I saw her maybe 2 times the entire time Rebekah and I were there (and we joined late in the year, so I don't know how many meeting she actually showed up to overall).  Oh, and then I tried to get some information from our bank...but they had to talk to Ken because the information I wanted was in his name only, and...well, it went rapidly downhill from there.

SO.....because of the fear of screwing even more things up, I have pretty much done nothing all day....other than pick up dog and cat food and price the additional colors I might need to do the decorations for the cake....once I know how big the cake is going to be.....may have to re-size the decorations, but we shall see....blah

SO....Friday I finished and listed one of my quilts....and yesterday I got borders added to a quilt top that I've been staring at for several weeks....here's the quilt that was finished and listed on Etsy:

Front:

 Back:
Pattern is Summer in the Park and was perfect for yet another Jelly Roll that I had in my stash.  Now I need to finish one that is just shy of being a twin-size bed topper and 2 baby quilts, and I can finish up the 4th, which was actually made to go to Soldiers' Angels....it needs borders as well, so it will take some thinking since the entire quilt is red-white-blue.....thinking solid borders....just have to figure out what color/s I want to use...obviously red white or blue, but.....

Saturday, June 7, 2014

School's Out For Summer........................

Yeah yeah, borrowed from Alice Cooper.....however, this is a celebratory post...

DS, 14yo, finished his 2nd year of online classes (8th grade) with 4 As and 2 Bs = average of all classes = 92%!!!

DD, 10yo, finished 4th grade with ALL As on her report card and a maxed out score on her math SOL (highest available score is 600 and that is exactly what she got)!!!!

We've already received notice that the text for DSs first class as a high school freshman is on it's way and should be here on the 10th, and he already has access to his high school account (completely different ID, login, and password from middle school).

HOWEVER.....they have next week reasonably free, barring the scheduled doc appointments and such, and then he'll start the following week when DD is at the summer enrichment program - full day program for a week, 2 classes with lunch in between, and both the classes she got are art classes...happy girl

Then come her swim lessons....need to figure out something for DS because he needs some more practice and hopefully can pass the BSA swim test....argh....sensory issues can really screw things up sometimes......

First week of July is BSA camp for DS - day camper 830a-8p (give or take), and the week after that, they are both taking classes at the community college....pottery and Lego Robotics.....then nothing for the rest of the summer....but....during all that, there is summer school at home, sewing, gardening, day trips, farmers' markets, DD wants to start her own quilt....

So....we'll be busy, but we'll be taking care of things around the house....woohoo!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

5+ month vacation from the blog = .....

So, my last post was at the end of January.....guess I should catch up with all that's happened since then.....

Starting with the most recent - DS has officially finished 8th grade with mostly As, 1 confirmed B and his electives were either As or Bs (they remove the class from his online sign-in once he has finished all of the work).  SO....now he has a bit of a break and then he'll take a 1 semester elective as a 9th grader over the summer to get a head start on his freshman classes.  DD is pulling straight As in 4th grade and is looking forward to her last year in the elementary school (but public school doesn't let out until Friday).

I have started branching out with homemade spice and seasoning blends and managed to get my first 2 listed in my Etsy shop:

I have 8 more available choices, but just need to sit down and get all the information uploaded and ready to sell.  These will all be made when ordered to insure they are the freshest possible....

Let's see...DS will be having his wisdom teeth out, DD managed to give herself a concussion a few months ago...summer is rapidly filling up with activities.....

In the meantime, I'm working on finally finishing off the garage ceiling and few sections of wall that need sealing, and in the process clearing the entire area out and organizing it.  I'd say I'm a bit more than half finished with clearing everything out, but there are storage totes of papers and pictures and such that seriously need to be culled through...one step at a time...officially I gave myself until the end of the month, so that gives me 27 more days to get this all completed....I'm up for the challenge!!

SO....that's where I've been for the past few months...of course that doesn't touch on things like the leaking kitchen sink that we haven't been able to fix, or other various little unexpected things, but suffice it to say that just when we get back to being balances, something comes and knocks us off kilter....but I'll get back to blogging on a regular basis soon....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

rudderless in a sea of fabric

So...haven't posted anything lately because it's been one thing after the other and my motivation to do much beyond have my morning cup of coffee has pretty much disappeared.

Let's start with home school - oh ah, how lucky you are....yeah, ok, time for a reality check.  Home school + teenager = NOT fun at all!!!  Add that the teenager is a boy who also happens to be on the autism spectrum and things go from crazy to downright stressful.  We've had over 2 weeks of attitude, books being thrown, me being yelled at, meltdowns and then not remembering what caused the meltdowns, arguments with Dad, fighting with sister, incomplete assignments, oh...and the best....turning in a test after being told to have it reviewed by Dad so he could explain where T  missed some steps (Algebra 1, don't even get me started on this).....so, while he still has a B average in the class, that one freaking quiz dropped him from a little over 85% to barely 83% and he's slowly sliding lower and lower - mainly from simple mistakes.

Ok....so there's that - and I'm  not even his actual primary teacher!!!  He has teachers assigned for each class...I'm really just a support staff member.....whatever

Then add in no sunlight and sub-freezing temperatures, which means no going outside for fresh air and creative replenishment....not even the OTT light was helping.....well, there was no creativity going on at all.....I *had* been working on a flannel shirt for my son, but after consecutive days of being treated like the dog crap he wiped off his shoes, I decided I wasn't doing anything for someone so ungrateful and disrespectful....so the shirt is still sitting in pieces on my ironing board.

All this led to feeling like I wasn't doing as much as I could to help with the family finances - I pay the bills and buy the groceries, but all I see it as is me spending the money that my husband earns from his job....I know...that's not really all, but that's what happens when you have seasonal depression and no outlet to make yourself feel better.....

Well, I ventured into JoAnns yesterday after nearly a year of completely avoiding it due to the rudeness and incompetence of an employee who actually had the audacity to leave another customer to come and YELL at both me and the manager that I was speaking with!!  This time was completely different (even though that particular employee was there, I didn't have to deal with her at all) and I found LOTS of inspiration that just started the artsy fartsy creativity flowing again......woohoo!!

So far...just from 10am-1pm, I've made 4 quilt tops...need to decide on the borders for them, but other wise they are ready for layering and quilting....AND, I'm working on a 5th in a totally different fabric, print, and pattern.....yay me!!

Laundry was caught up, have 2 shirts that need ironing for DH, dinner is leftovers because there's no space in the fridge, most of the Girl Scout cookies have been delivered with more being delivered tomorrow afternoon (please let there be school...one whole week of no school makes for a more than slightly insane  momma!!)....even more to be delivered Tuesday....then I think I'm all caught up with house stuff and can play around with more fabric....woohoo.....

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Tale of Two Rooms - Part 2

When we moved into our house (8/17/2005), we knew there were a lot of things that needed our attention, and we've been working on them whenever we had the time and money.  Our first thing was gutting the kitchen and putting up fire-code sheet rock, new cabinets/counter/sink, and new flooring....well, we've progressed to the point where all the bedrooms are "ok" (Thomas' still needs a new paint job and ours still needs to have the rest of the wallpaper installed, but other than that...), the tv room has the fire-code sheet rock and was repainted, the former master bedroom was turned into my sewing/work room.....and earlier this summer, we had a new fence installed.  Phew....that's actually quite a lot to do over 8 years, but no, we aren't done yet.

Rebekah had asked for a big girl room (see part 1) and Ken was ready to finish up the space over the garage that would be his work room, quiet place, place away from the family when he needs to de-stress and think without interruption.  While I worked on redoing Rebekah's room, Ken finished priming and got all the painting done in his room, so that as soon as I was finished with purple, I could move right over and we could get started on turning that formerly empty space into a Victorian themed office.....it's been a LONG journey, but we are almost finished.............

 Both of these were taken while looking up from the garage - notice how there is a lovely hole into the room - when we first looked at the house (and when we first moved in) the only way to get up there was by using an extension ladder.  Also notice how there is NO insulation of any kind....subfloor and wall studs were all that were in place.....these were taken in October 2005.

 Sheet rock going up, yes, there is insulation being put in before we do the sheet rock, Rebekah was helping move things....in this she is 7 years old and Thomas was somewhere in there helping as well - you can see one of the Morris chairs that I will be refinishing.
 Half wall that Ken built - there is storage behind it - needed to have something there because of how steep the wall/ceiling was on that side
Door into our room from the office - yes, I had a GREAT time knocking that hole in the wall...jumping front kick got it started...lol





Primer going up...last picture was the last bit of ceiling that I needed to sand before the priming could be finished, and the picture above it is the "vent hole" which actually blows the air directly at a small wall {sigh}...but the room seems to hold heat well, so we shall see what it is like in the winter.







Paint going up on the walls - Ken was doing this while I was up to my neck in purple, black, and white...lol...nothing like being productive :-)

 19 cases of flooring - 21.46 square feet per case at {gasp} $41.66 each....we had 2 full cases left over, so I was able to return them and since I bought 3 cases from the store instead of through special order, I could return my 2 without paying a restocking fee..woohoo!!



 Wallpaper going up....the last picture still makes me laugh....was going right along with the wallpaper when I realized that we hadn't stained the door yet....whoops!

 More pictures of the flooring and the various tools and furniture we were working around - again because we had no other place to put them.
The lovely 3-in-1 underlayment (cushioning, noise barrier, sound barrier)...not as difficult to work with as I had anticipated, but my opinion was based solely on the lovely green plastic stuff that was available when we put the flooring down in my sewing room...ugh.

 Pretty sure we BOTH looked like this at the end of every day :-)
 allen & roth Kettle Pine flooring from Lowe's
 Door in process...looks really nice all finished...it was done this way because Ken wasn't sure if there was enough stain in our first can....but it all worked out in the end.
 Cruising right along with the flooring
 Finished door and wallpaper...next time, I'll make sure there's an extra set of hands to help me get the paper in place





 Flooring progress.  The first picture shows where we had the work table for most of this - on the platform that will hold the Victorian sofa....the next to last shows that I tried to get as much flooring in place before we had to move the sofa, and the last shows the little gold circle that covers the floor outlet which will be under Ken's desk (once we get it moved in).
 Finished sofa platform - stair nose, quarter round...woohoo!!
 Chair rail to the left of the windows - stained by the children, installed by the parents

 looking down at the finished sofa platform, then looking from that platform over to the door at the other platform (which is practically invisible due to the sunlight and the dog).

 Baseboard and quarter round trim along the back wall of the office - directly across from the doorway.  The white area to the right of the bottom picture will be another storage area.

 Baseboard, quarter round, sofa platform, and chair rail to the left of the windows.
 Chair rail to the right of the windows
 Curtain rod and curtains are up...this was pretty much the last thing done last night (other than clean up)

 Reading alcove with sofa skeleton in top picture, and bottom picture with the temporary cover (snowflake comforter that we've had since New York), Ken and Barklay.


 The Morris chair that has been in my family for generations, an old radio that Ken is thinking of tinkering with, and the 2 black cases next to the radio hold OLD typewriters - the ones where each letter had a key, not a disc or bulb or anything like that
 The reading alcove - spooky shot because of how the light was reflecting - both Morris chairs that I will be refinishing and the sofa skeleton.
 The second Morris chair...seat frame was redone incorrectly (totally my fault) so I will rebuild that completely when I start refinishing it.

Last pictures of the evening...taken from the doorway into the room.  First is Ken trying to sweep up as much sawdust and scrap bits as possible before using the vacuum and then the Swiffer, and the bottom shot was over towards the reading alcove.

For all intents and purposes, we could say that the room is ready to have furniture moved in (book shelves, desk, etc.)...only thing is that we are on the hunt for the "right"pieces.  I'm pretty sure that Ken will move in the current furniture and be happy with it until we find what we want in there.  And there's still the matter of the ceiling.  Right now it's still "primer white" while we try and decide what we want to do....and since we don't have the ceiling in place, the cove molding will be stashed away for the time being (don't want to install it only to have to take it down when we put the ceiling up).....we still have the casing to go around the windows, but that needs to be stained, so that is the goal for this coming weekend....nothing urgent really, and our aching bodies need a few days of rest before doing more work like this.

So...that's what the past few weeks have been filled with for me....I told Ken he'd be in the office by October and dang it if he isn't...so happy that he'll have his space, proud of myself that I was able to take his idea and make it a reality, and so tired from working as fast as possible to get it done.

Well, it's been a little while, and YES, I do have updated pictures that show off the new tables and rug...and how Ken has set up his room:



 
The top picture is looking in from the doorway so you can see his table/desk and the chairs and table set up for the chess set...whenever we find one that he likes.  Originally, he wanted a circular table....this one was better...and was found locally :-)

The second picture shows the table I found for near the sofa...it had to be tall, but not too wide, and I totally forgot to take measurements with me, but it turned out to be just perfect for where it needed to go.

The last picture is to give a better shot of the area rug that we ended up with.  The one we found a while ago is no longer carried in store, and I didn't want to have to order online and have it take forever to get here, especially since Ken was making noises about moving everything in (I did NOT want additional scratches on the floor!!), so Thomas and I found this one and thought it worked nicely with the overall feel of the room....yeah, who am I kidding...I liked it because it had the room colors in it, but was lighter so the room didn't feel so much like a tomb.

SO....for now, this is the end of Ken's office work...eventually I will get the last bit of baseboard and quarter-round trim installed (need to buy another piece...but that can wait a while) and we will install the cove trim once we've decided on the ceiling...but the room is usable and when the door is closed I can't hear the nonsense and Trek-chat when he's online :-D