Thursday, October 8, 2015

Finish in wood

I think it's been a long time since I shared any of my wood projects here.  I just looked and January 2013 was the last one.  I guess you could say that bug has bit hard.

My youngest son has been sleeping in our guest room since it is cooler in the basement.  Since our parents aren't getting younger, my DH and I decided we would move our son downstairs and move the guest room upstairs.  This involved my building a new bed frame since my son had a metal loft bed that I was NOT going to be moving downstairs and I have previously build my oldest son a bed frame.  Have to be equal but different you know.

So about three weeks ago, I started.  

9/19/15 - dry fitting

9/19/15-after stain

9/20/15 -starting to put it together

10/7/15-putting it all together

some support

one happy boy.

Tonight, we'll be moving the rest of his stuff in to make it his room.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lust, page 20

I did pretty good last week on Lust.  When she was out in April, here's where I left off

Friday, I stayed home sick from work.  Here's where I started from Friday morning

and here's where I ended the weekend.  

By Sunday morning I was feeling better.  I also ground 15 pounds of pork shoulder to make breakfast sausage and put another coat of polyurethane on DS #2's bed.  Progress!

Sunday, September 27, 2015


I think you can tell by the title, I have a finish!!  Yay!

Wednesday night, I still had a way to go.

I didn't touch her Thursday.

Early yesterday afternoon, I finished page 5 of my FoF 79

And about 8pm, I had finished my first HAED!  

I've got several more HAEDs as WIPs and many more charts and all I can say is WOW!

After I put all the bobbins away, I pulled Lust back out for some love.  I didn't get very far last night though.  I don't know if I was just tired, just not feeling her or just needed to decompress a little but I din't get more than 25 stitches into her.

So I'll leave you with an approximate picture of page 20.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

This year's progress on goals and page 5 progress

Recently, I was looking back at my goals for this year.  And you know what?  I realized I've done pretty darn good; especially since it's only the middle of September.  

1.  Here Comes Santa tree skirt 
goal:  finish
goal completed 1/3/15 - 2 pages

2.  Earth Song
goal:  finish page 2
goal completed 1/25/15 - 1 page

3.  Loneliness of Autumn
goal:  finish pages 1-2
goal completed 2/11/15 - 2 pages

4.  Rose Garden Mandala
goal:  finish
goal completed 3/10/15 - 4 pages

5.  Coat of Arms
goal:  pages 10-15
goal completed 5/31/15 - 5 pages

6.  5 Little Pumpkins
goal:  finish
goal completed 7/12/15 - 4 pages

7.  Nightshade
goal:  finish 4th stitched page
goal completed 7/24/15 - 1 page

There have also been the following new starts, which don't have any goals
DMC 16 color SAL
1 block completed

Chatelaine's May 2012 Consolation prize
Completed!  4 pages

Eclectic Bloke Designs Warrior Alice
1 page completed

HAED's Her Private Garden
1 page completed

Chatelaine's The Heritage Sampler
2 bands completed

I was curious how many pages I've stitched this year.  So far, including FoF 79, I've stitched a total of 31 pages.  I am including the block of the DMC SAL and each band of the new Chatelaine in that total.  Even without them, that is a really respectable total!!

The goals I have remaining are:

1.  Faces of Fairy 79
goal:  finish
I'm currently about half way through page 5 with only a very skinny page 6

2.  Lust
goal:  finish pages 19-20
Page 19 is done with page 20 about a quarter done

3.  Loara Standish
goal:  band 2
I really want to try to make some progress on poor Loara this year.  I started her as a reversable sampler.  I don't know if that is my problem or if it is the teeny tiny fabric.  

4.  The Master
goal:  page 1
I just need to pull him out and work on him.  All those grays are tough though.

I also have a goal on the HAED BB of starting SS Daybreak and finishing page 1.  Fabric is ready to go and I've purchased all the DMC I needed.

This weekend, I started working on my youngest son's bed.  I've made pretty good progress too. I just ran out of weekend.  Tomorrow, I need to find the flattest part of floor in the garage and unscrew and reattach the darker slats in the headboard since I'm not happy with how they are sitting in the frame but otherwise, I think I'm ready for polyurethane.  That will probably be later this week since there's football Tuesday afternoon.
Here's a current progress picture.  I is pretty much sitting like it will be when it's put together.  The outside rails just aren't attached to the outside of the feet yet.

My fairy has made pretty good progress this week too.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Page 4 and page 5 progress

One of my goals this year is to finish FoF 79.  Since I managed to get through the dreaded eye last month, I've been making a lot of progress.  


9/13/15 - page 4


I don't know how much the skull is going to slow me down, but it looks like there's still nice big blocks of color in it so hopefully another couple of weeks and this page will be done!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Page 4 in progress

It's amazing how much difference stitching solid blocks of color can make.  This is mostly 939.  I had to wait for a repair guy Friday morning so I pulled out my stitching.  When he left and I left for work, here's where I was.  

After a long weekend, I made some very nice progress.  This is where I ended up Monday night.

I also made 4 pints of elderberry jam and 5 pints of salsa verde.  That reminds me, I need to go out and check my tomatillos to see if they have another batch of salsa verde in them or if they're about done for the year.  I know the elderberries are ready to be picked again.  I'm thinking of making syrup this time.  Anybody else make anything with elderberries??

Monday, August 31, 2015

Page 3!

After what feels like an insanely busy weekend, I finished page 3 of Faces of Fairy 79

I started page 4 but didn't get enough done to take a picture.