A Lull in the Madness

Do you ever find yourself in one of those places? Where nothing seems to energize you or interest you or gets your creative juices going? That is where I have been for the last week. Scattered and wandering around aimless.

I have a number of projects in the works; the benches being constructed from head and foot boards, which I hope to pair with a long table and a couple of ladder back chairs. Next up, two more dressers awaiting priming and painting. Along with those larger projects, I am still working my giant cross stitch.

I’ve been doing some purging in the meantime. I’ve listed a ton of my china collection on eBay. While trying to find a place for my latest collection (cut glass sugar bowls) I’ve realized that I am on the verge of becoming an honest-to-goodness hoarder. Only my hoard is for wonderful stuff (don’t they all say that?).

Over the last ten years I have collected dinnerware that both my grandmothers had, my mother’s china and of course, my own china (you know, the good stuff that never is used). I collected cookie jars, cookie cutters, cake pans (these were more for making The Kid birthday cakes, but once you have them how can you get rid of them?), buttons, beads, Lego mini-figs, PEZ dispensers (the count somewhere near a thousand), apples, old computers (with The Kid’s help), Monopoly tokens, Diet Coke stuff… heck, I could go on and on. Sometimes in this day and age of computers and eBay and Craigslist and other sites, collecting is so easy and what once starts as a harmless little collection soon becomes a huge pile. And then what do you do with it?

I don’t know if I mentioned that I have a dream of moving to Europe for a few years, but that is becoming closer to a reality every day. I look around at all the ‘stuff’ I have and try to figure out what I could do with it, and every once in a while I get sick of seeing all of it and list a bunch on eBay and start selling. Let’s just hope that there is someone out there would thinks my stuff is worth buying. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and I promise to have something good to share soon.

julie

My Little Lego Friends (They Need A Home)

I have always been a Lego freak. Way back when my brothers used to get them for Christmas, I was the one who played with them long after the decorations were put away. And always had them on my desk at work. In my apartments. Love those crazy little mini-figs the most.

When The Kid came along, we invested heavily in Legos. Not stock – as most of you may know, Lego is not a publicly traded company – but rather by buying a zillion dollars with of the bricks. He went through Thomas the Tank Engine phase and the Hot Wheel/Matchbox phase also, but the one standby was Lego.

In fact, for a while when we commuted, I would pick him up from half day kindergarten and he and I would have lunch and I would drop him at daycare and head back to work. He went to school and I worked nearly 60 miles from home. (Ah, life in Silicon Valley. A story for another time.) But we usually ate at a fast food place and I really did not want to have those horrible little toys that come in those meals all over the house. So, he could trade them unopened to me for a puzzle piece and when he had the right amount, he could trade them in for a small, medium or large Lego package.

Once he got interested in computers, he decided he wanted to sell his Legos for cash (we did it on eBay). He had 8 sixty pound boxes that he sold to a collector for a little over $3000. He did keep a bunch of completed pieces that he loved and special pieces that were gifts and a ton of mini-figs.

I, of course, also have my own small collection of mini-figs. Recently I stumbled onto the box while cleaning/organizing and decided that I wanted to do something a little more “grown up” and mount them in a shadow box.

photo 1Here are most of the ones that will go into this first box. I realized as I started laying them out, I had way more than I thought. Or I thought they were smaller. Or that the shadow box was bigger.

photo 3I wanted to include these two vehicles, but they are wider than the shadow box. So I guess I will have to do something different with these and a few others that I have. On the bottom inside, I am putting some mini-figs that are more than just the figures, ones on horses or a bike or whatnot. Not sure if that Ogre is going to fit once the back is on. We’ll see.

photo 5So, with the gap for the figures that will be standing on the inside of the bottom of the frame, I laid a rule and started gluing (used my wonderful E-6000 glue) on the 2×2 bricks that the mini-figs will stand on. And then it was just a matter of continuing up the black foam core board until I had four rows of bricks glued:

photo 4Once this had dried over a 24 hour period, I will simply place the mini-figs on the 2×2 bricks, put a dab of glue on the mini-fig plates at the bottom and assemble. Violå!

I think I have enough to do at least 2, maybe 3 more of these. Now, where to hang them? That is the one thing about being a crafting-type person, there is just never enough wall space to display the work you make!

Come back and see how this finishes up.

julie

Still Keeping Busy at Work! But Getting Some Things Done at Home…

This past weekend was interrupted by a request from The Kid to go ‘abandoned house hunting’. Seems he has been collecting a few military surplus items and really wanted to go camping, but now with the overnight temperatures falling down to the 40’s, I am thinking it is a tad too cold for overnight. As a compromise, we stayed in a 4 star hotel! Now, that’s my kind of camping!

This hunting trip was unusually disappointing… most of the homes we ran across had been abandoned some time ago, some were even a little too scary to go into… the biggest thing I worry about is having the floor give way on us as we explore.  We did stumble onto one house that had their tornado shelter in amazingly good condition, although it seems that it had already been scavenged. It was nice to spend some one on one time with my teenager, though, and he did most of the driving.

Short of that, there wasn’t much time for anything else. I did manage to coerce some small things out of the Kid in order to be able to justify the trip, like this wonderful installation in the garage.

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We found the cable kits at IKEA last weekend and I picked up a couple just because I knew they would come in handy somewhere. And here it was! I am still stomping my feet to get everyone to put tools away after using now that we’ve completed the garage makeover, and I figure this might just make it a little bit easier. If you can just reach over and hang something, that has to be easier, right?

We made the first attempt at placing beadboard into fronts of the cabinet doors for the new cabinet in my sewing/crafting room, but sadly, it just didn’t work well. The beadboard comes in these huge sheets and it was just too thick to a) get good adhesion and b) look nice. Thankfully, it was easy to pull the pieces off and clean up what little glue was left behind.

I found a faux beadboard wallpaper at Home Depot (online) so, now am waiting its arrival for ‘take 2’. This is what the online ad looks like, so I am hopeful.

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This entire wall of cabinets already in the room have beadboard fronts, so I want this new cabinet to match. (BTW, those cabinets store 95% of my fabric stash, most still on the original fabric bolt). I love that I was able to do this when we built this house.

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I have also been slowly working on the two Singer featherweight sewing machines I bought via eBay. I am combining the best of the two into one working on with its beautiful bentwood case restored and varnished and poly’ed. Very close to having those done as well. I doubt that I will sew with it, what with the four other computerized machines I have, but I just love the design and simplicity of the machines and wanted to have one. Who knows, maybe after the apocalypse, it will come in handy!

Two smaller things I was able to get done were more decorations for the sewing room. One is an “accidental” collection of sewing machine feet, some from my mother’s sewing machine, some from my machines and some that came with the the recent featherweights that I recently purchased. Some of them are so intricate that they needed to be displayed. So here they are:

photo 1I love the variety of these and most of them I have no idea what they are used for. I think the one in the upper right corner was used for making/sewing ruffles.

And the next one is something that surprised me, but these are the bobbins for the older featherweight machines. I just loved the idea! So, yes, I had to go find more. 🙂

photoOkay! Yikes, once I got going I couldn’t stop! LOL. That’s enough for today, much to do this week in preparation for this weekend.

julie

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