Why Are The Weekends Always Too Short?

This weekend was really about simply making progress on about a half dozen big projects. I am never amazed at the never-ending supply of great ideas and the things that inspire them.

I did this project not too long ago and just never got around to posting about it. Simple enough, just a shadow box and an old game controller. Hard to take photos of it though! 🙂

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This next project was sparked by a lively conversation with a wonderful co-worker. She has the words “Inside Voice” written on the white board in her office and we got to talking about it. Trust me to say that she is not the only person who needs to be reminded that cubicles are not the same as walled offices and voices travel. Mine included!DSCN4715

So, I searched the internet and found a couple of compositions that might work well for a cross stitch pillow she can lean against the bottom of her monitor to remind her. I can’t quite decide which one I am going with, just yet. I know the colors and have a scrap pieces of fabric I used in making a suitcase dresser and I still have to get enough thread so that I don’t run out. Either one I use will require a ton for the background, so I am going to lay in a good supply.

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Lastly, I also had this little chair that I remade for my sewing room. Simple again in design… just painted the frame of an old chair given to me and recover the seat. The green looks more ‘limey’ than it really is, the lighting in the room made it look like this!

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Okay, back to work tomorrow! I have three days of training in anticipation of me taking over the training, so I really have to be paying attention! No way can I afford to doze off in these classes!

julie

As Long As The Bones Are Good

This is gonna be a quick reveal. I have spent tons of time looking for a ‘before’ photo and I just can’t find one. I’ve got loads of photographs on several computers, my phone, The Kid’s phone and a camera; someday I am going to have to get serious about how I manage all those photos. And get into a regular routine on when and how to take photos.

Anyway, back to today’s reveal. It was a cute little piece, had to be the 70’s timeframe judging from the styling and the use of a slab of granite. LOL  All we really did was to clean it up, fix and build up the drawer supports, then prime and paint. Gets to be a regular routine. This time I went with the high gloss ultra pure white. The Kid put in a small lip around the original opening where the granite went, and I cut and then covered with felt a thin piece of veneer. It was then attached from beneath. This piece was fitted with my favorite hardware: simple and clean white ceramic knobs.

One more step to this one, was to cut a 3/8″ clear plastic piece to go where the granite had once sat. This gives the new owner a place to show off some small special pieces… there is about an inch or so there. I drilled a small finger hole in the upper right hand corner to allow one to easily pull off the top, but no so apparent that small hands would get in and play with something that wasn’t meant to be played with.

Enough gabbing… here are the results:

2015-03-24 16.10.33My light wasn’t the best, storms were moving in about the time I pulled the camera out.

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Here was a test of the depth… it easily held a hotwheel car (this was part of my Monopoly collection). It wasn’t deep enough for a PEZ dispenser though.

2015-03-24 16.10.45Another angle. That plastic is really nice. As nice as glass, but far more durable.

2015-03-24 16.09.44One final shot. If you can imagine this in the 70’s signature dark brown with a piece of brown granite on top, there’s your ‘before’ shot. I very much like the ‘after’ shot myself.

More coming. This is feeling very refreshing, my personal quest to finish projects already started before beginning anything new. Now to just get them all sold so I have money for more projects! Ha!

julie

A Day of Completions

So, I have tried to take the path of getting stuff done before I start anything more. I really don’t have it in me to not start stuff…but I am getting stuff done. Ha!

First, the Lego Mini-Figure shadowbox is done. Here are the little fellows sitting safely on their 2×2 blocks on the black foam core. You will note the large blank space at the bottom, this is for the pieces that will sit on the inside bottom shelf.photo 2

And here is the foam core sitting snugly inside the shadowbox frame. The glass is throwing some reflection, but you can see the pieces sitting on the bottom ledge.photo 1I have some more mini-figures that I want to add to another shadowbox, as well as a truck (Indiana Jones series) and a camper trucker as well as some small Star Wars pieces. Then I have to find wall space in the house.

The other thing that I worked on today was the preparing the remaining quilt tops for getting sent to get quilted. As you may recall, I had 51 tops (paired with their backings) that were awaiting quilting and binding, but as it would go, my quilter is hanging up her quilt hoops. So I am trying out someone new and sort of local, so I shipped her two of my quilts and see how she does. In the meantime, I am getting more ready for her. LOL

So, I did manage to get five more ready and I have four more. I don’t often piece backs, but since I have time and the fabric, I wanted to try some ideas that I had. I should be able to finish up the other four tomorrow. Then there are about four or five denim quilts that need backs and then I have at least four or five quilts that need to be finished. Of course, after that, I think that there are three, four or maybe five hundred quilts I want to make!

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. ViolĂ„!

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

Started A Hundred Things… But Getting Nothing Completed!

Ever have one of those days or weeks or maybe even months? Ever since I’ve been back from vacation, it seems that I have been having the hardest time keeping on track to completing projects.

Lots of things started… between the new furniture pieces and my quilting, it would seem that I have a hundred irons in the fire. But there seems to be so many things preventing me from getting the projects completed.

So, first up is the blonde bedroom set we picked up about a hundred years ago (it sure seems like it!!). We had a chest of drawers, a dresser with a mirror and a head- and foot-board. All was in pretty good shape with the exception of a missing drawer and another drawer broken (but it at least had the drawer front). In trying to determine if we could recreate the missing drawer (we had taken the head and foot boards for just that purpose), we determined that it would be too much work. So, we’re going to cut the dresser in half, going from a six drawer to a three drawer unit.

2015-03-02 17.37.32While The Kid works on that, I have taken the other drawers and chests and head- and foot-boards and given everything a nice sanding and patched holes and gouges. It is really a very nice set, well built. I remember my parent’s having a similar set, I would place it sometime in the 50’s, when blonde furniture was all the rage.

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Here’s the headboard… I think this is going to be finished in pinks, they seem to sell well. I think the wood corner pieces will be one color and the remainder of the drawer a lighter color.2015-03-02 17.38.20In addition to this piece of furniture, we have a three drawer dresser with a different feature. Originally, there was a large slab of granite on top, which had broke. We’ve fit the top with a bottom and then it will have a clear plastic top, in essence creating a narrow shadow box. I think it will also be the pale pink, and for photos I am going to use doll clothes or something to show off the use of it. I think that this will sell quite quickly.

One more piece that we’re working on is a media cabinet that will become just a three drawer dresser. I really like this one, mostly because it was made using mostly wood and not a lot of that junk fiberboard. We’re going to cut at the top of the inside drawer and once again, sand, detail and paint it. This might be a more neutral color, perhaps white.2015-03-02 17.37.57Oh, what else? I feel like I’ve been so lax in writing lately, and that there is so much to get caught up. Let me show you a couple of pics of the garage:

2015-03-06 18.44.29 2015-03-06 18.44.19Oh yes, I won two sets of headboards and footboards from an online auction place, we’re going to use them to make those cute little bench seats. The last one I did sold very quickly and had a lot of interest and was so easy to put together. You can see them in the photo above to the very left.

At least the weather has been very nice the last few days. Which was great timing since we just ran out of kerosene for our garage heater!

In the house, I have a couple more projects in the works. Of course, you all know about the cross stitch. I suppose you are all just sick of hearing about that! I warned you!

But I also started digging through the junk in my home office recently. You all know that at times I will get frustrated with a mess and will stop working just to get things organized. Well, my home office had finally reached mission critical!

I have two boxes of the stuff that I take to my “real” jobs… the kind of things that make computer work just that much nicer. For instance, I have a custom keyboard and mouse, photos of The Kid, my own pens and markers and calligraphy pens. When I finish a job, I just throw the stuff into a box and wait for the next job. But they’ve started to drive me crazy, as once there is one or two boxes, they seem to just invite more clutter.

One of the things I had under all that clutter were my Lego Mini-Figs. If you are not a Lego fan, just do a Google search on the words “Lego Mini-Figs” and you will see what I mean. Along with PEZ dispensers, it is one of those things that The Kid and I collect together. He plays with his, mine are meant to be showcased.

So, now that I had a decent amount, I started to work on putting them into a shadow box. I ordered black 2×2 blocks for the mini-figs to “stand” on and once they arrived, I started working on the layout. Ever notice that when you’re anxiously awaiting the delivery of something it seems to take so much longer than it should?!

2015-03-06 18.44.57I’ll give you an update when I get closer to being done.

Another collection: cut glass crystal. I found that I had some pieces without lids and some lids without bottoms. So, now I’ve begun this whole other search to find mates for these pieces. Yeah, like I don’t have enough to do already. <<Sigh>>

2015-03-06 18.44.48I did manage to find the right pieces, though, for another small cake/cupcake tray. That ostensibly was the reason for looking for doomed lids, in order to create these small cake/cupcake plates. But I don’t really need a reason. Now do I?2015-03-06 18.45.07And of course, the faux stained glass jars. I’ve done quite a few of these, and because we tend to find these bottles when we’re out abandoned house hunting, it is fun to turn them into night lights or ambient lighting. I thought I would do one in shades of pink. Offer it up when someone buys the furniture pieces we’re doing in the ombrĂ© style using pink. I like it even more with the micro-glitter with the faux stained glass.

Another development on the quilting front. I am a pretty prolific quilter but recently the woman who does the longarm quilting for me, my friend Gloria, opted to retire from providing this service to me. I’ve been doing some searching and also some investigative work into whether I might just invest in a longarm machine and do the quilting myself. I pulled together all the incomplete quilt tops that I could find and I have just over 50 tops (with their matching backs) ready to be quilted. This doesn’t include 6 denim quilts that are a special challenge. And today, I uncovered a bunch (maybe as many as 20) of tops that don’t have their backs prepared yet. And I know that I have blocks cut for probably another dozen or so.

Okay, so, I think I found a young lady kind of local who I am going to take for a test drive. I’ve sent her two fairly large quilt tops and backs and given her carte blanche to do what she wants with them. If it works out – and she does seem to have the most infectious energy! – then I am going to drive down and meet her, delivering to her another 50! (Hi Becky!!) I have such good feelings about this.

Whew! After almost nothing from me for weeks, I think I might have gone a little overboard! Ha! Feast or famine! I will try to do better about providing more consistent updates.

Oh, one more thing and then I will be done. Promise. One of the cut glass crystal pieces that I found and bought was for trifles or layered meat dishes. I had always thought they were called “truffles” but I am wrong. I have a recipe for a potato and roast beef thing, but of course, I started with a trifle. Oreo Cookie Trifle.

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This has Oreo cookies, vanilla cream, crushed Oreo cookies, whipped cream, mini Oreo cookies and an Oreo cookie crust bottom. This should probably be called “Death By Oreo Cookies” or something. My blood sugar is rising just thinking about cutting into it!!2015-03-06 18.26.05Thanks for dropping by!

julie

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