Monday, April 18, 2016
I spent most of my weekend working on my koi pond. It was so nice outside! I started working on it last year from March to July and managed to get all the guts in and the koi rehomed from my parents house and about a month ago, my loving Lab, Ben ate three huge holes in the liner - non reparable holes.
Oh the mess!
Here is the temporary home for my koi as I replace the liner - a 1,000 gallon kiddy pool in the garage. In a perfect world they will only be in there 24 to 72 hours. Hoping I have no huge issues. I don't have to replace all the guts I removed over the past weekend, just enough to start the some of the filters again. I will pull the liner this Friday or Saturday depending on the weather.
Here is the lab himself - Benito. I foster labs for Chicagoland Lab Rescue and this guy crossed our paths last September. He's from Puerto Rico. Isabelle fell in love with him and we kept him. Unfortunately.... Not only has he eaten my pond liner, but also my $3,000 couch and all my outside cushions. He's lucky Isabelle loves him so much...
So that was the start of my spring home repairs. Also up this year is replanting my entire backyard with grass. It got so messed up with the digging of the pond and I've made this my priority. The mud since the fall has been so bad. I'm going to hire someone to come in and level out the soil so I can replant it with a mix of northern hardy grass, clover and northern super short wild flowers. Hoping to also find some cash to work on all the pavers I want to put around the outside of my pond. But that's $$$. I need to work on my deck also so we'll see what happens.
Friday, April 15, 2016
She said "One foot in front of another, Margie. It's a matter of one small problem to solve, followed by another small problem. It's looking at the over-all picture that leads to paralysis. What the casket taught me is that I could solve one problem-just one. After that, just one more small problem. It's amazing how that starts to add up, and pretty soon, the whole thing is completed. Just one small problem after another. Don't think of the entire thing or it overwhelms you."
Now to take her advice! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Looking forward to real spring - I've go so much to do in my yard this year. The koi pond needs some upgrades and the lawn in the back is a mess. It's a combination of the dogs and the construction of the pond that I never finished last year. I swear it will never been the same.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
NeedleNeeds. Two years ago I bought their Millennium Frame and I love it but it just didn't work with my Needlepoint System 3 stand. So I thought I would give this one a go. I'm hoping that is my last large purchase of things I need to buy to work on my casket efficiently. Of course I just remembered I want to put a Swiss musical movement in my casket. The one I like is $1,000. I'd love to find one at an estate sale. I need to start looking for one. And I need to find it used and much less expensive. :-)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
I did the finishing of the scissor keep and needle book for the Shepherd's Fold series. They are super cute. My finishing skills are a little rusty but all and all I'm happy. :-) I started the needle roll yesterday but not enough done to share yet. Hope to get back to the Berry Bandit this weekend. I'd love to get that one finished. I have so many projects I want to get back to. :-) A nice place to be.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I moved some furniture around in my living room last weekend in a effort to make myself a comfortable place to stitch. Since I moved into my house almost five years ago, I just haven't been able to find a place to sit and stitch that is just right. I think I finally found it. I have a large chair that seems to be working out well and I've been able to set up my frame holder and magnifying light in a workable position in view of the TV. While I don't need the stand and extra lights for cross stitch, I really need it for my crewel work and stumpwork. And I think my lack of a "correct" place has hindered me with my progress on some of my projects. Only time will tell of course, but it's nice to have a stitching corner again with all my tools in arms reach and a light when I need it and where I can glance up at TV now and again.
Thanks for all the kind words and emails about my Clancy. It really warms my heart. The nights are the hardest - the two of us had an evening routine that started when he was a puppy and because it's no longer there, I get sad every night I go to bed. I would call Clancy to bed (not that I had too really) and he would wait for me at the foot of the bed to get into my place. Then he would come up next to my head and make his bed for the night next to my pillow. I would pet him for a little every night. I always found it relaxing. I still call him up at night and tell him I miss him. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to stop. :-(
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Clancy O'Shay, momma's little boy - July 4, 2005 - January 7, 2016
Where do I start? First I can't believe it's been a year since I last blogged. Stitching and dogs took a back seat to the yard. It seemed like I had a good start in the year but lost my ju-ju really early. I started work on a new koi pond for my yard in February. Lot's of planning and the actual building started in March. I didn't even get any koi in until May. And I put it to bed in November with still a ton of work to do and things still left to buy. What a huge money pit. And I don't even have a nice photo to share. :-( How did that happen?
I only have one finish to show - and that was from last week. Shepherd's Bush Goodness and Grace pin cushion. I made a start from that series on the pin keep also.
Isabelle and Benny sharing. :-)
I adopted another lab in September. I started fostering for Chicagoland Lab Rescue back in the summer and the fourth dog I fostered for them was Benny from Puerto Rico. I knew within 30 minutes of his being dropped of, I couldn't let him go. Isabelle loves him also so it's a huge plus.
My 2016 started out very sad. On the 7th of January my beloved pug Clancy died in a tragic accident while I was away on vacation. He will never be replaced and always remembered. It's been so hard without him. I love all my dogs but it was different with Clancy.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Not much stitching of any kind has been going on lately. I've been working from home more often than not and I've been very lazy at night. That all adds up to little or no stitching. Below is my progress on my Shepherd's Bush. I really don't have much left if I would just get to it. :-)
Here is my pretty Isabelle. I've had her four years now (can't believe how time flies) and she is such a beauty. She is always with me just like the pugs. I never knew Labs could be so clingy. :-) But I love it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
So that has been my last several weeks - trying to something going and having nothing but issues. :-( Hopefully that will be a thing of the past soon so I can get back on easy street.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
All finished with plenty of time to spare! I'm super happy with how they turned out. Two boxes have a green base coat and two have a red base. All four have different trims and all the linens are different. I lined all of them with a hand made marbled paper in green. I also went to a glass artist and made a glass ornament to put in each box. :-) I'm confident that my family will love it. I'm sad however, two of my siblings are saying they are done with our tradition. We've done this for over 20 years and it's been a lot of fun. We decided we would take a vote on Wednesday but I'm pretty sure I'll loose but we did agree to circle back in a year and take another vote
I had a question last week regarding the waxing of the paper mache boxes. I follow the steps from a box that Blackbird Designs did in 2006 called Secret Garden (it was a Loose Feathers). I take a paper mache box and paint it with two coats of a base acrylic paint then give it a third (and maybe fourth) coat of the top color. After it's all dry I buff off enough of the top color so the base color shows through. It also gives it a nice smooth finish. The I wax it all with brown shoe wax and buff it until is shines. I use Kiwi Wax. You can see in the photo below, it totally enhances the final look of the box.