Sunday, December 8, 2019

random Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine is feeling heartwarmed...

Best thing in the previous week - young Heather got me a tiny heater as an early birthday gift: a little half-size oil filled radiator, just right for the wee bathroom here at Acorn Cottage. Turned it on for a half hour, and the temperature in the bathroom went up to 65F - no more shivery showers. And, while I turned it back off after the ablutions, with the door closed, the room stayed noticeably warmer than the rest of that end of the house for several hours.
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I've been making steady progress on the yellow undergown for Laurence, which is mostly completed. I decided that the actual hem could be machine sewn, since it only entailed turning up the serged hemline twice, and the machine stitching simply blended into the gauzy texture of the linen. The escallop trim is being stitched in place by hand, and while I'd normally just turn that over to Thora, it is being a peaceful thing to do while winding down later in the evening
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Finally started making progress on the Pelican ring for Wanda, once I found where I put the relevant components... those darn "safe places"! This one was tucked into a ziploc and attached to the pinboard; one would think that would be obvious and easy to notice. I've decided that the small rectangular clear plastic boxes from the dollar store can live on the Ikea storage rack behind the workbench, as that is ALWAYS the first place I look for roving commission pieces, the little boxes are a good size to hold components, and they fit nicely on the storage rack. Finding "homes" for things is an ongoing but someday-ending task. I am good at putting things away in their home, once there is one. The ring is a remake of a former ring of hers, redoing the ring to a double band and resetting the tiny historical silver Pelican intaglio as a ring gem.
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Somehow, I forgot to post photos of the finished scrappy knit top that coordinates with my scrappy collage cardigan. As part of my goal to use fabric from the resource shelves, the whole project used most of six different scrap knit fabrics (grey floral jersey, grey/cream marled hemp, black/cream marled hemp, black/cream striped rib knit, black jersey, and grey/blue striped knit), and is a great addition to my SWAP 2020.

The cloud collar, grey colors, and floral bodice fabric reference "misty moisty morning"...

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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x 2 walls painted grey-
2 xneckline has dots-
3 xnew lid worm bin -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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today's gratitude - a warmer room for personal ablutions

Sunday, December 1, 2019

grey day - in a good way

in which our plucky heroine is pleased with how very much difference a change of color creates...

much painting was accomplished this weekend, thanks to the help of Heather and Brandon the remaining walls in the kitchen have had fresh coats of paint, and that phase of transformation is complete...

I love grey walls. Have pretty much decided that the larger bedroom will be the same color as the kitchen, since there is rather a lot of the second gallon left. I love how that color feels cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and really sets off artwork and woodwork. To me, it is kind of the "little black dress" of wall colors.


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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x 2 walls painted grey-
2 xx-
3 xx -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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15 x x x

today's gratitude - confidence in my own design sense

Saturday, November 30, 2019

slow and steady

in which our plucky heroine makes use of a simple idea...

I've wanted a leather catch tray for my bench for years, and after converting it to a cutaway version it was finally possible. Then it took months for me to figure out a removeable/replaceable attachement system...

Toggles. First some wirework with scrap brass wire to create a toggle with an eye, then hemp cord tied in a loop. The loop is run through the eye in a larks head knot
Then the whole toggle/loop is run through a punched hole in the leather in a second larks head knot. Five eye screws attached to the underside of the bench, as anchor points... the brass toggles are sized to neatly fit through the eye. It is a tidy and functional fastening system, and uses materials that were on hand.

I realise that this is not anything like rocket science, but a pretty simple concept. Sometimes it just takes a Long Time of Cogitation for a good solution to work up to the surface of my brain, and when trying to do something for which there are no easy internet tutorials, I have learned to be patient with myself and my mind.
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Took a while to get up to speed this morning. Heather and Brandon are here to help out, and my initial idea for gathering up assorted yard detritus and heading out to the transfer station turned, in the face of how cold it is, to instead, completing the painting of the kitchen walls. Which basically took all day, though putting a fan and one of the little oil radiators in the kitchen and closing it off from the rest of the house encouraged the paint to dry.

We cleverly decided that our Friendsgiving meal would be better cooked and served before we tore the kitchen apart to paint two more walls, and it was a wonderful feast! Heather brought a package of BIG scallops from the good fish market in Olympia, which I cooked on the stovetop in a vaguely "scampi" style -  browned butter in a pan, and seared on one side, then turned and cooked just long enough on the other while I made up a butter/garlic/sherry sauce. Side dishes of a big green salad, some steamed sweet potato, and oven roasted brussel sprouts with olive oil and baslamic vinegar, followed, later on, with narrow wedges of my homemade pecan pie.
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 three sketches necklace pegsyard waste bin
2 2 more sketchescardigan sleevespaper recycling
3 scrappy collage cardiganharvest 15# persimmons lots of leaves
4 scrappy collage knit top
patched overall pinafore apple watersprouts
5 floral scarf Tullia mitts yard waste bin
6 rain capelet side yard drainpipe
paper recycling
7 Awesome sauce Drusa mitts
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8 quince jelly hooks for plunger x
9 quince sauce
leather catch tray x
10 persimmon ketchup x x
11 x x x
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14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - being able to complete projects, with the help of friends. Having skills and knowledge to make incremental progress that will make further activity more pleasant.