Thursday, April 29, 2010


OMG. So I just checked my archives for reference and it appears I first started working on our bedroom in May 2009! And we're just now finishing it! To be fair, we took a 10 month hiatus so it's not like we were working on it this enitre time. Seriously, paint, caulking, wood filler, spackling, more paint to cover paint and metal transfer to the ceiling caused by a certain persons caulking gun and floor finish takes a lot longer than I expected!

We were grateful when a friend helped us put up the molding, but then we were confronted with huge gaps between it and the ceiling and obnoxious gaps between the molding and the existing quarter round framing the closet. And then there were the excessive nails we had to use to put up the molding and the not so straight joins. (The house is so old that nothing is straight, so the molding went up as straight as we could get it.)

To be frank, we were overwhelmed and disgusted with the work we had before us so we gave up. I know, I know. It was sheer laziness, I admit it! But a few weeks ago, my grandma asked if she could come stay with us for a week after her knee surgery and the thought of her sleeping in a room that is filled with paint cans, tools, ladders and boxes of yarn (yes) just didn't sound right. We knew it was time to get back to work.


After almost two weeks of work (you'd be surprised how much time it takes when you're standing on a ladder and working on something above your head with various tools, spackling and caulking), we just finished putting on the third and last coat of oil based Varathane on the floor. It looks glossy because it's wet but it's really satin based.

We set up a small heater to keep the room around 75 degree's and are waiting for the floor to dry. Since it's humid out (from rain and hail), I'm guessing it will be slightly tacky but we'll be able to walk on it in 24 hours. We should be able to move our furniture into the room in about four days, but since we're paranoid, we're going to give it a week. Yay! I'm so excited!

I'll have yet to show you my favorite part of the room. I sculpted two .5 - 1 inch gaps between the molding and the closet. There literally was a gap where the molding ended and the quarter round began. With some spackling, I built up and sculpted what looks like molding. I was pretty annoyed at the ugly gap our friend insisted would be OK (I was surprised because he is just as neurotic as I am). But now I won't have to look at it! I'll get photos of my handy work when I can get back in the room. Finally, my art degree came in handy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Signs of spring

I love spring. New plants and flowers are popping up everywhere. I even saw a bumble bee flying around some clover. Hummingbirds are starting to buzz past us and bugs are appearing. It's great seeing everything come back to life after winter.

First Bluebells of the season

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dory's first booties*

My cousin's baby shower is tomorrow. Though someone told me about it a few weeks ago, I totally forgot until today. I knit up one bootie tonight and hope to have another, plus a hat and maybe a sweater to match before the baby is born by the end of the month.

Also, my cousin has decided to name the baby Udora. That's my grandma's name. I'll be calling her Dory.

Saartje's Bootee's

*Updated to include new photo of both booties

Thursday, April 08, 2010

RIP Old Girl

Mom's alpaca died last week. We don't know why, our assumption is old age. Because the weather was so bad, Mom couldn't investigate much and she was buried there in the field.


I never did get to pet her. She was never very trusting and always had that, "step any closer and I will spit on you" expression. Even Apollo was afraid of her. She was a quirky little animal and she will be missed.

Alpaca and Apollo

Thursday, April 01, 2010

April fools & Yes, we find ourselves highly amusing (someone has to)

faythe: omg did you read the yarn harlot's post?

rayleen: noi

faythe: it's not her post so much, it's the link about yarn made from special duck feathers

rayleen: really!

faythe: $193 for 25 yeards

rayleen: !!!

faythe: in laceweight
the feathers are smaller than cashmere and super soft

rayleen: that's more expensive than quivit
or however you spell it

faythe: OMG
It takes a skilled fiber-plucker between six and seven hours to remove all the fibers from one feather;
and it takes approximately 212 feathers (or 1,484 hours) to obtain enough fibers to create one skein of Quackmere Classic.

rayleen: damn.
that's pretty amazing
i'd like to feel it

faythe: yeah me too

rayleen: what could you make with 25 yards??
i guess, maybe a trim?

faythe: yeah, I guess. oh, maybe some baby socks?
but why waste that on a baby??
they plan to make blends

rayleen: i don't know

faythe: OMG you can get a free sample


faythe: .

rayleen: that's hilarious!!!!!



faythe: * SULKS *

rayleen: snickering
a lot
wait till i tell aimee


rayleen: hehehehe

faythe: .

rayleen: are you going to leave a comment?

faythe: no.
I am going to try and pretend that it never happened

rayleen: when did she write it?
i don't see it on her blog.

faythe: yo uhave to click on the link
she didn't write it her friend did

rayleen: oh, Clara?
oh, check my facebook update when you have a chance.

faythe: the swimming?

rayleen: i updated it.


faythe: checking


faythe: I commented
I just hope ryan doesn't see that because I'll never hear the end of it.