Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
First there was the oven removal.
Then the microwave removal.
Cutting the new space to size. I really should have removed those platters and bowls before DH started cutting!! Hello-o-o-o!! Sawdust!!
DH is doing all this work with me just handing him tools, shop vac, etc. I’m in the supporting role during this part of it. But when he doesn't need me so much, I've been preparing for the changes in the cabinets. I remove everything from the kitchen cabinets. EVERYTHING.
And I numbered the doors just in case we have to remove them.
We moved the dining table next to the wall, stored the chairs out of the way, I loaded the table with dishes. I couldn’t help but notice some things about which I had forgotten.
Well, it’s after 2PM and … having worked straight thru lunch … we’ve almost finished with the oven part of the day. I’m still hopeful we won’t be up at midnight finishing the second part of our day.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Well … I’ve been volunteering as a secretary at church. I’ve had to brush up on a program I used about 17 years ago (Gee, I wonder if there’ve been any changes?? HA!) and learning a totally new “presenter” program. I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve certainly been having fun with the graphics for the bulletins. I’m especially proud of this one I made for Christ the King Sunday. I prepared it in Photoshop and used some tools I’d never used before. I took two different photos, modified them and then combined them. Not easy when you’ve never done it before and you’re using the Help index to figure it out. BUT! I mastered a new skill and that’s a really good thing, cause now I OWN that skill. Woohoo!
And I cut the strips into smaller sizes for my fat quarters and large-ish remnants.
Then, of course we celebrated Thanksgiving with 4 of our kids. It’s been years since they’ve all been here, so I was especially THANKFUL.
This was our morning-after breakfast… poached eggs over turkey on English muffins with reheated hollandaise, a little cranberry sauce, and (of course) cranberry juice. Tasty!
On Saturday after Thanksgiving, DH and I went to Home Depot to get a gallon of paint and some nails and we walked out the proud owners of … TA-DAH!
A new LG double oven (convection).
And a new LG refrigerator.
LATER THAT SAME SATURDAY, DH ordered an LG dishwasher.
Pretty, isn't it? And it has a steam feature.
And the controls are on the skinny topside of the door. HA!
Yippee!! Yahoo!!! Whoop, whoop, whoop!!!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
You cover a gardening book.
Recently I received a beautiful gift bag full of wonderful gifts. I REALLY love this bag and wanted to keep it – more than just keep it, I wanted to make it a part of daily life. So I decided to upcycle it, using the design as a pretty cover on a plain composition notebook --- a full size notebook, not the teensy books I use as freebies.
DH and I are in the middle of landscaping projects and I wanted a gardening book for recording info – name of the plant, when and where we planted as well as pictures. Basically it’s a record of our gardening efforts. This wonderful gift bag was perfect for the cover.
Here’s the front.
Here’s the back.
I chose the placement of the design, cut it out a little larger than I needed, glued it to the front and back and trimmed to fit. I left the original black binding on the spine and I think it looks great.
I’m loving my new gardening book. Thanks Kirsten & Erika. Getting this bag was like getting an extra gift!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
A while back I bought the smallest crochet hook I’ve ever seen and I set it aside to try out during some downtime. We-e-e-ll, over the weekend I must have wrenched my back just a leeettle bit (DOH!) because it was making itself known this morning. So I decided this was the perfect time to give my new crochet hook a try. I pulled out the hook, a spool of cotton thread and a pattern I've been saving.
The hardest part of crocheting with a hook this small is to get the pattern started. “Chain 10 stitches and join with a slip stitch.”
After I got started, it wasn’t as difficult to hold onto. By the time I was nearing the end of row 4, I was thinking, “Okay! This is going pretty well! I'll just finish this row and then get another cup of coffee.”
About that time the phone rang and I jumped up to get it, holding the teeny crochet project in my hand. But I got my foot caught on the hanging thread and as I moved to the phone I could feel something going BDDDDTT. I looked down and realized what I had done.
DURN!! Now I’m back at the beginning of row 4!
In spite of the hiccup in production, I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going.
And look how small the hook is! You can hardly see the little bump-out that comprises the hook.
Gotta get back to it. I think this is may take awhile.