Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Summer Queen after!

Here she is after 48 hours of work. I finally got started on the blue of her dress. I have now moved on to 10 hours on spring as part of my Royal Rotation.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A lovely view.

This past weekend we went camping with our friends Andie and her hubby G. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time. Our kids all played well together, even though almost all of them were accidentally in Cultus Lake at some point. We were at the Delta Grove campground in site #15, which is right on the lake. I stood next to our fire pit and faced northeast to take this photo. Just behind those logs there is about an 8 foot drop to a thin strip of rocky "beach". There are loads of tree roots and rocks for climbing though so it's fairly easy to get up and down.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Summer Queen before....

This is Summer Queen from a while ago at about 35 hours. I have had to pick out some of her beads since then ( a dye-lot issue ) and have continued to work on her bodice. I am currently doing a 10-hour stint that will see her at 48 hours as my goal. I may be inspired and go to 50 hours. Either way, there will be an updated photos within a week or 2.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Princess and the Pea

Check out out my high bed! I am 5 ft. 3 inches and there's about 18 inches between my feet and the floor in this photo. T's feet don't quite touch either though and he's 6 ft. 2. I almost need a stool. To get on the bed I actually have to swing my leg up a little bit.
Now we have to figure out paint colour, remove the nasty curtain and wall-paper border, buy a couple of lamps for each night stand, etc.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

K and T, 15th of April, 1995.

Yep, that's right. DH and I tied the knot 13 years ago. So what have I done so far?

-got our new king size mattress delivered.
-had my FIL, his sis and BIL over for coffee.
-cleaned up above my counter tops before we start putting the kitchen back together.
-stitched a bit on Summer Queen

Next I will get the kids from school. Later Weezie is on the ice tonight at 4:45 for skating. Opa is going to come and pick up the kids from the rink, and DH and I are going out for Indian. Yummy!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Painting the kitchen

T showed Weezie how to use a roller and the edger today. Previously she has helped with a brush and done pretty well. She was getting into it and singing away with The Eagles.
The paint is a Dulux colour called Mocha Accent. It will warm up the room I think. Our kitchen is fairly large and has lots of windows. The cupboards are white and the floor is very light tile. I think this darker colour will be cozier as well.
The moulding at the bottom will remain white ( my job with the varathane ) and T will paint the chair rail black. The crown moulding at the tops of the cupboards and the kick-plates at the bottom will be black as well. He is also going to repaint the kitchen table. I will post another photo when more gets done.
My job this morning was getting coat number 3 of primer on the doors and moulding near the kids' rooms and the linen closet at the end of the hall.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A new Autumn Queen photo.

This is 140 hours of work so far. You can scroll down to the previous photo at 120 hours to see what I have been working on lately. I don't take a picture every time I work on her, only when a reasonably significant change is visible.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Glasses, health, sports, house stuff.

Yesterday we were at the eye doctor for my daughter. She has been complaining of headaches at school when they are doing work at their desks. Turns out she is far-sighted and will be getting glasses for close work, reading, etc. She picked out some rather funky frames and is quite excited about getting the glasses next week.

I have found out that I have pre-diabetes. My glucose tolerance isn't too great. I am waiting on a call from the hospital because I have to go see the dietician. In the meantime I am being careful about what I eat, laying off the booze ( darn! ) and trying to get my butt in gear a bit more. The poor dog has been walked half to death lately!

Other than those 2 realitively minor new occurances, we are all doing great. The kids are back into skating/pre-hockey for 2 months. Weezie used her own $$ to buy a used skating dress for $10. The club always recycles stuff, which is great.

Hubby bought some Rustoleum door paint or something. He needs to fix up a piece of weather-stripping around the front door. Then I need a reasonably warm day so that I can paint around the door and the new window he put in. He is all hot to get the kitchen painted soon and finish the grout. He also bought black enamel to repaint the base of the kitchen table. I feel reno/decor photo updates are coming soon!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Royal Rotation

This is Autumn Queen at 120 hours back in the fall. Since then I have finished up the blank area of her cloak near her left elbow, and I did a bunch more of the gold/chocolate/olive overskirt near what is there already on the right side of the design.

My rotation this time will be AQ and her 3 sisters. I will do 10 hours of time on each of them. At the moment I am working on the large area of pink and mauve of her underskirt. There is also some white Wisper thread on the far left of the design near the yellow. There will be a whole bunch of it extending down the side of the design, so I am starting to work on it now. Wisper is poly/mohair and tricky to work with.


AQ must be at 140 hours.
WQ must be at 63 hours.
Summer must be at 48 hours.
Spring must be at 21 hours.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Angel of the Sea is done!

I started this design in early December 2002. I knew that I wanted to be a baby announcement for my sister and I thought I was being clever by starting it before she was even pregnant. However she found out in Jan. 03 that she was, and my nephew was born in Sept. 03. Then my neice was born in June 06 and I still wasn't done. Those of you who know me know that I never have just one project on the go at any one time, that would be boring! At least I can get it framed for her in Oct. when my local really good framing store has a 25% offf sale. That will be just after my nephew starts kindergarten. Oh well!
For those of you that like stats, she is stitched on 32 count Wedgewood lugana, which is very close to colour of DMC 3747, so I used that to bead with. I don't time my stitching really accurately with a stop-watch or anything, but my working time on her was approximately 247 hours. I could be off by as much as 5 hours either way.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Dancing with the Stars

This is the only reality show I watch. Hubby and I got really into it last season when Helio Castroneves won, but we didn't start watching until halfway through. I am right into it now from the first show 2 weeks ago. Hubby is only casually interested this time, but he watches a little bit.

When we were first married ( almost 13 years ago ) the T and I took ballroom lessons. It was a hoot and we had a lot of fun, but we kind of sucked. He is 6ft. 2 and I am 5 ft. 3, so we looked like Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson, except I can't dance! I've always been interested in it though and I used to watch competitions on TV years ago when they were only on PBS. Now it seems there are competitions on all the time. My son and I watched a kids' competition from England on Showcase ( or maybe it was Bravo? ) a few weeks ago. He is 7 and the children looked around the age of Kaiser and his 9 year old sister. He thought it was cool!

So some thought and observations of the show:

-Len is usually the most accurate in his assessments, if not the nicest.
-Tonight either Adam or Marissa will go I think.
-Last night I voted for Shannon and Priscilla. Shannon's jive was well done and quick. She has to watch her arms and legs on fast dances though because sometimes she looks like a chicken.
Priscilla and Louis killed that tango. I never just vote for my favourite couple because I don't have one. You gotta earn my vote!

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