Good morning! How have all of you been? What have you been up to? Since my last visit I have spent a little bit of time finishing the second jar on the most recent cross stitch project and I have painted some more. I'll share pictures, although I'm afraid the painting might not look like much of an accomplishment yet. I have a new plan that may change that by the next time I report my weekly craft updates.
There's no since in me fooling myself. This was destined to be a brief craft week. I had only two days earlier in the week to work on this project so there isn't much progress to report. A little bit is better than nothing to report I suppose. The rest of the week is full of things to do around the house. I still have more black to add to the painting before I finish with that color. Hopefully I can finish the black and move on to a new color early next week. The black is more abundant and more scattered than the dark blue was so that's why it is taking longer. Anyway, I did drag out my magnifying clip-ons so that has made it easier to see those tiny numbers on this board.
We managed to place two deterrents at the kitchen door to keep the cat out so I could get more work done instead of more running back and forth to keep her off the counter tops. We placed a motion activated alarm at the doorway to know when she went near the door. That was to be used until we got the 41" high gate to place at the entryway to the kitchen. But we continue to use the alarm even though the gate is up because little smarty can squeeze through the 2 1/2" openings between the rails. She doesn't like the alarm so that remains our main deterrent at the moment. We will put something else up to prevent her from going through the rails now. Progress. All progress.
How are you doing today? It has been a very busy week at our house. We started our son's first week of lessons, trying to keep up with the housework, worked a little overtime, after 6 months of living with us the cat has decided to start jumping onto the kitchen countertops so have to spend time bleaching everything multiple times, baby hummers are finally feeding, and I started a new paint-by-number project. I have some cute ideas written down for new classes. Right now there isn't time to concentrate on the details but eventually things will calm down enough for me to get to those. I wanted to share a little bit of my week with you while I have a free five minutes.
This new painting has lots of little details. I'm going to need a magnifying glass to see many of the small numbers. I worked on it Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I put it away last night and hope to get back to work on it again Sunday or Monday.
Here's what it will look like finished.
The babies are a little timid so I just took these pictures from inside the kitchen window. Sorry about the screen. Maybe we can get some better shots when they get used to coming around and realize they aren't going to get hurt.
Hi everyone! What have you all been up to? It has been so busy here. The final year of home school lessons begin next week. Summer has flown by. There is still so much that hasn't been done. Only one class and one "other" craft project has been completed and so much outdoor work has not even been started. But lots of other stuff has been done so it hasn't been a complete loss. I am almost finished writing my first book! I hope to have it uploaded to Kindle by October or November. Hopefully early fall will bring the cooler, dryer days I need to complete some of these unfinished outdoor activities. Two and one half months isn't as much time as it sounds when you have so much to do in that amount of time. It has been great anyway.
Was anyone else hit by the bad weather yesterday? There was a tornado touchdown about three miles from our house. Video confirmed that one. We're still waiting for confirmation of other possible tornadoes in our region. News stations said our area was hit the hardest after extending their search in about a 100 mile radius I would guess. We even made news on The Weather Channel which is very unusual. Living in the Tennessee valley, we don't see many tornadoes though. However, it was only a little over three years ago when another confirmed tornado touched down about five or six miles from our house.
I thought I should catch up on a few things that have been going on around the house. There is never a dull moment. I hope all of you have had a nice summer.
I was able to finish the PBN of the hummer yesterday. We have only seen a couple at our feeders this year so I decided to paint one for us. Ü It took about a month for me to complete this one. Eventually it will get framed but for now, it will stay on the easel. Frames are outrageous! I'll try to look for one when Hobby Lobby has theirs on sale for half off. I have a different PBN hummer I will work on at some point but I'm now relaxed enough to create some of my own patterns/classes. Housework and other craft projects help me think through my ideas a little better. This time it took me several months to get my thoughts together. Sorry about that. I will announce new classes here in the blog and in our newsletter.