Friday, April 24, 2009

No Stitching this week...

Instead of stitching, I decided since the kids were away in Florida with Grandma & Grandpa for the week I should do a project that would be easier to do minus two kids running in and out.

I decided that project should be refinishing our dining room floor. The people who had owned the house before us had slapped down a quick coat of polyurethane to make it look good for selling the house but since it has been peeling and was awful.

The kids left on Tuesday, had a play day with my friend Dee where we went to a restaurant in Rhode Island that we've been trying to get to together for over a year. On Wednesday I started with the massive project I've dubbed THE FLOOR... Wednesday was spent emptying the hutch and packing up the stuff in the room. Whoever knew how much stuff we had in this small room (definitely time to purge after the floor is finished). On Thursday, Dee came over to help me move the table, hutch, etc out of the room. From there I hung plastic sheeting over the doorways (hoping to keep down some of the dust) and headed to the local hardware store that rents different tools. I got myself a floor sander for four hours and sanded as close to the walls as possible within that time.

Now on Friday I'm on my hands and knees with a palm sander and a belt sander getting even closer to the walls.

Now this picture may scare some, so be forewarned...Haha...

This is what I'm looking like after about 4 1/2 hours of sanding and I'm still not done with all the edges...hoping to finish today and put the first coat of polyurethane on tomorrow but we'll see what happens. No matter what happens have to have this project done by Tuesday morning seeing as the kids will be home Tuesday night and Dee has offered to come over on Tuesday to help move the furniture back in the room.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blast from the past

Just a quick note for today...

I just received this picture from my friend Dee. I did this piece for her many years ago. I've still got the chart for it and I'm very tempted to do it for myself some year!!

The kids got off to Florida with the grandparents after a delay because of fog. My floor project was delayed because I took a Play Day with above mentioned friend Dee and we had a GREAT time playing hookey!! Dee, we need to do that again, maybe you'll get the $696 one next time!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stitching Update, partial finish and the airport

I was getting "bored" working on the Rosebud wreath the other day (well not bored but intrigued by another design) so I started a new thing...

It is the latest SAL at Stitch Creations is a cutie and I thought "what the heck it looks like a quick stitch"...and boy is it...I've only got the first three parts (I'm assuming it will be 5 or 6 parts) and I've got the first three parts complete in two days.

This isn't the best picture (maybe I'll try to get a better one later in the day). I've used DMC 69 for the floss and I'm doing it on 18ct Aida by MCG Textiles that was in my stash. The color of the fabbie is an ecru.

Seeing as this seems to be such a quick stitch I was contemplating doing two more of them and making them into keychains for my ds' teachers for the end of the year.

Now I did get more work done on the rosebud wreath also. I've completed the right side (except for the backstitching) and now working from the bottom of the heart upwards on the left side...This is another kit that is definitely a quick stitch.

Later this morning I'm assuming I'm taking my kids and my inlaws to the airport. They are heading to Florida for Spring Break. Grandma and Grandpa are taking the kids as their Christmas gift and mom & dad were invited to come but were informed we had to pay our own way. We told them to have fun and we'd see them all when they get back.

No dh and I don't have any fabulous plans for while they are gone. In fact, originally I had been planning to clean out and paint ds' bedroom (it still has the pink flowers around the doors and windows that were there when we moved in 10 years ago!!) but now it looks like I may rent a floor sander and tackle the dining room/hallway floors that are in DESPERATE need of attention. Got thinking about it and realized it would be easier to do the floors when the kids weren't around and dh was at work and I only had the dog and cat to contend with during the day.

Off to make sure I've got everything packed for the kiddos and get dh ready for work. Then it's off to my parents' house to let their dogs out (they are away for spring break with my brother's family so I'm babysitting too!!).

Have a fabulous day. I'm going to try!!