A View of My Quilt Life

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Down Days Comfort

After my round of treatment, I experience a few Down Days, which puts me on the couch resting - no getting around it. 

It's hard for me, because I feel like I need to be doing something and my body just can't get it together.  It's not something I can push through and my doctor was warned me this is not a competition and I am suppose to rest when I need to.

However, I had some recent company on the couch, cheering me up.  

And the DH bought me some flowers to brighten up my Down Days.
Three of a dozen beautiful orange roses!
They will pass and I'll be back at it soon enough.  The sooner I get the studio back together, the sooner I can fabric again.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Balancing the Beams

Notice I didn't saw 'balancing on the beams'?  That's because these are ceiling beams, not underfoot. Still it's taken a bit a balancing to get them to this point.

With all the furniture and stuff just shoved around the room so I could tackle each section, I had to continually rearrange the shove bits as I progressed. No, not ideal, just tricky!

The balancing come into play when I was working toward the center of the room. One hand to put the stain on, the other hand holding the small can of stain and the third hand to keep a hold of something. WAIT!  I don't have a third hand!  I relied on bracing my knees against the step ladder top rail. Little scary at times. 

I also decided that in order to minimize the about of shoving furniture around, I would simultaneously paint the ceiling parts.  The coats of polyurethane required the moving of the ladder multiple times but not the furniture as I worked the sections. 

Sunday, the side effects of my medicine started to kick in but I thought I could push through a bit and maybe finish the staining of the beams at the least. NOT!!  Feeling weak and a little shaky does NOT mix well with climbing a ladder and finding my balance in mid air.  I'm fine - no accidents. just used some common sense and called it quits, AFTER I got a little more done. The beams closest to the sliding doors show my progress when compared to the picture above.

The room isn't crooked, I was apparently off balance!
Quitting while ahead was a good plan, especially since I was home alone, except for the pets. DH would have killed me if I would have fell and hurt myself - HA! 

The beams will still be there when the side effects lessen again!

Monday, August 31, 2015

A New, Vintage Singer Project

I made my first ever Craigslist purchase over the weekend.  Just two towns over, a nice young gentleman had these listed for sale

along with this.

Can you say SCORE?!  Oh, wait, I should explain.  I recently saw this on the Quiltville Open Studio Facebook page and showed it to the DH. 

The very same DH who has just started his woodworking workshop in our garage.  He told me that if I could find the irons, he would make me this bookcase.

I totally scored!  I got the four drawers (fair condition) and the irons (a little surface rust - no big deal) for $40, less than 15 minutes from home!  

Just need to decide on which wood I want for the shelves - maple? cherry?  And then what color do I want to repaint the irons - black? hammered bronze? antique pewter?  These are the kind of decisions I like to have to make.  

Then there are the drawers - I may have a perfect plan for them, just need to take some measurements.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hate it When DH is Right

Well, usually only when he's right and it means more work for me!

It pains me to say it of course but... 

The DH was right about painting the ceiling in the studio!

New ceiling color closest to the wall - nice, clean, bright, flat white
I mean really, why wouldn't I paint the ceiling when I am painting walls, whitewashing and polyurethaning wood siding and faux beams?  To be completely honest, it means many more trips up and down the ladder. UGH!!  See the wood walls are done. And I'm on to the beams.  The require a 3 step process. White wash stain on the beams, wait, wipe excess stain off. Wait at least one hour.  Apply first coat of polyurethane.  Wait at least two hours. Apply second coat of poly. The beams span the width of the room and each step requires at least four trips up and down the ladder for each beam. There are 9 beams.

To paint the ceiling, I have to use the ladder; I can't use the extension pole because of the beams.  I have to carefully cut in the edges next to the beams and use a small roller for better control. Which translates to four more ladder trips, per section of ceiling, across the width of the room.  And yes, I have to do it in sections at this point, just feathering out the roller strokes as much as possible.

BUT dang it, if it isn't worth it!  Not only will the new paint look good, it will reflect more light AND I'm getting a workout. 

Of course, it would go faster if I hadn't just shoved most everything to the middle of the room but there is really no where to move all of this stuff out of the studio.  However, I am almost, almost ready to shift something back to the edges of part of the room.  And the DH said now that his recent larger wood project is done, we can put the bar out in the garage and not yet bring in the drawer unit. 

Sewing bar circa Dec 2013 - it has more things on it now.
This will definitely give me some breathing room to get the redo done. Much like quilting - Ever Forward!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Raising the Ceiling

Wallpaper border removal commenced in all seriousness.  DH was worried it would be hard to get the border off the wall.  He has never removed wallpaper before, only seeing nightmare removals on DIY shows.  I have a secret weapon that has yet to fail me - hot water with a bit of dish soap. 

I peel up a corner of the top layer off, pulling it as far as it will go. Then I use a sponge and soak  the under layer edges in the water.   The soap dissolved the glue and I use a plastic scrapper to get another strip to lift up and then pull off as much as I can. Repeat over and over. This border was easy to get off.  

What amazed me is how much taller the room looked once the border was off.  It was a wide border.  

Couple that with the wide top trim board and you have a visually low ceiling. Add in the dark wood and the ceiling beams and the studio was a low ceiling, light absorbing, dark-ish tunnel.   

The DH offered to try removing the beams entirely but I declined at this point. So don't want to create another project that could be a huge kettle of fish!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Studio Colors!

Progress has been made on the studio redo.  The upper part of the long wall has been whitewashed and 2 coats polyurethane.

The color chips were narrowed down from this

to this, with the addition of one new  color card.  

At this point I eliminated the top two cards and then called in DH for the final decision - just to confirm my selection.  Of course, I picked the green from the last card I added.  Then we needed to find a cream color...

We quickly narrowed it down, as it had to work with the wall green (Glidden's Soft Venetian Glass) and the whitewashed wood.  The cream (Behr's Nice Cream) will go on the shelf and on the wood light surrounds.

The next step is to get the 9 beams whitewashed and polyurethaned.  There was more work done on the room that I'll show you tomorrow.  One step closer to getting my studio back.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Facing Fabric Facts

Since I have the studio looking like a bomb went off, no stitching or designing or cutting or quilting can take place.  So until I get all the repainting, reorganizing and renewing done, this blog will contain updates on the process and progress but not much fabric fun. 

I promise as soon as I can, we will return to the fabric side.  Believe me, I can't wait to see the end result of this redo.  A few more paint chips have joined the ones on the wall.  I got to thinking about the warmth of the whitewashed walls, so the new colors are some pale, slightly muted, warm greens.

Can't get a good picture of the swatches but this gives you a good idea.

DH and I lucked out on the new wall sconces. We found a double light fixture on sale for 40% off and they had two of them. The bonus is we didn't have to spend hours hunting them down.

The lower half of the long wall is whitewashed and has two coats of poly already.  The swords are in a safe place so I can tackle the upper part of the wall.  

I even started removing some of the wallpaper border, where the wood meets it. 
Yes, this is after the wall was already washed!
It's amazing to see the wall color difference where the border was vs. the rest of the wall. Wow - Way past due for a face-lift. I have to admit the thought of whitewashing all the beams is giving me some pause.  I'll tackle them but it's going to be an adventure! DH bought me one of those disposable paper paint suits with a hood. He knows me so well.