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First of all, sorry I have neglected my blog for so long. I promise I was busy doing things and not just sitting on the couch!

This weekend, I cleaned the fence out that runs down  the south side of our house. This is the pickup load we hauled to the dump:

Load of trash!

Load of trash!

And this is what  my fence looks like now:

New and improved fence!

New and improved fence!

You can actually mow beside it! And not have to duck underneath branches, or worry about shredding various bits of trash that have lodged themselves there! And here is the local wildlife I found while doing this:

Plains Garter Snake

Plains Garter Snake

I feel like Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane. I am tired of these snakes in my yard!!!  I think he used more colorful language to express his discontent, though.  This is not the only snake I have seen in the past couple of weeks. They freak me out and I do not like them. 

Nathan worked on trim and a cabinet for the kitchen this weekend. He said he would finish the trim tonight, but we’ll see. It does look very good. The match on the color is very impressive.

I finally (almost) finished my second dress. I just need to finish up the hem and install the hook and eye and it will be done! Here are some pictures of my very nearly completed project:

Front!

Front!

Well, I’m going to go try and start the mower and do a little yard work.

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We got so much done on our day off! We got up at seven, had some doughnuts at Daylight Donuts, and then got to work. I think we worked on the house for 12-13 solid hours yesterday.  Here are the things we got done:

I had not done laundry in about 1 week.

I had not done laundry in about 1 week.

1) Laundry. About 4 or 5 loads, which still need to be folded. Nathan doesn’t know it yet, but we’re going to fold it tonight while we watch Quantum of Solace. Maybe that will make it a little more palatable.

Doesn't it look nice?

Doesn't it look nice?

2) A new shelf for my cabinet. Nathan made it for me. He even routered the edges so it would look like the other shelf. It’s so nice not to have smashed bread.

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

3) Installed light in downstairs hallway. This beast of a light fixture has been sitting in our house, taking up floor space, for a year plus. Nathan actually gets more credit on this project. Even though I took down the old fixture and installed the new box, he’s the one who patched the rather large hole I made doing that and hung up the new light. I was about ready to throw the !?#@!? light fixture on the floor and shout obscenities at it. The threaded post that was with it wasn’t long enough to catch the box. But it is done now, and doesn’t it look nice.

Before!

Before!

4) Got my next sewing project started. This actually gets lumped into the home improvement realm because it will clear up some clutter in the dining room. Buddy spilled pop into the bag trying to get some leftover supper one night. The bag is not removable, so I cut it off. I’m going to use it as a pattern to make one that is removable.

Samantha's Accessories

Samantha's Accessories

5) Odds and Ends. Obviously, I didn’t make Samantha’s accessories, but I did open the box they came in. That counts for something. It’s also a prettier picture than me mowing, raking up some twigs, watering my plants, and touching up paint. Incidentally, the oil-based Kilz over those pink dots in the bedroom worked well.

Only before picture I could find on short notice.

Only before picture I could find on short notice.

 6) I saved the best for last. I got a coat of paint on the upstairs bathroom and Nathan got the built-ins for the holes on either side of the shower. They look so good! I hope to get the built-ins primed tomorrow morning.

Looks so much better!

Looks so much better!

And mom, if you’re going to start correcting my grammar, I will be forced to start correcting your spelling. 🙂 I have to go back to work now.

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So around the time I finished the coffee date dress, and before running the 1/2 marathon at OKC, and while it was still pretty cold, I was feeling pretty blah. I really didn’t feel like doing much of anything, so I really didn’t do much of anything.  But, the 1/2 marathon is done, the sun is shining (sort of) and I feel better. So I have gotten things done, I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write about them. I have the upstairs bedroom almost completely painted. In the pictures below, you will see tile, yes tile, on our fireplace. It is finally finished! We’ve made dinner and eaten at home most evenings for the past couple of weeks. We finally eradicated our squirrels. I’ve also  bought lots of fabric online. And elsewhere. Check out the latest additions to my stash!

I saw the Halloween fabric at Cottonwood quilts and just couldn’t pass it up. I especially like the cobwebs with the scaredy cat faces inside. I really don’t have any ideas as to what I will do with it though. I am open to suggestions. The really crazy floral print I found at the Etc. Shop. It looked a lot tamer rolled up like the other two, but  I still like it. At first I thought of that anthropologie dress I like, but I think it’s too wild for that. I think I could make a pretty cute skirt out of it though.  The poplin solids were on sale at fabric.com, so I got them, and the other print that is folded up with them looked at lot prettier online. In reality, it looks like ’70s pearl snap material. And not the cool vintage ones. Just the ugly ones. Oh well.

I took pictures of the dresses I picked up today at the Goodwill sale. I could not believe that whoever got rid of the pretty dress got rid of it! It is really a lot cuter in person. It has really yellowed with age though, I don’t know how you would fix that. The others are just run of the mill 80’s prom/bridesmaid dresses. Ick.

click to go to flickr to see all goodwill dress pics

click to go to flickr to see all goodwill dress pics

 I finished the Simplicity dress I was working on, the one I had to take 5 inches of off. You can read about my problems with it at pattern review. I am going to try it again after tinkering with my pattern to see if I can get some better results. Here is the finished product, and the fabric for my next attempt:
simplicity2587 001

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I had an aha! moment this evening about my coffee date dress. I’m kind of depressed by my stupidity. I downloaded the pattern from burda style, but forgot to change the scale from the 77% that they use for viewing to the 100% they tell you to change it to for printing. So I made my dress about 23% smaller than I should have. Ugh. I realized it tonight when I was printing off a different pattern.

And now I need to go do something productive, so I’m leaving for now.

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I finally got the heart appliqued onto my wallhanging, and I don’t guess it turned out to badly considering it was my first attempt. I’m still waiting to hear back from the quilter.

Wall Hanging Top

Wall Hanging Top

I finished painting the hall and stairway finally. I was very excited that it only needed one coat. I think it turned out well. Nathan got the tile (almost) done in the upstairs bathroom. It needs one more coat of clear coat. You can see where he missed a spot in the floor. It’s going to look pretty good once it’s done, and it saved us from having to tear out tile and retile.  I started painting the upstairs bedroom. This is the first coat and I think it’s too light. I’m going to add a some paint that’s a couple of shades darker to the next batch of paint and see what happens.

I got all of my fabric in the mail yesterday! The first three are going to become the bag that i’m going to make (see picture in last post), the small print is going to be pajama pants, and I just like the other two. Who knows what I’ll do with them. I’m going to make myself get the lights hung and plug/plate covers put on and my sewing machine moved into the green bedroom before I let myself start another project, though. I’ve had cutting mats and fabric scraps strung out all over the living room and study since I made my quilt.  I also got my books in the mail. I read all the way through SEW U and I’ve browsed through the Vogue Sewing book.  They are pretty good.

Well, I have to go clean before we go on our ski trip, so I guess I’ll go get started!

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This Weekend

So. I didn’t do much of anything this weekend on the house because I had to work. Nathan did put up molding in the bathroom, and I think it looks pretty darn good. I’ll probably end up having to paint it though!

Bathroom molding

More bathroom molding!

Pretty impressive, huh? Below is my project for the week. I am going to attempt to build shelves for my naked breakfast nook wall.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Breakfast nook

I need to vent about work.  I have been abused this weekend. Some old man came into my pharmacy and showed me his bloody, thick, slimy mucus. He wanted an over-the-counter product for his malady. Now, I would think that it would be common knowledge if you are coughing up bloody mucus, an OTC remedy is not what you need. You need medical attention. I told him to go to the ER, and he just did not seem interested in hearing that.  That was yesterday. Today, one of my lovely patients came through the drive thru with a thong hanging off her rear view mirror. Is she letting it air out or something? How trashy is that? Then, to put the icing on the cake, this middle aged woman dropped off a prescription for Chantix (smoking cessation medication), while dangling a cigarette out of her mouth). That kind of tickled me, like she was trying to enjoy every last one while she still could.  Then, I looked at the date of birth for the patient and realized she was 17. It was for the woman’s daughter.  Awesome. I bet her mom bums cigarettes off of her . So I fix up her prescription, and in KS, you are required by law to counsel over all new prescriptions. I get ready to go over there and counsel, and her mom tells my clerk, “We don’t need the pharmacist, she’s had this before.” Oh, great. She’s 17, is so addicted she needs medication to help her quit, and she’s already tried it and failed once! So I said I would like to just remind her of a few things. By the way, the mom and the kid are in my drive-thru (whoever invented pharmacy drive-thrus should be shot). The kid is in the back of a smoke-filled car, because the mom and the girl’s boyfriend are smoking like freight trains, and I start thinking to myself, this does not make sense. Why is she trying to quit, when she obviously is not the only smoker in her house, and it is obviously not important to her family that she quit. And then I realize that she needs to quit because she’s pregnant. How great is that? I couldn’t think of any mildly snarky things to say about the people smoking all around her until after they drove off. But the whole thing was the icing on the cake of a very irritating, pointless weekend.

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