Happy Holidays

to all!!!  Wherever you may be and whatever Holiday you and yours celebrate.  Piece, peace, merriment and magic!!!

We’ve begun moving into the new studio space.  C.r.a.z.y!!!  G.o.o.d!!!  Surreal!!!

I even sewed tonight.  On my sewing machine.  With tools and fabric, an iron and rotary cutter.  I think I heard the Herald Angels sing!!!  ; )

Cabbage Rose BOM

 

Piecefully, Pam

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Friday, 12212012

The “bad a$$” (Russell’s words!) step arrived…  En fin!!!  ; )

This had been a sticking point for us.  We couldn’t decide on the material for the step.  What I did know was that I didn’t want it to be wood.  Whatever the material, it needed to be 7 1/2 feet long, not slippy and not cost a fortune.  After a few false starts we decided on metal.  Dimpled for the non-slip feature with the added bonus of textured interest.

The metal originally selected was not manufactured in a thickness/grade appropriate for the weight bearing demand of a step.  Once Russell found sheet metal that did fit the bill, then the question became, “Do you want it powder coated?  It can be painted ANY color…and how ’bout RED!?”  Nope, we really just wanted the natural unpainted metal.  OK, that works and is easier!  Until…

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Russell and the guys that do his metal work realized all their equipment and machines were calibrated to bend  24 inch wide sheets of metal, not 90 inch wide sheets of metal!  They needed to get to a place in their workload and job lists to be able to reset and recalibrate the machinery to accommodate a 90 inch width of sheet metal, and no one was certain when that was going to occur.

Russell had said, when the step is in production, he would call us and deliver the step the following day.  Apparently the metal guys start their work day early, 05:30!!!  At 06:30 Russell had a call from the shop to say they were setting up to bend the steps.  Hot dog!  Russell called us at 11:30 and said he’d be here in 2 hours with the bad a$$ steps!!!  Get ready.  OK!!!

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Piecefully, Pam

Day #69, 12092012 and then some…

We finished the epoxy and sea glass project on Day #67, 12072012, at 8:30 PM.  It requires a full 72 hours to completely cure. Which means Scott will be applying the 6th application of linseed oil on Monday night while I am working.  Weather dependent that 6th layer should be dry enough for the final and 7th application of linseed oil on Tuesday.  After which, the floor will have it’s final screening (buffing and polishing) perhaps Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning, and will require another 72 hours of minimal/light foot traffic…  We are racing a bit.

Meanwhile, this weekend Scott and I gave the BRB (big red beam) it’s second and final coat of red paint.  Which took Saturday (Day #68, 12082012) for the North side of the beam and Sunday (Day #69, 12092012) for the South side of the beam. Somehow, that second coat of paint really cleaned up and punctuated the beam.  It looks so crisp.  The space is beginning to “feel” like a room.  We’re really starting to believe it.  It seems like there is an end to the project and we are getting there…!!!???

We leave for the PA Christmas extravaganza on Friday afternoon.  On Monday Russell will be here.  (no rest for the weary!)  He’s bringing the stairs, frames for the sails and parts to erect the mud room.

So, before we leave for PA the floor needs to be DONE!  And, with luck, the North wall will have the baseboard trim installed, more if we’re REALLY lucky!  It depends on the floor, weather and drying time.

Rolling right along, literally, the rolling ladder track can now be installed, but the ladder can’t go up until the floor is actually completed.  The speakers and projector can be wired and set into place.  And, we did select a mud room “porch” light last evening.  On clearance no less.  The last one in stock.  They had to take down their display, as we purchased it…for 14 bucks!  ; )  That’s MY kind of shopping.  We are still looking for light fixtures for above three of the pods…they need to incorporate up and down lighting.  The ones we like are in the UK.  Uh oh…

All this and we are preparing for Christmas…uh, no tree and no cards.  We’re doing what we can.  It’s about priorities, time and what’s truly necessary.  Most of the gifts are wrapped for the PA extravaganza.  Scott baked bread tonight.  The cookies have been mixed.

Scott’s class finishes on Friday.  Just in time for the PA Christmas.  That, in and of itself, is a gift!

Did I mention, we need to buy a new car…?!  I am hoping it comes with 8 tiny reindeer…

Here’s how things looked throughout the weekend.  ; )

Day #69, 12092012

Day #69, 12092012

Some of the bit we've set into the crevices are from a local shipwreck from the mid 1700's...cool!

Some of the bits we’ve set into the crevices are from a local shipwreck from the mid 1700’s…cool!

Day #69, 12092012

Arrived from Jackies Folk Art this week!!!  : )

Arrived from Jackies Folk Art this week!!! : )

Peace and holiday merriment to you and yours!  ; )  ❤

Piecefully, Pam

Day #65, 1242012

Sherwin Williams got the epoxy we ordered/needed and we picked it up this morning.  HoOrAy!!!  : )

It’s learning on the fly and a bit of trial and error.  We nor Russell have ever used this epoxy for this kind of project.  So, with our fingers crossed…

Day #64, 1242012 Sea Glass

The clear sea glass disappears.  Interesting.  The process/pour is done in layers and stages due to depth of the crevices and directions for using the epoxy.  So far so good.  We are pleased and excited with the results we’ve gotten.

Day #64, 1242012 Sea Glass

Day #64, 1242012 Sea Glass

Piecefully, Pam

Day #64 1232012

Gary delivered the 300 pound pellet stove before 08:00.

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Dave was hot on Gary’s heels and gave us interior and exterior power, lights, electricity!!!  : )  He’ll return once we choose a couple fixtures for inside and out.

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Paul arrived before lunch to install the pellet stove.  He made holes in our “new” wall…inside and out.  I couldn’t watch and worked on my overtime cases instead.

We’re getting there!

Piecefully, Pam

Day 63, 12012012

The painting is done!!!  Robust Orange, Pearl Grey and Eider White a la Sherwin Williams and Ted’s painting crew of: Bo, Brian, Ray and assorted fill ins.  GREAT job!!!  : )

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The correct pellet stove facade was delivered.  It’s been a bit of a struggle with Wittus.  I think Russell, me and Scott might just win.  It seems a battle of wits, strength and humor.  One ALWAYS needs to maintain a sense of humor!!!

Monday the stove will be delivered in the morning and installed in the afternoon.

Piecefully, Pam

Day #61’ish, 11292012

The first coat of Robust Orange went up late yesterday afternoon and here’s how it’s looking this morning.  The hope is that the painters will finish today. Fingers crossed!

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The big red beam will also get another coat of red.

Next, Scott and I will return to the floor.  We are waiting for Sherwin Williams to get the epoxy we need.  Using the epoxy, we will inlay the sea glass, give 2 more coats of linseed oil and screen.  THEN the floor will be done.  ; )

When the floor is done and the BRB has a second coat of red paint the Putnam rolling library ladder and track will be permanently installed!!!

Scott will place the baseboard trim.

The pellet stove is set for installation on Monday. And, the pellets have been delivered.  They’ve been stored in the garage…forty, fifty pound bags of ’em!!!

Dave will return to finish the electrical work.

The steps from the breezeway into the studio will be installed.

And then hopefully we can get our certificate of occupancy and move in.

Forward momentum continues.  : )

Piecefully, Pam