Saturday, January 22, 2011
I needed a project so I have started building a dollhouse for my niece and my granddaughters, using the Corona kit, Aster. I love imaginative play and I can never really stick to a prescribed plan, so I am customizing to kit and making it into a fairy house instead. The kit is apparently not for beginners: I discovered that once I got into it. However, I am very carefully labeling all of the myriad little parts and taking time thinking things out before construction.
So far I have sanded and primed the ground floor and the second floor, and stuccoed the first floor ceiling.
I have never stuccoed before and was a little anxious about it as there is a lot of stuccoing in this project, but actually I found that it was fun.
I also popped out all of the door and window details and all of the timber framing details. Now all of those have to be sanded, primed, and stained. Once I got into this part, I realized that this probably wasn't the best choice for a novice. It's alright - I was wanting something that would keep my mind and hands active for a while. This'll do it!
I have been thinking a lot about the fairies who will inhabit the house, what they would use in construction, what colors they would be able to get from natural dyes, etc. The fairies needed to start coming to life, so I made my first fairy today, an infant.
I'm working on the baby's older sister now. The fairies still haven't suggested what kind of flooring they would have... I am wondering about small flagstones and moss for the first floor, but it would be so uneven. A smooth adobe with stencils and area rugs would be nice, but I am not certain yet how to make the adobe.
Between this project and my music, I hope to get through this frigid winter in a centered way. It has been oppressively cold and I haven't been getting enough physical exercise. I am enjoying being tucked in for the winter; as long as I'm busy, I'm happy.
Friday, January 21, 2011
My computer crashed. It has been an excellent and trusty computer, but something happened to cause it to crash. I finally managed to get it to the shop - fortunately it is still under warrantee so it didn't cost me anything more than two 20 mile trips to the repair shop. I was able to stop by the internet a few times on borrowed computers, but didn't really have the kind of time I need to do Spark justice.
What have I done in the time of my absence? Well, I have gotten my diet back on track, but exercise has eluded me. I haven't enjoyed walking in the cold this year. I think it is because it got so cold so fast that I never really adjusted to it. It gets dark so soon after I get home that I really don't want to make the trip over snowy country roads to get to the gym. Excuses, excuses - I know. I need to get myself back into a routine.
For fun, I ordered a doll house kit which, me being me, I am not planning to build just as prescribed. I plan to make it into a fairy house for my niece and granddaughters to add onto and play with when they are here. Instead of sticking to the plans, I intend to incorporate a lot of things from nature into it. Right now I am at the stage of just taking out the pieces and labeling them, but I also started building a little stone well with a working pulley. I am trying to decide if I want the well roof to be made from pine cones or moss. I'll post pics as I go along.
Meanwhile, the children at school wanted to make gingerbread architecture. On Tuesday they made their plans and made the dough. Wednesday, they rolled the dough, used the patterns they made to cut out their pieces, and baked the dough. Yesterday they put began to construct their structures. I am hoping for a snow day today, but if not, they can put on their roofs and decorate today,
The windows are made from melted butterscotch candies.
This one is going to be an abandoned shack.
This is Thursday's progress.
I also decided I needed a different focus with my music for a while to break out of my winter rut, so for right now I am focusing on learning to play the bass guitar more proficiently. Love that bass!
On the fur and feather front, Stella LOVES the snow but isn't getting enough exercise either. Bad Mom! Luna is getting bigger and more comfortable in her new home, Emmitt is Emmitt, and the chicken girls don't seem bothered in the least by the snow. They were out there trekking through the 4" accumulations, going on chicken excursions through the yard.
Glad to be back on line.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
My class has been working with me and with a parent volunteer to develop a class podcast. After a lot of good energy and a lot of good work, we finally published Episode One today. They wrote the articles, did the editing, and designed the web page. I think they did a really good job. Check out the link if you would like to see and hear what they came up with.
We are planning to publish a podcast of a poem the class wrote together in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ('Peace Is...') on Martin Luther King Day.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Hi my friends,
Life has been hectic and I have had so little time to even log into Spark People. Here is a quick little update.
The children have been making nice progress on their knitting projects. Here is one very happy knitter with her finished kitty.
Aubrey and Eleanor enjoyed getting to know each other over vacation.
Whereas Lucy thought grandchildren were best viewed from trees.
Little Luna is settling into a comfy relationship with her extended family. Both she and Aubrey adore Jesse, and who wouldn't? He is such a sweet soul.
Stella had a fabulous time playing with her 'nephew', Jack the bichon. After more than a week with Jack, Stella is gooing through withdrawal since he returned home.
My youngest son and his girlfriend have been learning the art of glass blowing. I was an ecstatic recipient of one of the glass ornaments he made. This will nt be put away with the Christmas ornaments ~ it will be on display.
Work has been challenging, but things are looking up. I will be getting a much needed part time aide. That will really help!
I did gain 6 pounds since Thanksgiving and I know just what did it... too much sugar and not enough exercise. Once my 'children' and granddaughter went home, I went back to my normal healthy eating and have avoided sugar as much as possible. I am back down 2 pounds. Now what I need to do is find time to get to the gym.
I think many schools will be having a snow day today. Our school will be in session today, although depending on the accumulations throughout the day and overnight, I am less sure about tomorrow.
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