Saturday, April 13, 2013

5 down and more to go...

Worked on the first section on tier 2...
this area is a double of the first section in that the cut area is 2 in a row where the first tier had one area...It should move easily as it is a repeat of what I did, but amazing as it is, it is taking me time.
I still am trying to decide how I want to finish this...
yes, it is blurred a bit...don't want to give it away just yet as this is an exchange piece. I think I know what I want to do, I think I have the piece of fabric, and I think it may be complete tomorrow. But you still will not get to see it until after May 25th.... that is when I mail it out to******* and yes you will have to wait for the name too. See, I can be a brat!
Tha lanai is still in process.... now they have to order more color and figure a way to repair what  is not working...
see the "divot"? It is not suppose to be like that...and there are many more across the floor as well as a few other issues. I love the color, but not the finish at this point. Mr H spoke with the owner yesterday. It is obvious they are not getting paid until I am satisfied with the job and at this time, I am quite unhappy. I have  a few notes written down and when the job is complete I will be sending them a letter. Depending on all of that, is whether  I send it also to the BBB.  I can be someone to recon with when I am upset. In the meantime, there are cushions still in the kitchen, furniture and plants in the garage and the yard has furniture here and there. Truly a mess. A job that should have been completed in 3 days is not going on the second week.
Plans for today include a shopping trip to Desert Ridge in Scottsdale..... shopping is good for the mind! Hope you have a good day.....

Friday, April 12, 2013

Don't want to talk about it

At least not today. The lanai project is not going as planned. Mr H just spoke with the owner.... he does not know what it will be like to deal with an unhappy me! I can be the devil herself.....
In the meantime, I have been working on my Hardanger and a few other projects...no pictures today... to stressed with the other project.... Welcome to a new follower and as always thanks to all of you for the kind words sand emails.... lastly, a Mrs Quail report..... they are both tending to the nest. The change of shift happens quickly and with much noise.  I am off now to take something to prevent the headache from developing. Hope you have a good day...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hardanger and the Lanai

Let's talk about the lanai. The guys came yesterday and I spoke with the owner .... I am hoping that we  made the right decision to go with the company. Well, actually Mr H said "let's go with this one" and I did not object. My problem is, There was a difference in the warranty/guarantee from the owner and the man who gave us the job quote, then no sooner had the base coat been applied that it began to bubble and later we saw spots where the coverage does not look right. But hey, we are not the pros with this. The drying time between coats is about 8 hours. It will be probably Saturday/Sunday before we get it put back together. I must get some furniture felt to put under the chairs. That will be a trip to Ace Hardware. I am hoping that by Friday I will be able to clean the fine dust that has spread throughout the house from the sanding, So, here I am waiting for them to arrive to apply the epoxy coat and having concerns. Where is Mr H? oh well, he is still asleep... not the early riser that I am. Today I woke at 1 am feeling this stress. Just have to wait......
In the meantime, I finished the first tier of Woven Bars....
and I am pleased.... I have enjoyed this part of the project.
The Doves eyes are not perfect, but they are not my favorite stitch. When I press this piece later I am sure they will be okay. Today I will begin the second tier which are a little larger in size. By the time I complete the outside edge the Doves eyes should be near perfect.
 I really appreciate the kind words and email.... you make my day. I hope your day wonderful. I am off to the living room to have a cup of coffee and wait....maybe wrap bars too.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Maybe today...

The lanai work did not happen yesterday as the company thought it would rain and we still had winds. That's right, we hardly get any rain and while they began the work on Monday it rained! not much but it did. and the winds were still still around 30-35 mph. So.....today is the day for the the work to continue. I will post before and after pictures later. At the moment, my kitchen has cushions on the floor, the garage has stuff from the lanai, and  donot even discuss the furniture all over the yard. It is a complete obstacle course.
I have no stitch pictures, but I am on the last bar wrapping of the section that I call tier one of my Hardanger.... pictures tomorrow. I have a few more stitches to do on my BBD piece and then will decide how to finish it.... of course you can not see it yet. I picked up some craft netting... I want to try Netting embroidery. You would think that I have enough to keep me busy! I think I need to slow down my mind..... too many things going on there and holding up my hands from doing them. I have the rest of the week off so I plan to be busy and thought why not try this new form needlework.
I thought I would show you another picture from the Rose Show...
The way that some show off their entries for the judging.  These beauties were framed on velvet showing 3 roses in progression of opening. My favorite roses are yellow.... and these were lovely. Tomorrow I will post another for you. In the meantime, I must get dressed and ready for the guys coming to work on the patio. I do not think being in my pajamas is a good way to greet them. Cute when you are 6, not so cute when you are 66! Have a great day and thanks for visiting with me today.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Roses on display

We do not go to the annual rose show every year, but when we do it is o lovely to see and smell the roses
This is just a few of them and I will share more during the week. It is not a very big garden where these are displayed but lovely nonetheless. There are also roses for judging which is what I will show you during the week posts. The weather was perfect to stroll through the park and there was also a wedding being held there.
Today we have no set plans. We go with the whim of of the moment! Tomorrow we have some work being done on our lanai. These condos were built in the early 70's and our lanai carpet of artifical grass is original. It is time for it to go so we are having it striped and finished this week. I think it will be a 2 day job. It is a wonderful outdoor room, open on one side to the yard. I will be sure to take pictures. I have been adding the Woven Bars and adding
Dove's eyes to my Hardanger..... you can look but promise to ignore the wrinkles.
It is useless to keep pressing it and is probably not a good ides to press over the unwrapped bars. Did you notice the broken scissors? I am upset that these, my favorite ones that are only used with Hardanger projects snapped! The tiny screw broke off! The were not inexpensive.  Lucky for me that I have another pair of scissors that are tiny and sharp. What to do with these now.... not sure if they can be repaired. If you look closely you will see my tailor tacking that keeps me mindful of the dove eye placement. It was time consuming but so worth the effort.
As you can see, I still have a way to go with this, but I am enjoying the handwork. I find it relaxing and satisfying. If Mr H has no plans for the day I will probably get lots of wraps in.
Quail Update----- no new eggs! The "other" quail lady has not tried to lay any other eggs in the other plant. Guess Mr H did a good job of netting that plant. Either that or she is one of the new moms who just leave them here and there.
I am having rumbles in my stomach so I guess it is breakfast time. The Sunday newspaper is here and a cup of coffee and out to the lanai sounds good. I hope you enjoyed your visit with me....hope you have a wonderful day.
*****today I am missing my Sherlock*****