Friday, December 28, 2012

More Writing

My father started reading Viral Execution (VE) a few days ago and determined that Chapter 1 just isn't . . . lively enough.

 It needs more actio.

So now that's what I'm working on - 'Actioning' up my Chapter 1   through a total rewrite.

At least I get to wear cool socks while I do it.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Floor Finally Finished

Remember when we had the flooding crisis in our kitchen and we had to rip up the floor? . . . And part of the wall.

Yeah, fun times.

We had to rip up some of the wall in the next room over, too.

We ended up ripping up more tile and linoleum than we originally intended.

And once all the flooring was ripped up, I had to patch the wall with new dry wall.

The problem is, I had never hung dry wall before.

But I read how to do it, so I set about to work.

These aren't the finished pictures. First one has to hang the drywall then 'mud' it and sand it and mud it again and sand it again and then paint it.

After the dry wall was hung we finished ripping up all the linoleum, revealing the plywood beneath

Very sticky plywood because of the linoleum glue.

Then my dad helped me lay new plywood down.

Pretty. ^^

Once the plywood was down we vacuumed and started laying down the new tile (linoleum).

We had these handy little green spacers that allowed us to make sure all the tile were exactly the same width between each other.

The tiles had t rouble sticking in some places, so we laid weights on them.

Once the tile was laid, it was time to grout it!

We had grouting tools for only one person, so I said I would do it.

We had to meet the new tile up with the old tile and it looked better than we thought it would.

All done and grouted!

Once the tile was all done I had to paint the dry wall job.

So I wore boring socks just in case I spilled some paint.

And finished the dry wall!

But we're still not done!

Now it's time to lay the baseboards. Which I've never done, either. Actually, I had never had experience in any of this before, but it was fun an educational

Measuring the baseboard to see how long I need it to be.

And then it's done!

After cutting the baseboards I had to nail them in place, paint them, and caulk them. But I skipped those boring pictures.

We're so glad to have this job done and everything back in place!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Eponine Hat

Have any of you ever heard of the book Les Miserables?

Ever heard of the musical based off of the book?

How about the movie that's coming out on December 24th based off the musical?

Well, if you haven't heard about it, go look it up. It's spiffen.

The musical is, anyway. The book is rather dull.

One of the characters, Eponine, has quite a spiffen hat.

There aren't many good pictures of it around, and it looks pretty brown in photos, but I've seen the musical on stage twice and it looks pretty red in person.

I liked the hat so much I decided to make my own version of it.

I might not be able to sing like eponine, but I can have a hat like her's!

Want one for your own?  I have one for sale! Made to order.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Running, running

Running, running like a crazy person.

But at least I'm wearing cool socks amidst this busy-ness

Monday, December 3, 2012

Contest Winners!

And the winners of the contest are . . . Jacob F. in 1st, Amy C. in 2nd, and Katie L. in 3rd.

Each winner will get to name a character in Viral Execution, and Jacob wins a copy of VE, and Amy receives Monica's necklace. Winners, please send me a message so we can discuss your character names.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Still Sewing

Not surprised?

Me either.

Finishing up some sewing stuff. Hope to finish Christmas presents tonight.

I've done 6 embroideries so far today and have 3 to go. I did one yesterday, too.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sewing, Sewing

Working on some last minute projects that have to be mailed out ASAP!

 No time to blog. So I'll leave you with some pictures I took of some sewing I did recently .