One done, one to go.

One of my projects in progress…boot cuffs. One done, one to go.

This is some yarn that I bought to use for fingerless gloves, but it was just a bit bulky. So, I decided to try it for this pattern and it’s working great!!

These cuffs will be fun to wear this winter in Ohio!

Newest Project: Miniature Garage Room Box


share_image_1I’m still at the beginning stages of this room box project. The scale is standard one inch = twelve inches. The right side will feature a workshop with a working miniature garage door opening up to a driveway with landscaping on the left. The left side will be enclosed with plexiglass.  The exterior of the garage will have board-and-batten applied and mostly likely will be painted barn red. Ultimately, the interior will be furnished with a scale model car, lots of tools, and will even have a few (faux) oil stains on the floor. If all goes well, this will be an anniversary gift for Mr. Project. He’s a gear-head, so he should love it!! I’ll keep you updated as I make progress.

Clean Up Your Pinterest Boards Day

I admit it. I LOVE Pinterest. I’ve always saved tear sheets from magazines for decorating, gardening and craft projects, dream travel destinations, recipes to try and even favorite hairstyles. I have binders full of them. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when I was invited to join Pinterest by a blogger I follow last fall. But, it wasn’t until I was bed-ridden following ankle surgery this winter that I truly got hooked. I spent hours pinning away. Since getting back on my feet, I’ve even tried a few of the ideas and projects that I’ve found on other peoples’ boards. In fact, I started a new board called “Completed Pins” to keep track of them!

For some pins, I just want to see the photo as a quick reminder or inspiration. For other pins, I want to click through and read the blog post or web article so that I can learn more about it or even try it for myself. So, generally, I click on the pin to find the content and either repin from that one or I pin from the source itself with the “Pin It” Bookmarklet that I installed on my browser bookmark bar.

I’ve been frustrated many times when I’ve clicked through and haven’t been able to find the content. I usually won’t repin those and move along to other pins of interest. I came across a pin from about their plan to clean up their Pinterest boards. It’s a great idea and I thought I would pass it along!
They expressed the thoughts and frustrations I’ve experienced lately. I actually spent some time last week cleaning up some of my boards, editing some pins that mistakenly ended up in the wrong boards, set my board cover images. I made progress, but I have a ways to go! I’ll keep working on my pins. Hope everyone else does, too! Happy pinning, people! 😉

House Project No. 1047 – Back Porch

Okay, just kidding about the number 1047, though I think it’s a close approximation!

Progress continues, albeit slowly, on the back porch. My hubby, Mr. Project (a.k.a Scott) has been finishing it all himself. He completed the board-and-batten panels and the baseboards this week. Next up: Painting. This is exciting – to me. This is only exciting to him because it involves a new tool.

Mr. Project’s standing policy is that for every project which he tackles himself and doesn’t have to pay someone else to do, he buys himself a new tool with the savings. He has amassed an impressive number of tools which fill his workshop. The newest one for this project? Yep, a paint sprayer.

He spent yesterday prepping the room. (I still cannot decide whether to call it a back porch, a sunroom or a three-season room!) This morning was spent thinning out the paint to the correct consistency (or rather, viscosity to be technical) to be used in the sprayer. Notice the coffee cup in the right bottom picture. This is an important item required for the task!

With the wall of paneling and the beamed ceiling, you can see why a paint sprayer was required!

So, what would you call it? Back porch? Sun room? Three-season room? 

I think I’ll stick with calling it the back porch.