73 posts categorized "Susan's gratuitous cat picture"

Susan's Halloween present done

 More specimen plants under glass...


Taxidermy songbirds (birds by Barbara Meyer)...



I could keep going, and I probably will, I want to make some books for her zillion bookcases, but since it's November already it's past time to pack up and mail Susan's October box....just need to run to the grocery for a big bag of dried cherries...and maybe to Kilwin's for some fudge.

Since I couldn't come up with anything Halloweenish this year I made stuff for Susan's mini botanist's mini study and/or her mini conservatory....


Oh, I never showed you guys the journal....


Ester says "BOO!"



trailer done, landscaping started

The trailer is finished, it is being inspected today.


Husband cut a piece of wood for the base.  I put feet on, then coated it with some horrid water based stain I can't use for anything nice.  Now it's play time. :D

It didn't take long to discover that I have to go to the beach today to sift more rocks out of the sand.  Heartbreaking, isn't it?  Don't you feel sorry for me?  ;)


Notice the cement blocks?  They are the reason I built the trailer.  Not because I wanted a tiny house, but because I bought these super cool cement blocks a while ago, then couldn't figure out what to do with them.

Now...where's my bikini?  The sun is coming out.

a bit of progress on the contest kit

I got the porch assemblies glued back together, then stained and sanded the windows and doors.  I see I need a second coat of stain in some spots.


I finalized my plan for the exterior finish, painted the porch floor, then used a package of exacto knife blades cutting strips of matboard so I wouldn't have to spend money on strips of wood. 


Then I went through my stash of paint, ruling out the dozen bottles of gray I already have as not quite right, so I walked over to JoAnne's for new paint.  I bought two options, I'll have to paint out sample cards to see which I like better.

Susan's gratuitous cat picture, from Kate...


checking in

I've been too busy to get into my studio the last couple of weeks.  I've been putting in extra hours at the office during the week, and going to estate sales with Kate and to baby showers and whatnot on the weekend.  I"ll share pictures of other miscellaneous goings on instead.

I bonked my head giving my Volvo its spring cleaning.  I leaned down to turn on the shop vac, then turned and stood up (hard!) right into the corner of my car door.  I'm okay Mom, it only hurts if I touch it.

Right after...


A couple of days later...there is a slight bruise, but the sunshine is hiding it


Now the goose egg is gone and the bruise that developed is fading.  It doesn't really look quite so yellow in person, that's the flash.


I've been hiding it under my new shark hat....


Gratuitous picture of Ester....


Audra sent me her cast offs....cast offs!....crazy lady....


Gratuitous pictures of the four kittens at Kate's house...





Oh!  And another interview, so to speak, it was done via email....the Tropical Beach House and I are going to be featured in the August issue of American Miniaturist.

what's going on here....

Kate moved out.  It was surreal.  I'm grateful for the renovations on her house providing a transition time, so I could get used to the idea before it happened.   I was anticipating the empty bedroom she vacated but not the other odd empty spaces, like the bare shelf in the medicine cabinet or the half full coat closet.  Each time I discover one it's like a little hole is pierced in my heart. 

The change has been unsettling for her as well, she visits a lot.  She said it doesn't feel like she's moved into her own house, but rather like she's on a trip.  She suspects that's mostly because her house isn't furnished yet.  (She had to use her furniture budget on the unexpected issues that cropped up during the reno, and is saving all her pennies for the new roof she needs before winter.)    Thank goodness garage sale season is starting.


I've been busy moving into Kate's old room.



I contemplated painting the walls a different color, but I haven't recovered from all the painting at Kate's house yet.  It feels a bit like blue overload to me, but if it still bothers me a few months from now I can paint then.

Kate left behind the bed but took her mattresses.  She also left two bookcases she didn't have room for, and a mirror.  I kept the bed, but gave the headboard a fresh coat of paint, changing it from black to royal blue.  We gave the bookcases to my mom, for storage in her sewing room.  I kept the mirror because I didn't want to repair the holes in the wall if I took it down.  It hangs above the dresser, but it's not in the picture because I'm repainting the frame (it was black).

I bought myself new mattresses, bedding, curtains, and a lamp.  I repainted the 1950s hand-me-down dresser I've been using for years and gave it new hardware.  I hated to do it, it was a nice mid-century modern piece, but it was showing a lot of wear and the price tag on a new dresser of comparable quality was outrageous. 

I thought I'd let my feminine side out to play in this room, but it's starting to get a bit too girly and shabby-chic already, so I need to bring my tomboy side in to balance it out.  With that in mind, I'm drawing bugs all over the repainted mirror frame. 


I'm planning to paint the bugs with iridescent paints.  It will take a while to draw them all on first though, and I'm in no hurry to finish.  I imagine it will be an every-once-in-a-while project....especially since I'm itching to get into my studio to start on this year's contest kit.

Next on my list is to get some artwork hung, the empty walls are starting to weird me out.

It's also weird to have a separate bedroom from my husband.  It's not like we slept together anyway, I've been sleeping on the couch for 17 years because he SNORES, and I'm getting improved rest on my new cloud-like pillow-top mattress, but it feels unnatural.  We've been spending more time doing things together, to compensate.

Let's see, what else is going on....



Kate's roommate's cat had kittens...sweet, fluffy, playful, adorable kittens.  Kate is keeping Gomez, since Gomez became her shadow the minute they moved in.  I tried to take Bells, to give Ester a new companion, since Wakefield left us last summer, but Ester was violently opposed.  I had to give Bells back because I feared for her safety.  As long as Ester is alive we'll have to be a one cat household.  Kate has decided to keep Bells, since she's started sleeping in bed with her and Gomez.  I agreed that if she wants to have more than one cat it's easier to get them together, as kittens.

There are an awful lot of cats in that little house, but as long as everyone is happy and healthy, that's what counts.



updates galore

I've only a couple of hours to myself this morning before I'm off to help Kate labor at her house.  I've got two week's worth of updates to share, since I slacked off with only a single picture last week.  I implied a relaxing Sunday with that picture, but it was merely staged, I've been a busy, busy girl.

Let's start at Kate's house....

Last time I was there the front entry door had been installed, the windows redone to sit further forward toward the exterior, the window trim started, and more was completed in the bathroom.


Instead of wood to frame out the windows they used Trex, which is an eco-friendly composite material usually used for decks.  It was her contractor's idea, to make them maintenance free.  The wood that had framed in the old windows was rotting.  Kate picked the gray color, clam shell, I believe it's named, which blends nicely with the stone and the sandstone colored windows.


Kate's mudroom addition has several finishes going on....one wall is stone, with an antique dark wood and glass door...another is stone with a white painted wood door and a dark wood milk delivery door....the wall opposite that was painted green, with Kate's new purple door and a white trimmed window....the fourth is finished in dark shiplap, which continues onto the ceiling, and has three white trimmed windows.   I painted the green wall white to match the window trim and the white door opposite.  Everything looks complimentary now.  Kate was going to change the color later but I insisted now was the time to handle it, before they put the interior trim up around the new windows and door.



I finally got a chance to drive my parents out to see the house.  They were delighted and proud.  Both think the house is adorable and well suited to Kate.

The bathroom is coming along.  They installed the sliding glass shower doors I told her repeatedly she didn't have room for, which have since been removed because there isn't room for them.  The new toilet and vanity are in, as are the beadboard, edge tiles, and wooden trim, which matches the wooden trim in all the other rooms.


We stopped at an estate sale a couple weekends ago.  It was the last day, everything was marked down by half....Kate got this gorgeous cedar chest, along with a pressure cooker, waffle maker, other kitchen odds and ends, and a nice garden spreader, all for ninety-some dollars.  Score!


The estate sale reminded me that I bought a fold-down shelf/table thing at a garage sale last summer, which was promptly shoved in my closet.  I dug it out and Matthew installed it under the dining room window for Ester.  She loves it.  It was definitely worth a dollar.


Spring is in the air here, the snow is melting, the birds are singing...  We had a couple of days in the 60s this week, so I played hooky Tuesday and Matthew and I drove around Leelanau Peninsula.  We stopped at Fishtown to walk and enjoy the warmth.  It's much more relaxing when it's not tourist season, even though all the little shops were closed....plus, there were no other people there to get in way of taking good pictures.



We had fresh lake perch for lunch in Sutton's Bay, then wandered downtown.  I saw these fantastic bicycles in a home decor shop.  They aren't scale pieces, but they're the right size.  It was a tough decision to pick between the red and the green, so I brought home both of them.


I did find a few hours, but only a few, to begin work on the contest house.

I microwaved and tore apart the porch pieces.  The balusters didn't want to cooperate, but those were the pieces I wanted to replace, so I broke them out, then sanded the top and bottom rails smooth.  I will use my table saw to cut a new, skinnier, groove in them to insert the new baluster sections.