Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Discworld Challenge finished

I can't believe how long it took to make that necklace. That's what I get for dumping all my beads together. It took 2 hours to find all those seed beads and fish them out and string them together.
Hopefully now that this is done, I can get motivated to fix some things around the house! LOL!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More progress on Sybil

It's nice to see the beginning of the end. The dress came together easier than I thought. I've added some more painted details, and I'm wondering if I want to do more with her painted on boots. I've also yet to figure out how to attach her to the base. Glue seems a bit messy. She stands pretty well on her own, but I'm wondering if a stand threaded through the bottom of the base is called for.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Progress on Sybil

Sybil got her appendages and hairdo this week. Dave took off two days for Spring Break to help out with the kids and the housework. You know, he's my real doll. I don't know what I'd do without him! Here's a not so good pic.
That is the base the duo will be glued to. I plan to paint it to look like cobble stones.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yogurt all over the house while Sybil is being created

Okay, so I admit it's probably not a good idea to cloister myself in my room and work on a doll while the two girls sleep and the boys watch movies. That actually doesn't sound bad right? What harm can they do? Haha! They left a trail of partially empty yogurt cups all over the house. And a bunch of other stuff I have no time to list. I have company coming at the end of the week and staying for a week, so, I really should be cleaning. The boys are on spring break, so I figure, what's the point? They mess up faster than I can clean up. So, Lady Sybil got a good start today. About 6 hours worth. I'm still not sure how I'm going to do her feet, with shoes painted on, or bare feet with shoes separate. Here's what I got done today.
This picture doesn't show her torso, but that's done too.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Brom the Dragon

Yeah! He's finished. I have about two weeks to make Lady Sybil now. I am glad that the dragon is done. Working with the loose weave upholstery fabric was not fun. And I wired the wings with 20 gauge wire and had to rip it out when I decided it was not the look I was going for. On an unrelated trip to Walmart I found the perfect color of pipe cleaners. Whew! Also, I had to redraft the legs pattern. The first one couldn't be turned. The second draft would have looked funny when I turned the fabric for the foot, and after cutting off the foot it looked like a lamb chop! This guy almost went without legs, until I read that the swamp dragons in Discworld don't fly well. Well, if they don't fly well, then they must have legs!
Third time's a charm. The first head was lopped off and redrafted, What I intended to be cheeks ended up being the brows. A different look than I originally intended but good anyway.
A break of canning last week is just what I needed to get things right.
Now we have a pantry full of salsa, spaghetti sauce, mango chutney and bread and butter pickles.
I can't wait to can peaches, pears and apples this summer.
Sophia (5 months) has decided to get up for 3am feedings again and doesn't like baby food. She wants to nurse. well, I have to tell you that that has to change!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bread and butter pickles

I'm sorry to say that I'm not making much progress on the dragon right now. I have lopped off the head and torn out the wires from the wings, and drafted a new head, which I'm not sure will work.
Today I am cleaning house, doing laundry (I get to watch the newest episode of House on Hulu), and making bread and butter pickles. They're so much better than store bought! I have the smell of boiling vinegar in my house right now. The farmer's market had pickling cucumbers for $.68 a pound and 10 red bell peppers for a dollar. I couldn't resist!