This bench needed a little TLC. The wood was old and feeble and the coating of glossy brown paint was peeling and not to my taste.
- Before: in need of repair
- Before: sad, sad wood and paint
I picked up some spruce strapping at the hardware store. Thankfully they were able to cut a few pieces lengthwise for me as a few of the holes in the iron ends were only 2″ and 2.5″ wide. After cutting them to length and drilling the holes for the bolts, and sanding everything, I opted to use a polyurethane stain for the wood and a glossy black spray paint for the iron.
Now I’ve got a bench that can actually be used, and I’m pleased with the finish.
After: just what I was hoping for
One of the tasks I had meant to get to last year was fixing my fire pit. The poor thing was only a year old and had already started to rust…
The fire pit in need of repair
The first step required a little bit of elbow grease and a metal brush to scrape the rust off.
Removing the rust from the fire pit
Lastly, it didn’t take long to add a coat of the Tremclad flat black high heat enamel.
The renewed fire pit
Now I just get to wait for warmer weather so I can get outside and enjoy using it!
When Patrick Toner called last Christmas and asked if I’d consider acting in an Irish play, I thought it would be a fun chance to get back on stage. I read the script and really enjoyed it so I agreed to do it. Bailegangaire is a three-person play featuring a grandmother who has Alzheimers, and two granddaughters trying to care for her. The granddaughters, Dolly and Mary, are a bit like oil and water. I’m playing Dolly, who is quite a vibrant character. I realized it’s been about 5 years since I’ve been on stage. Where does the time go? That last show that I was in was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the Saint John Theatre Company.
It has been a great opportunity to reconnect and work with Lindsay Bell, as well as meet and work with Mary Stilwell. What wonderful ladies to work with! I am certainly thankful for the friendships formed while trying to tackle an admittedly challenging script.
I knew Patrick from my early days involved with the SJTC. He has since started the An Amharclann Theatre Company, which produces at least one Irish play per year. They sometimes take their shows to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival. This year, the festival will be hosted by Irish Theatre of Florida and is being held at the Arts Garage in Del Ray Beach, Florida. Before we take it to Del Ray, however, we will be performing it at the Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John – opening tonight and running for 3 evenings.
Early in 2012, I made the decision to start looking for a house. I had new loud and annoying neighbors that smoked pot and made the hallway between apartments reek, more bars opening down the street which made for more noise in the middle of the night, low interest rates on mortgages, and the realization that if I got a mortgage now I could have it paid off by the time I retire. For this variety of reasons, I realized that it was the ideal time to make the move from apartment living. By February, I had a real estate agent and had a list of houses in my price range that I was narrowing down. By March, I had narrowed things down and found a sweet little spot with a great ocean view.
In April, I bought my first home:
It needed a lot of TLC, but it was mostly cosmetic stuff. I had a lot of help, and unfortunately a bit of a back problem, but managed to get a lot fixed on the inside of the house over the Spring and Summer. By September, I was able to enjoy a house warming party. I’ll try to make a point of posting before and after photos and stories of the renovations in the coming weeks.
The remainder of the year seemed to fly by. I did a bit of knitting, played a video game or two, and settled in to the home. I also worked from home a lot due to my back giving me problems when I sit for long periods of time, but the back is getting better, and I have a standing desk available for me at work now.
Thanks to my parents who discovered this amusing apron and sent it to me (early enough so that I could enjoy it during the Christmas season)! It’s got satin, sequins and pompoms. What more can a girl ask for in a holiday apron?
The Sparkly Christmas Apron
November may mean NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for a lot of folks, but I am more attracted to NaKnitSweMo. I’m not sure if I’ll get it done,as I have plenty of other projects on the go, btu hey – what a great time to start, right?
The pattern I’ve chosen is Levenwick – an asymmetrical cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. You can find the pattern here. I picked up some great burnt orange yarn (Mirasol Qina – 80% baby alpaca, 20% bamboo) on sale and it’s soft and great to work with…
The collar and the start of the yolk
I‘ve been working on these primarily during D&D games, or while waiting (in line for groceries, at the dentist/doctor’s, etc.) Eventually I’ll get around to blocking Herbivore (pattern by Stephen West can be found here) but it’s even wearable now…
Once I finished knitting herbivore, I returned to a fun yarn that I’ve had for a while. I thought it would suit a crosshatch stitch that I’d used in a previous pattern, but I made a number of modifications so that it became the following cowl:
Melissa had a pumpkin-carving party and I decided to carve a very small pumpkin for myself… Of a nazgul fighting a death star.
The Nazgul fighting...
The Death Star fighting back...
Kathryn Ann stopped by so I could help her with her makeup for her Halloween costume. It was a quick 20 minute job and a fun break.
Kathryn Ann Keery as "Dead Marie Antionette"
I have a Tiefling Warlock that I play in a D&D campaign. In our plans to get together and game today, I agreed to bring the snacks, keeping in theme with my character, who deals a lot of flame-based damage. I’m hoping that my chili chocolate flaming cupcakes actually taste decent!
Flaming Spicy Cupcakes