Friday, April 24, 2015

Another Entry Off The Bucket List

Who's got two thumbs and rode a mechanical bull this afternoon? 

THIS CHICK.

I was at a work-related picnic this afternoon and one of the companies there brought a mechanical bull. I had to take a crack at it. I've kind of always wanted to try riding one.

While my "technique," if you will, was not rodeo-standard (I was hanging on with both hands instead of just one), I still did it! I think my first ride was about 2-3 seconds and my second ride was 3-5 seconds. On that second ride, I was squeezing with my thighs and had my legs wrapped more around the front of the bull, instead of having them straight down and slightly bent at the knees.

  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy sub, but my husband and I don't know anyone that works on board a sub.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy ship that most people will never get to go on. I got to go walk around under a ship while it was in dry dock, and then I walked up the scaffolding around the mast, almost to the very top!
  • I'd love to go for a ride in a fighter jet of some kind.
  • I want to go jet skiing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • I want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • I want to go to the top of the Washington Monument. 
  • I want to go to NYC, and see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Twin Towers, and go to a show of some sort. We went there in 2000 and saw The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • I want to go to the Saint Louis Arch. We did this in 1999.
  • I want to go to Niagara Falls. We did this in 2000.
  • I want to go to Universal Studios Florida. We did this in 2001 and I'd love to do it again!
  • I want to go to the Poconos and stay in one of their themed suites. We did this in 2006 and stayed at Caesar's in the champagne glass suite.
  • I want to stay in a themed suit at the HoJo in Florence, KY.
  • I want to visit Santa Claus, IN, "American's Christmas Hometown."
  • I want to go to Metropolis, IL.
  • I want to get a memorial tattoo in honor of my mom and my mother-in-law.
  • I want to take a road trip up to DC to see the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and go to Horace and Dickie's Seafood Restaurant/
  • I want to write a bad sci-fi horror script and present it to The Asylum to see if they'd be willing to make it into an actual movie for the SyFy Channel. I finished this on April 12, 2015.
  • I want to finally order the "Hell's Admin Assistant" patch for my motorcycle jacket that I've been thinking about for years.--I figure it's a funny alternative to a Hell's Angel patch, which I'm clearly not a member of Hell's Angels. I ordered one from Star City Stitchery
  • I'd like to cuddle a baby gorilla. I really don't know where this one comes from, but aren't baby gorillas the cutest babies EVER??!
  • I want to take a painting class, a la Bob Ross. I did this in a restaurant in Virginia Beach with a bunch of motorcycle riders from an American Legion post, in 2014.
  • I want to go hang gliding in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I did this over Memorial Day weekend with my husband.
  • I want to see the archaeological dig at the Jamestown Settlement.
  • I want to go charter boat fishing in the Atlantic Ocean: I tried doing this in 2012, but the water was really rough that day. I didn't catch anything but I sure made a lot of chum!
  • I want to go to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • I want to see KISS in concert, in the make-up. 
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. I've actually done two pieces now.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command.I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA (We did this in 2013) and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods.  We did this for the end of the year in 2014.
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I can't drive a clutch and have no desire to learn, but I'd like to go for a ride in a 1957 Chevy BelAire and a mid-80's Lamborghini Countach.
  • I'd like to sit in any of the Batmobiles, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, KITT from Knight Rider, and the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 
  • I want to go to Rhode Island, Boston and Seattle, just for the sake of going.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day.--I've been to Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam, but it wasn't close enough.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.  I had to cross this one off: On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he will leave the show on December 19, 2014.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion I was accepted in December 2014!
  • I want to ride a mechanical bull. --I did this in April 2015.
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. Did this in July 2014.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Got a GREAT Surprise

    Every once in a while, I get a wild hair up my butt and decide to email an author whose work I've enjoyed. I did that a couple years ago with Daniel Black, the author of Perfect Peace. I actually got a reply back from him.

    I did it again last week. I emailed Judy Blume from her website.

    I had been browsing around the books in Amazon and I realized she has been writing adult books! I ordered a few of them and even ordered my favorite book of her's: Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself. Since I was still kind of on a Judy Blume kick, I figured it was a good time to write her a fan letter. When I was in elementary school, I used to LOVE writing fan letters to celebrities. I hardly ever heard anything back from them, but I didn't care.

    Dear Ms. Blume--
    I looked for your website so I could somehow contact you. I'm 40 years old and started reading your books when I was in the 3rd grade. I fell in love with your characters immediately. 

    A few weeks ago, I saw on Amazon you had a couple "adult" books so I decided it was time to check them out. So far, I've read "Smart Women" and I really enjoyed it, even though it was a complete departure from the books I'd grown up with. :) 

    When I ordered your books, I decided to also order "Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself." That one was ALWAYS my absolute favorite book of yours. It's absolutely timeless, even still today. I think I identified a lot with Sally, and other than being a one time 10 year old girl with an over-active imagination, that was about all I had in common with her. :) 

    Thank you for writing such wonderful books. When my niece gets older, I intend to get a Judy Blume collection for her. :)

    Guess what...I actually got a reply back!!!! GASP!!!

    Hi Amy, 
    Thanks so much for your warm message. It means a lot to know how well you remember my books. I just finished writing a new adult book that took me quite a while to get done. (Ugh - writing is hard work!) It's my readers who keep me writing. Where would I be without you? You can follow me on twitter @judyblume, though I'm trying not to tweet too often. It's too good a distraction.
    Love,
    Judy

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I'm totally saving the email I got back from her!!!! It made my day!!!

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Another Entry Off the Bucket List

    As of tonight, I have completed another item on my bucket list: writing a complete script of a shark attack movie and sending it over to The Asylum. Amazingly enough, I actually have a small feeling that if the right person there looked at the pitch I sent them, they'd want to see more and maybe actually option it.

    I've emailed and Tweeted people there at The Asylum, people who seem like they'd be people who make things happen, based on their job titles. I could be wrong. Who knows? But at least I've done it.

    "Sharkosaurus Rex:" a pod of Great White extra large shark hybrids have come up from the Puerto Rico trench to feed off the Virginia Beach coast, terrorizing beachgoers at the local oceanfront. Working together, a San Diego oceanographer and a Virginia Beach marine biologist join forces with the US Navy to put a stop to the pod's killing spree, finding out along the way of what they are really up against: an ancient pod of Great White/T-Rex hybrids.

    If I were casting it for The Asylum to film it for airing on Syfy, this is how I'd see the main cast members:

    · Dr. Stephen Grant: he's former Navy turned Oceanographer, driven by his work since the recent death of his family in a drunk driving accident (Dean Cain)

    · Dr. Amanda Smith: a hippy/Marine Biologist in her late 50s/early 60s (Arlene Sorkin)

    · Mildred Hawkins: a senior aged woman on vacation with her family who captures the first known photos of the hybrids, seems sweet but a little on the sarcastic side (Cloris Leachman or Betty White)

    · Commander of the USS Stout, Kelly: a hard nosed, by the book kind of leader (John Schneider)

    · ETC McClure: helps Dr. Grant kill the hybrids as they attack the USS Stout (Wil Wheaton)

    · Vanilla Ice and his DJ, Dirty Chopstix, as well as Virginia Beach personalities as themselves.

    The caliber of the actors I've listed above are true actors, some of which have been in other shark movies The Asylum has produced. Plus, in watching as many of The Asylum films as I have (and trying to decipher any "formulas" that might exist for the films' storylines), I've realized there are lots of opportunities for cameos for other celebrities, and "Sharkosaurus Rex" would be no different.

    There could be the opportunity to shoot a good portion of it here in Virginia Beach. It would lend authenticity to the film by having our oceanfront and our part of the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet featured so prominently. If a sharknado can destroy the Santa Monica Pier or batter the Empire State Building, my Sharkosaurus Rex pod can easily be made to destroy our fishing pier and attach an Arleigh Burke class of destroyer on the Atlantic Ocean.

    Like the cut classics The Asylum has already created, I think "Sharkosaurus Rex" is a cross between the "Sharknado" films, as well as "2 Headed Shark Attack" (the size of the beasts), "Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies (mixing real people into unbelievable horrors) and "Mega Shark vs Mechashark" (throwing a bit of technology into the mix). I'd even go so far as to also compare it to aspects of "Super Shark" (giant primordial sharks) and "Jaws" (just for the gore factor).

    Wish me luck, everyone. :)


  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy sub, but my husband and I don't know anyone that works on board a sub.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy ship that most people will never get to go on. I got to go walk around under a ship while it was in dry dock, and then I walked up the scaffolding around the mast, almost to the very top!
  • I'd love to go for a ride in a fighter jet of some kind.
  • I want to go jet skiing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • I want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • I want to go to the top of the Washington Monument. 
  • I want to go to NYC, and see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Twin Towers, and go to a show of some sort. We went there in 2000 and saw The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • I want to go to the Saint Louis Arch. We did this in 1999.
  • I want to go to Niagara Falls. We did this in 2000.
  • I want to go to Universal Studios Florida. We did this in 2001 and I'd love to do it again!
  • I want to go to the Poconos and stay in one of their themed suites. We did this in 2006 and stayed at Caesar's in the champagne glass suite.
  • I want to stay in a themed suit at the HoJo in Florence, KY.
  • I want to visit Santa Claus, IN, "American's Christmas Hometown."
  • I want to go to Metropolis, IL.
  • I want to get a memorial tattoo in honor of my mom and my mother-in-law.
  • I want to take a road trip up to DC to see the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and go to Horace and Dickie's Seafood Restaurant/
  • I want to write a bad sci-fi horror script and present it to The Asylum to see if they'd be willing to make it into an actual movie for the SyFy Channel. I finished this on April 12, 2015.
  • I want to finally order the "Hell's Admin Assistant" patch for my motorcycle jacket that I've been thinking about for years.--I figure it's a funny alternative to a Hell's Angel patch, which I'm clearly not a member of Hell's Angels. I ordered one from Star City Stitchery
  • I'd like to cuddle a baby gorilla. I really don't know where this one comes from, but aren't baby gorillas the cutest babies EVER??!
  • I want to take a painting class, a la Bob Ross. I did this in a restaurant in Virginia Beach with a bunch of motorcycle riders from an American Legion post, in 2014.
  • I want to go hang gliding in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I did this over Memorial Day weekend with my husband.
  • I want to see the archaeological dig at the Jamestown Settlement.
  • I want to go charter boat fishing in the Atlantic Ocean: I tried doing this in 2012, but the water was really rough that day. I didn't catch anything but I sure made a lot of chum!
  • I want to go to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • I want to see KISS in concert, in the make-up. 
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. I've actually done two pieces now.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command.I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA (We did this in 2013) and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods.  We did this for the end of the year in 2014.
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I can't drive a clutch and have no desire to learn, but I'd like to go for a ride in a 1957 Chevy BelAire and a mid-80's Lamborghini Countach.
  • I'd like to sit in any of the Batmobiles, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, KITT from Knight Rider, and the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 
  • I want to go to Rhode Island, Boston and Seattle, just for the sake of going.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day.--I've been to Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam, but it wasn't close enough.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.  I had to cross this one off: On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he will leave the show on December 19, 2014.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion I was accepted in December 2014!
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. Did this in July 2014.
  • Monday, April 6, 2015

    Finally Mastered the Zipper!

    Just a quick post tonight.

    I've been tinkering off and on with taking in a dress for Nicole the Knitter. It has a zipper down the side. She's lost a good amount of weight and this dress just hangs on her. Much to her dismay, "I've lost my rack!!!" Even the boobs have gotten smaller.

    Anyway, I took the dress in tonight again, and pulled out the zipper. I told her there was a chance I wouldn't be able to get it back in right, so the dress might turn into a pull over her head kind of dress, but I'd give it a whirl.

    Well, I figured it out! I got the zipper back in and it works!!!! It's the first time I've ever messed with a zipper before.

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    One More List To Get Out of My Head

    Alright, so other than updating previous posts, this should be the last list to get out of my head: stand up comics I've seen. It's kind of a chronological list, just like the concerts list,but there are comics that I don't remember when we saw them.
    • Paula Poundstone—University of Northern Iowa--1995
    • Gabriel Iglesias —Virginia Beach Funny Bone--2005
    • Jeff Dunham—Virginia Beach Funny Bone—August 2007
    • Adam Ferrara—Virginia Beach Funny Bone
    • Tracey Morgan—Virginia Beach Funny Bone
    • Aries Spears—Virginia Beach Funny Bone—2006 or 2007
    • Steve Byrne—Virginia Beach Funny Bone—April 2008
    • Godfrey—Virginia Beach Funny Bone—October 2008
    • John Henton—Virginia Beach Funny Bone
    • Jon Reep—Virginia Beach Funny Bone--2008
    • Felipe Esparza—Virginia Beach Funny Bone—October 2010
    • Larry the Cable Guy with Reno Collier—Newport News Ferguson Center—Sept. 2011
    • Josh Blue—Virginia Beach Funny Bone--2011
    • Pablo Francisco—Virginia Beach Funny Bone
    • Ralphie May—Virginia Beach Funny Bone--2012
    • Dustin Diamond—Virginia Beach Funny Bone--2013
    • Gabriel Iglesias —Norfolk Chrysler Hall--2014

    I swear, I'm not going to make any more lists. I actually thought, for about five seconds, about making a book list, but I've read far too many books over the years (especially as a kid) to ever get a list like that right. Do you remember those reading "Olympics" we used to do, where you'd keep track of all the books you read and you'd get some cheap-o little medal to wear? I used to ROCK those things!

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Saw John Mellencamp Tonight

    For anyone that follows their favorite singer, you always know their tour schedule. While John Mellencamp isn't one of my favorites (I do love a handful of his songs), my husband likes him and has always wanted to see him but I knew that JCM isn't doing the big tours like he used to, instead favoring the smaller venues. He performed at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, and the sound there was AMAZING.

    For comparison’s sake: the Virginia Beach Amphitheater seats 20,000; the Ntelos Pavilion in Portsmouth seats 7,500; Chrysler Hall seats 2,500; the NorVa in Norfolk seats 1,450; and the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach seats 350.

    Chrysler Hall is very particular about people doing any kind of recording or photography during any performance there, so I didn't risk it by taking any pictures, even with us being in the balcony. Fortunately, not everyone was as careful.


    The opening act was Carlene Carter, daughter to June Carter-Cash. I’m not a country fan anyway, so it was hard to listen to this chick sing. She is SUPER twangy (think about the stereotypical female country singer, with a southwestern Virginia accent!) and she sang two or three separate songs about her mother’s passing in 2003 and how hard Johnny Cash took it. Ewwwwwww, I’m not in a place yet where the topic of dying mothers is entertaining, and it seems a little distasteful in a “I’m milking my family for all it’s worth!” kind of way. I did have to wonder how she got paired up with JCM for his “Plain Spoken” tour. Usually, the pairings make sense. This one didn’t to me, at least, not right away.

    Anyway, she sang maybe 5-7 songs and then JCM came out. He always reminded me of  the “everyman” kind of performer: folksy, down to earth, speaks for the common man, and I think that’s why my husband likes him. However, as I was watching him, I watched how he held his guitar and how he was dressed. He was in an almost black suit with a vest and white shirt on underneath. He looked and moved a little like Johnny Cash. He has gone from rocker to the modern Man in Black, and that was the tie in with him and Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash’s step-daughter. Clay Barbour, a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, wrote, “John Mellencamp has always operated in the realm of Americana with a roots-tinged blend of rock and country, but his music hasn't stayed the same. In a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, the one-time John Cougar Mellencamp (and Johnny Cougar) has explored sounds from soul to the Stones to Springsteen.”

    He started out performing the newer stuff, which strikes me as anti-establishment, to a degree, and it was alright. Nothing to write home about. Then he slowly transitioned into some older songs. “Though 63, Mellencamp remains creatively restless. He plays Chrysler Hall in Norfolk Sunday, supporting his 22nd studio album, "Plain Spoken," a rough-hewn record of pained lyrics and understated guitar. Mellencamp is a fascinating musician, a heartland hero more comfortable as an outsider,” Barbour said in his review.” I thought that was the best way to describe him.

    Lawless Times
    Toubled Man
    Minutes to Memories
    Stones in my Passway
    Human Wheels
    The Isolation of Mister
    Check It Out
    Longest Days
    Jack and Diane
    The Full Catastrophe

    But then after these songs, JCM stepped off stage and let his other musicians perform for a song themselves. When they were done, he came back on stage, the jacket was gone, and the vest and white t-shirt were showing. The audience went nuts and this became a different show altogether. This became JCM as a down and dirty rocker, classic, vintage stuff we all heard on the radio growing up.

    Away From This World—with Carlene Carter*
    Tear This Cabin Down—with Carlene Carter*
    Rain on the Scarecrow
    Paper in Fire
    If I Die Sudden
    Crumblin Down
    Authority Song/Land of 1000 Dances
    Pink Houses
    Cherry Bomb

    Hearing him perform “Crumblin Down” and the “Authority Songs” were the highlights for me. Those to me are the best things he’s ever done and I sing to those any time I hear them (provided I’m along and no one can hear me!).

    *Fun note to mention: both of these songs are from “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a musical he wrote with Stephen King. Even though it came out in 2013, JCM said they started working on it 15 years ago and it’s still in a stage of being worked on.

    Of Barbour’s review, I didn't agree with this: “And at an age when some artists use their bands to hide diminished vocal range, Mellencamp employs a bare-boned sound that leaves his nicotine-stained cords center stage.” JCM does sound pretty rough on the newest CD, but that doesn’t seem to carry over into his live performances, and he even broke out a cigarette during one of his songs. Instead, when live, he sounds like someone who might be aging naturally with a few cigarettes thrown in. But let’s be honest, how many singers, even if they take care of their voices, sound the same at 63 as they did at 23? Even Billy Joel sounds a touch different, but still recognizable and still great.

    And he had five other musicians on stage with them for about 75% of the show. He wasn’t hiding behind their music. If anything, he showed them off as well. He had a violinist on stage with him, named Miriam Sturm. She was dressed in a black or navy blue ball gown and barefoot (apparently) and she was the breakdown star of the show. She was animated and having a good time. Watching her play her violin was like watching a precisely tuned machine, and her entire right arm (with the bow) looked like it was all pivoted. It was just so interesting to watch her, and there was a few times while performing older songs, her violin performance replaced the original female back up singing.

    The only true let down of the show: no encore! My husband and I were expecting 1 or 2 more songs, possibly “Hurts So Good,” or some other classic. But no…no encore tonight.


    If you get the chance to see JCM perform, definitely try to go. It was a better show than I imagined, and he’s not someone I would have gone to see if my husband had been gone.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    New Curtain for the Crafting Room

    For Christmas, Shane got me a gift card to A.C. Moore with a crazy amount on it. I had a good time spending it, let me tell you! :)

    I found out that A.C. Moore is now selling large pieces of upholstery-type fabric, like 2-3 yards of it at a time. It all looks like they came right off the end of a bolt. It was nice stuff and I decided to pick up a piece for something later. I got a plaid-kind of print.

    That later finally came, and I made a new curtain for my crafting room. It's a very simple valance, very similar in design to the one I had up there before. But I decided it was long past due to replace the little curtain rod that had always been up there: white metal with 90 degree turns on both ends. You know the kind...the cheap shit ones.

    This sucker was so old that it didn't hang straight on the brackets anymore because the tabs on them were crooked. I replaced the whole thing with a white metal rod with finals on the ends that almost match the drawer pulls on my sewing machine cabinet.

    But I couldn't stop there! At some point, I bought a doorway framing kit at Home Depot, yeeeeeeeeeeeears ago, to trim out the window in the attic (it has an AC unit in it) because it didn't have any trim on it and it was raw edge paneling around it. For some ungodly reason, I stained that sucker YELLOW! YELLOW PINE (or oak, I don't know what it is)...what the hell was I thinking???

    Actually, I know what I was thinking at the time...I'm sure that yellow stain was something from Home Depot's "Oops" second in the paint department, and since I'd never tackled a project like that before, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it in case I screwed it up.

    So I dug out some of the stain I used for my bench and stained the trim again, right over the yellow. I did try wiping it off, but that just made the wood look dirty. I went back and actually put two coats of stain on it, paint-style, and let it dry. Once that was good and dry, I put one coat of poly on it, left over from the sewing machine cabinet. I wanted there to be some gloss on that wood, compared to the wood paneling around it.

    The pre-stained trim took the new, darker stain pretty well. And here's the new curtain I made. It's a small room, so it's hard to get a lot of stuff into one picture in it, so I decided to go for just a simpler picture. You can see my Peter Mayhew autograph here, and yes, the window sash is burgundy. I got bored one night, shortly after we moved in here and decided to use craft paint to paint that part of the window burgundy. I don't really know why, but what the hell....I also put poly over that section of the window as well.