Sunday, August 10, 2014

Got My Cujo Statue Done

Grrrrrr, Blogger is being a pain in the ass tonight for some reason!

The pictures came out a little goofy looking for some reason...the muzzle on this ornament is not really this long.

Anyhoo, here is my finished Cujo statue. It's appropriate that he's wearing a Christmas scarf, because Cujo was actually a Christmas gift to me, from my husband. His name actually used to be Santa, because when he was born, he had a little white goatee and mustache and the breeder said it reminded him of Santa.

I had a harder time painting this one and getting the coat right, because Cujo's colors are very subtle. They don't just change like Dixie's did, or Orion's do, with solid color changes. Cujo also doesn't have the more common GSD "saddle." Instead, he's got a nice, long black "cape."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Got To See KISS Again



Whhhooooo! It was another great KISS concert that we saw tonight, almost one year after we saw them in Portsmouth! (BTW, these videos aren't mine. I found them on You Tube.) Def Leppard opened for KISS and they were really good too!







And once again, when the confetti blasted out of various air cannons for their last song, "Rock and Roll All Night," I was grabbing it to frame with our tickets and a selfie that my husband took of us during the show.



I tell you, say what you will about driving all the way to Virginia Beach to see a concert...but that screen on the stage there is just gorgeous! I've never seen a stage screen look that clear!

Felt Like Making A Weird List

I like to lurk on IMDB whenever I see a new (or old) movie. I think their trivia, goofs and discussion boards are very interesting. And I see a lot of people have lists of different types of movies. For some reason, I decided I needed a movie list of my own.

Call me crazy but I decided to make a list of all the movies I can remember seeing over the last 40 years. I don't know why I did this, and they are in no particular order, but I think I got pretty damn close to all of them.

The ones I've crossed through are time wasters. The ones I've made bold are ones I recommend.

30 Days of Night
The Avengers
Bambi (animated)
Batman: The Movie
Batman
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (animated)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (animated)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (animated)
Justice League: The New Frontier (animated)
The Blues Brothers
Captain America: The First Avenger

Commando
The Coneheads
Drop Dead Fred
The Eraser
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th: Part 2
Friday the 13th: Part III
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th” The New Blood
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th: Part VI
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters 2
Green Lantern
The Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Planet Hulk (animated)
Iron Giant (animated)
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Jaws
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws 4

The Little Mermaid (animated)
My Stepmother’s an Alien
A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy’s Dead; The Final Nightmare
Pete’s Dragon
Predator
Predator 2
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Saving Mr. Banks
Scrooged
Sin City
Superman
Superman II
Superman II: The Richard Donner CutSuperman III
Superman IV: Quest For Peace
Superman Returns
Robocop (original)
Robocop (2014)
Robocop II
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek: The Final Frontier
Star Trek: GenerationsStar Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars Ep I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Ep II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Ep III: The Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Ep IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Ep VI: Return of the Jedi
Top Gun
The SaintReal Genius
The Ghost and the Darkness
The Island of Dr. Moreau
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)

King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong Lives
Kate & Leopold
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Grudge Match

Independence Day
Jurassic Park
Midnight Run
Godzilla (1998)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Dracula (original)
Dracula (remake)
Ice Spiders
Sharknado
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
2 Headed Shark Attack
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Waxwork (1988)
Halloween (2007)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (2009)
Halloween: Resurrection
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers
Halloween 5
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Friday
Friday After Next
Next Friday
The Terminator
Terminator II: Judgment Day
Terminator III: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation
Universal Solider

X-Men
X-Men II
X-Men III: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine

What About Bob?
Groundhog Day
Blazing Saddles
Caddyshack

Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
JFK
The Outsiders
Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Lincoln vs. Zombies

The World is Not Enough
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger
Dr. No
License to Kill
The Living Daylights
A View to a Kill
Die Another Day
The Man With the Golden Gun
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
Joe Versus the Volcano
The Money Pit
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Castaway
Philadelphia
When Harry Met Sally
Broken Arrow
Grease
The Green Mile
Evan Almighty
Bruce Almighty
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Jumanji
Good Morning, Vietnam
Cars
Catch Me If You Can
Apollo 13
Forrest GumpA League of Their Own
City Slickers
Turner & HoochThe Burbs
Big
Dragnet
Splash
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Teen Wolf
Stuart Little
Avatar
Milo & OtisHomeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Father of the Bride (1991)
Father of the Bride 2
Parenthood
All of Me
Planes, Trains and AutomobilesRoxanne
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Red Dawn (1984)
The Breakfast Club
Pretty In Pink
The Pick Up ArtistSherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of ShadowsThe Soloist
Tropic Thunder
The Fugitive

U.S. Marshals
Natural Born Killers
Chaplin
Chances Are
Johnny Be Good
Weird Science
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Singing In The Rain
Gone With the Wind
Driving Miss Daisy
Due Date
Dead Snow
The A-Team

For Your Eyes Only
Thunderball
Octopussy
Never Say Never Again
Moonraker
The Spy Who Loved Me
Diamonds Are Forever
Tomorrow Never Dies
Goldeneye
Skyfall
War of the Worlds
Minority Report
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Interview With the Vampire
Far and Away
Days of Thunder
Rain Man
Cocktail

Hairspray (2007)
Wild Hogs
Ladder 49
Stand By Me

The Punisher (2004)
The Punisher (1989)
Swordfish
Face/Off
Ghost Rider
The Crow
Michael
Get Shorty
Pulp Fiction
Look Who’s Talking
Look Who’s Talking Too
G.I. Joe
The Expendables
Surrogates
16 Blocks
Tears of the Sun
The Village
Unbreakable
The Story of Us
The Sixth Sense

The Fifth Element
Armageddon
The Jackal
Twelve Monkeys

Die Hard
Loaded Weapon 1
Death Becomes Her
The Last Boy Scout
The Lone Ranger
Dark Shadows

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesPublic Enemies
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Corpse Bride (animated)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Astronaut’s WifeFear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Benny & Joon
Cry-Baby
Edward Scissorhands
Real Steel
The Prestige
Van Helsing
Street Smart
Noises Off

In The Gloaming
Pretty Woman
Sleeping With the Enemy
Hackers
Sneakers

Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderThe Watchmen
White Noise
Penthouse North

Jack Frost
Desperate Measures
Jackie Brown
Multiplicity
The Paper
Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Heights

The Dream Team
Speechless
Beetlejuice
Gung Ho
Johnny Dangerously
Mr. Mom
Who Framed Roger RabbitHook
Dick Tracey
The Addams Family
Road Trip
Addams Family Values
Up A Creek
Men in Black
Men In Black 2
Hancock
Anchorman
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Wild Wild West
Enemy of the State
Independence Day
Six Degrees of Separation
UHF
The Devil’s Advocate
Heat
Carlito’s Way

The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
Stigmata
U-Turn
Analyze This
Cop Land
Casino

Frankenstein (original)
Frankenstein (remake)
The Bride of Frankenstein
Backdraft
Goodfellas
The Untouchables

Scarface
The Devil’s Rejects
House of 1000 Corpses
Selena
The Hangover
Cowboys and Aliens
Shaun of the Dead
Jumper
Chasing Amy
Mall Rats
Daredevil
Gladiator
Airplane
The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Dracula: Dead and Loving It!
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Duex
Superhero Movie
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 4
The Santa Clause
Wrongfully Accused
The Aviator
The Perfect Storm
Delores Claiborne
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyAir Force One
Mars Attacks!
Hamlet
The Wolfman (remake)
Indian Summer
Big Top Pee Wee
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Semi-Pro
Blades of Glory
Napoleon Dynamite
Old School

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
Clerks
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me
Shrek (animated)
Shrek 2 (animated)
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
Animal House
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullRegarding Henry
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Working Girl
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Fantastic Four
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Not Another Teen Movie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Unstoppable
Blind Dating
The Book of Eli
American Gangster
Man on Fire
Training Day
Heart Condition
The Hunt for Red October
Malcolm X
Zookeeper
Rambo
Rocky Balboa
A Bug’s Life (animated)
Antz (animated)
Daylight
Judge Dredd
Demolition Man
Speed
Rocky V
Rambo III
Rocky IV
Rambo: First Blood Part II
First Blood
Rocky III
Rocky II
Rocky
Borat
The Dictator
The Professional
Time Cop
Cyborg
Bloodsport
Masters of the Universe
I Am Sam
Dangerous Minds
Wolf
Married to the Mob
The Nightmare Before Christmas (animated)
The Bucket List
The Shining
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Thinner
Pet Sematary
Maximum Overdrive
Young Guns
Cujo
Christine
Shawshank Redemption
The Stand (miniseries)
Creepshow 2
Ted

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Renaissance Man
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Frankenweenie (2012) (animated)Cabin Boy
Hotel Transylvania (animated)You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Deuce Bigalow
50 First Dates
Encino Man
White Chicks
The Waterboy
Iditocracy
Bulletproof
The Hot Chick
Transformers
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Goonies
Smile
The Golden Compass
The Invasion
Bewitched
Moulin Rouge!
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music

Needful Things
LA Stories
The Jerk
Mrs. Doubtfire
A.I.
Jack
The Toy
Awakenings
Brewster’s Millions
Vegas Vacation
Christmas Vacation
Funny Farm
Three Amigos
Spies Like Us
European Vacation
Fletch
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Modern Problems
Little Miss Sunshine
The Muppet Movie (1979)
She-Devil
Monsters Inc. (animated)
Munich
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
King Ralph
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Get Smart
K-9
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Ghost
Dirty Dancing
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
Uncle Buck
The Great Outdoors
Spaceballs
Meatballs
My Girl
Armed & Dangerous
American Pie
Best in Show
Dumb & Dumber
Kick Ass
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
Liar Liar
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture: When Nature Calls
Once Bitten
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Dead Pool
Stripes
Fatal Instinct
8 MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
Raising Arizona
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Jeremiah Johnson
The Karate Kid (original)
Fright Night (2011)
Fright Night (1985)
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Monkey Shines
Paul
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Lawnmower Man
Volcano
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Darkman
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Epic Movie
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Super Troopers
Balls of Fury
Joe Dirt
Tommy Boy
Black Sheep
The Adventures of Tintin (animated)
Defiance
Kindergarten Cop
Total Recall
Twins
Red Heat
Commando
World War Z
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMeet Joe Black
Lord of the Rings
Hell Boy
Law Abiding Citizen
300
Meet the Spartans
Mad Max
House on Haunted Hill

Tron
Kill Bill, Vol 1 and 2
Reservoir Dogs
What's Love Got to Do With It?
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Wedding Singer
Steel Magnolias
Vampire in Brooklyn
Norbit
Dr. Dolittle (2001)
The Nutty Professor (2000)
Mulan (animated)
Beverly Hills Cop
Coming to America
Tommy
Pink Floyd The Wall
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (2002)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python's The Life of Brian
History of the World: Part 1
Show Girls
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Young Frankenstein
Annie
The Patriot
Lethal Weapon
Conspiracy Theory
Mary Reilly
The Pelican Brief
Sideways
Miss Congeniality
28 Days Later
Red Eye
The Pirate Movie
Juwanna Man
What A Girl Wants
Matilda
Walk The Line
Some Like It Hot
SaltBeowulf (animated)A Mighty Heart
Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowGirl, Interrupted
Gia
Zoolander
Mermaids
Great Balls of Fire
There's Something About Mary
The Mask
The Heartbreak Kid
The Day After Tomorrow
Enemy Mine
Innerspace
Bubble Boy
2012
Bad Santa
My Blue Heaven
Down PeriscopeTwilight Zone: The Movie
As Good As It GetsSling Blade
Mr. Woodcock
Time Bandits
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
Point Break
Road House

Spawn
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Blade
Blade II
Silver Bullet
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Animatrix
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Gran Torino
Dirty Harry
J. EdgarHollow Man
Untamed Heart
Swamp Thing
The Dark Crystal
The Wizard Of Oz
Return to Oz
Gremlins
DragonheartBabe
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
A Walk to Remember
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
Popeye
Victor/Victoria
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Jungle Book (animated)
Up In Smoke
The Doors
Cheech & Chongs The Corsican Brothers
Cannonball Run
Smokey and the Bandit

The Avengers (1998)
Supergirl
Big Fish
Hannibal
The Silence of the Lambs
Dogma
Sin City
Underworld (2003)
Cloverfield
The People Under The Stairs
The Ring (US version)
Bebe's Kids (animated)
King Pin
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
E.T.
16 Candles
A Christmas Story
Scream
An American Werewolf in London
Evil Dead
Army of Darkness
Can’t Buy Me Love
Cocoon
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Don’t Tell Her It’s MeFlash Gordon
Flight of the Navigator
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Flowers in the Attic (2013)
The Fly (1986)
Mask
Overboard
Poltergiest
Porky’s
Short Circuit
Throw Momma From The Train
Top Secret!
Troop Beverly Hills
M*A*S*H
Deliverance
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Benji
The Wiz
Dances With Wolves
Blow
Fried Green Tomatoes

Single White Female
Office Space
The Birdcage
The Flintsones
Biloxi Blues
It
The Kennedys (mini series)
Killing Kennedy
Killing Lincoln
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The Sandlot
Hot Fuzz
Captain America (1979)
Captain America: Death Too Soon
The Death of the Incredible Hulk
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Twister
Me, Myself & Irene
Shallow Hal
Why Me?

I figure that's about 775 movies, give or take, which means I've seen about 20 movies a year. I should be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow, and will probably watch Sharkhado 2: The Second One tonight.








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Doing Some Cat Statue Painting

Several years ago, I went to the Christmas Mouse in Williamsburg, VA and bought a plain white cat tree ornament. I repainted it to look like Dixie.

This was actually primed first and was a complete repaint. I think I did a good job on this, although the grey is a little darker than the grey she had. But it was custom mixed to get it as close as it is. I even made sure to get the inside corners of the statues eyes colored correctly. The inside corners of Dixie's eyes were two different colors. Her left eye corner color was a little more brown/rust colored, and her right eye corner was more pink/beige.

I decided the time had come to paint one of Orion. This time, the statue came from the Christmas Mouse in Virginia Beach. I started with a black cat.
I added in her white tuxedo markings on her neck, chest, toes and tummy. I also made sure to take time to get both sides of her little mustache done correctly, and even added in some white and grey into her ears.

I am still working on a Cujo statue as well, from the stash of German Shepherd Christmas ornaments that I already had upstairs in the attic. His is harder to get right because his color patterns aren't as distinct as Dixie or Orion's.

I'm starting to get a little worried about my boy's back legs. At 12 years old, they aren't as strong as they used to be and he's starting to trip more than he ever did before. I'm fairly certain that his legs will give out on him before anything else does, and he'll have to be put to sleep.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pumping Out the Pillowcases

This last week, I didn't once touch the Titans blanket I've been working on. Instead, I had a different project. I made 21 pillowcases.

It may not sound like much, but to me, it was fairly cathartic, (nevermind the fact that I have a hard time sewing a straight line and I swear like I've got Tourette Syndrome when I sew). It was all material that my mom bought to sew stuff for my sister's daughter. I brought all of her sewing stuff home with me when we were there last.

It was a combination of Disney, Sesame Street, Raggedy Ann & Andy, various prints, and even a Spider-Man. I texted my sister and asked her about either curtains or pillowcases. She thought pillowcases would be a good idea.

I started out with the idea that I'd make all the pillowcases just for Eden. However, there was SO MUCH fabric, it would have been too much. So I made just about all the fabric into pillowcases and started sorting them. Most of them are going to Eden. A few of them are going to another niece, three nephews and Nicole the Knitter's god daughter.

I did have some material left over that I could have pieced together into a couple more pillowcases, but I was ready to hurl if I had to look at Elmo for much freaking longer. I bagged up all the leftover pieces, and even included my own leftover fabric (some stuff from a couple of Craftster swaps and the Jedi costume), posted it on Craigslist, and got rid of it tonight. It was a crafting purge and it felt good.

I needed to do SOMETHING with Mom's fabric. Leaving it to sit in a box in my crafting room wasn't going to accomplish anything. I don't think my mom would have approved. I mean, I don't like to save things for a special occasion...what the hell kind of special occasion was going to come up where I'd need several yards of various Sesame Street fabric? Eden, and the rest of the kids, are going to grow up and eventually not care about that kind of stuff anymore, so now was the time to get it done. Besides, I like the idea that every kid in our family, and some friends' families, get handmade things from me. It just seems like a nice idea that someone thought enough about someone else to make something for them. I don't make entire gifts, but I do use my (limited) crafting and crochet skills to supplement store bought gifts.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Another Fantasy Room

In May, I entered a contest with Grandin Road that I didn't win. Since then, I've been thinking more about interior design. My home is shabby chic, because that's what I personally like. I like cobbling together a room, or a "look" or a theme, from several different sources.

For example, in our living room, we have:

  • a low entertainment center from Ashley Furniture for our TV
  • a cat stand
  • the bench I got for free, and refinished, from Nicole the Knitter
  • a leather recliner and dual recliner sofa from a local furniture store that went out of business years ago
  • a 50 gal fish tank on a faux oak stand
  • a short glass topped table from my great aunt Ellen
  • 2 matching dark wood pedestal tables from my mom from Hancock Fabrics
  • a homemade wine bottle lamp
  • 2 matching homemade shell filled canister lamps
  • and then all the assorted things that also go into a living room
This is not catalog living here. It's comfortable, and that's what I like. However, since I do really like the Grandin Road furniture (hell, I even liked the over-priced furniture that Hancock's was trying to sell years ago!), I felt compelled to put together another room from the most recent catalog. I did a front porch and a living room for the contest. 

This is what I'd put into my Orange Office (click the picture to embiggen this bad boy...it's a large image). This is a room for working, not so much entertainment, so I'd keep the knick knacks and personal photos/mementos to a minimum, for better concentration.


  • I'd paint one of the walls with Behr Paint 250B-5 (Orange Spice) in an eggshell finish.
  • The other three walls would be painted with Behr Paint in 730C-3 (Castle Path) in a matte finish.
  • For the floor, I'd go with a wood pallet plank floor, and while I'd seal the floor, I'd want to leave it a little rustic and rough looking. No stain.
  • Window treatments would  be bamboo shades. It would bring another texture into the room and it would play off the color scheme I've got going on. I've got tortoise shell bamboo blinds in our bedroom and I love them!
  • I'd tie the room together with the 7'10"x 9'10" Damask Outdoor Rug in Neutral, now on sale for $199, regularly $249. I really need to break down and get one of these for our living room. I don't care that it's an outdoor rug. Between regular house traffic, a dog and a cat, I bet these suckers hold up remarkably well.
  • The "Street Car" artwork is 40"x 68", at $229. It would be hung on the Orange Spice wall.
  • Up against the wall with the "Street Car" art, I'd have the Westerfield Tufted Ottoman in Sunset ($249). This would be the half of the guest seating.
  • The nearly 24" long Hamilton Pen Sculpture would hang over hand-carved Waverly Chest. The pen runs $129. It would be hung on a wall opposite the "Street Car" art, on one of the Castle Path walls. 
  • Underneath the pen (and close to the desk) would be the hand-carved Waverly Chest, for $399.
  • The Scallop Copper Tray ($199) would sit on the chest.
  • I would have two of the Mabry Leather Club Chairs (I believe this color was called Weathered Dove). These are $399 each. This would be the other half of the guest seating, and I'd have these floating in the center of the room, facing the desk.
  • An Artisan-Crafted Riveted Drum Table ($299) would sit between the club chairs.
  • The Valencia Side Chair in Camel ($299 for a set of 2, even though I only want 1) would be paired with the Nielson Desk ($499). I would have the desk floating as well, in the room, facing the club chairs.
  • The orange Lydia Lamp ($79) and the Richmond Clock ($129) would sit on the desk.
  • I'd have two of the copper domed lights ($99 each), and one of the glass bell lights ($89 each), hung from the ceiling near the Waverly Chest.
  • The Lyon "Vintage Gate" artwork ($169) would be hung close to the desk, also on a Castle Path wall.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Sewing Machine Cabinet Continues

I managed to get the drawers stripped and sanded tonight, instead of going to the gym. I did make up for the gym by riding my bike about six miles tonight around the neighborhood.

Before, with stripper working on the drawers.

After being sanded.  The darker two drawers with cleaned with Murphy's Oil Soap because I ran out of wood cleaner to get rid of the sawdust.
I have been learning already from this project:
  • Strip the wood first, and then worry about the sanding. I did it in reverse with my little bench. :)
  • When you are using the wood cleaner to remove the stripper residue, it seems to work better if you pour it on the wood directly, let it sit for a moment and then start wiping it away. Think about using it the same way you apply wood stain. The stain I removed here turned very thick and goopy and sticky. Rubbing it off by hand didn't do enough.
  • When you are using the wood cleaner to remove sawdust after sanding, apply it with a rag. If you pour it on here, the wood takes on a white/ashy look when it dries. At least, this old mahogany did.
  • Make your local dollar store your best friend. Get yourself a plastic or silicone basting brush and a dough scraper, as well as rubber gloves. I got a Betty Crocker brush and scraper at my local Dollar Tree for applying and scraping off the stripper, and they are AWESOME!