Saturday, June 7, 2014

Say Hello to Orion!

Well, 06/06/98 was actually Dixie's anniversary day with us. We haven't gone quite a year without her, and there are times I still get teary eyed thinking about that wonderful little girl.

But in an effort to bring some life and good vibes back into our house, my husband adopted this little (big) girl for us today. Her name is now Orion.


She's about 10 months old (probably weighs about 12 lbs!), and came from North Carolina to a local PetsMart for an adopt-a-thon today. I think she chose us.

Cujo, our German Shepherd, had been afraid of other cats, since Dixie left us. This time, it wasn't fear he showed, but more like discomfort in being there among so many strange people at the pet store, Orion was interested in him and showed no fear or aggression herself.

We're giving her some time to adjust before giving her full run of the house. She hides her face against my chest when I make her come out from under the bed. Once she gets warmed up, she rubs her face all over mine and purrs.

She was renamed to Orion for a couple of reasons. My mother-in-law used to name her cats after various gods and goddesses. It was a naming trend we planned to do with Dixie, but I couldn't bear to change her name for some reason. It didn't feel right. But we knew we'd do it with this girl. Orion was a hunter in Greek mythology.

Orion is also a constellation my husband and I look for in the winter whenever we're apart. Kind of like that idea that even though we're apart, we're at least seeing the same stars.

Plus, and here's my geek side showing, it's a big chunk of the plot of "Men in Black."

''To prevent war, the galaxy is on Orion's belt."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What I Did Today

For some reason, tonight was a rough night for me. I got to thinking about our moms and Dixie, and it just got me down. I wish I could take us back in time a few years, to when everyone was healthier and happier.

I think part of the reason for my down in the dumps feeling is because we've just started, this week, in looking for another cat. I miss Dixie something fierce and part of me in afraid I won't love another cat as much as I loved her, and will Cujo feel somehow less loved than he was before a new cat.

I need to turn my brain off.

Anyway,

  • I worked on the Tennessee Titans blanket for a little bit while watching Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man 3. I'm starting to think he's got a little bit of what Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington have going on: the older they get, the hotter they get! These guys just get better and better looking with age!
  • I turned two curtain panels into 4 individual cafe curtains for Nicole the Knitter for her new house. They were actually the curtains I had on our dining room window here. 
  • Turned a pair of colored, printed jeans into capris. They were just a tad too snug in the calves as jeans, which is the way they were supposed to fit. They weren't skinny jeans, but I kept cuffing them to make them shorter whenever I'd wear them, so it just made sense to cut them and hem them.
  • Replaced a button on a shirt I just got from the thrift store, a really nice robin's egg blue silky short sleeved button down shirt.
  • Fixed a seam on the zipper on a pair of jeans
  • Cut off a Derek Lam button down shirt style dress into an actual shirt. I loved the dress: I bought it at Kohl's a year ago with a gift card from my mom for my birthday. There were tons of these on the clearance racks and I couldn't figure out why. Well, after wearing it a few times, I figured out why.
Even with the buttons all the way down and the mid-thigh length, there was no practical way to sit without the dress riding up and making you look like a wanna be slut. I tried wearing a slip underneath. Hell, I even go Capri leggings to wear with it instead of the slip. Nothing really worked for this dress. It's got a great design...when it's on a hanger or on display. But in real life, it just didn't work.

I didn't want to toss this, so I cut it off at the hips (on the dummy), pinned it and sewed it again. I've lost about 2/3 of the pockets on the sides, but I've still got this piece because I did love it. It's a really lightweight fabric and quite comfortable to wear when it's hot outside still. I'm going to wear it tomorrow to work.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo

One of the things we brought back from our trip home was a heavy stone flamingo that belonged to my mom. It was a little rough looking. having spent at least one Iowa winter outside and several Iowa summers baking outside in the heat.

That one winter it sat outdoors for is what helped to break it's neck. Luckily for me, there is some kind of rebar inside the neck, so everything held together in the bed of the truck on the way back here.

I used a Walgreens knock off of Gorilla Glue, which I was very happy with. The Python Glue is actually thinner and less "foamy" than the Gorilla brand. A couple applications inside the crack was enough to secure the break, but it wasn't enough to disguise it.

For that, I needed to make a couple thin clay collars for it from Sculpey. And since it's oven bake clay, I had to breal down and buy an embossing/heat gun to cure it.

Those revolting brown marks on the clay are from the heat gun. I wanted a light clay so I could easily see when it was cured from the heat gun. So I guess that technically makes those burn marks.

After it was dry, I primed everything again.
Then I did a quick and dirty paint job on it to set my base colors: just a bright pink for the body and a hunter green for the base. I didn't do any detail work with it. It was just two cans of spray paint.

I painted everything else by brush last night with other colors for the details.





I think my mom would approve of this. I had asked her once before if she'd let me fix it for her and she said no at the time. Now, you've got to get right up on it to see where the thickness and smoothness of the neck changes where the clay and the stone come together.