Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Curtains for My Sitting Room

One of the nice things about Ogre's Relish is the amount of window acreage.  There are 7 windows in it. Seven.  They let in lots of light. Yay! You can enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors from pretty much anywhere in it. Yay!


They also are all pretty much at eye level for anyone walking past, so privacy could be a bit of an issue.  Especially at night.

Remember when I said that there are 7 windows.  Yeah.  That's seven windows in need of window coverings.

Yesterday I went to all three fabric stores in town, in search of curtain fabric.  I came home without any.  I had a couple of samples, but I wasn't in love with either of them - especially when it looked like it was going to run me at least $50.  That's more money than I really want to spend on curtains. So today I headed out again.

My plan was simple, check out Walmart...our little town (as of today) has 3 Walmarts.  Three.  Okay, technically at least one of them isn't in "town", but it's less than 5 miles from my house.


I ended up buying 2 60x102 tablecloths.  That makes nearly 6 yards of wide fabric - for a grand total of...drumroll...$28.  I'll even have some left over to make a tablecloth.

The only curtain rod that was still up was the long one in front - so I put two sets of curtains there for show.  I plan on making a different set for the front wherein the plaid matches in the middle.  These two sets will go on a couple of the side windows.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nothing Ventured...

I have to say, I wouldn't make a great photo journalist.  Being on hand to take pictures of EVERY step in a project - hoping for some great ones.

Frankly, sitting around taking pictures every few minutes isn't very appealing to me.

I spent a couple of hours yesterday working only a few feet away from Steve.  He was in Ogre's Relish, I was just outside...weeding.  Much was accomplished by both of us.

Steve's new favorite tool.
One ceiling panel was removed (water damage).
This is the corner that had the most water damage/dry rot. We've been lucky to have had a couple of days with a lot of rain - it really helped us see where water was coming in. The next job will be to remove the damaged boards and replace them.
We've already purchased the new boards, insulation and paneling.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Artistically, Elder West

To Whom it May Concern.
Planner covers are kind of a thing in this mission. Usually people opt for destroying Ensigns in order to decorate their planners. That's what I usually do as well. However, for some reason I have developed some sort of reputation among my comrades as an artist. Thus, I have been commissioned by them to produce some fabulous artwork for their planners (during lunchtime hours and such).
I made this one back in May for Elder Rae-Bayer. He said something like "I want you to draw me a picture of me flying on my green dinosaur plushie preaching the gospel to women."
Title: "Hark All Ye Nations"

After I made this one I decided that I should buy some color pencils instead of using my scripture marking crayons.
I made this one for Elder Larsen. The left side is self explanatory. The other side I sketched up while waiting for a missionary in a dentist's office.
Title: "Elder Wayne"

This was for Elder Lambourne. He gave me complete creative control, and this is what he got. If you overthink about the picture, you might realize that this picture is actually a subtle jab towards the false doctrine of creatio ex nihlo.
Title: "The Lambirth" (duh)

This was for Elder Jenson. He and I were talking one time about how there isn't a lot of hardcore LDS artwork, and then I shared with him an idea I had for something based off of Moroni chapter 9. He was like "That sounds sweet. You should do it." So I did.
Title: "The Tower of Sherrizah"
And this one I have in my pocket this very moment. I made it back in May a couple weeks after Elder Rae-Bayer's planner, which is why the girl looks kind of similar ("Recycle, re-palette, and... done!"). I kind of regret making her a redhead though, since there's a redheaded sister in our zone. She might take it the wrong way if she sees it.
Title: "Tree of Life" 

That's all folks!
Elder West

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Cart Before the Horse

Sure, we brought home our baby last week (and by baby, I mean Ogre's Relish). I found a smokin' deal on craigslist and we managed to snag it.  Problem? We did not have a vehicle to tow it yet.

Luckily, Steve knows a guy...a guy with a big stinky Bronco (possibly from the late 70's), that he was willing to loan us.

We knew we needed to hurry up and get our own towing we have spent more hours than I care to count in researching, calling, emailing, visiting dealerships (new and used), test driving (lather rinse repeat), to try and find something that would meet our needs without costing an arm and a leg.

Drum roll please...

2006 GMC Sierra

And now Steve becomes "The Guy With a Truck".