Monday, September 29th, 2008
Oh the many, many topics that could be included in this post! It seems that we are in the middle of so much right now and life is in constant flux. It’s ok. It’s hectic, but it’s good…growing, shifting, changing, expanding (quite, quite, rapidly in the case of my waistline), reassessing, reworking, reevaluating…good stuff, strong stuff. When we are in the middle of it all, it seems like it will last a forever, but I know that in the grand scheme of things everything is really coming along and we are making regular, steady progress.
I don’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but a couple of months ago, Steve and B the Builder put some drywall up in two separate areas. With the electric already roughed in and no need for plumbing, they are the only two places that we can close in at this point. The walls sat for a while, as summer kept us busy with other projects, but in the last couple of weeks, Steve has been working hard to get at least one section ready for painting. And after hours upon hours of filling in screw holes, mudding seams, sanding and finally priming, they are now ready to go. Paint! There will be actual paint! It’s pretty amazing really.
First up is the play area and a small wall in the adjoining dining area.
Another “in progress” that surfaced again the other day…
A knitting project that I’ve been working on for quite some time now. It seems this is going to be a very long-term project. I’ve slowly been adding to it with any bits of yarns that fit my criteria, yarns left over from other projects, supplemented here and there with a skien that I pick up on clearance. This project is quite the yarn hog! It’s going to be a while yet before I’m able to complete it. But it’s exciting whenever I get to add in a new little bit. And hey, if anyone out there has any wool yarn in shades of brown or pink that they are just dying to get rid of, well, you know where to find me!
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Several months ago, Iain, Elijah and I had the amazing opportunity of working with a local artist/builder/storyteller/craftsman/educator on the construction of a sapling hut.
It was an incredible afternoon. I was really surprise at the fact that only a few people attended, my boys the only children among them. And myself, one of only 3 adults (save for the instructor). The original plan was for only Iain and I to attend, as the advertisements specified that it was for ages 8 and up. Elijah was really sad about not getting to take part. Once we got there, I felt like the instructor would be totally open to him attending, so I asked and he rolled his eyes at the flier and insisted that Elijah join in!
With so few people there, they were a really active part of the building process. I know you can’t tell from these pictures, because the only time I had to take pictures was when we were making decisions about the structure or receiving instructions, not actively building.
The instructor opened with us all sitting inside the circle we had marked out. He told a Native American tale about a village that had lost it’s way, being tricked into coming together to create a community once again and all of the beautiful rewards they found there in. This structure was a gift to our town, to our community and the coming together to make it was a part of it’s blessing.
I couldn’t help but think how fitting and timely this was for my little Iain, heading into third grade to study both building and Native American culture and legend. It always amazes me when some perfect opportunity of this sort, just falls into our laps.
And yes, it turned out quite strong and sturdy! And we have plans to build one in our own yard sometime in the future.
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
For the Boys
Work on the boys room is coming along. Steve has been graciously setting aside bits of time to help me out and we’ve been making some serious progress. A little set of shelves constructed of scrap wood here, some fancy work with extension cords there, lots of scrounging materials (furniture, boxes, hardware) from the rest of the house and things are starting to cozy up in there. It’s still going to be unfinished, but a far more pleasant sort of unfinished. I’m sitting down today to draw up a list of the last couple of things I’d like to do before moving on to the next room. There are a few minor things to move around, but I think most of the heavy lifting, hanging around on top of ladders work is done. And now it’s on my to quickly pull together all of the crafty projects I devised, to make everything feel a little more like “home”.