Sunday, February 26, 2012

Not enough antique floorboards..............

The trip out of town was fun and we loved meeting Tim and hearing the history of the building he is refurbishing for a machine shop.  It was a church built in the 30's...although it did not look anything at all like a church.  The building had street access from the basement, so he put a huge door on it and removed the beautiful pine floor, sub floor and beams, so he could make it large enough to drive tractors into.  It has also been a bar and a laundromat.  I am so fascinated by old buildings, their architecture, and history.  Tim was so very nice and helped us move all of our lumber and also let us pick through his building to find other gems which had been abandoned in the building.  We found some awesome items. 

Today, I wanted to be certain we had the 500 square feet necessary for the room in the bank building where it will be laid.  Ooops, due to faulty math calculations, we have roughly half of what we need.  I may have to head back tomorrow to pick out more boards before he grants access to others.  We had so many boards of varying lengths and we put them in similar piles and then took an average length.....then tried to transfer all measurements to inches to make the multiplication easier.  Something got lost in the translation.  And Tim was so nice.......we wanted to be certain he knew we were being honest, so we showed him all of our numbers.  He said, "I don't need to check your numbers.....I trust you."  Oh how I love small town Iowa and the caliber of person Iowa produces. 

It was dirty work, as usual, and we were working with boards with nails in them and lifting and sorting and hauling, but we had a great time.  Then it was a rush trip back to Des Moines so I would be available to have my grandsons spend the night.  Fun weekend, but I must admit I am tired.  I love physical labor.....the kind that actually wears me out. 

Stayed up a bit too late last night trying to work on some bears.  This morning the boys were up bright and early.  They just left, so it may be time for a nap.

Have a lovely day, everybody!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Should be in bed...........

but instead, I am up working on this sweetie.  I have been having trouble getting to sleep lately and I can't stand just lying in bed waiting for the sandman.  My sister is coming tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to pick me up to drive to Denison, Iowa to pick up some antique flooring for the bank building we have been working on.  When I know I MUST get to sleep, it only makes the matter worse. 

I have so many orders to work on, but occasionally I need to work on something I can play with and not have to worry about it looking a certain way.  I want Emery to be slouchy and mildly distressed.  We'll see how she turns out. 
Almost midnight, I had better at least try lights out.  The question I try to pick up just a little bit?   Nahhhhhhhhhhh     Good night sweet Emery..........

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Good JuJu

Here is a photo of my JuJu.  She's not yet finished, so I need to get in gear to sew up her seams and put a nose on her, then dress her in a nice vintage wool sweater.