Jul 19, 2010

Marvelous Monday Update 7/19/10

STITCHY STUFF
I finished the breast cancer ornament for Donna at SFAC over the weekend. The ornament will go to a Reach For Recovery volunteer. These volunteers are also cancer survivors.

Design: Cancer Awareness Blackwork
Designer: Kristine Herber, Dragonfly Stitches
Fabric: 14ct ecru aida
Fibers: DMC (962 & 963)
Embellishments: Seed Beads, Charm, Braided Trim


Even though I have two Tacky Bob's, I used my Bead Nabber to assist in putting the beads on. It's pretty convenient in that you wear it on your finger.



SCHOOL
It's my last week of the semester. I am SO ready for a break. The online Cost Accounting class has been rough (ruff-ruff, lol). I have a test this week, plus homework and then I'm FREE! For two weeks anyway...

Then the next semester starts up. I'll be taking a full time class load comprised of in-seat and online classes. More accounting and finance classes -- fun. (NOT)

Only 6 more classes!


DO-IT-YOURSELF
While on vacation for a week, a friend of mine got a wild hair up the butt and decided (out of the blue) to remodel the bathroom. I volunteered to do the drywall mudding, sanding, and painting. Included in the ordeal project was a new sink faucet, towel bars, and even new toilet handle -- all in rubbed oil bronze finish. Oh, and new linoleum flooring.

To save $$$, I suggested the furnace grate, old trim, and door be painted in a shade to match the bronze finishes. Guess who's doing that?? Yep, moi! I found this hammered bronze paint that matches. All was going great until... Let me back up: When I do spray painting, I have a nifty gadget that snaps to the top (similar to the one to the right). Well, I forgot mine at home. I primered all the trim and then spray painted it without the paint can adapter. My index finger was a bit sore by the time I ran out of paint... later it felt numb. Here it is a day later and the tip of my finger is still numb!

(P.S. This was for the friend's bathroom, not mine!)

35 comments:

Sadie said...

What a beautiful ornament! Your finishing is perfect, I am sure the volunteer who receives it will be thrilled.
I hope your last week of this semester rolls by quickly and then you can relax :-)

Sue said...

Meari, I love the ornament; the colors are so 'soft'.....perfect! Love the trim. You do beautiful work.

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on the finish and good luck with the school(I really dislike cost accounting). I like your little bead nabber, it looks like a very useful, must to have, tool.

Kelly said...

Beautiful ornament Meari.

Ranae said...

A very beautiful ornament

angel parker said...

Your ornament made me cry. There are so many people in this world that need hope. Your ornament is beautiful and so is its sentiment.

Shari said...

beautiful ornament Meari! You did a wonderful job on it.
Glad you get a break from school soon here....even a couple weeks will feel great!

Debra said...

Your ornament turned out beautiful and I see you used your tags too cute. I have never used the Bead-Nabber. Good luck with school. Ouch on the finger!

Carol R said...

Lovely finish Meari

Felicity said...

Pretty finsihs. Enjoy the study break. Are you officially on vacation, too? I mean off from work for a while? Ughhh! bathorrom renovations! Next time someone says it's time to do one of them, offer them tea and panodol for a headache. Pop over to my blog and see our reno still in full swing! LOL

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

You ornie is so pretty!! BTW: my bathroom really needs help.....know anyone??

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Have you considered holding an on-line finishing class for those of us who are 'finishing challenged'??

Judi Covey
From sunny Phoenix AZ

Carol's Stitching said...

Gorgeous ornament and the little charm on the back is the perfect touch!

Danielle said...

Lovely ornament!!! You sure do get yourself into some DIY jobs, don't you? And I can relate to the numb finger from spray painting. Oy!

Kristin said...

Sounds like you put pressure on a nerve ending. It will take a bit for the feeling to come back.

Gorgeous ornament!

Elaine said...

Beautiful ornament finish!
Enjoy your break from school.

Sunshine said...

I'm very Impressed with your ornament. Your Finish is Awesome!
Neat idea with the bead dabber. I bet that helps to keep them out from under long fingernails, until it's time to clean it off to put beads away. LOL!:)How's it work for you?

Moreen said...

Lovely ornament Meari - your finish is perfect.

Berly said...

The ornament is beautiful! Yeah on school!! Great job on the spray painting.

Mylene said...

A lovely ornament! Congrats on the finish.

Anonymous said...

I love your cancer awareness ornament. It is so delicate and beautifully finished. How do you create a blog and keep it going? Meari I love all that goes into your blog.

Tina

Carol said...

Wow, you're doing the drywall, Meari?!! You really can do it all--I'm in awe!

Love your little pink and white ornament--what a wonderful cause!

Kathy said...

Your ornament turned out gorgeous! Beautiful finishing on it.

I do hope your finger is feeling better.

MaryT said...

Really lovely ornament, say would you like to do some drywall work for me? LOL

Mel said...

The ornament is too pretty! Love it.

You are the go get it done lady. Awesome. :)
Can't wait to see pics of the project.

Akila said...

Lovely ornament :) Love the cow as well, simply superb. You seem to bereally lucky when it comes to thrift stores ;) ;)

Donna said...

The ornament is so pretty. They will love it! Thanks again.
I am going to have to get one of those bead nabbers and spray can adapters. Both would really come in handy!

Anonymous said...

What fun it was to catch up on your blog, Meari. Your breast cancer ornament is stunning. As always I love reading your stories and seeing the results of your "treasure hunts." It's been fun to see everyone's variations on the retreat. Congratulations on finishing ABC Lessons. I really want to do that one sometime. Good luck with your next school session. Our semester starts in late August - the summer has flown by entirely too fast!

Sandy in NM

Anonymous said...

Love the Breast Cancer ornament.
What school do you take on-line classes? How would you rate it? Do you need any textbooks or is material all on-line. Just curious.

Chris (who has been thinking about an on-line class)

Nancy M said...

Nice ornament finish. I know the breast cancer one I made for someone touched their heart, which makes it worth the while!!! Volunteering for remodeling for someone else?? You are the handy person. I have a bead nabber and I have yet to use it! Love the tacky bob though.

Carolyn NC said...

You are one handy dandy girl!! (and a good friend...LOL) Great finish and for such a worthy cause. Good luck with the schooling - not too much more!

Anonymous said...

The ornament looks great Meari!!

Karin in CA

Anonymous said...

As always it is a joy to read your blog. The breast cancer ornament is stunning, you did a great job. Also loved reading about your neat finds recently. Hope you are managing with your classes and all the work involved, or are you now finished for this semester?

Coleen

Anonymous said...

Your finished breast caner ornament is gorgeous , really wonderful work.

And that " house " story was great too

Tinna

Shelley said...

The ornie is beautful. Whomever gets it is truly lucky.

Your so nice to help out a friend with such a detailed project. I've gotta get me one of the spray can adapters.