Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Rush!

Hi folks, The rush of orders for Spring weddings is on!  I have a lot of people I have yet to respond to via email or phone.  Rest assured all of your messages have gotten to's just taking me some additional time to get back to everyone.  I am trying to get all caught up on that correspondence today (or rather this evening).  Thanks so much for understanding.


I hate it when I misplace a crown!!!!! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

neat site

because of my husband, Josh, I love all things space.  this is a neat little write-up--mostly fun pictures

Monday, March 21, 2011

crown cases are here!

I picked up my first batch of crown cases from the cabinet makers on Friday.  I got a chance on Sat evening and yesterday afternoon to sit down and inspect them.  Overall, they're exactly what I wanted.  We have a few kinks to work out yet (a few lids are askew and need to be remade.  padded feet were left off).

I just need to install the Lexan window. and prep and install the bases.  I'm not pleased with how my wooden icons stained up...there's too much detail--and the oak grain really picks up the stain.  I need to find a solution pronto!

Friday, March 18, 2011

2 saving graces

2 things have helped me get through this week:  1) completely abandoning my work yesterday afternoon (the first really gorgeous and warm day here this year) and going to play with my my nephew in the yard.  trucks, sandbox, chasing bubbles.  Sharing a banana.  Yeah, that's the good stuff. 

2) today is Friday.  We'll see if I can get everything checked off my to-do list today, but come 6pm, i'm not working on any work.  only fun stuff (rehabbing a dresser for baby's changing table).  FYI, i pick up crown cases today!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Well, I really liked the house---thought that it had enormous potential.  Josh agrees with that, but feels more work would need to be done sooner rather than later.  As in, as soon as we moved in.  So that's an automatic no for us with our current situation.  it was really fun to go and see, though. 

and josh's work has officially announced that they're moving to a downtown location!  Yay!  That will shave about 10  minutes off of josh's commute (to well under 30 minutes!).  The existing buildings still needs to be renovated for RR's use, but they are a couple of unused Eli Lily buildings.  so they're in great condition.  RR just has to get all the work spaces and such set up.  Josh's group will be the last to make the move, but it's conceivable that josh will be at the new site by the end of the year.  Fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Busy week!

last week of my 2nd trimester.  Woo!

And too much crown work to really be able to comprehend.  BUt it's all really really fun work, so i'm not unhappy about it.

to add to all of this excitement, on an evening drive yesterday, we stumbled upon a home that we've always loved.  It's now for sale.  It's a home that we had noticed was for sale via the online listing several months ago, but hadn't fully comprehended that it was that house.  and it hasn't yet sold (it's a pre-forclosure.  as-is condition.  needs updating).   We're starting to feel the space crunch in our home (and esp. my workshop).  we can't help but be curious about this house.  waiting for a realtor to call me back to see when we can view it. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kicking = good, right?

So the other night, Josh was talking to my belly.  The little guy was in quite the feisty, kicking mood (he really responds to Josh's voice!).  So Josh started naming off some of the names we've compiled thus far.  The little guy was quiet, no kicking at all, until we got to one name.  And we got a BIG kick.  Josh continued reading names, but no kicks to any of those.  And when we went back to reading stories, then the kid was just doing his usual fluttery thing.   Soo....we can only guess that he liked the sound of the name, and that's why he kicked....Or was it a fluke?....or does it mean he hates the name?

I usually go with the theory that If I get lots of kicks while eating, then I figure he likes it, right?  so, I think I may apply that to the name game we have going on.

I think I may have also finally located a nursing chair.  Once my short little legs will allow me to out of rather gracefully with out much arm assistance.

But work has been really, really busy the last 2 weeks, so barely any baby-fun has gotten done.  I think I'm still in shock that I'm a week away from my 3rd trimester.

I just had to restock on some materials and shipping supplies.  It is getting to hard to snake in and out of the aisles I have set up in the garage for the various boxes and supplies.  It's hard not to get grumpy about it.  and I need to suddenly have a bunch of safe storage areas for all those crown cases that should be finished any time now.... I need a larger workshop!  But the Spring wedding season is in full swing.  It's been late working days around here....which is fine, since Joshy-boy has been working a lot of late evenings for his work these days, too.  So it at least works out well that we're both needing to work long hours...but man, am I TIRED by the 6pm.  I could seriously go to bed at 6 every night!

OK, back to work--lots of fun engravings to do!

Monday, March 7, 2011

I'm no quitter!

So I just had an interesting experience at my regular Monday night pilates class.  I've been going to this particular class for a couple of years now, and even before then I was a pilates girl. 

Just recently, The Saturday Pilates teacher started (temporarily) teaching the Monday night class.  This teacher started working at the gym just before we left for England, so I wasn't going to any of the Sat. classes then.  So this teacher doesn't know the un-pregnant me.

For the most part, I've been able to keep up with the class.  I've only recently had to start modifying some of the exercises, which isn't a big deal to do, and I obviously don't mind doing that.

well tonight, after class, the teacher came up to me and asked me when I was going to quit the class!  That really shocked me.  I was expecting to have to be the one to go up to her at some point and say "sorry, the class just isn't fun for me any longer, I'll see you in a few months"  and then feel guilty about bowing out of the class when the teacher probably things that I should keep doing it.  But no, it kind of seems like the opposite is going on here!  I don't think this teacher is particularly comfortable with me in the class! 

Anyway, I told her that yes, it's getting harder and harder to these exercises, but that I had a goal of keeping up with pilates for at least another 2 weeks, to get me into my 3rd trimester and then just see how I'm doing at that time.

I don't think I'll feel uncomfortable in that class, as in, I don't think the teacher is actively against me being in the class.  it was just an unexpected conversation.  I know she's just looking out for the welfare of her students, and I can't really argue with that one!

interesting way to start the week.

it's nearly 1am on Sunday night/monday morning.

Plumber left the house about an hour ago.  after 4.5 hours + 250 ft of snake@ time and a half emergency rates, we finally have working plumbing again.

This is the 2nd time in 3 weeks....the 1st time was only 3 hours and 125 feet.  Yeah, apparently this was a different clog, so the 30 day warranty for the previous work didn't apply. 

And being in the pregnant state that I am, I have been avoiding major chemical cleaners.  so poor josh has been left to spray the bleach solution over everything to get it all disinfected.  As Josh just said "the smell of all that watered down bleach has me wanting to go swimming."  I like that I can smell bleach now, rather than sewage.  But my heightened sense of smell really isn't caring much for that scent either. 

Kinda a rough way to start of the week. 

I am grateful for indoor plumbing, but with the kind of luck we've been having with it the last month i'm ready to give up.

At least Rufi-boy wasn't sick all day like the last time.  All we needed last time was to add a crying baby to the mix, and that would have been just perfect.  so in that respect, we're doing pretty well.   oy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

icon making

working on icons for the "Small" crown cases!