Sunday, November 26, 2006

Still working...

Two weeks from today, Nick and I are moving to North Carolina. We came back from Thanksgiving with a different sense of time. Mainly that we don't have a lot and we still have much to do.

For starters, I am still working on the windows. Here's a picture that really shows the center piece and the building in process. I hope to have the cementing done on Tuesday. That way I can begin packing up my studio.

We're also having a party to say goodbye to folks on Friday. Once we're done hosting, we'll be doing some mad packing.
Wish us well.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Step Four

The lead joints are all soldered.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Step Three

The window is built. I am ready to solder the joints. After soldering, I'm going to build the other window so that I cement them both at the same time. Its the messiest part and I don't feel like cleaning it up twice.

The first picture is the leading in process or as NIck calls it "the lead wrapping". You can kind of see the height of the center rondel in this picture. The second picture is of it all finished.

I have really enjoyed this process. My fingers are cut to pieces, but it is a greatly satisfying task. When building a window after not having done it for a few months, I always say to myself, "I love this. "Why don't I do this more often!" Maybe sometime we'll have a barn studio. A wood shop for Nick and a glass studio for me. Maybe with a glass-only space I'll do it more often.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Step Two

The glass is cut!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Step One

I am working on two identical stained glass windows this week.
I figured I'd take some pictures of the project as I go.
This is the design.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Cassette Tapes

Well, Nick and I are officially moving to Boone, North Carolina next month.

Part of moving is packing, and part of packing is sorting. And the sorting has begun. It feels amazing to get rid of things. I've always loved consolidating...this is just one of the best kinds.

Anyway, how many cassette tapes do you still own? When is the last time you listened to any one of them?
We just put 63 tapes into a box for goodwill. We kept another 72. SEVENTY-TWO! Seriously, I can't imagine that we will listen to any one of them between now and our next move. Maybe in the next move we'll be able to pass along half again, leaving us with 35. And the move after that? Maybe we'll be down to 18. I figure that by that time, we'll be dividing our CDs as well.

It is a bit crazy how fast technology advances. Especially in my lifetime. As we were sorting tapes, we were marveling about how great the latest blank tapes were when we were last making mixed tapes. How funny that six years ago I still received a mixed tape from someone. Not a playlist. Not even a CD mix. A mixed tape. Do you remember the time and patience that it took to hit record and stop and time out the correct number of songs for the length of each side?

If only we had the technology to record cassette tapes to CD. I know the technology is out there...I guess I just don't care labor over it anymore. If I want to recreate it, I can just save some time and visit iTunes.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Highland Park

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Current Project

This is my first quilt. I pieced it back in April, and now I am hand-quilting it using a hoop. I am finding that I really enjoy it and I am hoping to finish it by the end of the year.

Here's a picture of it in process--have you ever seen anything so bright?

Monday, November 06, 2006

"or for other reasons"

Tomorrow I am having minor surgery. Part of the prep for my procedure was watching an online tutorial on anesthesia. Here was one of my favorite quotes:

"And although the risk of death is small for most procedures, it is possible to die during the procedure or recovery period from any of the risks I mentioned earlier, or for other reasons."


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Road Trip