Monday, February 26, 2007

Studio Roof

They were only here for a few hours this afternoon, but they got the roof framed.

And holes for my two skylights!

Studio Doors

My doors arrived this morning, and the guys are up on the studio building the roof now.

Friday, February 23, 2007


I've been painting this week as I try (ever-so-patiently) to wait for my glass studio to be finished... it's more fun than cleaning the house or doing yardwork, that's for sure, though there's a small part of me that keeps thinking I should make some jewelry or at the very least get going on the taxes... but no, painting it is. And coughing... it's going on week 2 of this flu thing that has been going around. Luke and Frank seem to be almost over it so I should be soon too, since I was the last to get it.

So I've been painting girls of all sorts. Fat mermaids, expecting ladies, and this face that was not supposed to be as realistic as it is... nor as cartoonish as it is... but it is what it is. Luke says she's me, but she's not really.

the girls


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Studio Build, Day 4

A floor, 4 walls, an opening for the double doors and some roof! Isn't it HUGE? It does not at all look like a cozy little garden shed. Not at all. It does look like a great big garden studio though.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Studio Build, Day 3

Doesn't look like much, he wasn't here for very long though, so it would be hard to expect a wall or anything. I did get a floor, I shouldn't complain. Maybe more tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Studio Progress

Wow, this thing is NOT turning out the way I envisioned it. It's going to be way high off the ground and now it will need a little porch - not planned for, can't picture it in my head even. And the windows didn't work out so I ordered French doors - the price for them caused Frank to stop breathing... so I canceled that order and went with a slightly less expensive set of glass doors aka "Store Doors" - without the French grids or separate panes - maybe I'll add a grid to them in some other day. Or faux them with paint or something... Or just plant lots of flowers all around so you don't notice... or something. Crazy day, I feel like I could use a do-over. The builder guys are cute though, and like dogs, especially Zoe, the one you either love or hate - they love her, always a good sign. One of the guys went on and on about how nice my house was, how much character and how interesting, what a great layout, blah blah blah. Was very nice to hear instead of the typical "You traded your nice house in Carnation for THIS???? And you paid HOW MUCH for it???? Are you CRAZY???" Even if it just means there is one more crazy person in the world that sees this house the way I do, it makes me feel a little better. Huh.

Anyway... here's a shot of the progress... more tomorrow.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Shaping Up

Good news, the pipes under the new studio are no longer in use. The yard is all marked up with red, yellow and orange paint and little yellow flags to show where NOT to dig. None of them point to the studio. Things should start moving forward again this week. The contractor is having a hard time finding windows in the style I want so I'm thinking maybe double french doors and no windows. That will still be lovely. And some climbing peace roses growing up the wall next to the door. Perfect!

Have been spending a ton of energy in the yard - spring is springing up and I'm taking advantage of the little bit of sun and dry weather to get some things done. I moved a rock border and bagged some yard waste and then did something I'd been wanting to do but had been to chicken to try... I trimmed up my camelia bush and turned it into a tree. I imagine there are those who would think what I just did was criminal, but I really like it - it opens up the space, mirrors the old rhody that has been trimmed up to a tree shape and lets me think about planting some boarder plants along the fence. I'm happy and really, that is ALL that matters.



Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Luke delivered some stargazer lillies to his little girlfriend, her name is Lilly, and when he handed them to her he said "Lillies for my Lilly". He also brought over two chocolate hearts, and said he was going to say "Hearts for my heart" but he didn't end up saying that part. He came back skipping and grinning. I could just eat this little boy of mine up, he's so darn cute and it all comes from inside. Sweet talker, just like his dad. What a pair I've got, huh?

In my next life...

... I want to play with baby tigers. I wonder how I could make it happen in THIS life?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Spring Crocus

I've got good news and bad news...

...which would you like first?

(I can't tell you how many times Frank starts a conversation this way. I'm not sure why he feels the need to balance the good with the bad, but he does. He says this so often that Luke is doing it now too... and look, I just started a journal entry this way. And I HATE it. I don't want to hear the bad, and if I can't get the good without the bad, don't give me any of it. Of course I never say that... but look, I just did. So there.)

Anyway... the bad news is these pipes. They are running under my would-be studio. All work is on hold until a "locator" comes and gives us his opinion. I can't imagine these pipes are connected to anything real anymore... but better safe than sorry.

The good news is our new bathroom console is getting delivered this weekend. I got such a great deal on it - it was $900 total, regularly $2200 and the very next day when I was checking the measurements it had gone up to $1299. - do their prices change daily or did I just luck out in a very big ($400) way?

Oh and more good news... because I want the good to weigh more than the bad. These little cutie pies are coming up next to my front walk. Spring in February. Always a good thing.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Studio Build: Day.01

Not a whole lot of progress, he ran out of concrete - I guess there was more digging than anticipated. I took the dirt and started filling in some of the many holes in the yard. Need much more dirt. Anyway, tomorrow will see the holes filled with concrete and then they need to dry... and THEN they start building. Hopefully on Wednesday. Valentines Day.

And then there's the good ol'girl. She loves it when we spend so much time in the yard. I do wish she wouldn't lay in the garden beds, especially where the tulips are coming up.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Oops! Change of Plans...

The studio won't fit diagonal without cutting down the old rhody tree... so it's going square in the corner facing west. And also, it's going to be 9X13 now instead of 10X12. And I'm adding in two little skylights, one on the South side and one on the East side. The contractor doesn't know yet, I hope he won't mind! We've been working all weekend getting the site ready for the contractors tomorrow. Hope it all goes easy from here on out!

New spot - see the ropes in the far corner?

New view, standing where the door will go:

Friday, February 09, 2007


This big pile of lumber was just delivered. Construction on my studio starts Monday!

This is where my studio is going, kitty-corner by the fence. One day there will be a beautiful wandering stone path leading up to it, and flowers and other nice plants...

And this will be my view. That stubby green tree/bush will probably get taken out, it doesn't do much for me really. I think it's a laurel.

And here is my studio plan, again, even though I think I've posted it two or three times already:

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Signs of Spring

The sun came out a little today and I went outside to clean up some of winter's mess... and what do I find but itty bitty green things poking up out of the dirt and leaves. Happy!

Some not-so-happy news, my garden shed studio is delayed for a few days... but it will come. Early next week, so the contractor says.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Lazy Day

We went to a "Potlatch" last night at Luke's school. Long Claw from Vancouver Island put it on, and throughout the night blew feathers all throughout the "lodge". This morning Luke woke up and was coughing as if he had a whole unplucked chicken in his throat so we stayed home and had a nice lazy day. First off, I got sucked into watching The Naked Brothers Band and couldn't take my eyes away from the tv, even to go make myself a coffee. It's really cute and laugh-out-loud funny. And the brothers remind me of my nephew Chad, who is a lot like Luke. Luke is watching TNBB again, for the 5th or 6th time today - he's been doing that and playing his keyboard and nintendo DS all day. I think he thinks he's going to be in a rock band now. Either that or he's trying to remember all the parts I laughed at so he can add them to his repertoire.

The internet was down most of the day, and so I ended up trying to finish some paintings I'd started. They are no closer to being done, but I guess that's ok, right? Nothing in my world is "done" right now, the house, the yard, art, jewelry, books, health/getting in shape... it's a little unsettling. The new garden studio gets built next week - that will be a load off my mind and I'm looking forward to being able to move forward with that again at least.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cure for Cancer?

I'm feeling very change-the-world, or at least very get-the-word-out today, for some reason. Probably because I don't have it in me to do anything else - just had a massage and chiro adjustment but still have shooting pains in my lower back and leg, making me too grumpy to do anything real. So I surf and find things.

I think this one, too, is worth passing on - a cure for cancer. Though it is mostly being ignored - and why? Oh, you know why, there's no money in it, of course. But still, I want to hope... and will.

Read about it here: and follow the research links at the bottom of the article for more.

I wonder... I was thinking about doing that 60 mile walk for breast cancer this summer... I'd rather the money went here instead though, as it does seem they are on to something... I wonder how to get something like this set up? Hmn...

US Department of PEACE

I love the idea of an Official Department of Peace and really hope it gets done. From the site you can sign petitions and send letters to your representatives. Please do!