Egads! It’s A Spad! Part 14

I think that I need to remove the TV from the workshop. It seems that Chad has been watching a lot of TV. At least, I think that’s where he gets his ideas. First I found him getting a chemical peel, and then I walk downstairs to find him looking like this:

He had a sunburn! Chad! There’s just something not right with a Spad having a farmer’s tan.

After a few days the red wasn’t as bad, but he was still pretty sore. I offered to rub some aloe on him, but he didn’t want to admit that he was in pain.

I guess that you have to let them learn their lessons first-hand. At least he had used some sunblock on his tail.

Apparently he just wanted to be ready. Jay was getting close to getting Chad’s flight suit ready and so Chad wanted to make sure that he looked really good. He’s seen Top Gun a few too many times, I think, as he is trying to talk Jay into giving him a mirrored canopy so that it looks like aviator sunglasses.

Jay managed to get the motor mount permanently attached, but it wasn’t easy. Chad is so excited about finally getting dressed! He was in the middle of brushing his teeth when I visited him.

Although, I was glad to smell the minty freshness because initially I thought he had the Phobie! (If you don’t recall, Old Yeller had the phobie in the movie… aka Rabies).

Once the motor mount was on Jay wanted to make sure that it would stay. He didn’t want Chad’s nose falling off in mid-flight.

Once that was dry Chad asked me to take a ‘Before’ picture so that he can see just how good he does look once he gets his flight suit on.

*Chokes back the tears* My little Chad is growing up so fast!

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Pedestals for Church

This is Holy Week at church, which means that we’re just a few days away from Easter! What does this mean? It means that we’re gearing up to celebrate Christ’s rising from death. We’ve just gone through the season of Lent where we keep things kind of low-key and somber. But now we have Christ dying for our sins and being raised to sit at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia!

What this also means is that we have been preparing to decorate the church for Easter, too. How? By getting involved in a large woodworking project, of course! This time, though, it was Dave who was tasked with this project. I almost got out of it, but then being the dummy that I am, I actually volunteered to do the painting for Dave. *sigh*

Dave Working on Pedestals

See how happy he was to be working on this project! He decided to use MDF to build these along with some molding and wood trim.

Dave's Started Pedestals

This is what they looked like in the first stage. Brandon, our fearless Choir Director and Dictator of Church Decorating, wanted three different sizes: 3′, 4′ and 5′.

Dave's Finished Pedestals

They are finished! At least, Dave’s part was finished. There was one little misunderstanding in this project. Dave didn’t realize that Brandon wanted SIX of these… so there was a bit of a scramble at the end to get it all done, but they are DONE!

Pedestals in Basement

Actually, it was a good thing that Dave only made three of these at a time. I didn’t have a whole lot of room (or good light) to paint these at it was. Here they are in the finishing department. Typically when I’m working on things I am standing over my table, which is well-lit. The other side of my table, not so much.

Pedestals - FIrst Coat of Primer

Here they are after the first coat of primer. MDF really sucks up the paint so I knew from the start that it would require at least two coats of primer. There was one factor that I knew about, but I don’t think that anybody else really realized: I suck at painting. Seriously. That’s why I prefer to stain wood projects… it’s much easier to get a nice finish. Painting… nope.

Pedestals - Second Coat of Primer

I had to laugh at myself as I was working on these pedestals. The tallest pedestal is 5′ so I can see the top since I’m 5’10”. It wasn’t until I was applying the first coat of primer that I realized there were some holes that needed to be filled under the top lip. I hadn’t seen it because I hadn’t really bent down to look. I figured that there are enough short people in the world that the underside of this top will definitely be seen. So, I had to fix that before applying the second coat of primer.

After that, though, it was time to add color! There was a bit debate about what color to use. We wanted to go with something light, but not anything that would clash with the white flowers and yellow accents that would be used. I thought I had picked a good color. It was called Fluffy Biscuit:

Pedestals - Fluffy Biscuit Color

In the can it looked like a vanilla latte. I was always very thirsty when painting with this color. I took the smaller pedestal with me to choir practice last week to see how it looked in the sanctuary. YIKES! It suddenly turned into a pedestal made of butter. Seriously. Fluffy Biscuit turned into Creamy Butter. Not Good.

So, the Dictator of Church Decorating ran to the store the next day to pick out another color. He bought two that he thought might work. I had to laugh because the first one was the exact same color that I had picked, but because it was a different brand it had a different name. The second one was called Tea with Cream. That’s the one we went with.

So this past weekend I did a marathon painting session to paint the first set with the new color. Once those were done we switched them out with the last three so that I could get those painted in time to have them at church by Wednesday night. It was close, and I’m not impressed with my painting job, but it’s done. We’ll just keep people from looking at them up close.

Finished Pedestals 4-12-17

See, they don’t look too bad from a distance. Besides, once Easter is over if Brandon wants to repaint them or touch them up he can have at it. Personally, I hope to never have to paint anything like this again unless it’s for myself or I have oodles of time to let my perfectionist personality take its time.

Pedestals - Tea with Cream Color

Happy Easter!

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Dresses for Missions Update – 3-31-17

Dress #36

Dress #36 3-18-17

As pretty as this dress is, I wasn’t at all pleased with it.

First it took me forever to get back to working on it. I had the top part halfway done for about a month. Then the binding that I chose for the straps didn’t really behave.

Then there was the ruffle…

Dress #36 Hem Detail 3-18-17

Usually I only sew two sections together, but for the fun of it I decided to use three. It didn’t end up being very fun, and after I had sewed it on I realized that one of the seams was smack dab in the middle of the front. It also wasn’t cooperating when I was trying to sew the ribbon on. The thread kept breaking!

Dress #36 Neckline 3-18-17

When all is said and done, though, I guess it turned out okay.

I just need something to motivate me more on the next one.

Whenever that happens…

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Egads! It’s a Spad! Part 13

The last time that we checked in with Chad he was starting to get his parts glassed.

I decided to head down to the workshop and see what was going on. As I turned the corner at the bottom of the steps I started to get angry. Jay said that he was working on Chad and what do I find? A surf board! We don’t even live near the ocean!

Ziroli A-1 Fiberglassed Wing

Wait a minute… that’s a weirdly shaped surf board. Hmmm… perhaps I’ve incorrectly identified this object. Let’s get a different perspective on it.

Ziroli A-1 Wing Glassed 3-31-17

Oops! It is the Spad wing! Not a surf board!

I know that you can’t tell from this picture just how long that wing is, but believe me it’s taking up a lot of space!

As you can see Jay has fiber glassed it, squeegeed the bondo onto it, and sanded it off. I think there’s primer on there that was sanded off, too, but don’t quote me. I’m not too sure of the process. All I know is that it stinks. And when the parts are rinsed in my tub it leaves a reddish residue.

I turned and looked toward Chad’s main body

Ziroli A-1 Spad Getting Glassed 3-31-17

Oh no! He’s getting a chemical peel! Chad, I know that some celebrities swear by their chemical peels, but your skin isn’t that bad! Minor flaws just give you character!

Ziroli A-1 Fuselage Glassing 3-31-17

Then I realized that he was getting skin put ON, not taken off! Phew! I thought I might have to sit him down and discuss his self-esteem issues. We are all made in certain ways so we should embrace our imperfections.

Chad really needs to do something about his pores, though. There are imperfections and then there are things that just need to be fixed!

Ziroli A-1 Fiberglass Skin 4-2-17

Glassed parts are every where in the basement.

Ziroli A-1 Misc Glassed Parts 4-2-17

Or else Jay found my Press & Seal wrap…

While I was visiting Chad I had to promise him that I wouldn’t hurt him. Ever since there was a little mishap with his friend Pete the Panther he’s been a little nervous around me. You see, Pete was once a Panther, but now he’s a Bobcat..

Panther Tail Mishap 3-31-17

I accidentally lopped off his tail when I was trying to get at something behind him. A box of balsa tipped and took his tail clean off! I guess that Chad is a little worried that I might accidentally take something off of him, too!

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Autumn Cross Update – 3-22-17

I just realized that it’s been a while since I last showed you my progress on my Autumn Cross. The biggest reason for that is there hasn’t been a whole lot of progress. Typically I can stitch for 20-30 minutes before leaving for work. I haven’t been able to do this since January, however, so nothing really got done on my cross.

Then the hives made their appearance. Due to all of the stress and craziness I broke out into very itchy hives. That was it! I stopped working overtime and I backed out of as many commitments as I dared. So now I have my stitching time back in the mornings!

So, on January 17th I had this much done:

As of March 22nd I am this far:

I guess that’s a decent amount of progress considering I felt like I haven’t hardly touched it. My next step is to start the lettering that goes on the upper-right hand part of the cross. I have to have the words in before I can do a lot of the back stitching.

Just as a reminder, this is what it will look like when finished:

As you can see, I have very little done on this overall. I was feeling good about my progress, too, until I just looked at that picture. *sigh*

I do have one other exciting cross stitch-related news item to share.

The first project that I ever started for myself was a kit called “Gettysburg.” I think I started it around 2003, but kept putting it down to work on projects for other people. I finally finished it in 2007, but never fully finished it. This is what it looks like:

This poor piece has been sitting around for the last ten years waiting to be framed. The bad thing is that it’s yellowed quite a bit since this picture was taken. Well, for Christmas I asked Jay for a gift card so that I could get this piece framed. The cats gave me the gift card and they were very generous!

I had been looking for a ready-made stock frame, but just couldn’t find anything that really made me happy. I’ve had this picture in my head for over ten years about how it would look when it was finally hanging on my wall. After searching and searching I finally decided that I would stop being so stingy and use the majority of my gift card for this piece. This past Monday I went to Hobby Lobby on my lunch break where I ordered a custom frame and mats for this piece. They should be in next week!! I can’t wait!

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Sewing – Replacing Pockets In A Coat

Remember the blog post that I did about Dave’s bag? Well, after reading that Dave asked me if I could possibly replace the pockets in his wool pea coat.

Dave's Coat

My mending/altering skills are very limited, but I told him sure. After all, what’s the worst that I could do? If I failed miserably then I would just sew them shut and tell Dave that now he would just have decorative “pockets”. Right?

After letting the coat sit around my sewing room for a few weeks I decided that perhaps I should take a look at it.

Hole in Coat Pocket

Yikes! No wonder Dave kept losing his marbles! There was a giant hole that they kept rolling out of, and the other pocket was even worse. The rest of the coat is in great shape so I wondered how in the world he could mangle his pockets so badly.

Then I thought that I remembered seeing something in a picture of him…

Dave and Kitten

Ah ha!! He keeps kittens in his pockets! It’s no wonder they were all shredded. Kitten claws are like little razor blades. When I have kittens if I have packages to open I just pull a piece of string across the seams and the claws rip them right open.

Dave had provided some material to use for the new pockets

New Pocket Linen

Unfortunately, it was just plain linen. It wasn’t teflon or kevlar coated, so I will have to warn him to not keep his kittens in his pockets if he wants them to last. Silly Dave!

Ironed Pocket

After taking the first pocket out and ironing it I had a green kidney.

I used the green kidney to trace onto the new material…

Traced Pocket

They weren’t exactly the same size, but they were close. If anything they were slightly bigger, and who doesn’t want bigger pockets?

Then I serged the edges to give them some added support and to keep them from unraveling on the edges.

Serged Pockets

Here’s a size comparison for you:

New vs Old Pockets

Next to the new kidneys the old green one looks incredibly unhealthy. It’s a good thing that it was removed! Besides losing his marbles and dropping kittens, who knows what other issues Dave would have developed!

Once the pockets were sewn together I had to figure out how to put them back into the coat…

Pocket Sewn In

I used my Singer 301A to sew the straight edge onto the pocket as it has a narrower pressure foot. As I was sewing I remembered how much I enjoy using the 301A! It has such a nice clackity-clack sound. Very reminiscent of Jay’s model trains.

After I had done as much sewing as I could with the machine I then proceeded to do a nasty job of hand-sewing.

Completed Pocket Transplant

The new kidneys seem to be doing fine, though. I gave the coat back to Dave at church and he left wearing it. So far I haven’t heard about any ruptures or tears. Here’s hoping that it continues to hold!

Speaking of kittens, I have a new pin dish:

Cat Pin Dish

Isn’t it cute? My sister gave me this dish for Christmas. At first I didn’t know what I was going to use it for because I’m not one to really keep decorative dishes around. Then a light bulb turned on. I turned it off (no sense in wasting electricity, even though it was a LED bulb) and this is what I had Jay do…

Cat Pin Dish Magnetized

He glued three magnets that I had purchased to the bottom. This dish had a deep enough well that it easily accommodated the magnets. You have to beware of the dishes that really don’t have the room on the bottom. Once it was done I was so happy because now I can put my quilting pins in it:

Cat Pin Dish Full

Here are my pin dishes so far:

Pin Dishes

I really like these much better than the plastic magnetic holders. I still use a plastic one for my glass-head pins, but I’m always on the look-out for another dish. You never know when you’ll run across the perfect one.

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Book Review: Talking With God:What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray

As I continue on my faith journey I am always trying to improve my relationship with God. Praying is how we talk to Him, but am I doing it right? Is there one better way to do it than another? If I talk to Him in the car is that not going to make as great of an impact as it would if I were kneeling behind a pew? These are the things that I think about when it comes to praying, so when I saw Adam Weber’s book, Talking With God, I knew that I wanted to read it. After all, in the title he says he’s going to tell us what to say when we don’t know what to pray. Great!

Adam Weber is a pastor in South Dakota so if anybody would know how to pray, it would be him, right? If you want to know how to unclog a drain you go to a plumber; if you want to know how to pray you go to a pastor. Yet, in the introduction to the book Mr. Weber is broaching this very topic regarding the pastor has prayer all figured out. “I can’t speak for others, but I know I don’t. And I’m paid to know this kind of thing.” It was that honesty that intrigued me and kept me reading.

If you’re looking for a straight-forward How To book on prayer, this isn’t for you. Instead Mr. Weber leads us through various situations to show us the different forms that prayer can take in our lives. Prayer is so personal to all of us and nobody does it the same. God loves us and wants us to talk with Him in whatever way we can. For me it might mean a rambling conversation in the car on my way to work, or perhaps sitting at the piano and singing. Another person might feel more comfortable praying the Rosary or just sitting in a quiet church. As long as we’re talking, that’s all that matters. This is the point that Mr. Weber makes in his book.

The book is separated into four sections: The God We Talk With, The Way We Pray, How to Pray When…, and Only the Beginning. In a way you are taking a trip with Mr. Weber as he explains the evolution of his own prayer life and how he has approached it. While sharing a lot of personal faith-building stories he also shows how some of the more familiar stories of the Bible illustrate the God who loves us and what He expects from us in the way of prayer. In fact, on page 36 Mr. Weber writes about the story of the Prodigal Son that is found in Luke. In this section he says, “The truly good news about God is this: No matter how far we are away from home, no matter how long we’ve been away from God’s side – days, months, years, a lifetime, even if we’ve walked away from him, if we’ve been out looking for life on our own, if we haven’t talked with God in years, or ever – we can still come home any time. We can still speak with him.” God never says ‘I told you so’ when this happens. Instead, He opens His arms and embraces us with all of His love. Why? Because we were lost and now we are found.

This book was an easy and enjoyable read. I was able to get through it in just a few days. The great thing about this is that it doesn’t mean that it’s full of fluff. In fact, this book has so much for you to chew on that even a few weeks later I’m still picking it up and turning to various parts to re-read and think about on a deeper level. Mr. Weber keeps it simple and honest. There’s nothing fancy or technical in this book. Instead, he sits on our level and talks to us about God and how much He wants to hear from us. It’s like talking to a friend about God. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is even slightly curious about prayer or about our relationship with God. This book has a permanent place on my bookshelf.

As a disclaimer, I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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