As you read in Part 1, I ran into some issues with my first attempt at making a stained glass sailboat, including the bottom looking like a canoe, trying to work with solid copper wire, the entire boat falling apart because the solid copper wire was too heavy, and finally the entire thing falling apart again because I soldered the hell out of the seams to the point of insanely overheating them. Oops.
Back in the 1990’s, dad had a catboat. When I started working with stained glass Dad asked if I’d someday think about making him a stained glass sailboat. I decided to surprise him for Christmas this year and make him a stained glass catboat.
When we first got Birdie she was so slender and graceful. Now she’s just fat. The vet has been telling me for 2 years to put her on a diet, but I never did… But today a cat shelf in the downstairs hallway ripped right of the wall as Birdie launched off it onto a higher platform *face palm*.
Almost exactly a year ago I was busy making stained glass stars for the holidays. I decided to have fun with a few of the smaller ones and decorated them like snowflakes. This year I decided to turn more into snowflakes. I grabbed 5 of last year’s stars & added wire swirls to 2 of them, nested circles to another, and wire triangles to 2 more!
Today I decided to winterize the catio. I thought about doing it last year but never did. It’s became sort of a necessity because the cat door in the dining room window keeps blowing open creating a very cold draft. I bought some clear plastic tarp at Home Depot and used my Dewalt power stapler to attach it to the catio and connector.
Back in August I shared my mission to virtually bicycle across the US from Ipswich to the Seattle Aquarium. I am logging all the miles I ride on the recumbent bike at the YMCA into myvirtualmission.com and each time I log new miles my virtual icon moves across the map. I’ve ridden 483 miles already! Which sounds like a lot until I realize I have 2,441 to go…
Last year for Christmas & my birthday hubby bought me packs of stained glass from Delphi. Each kit came with a variety of different colored and patterned stained glass sheets. Some are really cool and some are quite unique. I have 4 sheets of what I call “Christmas glass” – it’s clear, red, and green. I decided to do a Christmas project with it this year.
Ever since I conquered 10 annoying projects in 10 days, I’ve wanted to remove 10 items from each room. Not for any real reason, we don’t have THAT much clutter, but everyone has some. And by remove I don’t necessarily mean toss. The majority got tossed, but some stuff was just in the wrong room for whatever reason.
As everyone knows, drains are prone to clogging. When I first moved into the condo in 2012 the shower drain wasn’t draining very well so I unscrewed the drain cap and [wearing 2 pairs of latex gloves] pulled out a hair ball 8 inches long and 2 inches thick. It was SO DISGUSTING. Since then I’ve tried to clean the sink drains & shower drain every year, but I usually forget until one of them starts backing up.
This morning I sat on the couch for 2 hours watching “Hoarders” [one of my favorite shows] and foiling the edges of the 27 stained glass circles I cut yesterday. It takes a while but is always satisfying when it’s done. Then headed up to the girl cave & soldered the edges.