Good lord it's been two weeks since I've had anything to say?
Well, that's not true, I've had plenty to say and most of it peppered with four letter explicatives.
A lot of crap is going on here, especially the newly diabetic stuff. I think I have a pretty good game plan as far as diet and exercise goes, but I'm in serious need of some medical direction. No really, my doctor just about tossed a glucometer at me and kicked me out of the office. So that's pretty much what I've been up to.
That and making some sweet sweet boxes.
One of the local "Up In Smoke" cigar shops sells their empties for a dollar each and the money goes to local charities. I've donated $16 so far.
Here is an faux art pic of said boxes after being stripped on their cheap fasteners and most of the stickers:
Most are made of cheap basswood or something similar, very soft wood that gets powdery when sanded.
Here's a close up showing how some of the printing is stamped into the wood:
Perfexion X, I think I'm going to leave this on here, it's so...something....
I've been sanding them down and painting or staining them and adding cork, felt, or paper to line the insides. Most of these were made before Jason bought a belt sander so I had to hand sand or distress the wood over the stamps. The belt sander makes the job a lot easier:
Finished products. These are going to be Christmas packages. If I get really good at refinishing them I may try to sell them. I'll have to find some nicer hardware though. The local craft stores have a very limited selection and the hardware stores do not really have anything small enough.
Jason and I are going to check out a woodworkers store in Addison this weekend. I'm really excited, so is he. He's been making drums and they are absolutely beautiful. If he lets me post some pictures I will.
I've also been annoying Luke:
Why? Because he lets me. Only Luke would sit still long enough to let me drape him in ivy, or be comfortable in his boy-dogness to allow me to tie a pink polka dotted ribbon around his neck.
In other news, somewhat sad news, the European vacation is likely canceled. Mostly due to the fact that I'm newly diabetic and still working out what drugs I need to take and coming to the realization that the swine flu could indeed kill me now. Partly due to money as well, but more because of the medical uncertainties. But, because I got such a great response to my scavenger hunt challenge, I promise to do something awesome to post here.
In the mean time I'm going to sit back with a cup of unsweetened soy milk and catch up on your blogs.
I promise not to stay away so long next time.