Hi everyone. How's your weekend starting? Ours is dark, damp, raining, and some evenings I need a sweatshirt. My aunt turned her furnace on a few days ago to take the chill out of the house. Mid-July!!! The brats have been staying in at night again. Rarely do I see them during the day, but come 10:00, the are peeking in the door. Budman of course never leaves. Squeak was AWOL for a few days and ate a pile of food this morning. He'll always be a very thin cat but there is much improvement.
Here's where I am on the heart and I hope to finish it today. Very quick stitch. I'm using the newly dyed linen and glad I am. I'm not so sure that this is the one for Sally. Sometimes the linen gets softer when wet, dyed, smacked, thrown into a dryer. It still has body, not quite as stiff, maybe just a little too soft for my coarse preference. When I remove an error and the threads smoosh together and leave a space, it's too soft for me. Best find out now before starting Sally.
As for the paint, I learned something else yesterday. Different grades of the same brand of paint (Behr) use different bases and take tint differently. The reason it did not match was because I used the Premier series and decided to use the Ultra for the final coat. This Ultra series used three tints that were completely different than those in the Premier gallon. There was no way to get the same color unless they mixed the Premier base. The Stix (water based) primer I am using over oil, was offered at Benjamin Moore's as the best for over oil. At Sherwin Williams yesterday, I was told absolutely not. You MUST use an oil base primer over oil and then you can coat with latex paint. Two top quality dealers with different information. Drives you nuts. The Stix is sticking just fine. I cut a straw to lay on the inside top of the door/drawer, stuck duct tape to the inside, folded it over for a tab, and this is how they will stay until the paint is cured so they don't stick to the frame.
I'll be staying in today, as will "others". If you look closely you can see she is still giving me "the look" even through the smallest slit. She loves the catnip cardboard and although a tiny little brat, she will knock the boys off it.
My Budman is a happy camper. I'm not. Two horrific stories of abuse (child and animal) on the front page today. Both will recover physically after extended hospital stays and surgery on the dog, and I hope the young boy responds well to counseling. Unless the child dies, punishment around here is minimal for neglect and abuse, and this 24 pound 7 year old was a month away from that. The mother and grandparents are charged, and the other 3 siblings are fine. They are back at home. Once again, no one checked on this child who was taken out of school. If you are so inclined, a prayer for his healing.
I hope the heart design ends well and I can share it with you.
Until then, have a safe weekend.
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