Sep 1, 2016

Those little bastardos

AUGH!!!  Such a little item and if it wasn't me tripping and having them fly off the plywood, or sudden rain drops while out back, or a stupid swarm of tiny bugs, or floating cat hair, there was always something messing up or sticking to the little bastards while I was spraying the final sealer.  Use a thinner to smooth the finish, lift the paint, ruin the label, sand it down, start all over!  I will never make these again.  But don't quote me.  Today is the last day I am wasting, and I mean wasting, on them.  For the hours put in they should be $40!  Haven't decided for sure on price but it will certainly be under $10.  This has put a real damper on continuing with the boxes too.
 
I do have progress to show on the sampler.  Starting on the birds and bottom motifs now, holding off on the eyelet ABC (after the last z) until I see the entire piece.  Maybe those three large letters in red would be perfect, maybe not.  I'm not following the chart's color placement and decided to use only three neutrals in the center area so as not to compete with the bright birds in the bottom.  Once the bottom is completed the sampler will tell me which color will work best.  I've had quite enough of stitch removal these last weeks. 
 
 
It's September, it's cooled off, I'm crabby as hell.  Hope to be done with canning by tomorrow so I can put that behind me also.  Someone gave us a jar of hot pepper rings last year and we loved the recipe so asked if she would mind sharing.  Not at all, her sister in law's friend's mother's neighbor's daughter's boyfriend gave it to her.  God bless her for being able to remember the source.  I would have said..... uh..... I can't remember where I got it.  So we spent a day cutting and seeding a half bushel of hot peppers and immersing overnight in the brine, as directed.  Good grief you never saw such twisted faces after testing a pepper.  We had to throw them all out.  Yes, that's the way things have been going.  Frustrating but that's life.  One good thing - I picked up Nitzy, set him on the swing, and the entire vial of flea med was used before my blood was drawn.  He was a good boy.
 
Hoping your September is a good month.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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24 comments:

Vickie said...

Um, okay, good boy Nitzy!!

Jacqueline said...

Your days are never dull. Hope you enjoy our couple of days of less humid weather.

Beth in IL said...

I was picking tomatoes and green beans for a friend. I used a whole can of OFF. Stupid bugs. But I am ALMOST done canning. Love the paddles!!!

deb said...

September - eeek!

Love how the lower case b in the sampler sticks waaaay up into the previous alphabet. It's looking wonderful.

I'm sorry the gorgeous little measure-y things - and gardens, vegetables and whatnot - are apparently determined to make you crazy.

Anonymous said...

Disappointing when canning goes wrong. Is it possible they needed to sit, after canning, for a few weeks? My grandmother used to make some for my grandpa. She always said they had to age a few weeks after canning to taste good. My grandpa loved them but wouldn't eat them until they were 6-8 weeks old.

Sampler is adorable!

Barb said...

You have sure had your share of frustrations!! I hope life gets smoother for you. At least you tried with the peppers. I hate canning so it's way more than I would have even tried.

Rebecca Noland said...

It will get better, tomorrow is another day. Charge more for those little bastards!!! Becky from Death By Thread

Ginny said...

Take a deep breath. And laugh over this (if you find it amusing): as I was reading about your run in with tiny bugs, what did I see but a tiny but crawling on my computer screen. LOL And just now, another one!

Mary A said...

Well, having Nitzy be a good boy made up for everything else, didn't it??

gracie said...

Well now, things seem to be quite crazy around you! Hopefully it will all calm and all will be relaxing....maybe...

Maggee said...

I really like the Hornbooks! You have done a wonderful job, as always. You are definitely having a time of it with the canning and new recipe. I made strawberry jams last year... and that was enough to keep me silent this year, when they were for sale! Not for me! I think that was my third/last foray into such domesticity! Hugs!

Karen said...

So cute!

Carol said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now, Marly! Maybe a change of seasons will be just what you need. I think your hornbooks are darling--sorry they were the source of frustration for you, though... I actually look forward to the slower pace that autumn brings--more stitching and reading time :)

Heritage Hall said...

The sampler looks so naïve and sweet...hope "mission accomplished" will come with ease according to your color plan. Just love, love the hornbooks and appreciate the effort you made to accomplish them. My name on the list...Hugs to Nitzy for behaving. I agree with anonymous that you might have given the pepper some time for
the ingredients to meld and mellow before deciding... Have a wonderful holiday weekend then a hearty welcome to Autumn weather....

Winnie Nielsen said...

The sampler is coming along so beautifully! What mess with the finishing touches to the Hornies and those peppers! That would make any one crazy considering all the work that had gone into each project.
We are cleaning up after Hurricane Hermine. I sure wish we were welcoming some cooler autumn weather! Nothing but hot, humid and nasty down here!

debbie haggard said...

Can't wait for the hornbooks to be for sale. You need to charge at least $10 for them!

C. M. Designs said...

So glad Nitzy was a good boy. That is a job my daughter handles with our two kitties.
Sorry about your peppers.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Charlotte in Virginia

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Sooo sorry for all the misery.
Happy Nitzy behaved.
Too bad about the peppers.
Finally, all is well and put me on your waiting list for a hornbook...I think they are precious. I will appreciate your 'grumblings' that went into making them.

Hang in there lady ... Peace is just around the corner, Barb

Merry Wind Farm said...

I sure hope that when these little bastardos are for sale that I can order one before they all sell out!! Which Im sure they will, they are wonderful!

Margaret said...

I love seeing all the hornbooks lined up. Such a cool picture!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Ugh! The annoyances (bugs, cat hair) of trying to work on something that should be a fairly simple project is enough to make anyone crabby!

diamondc said...

I just hate the fact that the little buggers are attracted to anything I spray with a sealer, I have now learned to use a fan after spraying them outdoors it keeps the bugs away yahoo it really worked for me.
I am looking forward to buying one and if I get some bugs so be it I will just be happy to get one, I hope you post soon when they will be for sale.
Love your Sampler so pretty, I like the color combination of the nthread colors.

Blessings
Catherine

Theresa said...

Love the hornbooks. Your sampler is lovely. Now I know why I never tried canning. Lol.

Julie said...

All I can say is YOU ROCK! LOL

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