Progress

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Well I did work all day Saturday on cushions and got both bottom cushions finished. Yeah me!! Bad news is I am such a math whiz, (not), I mis-figured how much cording I needed for the piping on the cushions. Wouldn’t you think 20 yards would be enough, no. Not even for two. Luckily I had some from another project so could finish the two bottom cushions.

So today no sewing, but lots of details finished. With Brett’s help we finished up the a screen door and hung it, fixed the screen and door latch. Screened all the windows and trimmed out three of them. Put all the emblems and reflectors on, shellacked the trim pieces the table rests on. Oh and scrubbed and re-polished the floor. We also pulled it out of the barn so we could work outside. It looks so cute and oh so different from when we backed it into the barn last July. We are getting so close!!

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Cushions!

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Finally, today, I am done procrastinating. I WILL get these cushions made for the camper this weekend. I very much dislike sewing cushions so I have put it off which makes it seem even worse.
I love the fabric though, an it’s outdoor fabric so should be easy to keep clean. Doesn’t this print just scream 1960?

Ok, back to it. 20 yards of piping has been made. Go cut the next piece. Be brave. I’ll post finished photos by Sunday. I promise!

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Weaving Summer & Winter

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I’m in Arrow Rock for three days this week attending a weaving workshop sponsored by the Arrow Rock Hand weaver’s guild. The teacher is Ann Maxvill. WeavingForFun.blogspot.com. She’s got some amazing samples and is really good at breaking down and explaining the whole weave structure.

The beginning of the day was pretty mind blowing, but I think finally I am beginning to get it. Summer and Winter is reversible. The light side (summer), the dark side (winter). The mind blowing part, aside from stepping on two treadles on every pattern pick is the many different looks you can get depending on how you do the tie down treadles. Someone said I wove really fast. No, it’s a very desperate attempt to not forget where I am in the 8 pick sequence. Yeah tomorrow I won’t get up for that drink of water. That took me half an hour to recover from today. Yikes. I guess I can look at it this way, I’m working my brain and keeping dementia away.
Here’s what I did today.

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Spinning again

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I haven’t spun for months, since before Christmas really. Since we sheared the sheep two weeks ago, I’ve had my hands on the fleeces almost daily. I’ve skirted and photographed them, kept samples and then listed them on the raw fleece forum on Ravelry.
Our fleeces this year we glorious and sold very quickly. All this time it has literally been killing me not to spin some of it up, even just a sample. So, this week I took the handful of Christina’s gorgeous curls that I saved back. Her fleece was lovely, silvery grey, 7″ locks with bleached out tips. The tips were pretty dirty, so I let them soak in cool water overnight.

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The next day I gave them two quick soaks in hot soapy water to remove the lanolin, then two hot water rinses.
The locks were beautiful when dried. I pulled a couple out to test. The blonde tips were so pretty with no brittleness, and all the dirt was gone.

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I teased the ends apart slightly and loaded them onto one of my wool combs, transferred them to the other comb, then to my hackle. They were pretty staticky, so I misted the wool with lavender essential oil and water.

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After the locks were all loaded on the hackle, I used a button to diz the top off the hackle. Then to the spinning wheel. I spun up a fine single, then wound off to a center pull ball for plying.
I plied from both ends of the center pull ball into a two ply light worsted weight yarn. Remember I dropped everything to do this spinning, so don’t look at the mess behind my wheel. Ah, just never look past the focus of my photos. I always drop what I’m doing to try something else!

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There it is done! 40 yards of heathery grey, lustrous, squishy BFL yarn. I feel much better now……

Makeup and jewelry

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Makeup and jewelry

No girl is complete without a little make up and jewelry right? Well, my girl has been getting her much needed sprucing up with paint and accessories this past week. Sunday, brought my wonderful better half turning the football game on the radio and spending the afternoon and evening in the barn priming and painting the trailer. I was in charge of fetching, air hose moving and masking. The paint looks great. We are definitely amateurs at body paint, but I think it turned out pretty well. We bought the paint at O’Reilly, using their stock Oxford white and a custom mix they scanned for us for the pale aqua.

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Doesn’t the color look great? The rest of the week has had me catching little bits as I have had time. Polishing the aluminum j rail and the windows, trying to get the weather stripping replaced on the windows. And Wesley came out and hooked up the tail lights for me. I’m out of screws and butyl putty, so this week won’t see much happening. Oh and this afternoon a little lesson on trailer backing! I didn’t do too bad, just no one watch me!

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Metal is back on

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The past month has been tough and not a lot of fun. Someone told me this part wouldn’t be easy, I didn’t believe them. They were right. Getting the metal on was tough! First I absolutely couldn’t do it by myself, second, on the ends where we rebuilt, the nailers didn’t end up in quite the right place, so we had to add more. And somehow the thing grew or the metal shrunk! It was like trying to put winter jeans on after a summer of wearing stretchy shorts! Geez, if I could have gotten the trailer to suck in just a bit I could have snapped her up easy. Actually, only having about 3/8″ overlap on the ends coming over the sides doesn’t leave much wiggle room.

Each seam of the metal has butyl rubber applied across the screw holes. This seals all the joins and prevents water coming in the screw holes. When the paint is done, I’ll seal the butyl at all the seams. That will keep the butyl from attracting dirt, keep it from drying out, and give an extra layer of moisture protection.

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New “Yellowstone ” decals were ordered, and the old ones were stripped and scraped off. It took several applications of stripper to get the plastic off. I’m hoping what is left doesn’t show through the paint. And seriously, a public service announcement. If you ever have an aluminum covered trailer and even think about painting it with house paint with a brush, do me a favor, huh. Slap yourself for me.
Oh, I almost forgot, last weekend I also finished the roof! I sealed the top with an aluminum coating. The roof is solid, but this further seals the joints and gives a reflective surface, hopefully will help keep things cooler in summer.
The paint is getting picked up tonight. We had a tiny strip of aluminum with the pale aqua in good condition on it. The parts store scanned that and hopefully it will be close, as I love the shade of the original color! Not turquoise, more green than blue, and kind of soft. The white is just plain old Oxford white. Hopefully tomorrow paint!

Sandblasting and primer

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Brett and I worked together the other weekend and got lots done! I’ve had to stop working since, but next week I have lots of plans!
The husband has been great help lately and seems to be getting more interested in my little camper. We’ve torn off all the bottom fiberboard. Cleaned the underside all up and Brett sprayed it with black auto paint. It looks much better now, previously it was full of old insulation and empty acorns.

After the underside was done I got a great lesson in trailer wiring. We pulled all the old and I ran the new, then we plugged into the tow vehicle and checked each light individually. Once we got the ground figured out, they all worked. Brett also tightened up the interior 12 volt light. The old light bulb still worked! We elected (saved money) and didn’t put an inverter and battery in the trailer. The only way the 12 volt interior light will work is if the tow vehicle is attached. No problem, that’s what flashlights are for. Many more places to spend money than to be able to run one interior 12 volt while dry camping.

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I used a grinding wheel on the drill and cleaned the bumper step and tongue up the best I could. Brett then sprayed with two coats of high build primer. They don’t look bad!

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The wheels were a different story. Pretty rusty. Brett brushed with a wire brush for awhile and then pulled out a sandblaster. Why didn’t I know we had this? I’d have been dragging home rusty stuff much sooner!
Wheels before

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During

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After-

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And after two coats of primer!

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Crazy, isn’t it how silly things like this are exciting to me?

My turn to try the sandblaster. You see I recently drug home a rusty old chair. It looks good rusty, I like that look, but left outside, the chair won’t be usable long.

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I didn’t get far, dag nabbit, ran out of sand! I have to get more, that was fun.

I have been stalking eBay more and more the further along I get on the trailer. I need a new handle, problem is, they aren’t made any more, and new old stock goes for 3-500$. Way more than I can spend. Used ones often are very pitted and still can bring over $100. I checked eBay one night before bed and there was one newly listed for under $100 with shipping! I grabbed it on buy it now, it came in a couple of days and looks wonderful! I’ll still need to get it rekeyed, but I’m hoping that isn’t too complicated.

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