Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Projects of all kinds

Everything is lovely in blogland.

I love to show the beautiful amaryllis on my desk, so intensely red and purely white. I love to show projects and share recipes.

But sometimes reality takes over.

Sometimes a pipe bursts inside the bathroom wall at 9:30 p.m. and you both have to try to devise a fix-it plan and suddenly realize you have to run to the big box store before closing and wildly buy parts -- both 3/4" and 1/2" because who knows what size is behind the wall -- and some kind of torch tank thing and some flux and solder. And you make it to the store 5 minutes before closing.

Sometimes you stay up til 1:15, holding the lamp-with-the-lampshade taken off because the flashlight battery has worn down, as your husband cuts a hole in the drywall and finds the split pipe and solders on a shut-off valve pipe thing.

And when you turn the water back on, the freshly soldered piece shoots off from the water pressure. And he does the soldering again. And this time the valve doesn't close all the way and the water is still leaking. And so you keep the water turned off all night and hope other pipes don't freeze.

And you can't get to sleep, from all this home-fix-it excitement, and finally you do sleep and then sleep in way too late. And by the time you get up, husband has already purchased the additional pieces needed and soldered the cap on once and for all.

And you are grateful for your Superhero Wall-Destroying Man husband. And that you still have some of the bathroom's wallpaper stashed in the closet.

And I'm happy to have a project to share. My sisters and I trade ATCs on occasion, each of us taking turns in choosing a theme word. Because I was so very late in doing the previous ATC (oh, was I almost a year late???), we were all delayed in making 'Autumn'.

But here are mine, ready to go out to L and C. I really got into making a mini-quilt kind of card, doing handsewing and playing with color and texture. And this time I am only 2 months later than they were in finishing the card. Progress.


Nancy Jo said...

Hi katie,
Don't understand those little quilted cards. Do they open up. Are they made of felt. They are cute, good ways to use up scraps.

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Your post today made me smile. Such a sweet sense of humor.

Those little cards are darling. I love textures too. I want to know more about them as well!


Felicia said...

Oh no! I'm sending positive thoughts you way. Those pipes do look better framed in with that lovely wallpaper :)

Carol said...

K: I got L's card yesterday and now I get a preview of your card. Love it! about the pipe project, all I can say is ach ach ach.
- C

Beemoosie said...

What a night!! You take it all in stride...but here's a (((HUG))) for keeping a sense of humor!!
Love your little ATC's. I have trouble with items so small!!

madrekarin said...

Wow. I hope that everything is back to normal at your house. Your amaryllis are beautiful!
By the way, I have tagged you. :)
Check my blog to see what to do.

GardenGoose said...

oh my..what an exciting evening..glad you got the pipe fixed..that had to have been a bit aggravating to say the least. glad it's all better now for you all.
wanted to stop by also to invite you over to join in the fu at my blog(3 giveaways going on over there right now)
hope you'll stop by.

KT said...

Thanks for sharing one of life's realities. They are, afterall, an unavoidable part of life. Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comment.

Ginger Patches said...

Hey Katie, I tried to e-mail you with this answer but your blog is set to no-reply. I did buy red with white polka-dot fabric in the ME collection, I could e-mail you a picture if you're trying to match the red...I'm not sure if I would call it a "true red" it's a tiny bit on the light side...I hope that helps :) e-mail me with your e-mail if you want a picture or a more specific answer!~~Tammy