FINALLY.

Oct. 9th, 2009 04:43 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
We just closed on the old house. It's sold, we're shut of it, we're done. Knock on wood.

Sargon went over this morning to have a last look at it. I didn't. I will be happy if I never see the place again. Ever.

This is huge happy news for us but it's not necessarily of interest to anyone else, so I will move on.

All packages from the last batch of Etsy orders were shipped yesterday. Shipping freaks me out so bad. I'm always scared I'm going to pack the wrong things in the wrong boxes, or that it will get lost or break open or something. Anyway, I'm preparing another update.

Tazendra's thyroid test results came back normal, so we're just medicating her for her crazy high blood pressure. We've been medicating her for four days now, and she is taking it pretty well. She doesn't take it personally when I take her to the vet, but the shoving a pill into her mouth, that she does take personally, and she sulks about it every time. I hope she gets over it. We do give her treats right after, special treats the other cats don't get, so hopefully it will sink in that if she just behaves, she gets something special.

Also: stay tuned for another Secret History entry. Miss Someday wishes she could write more often, but apparently they're keeping her really busy at the Salem Institute. She's been back to Thuringia at least twice since the last entry to help catalog some deceased warlock's effects, and apparently things in the special collections department always pick up this time of year. She has alluded to two particularly delightful and gruesome specimens she hopes to examine very soon, however, and has been making vague enquiries about setting up her own LJ where she could talk about stuff besides the Secret History entries. I asked if it would make her write more, and she said she wasn't sure, but she felt like she maybe should. I told her I didn't mind loaning her my readers, but she still feels a little shy about it. She's very strange. She may travel a lot but I don't think she gets out enough.

FINALLY.

Oct. 9th, 2009 04:43 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Wags)
We just closed on the old house. It's sold, we're shut of it, we're done. Knock on wood.

Sargon went over this morning to have a last look at it. I didn't. I will be happy if I never see the place again. Ever.

This is huge happy news for us but it's not necessarily of interest to anyone else, so I will move on.

All packages from the last batch of Etsy orders were shipped yesterday. Shipping freaks me out so bad. I'm always scared I'm going to pack the wrong things in the wrong boxes, or that it will get lost or break open or something. Anyway, I'm preparing another update.

Tazendra's thyroid test results came back normal, so we're just medicating her for her crazy high blood pressure. We've been medicating her for four days now, and she is taking it pretty well. She doesn't take it personally when I take her to the vet, but the shoving a pill into her mouth, that she does take personally, and she sulks about it every time. I hope she gets over it. We do give her treats right after, special treats the other cats don't get, so hopefully it will sink in that if she just behaves, she gets something special.

Also: stay tuned for another Secret History entry. Miss Someday wishes she could write more often, but apparently they're keeping her really busy at the Salem Institute. She's been back to Thuringia at least twice since the last entry to help catalog some deceased warlock's effects, and apparently things in the special collections department always pick up this time of year. She has alluded to two particularly delightful and gruesome specimens she hopes to examine very soon, however, and has been making vague enquiries about setting up her own LJ where she could talk about stuff besides the Secret History entries. I asked if it would make her write more, and she said she wasn't sure, but she felt like she maybe should. I told her I didn't mind loaning her my readers, but she still feels a little shy about it. She's very strange. She may travel a lot but I don't think she gets out enough.
naamah_darling: The Punisher skull with a red ribbon barrette. (Punisher Ribbon)
Holy crap, y'all. The entryway is all but finished. A couple of touchups and it's done.

Entryway 01

What a pain.

The area immediately to the left of the fireplace brickwork (on the right side) is textured knockdown plaster.

As you can see from the reflection, the wall on the left, and the area around the front door, is smooth.

This was a problem, and the reason it's taken me so long to decide what to do with it. Wallpaper it? Paint it a solid color? Try to texture it ourselves? None of those sounded appealing.

After I did the studio doors, though, and saw how great they looked, I knew I could use the same technique on the smooth wall to roughly approximate what I was doing on the textured areas.

It was an amazing pain in the butt.

Remember, I'm using these little floofy fur Poofy Pad things, which are awesome and make quick work of large areas. It is still a 5-step process.

Apply the 3 base paint colors in large splotches, filling a 2 x 3 foot area.
Blend edges of splotches and feather into last painted areas.
Use wadded wet rag to create irregular pattern in technique called "ragging off."
Take paint-covered Poof and lightly pounce tiny little speckles over the whole area.
Take dry Poof and work the whole area over, smoothing out the speckles and softening the rag effect.
Get on ladder, start at top of wall again.

I could have cut the time required by a good half to a third if I had A) used the same company's ragging tool and B) started with a colored background, like I did in the studio, but I didn't do that in the rest of the room, so I couldn't do it here without fouling it all up.

I did a pretty good job of getting the smooth and textured areas to match. The only complaint I have about this area of wall relative to the rest of the room is that without really thinking about it, I used smaller color splotches than I did on the textured walls, and that was a mistake I did not notice until it was far too late to correct it. I carried on so at least the smooth areas match one another. Live and learn.

I am sure I will redo the room someday, a thousand years from now, and fix everything about it I don't like, but right now I am content enough with it to leave it be and not complain about it. I am happy, in other words.

Now, someday, I am going to paint a big old pirate map on that smooth wall. Tell me that wouldn't be the coolest thing ever!
naamah_darling: The Punisher skull with a red ribbon barrette. (Punisher Ribbon)
Holy crap, y'all. The entryway is all but finished. A couple of touchups and it's done.

Entryway 01

What a pain.

The area immediately to the left of the fireplace brickwork (on the right side) is textured knockdown plaster.

As you can see from the reflection, the wall on the left, and the area around the front door, is smooth.

This was a problem, and the reason it's taken me so long to decide what to do with it. Wallpaper it? Paint it a solid color? Try to texture it ourselves? None of those sounded appealing.

After I did the studio doors, though, and saw how great they looked, I knew I could use the same technique on the smooth wall to roughly approximate what I was doing on the textured areas.

It was an amazing pain in the butt.

Remember, I'm using these little floofy fur Poofy Pad things, which are awesome and make quick work of large areas. It is still a 5-step process.

Apply the 3 base paint colors in large splotches, filling a 2 x 3 foot area.
Blend edges of splotches and feather into last painted areas.
Use wadded wet rag to create irregular pattern in technique called "ragging off."
Take paint-covered Poof and lightly pounce tiny little speckles over the whole area.
Take dry Poof and work the whole area over, smoothing out the speckles and softening the rag effect.
Get on ladder, start at top of wall again.

I could have cut the time required by a good half to a third if I had A) used the same company's ragging tool and B) started with a colored background, like I did in the studio, but I didn't do that in the rest of the room, so I couldn't do it here without fouling it all up.

I did a pretty good job of getting the smooth and textured areas to match. The only complaint I have about this area of wall relative to the rest of the room is that without really thinking about it, I used smaller color splotches than I did on the textured walls, and that was a mistake I did not notice until it was far too late to correct it. I carried on so at least the smooth areas match one another. Live and learn.

I am sure I will redo the room someday, a thousand years from now, and fix everything about it I don't like, but right now I am content enough with it to leave it be and not complain about it. I am happy, in other words.

Now, someday, I am going to paint a big old pirate map on that smooth wall. Tell me that wouldn't be the coolest thing ever!

Studio!

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:23 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
I have a serious update brewing, and I will probably be scarce over the weekend because it's time for Conestoga, but for now, I must share news. News and pictures!

The studio is done!

The whole thing has been a load of work. Remember that this room was the one with the pink shag carpeting and the Pepto-pink walls under a single coat of white paint.

Studio 01

That's the door to the hall and the door into the bathroom.

You must click this. )

Studio 12

My happy little plant.

Sargon deserves major cred for helping me with this. He cut the molding and helped me lay the floor and moved the ladder around for me occasionally. He also put up with me taking a two-month vacation in the middle because I "didn't feel like" painting. Sorry.

Okay, now here's the part where I go all infomercial on you. The walls in my house are knockdown plaster, which severely limits my choices when it comes to paint techniques. I finally settled on a kit from Murals and Faux Painting Inc. Specifically, the Poofy Pad. I could not have done this without it. Going up on the ladder to paint the high spots, the foam palette was indispensable. I did the entire greatroom, I did the master bedroom, I did the studio. It is fast, it is super easy, and it's pretty damn cheap. If you are stuck with butt-ugly knockdown and want to add some depth to it, this is not a bad choice at all.

I also used Sherwin-Williams paint because I could not get the darker greens in Olympic, which I prefer (S-W is better, but it's also way expensive.) Stay away from Valspar if you can, at least in the deeper colors. The smell of formaldehyde is truly profound, and unlike the cat pee smell of the S-W, it doesn't go away in an hour or so.

Studio!

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:23 pm
naamah_darling: The right-side canines of a wolf's skull; the upper canine is made of gold. (Lucian Awesome)
I have a serious update brewing, and I will probably be scarce over the weekend because it's time for Conestoga, but for now, I must share news. News and pictures!

The studio is done!

The whole thing has been a load of work. Remember that this room was the one with the pink shag carpeting and the Pepto-pink walls under a single coat of white paint.

Studio 01

That's the door to the hall and the door into the bathroom.

You must click this. )

Studio 12

My happy little plant.

Sargon deserves major cred for helping me with this. He cut the molding and helped me lay the floor and moved the ladder around for me occasionally. He also put up with me taking a two-month vacation in the middle because I "didn't feel like" painting. Sorry.

Okay, now here's the part where I go all infomercial on you. The walls in my house are knockdown plaster, which severely limits my choices when it comes to paint techniques. I finally settled on a kit from Murals and Faux Painting Inc. Specifically, the Poofy Pad. I could not have done this without it. Going up on the ladder to paint the high spots, the foam palette was indispensable. I did the entire greatroom, I did the master bedroom, I did the studio. It is fast, it is super easy, and it's pretty damn cheap. If you are stuck with butt-ugly knockdown and want to add some depth to it, this is not a bad choice at all.

I also used Sherwin-Williams paint because I could not get the darker greens in Olympic, which I prefer (S-W is better, but it's also way expensive.) Stay away from Valspar if you can, at least in the deeper colors. The smell of formaldehyde is truly profound, and unlike the cat pee smell of the S-W, it doesn't go away in an hour or so.

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