Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekend Wrap-up

Well it's been a busy weekend here. On Friday, Mommy took a quick (over 10 hour round trip) trip to Gray's Harbor to get some records for work and check out one of the projects involved in one of her cases. She said that she must have been stuck in traffic caused by every car accident there was and was very tired of the talk radio people talking about Paris Hilton. Auntie Kim called to she that she and the boys may be coming up from Texas at Thanksgiving as well as in August. Mommy hopes that she doesn't have to work during the November trip, but unless her schedule changes, she'll be getting ready for trial that week. After talking to Kim, she stopped by the glass shop and bought the glass for the new project (except one part of it that she doesn't know what color she wants to use).

The picture above is the stack of glass that she's going to use. She was very tired by the time she got back and didn't want to do anything but let me read kitty blogs and sleep.

Then on Saturday, she prepped her workspace and began working on the project. She had already taken the pattern to the copier store and enlarged it to the size she wanted and made extra copies to use as patterns for cutting. Plus she had already taped the pages together and covered them in clear shelf paper. Here's the pattern all ready to go tacked on her work board. Because Mommy can't find any glass that she likes for the border, she decided to throw out the usual start in one corner and work her way up method, and chose to start in the middle and work her way out. The furballs dropped by to snoopervise her work at one point. They were more interested in playing with her push pins, glass nuggets and other things they were supposed to stay out of so they were banished to Parker's to keep her company. Mommy worked on her glass a lot this weekend. She said she had to get it in gear because she bought Daddy three new video games on Wednesday to keep him occupied while she worked on glass so she wouldn't feel guilty for abandoning him and he's already completed one entire game!

By Saturday night, she had finished cutting out, grinding and fitting all the pieces of the kitty. She made it look just like me by combining certain pieces, cutting some pieces differently so I would have my white gloves and socks, changing the colors and even put in a little pink piece to match the one on my bottom lip. I know that the detail doesn't really show up on this picture, but it actually does look quite a bit like me. Mommy said that it was a lot of fun and there were only a couple of pieces that were tricky, like my pink lip because it was soooo small, the dark green shadowed grass because the curve was too deep to break properly and had to be done by grinding and the small grass piece because it was so thin that it didn't want to break properly. She has to find another piece of glass because she didn't have anything that matched my ears. Hopefully she'll be able to find some at the glass store or get some online if the store doesn't have it.

On Sunday she did some coloring with her ink pens so she wouldn't have to look back at the pattern book to be able to tell which piece was supposed to be what color. The blue and green above the sunflowers is coloring, as is the yellow on the sunflower on the right. All the rest is cut glass. The yellow coloring is to remind Mommy that she's supposed to use the "other" yellow to be the backside of the petals. Mommy said that the brown sunflower center was difficult because of all the little nooks and crannies where the petals meet the center. Mommy finished not quite 95 pieces of glass this weekend and hopes to be able to finish the rest of the cutting in the next week and a half, so she'll have a lot of time for wrapping the glass in the special tape and soldering. She wanted to get more done today but she's going to have to take a break for a while because her fingers hurt. These pictures don't really do a good job of showing all the little cuts and scratches she gets working on her glass. Fortunately they heal really quickly and she should be able to get back to work tomorrow or the next day. The furballs napped with Daddy most of the day while he watched cars go left when it wasn't raining. I got my sub-q fluids and lots of treats today. Then Daddy mowed the lawn and had a "safety break" (aka beer) with the neighbor, Skip. All in all, a very good weekend!


Tara said...

Wow, you had quite a weekend! I'm going to have to take a nap just reading about it.

Loved you Mom's project, very cool.


Dragonheart said...

The stained glass is looking beautiful! :) Your mom is very talented. :)

Your dad must be really good at computer games to have finished one already!

Parker said...

It was fun to have the furballs over! That is one pretty work of art!

Forty Paws said...

Tee hee. Safety break, aka beer. Datz funny.

We ist furry impressed wid dat glass project and how fast yur Mommy is working on it. It looks beeyoutiful alreddy!

Luf, Us

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

That is so beautiful and amazing! She is really talented!! She inspired Meowmy to ask Grandma's friend to do a stained glass of me. Grandma has wanted it for a while and I think it would be so cool!!


Daisy said...

That glass piece is so beautiful! I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all done. And Zoey, it does look just like you!

sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Wow, that is Beautiful and the kitty really looks like you too! Your mom is very talented and it looks like she can work very quickly! We can't wait to see it when it's done. The furballs seem to be enjoying the process - too cute!

Purrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Derby said...

That looks furry purrty so far. I would think your mum's fingers would hurt.

DaisyMae Maus said...

It was furry nice of Parker to "furball-sit" for you so that you could snoopervise your mom's glass cutting.

You and i BOTH have pink bottom lips! How cool is that!


Lux said...

That glass is looking very pretty - I'm sorry about your mommy's fingers!

Marie the Defender said...

Your mommy is so talented...I can see that it's you already in those pictures!!! She sure is working hard for you tho, hope you gave her lots of snuggles and purrs for all those tiny little cuts on her fingers!

Jeter and Mickey said...

i luv dat pattern fer da stain glass!
i will be lookin forward to seein da finished project!
luv--yer grate frend--jh

Benjamin2 said...

that is so pretty! it looks like lots and lots of work, too.

mom wants to know how you learned to do stained glass?

hope your trip to grays harbor was good. mom was born there...


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