Wednesday Creative Stuff

First of all, it snowed on Sunday:

It snowed on Sunday!

The kitties got this to watch all day:

Kitty TV had a snow day

It’s that time of year here where the summer heat is gone and we’re settling into to the winter cold.  That changes what creative projects I am working on, but first I had a major problem last month: My computer died.  Normally I recommend that you replace your computer every five years or so.  I didn’t follow my own advice and my ten year old hardware stopped accepting software updates.  Finally my iMovie just stopped working so I had to get a new computer:

My new computer. Looks a lot like my old computer, but this one works.

This computer failure stopped me from working on videos like I had wanted to, but now I’m back up and running.

During the warm weather my woodworking has been on saw horses or carts in the backyard.  The cold means any woodworking projects have to move into the garage where I have just one electrical outlet … yeah, not enough to power my shop so I’ve hired an electrician to come out and do add some new circuits so I can run my tools and heat the shop area.  I hope to get some work done when that is in place.

I’ve been practicing on my new sewing machine and think I’m now ready to move ahead with piecing a wall hanging together.

Practice strips. No idea what to do with them now.

For my first project I’m working on a bento box pattern that I bought many years ago.  It’s all straight sewing so I think I can manage to get it done.

First four blocks of the bento box wall hanging

Now that I’m actually working in the sewing area my thoughts are moving to what new furniture I’ll need.  This setup isn’t going to work long term:

My temporary cutting and ironing center

and finally on the writing front – I’ve not finished anything except the blog posts I’ve been doing.  I’ve been spending a lot of time on getting the new house setup and all the business things about moving to a new state.  It’s amazing how many details there are to finish up on.

If you need me – I’ll be moving stuff around so the electrician can work.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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19 Responses to Wednesday Creative Stuff

  1. Sorry about your computer. Now I’m wondering how old mine is. When did I buy this thing?…

    Wow, snow! Lots of snow.

    Hooray on your fun craft projects!

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  2. Debra says:

    I feel like I’m really playing catch-up with you! I am fascinated that you’ve moved to another state, and moving into quilt piecing. You’re a man of many talents, Andrew!

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  3. Sounds like progress on all fronts. Your practice strips and wallhanging look great, and hooray for more electricity in the shop! You’ll soon have so many creative opportunities you won’t know where to start. 🙂

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  4. You are such an interesting person, Andrew. From woodworking to quilting with the same gusto. All that snow! Oh my.

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  5. You had snow?? I’m jealous! I’m afraid we’re going to have to bite the bullet and get a new computer soon too. (I won’t tell you how old ours is.) Looks like you’re making good progress on your sewing machine. 🙂

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  6. Baydreamer says:

    That blanket of snow is gorgeous and that bicycle has character. Congrats on the new computer. We’re in the market for a new one, too. Maybe Santa will surprise us. 🙂

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  7. jfwknifton says:

    Would it be possible to heat your shop area using solar panels or, more likely perhaps, a small windmill?

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    • That is in my longer term plan. Here we get sun more than wind so likely I’ll be using a solar system. My house is in a bit of a dip in the mountain and sheltered from wind. There’s a lot of design issues, but I’m working on the research.


  8. Dave says:

    That backyard bicycle looks like you could just climb on and ride away (after the snow melts, of course). I’m guessing we got the same storm here in Colorado a day or two later – Sunday night into Monday. We are more than ready to welcome winter back to our region again.

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