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  1. Break a leg, @Corrie! You know what I thought the whole time I watched your video? You are STRONG. xoxo
  2. No matter what kind of loom you're using – cardboard, frame, tapestry, rigid heddle, floor, whatever! – it's way more fun (and helpful) to warp it with friends. Hop into the video chat room and get warping! https://whereby.com/weaving-month
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    All Patreon members at the Dauntless-and-higher level are invited to video chat! Registration is required: https://www.patreon.com/posts/30043383 See you there!
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    @Lori M and @Dyantha Just poking in to whisper that it sounds like you could maybe give it a shot together? Hold each other to it!
  5. Awesome! (If you need contacts re: makerspaces in public schools, I know some folks here who have been doing professional development with teachers throughout BC specifically about maker mindset and spaces, related to our updated curriculum, which calls for such things!)
  6. @Sandi Wiseheart and I were talking about writing this morning, and I recalled something my novelist friend told me about the days when she was working an intense day job and writing her first novels. She would do her writing first thing in the morning (for her, that was early; for me, it will not be). Not because a book told her to, not because she's an insane morning person. But because if she did her writing first thing, then no matter what happened in the day, no matter how sideways things went, she could call herself a writer that day. I've thought about this so frequently over the years, but this is the fall I'm going to actually do it. (Not first thing, but probably after I do all the parenting and domestic stuff, and before I do any other work.) Who's with me?
  7. Ooh, what a meaty challenge. I suspect the cases might be great for watercolour paints? There are so many DIYs for paints around, and since these close tightly, you could even hold liquid paints in them...
  8. Thanks, @Gayle! And @Corrie! One day I will write extensively about these (men's) overalls and how even work-clothing manufacturers make men's clothing better, more flexible and in a greater size range than women's! GRR.
  9. I finally have a few minutes this morning for a table update. Update: It's finished! We've been using it since Sunday evening (though only lightly, since we needed to let the varnish cure; it's been in regular use since Tuesday). It's wide (around 39"), so we had to assemble it inside. Thankfully, we had friends to help lug it around. It took about three full days of work to make it, with the bulk of time in sanding and planing the table surface. Then a full day of on-and-off varnishing. It seats eight a bit tightly and ten if we squish. :)
  10. Thank you! We're hoping that by the end of next summer it'll be in shape enough to have friends come visit comfortably. Then we'll start to focus on working to get it into shape for maybe-someday a retreat... (I have visions of inviting writers and/or artists in residence in the warmer months...)
  11. 😂That, friend, is our tractor. It doesn't have many limbs, but it does have a few implements, one of which is sitting beside it and may look like it's attached, but it isn't. On the front (far side, in the photo) is a bucket (like a bulldozer), and on the back (low rectangular thing) is a box scraper (used for levelling things like paths or driveways). The implement to the side is a brush cutter (used for... cutting brush). For now, we're using the beast (it's actually small, for a tractor) to clear paths, level the driveway, mow down tall grasses (that aren't being cut for hay), clear small sections of land (to level, eventually, for camping), etc. Soon we'll use the front bucket to scoop gravel from elsewhere to aid in levelling the driveway. We're quickly learning that it's all about having the right tool for the job.
  12. Greetings from the country! This place is a serious fixer-upper, and so far we've furnished it almost entirely with shelving our neighbour was getting rid of. Makes for the appearance of a mess! Everything exposed. Also that for seating all we have are some camping chairs and ancient hideous folding chairs. We brought an old round of wood with IKEA legs to serve as a temporary kitchen table, and it seats four somewhat comfortably (thankfully we're only three). But! We have friends and family coming out, and I declared that we need to make a proper table. So yesterday I went to a wood pile I'd noticed last week (this place was somewhat neglected for years; we've found two bathtubs on the acreage so far – nearly half a kilometre away from each other!), and discovered in all my jogging I've severely neglected my upper body. #weakling With the kid's help and also the help of a utility trailer, we hauled quite a lot of discarded lumber up to the house, then G and I made a plan for a table, inspired in part by the simplicity of this plan. But seriously modified because the lumber we're using is hulking and aged and in parts rough hewn and, we discovered, mostly pressure treated. (Pressure treated wood is not food safe. This made our decision for us about whether we'd simply oil the finished surface or varnish it into submission. Varnish it is!) We're making the table 6-feet by about 38 inches, which is about all our space can accommodate. We figure if needed, ten people can squish around it, which is a major improvement over our rickety four. We cut the 2x8s into planks to be the table surface yesterday, and cut four posts into legs so the finished table will be 30-inches tall. We also cut two salvaged 2x6s to be cross-braces for the tabletop. Today we'll cut and attach a full apron for attaching the tabletop planks, and we'll finish that bit. The table will be too big to get into the house, so after we make the tabletop and I sand it into submission and then sand the legs, we'll varnish it all in pieces, then eventually (hopefully by Saturday?) bring it inside and assemble it in place. I'm far less sore this morning than I'd thought I'd be, so yay! Here's to getting that upper-body strength by making stuff.
  13. The first finished project of our rural adventure: A picnic table! I see many more Ana White projects in our future. Do you have any favourite woodworking projects?
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    August is chaos (or out-of-touch holiday) for so many people, perhaps starting next year we'll treat it differently from all the other months. Thank you so much for stepping up, Sandi!
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    Kim will be back in the realm of reliable internet! $10-and-up Patreon members, find the registration link here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/28841807
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