Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Day 61 & 62

OK, you are sparred pictures of my work! They showed up to work!

We have had a lot of rain in the last 2 days. However they were able to pour the cement for the sono tubes which support the porch. They did that yesterday. Then the rains came!

Today they worked on cutting the wood for the porch and constructing the steps. Because there is a 15 degree angle, cutting the wood at the correct angle is a challenge. The steps and porch floor are made of mahogany. It is a beautiful red-brown color. I was only able to take pictures of the beginning of the work as it was pouring rain later on. I'll get a better picture of the beautiful mahogany wood tomorrow.

Punky and Josh assessing the angle cut!

Gary, Punky, and Josh working on the front steps.

The back steps are begun. We would like to have these steps come down onto a patio but that will be another project at some other time!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Day 59 & 60

The 60th day has come and gone! The contractor originally said he could do this in 60 days. I think we are a little behind! Weather and waiting on sub contractors has delayed the work. When Mark and his crew are here, things fly! When the electrician finishes his work (yes he's still working!) and the inspections are done, things should move fast again.

The tile for the entryway arrived yesterday. It will be a while before it goes in.

The heating/AC guy is finishing up his work.

None of these things make for great photo shoots!!!

So for your entertainment pleasure, here is a photo of the work I typically sell. The top is rayon chenille and cotton and the hat is an ultra suede brim with a handwoven crazy quilted crown. The brim is embellished with handwoven fabric, beads, buttons, and other adornments.

Model: Julie Nichols
Photographer: Bob Barrett

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Day 58

Ok! They're BAAAAAACK! The crew was back today to build the stairs to the garage and to do the framing between the garage stairs and the studio. They were building my little cubby storage space above the garage stairs. It will have a small access door off the stairs to the studio.
Much to my surprise, I came downstairs this morning to discover a man in my kitchen ripping out the slider to the patio. They had started to work on replacing the door to our deck. I hadn't heard him come in. Thank goodness I was fully clothed!!!
We now have a beautiful french door in the seating area of our kitchen which leads out to the deck. It still needs final trim work. I am so happy to see that slider go!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Day 56

Last week, days 51-55 were unproductive. The electrician showed up 2 days and they began to build the porch. They dug the hole and placed the sono tubes for the porch. They leveled the dirt pile around the garage. That was about it! They have been waiting on the cement guy to pour the floor for the garage.
Well, the cement truck showed up today, Day 56, and poured the cement for the garage floor. Yeah! Something is happening! I was beginning to feel construction withdrawal!

Now we have a nice clean smooth floor in the garage. Hopefully they will be able to complete the stair framing so that we can have the inspections done. But, oh, wait! The electrician has to finish his work. Then we can get all the inspections done at once.

What a nice smooth floor!
Meanwhile, items are arriving. The stainless steel double sink for the utility room arrived today. The t-handles for the drawers arrived last week. They are really cool! Some of the lights have been purchased and some are on order. The floor tile should come in next week. Most of the decisions have been made except paint color, I think and HOPE!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Days 46 - 50

Well, once again it's been a slow week at the Jones' construction site. The contractor did tell me it would slow down. I didn't think it would be this slow for this long! But(!) I think something is going to happen this week as mounds and mounds of dirt have been delivered this weekend! They should be doing the ground leveling around the garage on Monday.

The electrician should be back to finish his work. So far we have the beginnings of the wiring and the placement of switches and plugs.

This was a tax free weekend in Massachusetts. All purchases under $2500 are tax free. We took advantage of that to purchase the floor tile, some lights, and the garage doors. We were able to save quite a bit. That was a nice gift. At least something isn't more expensive!!!!
The floor tile for the entryway that we picked is a porcelain tile. It is a light beige color with variations from light to dark. It has a sandy beachy look to it. Any guesses on what paint color we may use in the entryway? (Clue -think "beachy", Nantucket colors)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Weekend Review

Day 43-45 did not bring a lot of progress. The electrician has been here and is beginning to do his work. We are still trying to work out the lighting fixtures. I picked out the drawers for the storage area and ordered them from Home Depot. They are plain white but will have these really cool long European T bar handles. That's about all that happened this week.

A friend of mine sent my this wonderful Triangular Loom so I could experiment with weaving on it. The loom is about 6 1/2 feet long on the hypotenuse (ok, remember geometry class in high school!) and sits on an easel type frame. The shawl is made of Lopi wool yarn and a pretty variegated and metallic ribbon. This is so unlike my typical work that it is fun to see what I can do with it. For the weavers out there, the warp and weft are woven at the same time. When you finish warping, you also finish weaving the shawl! Pretty cool!
That wraps up the weekend report. Here's hoping there is more action this coming week.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Day 41 & 42

Things have slowed up on the construction front. The painter has been here to paint the exterior trim. Today was very hot so it couldn't have been much fun.

The electrician was here to discuss the lighting proposal. He is supposed to come tomorrow to rough in the electrical work. Tomorrow is going to be hotter than today. I'm not sure how much work he will be able to do. Even the ocean breeze is hot!!

Soooooooooooooooo, in light of the fact that I have no interesting pictures of the construction, I thought I would entertain you with pictures of my latest work.

These are scarves made out of Tencel. Tencel has the feel and drape of silk but the care of cotton or rayon. These scarves are very different from my chenille scarf line. For those of you who are weavers on the blog, the pattern is an 8S point twill variation. I finally figured out how to use Fiber Works PCW!!!!!! I'm not hooked on pattern weaves but I do plan on designing more.

The fringe has been twisted tightly.

All pictures where taken in the studio construction site. It seemed like the perfect place to photograph them.

Close up picture of the pattern.