Sunday, February 26, 2012

Two colors?

  Got going on the painting yesterday.  I got all the hardware removed from the bathroom walls, wiped down the baseboards and trim edges to prevent cat hair (sort of) and masked off the edges and the division between upper and lower colors.
   The aqua went on wonderfully.  I will be using this Behr Premium Plus again.  It's a little spendy, but it goes on very smoothly and really does cover in just one coat.  Once that was dried a bit I started painting with the not-quite-white.  I spent ages sorting through various whites at the paint store, looking for one that was pretty much white, but not completely titanium white, with a little bit of warmth to it.  The one I decided on turns out to be the exact same shade as the primer coat the builders used!  I wish I could have that sort of luck when I'm actually trying to match colors.

Here you can see the aqua paint and both colors on the upper wall.  (the one on the right is the new application.)


Seriously, how close is this match?  There's no way I'd have been able to do this if I'd actually needed to!

Today's project will be the front foyer, followed by giving the master bathroom a good scrubdown before I slather those walls with paint.  (It will not match the primer coat already on the walls.)

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's looking fishy

  The teenager made it through the night in the general population, but I'm not seeing any sign of the new
fry in the tank.  This, of course, doesn't mean much.  It's probably hiding from all those big fish with big appetites (especially the betta).
  We're having some high winds here today.  I guess there's a front moving in from the upper midwest as we're supposed to drop about 20 degrees and get some snow this evening.  No wonder I haven't seen any more robins around.
  The exercises I did at the gym yesterday have given me a muscle tension "migraine".  I don't know if wielding a paint roller is going to help stretch them out, or if it will exacerbate things. I guess I'll know tomorrow!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New kid on the block

  My baby fish is two months old now, so I decided to release him into the general aquarium population.  He's big enough and fast enough to avoid being eaten, I think.  Imagine my surprise to find a new fry in the tank!  I quickly turfed out the big un and tried to snag the newborn, but that little sucker is fast.  I did manage to scoop mama fish up in a net and pop her into the fry tank, hoping to see the miracle of birth.  So far, all I've seen is the miracle of poopin'.  Meanwhile, the fry is managing to avoid becoming dinner by snugging himself down between bits of aquarium gravel.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How Time Flies

  It seems to have been a couple months since I posted anything.
   The baby fish is big enough to be turfed in with the general adult population.
   My cats have started getting along somewhat better: the two males have even been spotted playing together nicely on occasion.  Miracles do occur!
   Little in the way of sewing or gardening has been going on.  It's been too darn cold to play outside, plus there's a chance we might have to relocate so I'm not thrilled with the idea of putting in a garden for someone else to harvest.  Cheap and cheerful is likely to be the main theme of any planting.  
   I've started on an Elizabethan embroidery project that uses Gilt Sylke threads.  They're a little more awkward to stitch with than thread that doesn't have metal in it (understandably), but the results are very pretty.  This has been put aside for a while so I can finish painting the house, though.  If we need to sell it, it should probably have actual paint on all the walls rather than just basecoat.  *sigh*  So long, pretty colors, hello neutrals.