Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What a mess!

A few weeks back we had an unusually cold spell here for a few days. Numerous people had pipes burst and our daughter was one of them. Over the course of two days two pipes burst in her house and caused major damage. I don't think she will look back on Christmas 2009 fondly. As she put it " I am living in a Swiss Cheese house".
Many holes had to be cut into the walls and ceiling to find the offending pipes. Then came the tearing out of walls and the big drying up. A total of three rooms were destroyed. The kitchen, the media room and the laundry room. I am thankful that one of them was home, as I can just imagine what more damage there would have been.

Things are starting to come together a bit though. The fact that it happened over Christmas time made it tougher to get the renovations started as everyone was on holiday. Yesterday some more progress was made so hopefully things will be back to normal soon.
On a lighter note I did finish off some of those little acorns that I have been wanting to make. Of course I probably went about it the wrong way but they turned out OK in the end. First I wet felted the fibers into these cylinder shapes. Then I cut them in half to make two acorns.
Then with a needle and some glue I put the caps on. I think I must be secretly looking forward to Easter already as I seemed to have picked out Eastery colors. I don't think they turned out to badly for a first attempt. My acorn caps were all different sizes so some of them were quite tiny. I think I kind of like that.

Well here we are with another weekend almost upon us. I am keeping my fingers crossed that our weatherman is correct when he tells us that this Sunday will be dry and somewhat mild. We haven't been out for one of our really long walks for quite sometime. We also have some pruning to do in the garden. So I hope we will be able to get it all done before the weather turns rainy again.

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever it is that you will be doing. See you all next week.


Sue said...

Those are adorable acorns. My dogs love to eat the ones that drop out of the trees.

It's cold here. I would like to be able to get outside, too.

Jenn Maruska said...

Crossing my fingers too, re: the weather!

Lovely little acorns!

Sorry to hear about the burst pipes. : ( Hope the rooms can be restored new and improved!

Rosie said...

Lovely acorns! Do you have felting needles? probably much quicker and easier to make them with those.
Sorry to hear about the house, that must have been such a performance!
Lots and lots of snow here, not seen it like this for about 30 years.
Rosie x

annemarie said...

It is so nice to have you back Kathy. Hope you had a joyous holiday season (except for the pipes). We had pipes break once and I know what a mess it is. Love your little acorns - needle felting is something that is on my "someday" list!

Terri Fisher said...

Glad you are back in the blogosphere, Kathy! I'm so sorry for your daughter's hassles, though...I hope she wanted to renovate at some point! Your acorns turned out so cute...and the bags on your previous post, too. Please do put some things in your shop again! Take care!

hetty said...

Sorry to hear about your DDs pipes. There a lot of that going around this winter. We are in a severe cold warning for tonight. I love your little acorns! So cute!

jojo-caramel said...

Good Lord !!! As you say, what a mess ! I hope her Swiss Cheese house will be all right very soon.
Your acorns are very very sweet !!!
Have a nice weekend ! Hugs :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Those acorns look adorable! So sorry to hear about the house. It looks like there is a lot of work being done. Hard, but it will be worth it in the end. Everything will be fresh and new.