Saturday, January 5, 2013

Why I'm a Crappy Friend, Part 1 of Way Too Many.

I don't know what my deal has been lately, but every project I've begun has taken me forever. 

("For-EVER. For-EVER." name that movie.)

This is especially bad, because I have begun several projects that were for other people.
Important people.  People whom I love.  Care about. 

For example,

I began to make a magnet board for a friend's birthday.  Easy, right?  No sweat, right?

"Chunky frame", she said.  Fantastic.  "Espresso finish", she said.  Oooh, this is sounding good.  I'm rubbing my hands together.  Let's do this!

I'm going to go ahead and let you know that I just recently discovered that it is "eSpresso", as opposed to "eXpresso", as I previously thought.  I stand corrected.

Now, we all know, that stainable, chunky trim, is expensive.  No prob, bob.  I picked up some trusty 1x6 and ran it through the router a couple times:


and this is what we've got here.   Olive it. 

And then, for some odd reason, nothing went well from then on.  Maybe it's because it's like zero degrees in my garage-- I don't know, but the wood glue would not, would not, dry. 

Oh my heck-- I was doing everything I could to strengthen the joints for the frame on this magnet board.  And then, when it was finally good 'n strong, (and dry),

Hubs knocks it over and breaks the frame.  And I couldn't even get mad, 'cause he was climbing up in the attic, doing the electrical for the flot snub.   For moi. 

 
 So I got to re-cut, re-size, and re-glue/strengthen.  This time, I got smart, and brought it in the house.
And because we all know in zero degree weather, paint/stain/poly takes like 2 years to dry, I kept working on it.  In the kitchen.

Hubs comes home from work, and is like,

"'Mmmmm!  Stain for dinner."

I know, I know, sorry.
 

But I'm already the butt munch who takes 2 months (or more) to finish a present, okay?  Gosh.
 (Pssst:  Emily, I am this close, and will be dropping something off at your place this week.)

Just a little piece of info:  if you were gonna make yourself an over sized magnet board, you can get a piece of sheet metal at Lowes in the HVAC aisle.  I picked up a 24"x36" sheet (yes, I know you can get the rolls for cheap- but they're not that wide) for under $10.

So then, I was driving away to drop this craptastic gift off to this great (and patient) friend, and I was like,
"Oh crap-- I didn't take a picture!"


Note to self: propping it up against the dirty mommy van's not the best shot.

So I tried again.

Note to self: propping it up in the laundry room to show the reflection of the laundry basket's not the best shot. 


At least the laundry basket was empty.  I just had a discussion with all four of my children about wiping better, so this could have been awkward.
 

13 comments:

Rachel Morrill said...

That is super, super cute! You amaze me!

SueAnn Lommler said...

You totally crack me up and sounds to me like you are a great friend!!
Like the board too!
Hugs
SUeAnn

Carol Ann said...

Name that movie? The Sandlot. I have a friend who raised three boys and had never seen that movie. I almost called Child Services on her.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Awesome! Your mitered corners are so perfect - and I love the expresso finish :)

Jodie said...

I'm going to try and master the router. Any hints or tips? I'm kind of intimidated by it. Beautiful frame.

Stephanie said...

Your'e a crappy friend? I don't even give my friends birthday presents. In fact... unless my friends are on facebook, I don't even remember their birthdays. What kind of friend does that make me?

Stephanie said...

Your'e a crappy friend? I don't even give my friends birthday presents. In fact... unless my friends are on facebook, I don't even remember their birthdays. What kind of friend does that make me?

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Your post made me literally laugh out loud. and you should know I never do that cuz I am an onery person all the time. literally

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Your post made me literally laugh out loud. and you should know I never do that cuz I am an onery person all the time. literally

WhettenWild said...

Just make two of everything that you make for everyone else so I can have one too. LOL.

Turned out great!

Emily said...

This is super cute!! My sister in law was asking where to get sheet metal for a magnet board the other day. I will have to tell her she can get it at Lowes!

Layne Bushell said...

You are the bestest friend anyone can have. And if your friends cannot appreciate what you do for them WHENEVER you do it, then they don't deserve to be your friend. I heart you and am so grateful for you....and I know this was a pain in the buttox and I'm sorry...but I love it!!! In fact I loved it so much I moved my entire sewing room into the kids toy room and overtook the basement...it will be hung front and center...that's how awesome it is!

Kim said...

You always end up with awesome stuff.....and the name of the movie...The Sandlot! Love it!