Thursday, July 26, 2012

Busy Chevrons

I am exhausted...we did get home on Tuesday, but it's been a constant rush since then. Having hubby at home is really tiring, because of course we have to cram everything in that we can't do while he works 60-70 hour weeks. (On top of those hours, he has 1.5 hours in the car every day).

We got home to the sewage line having been repaired. About 1/4 of the yard was demolished in the attempt. The town had to cut the sidewalk apart because when they tried to turn off the water, the valve broke. In order to replace the pipe, they lifted the steps, tore up the walkway, and generally made a big ol' mess. The pipe was partially collapsed (which is why it had 4 backups), and was so old & ancient that it was made of clay. Part had been replaced at some point with concrete, and the pipe running into the house was, of course, lead. We haven't got the bill yet, but I hope I'm sitting down when I do.

What else have we been doing? Well, the bathroom wall was ready to pack it in, so before we left we tore out the bathtub surround, down to the beams, and left it to dry while we were away (oh, how gross it long was the water leaking back there?) Since then, there are 2 new layers of drywall (one being concrete drywall, messy stuff) put in, but the tub surround wasn't in until tonight. That will be installed tomorrow, hopefully.

The dishwasher broke - and replacement of the parts is not the least bit cost-effective. And the cats have busted right through one of the window screens (and with mosquitoes the size of pterodactyls, that renders the window unusable.)


I did snag some desk/sanity time though. And I'm planning to get up nice & early to do it again tomorrow.

Anyhow, after all that whining, here's my card for the little red wagon challenge this week, to use chevrons. I love cutting along the pattern - it makes a fun edge & depending on how you adhere it, lots of dimension too:
Supplies: paper from Basic Grey "What's Up;"
purple & teal button from BG "Plumeria;"
white button from Dress it Up;
London Fog Memento ink;
sentiment from Inkadinkado
***more deep breathing***
Tomorrow should be a busy day here on the blog - see you soon!


~Tammy~ said...

Holy cow my head is pounding reading this! Bless your little heart! How on earth you squeezed
In some crafty sanity time is beyond me...

I am in love with your card. This is one cool card!!! Pretty colors too!!!

Annette Allen said...

oh my word I agree with head is pounding sorry you had so much going sure did turn out this is beautiful...hope your week gets better..

Melissa Craig said...

Oh my goodness Jessi! What horrible mess and ordeal you been going thru. Ugh!! I am so glad that you found some time to unwind and you created a super adorable card. Love those chevrons and buttons.

Debbie said...

Sorry your troubles have continued on for so long!!! But keep the end in mind... a new bathroom and no more backups!!!
Beautiful card!! I love the Chevron paper!!

Unknown said... had a great week! :S Poor chicklet...not fun stuff! I'll send wine for when you get the bill from the city. It'll help. A lot.

This card is gorgeous! The scattered pearls send it to a whole other level of perfect for me. Love it!

Lindsey said...

Well, that is way more than one person should have to deal with! Glad you got a little down time to make this pretty chevron card!

yyam said...

Oh dear. I hope everything gets sorted out soon. Hugs!

Glad you got some creative time though...such a sweet card! Love the chevrons and those pearls!

Rosanne said...

Crafting is always a good stress reliever isn't it? Your card is lovely! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

~amy~ said...

**deep breath**
Good grief woman...I think you need to take in some yoga...I'm exhausted just reading about what has been going on in your world!

chevrons...oh how I adore chevrons.

Marie said...

Yikes!!! A series of unfortunate events...hoping all is back to normal soon! (Whatever 'normal' is) So glad you found some time to make this great chevron card. Love the mix of buttons and pearls, great addition!

Allison Rankin said...

Yikes! Sounds like a summer I had a couple years back when the fridge and stove were broken for more than six weeks! Love that you cut out the BG paper like that...will be poaching that idea!

lostinpaper said...

Oh My Jessi, how come you are not lying down somewhere with a cold compress on your forehead? This has to definitely be 'the end' sounds like there is nothing else left to 'go wrong'!
Your card is fab (as always)< such pretty colours and the pearls and buttons are so yummy!

JanR said...

Yikes! I hope you have some calmer days ahead.

Lovely card. I really love all the pearls. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Leslie Hanna said...

Okay, you deserve some down time. I LOVE what you've done here. I keep trying to stamp chevrons, and all this time I could have just cut out paper. Duh!

JJ Bolton said...

When it rains it pours, right? The joys of being a homeowner:( I know you're going through a lot now, but I hope that it means that all the sewer mess will be a faint memory very soon!

On the happy side, I love your chevron card! It's so pretty in a modern, graphic way (which you know I love:)


Jen W. said...

All that and you're gonna get up early? I'd be hiding under my pillow for the next 3 weeks! Hang in there, babe. Your bad luck run has GOT to come to an end soon. Big hugs to you!

Loving the card - the colours, the buttons, the pearls. Yum!

Jenny said...

Oh my, what a lot of kind of says why you were having all the issues with backing up though!!! I'm pretty sure the bill is going to be more like a William for all that !!!
and still you find time to're wonder-woman :0)
Love the chevrons.... the colours are gorgeous too.
Jenny x