Halloween 2012

Come play with us.

Most of the people at the party we went to knew who we were. If they were any younger than us, they would not know who we were supposed to be.

The Shining came out in 1980. Still pretty scary.

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Baby taiko

I bought a small barrel for myself last year to make a taiko out of. I’ve slowly been working on her. I finally got to staining a few days ago.

I put two coats of Minwax PolyShades (Stain & Polyurethane in 1 Step) Bombay Mahogany Gloss 480, which is like a middle chocolate, and an additional two coats of Polycrylic.

After my first coat of polycrylic, I sanded the surface with an ultra fine paper and then did the second coat, per instructions. The second coat did not seal up all of the fine scratches that the sandpaper put into the finish. I know the polycrylic is frivolous, but I wanted to see how glassy I could get the finish.

Well, after all of that, it’s not all that glassy. Shiny, yes, but it doesn’t look like the doh is encased in a glass shell.

So, I want to do another layer of stain and then seal everything up with three coats of poly. Hopefully, by sandwiching a layer of stain between poly, I can get the pigment to “float” and give it a stained glass appearance.

My biggest concern at this point is that the stain will dwell in the imperfections in the top coat (dust, bubbles, scratches). Fret not, I’ll do a test strip.

I have to wait a day before I can do anything else, so here’s what she’ll look like for the next 24 hours:

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You can see the reflection of my neighborhood in her finish.

Need    moar    shine   !

Horseback riding

I went horseback riding with my mom yesterday because she got a Groupon.

It was a two-hour long horsewalk on a trail in Mt. Charleston. And there were six other people participating. All because of Groupon.

It was only meh. We’re moving along on these horses about as fast and I can walk … for two hours. I would rather 30 minutes of horse cantering and galloping than two hours of horse sleep walking.

And my horse was pregnant … Kinda felt bad about kicking her in the belly to get her to mosey along.