THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rock Wall Surprise!

See part 7 of our "Were Just Gonna Blow Out This Wall and Put In A Beam" Series!

To keep fit I decided to install a climbing wall in the living room....trouble is I hit my head on the ceiling when I get three feet off the ground..  After a few knocks on the ole noggin I realized I installed the wrong kind of ""rock wall""  😉




What's behind it you ask?
(I am pretty sure you didn't)



Strips of cement backerboard installed on the studs which will create an air gap behind the rock




a coped corner piece.

Look what happened which I
 thought was just from the mortar, 
but actually old age has set in
 and brought me this.....


a new grandbaby Turtle!
  He hit the scene and I fell in love!
We call him "Baby Turtle"






CHEERS!
Happy New Year to all my friends!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Gone Fishing

With Christmas fast approaching, I would like to share a few pics of the completed "West Wing" festively adorned with sparkly baubles, lush pine garland and of course a beautiful tree. 

  Unfortunately the camera fell in the fish tank and drowned or better yet we went fishing...

 Whatever excuse you believe, something fishy is definitely going on here and it does not include construction pictures....just some pictures of fishy purses with a link to another website for the pattern


She includes an excellent tutorial too.








So once again, for the pattern and tutorial, visit MAKE IT-LOVE IT!

I decided to do things the Turtle way and exclude the purse strap. 
 I found the drawstring acted as the same.  
Happy  Sewing.
  I am busy working on a grown-up version and will share in the new year!
Cheers!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Seven

With our new window here, we are back
 in the light of it all.





This beauty spans two floors and will flood light into a new staricase!

With all this new found light, I might even have to get out of my work pajamas and shower. 
 I keep the lights dim so Mr. FT thinks he's working with a Victoria's Secret model.
(I rub a good coating of dust on his safety glasses too!)

You can thank me for this tidbit of knowledge later!



NO?

Here....I will lend you Mr. FT's safety glasses.


Linking up with

Friday, May 20, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Six

After the old laundry room wall was stripped of panelling,  drywall,  plaster and lath, and an ancient wasp nest, I stole Mr. FT's serial killing crowbar and started prying out that old leaky fly streaked window!
Poor Mr. FT. 
 What will he kill once there are no more flies?
hmmmmm........
Image result for puzzled emoticon

No more flies squeezing through an ill fitting window.....
wait.....no more flies?


....if I go missing, who will write part 7???




 A new doorway to the porch was framed in to make a corner for the wood stove.


Look who came to visit us!
  This is Foxy the foster dog.
Hopefully she will find a loving forever home next weekend.
This weekend she becomes construction dog!


Speaking of construction animals, we decided to incorporate!
Just Kidding 
(no not "baby goat kidding") 



Update: since I wrote this post...Foxy has a new loving family
 and Manny found a new home with other goats. 
 He's no longer an only child!
Cheers to good people!



Friday, April 22, 2016

Bird Screen Door


To get some much needed airflow through the  kitchen due to my expertise culinary skills, ahem,
I decided that a screen door would fit our needs perfectly...that and air fresheners!
Oh yah, and a quick disconnect of the smoke detector!


Our local hardware store happened to have a screen door in the clearance section a few years back and I decided to hoard it in my shed.
Hey it was only twenty five bucks....that's like  $7.50 or so to my American friends!

 Anyways, watching those hoarding shows made me get off my shell 
and purge which meant sell it or use it..
I tried it on for size and it worked after a few trips to the tablesaw. 

I went to Pinterest for paint color inspiration and happened to see a screen door with beautiful ornate carvings.  I pulled out my carving knives and went to work.......


OKAY that never happened but I did head to the dollar store to buy these.


I measured the screen door with my leg and half my arm and realized I needed 8 panels..
Hot glue didn't work so well so I pulled out the stapler and stapled all 8 screens together.


After painting the door black, I placed the panels over the door, cut some wooden trim strips and lined them up with the edge of the screen.  With an air nailer, I attached all four pieces of trim, and cut off the excess panels and a little bit of my thumb....but it's all good.  It grows back...I think.


I ended up painting my entry door black too.

I used some spring hinges and a door closer thingy 
to keep out those jovial little squatters called flies!  
Damn flies!

And of course behind the scenes...you didn't see that I put the door on backwards, which inspired me to get the spring hinges and the door closer thingy.  You also didn't see where I had to fill all the screw holes and hole from the door knob.



 You gotta love the bird door unless you are
 Tippi Hedren from The Birds
and you suffer from
Ornithophobia,
then I apologize for the door!


Cheers!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Five

We left off with a shiny new beam installed and a goat that showed up on our deck.
Yes, we are friends now and she's a he!

"Manny" has made himself quite at home and the beam seems to be
 holding up the house quite nicely....so far.

I think glue gun is safe for another day!

"Manny" has found shelter in an old play structure, with a little persuasion from food and water, and the beam is completely supported, one side permanently and one side temporarily.

Unfortunately for us, but I am sure fortunate for you, my phone has been acting up and going dead everytime I pull it out to take a picture so we will just skip ahead to an overview of the temporary walls gone.

They are a little distorted as I did a panorama shot.
The new stairway opening is framed in too.


  Mr. FT's vision of an open staircase and my vision of wood heat
 could really happen next winter.....oops I said the W word. 
 Sorry for that but if all goes to plan, the  woodshed   I built last summer
 might not be just a holiday destination for mice, 
but for actual wood storage so I can warm my butt this winter!
Cheers!